Thanks to mild weather, excellent quality of life, and one of the best job markets in the country, Austin and its surrounding areas have experienced dizzying recent population growth, making it the fastest-growing major metro in the US for the last nine years.

If you are contemplating joining the throngs of people moving to this vibrant and eclectic city, you may be at a loss of where to set up your home base. Every neighborhood in Austin has its own personality and flavor and finding the right one is key to making your Austin experience a success. Here is a breakdown of our favorite local neighborhoods and why you should consider them.

1. Allandale

Surrounded by the bustle of city life, Allandale is a unique enclave of quiet suburban streets just minutes from downtown with easy access to the rest of Austin. Residents here enjoy an eclectic mix of local shops and eateries and several local parks, including the newly remodeled Northwest Recreational Center.

The median home price in Allandale is $800,000. Houses for sale are typically one or two-bedroom homes in a mix of ranch and mid-century modern styles. Families moving to Allandale will benefit from their highly-rated public schools.

Why Allandale: Centrally located with great local establishments

The Vibe: Quiet tree-lined streets and active close-knit community

2. Barton Hills