Choose the Right Austin Neighborhood for You

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Choose the Right Austin Neighborhood for You

Emily Gojko · Nov 3, 2009

Are you tired of living in a suburb of Austin, and find yourself daydreaming about living downtown? Make sure you choose the Austin neighborhood that is right for you before packing those bags.

Living in a Central Austin Neighborhood: Clarksville

Central Austin is divided into smaller sections. One of those sections is Clarksville. Clarksville is a quiet area that has been protected from massive growth by the local government. Consequently, it has managed to retain a small town feel, partially due to its centered commercial area. Located here you will find smaller shops and restaurants (some well known in the Austin area).

That being said, foodies have no fear! There is a Whole Foods supermarket located in this area. The area also has stuff for the outdoors-man in you. There are two parks, as well as hiking and biking trails. Clarksville is a great Austin neighborhood if you want to be in the city, but still retain some of that suburban environment. Perhaps if you have younger children Clarksville would be a great place to live.

Living in a South Austin Neighborhood: South Congress (SoCo)

South Congress, now known as SoCo, has not always been the hot area it is now. In previous years it had been run down, but it has been built up with new apartments, boutiques, coffee shops, and restaurants. This is an up-and-coming area to live in. South Congress also has a farmers market, retro clothing stores and an evident Hispanic influence illustrated through various restaurants and bakeries that dot the area.

The area is frequented by the stars looking for some eclectic shopping and dining. South Congress is a great area for those that enjoy the more funky things in life, the young, and the young at heart.

Living in a Southeast Austin Neighborhood: East Riverside & East Oltorf

East Riverside and East Oltorf are the apartment-living areas of Southeast Austin, which is home to Austin Community College, Advanced Micro Devices (one of the largest employers in all of Austin), the Krieg Field Softball Complex, a number of large parks and a golf course.

For shopping and eating out, the area has many strip malls for residents to frequent. It is a busy area due to the college, parks, and other facilities it contains, but it is not a trendy area. If you are a student, an employee of Advanced Micro Devices, or you want to fully take advantage of Zilker Park, Austin’s 363 acre park, then Southeast Austin is for you.

Living in a North Austin Neighborhood: Wells Branch

Wells Branch is home to a huge shopping center called the Domain. This place has every store you can imagine! Other than that, Wells Branch is a relatively residential neighborhood. So, if you are looking for a quiet area, but still within the city limits, then Wells Branch is probably a good choice for you.

Living in a West Austin Neighborhood: Tarrytown

Tarrytown is one of the wealthier areas of Austin, and is where a lot of corporate big-wigs live. The prices of homes are high-even for smaller homes, but there are definitely some reasonably priced rental apartments. Tarrytown is not home to a lot of businesses, but is has easy access to other Austin areas that have more action, as well as some beautiful parks and other outdoor activities. If you want a fancy zip code, and a residential environment, Tarrytown is the place for you.

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Emily Gojko: I am a writer, marketer, and manager with a strong background in real estate development and management. I am also a native New Yorker with an obsession for home design shows, so I have personal and professional experience making the most of small spaces, and dealing with good and bad living situations.

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