Where is The Best Place to Live in Austin: 2022

Where is The Best Place to Live in Austin: 2022


This is your guide to finding the best neighborhood to call home!

So you are moving to Austin and looking for a place to settle down. There are a few things that play a role in finding your forever home. 

Are you renting or buying? Are you a student? What is your career? Do you love or hate the city? 

All of these and more can influence your home selection process. 

But don’t fear!!!

Our wonderful team at HardHat have put together a list of the TOP FIVE best neighborhoods in Austin. 

At the top of our list we have…

Downtown Austin

 Are you looking for an immersive “Keep Austin Weird'' experience, then downtown is the place to be. Direct your eyes to the luxury high-rise condos and apartments that complement the local businesses and historic sites that fill the downtown area. Downtown is riddled with beautiful neighborhoods offering a selection of shops, historic parks, music venues, and plenty of hidden gems to explore! Featured neighborhoods are Congress avenue stretching 11 blocks filled with fast take-out and fine dining. Congress Ave. also has plenty of boutiques to underground jazz clubs.  Grab drinks Upstairs at Caroline and a bite to eat at Homeslice Pizza and finish the night out at the famous Paramount Theater.  

Austin’s famous 6th Street which is ranked NUMBER 1 in the whole country for the amount of bars in a single ZipCode, the 78701 ZipCode, is located in this neighborhood. That’s right there are 88 bars, that's one bar for every 67 people. 

Barton Hills

Home to the famous Austin City Limits (ACL). Barton Hills merges historic homes with beautiful newly constructed homes located minutes away from major roads, parks, schools, and many more amenities - we will get to those soon. This neighborhood is next to the Barton Creek Greenbelt where you can explore the trails and observe the beautiful scenery.  If you are heading towards downtown Austin be sure to stop at the beautiful 350 acre Zilker Park which is animal friendly and a hot spot for off leash fun! 

Housing construction began in the 1940’s and 1950’s when William Barton first laid his eyes on that beautiful piece of land. Throughout the years Barton Hills exploded with new and diverse homes. 

The key attraction at Barton Hills is all of the outdoor activities that are at your disposal. You have one of the largest natural springs found in the entire great state of Texas, Bartons Springs.

North Lamar Boulevard


North Lamar is a great mix of urban life and suburban peace. It is parallel with I-35 giving it easy access to all of Austin. Many of N. Lamar’s residents enjoy outdoor dining and visiting all of the shops and boutiques that line the boulevard. People can enjoy the best food Austin has to offer while soaking up the sun. N. Lamar is home to many local businesses, helping keep the culture of Austin alive and growing. 

Are you wanting to go kayaking or paddle boarding? Head down to Lady bird lake or Shoal Creek Greenbelt to enjoy plenty of fun in the sun! 


What can I say? 

This one might be my favorite. Congress Avenue has a little bit of everything for the whole family. We have West, East, and the famous South Congress (SoCo)/. Congress Ave. is surrounded by both I-35 and Highway 290, and at its southernmost tip we have William Cannon Dr. 

Congress neighborhood has apartments for rent, like Windsor on the Lake and AMLI Downtown. Congress is not limited to just apartments; they have condos and single family homes. The homes vary in size and style going from ranch style or a single story family home. 

Congress is littered with local dives where you can grab a cocktail at the Magnolia Cafe, do some quick shopping, and end the night with a lovely dinner at Perlas. 

 Congress is also neighboring Lady Bird Lake and is a short drive away from Barton Springs. 

West Lake Hills

Here it is folks. I know you have been waiting for this one… WEST LAKE! 

Westlake is very well known for its massive luxurious houses and its breathtaking rolling hills. This neighborhood is located about five miles outside of downtown Austin. 

The styles of houses in West Lake vary from beautiful luxury estates to classic modern mansions. You also have Texas style ranches next door to a beautiful villa. You will see homes with private yards featuring stone outdoor kitchens and pools fit for royalty. 

This neighborhood is also located close to Zilker Park, and the beautiful Red Bud Isle, a perfect place to take you furry friends. 

If you and your family are looking to make the move to Austin. I hope that we at HardHat can make your move quick, easy, and worry free.

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