North Austin boundaries include Round Rock and Cedar Park to the north and Central Austin to the south. Neighborhoods in North Austin include, Copperfield, Gracywoods, Georgian Acres, North Park Estates, Northcreek, River Oaks, River Place, and Wells Branch.
North Austin has many older communities, and retains a nostalgic charm in both residential and some commercial structures. In addition to dozens of parks, the North Austin area offers many shopping opportunities such as the boutique center The Domain which houses many high end stores. Outdoor shopping can be found at the Gateway Shopping Center and the popular Arboretum, with its 40 retailers.
Homes in North Austin are popular for their location near the many major employers of North Austin including the Pickle Research branch of the University of Texas, Trident Microsystems, 3M, IBM, and St. David's North Austin Medical Center. Renovated ranch houses and other period homes are located amongst newer developments. More affordable housing choices usually result in older homes as options in North Austin, while new condos and townhouse are likely more expensive.