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Best Austin Neighborhoods: The East Austin Guide

As one of the most diverse and unique neighborhoods in the city, East Austin’s eclectic, trendy vibe makes it quintessentially Austin. The young professional who’s looking for a hip and vibrant neighborhood full of things to do will find themselves right at home in East Austin. 

Located east of downtown and I-35, East Austin offers easy, quick access to all that downtown has to offer, as well as the Austin International airport. This culturally diverse and highly walkable area hosts some of the best restaurants in the city and some of the most popular music venues.

In this neighborhood guide, you’ll discover what makes East Austin a unique and popular place to live in the city.

Zip Code

78702

Average Home Price

$1 M

Home Styles

Classic Austin Bungalows, Mid-Century Modern, Contemporary New Builds

Average Price/SqFt

$705

Walk Score

84

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East Austin Real Estate

Before you start looking for your dream home in East Austin, here’s what you should know about the neighborhood and its real estate.

Neighborhood Vibe

Austin Public Library - Carver Branch with Mural
The Austin Public Library Carver Branch

Unique, creative, hip, and vibrant are just a few words that come to mind when describing the vibe of East Austin. With a lot to do and see (and eat), this neighborhood always has something fun to offer. With a large community of creatives and young professionals, it’s also got a strong artistic and youthful feel.

 

While this neighborhood doesn’t have the fanciest restaurants and boutiques in Austin, its unassuming nature makes it ideal for people who prefer a casual, laid back atmosphere. East Austin is where you’re going to find the most authentically Austin hidden gems.

Architectural Styles

The facade of the French Legation building in East Austin
French Legation State Historic Site

East Austin has a rich history that’s evident in the mix of historic homes and buildings throughout the area. In fact, the French Legation Historic district is home to one of the oldest houses in Austin, built in 1841. Huston-Tillotson University, a private historically Black university in the area established in 1875 was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places.

In this neighborhood, you’ll find older bungalows and narrow bungalows with rooms that are directly connected without hallways, called shotgun style homes. However, you don’t have to go far to find a sleek and modern new development either. The blend of old and new is part of what gives East Austin its unique charm.


With no homeowners’ associations in the area, you’ll also find a variety of expressions in the paint colors of homes and paintings of murals. (How Austin of them!)

Average Home Price

East Austin is a highly desirable area for young professionals (and those young at heart) who want to live centrally. The average home closing price in East Austin is $1M or an average of $705 per square foot.

Walkability

East Austin is highly walkable with a Walk Score of 84. In fact, central East Austin is the 6th most walkable area in the city. With so many dog-friendly bars and restaurants in the area, you can easily walk to grab a cocktail or a bite to eat and bring the pups with you. It’s also very bike-friendly.

Schools

An institution with text reads: Govalle

The East Austin neighborhood is part of the Austin Independent School District (AISD). East Austin is home to many public school campuses, including Campbell Elementary, Govalle Elementary, Matthews Elementary, Sanchez Elementary, Zavala Elementary, Martin Middle School, Kealing Middle School, Eastside Early College High School, and East Austin College Prep (K-12). 

 

Some areas of East Austin are also zoned for Austin High School, which is located outside of the neighborhood.

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