- March 23, 2022

A Guide to Life in Mueller


Mueller, located in North Austin, just East of I-35, is an up and coming modern neighborhood that is great for young families and professionals. Many of the subdivisions and developments in Mueller focus on being eco-conscious, making this area a unique place to live. There are tons of shops, restaurants, offices, plus lots of green space to take your dogs and kids for an afternoon in the sun. 

Photo courtesy of @muelleratx

Here’s everything you need to know about life in Mueller.

Eat and Drink:

Holy moly do you have some fantastic places to choose from in Mueller! For southern food with a cool atmosphere, check out Colleen’s Kitchen. Their menu features tasty cocktails as well as classic southern staples like Fried Green Tomato BLT and Chicken & Waffles. For casual Chinese comfort food, Bao’d Up serves a variety of Bao Buns, their spin on a Taiwanese burger, and build-your-own bubble teas. One of our favorite spots in Mueller, is the recently opened Rebel Cheese. This completely vegan cheese and sandwich shop will have you fooled if you’re a carnivore. Ruebens, breakfast sandwiches, and a variety of vegan cheeses can be found in this cute, quaint shop. 

If you’re in the mood for a sweet treat, head over to Lady Quackenbush’s Cakery. This is the second location for this bakery, serving up decadent cakes, croissants, tortes, cookies, and more. This bakery also has a ton of vegan options and delicious cold brew. Or if you’re simply looking to a good cup of coffee, hit up Halcyon’s Mueller location.

Soccer and beer fans! We recommend you head to B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub to watch early morning games and have a pint of Guinness. With an upscale Irish menu and tons of draft beers, you will want the soccer game to go into overtime. 

If you’re looking to have a pint of beer and then take a few bottles home with you, check out WhichCraft Tap Room & Bottle Shop. This specialty beer market features rare craft beer, tastings, and more. Not a beer fan? Don’t worry — they serve wine, cider, and coffee. 

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Looking for a gift or even something for yourself? Lilla & Beth is the perfect gift shop to find home goods, kids stuff, stationary, jewlery, and more. If you’re more a thrift shopper, New Bohemia has a great selection of vintage clothing, boots, jewelry, and more. For the most beautiful assortment of scarves, ties, peshtemals, and towels, pop into ino Scarf Boutique. Only open on Saturdays, this store features hand-made, one-of-a-kind silk accessories that add elegance to any look. 

Outdoor Activities:

Mueller has many parks, trails, and green spaces to choose from! The biggest park, Lake Park, is a 30-acre park featuring a 6.5-acre lake with an open air amphitheater and stage, picnic peninsula, walking trail, and public art. 

Looking for parks with sports areas? Check out Ella Wooten Park, Paggi Square, John Gaines Park, and Mary Elizabeth Branch Park for volleyball, Bocce courts, lap pools, basketball courts, and more. 

Our favorite parks in Mueller to take the kids to are Northwest Greenway, Southwest Greenway, and Mary Elizabeth Branch Park. All three parks have great playgrounds and shaded areas for an afternoon picnic. Learn more about all the parks in the Mueller area here!

Keep It Weird and Local:

Voted Austin Chronicle’s “Favorite Farmers’ Market” for the past three years, the Sunday Farmer’s Market in Mueller is a fun event to shop, eat, and enjoy local vendors. New to the farmer’s market? Here is our guide to getting the most out of your experience!

Come enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Mueller Trailer Eats food court. Choose from five local food trucks specializing in tacos, vegan eats, pizza, sandwiches, coffee, and more!

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Thinkery, located in the heart of Mueller, describes themselves as a children’s museum on Google but it is way more than that. Thinkery invites kids and families to enjoy play-based, inquiry-rich, hands-on learning experiences in their 40,000-square foot indoor/outdoor space. Choose from activity spaces like the “Innovators’ Workshop” where kids can focus on inventing and creative problem-solving, or “The Backyard” where kids can climb, balance, and use tools for water play. 

Cool off in the hot, Texas heat at the Bartholomew Splash Pad with cool water and shade. 

Housing Market:

Mueller is the only planned sustainable community built three miles from downtown Austin, set within 140-acres of green space. Homes in the Mueller area generally have yards or garden court spaces. Additionally, there are tons of townhomes and condos. Home designs are super resource efficient, using non-toxic, recyclable materials to improve air and water quality. Austin Energy build an on-site power plant that established environmental requirements when building in the Mueller area to promote better health and lower utility bills. 

Photo courtesy of @muelleratx

According to the Mueller website, there is one free for every four parking spaces in retail centers. Mueller was planned with mass transit in mind, dedicated bike paths and walkways along every street to help reduce the use of cars. With Mueller having access to shopping, eating, drinking, groceries, and more all within walking distance, this neighborhood has become a popular area to move to.

If you’re looking to call Mueller home, you’ll have your pick of several mid-rise apartment complexes, most of them built within the last seven years with modern finishes and amenities. As a highly-desirable location with only a handful of properties, this area is definitely more expensive than surrounding suburban neighborhoods. On average, Mueller studios start around $1600, one bed/ one baths start around $1800, and two bed/ two baths start around $2400.

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Featured photo via @muelleratx on Instagram.

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