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East Austin TX - Real Estate and Community Information

Many residents consider East Austin one of the most vibrant places in the city. Forbes magazine has ranked it number seven on its list of the "hippest hipster neighborhoods" in the country.

Location

East Austin is bordered on the west by Interstate 35, on the north by 38th Street, on the east by Airport Boulevard (Route 111) and on the south by Lady Bird Lake. The University of Texas at Austin and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library are located on the other side of I-35. The state capitol is less than three miles away.

The Mueller Development

East Austin's renaissance is partly due to the development of a 700-acre site that became available when the airport relocated in 1999. Today, this community is a vibrant, mixed-use "urban village" that is considered a model for urban re-development. The master plan was adopted in 2000, and a unique public-private partnership was formalized in 2004. Ultimately, 13,000 people will call the community home, and more than 1,000 homes will be constructed.

Residential real estate in the community is compact and pedestrian-friendly, with an emphasis on public transit. Twenty percent of the space is devoted to parkland and green belts. In fact, the development is specifically designed so that every resident lives than 600 feet from green space.

East Austin Landmarks

The Thinkery - The Austin Children's Museum has been reinvented as The Thinkery. Situated in East Austin just north of Mueller Lake Park, The Thinkery provides children a wealth of true hands-on experiences designed to connect them with science, wonder and innovation. Children play and discover in the Spark Shop, Space 8, the Kitchen Lab and other creative exhibits.

Dell Children's Hospital - The Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas is located within the airport redevelopment. The hospital is a part of the Seton Healthcare Family, and it is one of the premier Texas health care facilities for children and adolescents.

Green Space

Mueller Lake Park - This 30-acre, multi-use facility features numerous amenities like an amphitheater, interactive playscape, picnic area and loop trail. Residents relax along the shores of the 6.5-acre lake.

Ella Wooten Park and Pool - This facility is located in Mueller's very first neighborhood. The 2.5-acre park includes a playscape, junior Olympic-sized pool, basketball court and shady areas perfect for picnics.

The Mueller Greenway - This unique green space encircles the development. It links to Patterson Park, Bartholomew Park and the Morris Williams Golf Course.

Morris Williams Golf Course - This 18-hole public layout is situated just northeast of East Austin. From the championship tees, the course is 6,637 yards long. The facility includes a driving range and practice putting green. The course has quite a pedigree, as it was once the home course of the University of Texas golf team. It hosts city tournaments and state high school championships to this day. A recent $4.5 million upgrade further enhanced this popular destination for avid golfers.

Lady Bird Lake - Just south of the East Austin community is a portion of the Colorado River known as Lady Bird Lake, named after Lady Bird Johnson, wife of President Lyndon Johnson. The well-maintained and scenic trails that run along the shoreline attract avid hikers and bikers. It is also possible to rent kayaks and other watercraft for a day out on the water.

Eateries and Gathering Places

East Austin's growth has certainly been spurred by the redevelopment of the old airport property. At the same time, there are restaurants, nightspots and coffee shops that project a distinctly eclectic vibe.

Franklins Barbecue, at 900 East 11th Street is famous for its pulled pork, brisket, sausages and various smoked meats. This "lunch-only" eatery serves ribs and other BBQ delights from 11 a.m. until the food runs out. Eat here once, and you'll quickly understand why people wait in line for hours to experience the food here.

Foodies also revel in all the other dining options, like Justine's, a hip French restaurant located in a former bungalow. At the Blue Dahlia Bistro, enjoy your selection on the garden-like patio. At the Buenos Aires Cafe, enjoy the many work of art on display as you consume your Argentinian dish. East Austin is home to numerous eateries featuring American and Mexican fare as well.

East Austin's many quaint and comfortable coffee shops are another attraction. For example, at Bennu, you can kick back on a couch and enjoy complimentary wi-fi along with a tasty espresso. Or, savor a honey nut latte while relaxing on the patio at Thunderbird. Cenote is another option for enjoying a cup of joe late at night.

East Austin's dozens of bars, lounges and social clubs offer endless ways to kick back with friends over a craft cocktail or other refreshment at the end of the day. Some nightspots feature live music, karaoke, skeeball or foosball. Outdoor patio seating is a common amenity at many East Austin bars.

The numerous art galleries, artist studios and exhibitions contribute to a dynamic arts scene. The East Austin Studio Tour is a self-guided art experience held every November that features special events, over 150 exhibitions and more than 250 artist studios. During the tour, it's possible to see the actual work places where artists are inspired to create.

Those that choose to live in East Austin do so for many reasons. Some love the community's proximity to downtown, while others value the ample green space and the walkable neighborhoods. Also, the allure of trendy restaurants, quaint coffee shops and diverse art galleries is undeniable. If you are relocating to the Austin area, East Austin is worth a close look. Anyone employed downtown will appreciate the short trips to work.

To learn more about the advantages of the East Austin lifestyle, please give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to learning more about your unique real estate and lifestyle goals.
Shay Hargus Webb
Shay Hargus Webb
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