- April 6, 2022

Your Complete Guide to Living in Kyle, Texas


Just a short drive south of Austin is Kyle, Texas – a small, but quickly growing town. The town offers a great mix of urban and small town feel, with plenty of restaurants, outdoor fun, and more. At just a little over 42,000 residents, there are many different housings options in Kyle, and homes are affordable compared to most homes in Austin. 

Now, check out our guide to life in Kyle!


Pasta lovers rejoice! Ilario’s Italian Cuisine offers the best Italian food in town. From pizza, to pasta, to their famous fried mushrooms, you won’t leave there hungry. 

A truly unique experience is Hays. A Chinese restaurant attached to a donut shop with a drive-thru. Sounds convenient to us! The donuts are always freshly fried and the Chinese dishes are authentic. 

Another Kyle favorite is Big Robs Burgers. The burgers are big, the fries are hot, and the staff is great.

Looking for BBQ in Kyle? Milt’s Pit BBQ is a no frills, Texas-style BBQ joint offering meat by the pound and sandwiches. And as for sides, they have them all. Potato salad, creamed corn, fritters, scalloped potatoes, and more!

Ready for dessert? Hit up Texas Pie Company! Their pies are 10 inch deep dish or 4 inch “individual” sizes, ranging from the all time favorite Southern Pecan Pie to Granny Smith Dutch Apple.


Bars and Drinks:

On the hunt for a good drink and a great time? Check out Room 111. If you’re in the mood for some food with your beer, we recommend Papa Jack’s for some of the best wings in town. 

Parks, Trails, and Green Spaces:

If you’re interested in fishing, Lake Kyle Park is a catch and release style fishing park. The park is open seven days a week and there is an activity for everyone. Among fishing, guests can canoe, play on the playground, bike, walk, and explore the nature trails. 

For those with dogs, we recommend checking out Steeplechase Park. The park features a big playground, walking trails, basketball, a brand new dog park and a disc golf trail.   

Family Fun:

Take a step back in time and check out the newly restored Kyle Railroad Depot and Heritage Center! This museum has a restored railway station and caboose, as well as railroad displays and a short film about the station itself. 

Kyle Train Depot

During a rainy day, we recommend heading to EVO Entertainment in Kyle. This giant entertainment center features movie theaters, a bowling alley, arcade games, plus food and drinks.

Take a visit to Kyle’s most famous tree, the Kyle Auction Oak. In 1880, famous railroad magnate Jay Gould made a deal with two property owners for a station between Austin and San Marcos. The land was auctioned off right under the huge Oak tree, and many auctions since.

Unique to the City:

A truly unique experience is taking a visit to The County Line Polo Club. Whether you’re an adrenaline junky, equestrian fanatic, lover of all sports, or just a social butterfly, you can go watch an up-close, action packed game of polo.

Katherine Anne Porter was an American journalist born in Texas in 1980. The author is most known for her short stories and her 1962 novel, Ship of Fools. In Kyle, you can tour her childhood home at the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center.

During the second Saturday of the month, check out Kyle Market Days. Shop around from local vendors, arts and crafts, local produce, and more while listening to live music.


Housing Market:

According to Redfin, the average price of a home in Kyle is right at about $386.5K. This asking price has increased. With about twenty neighborhoods in the city, there are plenty of different areas to live and play. Many of the homes in Kyle are new build, as well as many apartment complexes. With the cities of Austin and San Marcos being a short drive north and south, students can commute from Kyle easily.

Renting an apartment in Kyle offers some peace and quiet away from the buzz of central Austin, while still being close enough to enjoy access to the city when you want it. As demand for apartments in Austin proper rises (and thereby so does rent), Kyle is a growing suburb offering options that can be a bit more budget-friendly than spots closer in town.

Snag a unit in one of several brand-new Kyle apartments and receive specials up to 1 month free! These properties start their 1/1s at $1400, and 2/2s around $1800. You’ll likely be the first to live in your unit, and will enjoy high end finishes and amenities. Save even more by renting at one of the properties built in the early 2010s – those will start around $1200 for a 1/1, and $1600 for a 2/2! Finally, if you don’t mind shared laundry facilities, dated finishes and amenities, and smaller units, one can find 1/1 options as low as $900 in Kyle.

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