- Current Prices:$250,000 to $2,290,000
- Closed Prices:$129,444 to $1,800,000
- Median Sale Price:$684,000
- Average $ per sq ft:$466
- Association Fee Ranges:$780/quarter,$0 to $1500,$10 to $573/mo,$0
- Type:Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single Family Home
- Age:1890 to 2020
- Sq. Ft.:482 to 4,376Sq. Ft.
- Bedrooms:1 to 6Bedrooms
- Bathrooms:1 to 6Bathrooms
Homes for Sale
The wide variety of designs in South Congress makes it easier for buyers to find their perfect home. Most common in this neighborhood are single-family homes, which usually have monthly homeowner association fees ranging from $38 to $1,500, and taxes for the year range from as low as $6,800 to as high as $34,954. There are also a variety of attached homes. Those usually have annual homeowner association fees ranging from $38 to $1,500. Property taxes for the year can range from $2,156 to $22,313.
Where to Live
The South Congress area has a mixture of quirky single-family homes, mini-mansions, historic Victorian homes, and high-rises packed with modern condos. Affordable housing can be found in the complexes on the east side of Congress and adjacent to Oltorf Street and Riverside Drive. The most expensive and extravagant homes tend to be on the main roads that connect directly to Congress Avenue. The side streets contain more affordable homes, many of which have been in families for generations and are relatively close to their original condition. For residents who want to go out often, living close to Congress is optimal, but the cost increases to reflect this prime location. Students in the area can find affordable housing near the Interstate and St. Edward's Campus.
Where to Eat
South Congress's culinary options are diverse, offering something for everyone. One can find taco stands and food trucks that make for a quick, cheap lunch that sit next to some of Austin's finest restaurants. American bistros, Italian restaurants, specialty fusion cafes, and coffee shops are offered for every budget. As a rule, the more affordable options tend to be on the eastern side of the neighborhood. This area is also home to pizzerias and local gems that serve up some of the city’s best at bargain prices. The beauty of this area is that residents can find some of the most elegant restaurants in Austin and cheaper fare all on the same section of South Congress Avenue.
What You'll See
Retirees, young families, and students from the nearby university reside in the area, however residents from all over the city flock to South Congress for its many events, art shows, and neighborhood walkthroughs. It is a pet-friendly area, so people of all ages walking their dogs are a daily sight. Intellectuals and young business people are also drawn to the area’s coffee shops during the daytime and early evening. While residents tend to be middle and upper class, people from all walks of life frequent the area. Street musicians and artists are also in abundance selling their wares and displaying their pieces in local shops and restaurants.
Friday Night Fun
For music lovers, the clubs along Academy Drive provide great venues. Bars and restaurants are generally busy throughout the weekend, but it is impossible to leave South Congress or College Avenue hungry because of the sheer volume of restaurants, locally owned drive-thrus, and food trucks. Shopping at any of the upscale boutiques or vintage shops is also always an option, as well as many of the historic hotels and upscale bars that offer drinks to end your night. Given the abundance of options, you can tuck away with a date in a cozy quiet place or go out dancing if the mood strikes.
The Perfect Sunday
Options are abundant for Sundays in South Congress. Between March and November, bat watching is a favorite for locals and visitors alike, particularly in the observation area atop the Austin-American Statesman building. They can also be viewed from Lady Bird Lake, a favorite picnic spot where you can even rent a canoe or swan boat year-round. You also have the option of simply strolling through the neighborhood and admire the gardens and historic architecture. Newning Street is famous for hosting Great Horned Owl nests. Head to Stacy Park for a game of frisbee, a family outing, or a dip in Stacy Pool.
Proximity to downtown • Near major events and festivals • Historic architecture and beautiful gardens • Family and pet-friendly culture • Excellent school options • Abundance of public transportation.
Locals Don't Love
Rising property taxes • Heavy traffic/road closures during major events • Congested during rush hour and weekends • Changing landscape and constant construction.
Disclaimer: School attendance zone boundaries are supplied by Maponics and are subject to change. Check with the applicable school district prior to making a decision based on these boundaries.