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Central Austin Neighborhoods

Eastside/Cherrywood/French Place
Cherrywood is the acclaimed East Austin charming neighborhood.  Some residents may call it French Place, whatever you choose to call it; it’s the hip area hugging IH35 and Airport just north off Manor Road.  Residents are eclectic just like the houses and mixed use spaces that surround them. Recently, there have been a lot of new projects emerge in the area. It wasn’t until when Mueller, the newest development in the area, materialized and everything surrounded turned to gold.

Homes range from 1940’s up into the late ‘60s. Prices have seemed to boost  over the years due the increased desirability. Medium priced home in the area is $179,00. Houses vary in square footage from 750 sq ft all the way up to 2560sq ft for a new construction home.Why live in Cherrywood? Well, residents choose to live in neighborhood where local shops and eateries are within walking distance. Speaking of restaurants, who wouldn’t want to walk to ever so popular Vivo’s and Eastside Café?  Residents have a sense of local pride, you really can’t find any chain restaurants in this hood. The favorite hotspot, the nationally acclaimed BBQ food trailer, Franklins. Bon Appetite magazine just rated it best BBQ in America!  I’ve never tried it, however I hear you have to wait almost an hour to order, and often times they run out before 1pm!

Old West Austin/Clarksville

The area east of Mopac to Lamar Blvd and between Enfield and 6th Street, commonly mistaken as Clarksville, is officially defined as “Old West Austin” (OWA) and happens to be one of the most historic parts of the city. Once home to the first freedmen west of the Mississippi, Clarksville is home to a number of Austin’s Historical Landmarks. Neighbors strolling by the Sweet Home Baptist Church on a Sunday morning can hear the glorious voices of the gospel choir sift through the windows and into the gentrified streets.Clarksville proper is only a small section of Old West Austin and you can still see the remnants of the slave days, with the tiny homes that line 11th street.  Nowadays, the area is predominately characterized by 1920′s craftsman bungalows and prices can go upwards of $300 per square foot!

No doubt does the historical notoriety add value to the homes, but the location is one of the best in the city. OWA is the closest residential neighborhood to downtown, without being IN downtown.  Going out to a show on a Saturday night? Plan to pay a measly $6 cab fare. Can’t find a cab home at 2am? Baring heals; you can definitely walk home or take a peddie cab.  OWA has all of the amenities of an urban neighborhood within walking distance. Fresh Plus is a great neighborhood grocer with all of the essentials. West Lynn, the main thoroughfare, almost feels like a quaint little village with all of the different restaurants, cafes and markets. There are several parks throughout OWA including Pease Park and West Austin Park, which is home to one of Austin’s few fenced off-leash dog areas.

Old West Austin neighborhood has a great sense of community and is diversified by families, young professionals, students, empty nesters and retirees. Homes range from original 1920’s bungalows, to modern condos with breathtaking Capitol and UT Tower views. This is a place to live if you like the convenience of being near downtown, yet still desire a true neighborhood feel and where the establishments know you by name!

Tarrytown

If you are looking for bigger lots and tree-lined wide streets filled with children riding bikes and after dinner family walks in central Austin, then look no further.  Tarrytown is like its own town within a city. Although it is only ten minutes to downtown, you have everything you need right at your fingertips.

A corner gas station where you can still get full service; A nail salon where you know eighty percent of the patrons at any given time; a yoga studio where you can practice inutero with your next door neighbor; a family style take-out café; a grocery store; a dry cleaner; a coffee shop; and eateries to take the kids to eat and play while you sip down a refreshing margarita or glass of pinot. Not to mention one of the city’s most celebrated public elementary schools (Casis) located in the heart of the neighborhood on Exposition.

Tarrytown boundaries are from Mopac to the to Scenic Drive, right along Lake Austin,  to the west and south from Enfield, north to 35th street.  An entry-level home starts in the $400’s and goes up infinitely. The median home sold in 2010 was $670,000.  Tarrytown encompasses original smaller homes from the 1940′s to much larger, recent new builds. Years ago, it was the land of the “McMansion,” although the city finally put a stop on building homes that take up a majority of the lot size.

Tarrytown is a charming, old Austin, family oriented community with great schools and neighborhood amenities. The central location is ideal, being only minutes from downtown and Lake Austin, yet still having everything you could possible need right down the street.  If you desire one of the most prestigious addresses in Austin, Tarrytown may be your spot! But these homes come with a hefty price tag, so start saving!

Bouldin Creek

Bouldin Creek is a very eclectic mix of neighbors and style of homes with rich history. The boundaries of this neighborhood runs south of Town Lake and west of South Congress,in between Lamar and north of Oltorf.  Residents enjoy the walk/bike lifestyle to  coffee shops like Bouldin Creek Cafe, South First trailer eateries like the acclaim Arancini, Azafran and the ever so popular Torchys Taco trailer.  Houses vary from 750 sq feet up into the 3500 sq ft, the style of homes also vary from original craftsman to hip modern new construction. There are also many remodels. Most of the streets are lined with old live oak trees, and large lots.

Bouldin Creek is a very hot market ,as most properties do not stay on the market for very long. Prices range from $300,000 an up. There have been some million dollar homes sell recently.  This is due to the increased desire ability. Minutes to downtown and Town Lake, residents enjoy urban living without the hustle and bustle of downtown.  With quick access  to downtown along South First street, you can also enjoy the acclaimed Mexican Mile, the ever so popular Polvos and other mexican restaurants along a 1 mile strip 1st.

People choose to live in Bouldin Creek for the lifestyle. You can walk to live venues like Freddies Place, and the community has a warm, friendly feel. My favorite part of this neighborhood are the trailer park eateries at South First and Live Oak.. Try the gyro from the Grill Haven.. its magical!

Barton Hills/Zilker

Barton Hills is located southwest of the hub of Austin. The main boundaries are  Zilker Park and MoPac on the West, South Lamar on the East, Gus Fruh Park on the South, and Barton Springs Road on the North. Considered a neighborhood for the park enthusiast because it’s so close to Zilker and the Town Lake running trails, not to mention Gus Fruh Park.  South Lamar is the main “drag,” with all kinds of local eateries like Black Sheep LodgeOpa! and the ever so famous Matts El Rancho.  Recently, there has been much debate about AISD possibly closing Zilker Elementary. You will see many residents put “Save Zilker Elementary” signs in their front yard to support the local cause. Residents are eclectic, just like the houses you can find, a conglomerate of old and new. But that is why people love Barton Hills, and because its arguable one of the most popular neighborhoods in Central Austin. With a short commute to downtown and Mopac, most residents don’t need a car. Hop on a bike, or ride a bus. This is truly a walkable neighborhood.

Downtown 

Do you enjoy a short commute to work and living in a vibrant area? Downtown dwellers choose the area for the close proximity to restaurants, nightlife, and theaters. The 78701 area is home to many of the luxury condos that decorate the Austin skyline.  Ranging from luscious penthouses to affordable apartments, there’s a place to call home for almost anyone. Austin has adopted a pedestrian friendly community where residents can enjoy easy access to cafes, boutiques on 2nd Street District and bars on Sixth Street. Enjoy the outdoors? Austin is one of the few cities that offers many hike and bike trails in the heart of downtown on Lady Bird Lake.

Boundaries: Residents can find almost anything within the boundaries of Martin Luther King Boulevard in the North, Town Lake in the South, IH-35 in the East and Lamar Boulevard in the West.

Areas of Attraction: There are many different neighborhoods within the downtown area. We’ve decided to include this map to show you the different districts within the downtown area.

Why Downtown? There is so much to do, is more like why not downtown?

Travis Heights

Travis Heights is a historic Austin neighborhood, founded in 1913 by Charles Augustus Newing and General Stacy. Development began in the 1920’s. The city park along Blunn Creek was donated by Stacy, hence the name Stacy Park. Before the development of Travis Heights, life south of the river was never deemed desirable. Now, this Austin neighborhood is highly sought after due to location and the uniqueness of the properties. Many residents are very protective of the integrity of the neighborhood. Travis Heights boasts an eclectic mix of residents, varying from young professionals to laid-back free spirits. The area is bordered by Lady Bird Lake on the north, Interstate 35 on the east, Congress Avenue on the west, and Oltorf Street on the South. The zip code is the famed 78704. This is where Keep Austin Weird originated.

Typically, residences in Travis Heights are two-bedroom, one-bath bungalows that start as low as $200,000. Average price is right around $275,000 although there are some mansions that have been priced as high $1,000,000. Average Price Per Sq Foot is $240-$295.

Big Stacy and Little Stacy Parks are located along the 40-acre Blunn Creek Greenbelt. Big Stacy Park boasts a good sized, free admission pool complete with swimming lanes and a deep end for diving. But don’t be fooled by the name — Big Stacy Park is smaller than Little Stacy Park!

You can find unique thrift shops, vintage stores, and retail boutiques such as MayaSTRUT, and Blackbird all along South Congress. Don’t forget to stop by Lucy in Disguise for costumes and unique pieces of clothing. South Congress is home to Allen’s Boots, where many locals and tourists stop by for some classic western wear. Local businesses stay open late on the First Thursdays of every month along South Congress.

Guero’s Taco Bar is a favorite among locals and tourists — on First Thursdays or any sunny day you can see patrons in the beer garden next door. Perla’s, an upscale seafood restaurant and Hopdoddy, a hormone free burger joint are the newest additions to the neighborhood. Also, a neighborhood favorite is HomeSlice, a pizza joint boasting New York style pies.

Doc’s Motorworks is great place to unwind and enjoy a beverage and sit on the patio. Jo’s Coffee is another place to sit out and enjoy the scenery. Continental Club is the famed venue and has hosted gigs from local artists like Bob Schenider and Alejando Escovedo.

Allandale

This neighborhood is classic Central Austin, nestled right off Burnet and Mopac, homes range from 1950s-1970s. Many of the residents are original owners, and some of the newer residents are young families, and first time home buyers.  Home prices vary from $225K up to $400K, many of the homes have been updated or remodeled. You can find some new construction homes in some pockets.  Boundaries  are MoPac (Loop 1) to the west, Anderson Lane to the south, Burnet Rd to the east and Research Blvd aka 183 to the north.

Families choose to live here because of the schools, Gullett Elementary and Lamar Middle School are on the neighborhood association’s “Adopt-A-School” program, and we support them through the donation of money and school supplies. Plus, the high school is the acclaimed Liberal Arts magnet school. Other families choose Allandale because the homes are larger for a more affordable price.

Shopping centers are along Burnet road, residents love Madam Maam for Thai, conviniently located across from the Alamo Drafthouse.

Where do you call home? What’s your favorite Austin neighborhood?