The capital of Texas, Austin continues to win the hearts of thousands of millennials and young couples in and out of the Lone Star state. Whether it's because of Austin's winning nightlife and plenty of entertainment year-round, phenomenal food culture, a steady career landscape, world-class education, green initiatives, or an affordable housing market, Austin sure seems to do a great job at keeping young couples content with all of its unique surroundings and amenities. With over 30 neighborhoods in Austin, we've sifted through what we think are the best places for young couples to live in Austin real estate.
1. South River City (Travis Heights)
Less than 10 minutes from all of the action in Downtown Austin, South River City is nestled between Congress Avenue and the Interstate 35. Many Austinites agree that this neighborhood embodies all of which makes Austin a charming and an eclectic place. This enclave in Austin is also home to several tech employers, so for those interested in walking to work, it's a nice stroll in the neighborhood.
South River City tends to attract young families, trend-setters, students, and the affluent. An inviting neighborhood with rolling hills and tree-lined streets, and parks for you and Fido, you'll find a mixture of old and new homes with some dating back to the early 20th century. South River city homes for sale are little higher than other Austin neighborhoods, but you won't need a car as it's very walk-able with a steady transit system. Walking down hand-in-hand down South Congress to check out the streets decked with artisans, food trucks, and live music is a fun night out. Extend your date night out for a drink at the lovely San Jose courtyard.
If you're a fan of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, why not live in the same neighborhood where this iconic concert is hosted? Zilker is located right below Lady Bird Lake and is only a 10-minute commute to the city's downtown core. It's one of Austin's most down-to-earth urban places with access to amazing amounts of green space. If you and your partner consider yourself outdoor enthusiasts, you'll love the endless opportunities to bike, run, swim and walk in the city's gem at Zilker Park. If the two of you enjoy the artsier side of Austin, Zilker is home to the Umlauf Sculpture Garden which keeps Austin very “weird” and interesting showcasing fine art in an outdoor museum.
Homes for sale in Zilker tend to be in the median range, with a nice mixture of cozy mid-century bungalows and ultra-contemporary single-family homes and condos. Zilker condos are extremely popular choices for young couples who like to take advantage of the shared economy by renting out their space on platforms like Air BnB.
Zilker real estate offers a laid-back lifestyle, dotted with neighborhood hotspots. It doesn't matter which night out of the week, there's always a fun lounge to discover on date-night like the swanky mid-century bar at Backbeat! It's got a wicked menu and a gorgeous rooftop patio to take in the views. You'll also meet plenty of couples playing disc golf in Zilker Park under the sunshine on the weekends!
The historic neighborhood of Hyde Park is ideal for couples in search of a home that's close to the city lights, but away far enough to have some peace and quiet from all the buzz of Austin. In other words, couples who pick Hyde Park have swapped noisy nights out on The Drag for epic wholesome bakeries like the Upper Crust.
Hyde Park is mostly an established residential area speckled with delightful character homes and bungalows from the 20th century. The neighborhood has plenty of mature trees and is encompassed by charming coffee houses and authentic bistros. Young families and graduate students take advantage of the affordability of Hyde Park real estate, demonstrating a great place to invest in as a first-time buyer, or a those looking to have a family in the near future. If you're planning on going back to school, The University of Texas is less than a 10-minute drive from home, and renting is pretty cheap in comparison to other parts of the city.
Hyde Park has its own waterbody at Mueller Lake Park where you can enjoy a day out at the picnic peninsula or train for a marathon on the Loop Trail. It even has it's own “town center” at 43rd Street and Duval. One of Austin's best grocery stores can be found here at Fresh Plus, decked with locally sourced products. All you'll need is a bus pass or a bike to get to downtown Austin in less than 15 minutes.