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Overview of Downtown Austin

Downtown Austin apartments situate you high above one of the most entertaining, energetic central business districts in the United States. While many American downtown areas devote themselves wholly to the power lunch crowd, that's not how it is in Austin. Here, mixed in with the moneymakers, you'll find plenty looking to shake their moneymakers. Live music, fine dining, luxury apartments, first class entertainment, and riverside parks all make Downtown Austin a desirable place to call home. It's pricey, and it can get loud when the Longhorns win, but that's the cost of living in the thick of things.

Way back in 1830, when Texas was a republic and not one of the United States, Edwin Waller chose this bluff above the Colorado River for a new town. He set out a city grid of 14 square blocks-much of which continues to make up modern Austin. The wide Congress Avenue leads from Lady Bird Lake to the State Capitol building. Around this central strip, you'll find high-rises, government offices, residential buildings, and pretty much everything a hip, trendy Texan could wish for.

Downtown Lifestyle and Entertainment

Sixth Street is definitely Downtown Austin's entertainment area. Here's where you'll find bars, restaurants, and live music venues. This strip gets blocked to traffic frequently so festivals and revelers can have free reign. It turns into a bit of a carnival sometimes. Second Street and Rainey Street are also good places if you want a bite to eat or a quieter drink. Downtown you'll find the iconic Paramount Theater and Alamo Drafthouse cinemas, the Austin Museum of Art, and other tourist attractions.

Whether you want a cocktail dress, a printer, or a can of olives, downtown is well stocked with shopping opportunities. There's even a Whole Foods grocery on 6th and Lamar. Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail follows the shoreline for 10 miles and there are other small area parks as well.

Downtown Rental Market

There are historic houses in the Bremond Block, and multi-family and student housing on Judges Hill, but most Downtown rentals are luxury condos and upscale apartments. New buildings are going up at a rapid rate, too. Residents here tend to be hip urban professionals. A two-bedroom apartment Downtown rents for an average of $2,569 a month.

Commuting via Capital Metro bus and rail lines couldn't be easier from Downtown. That's good news as parking in the neighborhood is expensive and traffic doesn't move fast.

Downtown Resources

The United States Postal Service operates the Downtown Austin Post Office. The Faulk Central Library of the Austin Public Library system is on Guadalupe and 8th streets. The Austin City Council has seven members, including the mayor. Councilmen and women are elected at large by city voters.

Seven - Austin, TX 78701
26

Austin, TX 78701

$1988 - $5900

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Austin, TX (Downtown, Market District)


$1988 - $5900

220 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Skyhouse Austin - Austin, TX 78701
12

Austin, TX 78701

$1485 - $3350

0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

Austin, TX (Downtown, Town Lake)


$1485 - $3350

320 Units 0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

AMLI on 2ND - Austin, TX 78701
27

Austin, TX 78701

$1617 - $3365

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Austin, TX (2nd Street Disrict, Downtown...)


$1617 - $3365

231 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

AMLI Downtown - Austin, TX 78701
35

Austin, TX 78701

$1786 - $3585

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Austin, TX (2nd Street Disrict, Downtown...)


$1786 - $3585

220 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Ashton Austin - Austin, TX 78701
11

Austin, TX 78701

$2720 - $7275

1-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

Austin, TX (2nd Street Disrict, Downtown...)


$2720 - $7275

259 Units 1-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

404 Rio Grande - Austin, TX 78701
21

Austin, TX 78701

$1940 - $3585

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Austin, TX (Downtown, Market District)


$1940 - $3585

140 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Gables Park Tower - Austin, TX 78703
33
(51)

Austin, TX 78703

$1640 - $7200

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Austin, TX (Downtown, Town Lake)

(51)

$1640 - $7200

223 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Lavaca and 6th Street - Austin, TX 78701
15

Austin, TX 78701

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1 Bed 1 Bath

Austin, TX (Downtown, Warehouse District)


Contact for Pricing

1 Bed 1 Bath

Gables West Avenue Lofts - Austin, TX 78701
31

Austin, TX 78701

$1452 - $3065

0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

Austin, TX (Downtown, Market District...)


$1452 - $3065

245 Units 0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

The Bowie - Austin, TX 78703
26

Austin, TX 78703

$1300 - $9600

0-3 Beds

Austin, TX (Downtown, Market District...)


$1300 - $9600

359 Units 0-3 Beds

Gables Park Plaza - Austin, TX 78703
16

Austin, TX 78703

$1625 - $5853

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Austin, TX (Downtown, Town Lake)


$1625 - $5853

290 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Zilkr On The Park - Austin, TX 78704
11

Austin, TX 78704

$1350 - $3075

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Austin, TX (Barton Hills, Barton Springs...)


$1350 - $3075

213 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Coldwater - Austin, TX 78704
10

Austin, TX 78704

$1542 - $3582

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Austin, TX (Barton Hills, Barton Springs...)


$1542 - $3582

225 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Gibson Flats - Austin, TX 78704
31

Austin, TX 78704

$1527 - $2819

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Austin, TX (Bouldin Creek, South Austin...)


$1527 - $2819

202 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Barton Hills Park Place - Austin, TX 78704
13
(3)

Austin, TX 78704

$925 - $1875

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Austin, TX (Barton Hills, South Austin)

(3)

$925 - $1875

252 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

5th Street Commons - Austin, TX 78703
21

Austin, TX 78703

$1478 - $5603

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Austin, TX (Old West Austin)


$1478 - $5603

150 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

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