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When people think of Austin, the downtown area automatically comes to mind for its abundance of culture, business and shopping. Austin is a “little city” with a big renown for it’s emphasis on live music, innovative tech companies and a civic appreciation of nature, all of which can be found in the central business district. Downtown Austin offers excellent livability when compared to many other major American cities, due to its smaller size and intelligent city planning.

Are There any Negatives to Condo Living in Central Austin?

Condos in downtown Austin will likely have a higher cost per square foot than comparable homes in outlying regions due to the high property values. In addition, parking may be an issue for households with multiple vehicles, and permits may need to be purchased from the condo building for access to additional spaces. The bustling downtown district may not be a good match for those who crave tranquility and serenity, with its numerous music festivals and organized gatherings.

What are the Schools Like in Central Austin?

The downtown area is served by Austin Independent School District, which consists of 124 separate schools. AISD boasts 23 exemplary rated schools and another 33 schools which received recognized status. Schools closest to downtown include:

  • Bryker Woods Elementary (Exemplary)
  • Pease Elementary (Recognized)
  • Kealing Middle School
  • Austin High School

What Types of Restaurants are Nearby?

Downtown has a wide range of restaurants with an emphasis on regional flavors. Local favorites include the Texas Chili Parlor, El Mercado Mexican Restaurant and the Old Pecan Street Cafe. The downtown district also boasts high-end fare from establishments such as Eddie V’s Edgewater Grill, Fogo de Chao and Max’s Wine Dive. For the more adventurous of foodies, there’s the Clay Pit (Indian), Asther’s Ethiopian Restaurant, and the Boiling Pot (Cajun).

Where Can I Workout?

Downtown Austin currently has a Gold’s Gym on West 6th near Congress, as well as Pure Austin Fitness and Mecca Gym on West 5th near Lamar, and a YMCA near Lady Bird Lake. If you feel like crossing the river, there’s also the South Congress Athletic Club and South Austin Gym just a short distance away.

However, living downtown allows access to Austin’s amazing Barton Creek Greenbelt. The greenbelt begins near Zilker Park and continues 7.9 miles into southwest Austin, encompassing over 800 acres of hiking trails and natural swimming areas.

How Long is the Drive to the Airport?

Under normal traffic conditions, it should take about 15 minutes to reach Austin Bergstrom International Airport. Under the heaviest of Austin traffic, it should take no more than 35 min.

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