You should live here if want to live close to downtown in a top hipster neighborhood – urban redevelopment at its finest. You like funkiness and old houses, though you also might like new ones at the Mueller Development.
Traditionally Austin’s poorest neighborhood, the Eastside has seen a revitalization (or rather, gentrification) in the past 10-15 years. E. 6th St has turned from being a place you avoid at night to our most vibrant nightlife area in the time that I’ve lived here. Anyone who is familiar with Brooklyn, Silverlake, Portland or the Mission will feel at home amongst the bearded, bespoke bikers and tattooed, pierced ladies. Living near this area comes at a premium price.
The further north & east you go on the east side, the more family friendly and quieter streets become. More affordable housing can be found near Highway 183 to the north and east, along with more ethnically diverse neighborhoods.
Mueller is a newer development near Airport Blvd and 51st which is at Austin’s old airport location. Here you’ll find a planned community with a range of house sizes. More and more amenities are opening up around the area, including a grocery store (previously lacking on the eastside), a lovely park, farmers market, movie theatre and children’s museum.
I personally love the Cherrywood area. You’ll find homes from the 1950s, winding roads and large trees.
I have to mention the schools on the East side. You can definitely find schools that are performing well on state tests and boast diverse student populations. However, the vast majority of families I know that live in this area send their elementary school kids to either charter schools (like Austin Discovery School) or to private schools. The area’s Kealing Middle School and LASA High School have fabulous magnet programs that attract students throughout the city.
- Major neighborhood names:
East Austin, Cherrywood, French Place, Mueller, French Legation, University Hills, Windsor Park
- ZIP code to use in MLS searches: 78702, 78722, 78723
- 2016 median listing price: $415K
- 2016 price per sq ft: $308
- Rental Prices: Low to high range of the market
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$250k and under
- South Austin (South of Hwy 71)
- Central Austin (Along Lamar & Burnet Rd)
- North Austin Suburbs (Round Rock, Pflugerville, Cedar Park)
- East Austin
$500k and up
- Central Austin (Hyde Park)
- Central Austin (around MOPAC)
- South Austin (78704)
- Parts of South Austin (Circle C)
- West Austin Suburbs
PLEASE NOTE: This is a general breakdown of Austin neighborhoods by price range and neighborhood. Exceptions to be found everywhere! I’ve heavily sprinkled in my opinions about areas and admit my Central Austin bias.
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