Neighborhoods Northeast of AustinHutto is a rapidly growing community just to the north of Pflugerville, which is northeast of Austin. It's a good place to invest in single-family homes, and is affordable--you can still purchase newer homes starting around $100K. For many years Hutto has been a tiny, farming-type community, but with many new restaurants and stores popping up there, and the new SH 130 toll road that goes through Hutto, it is becoming a larger, more lively place.
Pflugerville is a quiet, safe community on the edge of NE Austin. The two new toll roads that intersect in Pflugerville have really improved the commute into and out of Austin for many residents, in some cases cutting the time in half! Because Pflugerville is outside Austin, it's affordable, so you can get a lot more "bang for the buck" with housing. Homes start around $120-130K and range up to about $325K. Pflugerville's prices and other advantages have kept it growing in recent years, and now a lot of commercial growth and shopping venues are planned for Pflugerville in the next year or so.