There are over 2,053,000 people living in Austin, Texas. It’s not difficult to understand why so many people call the Capital City home. Residents get to choose homes from urban apartments to family-oriented suburbs. Not to mention the wide variety of things to see and do all around the city. Visit parks, head to the pool, do some shopping or have a meal at one of the many five star restaurants in the area. Here are the 8 top-ranked neighborhoods in the Austin area.

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1. Cherrywood

Cherrywood is a small, but beautiful, neighborhood that is popular with single professionals and young families. There are about 4,200 people living in Cherrywood. Most residents are between the ages of 20 and 40. The median home price in Cherrywood is $575,000 at $421 per square foot. Schools in Cherrywood are managed by Austin Independent School District.

Most students in Cherrywood attend Maplewood Elementary School, Kealing Middle School and Gonzalo Garza High School. 

Residents in Cherrywood like to visit Patterson Neighborhood Park and take a dip in the pool or play a game of tennis. Because it is so close to Downtown Austin, many like to explore other parts of the city for dining and attractions.

2. Steiner Ranch

Steiner Ranch is a master-planned community located a little west of Austin, Texas. It contains luxury apartments and custom built homes that are sure to be a perfect fit for any family. There are almost 18,000 people living in Steiner Ranch with the median age being 40 years old. The median home price in Steiner Ranch is about $605,000 at $201 per square foot. 

Schools in Steiner Ranch are overseen by the Leander Independent School District. Steiner Ranch Elementary School, Canyon Ridge Middle School and Vandegrift High School are the most attended schools in Steiner Ranch. 

In this community, residents can enjoy spending time on the Colorado River, hiking at one of the nearby parks or taking it easy at one of the neighborhood’s community centers.

3. Allandale

This beautiful neighborhood is a great spot for families that want a suburban community while staying close to the city. Allandale has a population of about 6,500 people with most residents being between the ages of 30 and 50. The median home price in Allandale is about $630,000 to $700,000. 

Austin Independent School District manages the public schools in Allandale. Most students in Allandale attend Gullett Elementary School, Lamar Middle School and McCallum High School. 

With the Colorado River nearby and Downtown Austin only a short drive away, there is no lack of things to do in the area. Get some fresh air at local parks, try a new dish at one of the many dining spots or spend the day shopping.

4. East Oak Hill

One of the most scenic neighborhoods in Austin, East Oak Hill is quiet and tight-knit. The Travis County neighborhood has a population of about 14,500 people, with most residents being between the ages of 25 and 55. The median home price in East Oak Hill is about $590,000 at $289 per square foot. The schools in East Oak Hill are managed by the Austin Independent School District. 

Students in East Oak Hill attend Oak Hill Elementary, Small Middle School and Crockett High School. East Oak Hill is located right next to one of the best green spaces in Austin: Barton Creek Greenbelt and Wilderness Park. 

The area has plenty of shopping centers, fine and casual dining, activity centers, golf courses and more.

5. Hyde Park

Looking for a residential area with an urban appeal? Then Hyde Park might be just the place for you! This historic neighborhood is located close to Downtown Austin and all that the area has to offer. Most of the 8,000 residents in Hyde Park are between the ages of 25 and 50. The median home price in this Travis County neighborhood is $735,000 at about $453 per square foot. 

Austin Independent School District manages the schools in the neighborhood. Students attend Ridgetop Elementary School, Hyde Park Middle School and W.R. Robbins High School. 

Many Hyde Park residents enjoy teeing up at the nearby Hancock Golf Course. Outside of golfing, there are plenty of opportunities to check out the local shopping, dining and nightlife.

6. Zilker

Zilker is one of the most exciting neighborhoods in Austin. You can find lively entertainment, a park with over 350 acres of space and all kinds of shopping and dining. There are almost 7,500 people living in Zilker with most being between 25 and 45 years old. The median home price in Zilker is $940,000 at $510 per square foot. However, housing as low as $250,000 can be found. 

Austin Independent School District oversees all public schools in and around Zilker. Families typically send their students to Zilker Elementary School, Sarah Beth Middle School and William B. Travis High School. 
One of the main attractions in Zilker is the park of the same name. Acres and acres of land plus a botanical garden make it a great place to spend the day.

7. Bouldin Creek

Known for its quirkiness, Bouldin Creek is one of the best neighborhoods to live in the Austin area. Almost 10,500 people live in Bouldin Creek. Most residents are between 20 and 40 years old. Due to its popularity, the median home price in Bouldin Creek is $1 million at $600 per square foot. However, housing as low as $230,000 can be found. 

Schools in Bouldin Creek are managed by the Austin Independent School District. Bouldin Creek students attend Becker Elementary School, Sarah Beth Middle School and William B. Travis High School. 

Bouldin Creek is full of hip coffee shops, unique small businesses and colorful homes. This is one of the best neighborhoods for people who want to “Keep Austin Weird.”

8. Mueller

There is plenty to do right in the neighborhood of Mueller. While it is mostly full of single family homes, there are also some apartments and townhomes available. Mueller has a population of about 5,750 people.The neighborhood has a median list price of about $650,000 at $338 per square foot. 

Schools in Mueller are managed by Austin Independent School District. Students in Mueller attend Maplewood Elementary School, Hyde Park Middle School and Gonzalo Garza High School. 

Mueller is unique in that it is focused on being environmentally friendly. As you drive through Mueller, you may catch glimpses of solar panels and other environmental structures. The neighborhood also contains beautiful parks, film studios, incredible dining and shopping.

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