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In the heart of 78704 just south of Lady Bird Lake sits one of the most coveted neighborhoods in Austin. Packed with restaurants, shops, street art, and all kinds of culture, there’s something for everyone on South Congress.
Here are five of the reasons to love the South Congress neighborhood!
If you’re looking to live or stay in an area where it’s easy to walk to things then this is the hood for you! Located just south of downtown and smack dab between I-35 and Mopac, it’s easy to get anywhere in town. But most of the time, you won’t even need to leave this area. The South Congress strip offers tons of dining and shopping within walking distance. If you’re looking more to enjoy the great outdoors, make the short trek to the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail. You can even make a day of wandering around the area snapping pics of the many murals and outdoor art.
2. SHOPPING, DINING, AND LIVE MUSIC
Whether you’re in the mood for new and/ or vintage clothing, coffee, food, or live tunes, you can easily get it in SoCo. Grab a cup of coffee at Jo’s, Toms, or Manana. Dine at Guero’s or Torchy’s, just like your favorite celeb. Catch a live show at the legendary Continental Club. Burn off some calories with a shopping spree down South Congress. Or put some on with a stop at Big Top Candy Shop! Other local favorite shops include Parts & Labour, Maya Star, Feather’s Boutique, Tesoro’s, and Allen’s Boots. You can also pop in for some sparkle and sips at the Kendra Scott flagship store. Need a getaway from home? There are plenty of options if you’re just visiting Austin – or if you’re simply looking for a staycation. The new Music Row complex will have a little bit of all of the above!
Trails, parks, huge oak trees, and greenbelt – oh my! Though the SoCo strip is trendy and totally packed during big Austin events like ACL, SXSW, and um, Saturday, you can still miraculously find peaceful luscious green outdoor spaces just steps away. Yes, one minute you can be standing in line at Hey Cupcake and the next you can be walking your rescue dog along a shaded path to Big Stacy or Little Stacy Park. Big Stacy houses a pool for all ages, while Little Stacy has tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts and a shallow pool and playscape for kids. Or, you can head south past Oltorf and venture over to St. Edward’s to explore the university’s grounds.
Bungalows, renovated old home, newly constructed modern homes, and apartment complexes both old and new all make up the diverse homes around South Congress. Wander around the Travis Heights neighborhood to the East and over to Bouldin Creek on the west side and you’ll find a funky and colorful 1920’s home sitting next to an ultra-new and modern abode that’s sitting next to a quaint set of cottages with a renovated airstream in between. As of Summer 2020, the average home price near South Congress is $700K. Learn more about the neighborhood including school district scores and what’s currently for sale here.
5. KEEP AUSTIN WEIRD
The people in the SoCo area are as eclectic as the homes they live in. Musicians, artists, lawyers, doctors —you name it—a variety of people choose to lovingly and proudly call the area neighborhood’s home. Sometimes you can even go inside some of the weirdest home on the annual Weird Homes Tour. Speaking of weird, have you heard of Chicken Shit Bingo? That’s where people sit around listening to live honky-tonk music, drinking $1.50 beers, and betting on which square a chicken will poop on next. You can occasionally play at C-Boys Heart & Soul. While wandering around, keep your eyes peeled for @6stcowboy who provides for the perfect picture op for both tourists and locals. Keep Austin weird, y’all!