by staff writer
on Thursday, May 12th, 2016 at 4:38am.
Austin boasts some of the most eclectic neighborhoods in Texas, with attractions that range from trendy boutiques, art galleries, and health-food eateries to authentic old buildings, antique and curiosity stores, and gritty bars, popular for their great local music.
Urban chic communities
Stroll through the shaded streets of Austin, and you’ll encounter urban chic communities raised on hip-slapping, hand-clapping, live music bands. You’ll be able to feast on tacos, falafel, and barbecued ribs, prepared and sold from mobile food vans.
Factor in vintage retail stores, access to networks of wilderness trails, and proximity to the Colorado River and Lake System, and there are a handful of Austin suburbs that are, indeed, cooler than cool.
Old West Austin
Old West Austin is the historic heart of the Texas capital. Here mid-century mansions set in manicured grounds rub shoulders with quaint clapboard bungalows.
It’s an upscale, tree-lined neighborhood sprawled on the banks of Lady Byrd Lake, but with the pizzazz and excitement of the 6th Street entertainment district only minutes away. Nearby are retro diners, bustling bars blaring blues onto the street, and avant garde eateries serving fusion delights.
Walkable, welcoming and decidedly whacky, Old West Austin offers a wild side as an added surprise, in the form of dirt trails that wind through the thickly wooded areas on the banks of the Colorado River.
North Campus is a residential area that's especially popular with graduate students, professors, families, and up and coming young professionals. It lies along the border of the University of Texas campus, and is minutes from Austin's city center.
North Campus includes an interesting blend of real estate, from affordable student pads and low-rise condos to comfortable, single-family homes. It’s a bike friendly neighborhood with its own local grocery stores and a plethora of student-oriented coffee shops, restaurants, and bars.
North Campus also includes green spaces and parks, and the Waller Creek forges a path right through the neighborhood.
South Congress, or SoCo as it’s known, is a quirky retail and residential strip that extends along the length of South Congress Avenue, from the Ann W Richards Congress Avenue Bridge to Ben White Boulevard.
SoCo is popular for its offbeat retail stores, funky art galleries, cafés, and music venues, many of which offer live entertainment. A perennial highlight is the neighborhood's colorful food trucks, which ply their trade 24/7, selling everything from cupcakes to fried chicken.
SoCo includes a cross-section of real estate, from modern condos with sweeping views to well-maintained family homes on green title allotments.
East Austin is evolving into one of Austin's trendiest and most sought-after neighborhoods. It's undergoing rapid gentrification, although you'll still find plenty of dive bars, Mexican cantinas, and comfy coffee shops in what is popularly known as the hippest 'hood of all.
East Austin includes a diverse cross-section of residents. Bikes are the preferred mode of transport, the ambience is unsophisticated but welcoming, and – although possibly not for long – there are plenty of real estate options that won’t break the bank.
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