Explore East Austin Real Estate
In 2012, Forbes named East Austin #7 on its inaugural list of America’s hippest neighborhoods. A title formerly given to South Congress and Travis Heights, according to Nextdoor.com. East Austin’s hipster title was based off of a few defining factors--walkability, number of coffee shops and locally owned restaurants and bars, as well as the percentage of residents who work in artistic occupations.
Whether you are looking for some of the best Mexican Food restaurants in Texas, a quaint coffee shop, a farmer’s market or food trucks like the East Side King, you’ll find it and so much more in East Austin.
"Nothing can compare to its spirit and its character. Nothing can compare to the families playing ball in Fiesta Park, the church-goers on Sunday morning, the coffee shops nestled in old storefronts, the murals, the alleyways, the grassy lots, the sounds of kids playing in the street. Nothing can compare to the stories I hear, the people I meet and the always evolving, always fascinating narrative that is East Austin." East Austin Resident, Lauren Modery of Hipstercrite
Living in East Austin
East Austin is bordered by Govalle, Holly, Rosewood, Rainey Street, Pleasant Valley, Downtown, East Riverside, University of Texas, Travis Heights and Upper Boggy Creek. Just a few miles away from buildings which look sleek and polished in Downtown Austin, living in East Austin juxtaposes Downtown with its weathered walls, aluminum and the appearance of a lived in neighborhood, rich with history of the both African American and Latino communities.
Living in East Austin means you will be close to everything our capitol city has to offer, from live music, great food, the nightlife, festivals, and outdoor adventures all in one of the oldest neighborhoods in ATX.
Austin Business Journal recently reported that Transwestern is building Indie Apartments--a 139-microunit community which will include 350 square foot studio apartments and 520 square foot two bedroom apartments. It will take place of the current Ross Transmission, located on 1648 E. Sixth St. Groundbreaking begins this June and is expected to be completed August 2017. While the units will be small, they won’t be without an abundance of amenities. To maximize the tiny floor plans, built in storage and flexible furniture, such as Murphy beds and convertible tables will help to make a small area feel bigger. Living at the Indie gives you access to a courtyard with fire pits, outdoor televisions and parking spaces.
Shopping in East Austin
Solid Gold Head over to Solid Gold on Fifth Street, a clothing, accessories, and home design boutique for a little retail therapy.
Sam Hill is a new vintage menswear, which focuses on classic American mens workwear as well as other one of a kind treasures.
Farewell Bookstore is so much more than a bookstore! This is both a progressive new and used bookshop tucked into East Cesar Chavez. You can browse books, check out the clothing boutique, grab an espresso or lunch at the vegan Jewish deli trailer in the back or peruse the art gallery.
Art & Culture
The George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center is dedicated to the collection, preservation, research and exhibition of African American historical and cultural material.
East Austin Handmade Arts Market The East Austin Handmade Arts Market is a free event which began in February 2014. It’s a local partnership between artists, musicians and businesses who have come together to provide free events for Austinites and brings together a variety of art forms, all handmade and created locally. Check the calendar before heading to El Sapo restaurant on Manor Road for your monthly dose of creativity and fine artistry of Austin residents.
Dining in East Austin
We can’t include dining recommendations in East Austin without first starting off with some of the best Mexican food.
Juan in a Million on E. Cesar Chavez has been creating Tex-Mex classics like juevos rancheros for over 30 years. Find out why favorites like Con Queso Breakfast and Don Juan el Taco Grande have patrons waiting in lines.
The history of East Austin is alive and cooking at the Tamale House East on E. Sixth Street. The grandchildren of the original founders carry on the family tradition with wet migas, breakfast tacos and of course, tamales!
Head over to Sa-Ten Coffee and Eats for coffee and a Japanese twist on sandwiches, like the cold chicken katsu or the Nori Tama, an egg spread, green onion, sesame seeds, mozzarella cheese, and dried seaweed on toast.
Hillside Farmacy This restaurant was once Hillside Drugstore, owned and operated by Doc Young, Austin’s first African-American pharmacist. The design reflects an old apothecary feel. Head over midweek for a meal, or on the weekend you can get brunch with favorites like fried egg sandwiches or the green onion biscuits & sausage gravy.
Austin Chronicle said Nubian Queen Lola's Cajun Soul Food Cafe is “…the most delicious cajun-spiced hamburgers you’ll find down here or up there.” Favorites include gumbo, red beans and rice and 'po boys, but you can't go wrong with whatever you choose!
Living in East Austin means you will be surrounded by rich history, quirky character, and families that go back generations. Contact a Goodlife Agent and let us help you explore East Austin to find your dream home!
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