7.6 out of 10

Hancock

Ranked 12th best neighborhood in Austin
30.296878567696 -97.7255850715769
Great for
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Medical Facilities
  • Shopping Options
Not great for
  • Pest Free
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Safe, comfortable and convenient neighborhood, close to UT campus"

Situated in North Central Austin between Hyde Park and Upper Boggy Creek/Cherrywood, Hancock is extremely convenient to the UT campus, and not terribly far from downtown. Mostly single family homes, tucked away on a grid of leafy residential streets, Hancock is a safe and comfortable neighborhood.

A great convenience of living in this neighborhood is the Hancock Shopping Plaza, which houses a 24-hour fitness center and the city’s only 24-hour H-E-B grocery store. This store is huge! They have a great self-serve bulk foods section, and a good selection of organic food in addition to the cheap, cheap mainstream food they specialize in.

Hancock is also home to St. David’s Medical Center and Hancock golf course, as well as Eastwoods Park-- a lovely 9-acre park complete with basketball and tennis courts, playground and splash pad for kids, picnic tables, BBQ pits, half a mile of hiking trails, and a multipurpose field. There is also a statue of Eeyore located here (the donkey from Winnie the Pooh). The statue commemorates the 1963 founding of an annual Austin festival of springtime and hippie-dom called, Eeyore’s Birthday (originally held in Eastwoods Park every April, but held in Pease Park since the mid-70s).
Pros
  • Eastwoods Park
  • Convenient location
  • Green and clean
  • Close to campus
  • Social scene
  • Hancock Municipal Golf Course
Cons
  • Buying is expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"One of North Central Austins Best Neighborhoods"

Love golf? Then choosing a place to live in Austin, Texas has never been so easy. The Hancock neighborhood comes complete with a public 9-hole golf course within walking distance of anywhere in the neighborhood. You can get a condominium here for as little as $100,000 and the homes range from $250,000 and up. It is a safe and mostly upscale neighborhood that is quiet and home to many professionals and students associated with the University of Texas.

It's only a few minutes ride in a car or Capitol Metro bus to downtown, so it's perfect for the professional who works in that area. The area is served by the Austin Independent School District and there are a number of private schools in the area, Concordia Academy and St. Paul Lutheran, to name two. There are plenty of shopping options in the area with Hancock Center, which houses an Old Navy store, Marble Slab Creamery, and many others. There are a few great dining options in the area and locals can be found at Longhorn Poboys or the Crown and Anchor Pub.

If you have a family, or a are a single professional, the Hancock neighborhood of Austin is one of the city's better choices.
Pros
  • Hancock Municipal Golf Course
  • Convenient location
  • Green and clean
  • Close to campus
  • Social scene
Cons
  • Buying is expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"One of the best parts of north Austin"

Hancock manages to strike a nearly perfect balance in every way, offering easy access to almost all that the north side of town offers, but still in a quiet and shady hideaway tucked away from the traffic. Major shopping centers are easy to find, and some of the best coffee houses in the city scattered throughout the neighborhood. On top of that, the neighborhood tends to remain reasonably affordable, making it a good landing point for nearly any kind of resident.

The only real drawback is that the neighborhood can get bottlenecked at times from some of the thicker bits of traffic. Other than that, the bus service in this area is more the adequate, and the streets themselves are very pleasantly charming. If you are looking for a spot in north Austin you could do much worse than finding yourself a cozy place in Hancock.

With so much going on, there hardly seems a reason to leave the neighborhood. It's a great place to walk through, and just enjoy some of the nearby restaurants and the plentiful shade. Just make sure you factor your commute time into any decision you make. Being stuck on I-35 during rush hour can be a pretty serious commitment.
Pros
  • Convenient location
  • Green and clean
Cons
  • Buying is expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Live on a golf course in the center of town"

This modest-sized neighborhood in central Austin shares many of the characteristics of its well-known sibling to the west, Hyde Park. Situated in prime central real estate just north of the University of Texas, close to downtown, and bordering the main highway of I-35, this neighborhood is largely dominated by the nine-hole municipal Hancock golf course contained within its borders. An older established neighborhood, homes originally date back to the early 1900s.

Bordered by 45th Street to the north and 32nd Street to the south, Duval Street on the west and I-35 on the east, homes tend to run on the pricey side for such an ideal location. Quaint bungalows dominate the tree-lined streets, with a few apartment complexes interspersed throughout. One finds many professionals from the University living here, as well as students and some families. Houses tend to be more modest in size, yet average home prices fall in the mid-$300s. Schools serving this area include Lee Elementary and Ridgetop Elementary, Kealing Middle School and McCallum High School.

Hancock residents can take advantage of the neighborhood shops and restaurants found in Hyde Park. Shipe Park is near the north end with a playground and swimming pool, as well as the historic Elizabet Ney Museum, and Eastwoods Park is located on the south end. It is also convenient to the large Hancock Shopping Center, which contains a newly renovated HEB grocery store, fitness club, chain restaurants and stores that together pretty much provide everything anyone should ever need, making it possible to never have to stray far from the boundaries of this neighborhood.
Pros
  • Convenient location
Cons
  • Buying is expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A Slightly More Expensive Hyde Park"

Think of an upper scale Hyde Park where college graduates have spent some time growing up and are able to financially accommodate more square footage. Set between the University of Texas campus and Hyde Park, this is the perfect spot for professors or groups of students renting a space together in this beautiful green neighborhood that is just west of I-35 and east of Avenue H. The tree lined streets are perfect for morning jogs and bike rides and the numerous bus stops make traveling in and out of the area a breeze. Surrounded by Upper Boggy Creek, the campus, North University and Hyde Park, this community has easy access to all the best nightlife and restaurants while also maintaining a sense of peaceful isolation.

The Hancock Shopping Center has one of the most popular H-E-Bs in the city as well as a 24 Hour Fitness and Mission Burrito while several blocks south the Hancock Golf Course and Recreation Center. Buying a house is on the expensive side as the average price exceeds $300,000, but smaller properties can be rented and for affordable prices if split between several people. Depending on where in the neighborhood you decide to live, you may hear the occasional noise from the interstate and the University of Texas stadium, but these are usually not bothersome enough to deter renters and buyers. The easiest way to cross I-35 is by taking E. 38th 1/2 St. and Red River St. is the quickest route to campus. With constant social activity in every cardinal direction, but far away enough for some general peace and quiet, few have been disappointed with the Hancock community.
Pros
  • Green and clean
  • Social scene
  • Close to campus
Cons
  • Buying is expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish

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