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

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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.

2016-09-21T11:31:17-05:00

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.

November 2021

I’ve just completed my 3rd real estate transaction with Lisa Munoz and her amazing team at Realty Austin-Central.  My 3rd transaction was as wonderful as the 1st and 2nd, and these have occurred over a 16 year period of time, both buying and selling. One of the many things I find amazing over these years is the consistency of Lisa’s team. Not just the fact that some of the same, critical people have been a part of her team for so long, but also the consistent quality of execution each member of the team provides. To say they go above and beyond doesn’t seem adequate. They supported me at such a high level of customer service that I never felt like “just a customer” or one of X-number of deals they are handling. You truly have a team there for you, helping you navigate and make great decisions at every step. Additionally, this team listens! That, coupled with their deep knowledge of the Austin market, gave me the confidence to know I was making well-informed decisions aligned with my goals. You will not go wrong by choosing Team Munoz, so go for it!

Kim B.

2021-11-09T12:30:51-06:00

Kim B.

I’ve just completed my 3rd real estate transaction with Lisa Munoz and her amazing team at Realty Austin-Central.  My 3rd transaction was as wonderful as the 1st and 2nd, and these have occurred over a 16 year period of time, both buying and selling. One of the many things I find amazing over these years is the consistency of Lisa’s team. Not just the fact that some of the same, critical people have been a part of her team for so long, but also the consistent quality of execution each member of the team provides. To say they go above and beyond doesn’t seem adequate. They supported me at such a high level of customer service that I never felt like “just a customer” or one of X-number of deals they are handling. You truly have a team there for you, helping you navigate and make great decisions at every step. Additionally, this team listens! That, coupled with their deep knowledge of the Austin market, gave me the confidence to know I was making well-informed decisions aligned with my goals. You will not go wrong by choosing Team Munoz, so go for it!

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 S.

2016-09-21T11:33:45-05:00

Nicole and Ian S.

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

Wow Wow Wow!

Wow wow wow! We cannot say enough great things about Lisa! We started looking for a new home back in December of 2020 and watched home prices skyrocket. To make matters worse, we were house shopping remotely due to childcare responsibilities and fear of traveling to Austin during the pandemic before vaccines were available. At that time, we were with a different realtor that wasn’t a good fit for us. We put in a few offers and lost out on everyone. We were anxious, scared, and hopeless, so we decided to switch gears, which led us to Lisa. She took us under her wing and provided us firm guidance, confidence, and support. Lisa really took the time to understand our wishes. It felt good to be challenged when we brought up a house that she knew wasn’t right for us, and it gave us a lot more confidence when we found the right house. When that day came, Lisa and her team sprung into action, and we ended up getting our dream home with the first offer Lisa’s team helped us with! We loved Lisa and her whole team! We are so so so grateful for every one of them!

Bekah S.

2021-11-05T11:00:38-05:00

Bekah S.

Wow wow wow! We cannot say enough great things about Lisa! We started looking for a new home back in December of 2020 and watched home prices skyrocket. To make matters worse, we were house shopping remotely due to childcare responsibilities and fear of traveling to Austin during the pandemic before vaccines were available. At that time, we were with a different realtor that wasn’t a good fit for us. We put in a few offers and lost out on everyone. We were anxious, scared, and hopeless, so we decided to switch gears, which led us to Lisa. She took us under her wing and provided us firm guidance, confidence, and support. Lisa really took the time to understand our wishes. It felt good to be challenged when we brought up a house that she knew wasn’t right for us, and it gave us a lot more confidence when we found the right house. When that day came, Lisa and her team sprung into action, and we ended up getting our dream home with the first offer Lisa’s team helped us with! We loved Lisa and her whole team! We are so so so grateful for every one of them!

Lisa and her team were there to support us the whole time.

Lisa rocks! Lisa's team rocks! We have been clients of Lisa's since 2005. We have referred our friends and family to her as well. This year was a challenging time to purchase a home, especially for investment. We have been looking since January and had put up a total of 3 offers before finally successfully getting a contract. Lisa and her team were there to support us the whole time. It was an extended engagement. There were times when we were more active, and there were times when we slowed down some, wondering if this was all in vain. A couple of the homes we bid on we had located, but Lisa's vigilant eye and a good understanding of what our limits and needs were led us to one we now own. She helped us modify our strategy in September, and that approach proved to be successful. I couldn't think of a better realtor (and I know a few). I always am the first to recommend Lisa to anyone, friend, family, or other who is looking to purchase a home.

Billie Jo and Jonathan E.

2021-11-09T12:28:54-06:00

Billie Jo and Jonathan E.

Lisa rocks! Lisa's team rocks! We have been clients of Lisa's since 2005. We have referred our friends and family to her as well. This year was a challenging time to purchase a home, especially for investment. We have been looking since January and had put up a total of 3 offers before finally successfully getting a contract. Lisa and her team were there to support us the whole time. It was an extended engagement. There were times when we were more active, and there were times when we slowed down some, wondering if this was all in vain. A couple of the homes we bid on we had located, but Lisa's vigilant eye and a good understanding of what our limits and needs were led us to one we now own. She helped us modify our strategy in September, and that approach proved to be successful. I couldn't think of a better realtor (and I know a few). I always am the first to recommend Lisa to anyone, friend, family, or other who is looking to purchase a home.

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

2016-09-12T13:42:11-05:00

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.

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 B.

2016-09-12T13:04:11-05:00

Costa B.

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!

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.

2016-09-21T11:32:37-05:00

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!

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.