Balcones Real Estate
If you’ve been searching for an affordable home in an interesting, family-friendly neighborhood, yet close to everything Austin has to offer, we may have the perfect answer for you.
Less than 10 miles from the heart of downtown, the centrally located Balcones area is a mix of single-family homes and condominium units. It’s an established neighborhood with a suburban feel, ample green space, and mature shade trees. And with homes in the general range of $125,000 to $300,000, you can still get a big bang for your buck.
Balcones, on the “near north side” of Austin, used to be considered a bit on the outskirts of town – these days it’s in the thick of things, in an historic area with many unique parks, shops, museums and other cultural highlights practically on its doorstep. The creativity that’s an Austin hallmark can be seen in many different ways, throughout this unique locale.
Living in Balcones, close to Mopac and other major north-south routes, you don’t have to think twice about heading downtown for an evening’s concert, a special dinner or a weekend street festival. You’re also close to the shopping malls of North and Northwest Austin, and the getaways of Lake Travis and the Hill Country are only a bit farther away. If you’re an aficionado of good food, you’re in the right place – Central Market and any number of fine restaurants are only minutes away by car.
A hallmark of Austin is the enjoyment Austinites take in the outdoors and natural beauty, both as spectators and in active recreation. Balcones residents enjoy ample green spaces, hiking/biking trails and flora at Perry Park and Ridge Oak Reservoir. Bright Leaf Park, a 216-acre nature preserve within Austin city limits, is another special spot, currently managed by the Austin Community Foundation. (For further information, see www.brightleaf.org) Perhaps the jewel of the neighborhood’s parks is historic Mayfield Park, where a charming 1870s manor house sits gracefully amid a pastoral setting of palm trees, ponds, stone walls, gardens and strutting peacocks. (The cottage may be rented for social and business events.) The Laguna Gloria branch of the Austin Museum of Art (AMOA) is right next door to Mayfield Park. Their neighbors take civic pride in these special parks, and many even work as volunteers in various beautification projects. Another neighboring attraction is Camp Mabry, headquarters of the Texas State Military Forces, and well worth a visit by fans of Texas and military history (tours available by appointment).
Available housing in Balcones consists mainly of older, well-maintained homes that run the stylistic gamut; they range from 1000 to over 2500 square feet, from basic fixer-uppers to sprawling, expansive residences with wraparound balconies, gourmet kitchens, walk-in closets and more. The mature shade trees on the properties add to the character of both individual lots, and the neighborhood as a whole.
Balcones is part of the Austin Independent School District. Depending on location, the neighborhood is served by both the Stephen F. Austin and the McCallum high schools, and various elementary and middle schools.
Residents on Balcones Dr, street numbers 3500-4099 send students to
Casis Elementary: 512-414-2062
O. Henry Middle School: 512-414-3229
Stephen F. Austin High School 512-414-2505
Residents on Balcones Dr, street numbers 4100-6399 send students to
Highland Park Elementary: 512-414-2090
Lamar Middle School (Blue Ribbon School): -512-414-3217
McCallum High School 512-453-2599
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Contact Joe, your Balcones area Realtors®, for more information about real estate in Balcones.