If you're active, Austin is the town for you! Naturally price plays a role, but when selecting a neighborhood there a few hotspots to consider:
-Lady Bird Lake: This is the running spot to see and be seen. http://www.austinexplorer.com/Locations/ShowLocation.aspx?Lo
It's not too far from there you'll find Barton Springs, which is Austin's own spring fed pool. It can be chilly even in the summer, but is quiet and great for practicing in the mornings. http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/bartonsprings.htm.
Based on these two attractions, you'd be best to live in Central Austin neighborhoods.
-From there, if you head a bit down South and then into West Austin, there are great neighborhoods, which provide access to the Greenbelt, a beautiful hike and bike trail. http://www.texasoutside.com/bartongreenbelt.htm
On the weekends, you'll see cars stacked up on the feeder roads where everyone is accessing the park. Like I mentioned, having private access from your own neighborhood cuts down on fighting the crowds and allows you to enjoy these trails daily.
-Even further South in Southwest Austin, you'll find the Veloway, where there is a great 'track' for biking and skating.
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