- September 17, 2020

A Guide to Life On East Riverside

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With just a short drive to downtown Austin, East Riverside is a neighborhood in Austin, located just Southeast of the city’s core in downtown. East Riverside, Parker Lane, and Pleasant Valley come together to form the East Riverside/ Oltorf neighborhood that has great parks, outdoor recreation, restaurants, and more. 

Here’s everything you need to know about life on East Riverside.

Eat and Drink:

East Riverside features unsuspectingly delicious restaurants and bars that won’t be crazy packed like most downtown restaurants. If you’re in the mood for tasty Asian cuisine, check out 1618 Asian Fusion and 888 Pan Asian Restaurant. Both eateries feature large menus with a diverse array of cuisine and are open late. For authentic Mexican food, Pueblo Viejo and La Tunita 512 are the best. Pro tip: La Tunita 512 usually sells out by 1 to 2p.m., so be sure to order early! 

Photo courtesy of @1618asianfusion

For a cold beverage, head to Longhorn Daiquiris for a frozen slushy including flavors like Miami Vice, Hurricanes, and Pina Colada. Locally owned, Austin staple, The Jackalope South Shore, is a great place to grab a burger and a beer on their patio. 

Photo courtesy of @longhorndaiquiris

For a pick me up, The Buzz Mill and Cafe Creme are great spots for coffee. The Buzz Mill features tons of vegan options (food and drink) while Cafe Creme makes one heck of a kolache. 

Outdoor Activities:

Mabel Davis District Park is one of our favorite parks in the East Riverside area. Home to Austin’s first 12,000 square foot concrete skate park, this park also offers a seasonal pool, basketballs courts, playground, and walking trails. If you’re interested in water activities, EpicSUP and Live Love Paddle are both water sports equipment rental service company that sit right on the lake. Rent single or double kayaks or stand up paddle boards and take an afternoon in the sun on the lake. 

Photo courtesy of @epicsup

Keep It Local:

Peace Point at Lady Bird Lake Metropolitan Park is a great park to walk, hike, bike, kayak, picnic, take in the beautiful scenery, and more. Just a short drive under I-35 is the Travis Heights Mural. This public art mural overlooks East Riverside and the Colorado River. In need of a good book? Check out the Ruiz Branch of the Austin Public Library. With plenty of comfy chairs to relax in, you can dive into a new book for the afternoon. 

Keep It Weird:

Open since 1966, The Bazaar is a costume emporium where you can find great quality costumes, wigs, masks, hats, and tons of other fun accessories that’s completely female-owned. Whether you’re looking for a Halloween costume, a Renaissance Fair costume, or just wanting to look around, this place won’t disappoint. 

Photo courtesy: @thebazaar_austin on Instagram

Catch a Show:

One of the coolest music venues in Austin is Emo’s. Located in the heart of East Riverside, this venue isn’t huge so you get more of an intimate feel with the performing band. Staff is friendly, bathrooms are clean, sound is great – what more could you want from a concert? Pro tip – if you plan on driving, get there early. Emo’s parking lot is small and will fill up fast.

Housing Market:

The East Riverside neighborhood is gaining popularity and homes are selling fast and competitively. The average price for a home in this area is $295K and homes sell in about six days. This neighborhood features a mixture of colorful townhomes, single-story homes, and a ton of apartments to choose from. East Riverside is a great place for singles or couples to move. If you’re looking for a family home with a large yard, this isn’t the ideal neighborhood for you. With only one elementary school and homes that very close together, this neighborhood is a good spot for young professionals that want to be close to downtown without being in the heart of the traffic. Learn more about the neighborhood including school district scores and what’s currently for sale here.

Photo courtesy: @atxapartmentlocators on Instagram

More News About East Riverside:

There’s a HUGE development planned for the East Riverside neighborhood. In 2019, the city approved a “Domain on Riverside” type development. The 97-acre project will include housing, retail, restaurants, and offices and will be located at Riverside Drive and Pleasant Valley Boulevard. The project will be built in phases over the next two decades. If you really want to dig into the details, you can read about the East Riverside Corridor Master Plan here.

Featured photo via @southshoreATX on Instagram.

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