What Are Austin’s Pockets?
When I consider all the great places in the Austin Metro area, it is nearly impossible to pick just one favorite! Growing up in Austin, Texas I didn’t always see the perks of my hometown; especially when I was often daydreaming of places far away. I have been intrigued by neighborhoods and their individual characteristics as far back as I remember. I love to investigate the style of homes, nearby parks, proximity to restaurants and shopping, and the general feel of the area.
One day I was driving to a friend’s house to welcome their new baby and provide the family with a meal. As I drove into their neighborhood, I realized that I had completely forgotten it existed. It was a hidden pocket of homes with at least ½ acre lots, built mostly in the 70’s and 80’s. It was at one time on the outskirts of North Austin, but now in the center of activity. I had been pondering the name of my blog and website and at that moment realized my passion in Real Estate was pocket neighborhoods in Austin; understanding what makes each community within our metro-area special and unique. Austin’s Pockets was born!
A Few of My Favorite Pockets
Crestview and Brentwood
Two neighborhood pockets that have always had a special lure to Austinites. A place where local businesses abound and there is an independent, determined air to take life simply and a little slower than much of the city. In one square mile a person is able to take care of their shopping and dining needs, and be in walking distance to two great neighborhood parks. While many homes are less than 2000 square feet, the owners learn to enjoy the less cluttered home of years past, maximizing their spaces inside and out. There is a strong sense of community here and those just passing through get the feeling that onlookers know they aren’t their neighbors.
Crestview and Brentwood’s diversity is evident with all generations living alongside each other. If you are looking for the “cookie cutter” neighborhood where houses, residents, and life looks like a version of “Pleasantville”, you don’t belong here. People here appreciate the old neighborhood stand-by establishments like the Minimax in the Crestview Shopping Center opened more than 60 years ago!
Because of it’s central location in Austin, residents can be downtown in 10-15 minutes, or within walking distance to some of the city’s favorite eating and entertainment establishments like Hopdoddy, Alamo Drafthouse, Cover 3, Barletts, and scores of others. If you see a home coming soon in these hot neighborhoods, don’t blink or the property will be gone!
Considered back in the 70’s as the new place to live and enjoy lush landscapes with views and close proximity to Lake Austin, all with a distinctive neighborhood feel. As Austin has grown, Northwest Hills has truly become central to all of Austin, minutes to downtown, near major thoroughfares, shopping, restaurants, and recreation.
This lovely, hilly part of Austin has maintained its prestigious zip code, its sought after schools, and has continued to be one of Austin’s most popular pockets to call home! Bordered by MOPAC, FM 2222, Loop 360, and Hwy 183, this neighborhood is contained within a couple of miles. Hidden streets have views of the gorgeous rocky hills with the running water and swimming hole of Bull Creek reminding us of nature’s amenities, here long before the first home was built. Homes in this neighborhood range from the upper 400’s to the millions.
Condos make the area a little more affordable with properties beginning under 200K. This neighborhood is truly a place where there are return residents. Young families who grew up in the area return to raise their own children while grandparents and great-grandparents might just live on a neighboring street!
It’s no coincidence that the Berry Creek community in Georgetown is so popular. A community that has been a popular place for many Georgetown residents since the 80’s; Berry Creek is a golf club community with a clubhouse for dining and special events, tennis for the casual and competitive league player alike; a community pool for meeting friends, and homes with a wide range of price and size.
There is a definite sense of family here where people spend a significant amount of time outdoors socializing with the neighbors, riding in golf carts, and visiting at the curb. It is close to major roads taking you north, south, east and west, and in Central Texas’ hottest small city! With small town cuteness the downtown historic Georgetown square features live music, a community theatre, local restaurants, and unique shopping. Living in this resort style community of Berry Creek is the perfect at home get away.
So Many More Pockets to Explore!
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