There aren’t many cities that can boast that they have a neighborhood built from the ground up in this day and age. Austin can, thanks to its successful efforts to turn the former Robert Mueller Municipal Airport into a mixed-use urban village. The neighborhood's location is only three miles from Austin’s downtown nightlife, and only 2 miles for the University of Texas campus, which makes it a very popular choice for young professionals, families, and empty nesters.
It also happens to be the largest neighborhood in the world to achieve LEED gold certification.
LEED—or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—certified buildings are resource efficient, use less water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to the U.S. Green Building Council, the organization that issues the certifications.
The Mueller neighborhood sits on the 711-acre site of the former city airport, which opened in 1936 and was moved to the decommissioned Bergstrom Air Force Base in southeast Austin in 1999. The following year, city and community leaders developed and adopted a redevelopment plan incorporating new housing, retail and commercial construction while keeping the character of the old airport by preserving several hangars (used as movie studios) and the control tower.
In 2007, one of the first anchor buildings, the Dell Children’s Medical Center opened, and from there many of the areas first retail stores followed. Shortly after that, developers broke ground on the first single-family homes. A year later, hike-and-bike trails and educational gardens opened. As of today, there is a farmers market, an amphitheater, and the Mueller Lake Park which has over 30 acres of hike & bike trails right in the heart of the development. Catch-and-release fishing is allowed in the lake. Swimming, unfortunately, is not. The lake is home to a healthy population of ducks, and duck feeding is a popular activity among the kiddos.
Mueller's first commercial area, which runs along the neighborhood's eastern boundary, includes big-box stores such as Home Depot, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Staples and Best Buy as well as apparel retailers like Old Navy, Lane Bryant and The Children's Place. It is now also home to one of the largest HEB stores in central Texas with an outdoor café and live music throughout the week.
The latest addition of the Aldridge Street development brought a new Alamo Draft House and several of Austin’s favorite dining spots to include L’oca D’oro and a second location of B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub.
There are many reasons to love this neighborhood, which is why we can’t think of a better place to buy than in the Mueller Neighborhood.
The Mueller neighborhood is bounded by East 51st Street to the north, Manor Road to the west, Airport Boulevard to the south and Interstate 35 to the east.
Area Schools: Students in the Mueller neighborhood are assigned to Maplewood Elementary, Kealing Middle School and McCallum High School.
The private schools in the area include: St. Francis School, Concordia Academy, Kamico Academy, the Griffin School and Hope Lutheran School.