South Congress

South Congress

Austin, Texas Homes for Sale

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About South Congress

The South Congress neighborhood is famous for its beautiful and varied architecture, historical Austin sites, and especially its shopping district. South Congress Avenue is the cultural hub of this largely residential area and is lined with restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and local shops. All of the action is within walking distance of the residences, but the neighborhood itself is relatively quiet yet vibrant and definitive of Austin's famous eccentricity and culture. The homes are a mix of historical dwellings large and small, some in their original state, many with add-ons. This neighborhood is perfect for the growing family, as it offers multiple education options including St. Edward’s University.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $450,000 to $3,298,000

Average $ per sq ft: $614

Association Fee Ranges: $780/quarter, $0 to $1500, $10 to $573/mo, $0

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

Age: 1920 to 2018

Sq. Ft.: 1920 to 2018 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 2 to 8 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 1 to 9 Bathrooms

Getting Around South Congress

Around South Congress

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Locals Love

  • 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

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