Northloop Homes For Sale
North Loop, sometimes referred to as Northfield or NoLo, is a quirky- cool- hip-but-quiet, safe neighborhood located in the north central part of town. North Loop has much of the charm and convenience of the more well-known Hyde Park area to the south. For many who love chic, but also love affordable, the North Loop community is a great option. Many of North Loop's homes date back to the origins of the neighborhood just after World War II. The majority of the homes were built in the 1940s and 1950s. Many have been renovated and are in like-new condition.
Years ago, the neighborhood was largely residential with just some local retail shops. Today, there are also many cafes, bars, and restaurants open to capitalize on the walkability of the neighborhood, and the many residents looking for local dining and live music options. So many new eateries and lounges have appeared here that some are calling this north Austin's answer to South Congress. Like South Congress, the businesses in North Loop Strip hold regular block parties - every quarter in this case - where they have sales and invite bands to perform in the street. North Loop has a thriving art scene. Every winter, the nearby Highland Mall hosts the Blue Genie Art Bazaar, a fabulous collection of handmade arts and crafts for sale by the gifted artists of greater Austin.
The neighborhood is also home to a number of students from the University of Texas at Austin, so there is a young vibe and energy in the area. Students value the area for its proximity to UT (biking or bussing to campus is common), while families and professionals appreciate the easy access to downtown and IH-35.
There is some nightlife in the area that caters to a young adult crowd, and a number of different dining options. There is an Italian market, a Mexican food restaurant, and hip burger joints that have good food at reasonable prices. It is a relatively safe neighborhood for being inner city, and has that cool Austin chic attitude that defines the capital city of Texas. The strip is home to some colorful businesses to explore that you won't find elsewhere in the city. An avant-garde bookstore, a risqué lingerie store, a hipster coffee shop, a punk rocker pizza parlor with live music every night, a vintage furniture store, a groovy vintage clothing store, and a collectible toy store, are just a few of the shops here. The strip is also home to Austin's volunteer-run, self-proclaimed Anarchist bookstore, MonkeyWrench Books.
Residents of the North Loop community have the nearby Central Market, a foodies delight, that regularly showcases cultural cuisines and top quality meats, cheese, wine and produce from around the world, as well as cooking classes. The Hancock Public Golf course and Bartholomew District Park offer outdoor recreation. Of course, residents aren't far from high-end retail at The Domain, Barton Creek Mall, and boutiques close to downtown. Locals have their pick of coffee shops ranging from the funky Epoch to the study-oriented Flight Path. With its prime spot on the map and fun atmosphere, North Loop is quickly evolving into one of central Austin's most sought-after communities.
Austin ISD serves North Loop residents; younger children attend either Reily or Ridgetop Elementary (PK-5). Middle school students attend Lamar (6-8) before moving on to the McCallum High school (9-12), renowned for its exemplary fine arts program. Nearby private schools include the Griffin, Odyssey, and ACE Academy.