Looking for your home sweet home in Austin, Texas? You have some dynamic options when it comes to looking for real estate in one of the fastest-growing cities in America! This blog post will guide you through some of the best suburbs in and around the Austin metro area. From lakeside and golf course homes to Texas hill country living with quintessential charming small-town vibes – and everything in between – there’s a perfect place for everyone just outside of the big city.
If the suburb lifestyle is calling your name and you want to entertain Austin’s dynamic options for your new home, one of these ten suburbs of Austin could be where you land!
Located just 15 miles North of Austin, Round Rock has an array of amenities and home styles to offer all. This suburb of Austin gets its name from a literal round rock that protrudes from flowing water of the popular Brushy Creek.
Visitors and residents alike have plenty of entertainment to enjoy – from catching a Round Rock Express baseball game at the Dell Diamond or playing 18-holes at Teravista Golf Club or Forest Creek Golf Club, to year-round swimming at America’s Largest Indoor Waterpark at Kalahari Resort and Convention Center. These popular attractions make Round Rock, Texas an exciting place to live and play. While enjoying many options of restaurants and shopping (include the Round Rock Premium Outlet Mall), don’t forget to grab a signature Round Rock Donut!
When it comes to schools in the area, Round Rock ISD is a highly rated, public school that is recognized throughout the state and nation for excellence. Being nationally recognized as “one of the country’s most livable towns” makes this a popular option for homebuyers. Popular neighborhoods in the areas include Brushy Creek, Teravista and Avery Ranch.
Sixteen miles northwest of Downtown Austin is the flourishing suburb of Cedar Park which appropriately got it’s name from the abundance of Cedar trees and the local park near the railroad that had a “welcome station” for visitors in the 1800s. The area lives up to its name and maintains an abundance of parks to this day. Brushy Creek Lake Park is popular for outdoor activities.
Residents can enjoy a refreshingly cool venue by visiting the HEB Center for a Texas Stars hockey game or one of the many concerts hosted year-round. On a typical day, you can grocery shop at HEB or Whole Foods, have your pick from many restaurants, or get out of the house to work on some health and wellness.
Homebuyers have their pick of low-maintenace garden homes, luxury homes with first-class views of the Hill Country and everything in between. Popular neighborhoods in the area include master planned communities like Cedar Park Town Center, Twin Creeks, and Whitestone Oaks. Cedar Park gets an A+ for access to everyday necessities combined with good schools and many housing options.
Just North of the Q2 Stadium (where Austin’s MLS Soccer Team plays) is Pflugerville, Texas – where affordability meets accessibility. Residents have easy access to many different parts of Austin because of its proximity to Toll Roads and major highways.
If you’re looking to have some fun in the sun, visit Typhoon Texas or Lake Pflugerville. Local golf enthusiasts have options right out their doorstep when visiting courses like Blackhawk Golf Club. If you can’t get enough golf, head to the Golf Club at Star Ranch just down the road in Hutto! Residents and visitors can prepare their own farm-to-table experience outside of the city by checking out the Pflugerville Pfarmers Market at Heritage Park on Tuesdays.
Pflugerville is home to an expansive spectrum of master-planned community options, many with outdoor and kid-friendly amentities like ponds, playscapes, pools and hiking and biking trails. Falcon Pointe, Villages of Hideen Lake and Highland Park are just a few of the popular neighborhoods in Pflugerville, each with different character and floor plan options to fit your household’s needs. When it comes to affordable accessibility to Downtown Austin and great neighborhood features, Pflugerville is a great option.
Take a scenic drive 20 minutes West of Downtown Austin and you will find yourself in a community devoted to outdoor activity (and Texas football, of course!). From watersports to tennis courts, golf courses to school sports, the Lake Travis area attracts those looking to maintain an active lifestyle.
Outside of the many options available at the Hill Country Galleria, you can find many more restaurants and entertainment options, like High 5 Bowling and Family Entertainment which is a popular local attraction for all ages.
While esteemed public schools and competitive sports within Lake Travis ISD draw many people to the area, the housing options the community offers are attractive as well. If you’re looking for something special, this may be the spot for you as you can find homes on the private University of Texas Golf Course, lakeside… or even on a private airport runway. When considering Lake Travis as your next landing spot, you will not be disappointed with your options in Rough Hollow, Steiner Ranch, Lake Pointe, and The Hills of Lakeway and many more neighborhoods.
Traveling past Cedar Park, you will stumble upon a hidden gem of an area called Liberty Hill. Due to the proximity to the city, the area may be best suited for those suited for telecommuters or those locally-employed. With distance, comes slower living that appeals to many – and also outdoor fun.
Residents and visitors can spend the day swimming, boating or fishing in the waters of Tejas Park if they aren’t hiking the 26-mile San Gabriel Trail or enjoying a year-round calendar of events for holidays, the local rodeo and hot air balloon festival.
One of the most popular communities with newer single-family homes is Santa Rita Ranch. This community has won “Master Plan Community of the Year” several times because of the amenities offered: two resort-style pools and splash pad, fishing lake, Wellness Center and full calendar of events for the residents. While most residents travel to neighboring areas for larger amenities or more mainstream events, the quiet and calm that Liberty Hill provides is rural living at its finest.
If you are looking to stay within the Austin area, South Austin is an established yet thriving community to consider.
There is truly something for everyone here and fun can be had enjoying live music at a local venue, hiking and biking the Velloway or other greenbelt trails, and tons more! Hiking or camping at nearby McKinney Falls State Park is also a quintessential Austin experience.
Since South Austin is already an established area, the local Austin ISD schools have plenty to offer as far as credibility. These homes within the city limits come in all shapes and sizes. You can have your pick of what fits your needs – whether condos in Gabardine, single-family homes in Shady Hollow or golf course homes in Circle C suit you best. Then you can jet right up MoPac into Downtown Austin.
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Head Northbound 35 to where small town meets big city and home to the “Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas”. Georgetown’s quaint yet hospitable vibe attracts those looking for a suburb with character and charm.
The outdoor activity options in Georgetown are attractions that attract visitors from all over the city and state. Visit Inner Space Caverns to walk through and learn about the vast underground caves that spread through the region. Lake Georgetown is a popular year-round activity for all things outdoors – boating and fishing, picnicking and swimming, and even camping! You can spend a whole day just in the town square eating, shopping for antiques, clothing and toys, learning the rich history in The Williamson Museum and ending the day at one of the several wineries or breweries.
With more than 100 historic homesites, Georgetown also offers the chance to build a new home with modern floor plans in .Venture into a few of the top neighborhoods like Wolf Ranch where you can pick your favorite builder and build your own home, or head to Berry Creek to see what golf course living could be like. Because larger neighborhoods are located on city boundaries, parts of Teravista and Santa Rita Ranch, (neighborhoods previously mentioned) are located within Georgetown and feed different schools and city services.
Just West of Austin, sits a beautiful suburb where more and more people are planting their roots. Known as the “Gateway to the Hill Country”, Dripping Springs sits right between the City of Austin and rural Hill Country cities like Johnson City and Fredericksburg and gets the best of both worlds.
You can’t find more beautiful nature while still being as close to the city as Dripping Spings.The area is gifted with natural swimming holes like Hamilton Pool and prides itself on stargazing abilities, due to the lack of light pollution from the the city – the area hosts the “Dark Sky Festival” in March. Don’t forget to visit Dreamland for all-ages entertainment! Residents here feel a large sense of community and often mingle at the farmers market (ranked the “best in all of Texas”!) or at school events.
Homes within the area feed the exemplary school district of Dripping Springs ISD. The great schools, great homes (some with amazing hill country views) and great neighbors make this suburb of Austin one of the most popular when buying a home for all ages.
Located “Just South of Weird”, Buda maintains the small town vibe within the ample space for parks and many master-planned communities. While it’s named the “Outdoor Capital of Texas”, Buda is famously known (at least locally) for it’s yearly Wiener Dog Races at the local city park and Main Street.
Grab your computer and some joe (or a cocktail) at Nate’s Coffee and Cocktails or bring the family to eat and play yard games at Willies Joint. With Circuit of the Americas just minutes away via Toll Road, you have easy access to experience big city events.
When homebuyers look for a mix of affordability and accessibility to the South of Austin, Buda is typically high on their list to check out. Popular neighborhoods in the area where you can find resale homes include Whispering Hollow and Garlic Creek. The largest of the master-planned communities in the areas is Sunfield, which boasts numerous amenities like dog parks, community pools, and a lazy river!
You can find Kyle, Texas about 20 miles South of Austin. For a suburb outside of the Austin city limits, this suburb serves residents with plenty of entertainment options and has easy access for day trips to nearby Hill Country cities.
What’s more charming that a town known for its pie? The Texas Pie Company is not to be missed when checking out the area – a local favorite as well as a feature in several national media outlets. Other notable places to visit within Kyle are the Plum Creek Golf Course, Lake Kyle, and EVO Entertainment for comfortable movie watching, bowling and more. Kyle is also attractive to those who commute to work or school in other cities nearby like San Marcos, New Braunfels or San Antonio.
If the area seems to fit your needs, you can find many options of single-family homes within popular neighborhoods like Crosswinds, Four Seasons Farm, Stagecoach Crossing, and more.
West Lake Hills
Surrounded by greenbelts, parks and lakes, West Lake Hills is a large affluent community that spans from the Rollingwood boundary with Downtown Austin to the East, almost all the way West to Lake Travis.
With both Downtown and Lake Austin attractions and views at its core, the area encompasses some of the most beautiful homes in the city, and one of the best school districts for children. For these reasons, West Lake Hills is known as one of the top suburbs in the city – and the home prices certainly fit the demand. Homebuyers looking to call West Lake Hills home, can find many options ranging from low-maintenance townhomes to gated estates sprawling across the side of rolling hills or Lake Austin waterfront.
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Resources on school ratings and crime rate, we recommend visiting the following:
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David and Alyssa Ramirez are Native Austinites who have seen the city grow in all ways. With their Austin roots and family backgrounds in real estate, they were destined to find passion in the industry, which has flourished into profound knowledge of the Austin Real Estate market. Being a lifetime resource for all things real estate and Austin is their #1 goal. TheIR team is consistently recognized as a top producing team with awards from the Austin Business Journal (#15 in Austin), Platinum Top 50 (since 2017), and the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (#44, 48 and 98 in the country, since 2020).