Central Austin Real Estate
Living in Central Austin
For most people, Central Austin is a big rectangle defined by Highway 290/71 in the South, 2222 in the north, I-35 to the east and Mopac (or Loop 1) to the West. It encompasses quite a few neighborhoods that are the central core of Austin. These neighborhoods tend to have older homes – most of them built between 1920-1980 with smaller pockets of infill with newer homes and condo subdivisions. The schools, for the most part, tend to be solid, with a lot of parental involvement. Two of the top 10 public elementary schools in Central Texas, Barton Hills Elementary & Highland Park, are located in this part of Austin.
Central Austin is sprinkled with local restaurants and boutiques as well as many pocket parts and hike and bike trails. If you want to be in the heart of it all – this is the neighborhood for you. Many are walking neighborhoods, where you can leave your bungalow and stroll for a coffee or late night ice cream.
Noted as one of the up-and-coming food capitals in the nation, Central Austin dishes everything from food-trucks, to Tex-Mex, to the five-star experience. Taking street food to a whole new level, downtown features many of Austin’s well-known trailer park eateries, gathered every year at the Gypsy Picnic in Zilker Park. For a dine-in experience, try Eddie V’s Steakhouse, Stubb’s BBQ, La Condesa serving regional Mexican, Truluck’s Seafood, Parkside American Cuisine and more.
Barton Springs and Zilker Park top the list of outdoor attractions in this neighborhood, flexing athletics such as hike and bike trails, sports fields, and Frisbee golf. But a variety of community parks with BBQ pits, tennis courts and playgrounds provide easy outdoor access for all ages year round. And, of course for those lucky enough to live right on the lake, kayaking and fishing are much loved past times—don’t worry, there’s also a public access to the lake.