South Austin encompasses many of the key things that make Austin, well, Austin. From the lush green spaces of Barton Springs and Zilker Park, to the trendy districts in and around SoCo and South Lamar, to the ethnic, culturally rich urban landscapes and areas around St. Edward’s University, to the quiet, middle-class residential communities by Highway 290.
The west side of the area is home to Zilker Park, Austin’s favorite park and home to the annual Austin City Limits music festival as well as our very own natural spring water swimming pool, Barton Springs. Close to the area, nooked between the hills and abundant trees, are upscale apartments and condos, and homes dating from the 1950s-1980s. The region is close to the many shopping, dining, and entertainment options just to the north and has a wide mix of residents including artists, local shopkeepers, professionals, singles, and families. This section provides many of the advantages of west Austin without the steep price tag. In addition to this, many new developments for office space have slowly begun to appear, creating the perfect refurbished spaces for creative and techy tenants looking for something new.
Traveling east, soon you will run into the ever-changing South Congress Ave. This is one of the most well-known areas in Austin for its local shops, cafes, live music, and nightlife. Developments here for new living complexes and hip new office space seem to be in development all the time. Strolling through Congress, it would seem as if a new building appeared once a month. Just east of Congress are residential neighborhoods with starter homes, friendly communities, kid-friendly activities, schools, and other fun amenities favored by young families in their 20s and 30s.