What does it cost to buy a home in Manchaca right now? In an ongoing series with Curbed Austin, real-estate analytics site NeighborhoodX takes a close look at the range of sales asking prices in the area, broken down and ranked by square foot, to find out.
An unincorporated Travis County community about 10 miles southwest of Downtown Austin, Manchaca has fewer than 2,000 residents. So it’s both a small, rural town and a bedroom community.
Named after nearby Manchaca Springs, the town was a shipping point for grain, cotton, posts, and lumber when the railroad ran through it in the late 1800s, according to Handbook of Texas.
Its name, as is often the case with Austin’s idiosyncratic pronunciations, was pronounced “Manchak” or “Manshak” for much of its history, and some locals still pronounce it that way. However since its namesake springs are most likely named for José Antonio Menchaca (who had a campsite there), it should most likely be pronounced according to Spanish-language convention.
The current average listing price in Manchaca is $158 per square foot, although the individual properties that make up the listing range from $128 per square foot (3611 Cattleman Drive, a large, one-story ranch-style house on the market for $389,900) to $21 per square foot (13324 Larrys Lane, a new, four-bedroom home asking $366,697).