You should live here if you love older homes, and prefer to live close to downtown. You may be just coming out of the partying stage as your family grows – you still want access to bars without actually going to any of them.
This used to be one of the more affordable central Austin neighborhoods but in recent years, prices have shot up. Full disclosure, this is where I live and I LOVE IT. We were also lucky to get into the ‘hood in 2008, before all the restaurants moved in nearby and prices increased.
Crestview has the oldest homes, built in the 1940-50s, and are the smallest of this area (but to me, have the most charm). Brentwood was built next in the 1950s and 60s, and the homes are a little bit bigger. Allendale came next, in the 1960s and 70s, and has the largest floorplans. If you are concerned about schools, Allendale tracks to the best schools in this area, but Crestview and Brentwood’s schools are pretty good as well.
In any of these neighborhoods, you can find fixer-uppers, maintained homes, or fully remodeled and expanded homes.
- Major neighborhood names:
Brentwood, Crestview and Allandale
- ZIP codes to use in MLS searches: 78756, 78757
- 2016 median listing price: $499k
- 2016 price per sq ft: $309
- Rental Prices: Mid range of market
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$250k and under
- South Austin (South of Hwy 71)
- Central Austin (Along Lamar & Burnet Rd)
- North Austin Suburbs (Round Rock, Pflugerville, Cedar Park)
- East Austin
$500k and up
- Central Austin (Hyde Park)
- Central Austin (around MOPAC)
- South Austin (78704)
- Parts of South Austin (Circle C)
- West Austin Suburbs
PLEASE NOTE: This is a general breakdown of Austin neighborhoods by price range and neighborhood. Exceptions to be found everywhere! I’ve heavily sprinkled in my opinions about areas and admit my Central Austin bias.
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