North Austin


North Austin is comprised of quiet, peaceful neighborhoods and the area is surrounded by excellent shopping, restaurants, and recreational activities. The North Austin area is approximately a 15-minute drive from downtown and is next to many of the city’s major employers. North Austin is well known for its affordable housing, larger floor plans, and proximity to a variety of businesses and shops. Major roadways including FM 620, U.S. 183, IH-35 Mo-Pac and the new toll roads make navigating around North Austin a breeze. Most of the retail experiences are with chain stores, but you can find smaller, independent shops. The CapMetro Rail stops at Kramer Lane and Howard Station provide residents with public transportation, so you can let someone else do the driving (or conducting) and avoid being stuck in traffic on the way to work. Enjoy (limited) weekend train service to central, east side, and downtown. Save yourself the hassle of having to pay for parking or drink responsibly and enjoy a sober ride home after enjoying the pleasures of Austin nightlife. Adventurous, gourmet cooks will be delighted to find that North Austin has Latin American, Indian, and Asian grocery stores and a strip mall in the Chinatown/N. Lamar area, featuring authentic Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine. As with all of Austin, the more west you go, the more expensive you’ll find the housing like in Northwest Hills and Balcones.


Location and Boundaries: North Austin consists of 45th street to Parmer Lane, Mopac to I-35.

Neighborhood Zip Codes: 78727, 78728, 78753, and 78758.

Industry in the Area: Austin Plastics and Supply, VirTex Enterprises, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, Dell, Tyco Integrated Security, and Austin Insurance Group.

Food: Tomodachi Sushi (forever fresh sushi in a stylish yet low-key environment) Café Java (local café dishing out consistently tasty comfort food), Tacodeli, French Quarter Grille (casual Cajun cuisine), North by Northwest (wide variety of specialty beers served with new American cuisine), Trudy’s North Star (local Tex-Mex staple with popular brunch and happy hour), Matamoros Tacos (don’t be fooled by the gas station exterior, some of the tastiest and most authentic Mexican is served here), Ramen Tatsu-Ya (buzzy noodle house with funky vibe), Chuy’s, Din Ho Chinese BBQ (super authentic Chinese eatery), Mighty Fine Burgers (Austin-based burger chain a cut above your average fast food joint), and Balkan Café and Grill (traditional grilled Serbian fare with kebabs and hookah).

Drinks and Entertainment: Parmer Lane Tavern (one of Austin’s best dives with wallet-friendly drinks, poker games, pool, and shuffleboard), The Canary Roost (colorful neighborhood characters and cheap karaoke), The Hideout Pub (laid-back bar with bar games, brews, and burgers), The Domain (upscale shopping mall), Topgolf (high tech driving range with drinking lounge), K1 Speed (indoor racing center with electric go-carts for ages), 11th Hour Escape, Maze Rooms Austin, The Perplexium (along with 11th Hour and Maze, Perplexium provides cerebral fun for the whole family, use your critical thinking skills to unlock maze puzzles), 4th Tap Brewery (spacious microbrewery with picnic tables and a different food truck every week), Adelbert’s Brewery (colossal brewery with a seafood dining trailer), Austin Beerworks (enjoy a beer in the middle of a working brewery), IPic Movie Theater (menu items like truffle fries and lobster rolls are a welcome change from the standard corn dogs and frozen pizza fare), and The Domain (boutique shopping mall).

Outdoor Attractions: Nature lovers will find plenty to do in North Austin: Walnut Creek Park (dog-friendly recreation area with multiple softball fields and a large, clean public pool the whole family can enjoy), Pioneer Farms (part petting zoo, part historical site), Mills Pond and Park (wear good walking shoes and bring bread for the adorable ducks and geese), and Lake Pflugerville (swimming, kayaking, and fishing piers).

Schools and Family: Davis Elementary School, Parmer Lane Elementary School, Lake Travis Special Education, Westview Middle School, John B Connally High School, NYOS Charter School, Brentwood Christian School, and KIPP Austin Collegiate.

Average Sales Price: $269,000

Notable Neighborhoods and Building Styles: Many neighborhoods retain that retro feel since they were built in the 1960s and 70s. Homes have a modest, traditional style. For some, these homes mean an opportunity to find a renovation project or fixer upper. Others may adore the traditional neighborhoods with sidewalks and streetlights, and many buyers want affordable housing convenient to where they work, excellent schools or shopping areas. Listings for North Austin homes for sale are often contemporary, mid-century modern or traditional styles and average about 2,200 square feet in size. Most homes are single-family with brick, stone and siding exteriors. They feature covered entries and patios and front-load garages or carports. National builders are creating new neighborhoods in North Austin that take advantage of the area's convenient location to schools and employment centers. North Austin is known for large shopping areas such as the Domain and Arboretum Mall.

The Arboretum neighborhood is known for its gorgeous views of Lake Austin and closeness to the Texas Hill Country. Buyers can choose from a condo or a single family home. Only five minutes away from MoPac, gives residents easy access to any part of Austin. Arboretum residents have their pick of shopping whether it’s Trader Joe’s, Sprouts Farmers Market (for the health-conscious foodie), Barnes & Noble, Restoration Hardware, TJ Maxx, The Gap, Banana Republic, Chicos, Sax Fifth Avenue, or The Pottery Barn. Many consider the Arboretum the “new Austin” which makes it something of a hidden gem. The abundance of corporations and businesses such as the JJ Pickle Research Center or IBM means that residents often have a short commute and don’t have to deal with traffic congestion.

North of Parmer Lane you’ll find some older neighborhoods with a small town feel like Wells Branch, which has some of Austin’s cheapest housing while still being close to downtown. Some of the homes have travertine tile, hardwood floors, and granite countertops while other houses are your standard one-to-two story structures. Katherine Fleisher Park offers a playground, disc golf, and kite flying area to Wells Branch residents and their families. Dining and entertainment at The Domain are only five miles away, and you can dance and sing karaoke at Homer’s Bar and Grille, or play bar games at Rack Daddy’s.

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