Old West Austin

Old West Austin

Austin, Texas Homes for Sale

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About Old West Austin

Old West Austin, named for its famous Old West Historic District and being one of Austin's first neighborhoods, is as unique as it is beautiful. It boasts a diversity of architecture, mainly Greek Revival, Spanish and Dutch Colonial, Tudor Revival, Colonial Revival, and American Craftsman. Many 1950s-era exist side-by-side with modern homes. This area is very strictly residential with few commercial properties in its interior, but very easy access to the action of the Downtown, University, and North Lamar areas.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $325,000 to $4,980,000

Average $ per sq ft: $601

Association Fee Ranges: $0 to $1000, $100 to $504/mo, $0

Type: Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home

Age: 1935 to 2011

Sq. Ft.: 1935 to 2011 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 1 to 4 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 1 to 5 Bathrooms

Getting Around Old West Austin

Around Old West Austin

Old West is a small neighborhood containing primarily modest homes, historic residences, and, as time goes on, more condos and townhomes, particularly near 38th street. Farther north near Bryker Woods Elementary, the most affordable single family homes are available, although this are still on the pricier side because of the area's desirability and popularity. The rare strip of student-budgeted housing tends to be along 24th St. in midrise complexes. For those who can afford it, living near Enfield provides easy access to neighborhood landmarks and the convenience of bordering surrounding populated areas such as Lamar, University, and Clarksville. Because modern housing is so integrated with the historic homes, a thorough search may be required to find your ideal home for your budget.

The culinary scene in Old West is limited by its size--there simply isn't much room for business and its preservation culture has kept the area overwhelmingly residential. Nonetheless, hungry residents who want to eat within the neighborhood can find American cafes, specialty bakeries with items like Kolaches, Italian fare, and gourmet sandwiches. 24th St. boasts a quaint little strip of specialty shops, a butchery, and cafes. If you seek variety, Guadalupe Street and Lamar and all their options—from organic groceries to upscale Japanese—are a short walk away.

Professionals in their early 30s and couples of all ages, both with and without children, make up most of Old West Austin's residents. Those who still work can be spotted on their daily commutes, typically walking when possible but often driving. Parents of young children take them along on their daily errands because the neighborhood is so convenient and walkable. Many seniors also live in the area and can be spotted tending to their ornate gardens or walking the neighborhood.

Old West is not particularly known for its nightlife scene, as its culture is overall more relaxed. However, residents do have their pick for how to spend a perfect Friday evening. A couple of the local restaurants do serve alcohol, but if you are looking for a more club-like atmosphere, hit the nearby bars or more high-volume restaurants of University or Downtown.

Old West Austin residents love spending Sundays outdoors, taking advantage of their neighborhood's gorgeous local sights and easy access to nearby day destinations. Pease Mansion is a common sight-seeing place, for locals on walks or visitors wanting to take in its historic Greek Revival beauty. The area also offers easy access to both Lady Bird Lake and Lake Austin, for those who want to spend their Sunday relaxing lakeside, swimming, or boating. Many simply choose to hang out in their spacious yards, barbecuing or grilling with friends and family or playing with their children.

Locals Love

  • Walkability
  • Proximity to Downtown and Mopac
  • Preservation and conservation values
  • Greenery and massive shading trees
  • Beautiful, historic homes

Locals Don't Love

  • Steep property costs
  • Traffic spillover from Mopac
  • Strict laws on historic homes
  • Minimal inventory
  • Daily congestion on Mopac, 15th/Enfield, 24th

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