The neighborhoods that surround the heart of Austin share one thing in common - location - but they each possess their own charm to make them uniquely their own. Downtown Condominiums are a popular choice for urban living, but those looking for a single-family property may find their perfect home in the surrounding neighborhoods. Head west on Sixth Street and you will find yourself in the Historic Clarksville neighborhood, a quaint area with historic homes and local restaurant favorites like Clark’s Oyster Bar and Josephine House.
To the west of Clarksville is the more traditional neighborhood of Tarrytown. Tarrytown homes vary from stately historic homes, charismatic bungalows to clean contemporary residences. The neighborhood is unique with its close proximity to Lake Austin, accessible through Tarrytown Boat Club. Enjoy sunsets over the water at the well-known Tex-Mex restaurant Hula-Hut, or a coffee by the water at Mozarts. Pemberton Heights is another Austin neighborhood filled with Central Texas history. Bordered at the East by Pease Park, this oak-filled community is less than urban despite its close proximity to downtown and the University of Texas. Just north of Westover Road, you will find smaller homes surrounded by large trees and manicured lawns of the homes in Bryker Woods. Recognized on the National Register of Historic Places, this community features walkability to many quaint restaurants and shops and also offers greenbelt access. This area is home to the St. Andrews Lower School Campus and Seton Medical Center.
The University of Texas is not the only area that makes up Austin’s North Central, although Condos in West Campus are very popular for student housing. Hyde Park, also known as Austin’s first suburb, is one of Austin’s most eclectic neighborhoods. Minutes from campus, this is not just a neighborhood of students-everyone from young professionals, families and established Austin-ites call Hyde Park home, and plenty of pups too! Hyde Park is also home to some of Austin’s most popular spots, including the ever-popular Hyde Park Grill and vegetarian and vegan restaurant, Mother’s Cafe.Head west on 45th and you will find yourself in the heart of the quaint neighborhood of Rosedale. Many homes in this neighborhood were built in the 1930s and '40s but with the many renovations and new-build prohects, it gives the area a feel of revitalization. From Hyde Park you can Walk to Ramsey Park, Kerbey Lane Cafe, Central Market or Pinthouse Pizza. Moving North of 45th and west of Lamar you find yourself in the sister communities of Brentwood, Crestview, Allandale, and Wooten, which are so closely situated that it can be very difficult to distinguish one from the other. The neighborhoods wereoriginally a cotton farm until the City of Austin annexed the land to build Brentwood Elementary in the early 1950s, the same year Brentwood Park opened.The area is made up of mostly bungalow and ranch-style homes. Many scenes from the movies can be seen in this area, including the classic Top Notch Hamburgers and Stiles Switch BBQ. Easily accessible to downtown by Austin’s major roadways, Crestview also has a MetroRail station for an easy commute into the city.
The South Central area, aka 78704, is one of the hottest areas in Austin. The area’s proximity to Downtown helps with its popularity, but it is the laid-back eccentric vibe that helps keep South Austin weird. Zilker Park, Lady Bird Lake, Barton Creek Greenbelt and Barton Springs are just a few of the beloved places for the outdoor-lovers. For those looking for something other than outdoor activities, you can venture down South Congress Ave, or SoCo, for some shopping, great eats or live music at Gueros or The Continental Club. The neighborhoods in 78704 are as diverse as Austin itself. Barton Hills is primarily residential, established in the 1940s and featuredin Austin’s 1956 Parade of Homes as “the world’s largest air-conditioned subdivision.” The Zilker neighborhood, named for Zilker Park, is walkable to some of the most popular spots in Austin. Zilker homes vary from small bungalows, remodeled bungalows, new constructions to condominiums. The most central neighborhood in 78704 is Bouldin Creek. Bouldin Creek is one of the oldest Austin neighborhoods, dating back to the start of the 20th Century. There are many historic homes in the area, with most of the development taking place in the1920s and '30s, as well as many contemporary new construction homes. The Texas School for the Deaf calls Bouldin Creek home, established in 1856 and covering over 65 acres. Another historic neighborhood in 78704 is Travis Heights. Founded in 1912, Travis Heights did not begin to develop until the '20s. This neighborhood blends history with eclectic charm and is walking distance to the popular South Congress Ave. If a single-family home in south central Austin exceeds the budget, condos in 78704 are an affordable option, great for first-time home buyers.