Good areas are available. Just as others have told you in their comments in this forum.
Depends on where you will be working and whether you would like to walk or drive to work.
Better prices and newer homes are found out in the suburbs and surrounding cities/communities.
Mixed into the interior parts of Austin are really nice updated and in some cases even new homes. Just have to look for them. And of course downtown are the high rise condos which put you into a whole different style of having a home to live in.
I can help you with your searches and would appreciate your call or email. Others posting here would be happy to help you, too. First for you is find a Realtor that you like and who will work to find what you want in a home.
South Austin, 78704 and 78745 (Travis Heights, Bouldin, Zilker, Cherry Creek, Western Trails)
East, 78702 and 78723
North Central Neighborhoods of Alandale, Rosedale, Brentwood, Crestview
Good is defined by the individual. Elaborate a bit more, and I'll gladly give my opinion, based on your lifestyle and needs. Best of luck in the hunt for home!
Real Estate Nerd
Presidio Group Realtors
It all really depends on what you are looking for in size, budget, and home. There is anything from a master planned community with all the amenities to a pocket neighborhood with older homes and tree lined streets.
Please feel free to contact me anytime, and I would be happy to discuss your needs and suggest neighborhoods.