Whether you're considering moving to the world-class metropolis of Austin, or you're already an Austinite who's considering moving within the city, choosing a community is one of the biggest decisions in the process. The choice is made even more difficult since Austin is home to so many amazing neighborhoods. From the unique districts of downtown and the luxury Hill Country gated communities, to the emerging trendy locales in East Austin and the new construction master-planned hamlets on the scenic outskirts of the city, this place has so much to offer.
Of course, one of the things that will factor most heavily into your decision is your living situations. Young professionals might prefer a perch in the heart of the city and retirees may flock to the picturesque, tranquil stretches of Greater Austin.
But what about families?
Of course, the size of your family will make a difference, as will the age of children, and the profession of the homeowners. But there are several themes that almost all families will have in common when looking for a home. Safety, the presence of good schools, square footage, and the type of amenities nearby are often big factors. But family-friendly communities still differ from neighborhood to neighborhood, so doing your research is of the utmost importance — one small difference can make or break a deal.
If you're just starting to explore the best options for family living in Austin, let us help you get started. Here's a handy guide to some of Austin's best suburbs for families in 2017.
West Lake Hills
West Lake Hills is an excellent choice for any families looking to buy in the luxury tier. The area is home to gorgeous stately homes that are still functional and totally appropriate for optimal family living. From massive European-style estates and waterfront manors to simple, modern upscale homes, this top-notch community is one of Austin's most desirable locations.
For families, one of the major draws is the proximity of highly ranked Eanes ISD schools. The Eanes Independant School District is not only one of the best school districts in Austin or even in Texas — it ranks among the best in the nation. In 2016, Niche rated the district 2nd best in the United States, and in 2017 it placed 7th. All nine schools in the district were designated as "exemplary" by the State of Texas and many of the schools consistently win prestigious awards. If education is a top priority for you and you're willing to buy into the luxury market, West Lake Hills should be number one on your list.
Bee Cave, Texas is located in beautiful Travis County, about a 20-minute drive from central Austin. Tucked into the mesmerizing landscapes of Hill Country, the small city is home to approximately 4,000 residents, making it a close-knit community perfect for families. There is plenty of outdoor recreation for weekend outings, with Barton Creek Habitat Preserve and the Barton Creek Greenbelt bounding either side of the community.
Large stores such as Home Depot and Target add to the convenience here. More upscale retail shopping can be found at he lovely Hill Country Galleria, which is also a great place to socialize and dine out. Hop on the trails or host a picnic at the family-friendly City of Bee Cave Central Park — or explore the unique Bee Cave Sculpture Park. Golfing families might opt for a home near the esteemed Spanish Oaks Golf Club.
Bee Cave is served by the Lake Travis Independent School District, which Niche ranks as the ninth best school district in Texas and the safest school district in the Austin area. It was also ranked second in the Austin area under the category of best teachers.
A vibrant community located less than 20 miles north of Austin, Round Rock is home to around 105,000 people. It is known for its abundance of top-tier employers such as Dell and Emerson Process Management. The city is emerging as a hub for the clean energy and information technology industries, and shows great economic promise. It is also one of the safest cities of its size in the nation.
Round Rock is home to many beautiful, family-oriented neighborhoods for homeowners to select from. There are gorgeous luxury homes, semi-rural houses, and modern, planned communities in the area. There are also opportunities for custom homes. With great recreation for all ages, unmatched career opportunities, and highly regarded schools, Round Rock is a perfect place to put down roots for the long haul and raise a happy family.
There's a reason that Cedar Park has witnessed so much growth in recent years. This coveted locale is a hot spot for buyers looking to form the ultimate family-focused lifestyle. It offers a high quality of life and a rich real estate selection that includes amazing industry-leading new construction homes.
Houses are classically suburban and traditional in style, with cutting-edge features and contemporary finishes that exceed all the latest consumer demands. Incredible brand new communities developed by Austin's best builders await you — along with great indoor and outdoor amenities and fantastic Leander Independent School District schools.
Pflugerville, TX has long been a favorite location for buyers looking in the Greater Austin area. This inviting city is home to its own school district and has a truly exciting real estate market. A mixture of established homes, trendy townhouses, and stunning newly developed family houses can be found here.
Offering affordable luxury, Pflugerville allows families to enjoy an abundance of space inside the home and out, as well as state-of-the-art features and finishes without paying exorbitant prices. This is what family living should be: stress-free and affordable, yet plush and comfortable. Plfugerville is a truly wonderful community to be a part of.
Interested in learning more about the top Austin suburbs for families? Our agents can match you with the neighborhood that best meets your personal homebuying needs. Get in touch with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Texas or call 512.483.6000 to discover even more of the Austin area's wonderful communities.