Central Austin is the place to go to find some of Texas’ most diverse real estate options. The area features many types of condos and loft apartments, but it also includes high-end, custom homes. Life in Central Austin is surrounded by art and culture and the city’s world-famous live music scene.
There are several different neighborhoods that make up Central Austin, and while they are near to one another each has its own specific atmosphere and character. Some of the more well-known of these are Tarrytown, Westlake and Travis Heights. There is no specific boundary/border to Central Austin, but the geographic center of the city is the intersection of Funston and 32nd Street. This is one of most desirable regions in all of Austin because it holds much of what makes Austin continually one of the top-ranked cities to live and work in. The area is only minutes from Downtown Austin (more on that further down) and The University of Texas at Austin.
The properties here are very highly regarded, and many listings start in the $250’s. People are willing to pay top dollar for this amazing location. The citizens are a diverse mix of government employees, foreign and domestic college students, musicians, high-tech workers,blue-collar workers and businesspeople. Finally, Central Austin is ground zero for the town’s “clean air city” claim – meaning Austin’s no-smoking ordinances that apply to all public places. The Austin Independent School District serves Central Austin, and there are a large amount of zip codes falling under the region. Look further into Austin City Living’s neighborhood guides for a complete rundown of prices, zip codes and school districts.
Pioneers first settled in what would become Central Austin in the 1830’s. The Republic of Texas’ Vice President at the time, Mirabeau B. Lamar, proposed that the capital of the new nation (soon to be state) be relocated from already-established Houston to the area around the north bank of the Colorado River. In 1839 the site was officially designated as the capital (despite the protestations and actions of the Republic’s first President, Sam Houston) under the name “Waterloo.” The name was changed to Austin shortly thereafter, in honor of the “Father of Texas,” Stephen. F. Austin.
The 19th century saw the city grow and become a center of government and education. The Texas State Capital and the University of Texas at Austin were built in this period. After The Great Depression, Austin’s development accelerated and it became a major city in the 1980’s with the emergence of powerful technology and business sectors. In the 21st century Central Austin has become the ultimate example of the city’s progressive and cutting-edge character, with award-winning environmental standards and strong economic harbingers.
Parks and Recreation in Central Austin
An especially attractive perk of Central Austin is its easy access to the greenbelt and a multitude of public parks. Both Zilker Park and Town Lake are in close proximity to this region. Natural watering hole and summer highlight Barton Springs serves as a sort of spiritual center for Austin, and the nearby Town Lake hike and bike trail is also full of runners, outdoorsmen and women and families.
For some non-outdoors fun, there is the highly-regarded Austin Children’s Museum. That’s not all, as the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum sits right near the UT campus and the collegiate confines hold the Harry Ransom Center, the Blanton Museum of Art and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum.
And, it almost goes without saying, are the enormous selection of music venues and bars to visit in the downtown area. Central Austin holds the exciting Sixth Street, a continuing chain of bars, restaurants, live music venues and other top night spots. The Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, a paragon of Austin coolness, stands proudly in the middle of the Sixth.
Central Austin’s Economy
There is vast variety of economic activity in Central Austin. Austin is a well-known “foodie” town, and the area’s restaurants reflect the city’s wide-ranging tastes with everything from burger joints, ethnic eateries, vegetarian hotspots and five-star steak houses. Central Market makes its home here, and Whole Foods’ flagship store is also in the area.
Because Austin is a desirable touring spot for top performers, Central Austin’s live music venues provide an additional gem in the area’s crown. Every year, Austin’s many highly-regarded festivals (like Austin City Limits, South by Southwest and Fun Fun Fun Fest) all take place in this area at various venues and parks. Year after year, these events bring millions of dollars into Austin’s coffers.
Business is also a major part of Central Austin’s appeal. The W and Driscoll Hotels are major landmarks, as are the many development centers for technology and social media/marketing corporations. The preponderance of tech businesses caused Austinites in the ‘90’s to adopt the “Silicon Hills” nickname. That goes alongside “The Live Music Capital of the World” and “Keep Austin Weird” as one of the region’s major mottos. To see these philosophies played out in full, a move to Austin is not complete until Central Austin has been seen.
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