Welcome to South Austin
Tranquil atmosphere with easy access to social hubs.
South Austin is where hip meets funky and urban life meets the countryside. Its atmosphere and beauty have led celebrities such as Sandra Bullock, Robert Plant, and Elijah Wood to call it home. Homes here boast beautiful and varied styles, from single-story bungalows to 1990s ranch-style properties to modern condominiums. From old-fashioned to modern, stylish to cozy, you can find any architectural style in South Austin.
One of South Austin’s most desirable features is its central location. Only ten minutes from nearly everywhere, residents can easily access the neighborhoods’ expansive lawns, great dining, parks, arts scene, and local shops. The area boasts various unique and entrancing attractions that can’t be found anywhere else.
What to Love
- Small-town feel close to the city
- Unique, funky attractions
- Variety of styles and character
- Live music
Only a short distance from the busy, fast-paced atmosphere of Austin, life for residents is slow, easy-going, and carefree. The laidback lifestyle combines a small-town feel with the easy availability of big city amenities, giving it the best of both worlds. No matter the need, South Austin provides.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Uchi Sushi, derived from the Japanese word for “home,” is owned by award-winning chef Tyson Cole, one of America’s few sushi masters. Since 2003, this restaurant has taken a non-traditional approach to Japanese food, combining traditional Japanese flavors, global ingredients, a Pacific Rim perspective, and classic cooking techniques.
Loro, an Asian smokehouse and bar, brings guests Southeast Asian and Japanese-inspired sauces, grilled and smoked meats, sides, and a bar. With a casual atmosphere, patrons can choose to sit outside on the shaded porch or inside. The combination of Southeast Asian, Japanese, and traditional Texan fare leads to a completely new experience.
Known to locals as SoCo, South Congress Avenue is a great place to explore the hip, one-of-a-kind character of South Austin. Lined on either side with local shops, boutiques, eateries, and coffee shops, this avenue is a major hub for socializing, shopping, and hanging out and provides live music from street performers and music venues.
Conveniently found off I-35, Southpark Meadows Mall is an open-air shopping center home to over 100 stores across a million square feet. The combination of chain stores, local shops, and dining makes it a one-stop destination no matter the errand. The Grove within Southpark Meadows hosts live music and has a large playscape and beautiful scenery.
Things to Do
Founded in 1982 by Lady Bird Johnson and Helen Hayes, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is dedicated to restoring and creating beautiful, sustainable landscapes using native plants. Their work enhances health and happiness, improves water quality, and provides habitats for wildlife through education, outreach programs, research, and gardens.
Mary Moore Searight Park is a 344-acre park with six miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. This park also has picnic and barbecue areas, an 18-hole disc golf course, a soccer field, two volleyball courts, a playground, two tennis courts, a fishing pier, and two basketball courts.
Available to visit by appointment only, the Cathedral of Junk reigns in Vince Hannemann’s backyard. Since 1988, Hannemann has been creating his multistory domain from paraphernalia of tossed items, including car parts, bicycle parts, wheels, kitchen utensils, bottles, and other unidentifiable riff-raff. It’s now made of an estimated 60 tons of junk. Weddings, bachelor parties, and tour groups have been hosted there.
From 2008 to the present, the Long Center has provided a gathering place for the community with stellar views of the city skyline and live art. The Austin Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Austin, and the Austin Lyric Opera have all performed here. The Long Center inspires residents by showcasing many movies, festivals, music, and performances.