We may not have a highly developed subway system like New York City but Austin is trying to improve its mass transit options. In 2010 Capital MetroRail began service. The line comprises 32 miles with 9 stops starting in downtown Austin and traveling far North to the city of Leander. Almost 3,000 people ride the Austin metro rail every day.
If you are looking to buy a home it makes sense to think about locations near the metro rail station stops. Being a close distance to the stops is definitely a positive selling point and in the future more stops may be added. Here is a sampling of some popular neighborhoods located within 5 miles of a stop.
Gracywoods (Kramer station) – Located near the huge Walnut Creek Park in North Austin, homes in Gracywoods were built in the 1970s and 1980s (with a few pockets of newer homes) with larger lot sizes than the typical home. Some homes are walking distance to the stop and others up to 2 miles away. Prices start in the $300s and you are also in close proximity to the popular Domain shopping mall.
Wells Branch (Howard station) – some homes are only 1 mile from the stop while others are within 2-3 miles. This desirable North Austin neighborhood is known for its many amenities including Mills Pond (pictured here), 2 community pools, miles of hike/bike trails, community library and recreation center. Homes were built in the 1980s through 2000s and prices start in the $250s.
Crestview (Crestview station) – you can walk to the station from some homes located less than 1 mile away with others up to 2.5 miles away. One of Austin’s few walkable neighborhoods, you are close to numerous retail and restaurant options along Anderson Ln. and Burnet Rd. These mid-century homes are smaller and may not have a garage, but it’s a very charming North Austin neighborhood. Prices start in the high $300s.
Allandale (Crestview station) – This established neighborhood with homes built in the 1960s and 1970s is located a bit further vs. Crestview but an easy bike ride between 1.5 – 3.5 miles away. You’ll get a larger yard here but due to the closer proximity to Central Austin prices run higher starting in the low $400s.
Windsor Park/University Hills (MLK Jr station) – Up and coming neighborhoods on the East side, Windsor Park is within 2-3 miles while University Hills is within 4 – 5 miles. Take a bike ride along the scenic Morris Williams golf course on the way. Close to downtown and the University of Texas, this area is growing and changing with many pockets of new construction. Resale homes built in the 1960s and 1970s start in the low $300s with new construction running much higher.
Mueller (MLK Jr station) – A crowning achievement in Austin re-development, Mueller is an East/Central enclave that was previously the location of Austin’s Mueller airport. You’ll see a specific type of architecture (pictured here) with very small yards, row homes and front porches. Homes start in the $600s and were built in the 2000s and 2010s with new construction still available. Due to the schools, location, Mueller lake park and nearby retail/restaurants/rail stop in walking distance, this is a very popular and thus expensive neighborhood. It’s located within 1.5 to 2 miles from the stop and also close to the University of Texas.
Mueller new construction homes: http://www.muelleraustin.com/homes/home-types/now-selling/
New Leander subdivisions (Leander station) – there are some Leander communities (mostly brand new) near this station. The closest is Northside Meadow which is almost done with its new builds (DR Horton). This neighborhood starts in the high $200s and is less than 1 mile to the stop. Hazlewood by DR Horton is about 5 miles from the stop and new homes start in the high $200s. It features a community pool, park and is zoned to acclaimed Leander ISD schools. If luxury is what you’re after then check out Sarita Valley by Toll Brothers. With 40 acres of dedicated parkland, community pool and hike/bike trails, prices start in the high $400s and it’s about 5 miles from the metro stop. And the master-planned Crystal Falls is one of the largest and most desirable Leander communities with a golf course and numerous amenities. It’s located only 3-5 miles from the stop.
- DR Horton Hazlewood: http://www.drhorton.com/Texas/Austin/Leander/hazlewood
- Tolls Brothers, Sarita Valley: https://www.tollbrothers.com/luxury-homes-for-sale/Texas/Sarita-Valley
- Crystal Falls (various builders: https://www.newhomesource.com/communityresults/texas/austin-area?communityname=crystal+falls
Avery Ranch (Lakeline station) – located between 1 – 4 miles from the rail stop, the master planned Avery Ranch is a top NW Austin location. Centered around a golf course (pictured here), this scenic neighborhood has numerous amenities including pools, parks, hike/bike trails and more. Prices start in the $300s and students attend mostly Leander ISD with a few pockets of Round Rock ISD. Homes were built in the 2000s and 2010s. This is the furthest North you can go and still have an Austin address.