As the price of gas continues to rise and the number of cars on the road continues to increase, a walkable lifestyle is becoming more and more important to buyers. Especially, when you work in a field where you are required to sit or stand most of the time, it is a refreshing change of pace to be able to walk home from work or walk to get your daily groceries.
Walking is a great way to get some gentle exercise. In a city like Austin where the weather tends to be mild throughout the year, walkability is key factor that many buyers are interested in when choosing a home. Being able to walk to work also means you can dodge the brunt of five o’ clock traffic or construction zone traffic.
If a walkable lifestyle is important to you, here are top five walkable Austin neighborhoods you should consider.
As you might have guessed, the most walkable neighborhood in the city is Downtown. Over the past decade, the Downtown Austin neighborhood has grown in exciting ways. What was once a city not so well known for its Downtown core is now a city with a thriving, dynamic city center. Today, you will find that Downtown Austin is packed with hundreds of restaurants, bars, pubs, and cocktail lounges. The skyline is composed of elegant towers of glass, steel, and concrete. Many of these handsome affairs are condo buildings and offices. Downtown Austin real estate tends to be pricey, but from the heart of the city, you are just steps from recreation on Ladybird Lake, live music on West 6th Street, and work opportunities throughout the core. The Downtown real estate market includes a range of new and old builds.
As the name suggests, this neighborhood can be found on the western edge of the University of Texas. Guadalupe Street is the main shopping district in this community, and it is composed of an eclectic mixture of commercial buildings and residential spaces. The West University real estate market is quite diverse. Interested buyers will find that there are quite a few apartment-style condos in this part of the city, but there are also a few single-family homes in the area. West University is full of young, student energy, and tends to be one of the more affordable walkable neighborhoods.
Walkable neighborhoods aren’t just those that are close to Downtown or major centers like the university, some of the most walkable communities in Austin were carefully planned to be that way by community designers. Mueller is a great example of a master-planned community that was constructed in such a way that residents enjoy easy access to a wealth of amenities and recreation options. The neighborhood is located in North Central Austin. Within the community itself, residents can enjoy the beautiful Mueller Lake Park and a comprehensive retail corridor. The neighborhood is also within walking distance of Morris Williams Golf Course. Mueller is a new community, and buyers will find that in some spots of the neighborhood, construction is still ongoing. Development is anticipated to be complete in 2025. Prices for a Mueller home for sale start around $300,000 and can exceed more than triple that.
Located just west of Downtown, Clarksville is a great community for families. The main housing style in this neighborhood is the single-family house, although there are several condos to be found throughout the area as well. Residents of Clarksville will find that they are just a short walk from Ladybird Lake Park, Zilker Metropolitan Park, the thriving live music scene along 6th Street, and opportunities for work in Downtown. This community is also close to Austin High School, a highly reputed learning institution. The neighborhood of Clarksville is over a hundred years old, and buyers will find that there is a great assortment of architectural styles to be found. Prices on the Clarksville real estate market begin around $300,000 and can exceed a million depending on the size of the home and the level of luxury.
Located in the south of Austin, the community of Bouldin Creek is perfect for those who want to be close to all kinds of restaurants and shops while still enjoying life in a charming suburb. The Bouldin Creek real estate market features a great selection of historic homes that date back to the 1920s and earlier. Bouldin Creek is sandwiched between two commercial corridors. Residents will find that they are surrounded by great places to eat. When festivals at the nearby Zilker Park happen throughout the year, residents of Bouldin Creek will find that they are within easy walking distance to enjoy the festivities.
For more information on which Austin neighborhood will best fit your lifestyle, contact one of the experts at Keller Williams Austin Realty. We will be happy to lend you the full benefit of our experience as you browse Austin homes for sale.