Keep Austin Affordable.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
April 30, 2019
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Looking to settle down in Austin? The Texas capital city has no shortage of amazing homes from sprawling mansions to funky bungalows.

Choosing a neighborhood in this eclectic city can be no easy task. That's why the folks at CultureMap helped narrow down the list: "Using the [Austin Board of Realtors'] home-price data, which covers the average sale price by ZIP code through the first three months of 2019, we analyzed the best places for first-time (or anytime) homebuyers," writes John Egan. "While this data includes new and existing single-family homes, it does not include condos or townhomes, and it's worth noting that the average sale prices in two of the ZIP codes we chose are slightly above our $300,000 threshold." (The March 2019 median home price in the Austin-Round Rock metro area is $305,000.)

Below, our three favorite picks from their roundup.

1. McKinney Falls

With an average home price here of $250,703, you get close proximity to plenty of super outdoor parks like McKinney Falls State Park and Onion Creek Greenbelt. This enclave is perched about seven miles outside of downtown Austin.

2. Buda

Perched between downtown Austin about 15 miles away and San Marcos about 18 miles away, this attractive nabe boasts at least six parks and the Buda Sportsplex with a lengthy trail system, a playground, and picnic tables for lazing away the afternoon. There's also a selection of nearby wineries and standout restaurants. Median home price? $280,431.

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3. Round Rock - IKEA

Looking for a great neighborhood for your children's education? The Round Rock - Ikea district in the 78665 ZIP code has access to the highly-rated Round Rock Independent School District and is only around 25 miles outside of downtown Austin. You've also got Round Rock Premium Outlets, Texas State University-Round Rock, and, of course, IKEA, right at your fingertips. Here, the median home price hovers at $300,766.

Check out CultureMap's full list of 10 affordable Austin-area neighborhoods for first-time homebuyers.

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