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Are you looking for the perfect place to raise your family in Austin? To help you find the right one for your family, we’ve put together a list of our favorite family-friendly communities. In our experience, families are attracted to these Austin neighborhoods for their excellent schools, great community amenities and convenient location near workplaces and entertainment. You don’t have to have kids to live in these Austin neighborhoods; the communities on our list make great homes for any Austin resident! Check out our top choices of Austin neighborhoods for families:
1. Circle C
This master-planned community was established in 1988 and has been a top choice for area families ever since. While Circle C may feel cut off from urban amenities, it is just minutes from shopping and entertainment at Escarpment Village and Arbor Trails. Kids in this neighborhood also attend some of the most highly-rated schools in Austin ISD. Circle C is bursting with community amenities, including a swim center, park, tennis club and even a childcare center. The HOA also frequently hosts community events for all residents to attend. To learn more about Circle C, check out our neighborhood profile, or click here to search Circle C homes for sale.
2. Avery Ranch
For a home close to Austin’s Silicon Hills, Avery Ranch is a great choice. Highway 183-A, Highway 45 and RR 620 are the major thoroughfares surrounding the neighborhood that make it easy for residents to commute to central Austin. Avery Ranch is zoned for Leander ISD and Round Rock ISD, which are two of the top districts in the Austin area. With five community centers, a golf course, tennis facilities and pools, it’s hard to run out of things to do in Avery Ranch. The neighborhood is also close to the Alamo Drafthouse, Lakeline Mall, the Round Rock Outlets and other entertainment locales in the area. To learn more about Avery Ranch, check out our neighborhood profile, or click here to search Avery Ranch homes for sale.
While the affluent community of Tarrytown may not offer community-wide amenities, it does offer all the diversions of downtown Austin just minutes away. Families here can also walk to Reed Park and Pool or watch the peacocks at Mayfield Preserve. Children in Tarrytown attend some of Austin ISD’s top schools. You’ll find many of the homes here feature pools, spacious yards and even access to Lake Austin. The neighborhood is also the site of community-wide events throughout the year, including a 4th of July parade. The longevity and history of this quiet community are part of what make Tarrytown a top choice for local families. To learn more about Tarrytown, check out our neighborhood profile, or click here to search Tarrytown homes for sale.
Although Lakeway isn’t a single neighborhood, the whole area is often referenced by Austinites as a great place to raise a family. There are so many communities in Lakeway that are great choices for families; it’s hard to pick one. Top Lake Travis ISD schools, golf courses, parks, and of course, Lake Travis, are just a few of the amenities that Lakeway residents enjoy. The Hill Country Galleria offers great shopping in the area and local restaurants like The Oasis have been community favorites for years. Steiner Ranch, Rough Hollow and Falconhead are some of the most popular neighborhoods in the Lakeway area for families to call home. To learn more about Lakeway, check out our neighborhood profile, or click here to search Lakeway homes for sale.
Although Westlake is just ten minutes from the hubbub of downtown Austin, this community maintains its small town feel. Families choose to call Westlake home for its location within Eanes ISD, the most recognized and highly-acclaimed school district in the Austin area. The Westlake community often hosts community-wide events including parades and block parties throughout the year. Kids will love swimming in Barton Springs or riding the train at Zilker Park nearby. Families can also enjoy a hike through the Barton Creek Greenbelt. Well-known Westlake neighborhoods include the Woods of Westlake, Stratford Drive, Rollingwood and Davenport Ranch. To learn more about Westlake, check out our neighborhood profile, or click here to search Westlake homes for sale.
While these neighborhoods represent our top picks for family-friendly communities in Austin, there are hundreds of neighborhoods all over the Austin area that make great choices for families. To find the perfect neighborhood for your family, check out our Austin Neighborhood Guide.