Central East Austin Neighborhood Guide


Central East Austin is a historic east Austin neighborhood that is undergoing gradual revitalization. The neighborhood is close to downtown and the University of Texas by car, public bus, or even on foot. Public transportation is readily available in this neighborhood, and there is quick access to I-35, providing an easy commute to other parts of the city.

The neighborhood has a mix of people including older, longtime residents, young singles and couples, and college students. Although some homes and sections are rundown, the neighborhood generally is well-kept and residents friendly.

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Central East Austin is an established Austin neighborhood dating back to the mid-Nineteenth Century. Historically this area was a central part of the city's African-American community. Many seniors and retirees have lived in their homes here for decades, but there has been an influx of newcomers including single young professionals, families, artists, and students attracted by the neighborhood's convenient location and inexpensive housing. Some of the rundown houses are being replaced by new construction, including new condos and housing developments.

Although there is relatively little in the way of upscale shopping or dining here, new businesses are opening regularly, and nearby neighborhoods, including Downtown and the University of Texas, have abundant dining and shopping options. There are some well-known local establishments such as the Victory Grill and East Side Pies.

Residents span a wide range of ages, demographics, and ethnic groups. Some sections of the neighborhood can appear foreboding at night because of the poor street lighting and rundown homes, but the neighborhood is relatively safe.

Some highlights of the neighborhood are Chestnut Park, which has a picnic area, BBQ pits, playground, and splash pad, and Bennu Coffee, one of the few 24-hour coffee shops in town and a popular place for students to get online. There is also 1800s-vintage Oakwood Cemetery in which are buried some notable Texans, including several Texas governors, founding families of Austin, and the sole survivor of the Alamo. There are also the French Litigation Museum and the Austin Film Festival which both have low-cost film screenings. Central East Austin is also home to over a dozen different nonprofit organizations. There are also quite a few daycare centers and churches. Just to the east are Rosewood Park and Recreation Center, and Boggy Creek Greenbelt.

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Rosewood Park

Rosewood Recreation Center

Boggy Creek Greenbelt

Views From the Street

E. 12th St. Salina St. E. 13th St.
Coleto St. Tillotson Ave. Wheeless St.
College Row San Bernard St. Bob Harrison St.

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Medical Facilities (hospitals, clinics, labs, pharmacies)

Religious Organizations (churches, places of worship, faith-based organizations)

Real Estate and Apartments

Central East Austin is still a relatively inexpensive area and it's possible to find a three-bedroom home for under $200K. But as the neighborhood continues to improve, housing values are rising.

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