The authentic and warm suburban hive buzzing with life.
Welcome to North Central Austin
Minutes from downtown Austin and north of the Colorado River, North Central Austin consists of several eclectic neighborhoods, including Northwest Hills, Great Hills, Allandale, Highland Park West, Rosedale, Shoal Creek, and Crestview. These communities have everything, ranging from suburban, oak-lined streets with a residential feel to urban-styled homes surrounded by boutiques and hip new restaurants. Home to the University of Texas, North Central Austin has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing, best neighborhoods to live in.
In North Central Austin, you’ll find historic Hyde Park, which is thought to be the city’s first suburb. With origins that trace back to 1891, it’s easy to see how the residential housing in this area—one of the most densely populated in the city—has blossomed into a cornucopia of varied styles.
In Hyde Park, as well as several other neighborhoods, you’ll have your pick of gorgeous condos and apartments, updated sprawling bungalows, modern new-builds with open floor plans, and even chateau-inspired estates tucked away in the more exclusive neighborhoods, all near the heart of Austin’s active downtown.
What to Love
Convenient city living with several residential neighborhoods
A diverse mix of population and lifestyles
Culinary variety and excellence and tons of restaurants
People & Lifestyle
North Central Austin is a wonderful blend of families and young professionals enjoying the luxury of Austin’s opportunities. The median age for this area falls largely in the middle, and the employment leans heavily towards the white-collar. Thanks to the blend of cultures and neighborhoods, there’s a place for everyone here, and in North Central Austin, you’ll never find yourself without something to do and enjoy.
Dining, Shopping, & Entertainment
In North Central Austin, you could spend the entire week shopping and still not manage to hit every store and shopping center. A retail paradise, this area offers several large shopping complexes, including The Domain, which houses over 130 stores, restaurants, and spa services. With brands like Tesla, Lululemon, Louis Vuitton, Coach, and American Eagle, this large-scale mall is the perfect place to browse and shop to your heart’s content. Another popular shopping spot, The Arboretum, is the go-to for your day-to-day needs, home goods, and services.
One underpinning commonality running in all of Austin is the desire for excellence, and this is exemplified in the culinary scene. Austinites will cling to their top picks, and many of the titles of “best” in the area are fiercely contested among residents. For tacos, you’ll want to try either Torchy’s Tacos or Tacodeli, two hotly debated local favorites serving up the big flavor and impressive menus. Every day at North Italia, the chef selects a pizza special made using only the freshest ingredients to make Italian classics like pasta from scratch and chicken parmesan. Fine dining and wine pairings are the main event at Bartlett’s, where you can order anything from the in-house ground chuck burgers to fresh seafood or flavorful salads, and taste the dedication to detail in every bite.
Things to Do
Nestled in one of the biggest cities in the country, North Central Austin has access to all of Austin’s impressive festivals that showcase the city’s diverse population of artists, musicians, techies, culinary experts, film enthusiasts, athletes, and so on. Just one example of many, at the Austin Food and Wine Festival, top chefs from central Texas gather to offer up bites of their most famous dishes. You’ll fall in love with the warm atmosphere, hot grills with sizzling fresh BBQ, and plenty of premier wine and spirit exhibitions to keep the party going.
Just 20 minutes out from North Central Austin, you’ll find the Bull Creek District Park's remarkable trails. Spanning 38 acres, this park is named for Bull Creek, which provides park visitors with options to swim and fish. The park also has gorgeous limestone ridges perfect for climbing enthusiasts, as well as several fields and courts for sports activities.
North Central Austin is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
Doss Elementary School, PK & K-5, well-rated public elementary school
Hill Elementary School, PK & K-5, well-rated public elementary school
Murchison Middle, 6-8, well-rated public middle school
Anderson High School, 9-12, one of the top-ranked schools for STEM in Austin
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, K-12, a top-rated private school in the Austin area
St. Teresa’s Catholic School, PK & K-8, highly rated private school
St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, 6-12, highly rated private school
Paragon Prep/The Schools of Paragon, PK & K-8, highly rated private school
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