It's no secret that Austin is among the most desirable cities in America. The diverse culture, balanced economy, and booming job market has led to a hot real estate market, with many new residents looking for a new home in the trendiest neighborhoods.
Of course, this high housing demand has led to the discovery—or in the case of some long-time Austin residents, the re-discovery—of many wonderful local communities. These up-and-coming Austin communities have become increasingly popular for a range of reasons, such as the quality of homes, parks, and shops, as well as proximity to the cities top amenities, affordability, and general attractiveness of the community in general.
Here are a few neighborhoods in Austin that we feel are trending in the right direction:
This new, unique master-planned community in East Austin features a beautiful park with a pond and plenty of green space for residents to enjoy, along with newly built homes that have all been built in 2007 or later. These colorful, high-quality homes range from pristine single-family houses to modern condos to cozy townhomes, providing options for every type of buyer on almost any reasonable budget.
But the Mueller real estate market isn't the only thing drawing residents to the area. Mueller was designed with walkability in mind, meaning locals are able to take a quick stroll to most necessary amenities such as essential businesses, community centers, schools, and parks. The neighborhood also stands out from the pack because of its Drive-In Movie Theater and quirks such as the use of recycled airport runway materials in street construction.
These neighboring Central Austin communities both have similar appeals and offer a laid-back lifestyle in a residential environment while maintaining a close proximity to downtown Austin. Many consider Allandale and Crestview as hidden suburban gems because of how well their wide streets and spacious single-family homes manage hide themselves from the hustle and bustle of the heart of the city.
Combine this with the great amenities within the two communities—several parks, top-rated schools, unique small businesses, and big box stores, just to name a few—and it's easy to see why residents are still flocking to these established neighborhoods. Crestview, in particular, has seen a 19 percent increase in housing sales since 2013 and was named America's third best neighborhood in a midsized city to "Live Well" in a 2016 study.
Allandale and Crestview homes for sale boast many enticing features, most notably large lot sizes that are hard to find in such a central location. The variety of immaculate exteriors and modern interiors on remodeled traditional homes leave little to be desired for home buyers, who are also impressed with how affordable these homes are given the size and design.
Located only 10 minutes outside city limits, Pflugerville is among the fastest-growing suburbs of Austin. The newly built homes at affordable prices are perfect for families who want to live fairly close to the city, but escape its congestion. Single-family homes in Pflugerville start at around $100,000 for cozy one-story houses, but even upscale two-story homes that exceed 3,000 square feet are listed at around $350,000, which is the same price you'd pay for a significantly smaller and less luxurious home in the heart of Austin.
Pflugerville also has its share of attractive amenities, such as a wonderful selection of restaurants, bakeries, and boutique shops. If that's not enough, the suburb also boasts a highly respected school district and Lake Pflugerville, which features great fishing and walking trails.