About the Central Austin Community

Downtown Austin SkylineHomes in central Austin are in demand, due in large part to their proximity to the downtown business district, the entertainment districts, The University of Texas at Austin, and the political powerhouse of the Texas State Capitol. Central Austin is representative of the vibrant energy for which Austin is recognized. Neighborhoods such as Tarrytown, Pemberton Heights and Enfield include some of Austin’s best historical homes. Many of these homes will have large, well maintained lots with oak and cottonwood trees.

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Properties in Central Austin

brykerwoods-cairoCentral Austin homes can range from these sleek, high-rise condominiums (complete with luxury amenities and services) to remodeled cottages or estates from the 1800s, ripe with the history of the burgeoning state capital. A thriving part of the city for over a hundred years, high-rise luxury condos have brought a recent, new dynamic to the area and have pushed the demand for central Austin living even further. The Austonian, W Austin, and the Four Seasons Condos are some of the higher end options available.

Area Location

Although definitions of what is “central Austin” may vary, most of Austin’s centrally located luxury homes are located in either the downtown district or in the neighborhoods bordering close to the west.


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Central Austin Amenities

Over the last decades, popular entertainment “districts” have developed downtown, including the Warehouse District, West Sixth Street, Second Street, and Rainey Street. Lady Bird Lake also is in central Austin. With miles of the Hike and Bike trail along the shoreline, people and pets can be found here all days of the year enjoying an opportunity to be in nature. The lake also is home to a colony of Mexican Free-tailed Bats (over a million!)

In addition to the State Capitol, which boasts the only dome taller than that of the U.S. Capitol, central Austin offers many places to visit and enjoy. The Bullock Texas State History Museum has an IMAX theater and three floors of exhibits on Texas history. The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library & Museum has political artifacts and an Oval Office reproduction. Camp Mabry has a Texas Military Forces Museum.

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Paramount Theatre on Congress is an iconic, restored motion picture palace used for performing arts, movie premieres, and classic film revivals. Historical beauty Driskill Hotel, which opened in 1886, is a Victorian showplace and home to Austin’s first long distance phone call. The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art offers events and art collections dating from the Middle Ages to present day. The Texas Memorial Museum specializes in natural history and paleontology. The Austin Museum of Art-Laguna Gloria, which includes the villa of philanthropist Clara Driscoll, also is within central Austin. Throw in musical acts at the Frank Erwin Center, University of Texas football at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, and music festivals at Zilker Park, and you can see why central Austin living is in such demand!
Historic Paramount and State Theater in Downtown Austin

Central Austin Schools


Elementary Schools

  • Brentwood Elementary
  • Bryker Woods Elementary
  • Casis Elementary
  • Gullett Elementary
  • Highland Park Elementary
  • Lee Elementary
  • Maplewood Elementary
  • Mathews Elementary
  • Pease Elementary
  • Reilly Elementary
  • Brentwood Elementary
  • Ridgetop Elementary
  • Sunset Valley Elementary
  • Wooldridge Elementary
Middle Schools

  • Kealing Middle School
  • Lamar Middle School
  • Martin Middle School
  • O’Henry Middle School
  • Pearce Middle School
  • Small Middle School
  • Webb Middle School
High Schools

  • Akins High School
  • Austin High School
  • Lanier High School
  • McCallum High School
  • Reagan High School