Thinking about moving to Austin, Texas? It’s one of the South’s most progressive cities; in fact, it may be one of the most LGBT-friendly cities in the entire country. A lot of people who want to remain in Texas or the Southern part of the U.S. move to Austin because it is so welcoming. As with many LGBT people, you might ask your gay or lesbian real estate agent if the city has any gay neighborhoods. Some would say that all of Austin is a gay neighborhood, but there are some specific areas that tend to attract members of the LGBT community. Here are a few of these neighborhoods.
East Austin. Close to downtown, East Austin in an up and coming neighborhood that has recently risen to the top of this list. A number of new restaurants, clubs, and bars have opened in East Austin since its revitalization. While there are houses and condos for sale in the area, note that because of its increasing popularity, prices are going up.
Clarksville. An historic neighborhood, this area is near 6th Strete, one of Austin’s most famous entertainment districts. It has a very small town village feel to it, so it’s great for those who want to live in a large city, but yet don’t like the atmosphere that comes with that. You’ll find unique restaurants, boutiques, and other small shops here. As with East Austin, home prices may be a little higher than you’d like, but it’s because many of the houses are well-maintained historic homes.
The Downtown Area. Downtown Austin has a certain appeal to it, just like the downtown areas of any large city. Austin’s downtown is expanding and is now home to many restaurants, businesses, and outdoor areas. There’s always something going on here, and many LGBT men and women have decided to move into some of the new downtown housing so they don’t miss a minute of it.
Mueller. This area is actually fairly new—in 2005, the old airport was demolished and transformed into a neighborhood. The homes and buildings here were intentionally designed in the classic style so you’d never know the area was less than 20 years old. Mueller is only a few minutes from downtown, too.
Westlake. Set between the center of the city and the fringe area, Westlake has some of the biggest houses in the city. The school system is also often voted as the best in the city, making this neighborhood a draw for LGBT parents.