Downtown Austin is truly the heart of the city. It’s where all the action is, featuring numerous live music venues (it is the Live Music Capital of the World), abundant food trucks, and nifty restaurants and bars. It’s also one of the top rated places to live in the US.
Sixth Street is the ever lively cultural heart of Downtown, filled with bars, restaurants, and scores of music venues (The Paramount, ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Antone’s are just a few of many many places to see and hear live music). Second Street, on the other hand, is a fun street for shopping and fine dining.
For kids who live in Downtown Austin, there are many great schools, including Mathews Elementary School, O. Henry Middle School and Austin High School, all of which have been rated very highly. If you’re looking for private schools, definitely check out The Khabele School and the Austin School for Performing Arts.
If you like to be in the center of it all, then Downtown Austin has plenty of neat places to live. Check out such hip areas as the Arts District, Bouldin, Clarksville, Congress Avenue, East Cesar Chavez, Judges Hill, Market District, Old Enfield, Old West Austin, Rainey Street, Red River, Seaholm District, Sixth Street, The Drag, The University of Texas at Austin, Travis Heights, Warehouse District, West End, West University, and Zilker.
Geographically, Downtown Austin’s borders include Lamar Boulevard to the west, Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and the University of Texas at Austin (UT) to the north, I-35 to the east, and Lady Bird Lake to the south.
Downtown is constantly changing, but feel free to explore and you’ll find some hidden treasures, including some very unique apartments, and charming houses for sale or rent.
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