Easy East Side

EASY EAST SIDE

Located only two miles from downtown Austin, East Austin is a vibrant, diverse mix of housing and culture. Over the past decade, East Austin has undergone fast, dramatic development and is becoming one of Austin’s most popular neighborhoods. East Austin has transformed into a fashionable arts district with galleries, studios, cocktail bars, high-end eateries, and a plethora of food trucks for discerning yet bargain-savvy diners. Amid this small section of Austin lies a cultural community that thrives because of the individualistic yet loyal spirit of the people who inhabit this it. People who have lived in or visited Portland, Seattle, or Brooklyn will probably feel right at home here among the hip and the plaid-clad. Unlike those cities, Austin boasts sunnier weather. Relatively affordable property in East Austin has attracted many residents and business owners alike.

Location and Boundaries: Boundaries of East Austin include IH-35, Lady Bird Lake, Manor Road, and Springdale Road.

Neighborhood Zip Codes: 78702, 78722, and 78723.

Notable Landmarks: Museum of the Weird (features sideshow performances and an array of curiosities for eccentricity connoisseurs), French Legation Museum (oldest building in Austin—built in 1841 to represent the French government in Texas), and African American Cultural & Heritage Facility (a museum honoring African-American contributions to Austin and the city’s commitment to enhancing their quality of life).

Industry in the Area: Marcus Technology, Boeing, Idea Labs Consulting, Zilker Brewery and Tap Room, Commercial Metals, Environmedia Social Marketing, and East Side Lumber and Decking.

Food: La Barbeque, Micklethwait Craft Meats (both La Barbeque and Micklethewait provide diners with long lines, but a profoundly appetizing experience), Franklin’s (another BBQ joint whose long line is worth the wait) Blue Dahlia (Euro-style bistro for the healthy eater), Buenos Aires Café (Argentinian empanadas with chimichurri sauce and mixed grill plates), Salty Sow (like it braised, poached or stewed? This is the place for you), Mr. Natural (a fun mixture of a natural pharmacy, juice bar, vegan and Mexican food), Salt & Time (tasty steaks so big you can’t finish them yourself), and The Hightower (comfort food and craft cocktails). The Blue Cat Café is Austin’s first cat café—all kitties are adoptable and are from Austin Humane Society. Some of the city’s best food trailers are located on the East side such as East Side Kings (food truck founded by Top Chef winner Paul Qui), Contigo (farm fresh Texas eatery that specializes in seasonal cocktails), Fried and True (a food truck that will fry Oreos, peppers, and grilled cheese), and Coolhaus (a trailer that creatively-flavored ice cream sandwiches like Guinness Chip).

Drinks and Entertainment: Violet Crown Social Club (laid-back watering hole with cheap, strong drinks), Weather Up (offshoot of NYC craft cocktail bar), Whistlers (patio bar with classic cocktails and live shows), Rio Rita (hip, no-frills establishment that doubles as a bar and java joint), The Liberty (pleasantly divey with a large outdoor patio), Stay Gold (specialty cocktails, craft beer, a stage for a live music and a gourmet sandwich food truck), Yellow Jacket Social Club (cozy outdoor, pooch-friendly bar and international café), School House Pub (unpretentious neighborhood locale with a woodsy flair, pub grub, and school-themed drinks), Haymaker (regionally inspired comfort food with beer and cocktails), Techo Mezecalaria and Agave Bar (a formidable tequila den offering agave and mezcal-inspired spirits with the only bar in town that’s a rooftop speakeasy), The Skylark Lounge (brews and blues), Ah Sing Den (cocktail hideaway with Asian-inspired cuisine, great for intimate conversation) and Hotel Vegas (one of Austin’s best bar and music venues) Esther’s Follies (modern-day vaudeville theater—acts involve magic, juggling, dancing, singing, and current event comedy sketches).

Schools and Family: Schools here perform very well on state tests and have a multi-cultural student population. Most families send their elementary school kids to either charter schools (like Austin Discovery School) or private schools. Kealing Middle School and LASA High School have well-regarded magnet programs that attract students throughout the city. Other schools include Andrews Elementary School, Blackshear Elementary School, Premier High School, Gonzalo Garza High School, Alternative Learning Center.

Average Sales Price: $483,000.

Notable Neighborhoods and Building Styles: Buyers searching for East Austin homes for sale will find unique building features like painstakingly restored mid-century ranchers and eco-friendly metal roof bungalows. From stunning single-family homes to brand-new condo communities, East Austin suits nearly every housing need.

Mueller’s (near Airport and 51st) master-planned development has a broad array of house sizes and is designed with walkability in mind. More amenities are opening around the area, including a farmer’s market, grocery store, a spacious park, movie theatre, and children’s science museum (The Thinkery). Major employers in this area are Seton Healthcare Family/Dell Children’s Center, HEB, and the University of Texas system. Mueller’s restaurants are quickly expanding to satisfy every palate. Places of interest include: Acai Hut (a Brazilian health food breakfast café) and Bao’d Up, a steam-bun focused establishment with Taiwanese fare.

Windsor Park is prominent neighborhood big trees and quiet, curvy streets ideal for walking and cycling. Its ranch-style homes were built in the 1950s and 1960s. Single young professionals and families flock to this neighborhood, and this area is booming because of its fast commute to downtown and the Mueller retail center. Windsor Park is also home to Bartholomew Creek, with its playgrounds and picnic areas. Like most of Austin, restaurants in this neighborhood like Cuba Sandwich Café and Taquerias Arandinas (a casual Mexican haunt) boast Latin flavor.

If 1950s houses, winding roads, and large trees are your style, you’ll love the Cherrywood (aka French Place) neighborhood. This neighborhood is also pedestrian friendly, and cyclists, tennis players, and swimmers will be drawn to Patterson Park. Java drinkers and music enthusiasts will love Cherrywood Coffeehouse, where you can sit on the patio and listen to live music while you drink a caffeinated beverage of your choice and chow down on some of the city’s tastiest breakfast tacos. Carnivores will feel right at home at Dai Due, a restaurant with modern, locally sourced fare and a butcher shop.

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