Top 7 Neighborhoods near Downtown Austin

Top 7 Neighborhoods near Downtown Austin

Looking to be close to Downtown Austin without having to live the condo lifestyle? Check out Realty Austin's list of Top 7 Neighborhoods just a pedicab ride away from vibrant Downtown Austin.



  • Clarksville

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    Clarksville is a community of distinctive homes, galleries, parks, and eateries, located 1.5 miles west of Downtown Austin in the 78703 zip code. Part of historic Old West Austin, and also referred to as Austin’s West End, Clarksville stretches north from West 5th Street to Enfield Road and west from N Lamar Boulevard to MoPac Expressway.

    Clarksville includes a mix of bungalows, urban-style condominiums, 2-story brick traditionals, and vintage ranchers. Many homes are beautifully renovated houses that sell, on average, from the mid to high $500’s with a price per square foot of just over $400. They remain, on average, just 62 days on the market.

    Buyers love Clarksville for its character, history, and a location within walking distance of the downtown area. Both charming and trendy, the neighborhood is in the Austin ISD school district.

    Visit Realty Austin's website for up to date Clarksville market stats or connect with an agent for more details.


  • East Cesar Chavez

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    One of Austin’s oldest neighborhoods, East Cesar Chavez is a mostly residential community just 1.4 miles from Downtown Austin. Stretching north from Lady Bird Lake to E 7th Street and east of I-35 to Chicon Street, East Cesar Chavez homes for sale are in the 78702 zip code.

    East Cesar Chavez homes range from tiny bungalows to contemporary and traditional 2-story residences on tree-shaded streets. Newly renovated or with great potential, properties in this area average in the mid 400’s and have an average price per square foot of upwards of $300. Average days on the market are 49.

    Drawn by the Willow-Spence Streets Historic District, Austin ISD schools, and an estimated 25-minute walk into the city, buyers, find East Cesar Chavez a community worth exploring.

    Visit Realty Austin's website for up to date East Cesar Chavez market stats or connect with an agent for more details.


  • Bouldin

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    Bouldin, or Bouldin Creek, has an authentic South Austin vibe. Spreading south from Auditorium Shores at Town Lake to W Oltorf Street and from S Lamar Boulevard west of Zilker to S Congress Avenue, Bouldin represents a funky mix of old and new. Only 1.5 miles from Downtown Austin in the 78704 zip code, Bouldin includes the hip and happening SoCo, or South Congress Street, retail area.

    Dating to the 1920’s, Bouldin includes both renovated and fixer-upper properties. Tree-lined streets feature bungalows, small condominium buildings, and single-family, contemporary residences. Residents have an estimated walk time to Downtown Austin of only 30 minutes. Bouldin homes sell on average, in the low $500s in just 43 days. They have an average price per square foot of just under $400.

    With a true South Austin look and feel, buyers, explore Bouldin for its location, quality of life with access to trails along Lake Austin, and excellent Austin ISD schools.

    Visit Realty Austin's website for up to date Bouldin market stats or connect with an agent for more details.


  • Travis Heights

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    One of 3 hot neighborhoods in South Austin, Travis Heights sits south of Lady Bird Lake between S Congress Avenue and Interstate 35 extending southward to E Oltorf Street in the 78704 zip code. Like Zilker and Bouldin, Travis Heights enjoys a South Austin ambiance while being only 1.8 miles from the city.

    Initially developed as a wealthy enclave across the river from Downtown Austin, Travis Heights has historic mansions set on hillsides shaded with century-old oaks. Smaller homes and apartments are now part of the mix. The average selling price is in the mid-to-upper $500s, with 52 days on the market and price per square foot just above $350.

    The variety of home styles, location, and desirable Austin ISD schools gives Travis Heights prominence on most buyer lists. With Downtown Austin only a 35-minute walk, proximity to South Congress’ hip SOCO district, and an enviable mix of gorgeous homes, Travis Heights properties are in demand.

    Visit Realty Austin's website for up to date Travis Heights market stats or connect with an agent for more details.


  • Holly

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    The Holly community, bordering on the neighborhoods of East Cesar Chavez and Govalle, runs north of the Colorado River to E 7th Street in the 78702 zip code. This East Austin community, developed in the early 1900s, continues to evolve with renovated bungalows, ranch homes and newly constructed contemporaries and apartments.

    Drawn by a location only 2 miles from Downtown Austin, tree-lined streets, and the potential to find a fixer-upper, buyers flock to this community running either side of E Cesar Chavez as it heads east into the city. Properties sold in the past 12 months, on average, are just above the $400s and remain on the market 44 days. The average price per square foot is just under $350.

    Buyers look at the Holly neighborhood for its charm, history, and location just a 40-minute walk to Downtown Austin. Set on the shores of Town Lake, the community has access to Festival Beach Boat Ramp and the Ladybird Lake & Bike Trail. Austin ISD schools serve students living in Holly.

    Visit Realty Austin's website for up to date Holly market stats or connect with an agent for more details.


  • Zilker

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    One of South Austin’s most beloved neighborhoods, Zilker lies south of Barton Springs Road stretching down S Lamar Boulevard all the way to Barton Skyway. On the west, the community borders Zilker Metropolitan Park and Barton Hills in the 78704 zip code.

    Just 2.5 miles from Downtown Austin, Zilker has an eclectic feel with gorgeous condominiums, 2-story contemporaries, well-appointed bungalows, and large, historic estates lining heavily-shaded streets that branch off of S Lamar Boulevard.

    While the neighborhood may not look fancy, the average sold price for properties over the past 12 months is upwards of $600,000 and sales per square foot run almost $400. Add Austin ISD’s outstanding schools, and buyers understand why most homes sell, on average, in 61 days.

    Visit Realty Austin's website for up to date Zilker market stats or connect with an agent for more details.


  • South Congress (SoCo)

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    South Congress, also referred to as SoCo, is just 2.8 miles away from Downtown Austin’s booming urban center but miles away in attitude. Driving south from the Texas State Capitol over the Congress Street Bridge, the city gives way to a neighborhood grounded in culture and a hip, vintage aesthetic. The area, from S 1st Street on the east to Interstate 35 on the west, runs all the way south to US 290 in the 78704 zip code. South Congress includes the neighborhoods of Travis Heights, Dawson, and St Edwards.

    Known as the heart of South Austin, S Congress Avenue has retail shops, restaurants, antique stores, and an eclectic mix of vintage shops where locals and tourist find the latest in fashion and music. Small streets branching off of S Congress Ave include single-family homes and condominiums in a range of styles and sizes. Averages for in the past 12 months for properties sold is in the mid-$500s, price per square foot in the $300s, and only 47 days on the market.

    Today, newcomers visit South Congress to experience the character of old South Austin. Buyers come here hoping to find a mid-century bungalow or contemporary masterpiece in a neighborhood with great Austin ISD schools. South Congress has not only the vibe, but the vibrancy to attract both young and old to one of Austin's most beloved neighborhoods.

    Visit Realty Austin's website for up to date South Congress market stats or connect with an agent for more details.


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