Central Austin can be broadly defined as the neighborhoods north and west of Downtown Austin and south of Highway 183. There are many iconic Austin neighborhoods included in this area: From Clarksville, Tarrytown, Pemberton Heights, North University to the upper central neighborhoods of Hyde Park, Crestview, Brentwood, Allandale, Highland, Wooten and Shoal Creek.
Within easy access to many of Austin's major highways, Central Austin runs on either side of TX-1 Loop / MoPac Expressway and has borders of IH 35 to the east, Downtown Austin to the south and Highway 183 to the north.
Central Austin consists of a variety of iconic Austin neighborhoods that make up an amalgamation of communities that are close to the heart of the city and highly desired. Neighborhoods like Pemberton Heights and Rosedale to the communities of Hancock, Oakmont and North University make up the Central Austin area. With proximity to all of the great music and dining venues, the shopping and the parks, there is a reason that Central Austin is highly coveted among the residents of Austin and prices reflect that.
Austin boasts a very accessible and vibrant downtown, and Central Austin draws in many from surrounding areas to experience Austin's culture of creativity and represents the heartbeat of the city in the areas of art, food, events and activities.
Austin is known (as referenced in the mid 1890’s by O. Henry) as the Violet Crown, and this reference made to the great city of Athens, Greece shows reverence to our city’s potential then and what it has become today. Buyers in the Central Austin area will find an eclectic assortment of housing options from mid-century modern, to contemporary, from craftsman style bungalows to Queen Anne Victorian; the housing is as wide-ranging as its residents. The character of housing changes with the neighborhood. From the retro 50’s style kitchens and baths to ultra-modern new construction, the Central Austin area offers something for everyone.
Many of the homes in Central Austin are located in pedestrian and bike-friendly neighborhoods with sidewalks and local cafes and coffee houses. Many residents walk, bike or take the metro to their workplace. What was suburban living in the 1950’s is now the perfect complement of urban amenities and neighborhood ambiance.
Residents in the Clarksville area can visit the fine dining of the nationally renowned Jeffery’s Restaurant or grab a burger at Nau’s Pharmacy—a virtually unchanged luncheonette from the early 1950’s. From the newly renovated shops and restaurants along Burnet Road to the quintessential boutiques and eateries around the Hyde Park area, Central Austin represents the best of what this great city has to offer.
The Austin ISD serves the majority of students of Central Austin. Because of the wide breadth of neighborhoods, there are too many schools to name them all, however, some younger students attend elementary schools such as Casis Elementary (PK-5), Highland Park Elementary (PK-5), and Doss Elementary (PK-5). Older students attend O. Henry Middle School (6-8), Burnet Middle School (6-8) and Austin High School (9-12), Navarro High School (9-12) and McCallum High School (9-12). Private schools include Brentwood Christian School (K-12), Austin International School (PK-9), Hyde Park High School (9-12) and Austin Jewish Academy (K-8) just to name a few.
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