Welcome to Downtown
Vibrant pulse of Austin overflowing with spirit and a refreshing lifestyle
The effervescent heart of Austin, the city’s downtown neighborhood is a stunning collection of opportunities to work, live, and play. High-rise condos and skyscrapers paint a glittering skyline that includes some of the tallest buildings west of the Mississippi. The city’s effortlessly cool, inclusive personality is exemplified through the area’s diverse and friendly population.
Downtown is tucked between The University of Texas at Austin to the north, Lady Bird Lake to the south, and bounded on the east and west by I-35 and North Lamar Boulevard. The best that Austin has to offer downtown is right at your doorstep, with entertainment available night and day. The area is peppered with remarkable government buildings, as well as locations with historical significance.
A neighborhood always on the move, Downtown Austin is experiencing a growth surge that’s led to increased availability of luxury residential housing. The majority of spaces are luxe condos, spacious apartments, and penthouses, all with modern, contemporary sophistication and a multitude of incredible amenities.
What to Love
- Living amidst the action, including among many of the nation’s top music venues
- Growth and new opportunities in the fastest-growing city in the country
- Within walking distance of top shopping areas, restaurants, and event spaces
- Urban parks and green spaces to break up the city’s density
Downtown’s incredible walkability contributes to its on-the-go energy. The streets are bustling day and night, with an array of residents heading to work, live shows, the newest gastropubs, favorite coffee shops, or meeting up with friends at one of the many urban parks.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Downtown Austin is, of course, the epicenter of the city. Consequently, those living in this neighborhood are always within easy walking distance of the area’s finest shopping districts and unbelievably delicious restaurants. Retail enthusiasts of Downtown tend to be drawn to the 2nd Street District, which lies a few blocks south and harbors upscale local boutiques like UAL and national fashion retailers including Francesca’s and Urban Outfitters.
Dining in Downtown Austin is diverse, with restaurants whose flavors span across the globe and environments that run the gamut from ultra-casual to impeccable fine dining. Handmade, fresh pasta is a staple at Red Ash Italia, whose wood-fired cuisine is inspired by the traditions of both Northern and Southern Italy. The grits and biscuits of Fixe Austin have a loyal following of diners who are enamored with the upscale atmosphere and refined, down-home cooking.
You’ll find that the traditional elements of Mexican fare have been elevated into something contemporary and new at ATX Cocina, whose ethically sourced ingredients and respect for culture are the backbone for a menu replete with exciting, masterful dishes. The Well aims to redefine the healthy food experience downtown through its innovative meals and local, sustainable sourcing practices and has the added perk of being free of gluten and soy.
Things to Do
Nature, music, culture, and entertainment converge in Downtown Austin to provide a wide assortment of activities for its residents and visitors. Downtown serves as a central hub for nationally recognized events such as the Austin City Limits Music Festival, also known as the ACL. The famous festival has featured top artists like Stevie Wonder, Kendrick Lamar, Billie Eilish, Hozier, Jay-Z, and dozens of others.
Republic Square downtown is the hotspot for local events—including farmers’ markets and movie nights—in addition to maintaining amenities for live music performances, event hosting, picnicking, dog-walking, and fitness.
Cooling off in the Texas heat is made easy at the nearby Lady Bird Lake, whose activities are every water lover's dream. Paddleboarding, crew-rowing, lake cruises, and canoeing are just a few of the exciting options for fun on Lady Bird Lake, which is also conveniently surrounded by trails for biking and walking.
Downtown is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
Trinity Episcopal School of Austin, K-8, highly-rated private Episcopal school
Headwaters School, PK-12, private Montessori school ranked in the top five best schools for the arts in Texas