Austin Neighborhood Guide:

Central East Austin

Hip and vibrant, this might be the ‘most Austin’ of all Austin neighborhoods.

Walk score: 81
Transit score: 49
Bike score: 95

Public Schools
Blackshear, Brooke, Campbell, Govalle, Maplewood, Metz, Norman, Oak Springs, Ortega, Pecan Springs, Sanchez, Sims, Zavala

french-legation
hillside-farmacy
bouldering
figure8

The Central East Austin vibe

Central East Austin is the heart of what Austin’s all about today. It’s known for its restaurant scene, with options from food trailers to fancy dining (well, fancy-ish — this is a laid-back town!). You’ll also find eclectic shopping, urban farms, art and theater venues, yoga studios and a deep love of the community.

the roots of Central East Austin

Landmarks like The Historic Victory Grill (which has hosted legends like James Brown and Billie Holiday), Huston-Tillotson University and the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center speak to the area’s roots as a center of Austin’s African American community. The area is also rich in Mexican American history. Our Lady of Guadalupe Church is the oldest Hispanic Catholic church in Austin. And look for murals reflecting cultural pride at Oswaldo A.B. Cantu/Pan American Recreation Center and at Cycleast bike shop, among other locations.

Central East Austin real estate

While this area used to be the more-affordable option in Austin, homes here are now highly sought after — and prices match the demand. There are still some single family homes on residential lots, but two-unit condos have become a popular choice since land prices have gone up.

Eat and Drink in the
Central East Austin Area

This area is one of Austin’s dining hot spots, and you’ll have no shortage of amazing options from morning till night. We like to caffeinate at Figure 8 Coffee Purveyors. Grab a classic, diner-style breakfast with a locavore twist at Counter Cafe, or linger over brunch and Bloody Marys at Hillside Farmacy.

When it’s cocktail time, sidle up to the cozy bar at Whisler’s or sample a fresh Mexican martini at Takoba.

We can’t choose just one favorite restaurant for dinner. But three we know you’ll love are Chicon (a relaxed, open space with a casual menu), Dai Due (one of Bon Appétit magazine’s Best New Restaurants of 2015), and Launderette (a gas station/coin laundry turned stylish eatery).

Get
Outside

Go for a run at Lady Bird Lake or challenge yourself at Austin Bouldering Project.

Neighborhood
Landmarks

The Texas State Cemetery is a huge, tree-shaded slice of history. It’s the final resting place of illustrious Texans like Stephen F. Austin.

The French Legation Museum is the oldest house in Austin. Stroll the beautiful grounds, or step inside to explore life in early Austin.

Where We Find
‘Our Austin’

The East Austin Studio Tour is one of our favorite Austin treasures — and it’s free. Each year, hundreds of studios open their doors to visitors over two weekends in November. You can meet artists and artisans, buy some one-of-a-kind creations and enjoy free beer, snacks and music.

what our clients say:

February 2021

I chose Lisa Muñoz due to her frankness and no-nonsense attitude in our initial telephone conversation, and I'm very pleased I did. She and her team expertly guided this first-time homebuyer through the insanity of the pandemic-era Austin real estate market and got me into the condo in NW Austin I was looking for much more quickly than I had hoped for. I particularly want to praise Latoya Fladger for her quick responses to my requests and Helen Gregg for getting me through the closing without losing my mind. These are experienced professionals who have seen it all, and I absolutely recommend them to any first-time buyers.

Ben N.

2016-09-21T11:31:17+00:00

Ben N.

I chose Lisa Muñoz due to her frankness and no-nonsense attitude in our initial telephone conversation, and I'm very pleased I did. She and her team expertly guided this first-time homebuyer through the insanity of the pandemic-era Austin real estate market and got me into the condo in NW Austin I was looking for much more quickly than I had hoped for. I particularly want to praise Latoya Fladger for her quick responses to my requests and Helen Gregg for getting me through the closing without losing my mind. These are experienced professionals who have seen it all, and I absolutely recommend them to any first-time buyers.

Exceptional

Lisa was exceptional to work with. She was professional with me from start to finish and I really liked her approach on assessing my needs.

I will recommend Lisa to my friends and colleagues not only because of her professional and experience, but because of her great understanding of the Austin market. Lisa's team exemplified these qualities as well and made my life very during my search and final transaction. Kudos to Lisa, Helen, Colby and Jenna!

Costa Belezos

2016-09-12T13:04:11+00:00

Costa Belezos

Lisa was exceptional to work with. She was professional with me from start to finish and I really liked her approach on assessing my needs. I will recommend Lisa to my friends and colleagues not only because of her professional and experience, but because of her great understanding of the Austin market. Lisa's team exemplified these qualities as well and made my life very during my search and final transaction. Kudos to Lisa, Helen, Colby and Jenna!

Amazing Person

Lisa is a truly amazing Realtor and person! We will certainly be recommending her to any of our friends or colleagues in Austin.

Nicole and Ian Smith

2016-09-21T11:33:45+00:00

Nicole and Ian Smith

Lisa is a truly amazing Realtor and person! We will certainly be recommending her to any of our friends or colleagues in Austin.

December 2020

We feel so fortunate to have been referred to Lisa Muñoz by a friend of ours. Lisa and her team, Helen, Colby, and Alicia, are truly the BEST! Lisa was there for us every step of the way, and we really appreciate all the help she has given us. Lisa completely exceeded our expectations of an agent, and we always felt so comfortable and well taken care of. Lisa helped us make our dream of becoming homeowners a reality here in Austin. We really cannot thank her enough for everything she has done for us! We are very excited to be moving into the house next week. We will be referring Lisa to EVERYONE we know as she is the best!

Shannon H

2016-09-21T11:32:37+00:00

Shannon H

We feel so fortunate to have been referred to Lisa Muñoz by a friend of ours. Lisa and her team, Helen, Colby, and Alicia, are truly the BEST! Lisa was there for us every step of the way, and we really appreciate all the help she has given us. Lisa completely exceeded our expectations of an agent, and we always felt so comfortable and well taken care of. Lisa helped us make our dream of becoming homeowners a reality here in Austin. We really cannot thank her enough for everything she has done for us! We are very excited to be moving into the house next week. We will be referring Lisa to EVERYONE we know as she is the best!

A Powerhouse

Lisa is so much more than a real estate agent. She is a powerhouse of useful information. She's an ongoing friend and advisor, she's a network that leads to new friends, and superior service companies. And finally, she's an expert, whose intelligence, focus, calm, and courage create success for those lucky enough to work with her.

Julia

2016-09-12T13:42:11+00:00

Julia

Lisa is so much more than a real estate agent. She is a powerhouse of useful information. She's an ongoing friend and advisor, she's a network that leads to new friends, and superior service companies. And finally, she's an expert, whose intelligence, focus, calm, and courage create success for those lucky enough to work with her.

referral program

We welcome and are honored by your referrals.
We go the extra mile to show our gratitude for referrals with special perks at our appreciation events and little treats all year long, such as our Thanksgiving pie delivery.