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Iconic Austin: Austin Motel Remains So Close, Yet So Far Out

published on October 24, 2011

The Austin Motel has been on South Congress Avenue in South Austin since 1938, and its 41 unique rooms can be booked for any type of getaway in Austin. Shopping, eating, and sightseeing are only steps away, as it is located right in the middle of the popular SoCo shopping district. 

Interesting Tidbit: A sign above the motel has made the spot infamous, as it is slightly phallic shaped, with a marquee that reads, “So Close, Yet So Far Out”.

The Austin Motel has gone through ups and downs throughout its time on the block, as the Central Austin neighborhood has gone through many changes. But in 2008, the Austin Motel celebrated its 70th anniversary and has remained a family-owned property as long.

The Austin Motel is known for its Texas hospitality, cleanliness, and “weird” atmosphere. Each room available is styled differently, making no two stays the same, and a 1950’s-style pool behind the privacy fence bordering South Congress is a selling point for those looking for a weekend getaway during the hot summers in Austin. Although it is located in the heart of SoCo, it truly is a place to get away in the middle of the city.

The Austin Motel represents Austinites’ ability to find calm amid the bustle of the city. The privacy of staying at the Austin Motel while being in the middle of the city is an oxymoronic luxury stay for any tourist or local.

If you are looking for that perfect place to get away from the city while remaining close to all the amenities in South Austin, perform an Austin Home Search and let Austin Realtor Brian Talley help you find the perfect home.

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