Highland Neighborhood Guide


Highland is a quiet, working-class neighborhood with modest, single-family homes. The neighborhood is probably best known for the Highland Mall, once a prominent shopping center that has fallen into disuse in recent years, and the Department of Public Safety office to renew driver’s licenses and car registrations.

The neighborhood borders I-35 to the east and Hwy. 290 to the south so it is easy to access other parts of the city. Downtown and the University of Texas are just a five-minute car ride away. Public transportation is also highly accessible. The neighborhood has some local eateries and a cinema, and just to the west are parks, ball fields, and playgrounds.

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Highland is a suburban neighborhood that borders some highly desirable areas of town to the west and some not-so-desirable ones to the east. Although the area has gone downhill somewhat in recent years, it remains a quiet, low-key, middle class neighborhood.

The population is racially mixed with a rising Asian population. Highland is one of the older neighborhoods in Austin and retains much of its character, with older, modestly sized homes on residential streets. Home prices are very affordable, making this an attractive location for young singles and families.

The neighborhood borders the Brentwood neighborhood to the west, so the park, playgrounds, ball courts, pool, highly-rated schools, and other amenities of that area are accessible to Highland residents.

Also here are the Travis County Tax Office and Department of Motor Vehicles, the place for Austinites to register vehicles, apply for and renew  driver’s licenses, and access county records.

Residents have easy access to other parts of the city. The University of Texas and downtown are a short drive away. The neighborhood borders I-35 and Hwy. 290, two major local thoroughfares in the city. Public transportation by bus and rail are also easily accessible, and even a Greyhound bus terminal is in the neighborhood.

Within the neighborhood, there are some ethnic restaurants, eateries, a coffee shop, a movie theater, a strip mall with various businesses, and of course the Highland Mall, with retail stores. Austin Community College also has an office and classrooms here.

Neighborhood Association Website

Highland Mall

Galaxy Theaters Highland

Brentwood Park

Views From the Street

Creston Ln. Northway Dr. W. St. Johns Ave. and Guadalupe St.
E. Skyview Rd. Highland Mall on Airport Blvd. Gaylor St.
W. Lisa Dr. Airport Blvd. and E. Huntland Dr.

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Real Estate and Apartments

The homes here generally have two and three bedrooms, mostly date to the 1950s to 1970s, and average in the mid-$100K range. Some can be found in the low $100K range. A newly remodeled home might run $250K. There are also very affordable apartment and condominium options.

Highland Property Listings

Apartments in and near Highland

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