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Expert's take: These Are The Best Neighborhoods To Rent In Austin

January 28, 2022

Trying to decide where to live in Austin? Check out this list of the best neighborhoods from one of our expert locators before you begin your apartment search!

by Nicolette Estrada

South Central Austin (aka 78704)

Living in neighborhoods near downtown Austin is a great way to be close to downtown but not pay rent on that official downtown address. Some of these neighborhoods near South Congress may have more affordable options for you.

Bouldin Creek is one of the funkiest neighborhoods near downtown Austin. You can find apartments with downtown views an easy walk from the Long Center and Auditorium Shores.  Prices increase based on the age of the complex and amenities offered. Another option in this area is Travis Heights, one of the oldest neighborhoods near downtown Austin. Located to the east of SoCo, Travis Heights is close to IH 35 making it easy to commute anywhere in Central Austin, and has garnered a bit of a following.

Central Austin – Hyde Park

This well-established, eclectic neighborhood is north of the University of Texas. There are historic houses, new shops, restaurants, and apartment housing. Plus, it’s all an easy commute from UT and downtown! Dedicated bike lanes are throughout the neighborhood and there is a great bus system. Due to the variety of ways to get around, this is one of the best neighborhoods in Austin for university faculty, staff and students.

North Austin – Great Hills

Great Hills gives you a quiet secluded neighborhood with an easy commute. It’s close to Austin’s major highways including Loop 360, Mopac, and 183 so you can commute quickly into downtown or the suburbs. Great Hills is also just minutes from the Arboretum and the Domain, so shopping and dining is never far away! This is one of the best neighborhoods in Austin for people looking for a peaceful environment with beautiful views.

South Austin – Circle C

Located in Southwest Austin, Circle C is off Loop One at Slaughter. The neighborhood boasts a taste of the Texas hill country while still remaining close to the city. This is one of the best neighborhoods in Austin for families. It includes single-family houses, apartments, shopping centers and highly-rated schools. Circle C is perfect for people wanting a suburban feel with easy access to downtown!

East Austin

East Austin has seen quite an emergence of growth and revival in the past few years. This area has become one of the best neighborhoods in Austin for hip young professionals. New restaurants, bars, breweries, and apartment projects are added regularly to keep residents busy and active! Plus you’re a quick commute downtown via the MetroRail, bus, or bike.

East Riverside – Oltorf

The East Riverside and Oltorf neighborhood is southeast of downtown. It provides residents with the ability to bike to work via the boardwalk, plus lots of public transportation options. Rental rates for apartments in this area vary depending on proximity to Lady Bird Lake and the age of the complex. If you’re willing to move your search a couple of blocks away, you can save a ton of money!

Southpark Meadows

Southpark Meadows is chock full of brand-new apartment complexes! If you’re looking to be the first to live in a complex, let’s go tour some of these South Austin spots that almost all have resort-style pools, fitness centers, and more high-end amenities.