Austin attracts people from all walks of life. From musicians to artists to traditional families and tech gurus. One reason for this is that there are a multitude of places to live depending on your income, lifestyle and particular needs. Whether you want to live in a downtown loft, historic home, lakeside mansion, or planned community, you can find it in Austin. For those in about to relocate to Austin and search of the most sought-after neighborhoods, we have compiled a list based on location in relation to downtown.

Most popular for young, liberal leaning, people invested in diverse culture, Clarksville is an older neighborhood close to the central business district. The area exemplifies the unique vibe of Austin with its mix of cozy bungalows and historic homes. It also offers close proximity to downtown while still maintaining a real traditional neighborhood feel.

Bryker Woods, Deep Eddy, Pemberton Heights, and Old Enfield are other noteworthy neighborhoods in walking distance to downtown.

Centrally located Tarrytown is one of Austin’s most prestigious neighborhoods. Homes are massive, well-appointed, and come with a high asking price. If you choose to put down roots here your neighbors will be CEOs, politicians, successful entrepreneurs, and even celebrities.

Hyde Park
This historic neighborhood is located north of downtown. To preserve the look and feel of the neighborhood, strict building rules and restrictions are enforced. The result is impeccably preserved bungalows and Victorian homes complete with lush landscaping. The proximity to the University of Texas attracts faculty and graduates, young professionals, and creative residents to this quiet neighborhood.

Great Hills
Great Hills is a family-centered neighborhood located a little further northwest. Homes are mostly two-story contemporary and offer scenic views of waterways, trees, and golf courses. Residents here have easy commutes to tech employers like Texas Instruments, Motorola, and Motive.

Other similar neighborhoods include Canyon Creek, Jester Estates, and Cat Mountain.

Circle C
The neighborhood of Circle C is a modern master-planned community located within the hills southwest of Austin. Circle C is a quiet refuge from the fast paced city that still offers all the conveniences. Moderately priced homes with scenic views are a draw for young families as well as retirees. The are plentiful amenities in the form of swimming, golf, tennis, and nature exploration.

Some other neighborhoods similar to Circle C include Heights at Loma Vista and Legend Oaks.

Westlake Hills
For affluent parents seeking the best education for their children, Westlake Hills is the neighborhood of choice. Westlake Hills is served by the Eanes School District, which is ranked one of the best in Texas. This traditional and conservative neighborhood, populated by tech professionals and other upwardly mobile families, is only six miles from downtown Austin. The hill and canyon views are spectacular and the streets are clean and safe. Barton Creek Greenbelt, offering hiking and biking trails, winds through the community.

Other similarly affluent neighborhoods include Barton Creek, Rollingwood, and Seven Oaks. For those looking to ease into the luxury lifestyle, neighborhood options include Travis Country, Lost Creek, and Senna Hills.