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As you get further from downtown, homes those get a little more affordable near Central Market South and the city of Sunset Valley. Sunset Valley residents pay some of the lowest taxes in Austin due to their numerous retail chains.

Sunset Valley Farmer’s Market at Tony Burger Center is one of the biggest farmer’s markets in Austin and is held on Saturdays from 9 -1.

Flow Yoga is located in the Westgate Shopping Center with Central Market. They have numerous classes and yoga teacher training.

Evangeline Cafe offers some of the best Friday night entertainment in town with food equally as good. Located in a ‘who would have thought’ strip mall serving fantastic gumbo and featuring the Monsta’s Texas-New York-New Orleans jive, it is so worth the drive south.

Just a few doors down is Wholly Bagel, voted one of Austin’s best, NY style bagel shops with great breakfast and lunch sandwiches.

A little further Southwest is Circle C and Village at Western Oaks, huge communities are known for their great schools and access to enormous parks, hike and bike trails, creeks and disc golf. Circle C has several locally owned restaurants, retail and the Alamo Drafthouse Movie Theater, all within walking and biking distance.

The Shady Hollow neighborhood off Brodie Lane is known for its acre size lots, great schools and easy access to downtown.

Further Southwest, 290 splits at the Y in Oak Hill. If you go right to Highway 71 it will take you out to Lake Travis, Lakeway and Bee Caves. If you go left and stay on 290 West, you will end up in Dripping Springs and the hill country.

One of my favorite neighborhoods in Oak Hill is Granada Hills. It has acre-plus lots surrounded by hundred-year-old oak trees and a beautiful creek running through the center. Neighbors gather at the sweetest little community pool, tree-shaded parks, and tennis court. Because it is just outside the Austin city limits, the tax rate is lower. You are less than 15 minutes from downtown but it feels like a rural oasis.