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Old 01-15-2013, 02:06 AM
 
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We'll be relocating to Austin within a couple of months and need some advice as to which neighborhoods we should look at. We would love to live in a neighborhood that has shops, cafes, restaurants, grocery, etc all within walking distance of our home. We want to drive as little as possible in our day to day lives. Does that exist in Austin? We are a mid-30's married couple with a 3yr old daughter and 2 fur-kids. Good schools and safety are also important. Thanks!
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:35 AM
 
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We'll be relocating to Austin within a couple of months and need some advice as to which neighborhoods we should look at. We would love to live in a neighborhood that has shops, cafes, restaurants, grocery, etc all within walking distance of our home. We want to drive as little as possible in our day to day lives. Does that exist in Austin? We are a mid-30's married couple with a 3yr old daughter and 2 fur-kids. Good schools and safety are also important. Thanks!
Depends on budget. A few centrally located neighborhoods have this. Sometimes referred to here an elsewhere as either Old West Austin or Clarksville (Clarksville is technically smaller but people refer to entire area as Clarksville) is the best of them. But you will pay a very pretty premium to get there. To a lesser extent you can find it in Travis Heights and Hyde Park - both also quite pricey.

Bouldin and North Loop (being somewhat less pricey but increasingly interesting) are also options.

Mueller is an interesting option as well if you can wait out the development for about 5 more years, it's new community but centrally located in the East side. lots are small, like an inner city urban neighborhood. It already has great parks and trails, and a few casual dining options, and it's getting what looks to be a nice new grocery store this summer. It'll be home to the children's museum under construction, a theatre, possibly cinema, shops, restaurants, cafes, etc. all a 5-10 min walk to most homes. It may one day have a school too, but that is up to voters when and if it comes up for a vote on school bonds.

Other than that there are isolated pockets here or there.
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:11 AM
 
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Depends on budget and your where work location is.
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:15 AM
 
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Allandale might be a good choice since schools are important and it's a lot cheaper than the other areas mentioned (with good schools). But, just to set your expectations first, what you're looking for in walkability is extremely desirable in the Austin area. Because the Austin metro area is so spread out, walkability is somewhat rare for the entire area and that drives housing costs way up in the areas that do have walkability. Throw out what you've seen for the median housing cost if your main want is walkability.

If schools and safety are at the top of your list then you can easily find something under $300K (without great walkability). If walkability is at the top of your list (while still having acceptable public schools and safety), that $300K price is closer to the starting point and goes way up from there. With that said, some places just outside of Austin like Round Rock have a couple affordable areas where you could walk to a grocery store, but being able to drive as little as possible in the Austin area costs a premium so your price range is definitely needed.
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:46 AM
 
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It's pretty far south, but parts of Circle C fits the bill, I think.
Between the austinisd.org website for finding school rankings and google maps for finding groceries and restaurants you could work it out.
Also, some real estate web sites have walkability scores, but I'd confirm with some "google stalking".
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:59 AM
 
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It's pretty far south, but parts of Circle C fits the bill, I think.
Between the austinisd.org website for finding school rankings and google maps for finding groceries and restaurants you could work it out.
Also, some real estate web sites have walkability scores, but I'd confirm with some "google stalking".
uh - Circle C is almost completely car dependent - having sidewalks does not walkability make.
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Old 01-15-2013, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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The walk from Circle C, through the greenbelts and parks to Escarpment Village where most of the shops and restaurants are is 1-1.5 miles depending on where you live in CC. If you live in one of the subdivisions directly N. of CC an Slaughter Lane it is easily only 1/2 mile or less for much of the area.

I live a little further N. in Legend Oaks which is only 1 mile from Escarpment Village. It is not a bad walk at all and a nice bicycle ride. My neighbor walks his dog down to Starbucks in Escarpment Village almost every day for his morning coffee.
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Old 01-15-2013, 02:16 PM
 
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I'd check out Allendale
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:54 AM
 
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Depending on your budget, Far West is a possibility, as is Barton Hills and the neighborhoods west of South Lamar down to Ben White.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Central Austin
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Allandale, Rosedale, Brentwood, Crestview...
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