Downtown Austin

Great Place for Millennials - Awesome High-rises
Downtown Austin is at the very heart of the Texas state capital, both literally and figuratively. With access to restaurants, museums and an awe-inspiring view of the Texas State Capitol, this area of the city is the center of culture, commerce, and history. The never-ending musical vibrations on 6th street are the pulse of Austin’s thriving live music and entertainment traditions. Stop by Turf N Surf Po’ Boy, Elephant Room or the Firehouse Lounge to experience the rich culture in the Downtown Austin area.

Renters here love the laidback vibes and cool energy of this city center. Residents often walk to work, out to eat, and to nearby bars for fun on the weekends. The area is rapidly growing in popularity and a huge destination for tourists eager to immerse themselves in Austin's charm.
What Downtown Austin Residents
Think About Their Apartments
overall
7.8
value
8.0
amenities
7.4
social
7.5
management
8.0
Median rents in Downtown Austin
Studio
$
1,750
1 Bedroom
$
2,350
2 Bedroom
$
3,300

Living in
Downtown Austin

Fun on Weekends
6th Street
Walkable
Great Nightlife
Convenient
Traffic
Relatively Quiet
Lady Bird Lake
Downtown Austin — 8.9/10 Rating (based on 41 neighborhood reviews)
Downtown Austin is where all of your friends that live elsewhere come Thursday-Saturday nights. Depending on where you are in downtown, you are never more than a few blocks away from great food or nightlife options, and there is always plenty going on. Plus, you have tons of public transport options, easy access to Lady Bird Lake and the trail system, and the new library is a great spot to study.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
404 Rio Grande
Lots of restaurants and bars. New businesses are flocking to the area. Lots of construction going on but that may end soon. Everything is walkable. Equidistant to Trader Joes and the flagship Whole Foods. Very close to running/biking trails.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
404 Rio Grande
I love the location. Easy commute to school, easy walk to a bunch of bars/restaurants, easy access to the river. The neighborhood is affordable but definitely on the pricey side when comparing to the rest of Austin.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Gables Park Plaza
The neighborhood is located in DT austin near bars, restaurants, and shops. It's walkable to most places west of I35 and there is public transportation near the complex. The neighborhood is pretty safe but I do hear about some problems with car break-ins because the garage gates are open most of the time.
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6
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Gables West Avenue Lofts
Downtown Austin is very much alive, so be prepared to deal with traffic jams and noise, but I guess if you're looking to live in this area this information shouldn't come as a surprise.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Whitley
Very close to Rowling Hall and the rest of the UT campus. While West Campus accommodates most of the undergrads, this particular area has more graduate students.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Penthouse Apartments
Though considered Downtown, it is closer to the university and west campus than the restaurant and bar scene of 6th street.
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6
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Greenwood Towers
Love being downtown. Close to bars, restaurants and coffee shops. Super easy commute to any part of Austin
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Gables West Avenue Lofts
No nearby major stores or anything close within walking distance besides a few restaurants and bars. As I said before, some people may like living on Rainey, I don't think its necessarily a great place to live, maybe just a great place to go out occasionally. One perk -- close highway access on IH-35
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Skyhouse Austin
been awesome, don't ever have to take an uber to bars and super convenient for everything.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
404 Rio Grande
i love being able to walk to most places in austin (or short car ride)
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Gables West Avenue Lofts
Busy neighborhood, not too noisy. Very close to campus.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Penthouse Apartments
Downtown Austin is nice full of restaurants and coffee shops. It is relatively quiet even during the day except at rush hours. It is a safe area and pretty close to UT campus. Parking is a bit of issue unless you don't mind paying for garage.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
AMLI Downtown
Austin was nominated the best city to live in because it offers a lot opportunities. Downtown Austin is the best part being close to everything and full of restaurants and shops. It is a safe area full of music and happy people.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Seven
Literally summersault distance from 10 amazing bars, restaurants, food trucks, music and the office.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Seven
Pros: Close to work and bars, extremely safe building, close to lady bird lake trail

Cons: Not ideal for pet owners, expensive, parking is limited/in a garage, can hear everything outside
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Skyhouse Austin
Walking distance to UT and slightly longer walk to downtown area. Must drive or bike to grocery stores. Several quality nearby restaurants. Frequent siren noise.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Greenwood Towers
Quiet for being downtown (west/3rd)

Pros: Trader Joe's, restaurants, bars, running trail, parking nearby.
Cons: None, I love this part of downtown.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Gables West Avenue Lofts
Only neighborhood in Austin I could live in.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
AMLI on 2ND
Access to many restaurants, bars, and other nightlife. Downside is noise.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
AMLI Downtown
Downtown is a great place to live!
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
AMLI on 2ND
Rainey is a TON of fun on the weekends. The bar scene is great and it's a very young crowd looking to have fun. Keep in mind you're living in a "party" neighborhood, which can be both good and bad. The real downside is the lack of food options. It's only a 20 minute walk to work and is right next to Lady Bird Lake and the Ann Butler walking trail. I also feel pretty safe there.
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8
/10
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Skyhouse Austin
If you can afford it, Downtown Austin is the location to be. Love the easy access to great grocery stores as well as the Town Lake running trail. You'll also be close to the all the bars and night life where Think and Drinks take place
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Gables Park Plaza
So close to west 6th street for a more vibrant scene.
Very close to two super markets in Trader Joes and Whole Foods. Solid restuarants in walking distance and being close to the river is amazing.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Gables Park Tower
I really like the neighboorhood, its super walkable, lady bird lake is literally across the street. You can walk to 6th street, and rainey with ease. There are a plethora of options close
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Northshore
Vibrant neighborhood with an amazing selection of bars, shops and restaurants. Highly walk-able with almost everything you could need available within a 10-15 min walk.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Posada Del Rey
I can walk to class! And there are fast food restaurants along Guadaloupe and walk to the new Dobie Target. I'm right on the 800s bus lines.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Greenwood Towers
Very close to lots of fun things, no need for a car, generally safe and obviously central to much of Austin
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Gables Park Plaza
Not a lot of restaurants in immediate surroundings but still short walk to west 6th bars/restaurants.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Gables Park Tower
Great if you’re new to Austin, close to TnD locations, things to do and new McCombs friends!
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Gables Park Plaza
Coffee shop, restaurants, walk across bridge to lady bird lake trails, new library.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Gables Park Tower
Downtown Austin is great; Close to lady bird lake, Trader Joe's and Wholefoods. Very convenient for when you have friends in town to have everything close by
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Gables West Avenue Lofts
This part of austin (Seaholm District) is growing fast and has many things a family or young person might need. With the opening of Trader Joes it is easy to live downtown and not have a car. Crime seems low for being so close to the downtown area.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Gables West Avenue Lofts
Downtown Austin is very walkable and there are a number of stores and entertainment venues nearby. The only problem would be with traffic during rush hours: if one needs to drive to and from work, she should budget well for time.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Gables Park Tower
Downtown Austin is pretty with many grocery stores and restaurants. It is close to my work with a 10 min drive and you can enjoy all the activities at a walking distance. It is also a safe and only noisy when there is traffic.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Gables West Avenue Lofts
Close to work, gym, grocery etc. Super close to the bars and awesome access to the river and park! Sometimes there can be a homeless person hanging near the apartment complex but never an issue.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
AMLI Downtown
Close to work (less than 15 min walk), safe area, great social scene, lots of dining options and even several groceries (Trader Joes and Whole Foods less than two blocks away)
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Gables West Avenue Lofts
Close to work and great nightlife on the weekends. My only complaint is that there is very limited shopping, which makes things tricky if you don't have a car.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Ashton Austin
It's downtown austin lots of traffic and people around. It's also a party area with many bars close by on rainey st and sixth street is within an ear shot
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Beverly Austin
Great place to be across from town lake
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Gables Park Plaza
Lots going on bar/restaurant wise and close to downtown offices.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Skyhouse Austin


Getting to Know
Downtown Austin

Neighborhood Boundaries
East to West Boundaries: Interregional Hwy to N Lamar Rd
North to South Boundaries: W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd to Colorado River
dining
Austin Ale House
Fixe Austin’s Southern House
III Forks
Uncle Julio’s
grocery
Trader Joe’s
Whole Foods
convenience
CVS Pharmacy
Texaco
fitness
Austin BMX & Skate Park
Austin Pilates
CrossFit Central
Wanderlust Yoga
parks
Doug Sahm Hill
Waterloo Park
coffee
Arturo’s Underground Cafe
Holy Grounds
Lola Savannah Coffee Downtown
Sweetish Hill Bakery
bus
100 (bus)
110 (bus)
18 (bus)
980 (bus)
About your Neighbors
Data from the 2013 American Community Survey

Zip Codes
Downtown Austin includes zip code 78701
Rent vs Own
48
%
of Downtown Austin residents are renters
Driving to Work
60
%
of Downtown Austin residents drive to work
New Construction
61
%
of housing units in Downtown Austin have been built in the last 15 years
Building Types
18
%
<20 units
8
%
20-49 units
75
%
50+ units
Demographics
Children (under 18)
3
%
18 - 34
49
%
35 - 54
28
%
55+
19
%
Unit Mix
11
%
Studio
40
%
1 Bed
44
%
2 Bed
6
%
3+ Bed
Occupation or Education
Working Professional
64
%
Undergrad Student
8
%
Grad Student
5
%
Unemployed
6
%
Retired
16
%

Best Apartments
in Downtown Austin


1 Bed $2,023
2 Beds $3,025

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1 Bed $1,758
2 Beds $3,305
3 Beds $6,179

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1 Bed $2,500
2 Beds $3,598
3 Beds $14,197

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1 Bed $2,223
2 Beds $4,425

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1 Bed $1,890
2 Beds $2,915

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