If you’re the kind of soul who prefers a spacious front yard of pecan trees to a city skyline view—while also being close to the fun and convenience of city life—North Austin is the place to hang your cowboy hat. This stretch of Austin—from the quirky North Loop vintage shops all the way north to 45, and 35 and Mopac to the east and west—is every bit as friendly and funky as the rest, just with a little slower pace of life. Perfect for families, young professionals, and anyone else who doesn’t mind being a short bus or car ride away from the music festivals and goings-on of the city center.
Besides, there’s so much to keep you busy in this part of town you might not even want to leave. Burnet Road stands out as the main drag of North Austin, with spots like longtime local fave Upper Crust bakery, Southern-comfort/Asian-fusion cafe the Peached Tortilla, and date-night worthy Apothecary wine bar. Anderson Lane is also home to a bevy of Saturday-night spots, like the Goodnight for karaoke, bowling, and barfare, and cinephile fave Alamo Drafthouse. You can easily spend a day at swanky TopGolf driving range, the Chinatown Center, or up-scale outdoor mall the Domain. For some true Austin history, visit Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon—you can’t call yourself a true Texan until you’ve played a round of chickenshit bingo—retro fast food staple Top Notch Burgers, as featured in Austin’s own Dazed and Confused, or the historic Threadgill’s, where a young Janis Joplin got her singin’ start.
North Austin is a perfect example of why Austin has consistently been voted as one of the best and fastest-growing US cities. Because sure, you can find your own brand of unique fun here seven nights a week, but it’s also a place to grow your career. ACC Highland has a campus here, and Silicon Hills earned its name thanks to this part of town, which is home to businesses such as Hewlett Packard, Google, Microsoft, Apple, and National Instruments.
With such top-notch employers and recreation to keep you busy, you’ll be needing a peaceful place to call your home on the range. And that’s just what you’ll find in North Austin. Trendy Brentwood is perfect for families who want walkability and pockets of entertainment, as is Crestview, whose Metro station makes for convenient downtown access.
Don’t be surprised to see a lemonade stand and garage sales signs in community-friendly neighborhoods like Allandale and North Shoal Creek. Walnut Creek is one of Austin’s oldest neighborhoods, complete with its own park of hiking trails and swimming pools, and the Copperfield nature trail is another close-by spot perfect for an afternoon spent in the park.