- June 1, 2018

Your Guide to Austin Neighborhoods Where You Don’t Always Need a Car


In Texas, it is hard to transport yourself to all the places you need to go without using a car. Austin has somewhat better public transportation than most Texas cities, but what if you could live somewhere that didn’t require so much motorized travel?

Living within walking/rolling/biking distance to shopping, restaurants, and parks is difficult to find in the suburbs, but Austin has plenty of neighborhoods where you can go for days or even weeks without hopping in a car. Here are some of the most easily navigated Austin neighborhoods that you don’t need a car to get around.

10. Allandale

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The Allandale neighborhood is what many people think of when they reminisce about what Austin was like before all the people moved here. Hugging the northbound lanes of MoPac Expressway from Anderson Lane to the north and 45th Street to the south, this mature neighborhood has easy access to many of Burnet Road’s best eateries such as Top Notch Hamburgers, Barley Swine, The Peached Tortilla, and Lucy’s Fried Chicken.

It’s easy to catch a movie from the Allandale neighborhood. There’s an Alamo Drafthouse location just north of the neighborhood across Anderson Lane.

Shoal Creek runs down the middle of the Allandale neighborhood. On the eastern side of the creek sits Beverly S. Sheffield Northwest District Park, which is a hidden gem of a picnic spot. Get in some exercise swimming in the outdoor pools.

Allandale map