3.1 out of 10

Georgian Acres

Ranked 54th best neighborhood in Austin
30.3512785347631 -97.7000397864477
Great for
  • Parking
  • Public Transport
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Not great for
  • Pest Free
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Childcare
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Clean & Green
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Students

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 1/5
2yrs+

"I raise my family here.... and don't feel guilty"

Do any of you actually live in this neighborhood? My husband and I bought a house here about 3 years ago. It's a charming, small, but classic house in a cul-de-sac. Our neighbors are friendly and we know ALL OF THEM. I really think it depends on which side of the neighborhood you live in. The side bordering 183 is a lot more seedy and full of crime, while the part near North Lamar and in the middle is much more close knit and friendly. I'll be honest my children will not be attending any of the neighborhood schools. Also, from what I've seen the majority of the people that live in Georgian Acres are either older people that have lived here their whole lives, younger couples buying their first house, or hardworking families. I like it and am proud to live here. Give it 10 years and I bet this neighborhood will be the next big thing.
Pros
  • Cheap real estate
  • Home of Austin Humane Society
Cons
  • High crime rate
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
2yrs+

"Dismal pocket of suburban sprawl sprouted up in a tangle of highways"

For the most part, Georgian Acres is a dismal pocket of suburban sprawl sprouted up in a tangle of highways. The neighborhood doesn’t have a cohesive sense of community or character, but there are some random, interesting things plopped down here.

In addition to the fast food, body shop, auto repair centers located along the highway, there are a few bright spots.There’s the Austin Humane Society, radio station KGSR FM 107.1 which plays a ton of Texas-themed and local music (not always a good thing), and then there’s the newly rehabilitated Payton Gin Pocket Park, planted with native grasses, native spring blooming flowers and redbud trees. Technically, the pocket park is just over the border of N. Lamar—but I still lump it in with this neighborhood.

Probably the most exciting recent addition Georgian Acres (at least since the Vietnamese Sandwhich shop opened), is the Marchesa Hall & Theater, a new Austin venue and event space located in the SE corner of Georgian Acres, near I-35 that presents film screenings, comedy, and music performances.
Pros
  • Marchesa Hall & Theater
  • Home of Austin Humane Society
  • Cheap real estate
Cons
  • Super suburban
  • Defined by the surrounding highways
  • High crime rate
  • Very far from downtown
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Not The Worst Neighborhood in Austin, But Not Far From It"

Bordered by Interstate 35 to the east and West Anderson Lane to the south, the Georgian Acres neighborhood of Austin, Texas is not the choice for those looking for peace and quiet, but it close to major thoroughfares. While this is not the worst neighborhood in town, it's also far from the best but it does have affordable single family housing that ranges from $70,000 in the southern part of the Georgian Acres area up to around $200,000 in the northern. Crime is higher here than in most parts of the city and this is not the place to raise a family if you can afford better.

It's a fairly decent distance to Downtown Austin and traffic can be maddening at rush hour. The neighborhood is served by the Austin Independent School District though the schools in this area for the most part do not perform up the levels of other Austin schools. There are good shopping options here and a number of good eating establishments, and the best way to get around is using the Capitol Metro bus lines.
Pros
  • Cheap real estate
Cons
  • High crime rate
  • Very far from downtown
  • No color, either culturally or literally
  • No social
Recommended for
  • Singles
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Bit of a rough spot"

North of 183 can offer a lot of difference from neighborhood to neighborhood. Georgian Acres is not the best location for a number of reasons. The neighborhood itself is on the poor side of average, and crime can occasionally be a bit of a problem here. It's not the worst part of town, but if you are looking for someplace quiet and peaceful you might do well to look elsewhere. If it's the only place that will fit your budget, you could do worse than to live here. If you are used to this sort of environment, you might find that you can fit right in.

On the whole, the community seems friendly enough, and you do have access to most of the major streets of north Austin. Trying to shop at most of the larger stores will have you in long lines, and the bus routes here attract quite a crowd for most parts of the day, but by the same token, you do have convenient access to plenty of shopping and ample bus routes. There is a lot of difference in the standard of living from block to block, so if you don't mind the rest you might be able to find a few diamonds in the rough here.
Pros
  • Cheap real estate
Cons
  • High crime rate
  • Very far from downtown
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
2yrs+

"Quiet and affordable but not much else"

This modest, suburban neighborhood in northeast Austin, while somewhat nondescript, offers something for those looking for a diverse community with affordable housing prices. While somewhat removed from the center of Austin’s main hubs, it is a manageable 20 minute drive (non-peak times) to downtown.

Originally a small farming development dating back to the 1800s, one can still find hints of its history at the old Fiskville Cemetery. But generally the neighborhood is largely made up of modest-sized homes and many families with children. Georgian Acres is bordered by East Rundberg on the north, Highway 183 to the south, north Lamar on the west and Interstate 35 on the east. Homes can still be found here in the low $100s, making it an affordable suburb for many. Area schools include Barrington Elementary, Webb Middle School and Lanier High School. Beware of East Rundberg Lane, which has a reputation for being a high-crime area, making this part of the neighborhood less attractive.

Overall, this is a quiet suburban neighborhood that offers convenient access to plenty of shopping and restaurants, albeit bland and nondescript. Its affordability makes it attractive to many young families, who make up a large part of the population here. It is also a quick drive to Round Rock and Pflugerville to the north, both growing cities offering many opportunities for shopping and recreation.
Pros
  • Cheap real estate
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Daffodils arent really that difficult to keep alive, you know..."

I suggest staying away from this neighborhood just because every time I drive by it, I feel a little bit of my soul and optimism melting away. Georgian Acres is definitely not as bad as its rebellious little sister neighborhood across I35, Heritage Hills, but that’s really not saying much. Homes here are really super cheap, but they’re often set way back from the street and surrounded by huge, barren, depressing lawns. A lawn and landscape company needs to move in here somewhere at start taking over the neighborhood. Do the first couple jobs for cost, then you’re bound to get some business out of it. This place is so blah. I mean, sure, landscaping can be expensive if you hire one, but how about planting a few flowers, people? Cacti? A nice lawn flamingo perhaps? Anything to give the area a little color and personality. Something big needs to occur here in order for me to get even the slightest bit excited about this area. Maybe someone should open new 24-hour coffee shop here where the waitresses roller skate and juggle fire, then all the hipsters would rush over and buy up the depressing property and cover it with ironic graffiti. I don’t know—I’m just throwing ideas out here, people.
Pros
  • Cheap real estate
Cons
  • No color, either culturally or literally
  • High crime rate
  • Very far from downtown
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saradagr8 My lawn is pretty :)
2yrs+
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Nothing Special in a Special City"

Even in its residential areas, a city like Austin is expected to have an abundance of communities that scream funk and celebrate all that is beautiful and unusual. Well, there is nothing special about Georgian Acres as you would expect with such a name. The houses and street look like any other suburbia that is out of place and out of mind. Such a low demand in this neighborhood has made the real estate cheap, but there are plenty of other place within the live music capital of the world where you can get more property bang for your buck.

One of the major downsides of Georgian Acres is the high level of crime on Rundberg Ln., but this does not turn too many heads as the overall crime rat in Austin is extremely low. The southern border of the neighborhood is Hwy 183, putting it far out of reach of the cultural and financial centers of the city, but the easy access to 183 and I-35 make commuting rather easy, yet still timely. N. Lamar has its share of restaurants and shops, but overall the social activity in Georgian Acres is severely lacking. Head a mile or two south where you can get you hands on some better property in a better location at around the same prices.
Pros
  • Cheap real estate
Cons
  • High crime rate
  • No social
  • Very far from downtown
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Retirees

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