ATX Life: Living in Downtown Austin

Forbes magazine recently named Austin as one of America’s fastest growing cities, and there is a reason why people are choosing to call Austin home: It is the perfect mix of a laid back, “Keep Austin Weird” vibe, all while being an ideal place to live. Living in Austin provides you with a variety of culture, art, and entertainment, all with a community type feel.

If you are looking for a place to plant your roots, don’t skip over the option of choosing Downtown Austin as a place to call home. Over 900,000 people live in Austin, and 11,000 of those people are concentrated in Downtown Austin, giving the big city a small town feel. When you choose to make Downtown Austin your home, you have instant access to the Austin music scene, arts and cultural events, trails, parks, and Lady Bird Lake. And whether you choose to dine in or out, food options are vast, from restaurants within walking distance, to stores such as Royal Blue Grocery or Whole Foods Headquarters, or even a Sustainable Food Center Farmer’s Market which is open year round, rain or shine!

Living in Downtown Austin

One of our Goodlife Realtors can take you on a tour of the endless living options. Currently, there are at least 19 residential buildings in Downtown Austin with options to lease or buy, and more developments are in the works to be built, such as The Independent, which will be a 58-story, jenga-like condominium and will become the tallest building in Austin.

A few options for downtown living include:

Amli Downtown

201 Lavaca | Austin, TX 78702

If you are interested in leasing, the Amli may be the perfect choice for you. It has 220 units and is one of the newest apartment buildings in the downtown area. It is within walking distance of Lady Bird Lake, many great restaurants like Malagas Tapas & Bar and La Condesa, and entertainment is always close by. Each unit has a large balcony, washer and dryer, and it comes pre-wired for high-speed Internet access.  


101 Colorado | Austin, TX 78701

If you choose to lease one of the 259 luxury highrise units in the 36-story Ashton building, you will have ample space with the average residence boasting a 1,322 square foot living plan. These custom apartment residences feature beautiful hardwood and travertine flooring, granite counters, custom wine racks and stainless steel appliances. The amenities will make it hard not to choose the Ashton as a leasing option — they include private resident parking, a gourmet kitchen, business and fitness centers, billiards room, private screening room, a clubhouse with a concierge, and a 7th floor sky deck with an infinity-edge pool, spa and Aqua Lounge.

 Brown Building

710 Colorado | Austin, TX 78701

The Brown Building is a 10-story building with 90 units with the option to buy. It features open warehouse-style Austin lofts, high ceilings, terazzo floors, and large windows. Residents have access to a roof-top deck, as well as a fitness center and secure parking. It is in a prime location and owning a unit qualifies you for property tax incentives given to Historic Landmarks.

Four Seasons Residences

98 San Jacinto | Austin, TX 78701

Living at the elegant Four Seasons Residences means you will call Lady Bird Lake and the surrounding park your backyard. It has 32 stories with 148 units, each featuring a designer kitchen with European cabinetry and enhanced appliances and communication systems. You will have access to a workout facility, though you’ll likely be able to get in most of your workouts in the beautiful outdoors.

The Austonian

200 Congress Avenue | Austin, TX 78701

The Austonian is known for being not only the tallest residential building in Austin, but the tallest in all of Texas! Located on Congress Avenue, the high-rise residences of The Austonian provide homeowners with places to dine, shop and enjoy the eclectic Austin culture, all within walking distance. The Austonian is 56 stories and has 188 units. Residents have access to a fitness center and a 12,000 square-foot lawn on the 10th floor, as well as a 75-foot saltwater lap pool with a saltwater spa, luxury cabanas, outdoor kitchens and fireplaces.

Getting Grub in Downtown Austin

If you choose to go out to eat, there are plenty of options for breakfast, lunch and dinner and you can find anything from casual to fine dining. Dining in Downtown Austin means you may end up at one of the many food trucks, like East Side King for dinner and heading in to Whislers for drinks. Or, if you prefer a fine dining experience, you can head over to one of the many highly rated restaurants such as The Driskill, Clark’s Oyster Bar, or Perry’s Steakhouse and Grill.

The Entertainment Scene

Living in Downtown Austin gives you the opportunity to head out for an evening of live music almost any night of the week. Options include Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater on 2nd Street, Lucky Lounge in the Warehouse District, The Parish and Maggie Mae’s on E. 6th Street, Stubb’s and Mohawk on Red River, just to name a few!

If you are looking for something to satisfy the art lover in you, head over to the Blanton Museum of Fine Art, arguably one of the country’s best university art museums. Looking for art mixed with culture? The Mexic-Arte Museum showcases Mexican, Latino, and Latin American culture. If you are in the mood to ponder modern art, head to the heart of downtown to The Contemporary Austin, where artists like Lise Haller Baggersen and Mark Mothersbaugh have upcoming exhibits.

Living in Downtown Austin will also give you quite a few options for catching a movie. The Alamo Drafthouse Ritz is where you can catch a cult classic or current feature, or head over to the Violet Crown Cinema for dinner and a movie in an arthouse environment. The Paramount Theatre gives you the option of a classic film or the latest touring act, while the latest 3D blockbuster can be seen at the Bullock Museum IMAX Theatre.

Get Active!

Both Forbes and Shape Magazine have named Austin one of America’s 10 Fittest Cities. And choosing Downtown Austin means you will have the option to workout in your backyard. Kayaking on Lady Bird Lake, walking/running the trail, yoga in the park, cycling, and stand up paddling are just a few of the things you can do within walking distance of living downtown.

Contact one of our Goodlife Realtors for more information on making Downtown Austin the place you will call home.