- January 18, 2021

A Guide to Living in East Austin

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East Austin is an incredibly diverse area with a creative community atmosphere and a major emphasis on supporting local business and living sustainably. You can find bungalows with hip cocktail bars on every corner. The food scene is eclectic and you’re bound to discover some of the city’s best street art! Whether you’re looking to rent or own, there are a variety of new properties popping up all the time.

Here’s everything you need to know about living in East Austin.

Eat and Drink Like a Local

Next time you plan to eat out, we dare you to try one of East Austin’s top restaurants or food trucks. The Eastside food scene can be overwhelming for noobs. Whether you’re into BBQ, Asian, Southern Style, gastro pubs, or anything else, you can find some of the best the East side has to offer in this post.

East Austin also offers a myriad of kitschy and cool bars and breweries. You really can’t do wrong by wandering down East 6th Street or Cesar Chavez and popping into any and every spot you see!

If coffee is more your drink of choice, you’ll come across Cuvee Coffee Bar on East 6th and Cenote on East Cesar Chavez. We also recommend Quickie Pickie on East 11th.

Shop Local

While strolling through the East side, keep your wallet handy. You never know when you might encounter that perfect painting to hang in that accursed blank space in your living room. You might fall in love with a pair of Hey Murphy earrings at Olive or discover a dress that you wear fabulously at eco-friendly Raven + Lily. Experience the magical world of Soul Studio, Austin’s first public natural dye studio and showroom. And Take Heart totally has you covered for trinkets. Guys, don’t count yourselves out either. If you enjoy wearing classy shoes, you will really get a kick out of HELM Boots. Obsessed with succulents and other pretty plants? Check out East Austin Succulents and Tillery Street Plant Company to get your fix.

Keep It Weird

If you’re ever feeling anxious about Austin becoming less and less weird, then you need to take a trip over to Eastside’s Singleton Ave to visit the home of longtime Austinites Jen Hirt and Scott Webel. The front portion of Hirt and Webel’s residence doubles as an eclectic dime museum of oddities called The Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata. There’s no telling what you’re going to find included in MNAE’s delightfully unconventional permanent and traveling exhibits, which have been known to display artifacts such as Marilyn Monroe’s lipstick-stained cigarette butt, a tuft of Elvis’ hair, and yes, an entirely legitimate stuffed jackalope. MNAE operates entirely off of donations, so for those of you who lament Austin’s dwindling weirdness, here’s a way for you to keep that train rolling.

Catch a Show and a Vibe

Not surprisingly, there are a number of amazing live music venues east of the usual downtown spread. Though many places are closed for 2020 due to the pandemic, we’re hoping these Austin institutions will survive and re-open by the end of the year or early 2021. Sahara LoungeHistoric Scoot InnHotel VegasThe Coliseum, and The North Door are all easy East Austin favorites and host a wide variety of hot and up-and-coming musical talent. To hear boot-stomping honky tonk and two-step the night away, stable your ride at The White Horse on the corner of East 6th and Comal. Skylark Lounge brings in bands from many different genres, but nobody does the blues quite like them. 

Keep It Fresh

Austin is serious about buying and growing organic, local produce and East Austin is a major hub for this. This part of town is home to roughly half of the city’s community gardens and at least four urban farms: Green Gate FarmsJohnson’s Backyard GardenBoggy Creek Farm, and Springdale Farm. So go dig up some ‘taters on Sunday mornings at 5604 Manor or buy some at one of the farms mentioned above. Your body will thank you and East Austin gardeners and farmers will too.

Photo courtesy of @atxapartmentlocators

Housing Market

Creatives are drawn to East Austin as are those that love to get to know their neighbors. Plus, as you may have gathered by all the above recommendations, there’s a mix of houses and small businesses throughout this part of town. If you’re looking for a big yard and lots of land, this isn’t the hood for you. It’s comprised of a mixture of single-family homes, renovated and modern homes, some cheaper new builds, a few surviving old homes, and a plethora of new and old apartment complexes. 

As of Summer 2020, the average home price in East Austin is $440K and homes for sale are not on the market for long (11 days is the average). Learn more about the neighborhood including school district scores and what’s currently for sale here.

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