With its progressive, cutting-edge personality and its singular mix of neighborhoods, Central Austin reflects all the characteristics that make Austin continually ranked one of America’s top-ranked cities. If you’re ready to experience everything that makes Austin living unique, it’s time for you to visit Central Austin, and maybe even make it your home.
The vibrant hub of Central Austin is downtown. As you might expect, downtown features great film festivals, art galleries and nightlife. There’s always something happening along Sixth Street, in the Warehouse District, and all around Red River. But downtown is also a great place for active urban living, and downtown residents will tell you that everything they need is just a short walk away from home.
Although parking is often hard to come by, this neighborhood is bike- and pedestrian-friendly, and is also served by the free “Dillo” buses. There’s hiking and biking along Town Lake, classical music at lunchtime on the plaza, and a Saturday farmer’s market at Republic Square. Do your shopping and enjoy a great cafe lunch at our flagship Whole Foods ‒ the very first Whole Foods was a tiny shop on South Lamar, and now downtown is host to the corporate headquarters and what is probably the best Whole Foods store in the country.
Clarksville / West End
For the intimate ambiance of an older neighborhood combined with the best features of urban living, try Clarksville/West End. Because of its historic roots, Clarksville’s growth has been mostly protected. But adjacent West End, part of Austin’s Central Design District, provides plenty of urban feel.
Clarksville is home to some of the best eats in Austin, with hand-dipped milkshakes at Nau’s Drugstore, an eclectic game and seafood menu at Jeffrey’s, and vegetarian delights and the Cosmic Cafe. And we’re just getting started! In addition to some of Austin’s longtime favorites, sophisticated newcomers are popping up along Fifth and Sixth.
This neighborhood has two small parks, both with wading pools for hot summer nights, and its gentle hills make it a great spot for evening walks. Shoal Creek hiking and biking trail is just a few blocks away, making it a popular location for young families.
A neighborhood with shady, tree-lined streets, turn-of-the-century architecture, and a real village feel, Hyde Park is one of the most sought-after locations in Central Austin. This is a place just made for relaxing on the front porch, or taking a leisurely walk to the local cafe.
Hyde Park locals gather at 43rd and Duval for grappa and gelato at Dolce Vita or breakfast coffee and pastries at Quack’s. They also enjoy one of the area’s finest municipal golf courses, Hancock Golf, built in 1899 and the oldest of its kind in the state of Texas.
From stately homes to high-rise condos, art galleries to vegan cafes, Central Austin is the place to be. Eclectic, diverse, and full of great music, great food, and great nightlife, there’s something for every taste here. Enjoy the very best of Austin’s unique personality ‒ get to know Central Austin living.