10 of the Best Neighborhoods in Manor

, Apr 19, 2023

With Downtown Austin situated just 12 miles to the northeast, coupled with its easy access to highways 290 and 130, the city of Manor is growing rapidly as a popular choice for those families who want to enjoy living somewhere with a small-town vibe while remaining near big city amenities.

In addition to offering easy access to downtown Austin, the city of Manor has a small, quaint downtown area of its own. Here, residents can enjoy access to a variety of shops, restaurants, and local businesses. Meanwhile, an abundance of parks and recreational opportunities are also available to the small city-located residents, including the 273-acre East Metro Park and ShadowGlen Golf Course.

Thanks to the small size and population of the city of Manor, coupled with its relatively low population, students who attend the Manor Independent School District enjoy small class sizes without sacrificing quality education and innovation. In fact, President Barack Obama visited the district and Manor New Tech High School, which specializes in STEM subjects, in 2013 as part of his jobs and opportunity tour.

Best Neighborhoods in Manor

What are the best places to live in Manor? We have you covered with some of the best Manor neighborhoods below!

Shadow Glen


North: Heartland Drive
East: FM 973
South: US 290
West: Lexington Street

Offering small-town charm coupled with big-city possibilities, the master-planned community of ShadowGlen boasts lovely golf course views and one- to two-story homes ranging in size from around 1,400 square feet to about 2,600 square feet. Consisting of a variety of floor plans, typical features of the homes include large walk-in closets, open-concept family rooms, and gourmet kitchens. The average construction date for homes in the community is 2009.

With its location both in the heart of the town of Manor and near the Manor Expressway, the ShadowGlen community is only minutes away from Austin and Round Rock. Community amenities include nature trails running along Wilbarger Creek as well as within the more than 500 acres of protected wilderness space found throughout the community. The 18-hole ShadowGlen Golf Club and a 4,300-square-foot amenity center with a state-of-the-art fitness room are also found in the community. The community is also home to a four-acre water park, which includes two large pools, a splash pad, and water slides.

Whisper Valley


North: Blake Manor Road
East: Burleson Manor Road
South: Webberville Road
West: SH 130

The first large-scale sustainable community in the country, the Whisper Valley community offers zero-energy homes that include geothermal heating and cooling, Energy Star appliances, solar PV, and Smart Home technology that utilizes energy monitoring systems. Every home is also pre-wired for Google Fiber high-speed Internet and an electric vehicle charger. Homes within the community rest on 35-, 40-, 50- and 60-foot lots, with builders represented in the community including GFO Home, Pacesetter Homes, Terrata Homes, CastleRock, Thurman Homes, and AHDA Dream Homes.

With its location just off FM 973, Whisper Valley offers a short drive to Austin, Round Rock, and other cities in the area. Residents of Whisper Valley also enjoy a number of community amenities, including a resort-style pool, a dog park, playgrounds, a fitness center, a show kitchen for cooking classes, trails, and open spaces. The community is also home to a network of farmer-managed organic gardens, while the district and on-site community lifestyle staff provide a full calendar of year-round events.

Wild Horse Ranch


North: Manor Expressway
East: Parmer Lane
South: Blue Bluff Road
West: SH 130

Characterized by its tree-dotted streets and rolling hills, the mixed-use, master-planned community of WildHorse Ranch was designed and constructed by Brohn Homes and Pulte Homes. Homes within the community include one- to two-story designs ranging in size from around 1,500 to 2,200 square feet.

Situated just east of Austin, residents of WildHorse Ranch enjoy easy access to all that Austin and other nearby cities have to offer. Shopping, restaurants, neighborhood pools, and a fitness center are all also located near the community, while the community itself offers a fitness center, an amenity center with social facilities for kids, a pool, and a dedicated network of hike and bike trails that weave throughout the community.



North: Blake Manor Road
East: Paseo de los Lagos Lane
South: Murchison Street
West: FM 973

Located just northeast of Austin and in the heart of Manor, the master-planned Lagos community covers 675 acres of land and features single-family and multi-family homes mixed with retail and commercial space.

Thanks to the community’s convenient location, residents of Lagos are just minutes away from Downtown Austin. Lagos Elementary School is also just a short walk from the community, while community amenities include a basketball court, baseball fields, a swimming pool, volleyball courts, soccer fields, ponds with fishing piers, playscapes, and hiking trails. Residents also enjoy access to Lake Walter E. Long and all of the water-based recreational opportunities it has to offer.



North: Pecangate Way
East: FM 973
South: Suncrest Road
West: Rosebud Isle Drive

Boasting the perfect combination of urban living paired with outdoor amenities, the 425-acre mixed-use community of EastVillage features homes designed and constructed by KB Home. Available floor plans range from three- to five-bedroom designs with around 1,400 to about 2,900 square feet of living space.

With its nearby access to IH-35 and Highway 45, East Village provides residents with a quick commute and a simple route for enjoying the numerous amenities, conveniences, schools, and employers Austin has to offer. As a mixed-use community, many restaurants, shops, and other necessities are also found within the community itself. Amenities found within the community include a pond, park, and hiking trails, while Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park and Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park are both located nearby.



North: Smithwick Street
East: Jon Ryan Road
South: Thomas Wheeler Way
West: Old Kimbro Road

Known for its quaint, small-town atmosphere coupled with the comforts of the city, the community of Carillon boasts ten different floor plans ranging in size from around 1,400 to about 3,000 square feet. Features commonly found in many of the community’s homes include granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and tile backsplashes.

Situated just off Highway 290, the Carillon community is just 18 miles away from downtown Austin. Meanwhile, Downtown Manor is less than five miles away. Amenities found within the car, and community include a clubhouse, parks, playgrounds, a tennis court, a community pool, and a golf course.



North: Old Highway 20
East: Little Sky Drive
South: Blake Manor Road
West: Blake Manor Road

Providing residents with a country feel without sacrificing the conveniences of life in the city, the community of Briarcreek is comprised of a charming collection of homes with an average build date of 2004. Most of the community’s one- and two-story homes have brick or HardPlank-type siding along with nicely-appointed landscaping, large backyards, and covered front porches. Floor plans include two- to three-bedroom designs offering an average of 1,400 square feet of living space.

Situated on the edge of the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area, the Briarcreek community provides its residents with easy access to all that nearby cities have to offer. Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park is just six miles away, while ShadowGlen Golf Club is also nearby.



North: Johnson
East: Shooter McGavin Drive
South: Tower Road
West: FM 973

With its small-town atmosphere paired with big-city conveniences, the community of Stonewater offers energy-efficient homes with an average build date of 2012. Home designs include one- and two-story options with three to four bedrooms and an overall average living space of 1,900 square feet. Typical features include open floor plans, walk-in closets, granite countertops, and large pantries.

Thanks to its location near the Manor Expressway and the TX-130 Toll Road, the quiet Stonewater community provides its residents with easy access to Austin as well as Round Rock, Georgetown, and Pflugerville. SunCrest Farm, which offers space to board horses and take riding lessons, is only one mile away from the community.

Presidential Heights


North: Alexander Hamilton Lane
East: Bois D’Arc Lane
South: Tower Road
West: Joy Lee Lane

Offering an idyllic mix of urban living and open green space, the Presidential Heights community is comprised of energy-efficient homes with a variety of floor plan options. Features commonly found in homes within the community include stainless steel appliances, open kitchens with granite countertops, and private backyards.

With its location near highways 290, 45, and 130, the Presidential Heights community provides residents with easy access to downtown Austin and other surrounding cities. Area schools are also all located within two miles of the community, while the Walnut Nature Preserve is also located nearby. Amenities found within the community include a resort-style pool, a soccer field, and a pavilion.

Presidential Meadows


North: Tower Road
East: Bois D Arc Road
South: US-290
West: Lyndon B Johnson Street

Featuring homes designed by KB Homes, the master-planned community of Presidential Meadows is comprised of one- and two-story homes with an average build date of 2010. Features commonly found in homes include brick, stone, and stucco exteriors coupled with backyard decks and covered porches. The three- to six-bedroom homes, which range in size from around 1,200 to 2,800 square feet, offer flex rooms, large kitchens, walk-in closets, and Energy Star certification.

Offering a convenient location near US-290 and Highway 130, Presidential Meadows provides its residents with easy access to Austin and other surrounding cities. Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park is also located nearby, as is Jennie Lane Park. The community itself has a swimming pool, a community park, and playground areas.

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