Living in South Austin - Austin, Texas

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South Austin is home to the trendiest and hippiest neighborhoods in Austin, Texas. With a great mix of old Austin charm and new trendy residents, this neighborhood is one that you don’t want to miss out on. 

The neighborhood is also home to the famous South Congress Avenue, which is a bustling street that has plenty of restaurants, shops, and bars. It’s also known for its unique shopping experience where you can find everything from vintage finds to local artisans.

Neighborhoods in South Austin

Oak Hill, Circle C Ranch, and then a group of neighborhoods that are just south of the Ben White Freeway. 

Oak Hill 

Used to be its own town called the Live Oak springs and it was annexed and Austin in the year 2000. Oak Hill is a really neat space because you are in the hill country, you will be surrounded by coyotes at night, large acreage loss, you will be able to do back roads that lead you into heavily wooded areas and you'll just really feel surrounded by nature.

The home prices are going to average between three and 500,000. And you are going to have homes that are built in the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, and into the ‘90s.

Circle C Ranch

One of Austin's first premier master-planned communities that started in 1983. Home prices are going to average in the four to $500,000 range. However, you can also opt into buying a home more in their golf course area and other nicer parts of the subdivision that can get up to $900,000. 

The subdivision itself has all of the typical amenities that you'd expect for a masterplan community house such as an Olympic-sized pool, a kids' pool tennis club, a golf course, and talked about basketball courts, it also has a really neat rollerblading and bike track that is three miles long and called the beltway.

Maple Run, Cherry Creek, Garrison Park, and Shady Hollow. 

These homes were built in the 1970s and 1980s. They are still in the under $500,000 range. You're gonna have single-family two to three-bedroom homes anywhere from 1500 square feet up to 3000 square feet. 

You are in sort of a quiet residential area with strip centers and restaurants sprinkled around, but mostly just a neighborhood feel. And you're going to have neighborhood marks available to you and also some really nice schools. 

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Working in South Austin

An article from the Austin Business Journal of the top 85 employers of Austin, and there's only a handful of them in South Austin. It really is a very quiet part of the city. 

What you do have is St. Edward's University and also the South Campus for Austin Community College. South Austin is a good idea for people that are maybe working south of Austin to begin with. 

This would be a good idea for you because now you're gonna go against the traffic and I know that it sounds redundant for me to say this over and over again about the Austin traffic. 

By living in South Austin, you are bumping shoulders with the hill country of Austin so you have incredible access to some of the most beautiful hiking and biking trails that is around the city. 

Since South Austin is predominantly such a suburban area with all of these established masterplan communities, each of the neighborhoods has wonderful neighborhood parks with playgrounds and pools, and barbecue areas. You're really getting that sort of amenity filled life that you want out of living in the suburbs.

Pros and Cons of Living in South Austin

Austin is a great city. It's got everything you could want: good food, good music, good weather, and good people. But it can be a big city, and sometimes it's tough to know where you want to live. That's why we're going to talk about the pros and cons of living in South Austin.

Pro: It's Affordable

One of the biggest pros of living in South Austin is that it's affordable. If you're looking for a place to live that won't break the bank, South Austin is definitely the place for you. The cost of living is lower in South Austin than it is in other parts of the city, so you'll have more money to spend on things like food, entertainment, and transportation.

Con: It's Far from Everything

South Austin is definitely cheaper than other parts of the city, but it's also further away from things like downtown, the airport, and major employers. If you're looking for a place to live that's close to everything, South Austin might not be the best option for you. You'll need to factor in the extra travel time when you're making your decision.

Pro: The Neighborhoods are Great

Another big pro of living in South Austin is that the neighborhoods are great. There are a lot of different neighborhoods to choose from, so you'll be able to find one that fits your style and budget. And since South Austin is less developed than other parts of the city, you'll be able to find a lot more green space and quiet streets.

Con: The Traffic is Terrible

Unfortunately, one of the big cons of living in South Austin is the traffic. The traffic can be absolutely terrible during rush hour, so you'll need to factor that into your commute time. If you can't stand sitting in traffic, South Austin might not be the best place for you to live. 
So those are some of the pros and cons of living in South Austin. It's a great place to live if you're looking for an affordable place to call home, but it's not for everyone. You'll need to decide what's more important to you: being close to everything or having more space and green space. Either way, Austin is a great city and South Austin is a great place to call home.

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