Austin Neighborhood Guide 2021

Austin Neighborhood Guide 2021

Insider tips on 26 of the best places to live in our fast-growing city

Design + photography by Sister Creative Company

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The secret is out! Ranked as one of the best places to live and fastest-growing cities in America, Austin is THE PLACE to live, work and play. With its rolling hills, deep rivers, live music, cutting-edge restaurants and shopping, this tight-knit community continues to band together, innovate and create—setting the stage for a global audience. This year’s Neighborhood Guide celebrates all the unique pockets of Austin that shape this extraordinary city. As people and businesses continue to relocate here, this group of Austin Realtors takes on the challenge of finding current and new residents a place they can call home. Here they share what makes their neighborhood and the city of Austin so exceptional.

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The 2021 Austin Neighborhood Guide is presented by
SWBC Mortgage | The Breed Team

Cameron Breed

is one of Austin’s top mortgage lenders and named a top producer by the Austin Business Journal yearly since 2004. She is a trusted mortgage authority and a leading advisor to Austin’s top realtors. When not working, Cameron enjoys spending time with her three children, Catherine, Campbell and Charlie, and their dog, Penelope. A resident since 1995, Cameron loves living in Austin and enjoys outdoor activities with her children, including biking around Lady Bird Lake, playing sports and boating on Lake Austin. She believes in giving back to her community and supports the West Austin Youth Association, KLRU and the Trail Foundation.

Vice President & Senior Loan Officer
512.531.1805 | cbreed@swbc.com
cameronbreed.com

Bouldin Creek

Wende Parks

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Wende photographed at Lenoir.

Wende Parks is a licensed Broker Associate with Moreland Properties and has been helping people find a place to live the Austin dream for 18 years. Specializing in her own “Keep Austin Weird” zip code of 78704, plus Downtown, Clarksville, Pemberton, Tarrytown and Westlake. Her early career was spent working as an international model, during which time she experienced an incredible array of cultures before settling back in her hometown of Austin. That range of experience allowed her to appreciate just how special life is here, and she loves helping her clients find their slice of it. In her free time, she participates in high-endurance adventure sports, including ultramarathons and 100-mile runs in exotic locales, playing with her rescue pups and enjoying all the amazing restaurants, festivals and outdoor activities Austin offers.

What I Love About Bouldin Creek

Bouldin Creek is the iconic Austin zip code! It’s in the middle of everything, just minutes from Lady Bird Lake and Downtown. But you don’t have to leave the neighborhood to find something amazing; we 78704-ers love to be outside and can walk to anything our hearts desire. We’ve got the best restaurants—low-key Mexican joints, neighborly coffee shops and nationally renowned spots like Uchi—plus several parks and creeks that attract wildlife. I really love the eclectic vibe of the area: cute bungalows mixed with modern architecture, creative types alongside technology gurus, young families and older residents walking the streets.

wendeparks@moreland.com | wendeparks.com | 512.680.5199
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LENOIR

If you are a wine and outdoors lover, then you must visit Lenoir’s Wine Garden! I highly encourage you to make your reservation now and walk on over! Their food menu is special too.

FRESA’S

Want an awesome outdoor dining experience? Fresa’s is the perfect laid-back place to sip on margaritas and dip into some good queso. Just look for the neon chicken on South First! (P.S. Did you know that you can order margaritas to go? Highly recommend the prickly pear.)

BOULDIN CREEK ACRES

Looking for Sunday Funday with your fur babies? Bouldin Creek Acres is a dog-friendly party with food trailers, a beer garden and pickleball! A good way for you and your pups to socialize!

Downtown

Kevin Burns

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Kevin photographed at 44 East Ave.

Kevin Burns founded Urbanspace Real Estate + Interiors in 2000 and recently opened the company’s new 15,000-square-foot office and furniture showroom Downtown at the base of The Independent. His vision evolved into four pillars, including real estate, project marketing, interior design and modern furniture. His firm has served as the exclusive brokerage on numerous projects, including Seaholm, The Independent and 44 East Ave.

A contributor to the Shoal Creek Conservancy, the Austin Parks Foundation and Waterloo Greenway, Kevin remains actively involved in real estate, topping $1 billion in sales throughout his career and earning ABJ’s Top Realtor award in 2020. He is a multiyear member of Elite 25 and a member of Entrepreneur’s Organization, RECA and ULI. He recently opened Urbanspace Logistics, the brand’s white-glove moving company, and Codependent, a coffee + cocktail bar located at the base of The Independent. Kevin and his family are Downtown Austin residents.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT DOWNTOWN

Downtown Austin continues to be a major attractor for people and businesses. Along with a business-friendly climate, Austin’s urban core offers numerous perks, including Lady Bird Lake, miles of hike-and-bike trails, world-class dining, fine arts venues, a vibrant nightlife and incredible walkability. Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, the award-winning Austin Central Library and numerous major employers make it easy to live, work and play Downtown while avoiding long commute times. Residents in the condo towers become communities within themselves, each with its own unique vibe. The diverse demographic makes Downtown Austin a warm, welcoming, vibrant place.

kevin@urbanspacelifestyle.com | urbanspacelifestyle.com | 512.848.8722

CODEPENDENT COCKTAILS + COFFEE

The perfect spot to collaborate over coffee or close a deal over cocktails. Located at the base of The Independent, think high-end design meets Austin hospitality!

URBANSPACE INTERIORS

Our 15,000-square-foot showroom overlooking Shoal Creek offers modern furnishings and exceptional interior design services. Visit us and be transported to a world of creative design ideas!

HESTIA

Great spot for dinner showcasing talented local chefs. Be sure to check out the bar side of the restaurant, Kalimotxo!

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Travis Heights

Carl Shurr

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Carl photographed at Aba.

Carl Shurr is an experienced and award-winning real estate professional in Austin’s luxury real estate market. His annual sales have consistently ranked him in the top 1% of all Austin-area Realtors for over a decade. He is also a member of the Elite 25, Luxury League and Kuper Sotheby’s Circle of Distinction.

Prior to real estate, Carl studied finance and began his professional career in investment management. His interest in real estate was first as an investor, but he soon began helping others find and acquire property, and his real estate business took off from there.

Carl’s strong local and global network allows him to connect his clients to the most exclusive properties on and off the market. His connections and experience are invaluable assets in today’s ultra-competitive real estate marketplace.

Outside of work, Carl lives in Travis Heights and enjoys traveling, boating, tennis, hiking and taking his dogs, Dude and Rocky, for walks in Stacy Park.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT TRAVIS HEIGHTS

Travis Heights is a perfect blend of city life and nature. Many of Austin’s best local restaurants, boutiques and hotels lie along South Congress Avenue, many with a picture-perfect view of Downtown and the Capitol. Centered in the middle of Travis Heights are Stacy Park and Blunn Creek. Walking along the creek and trails of Stacy Park, it is so peaceful that one feels as if they are miles away from the city. And, finally, along the northern edge of Travis Heights is Lady Bird Lake and the hike-and-bike trail. Whether you are walking, biking or running, this section of the trail and lake is one of the most beautiful places in Austin.

carl@carlshurr.com | carlshurr.com | 512.944.5977
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Aba

Dining at Aba is an experience, “like taking a mini-vacation,” says Carl. The atmosphere and food will sweep you away to the Mediterranean. Combined with its excellent service, Aba is an easy choice for one of his personal favorite places for lunch or dinner in Austin.

Summer House

One of my favorite patios in Austin, Summer House, is a relaxing and beautiful spot to unwind and enjoy a casual yet sophisticated lunch or dinner. A perfect place to walk to in the Travis Heights neighborhood.

Café No Sé

My favorite spot for lunch along South Congress Avenue, Café No Sé, is an all-day cafe with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Carl says, “I’ve tried everything on the menu, and everything is good!”

Tarrytown

Anna Lee

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Anna and Lady May photographed at Anna's home.

Anna Morrison Lee is a fourth-generation resident of Austin. She is intimately acquainted with the city’s neighborhoods—from long-established ones like Tarrytown and Lake Travis to newer communities across the greater Austin area.

As a Million Dollar Guild Member, Anna can put her knowledge, people skills and extensive networks to work for you in the Austin luxury real estate market. She is renowned among colleagues and clients for her integrity, loyalty and professionalism. Anna offers the quality services and attention her clients deserve, as she focuses on building lasting relationships founded on confidence and trust.

Year in and year out, Anna is one of the top-producing residential real estate agents in Austin. She is a top 1% producer, and she has had another tremendous year. Anna understands that no client is looking for a cookie-cutter home solution. Whether her clients seek to obtain the best price for their current home or have specific design needs they are searching for in their next home, Anna’s counsel and guidance are extraordinary.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT TARRYTOWN

Tarrytown is a wonderful and established neighborhood. You will see people walking their dogs, visiting the three surrounding parks, riding their bikes on the bike path and so much more. Our homes range from two-bedroom bungalows all the way up to multi-million-dollar properties located along the shores of Lake Austin. Tarrytown has wonderful people living in the neighborhoods, visiting local shops and the public library, while only 5 miles from Downtown Austin. Tarrytown schools are Casis Elementary, O. Henry Middle School and Austin High School, with numerous private schools within a short distance. A warm and welcoming neighborhood to call home.

anna@moreland.com | annamorrisonlee.com | 512.968.6419

HEARTH AND SOUL

A gathering place and shopping experience where you can discover beautiful things for yourself, your home or someone special in your life.

TARRYTOWN PHARMACY

I have been shopping here since the ’70s, when it was located in the TarryTown Shopping Center and had a soda fountain in addition to the drugstore. Now even larger and located in Casis Village, you will find gifts, cards, merchandise and treats.

THE MENAGERIE

A “Fine Jewelry and Gift Salon” that’s been in business since 1978. With the most beautiful, curated collection of fine jewelry in the Austin area and gorgeous collections of items for your home, Vickie and her staff are always willing to help you find that special something for yourself or your loved one.

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Rosedale

Hillary Deck

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Hillary photographed at Mod Fitness.

Hillary Deck listens to her clients’ goals and develops trust using an honest approach—always putting the client first. Working with Hillary, either as a buyer or seller, you can count on her to represent your interests and provide expertise throughout the process. “I began my career in Chicago and transitioned to Austin in 2015. In these two highly competitive markets, I’ve learned to think outside the box and problem-solve to achieve my clients’ goals.”

Hillary has been selling real estate for over 10 years, working in Austin’s and Chicago’s residential home sales market. She is a third-generation Austinite and has experience working with resale and new construction.

Hillary is a member of the Circle of Excellence at Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty. She is also a Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE), a Graduate of the Realtor Institute (GRI) and a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) as well as a member of the Austin Luxury Network and the Top Agent Network. In 2013 and more recently in 2020, she was chosen to be featured on HGTV’s House Hunters.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT ROSEDALE

Rosedale is central to everything in Austin and has the best restaurants, parks and places to shop.

hillary.deck@sothebysrealty.com | hillarydeck.com | 512.468.6214
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MOD Fitness

The best barre classes in the city. They are tough but entertaining and well-choreographed.

Rosedale Kitchen and Bar

A neighborhood kitchen serving healthy dishes like the yellowfin tuna bowl mixed with American comfort foods like fried chicken and homemade ice cream! An easy place to take kids and enjoy live music!

Epicerie

This gorgeous restaurant has the best salmon-and-kale salad, plus the atmosphere is perfection.

Westover Hills 

Adam Zell

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Adam, Fiona and Goldie photographed at Adam's home.

A Boston transplant, Adam Zell has been enjoying the great city of Austin since 2009. Adam is an interesting mix of East Coast hustle and Southern hospitality. With over 10 years of real estate experience and over 600 completed transactions, he has experience working with buyers, sellers and investors alike. Adam treats every transaction like it’s his own. He prides himself on his strong communication skills and is open, honest and reliable while advocating and negotiating on his clients’ behalf. Seeing his clients happy at the end of the day is his number one priority.

Adam loves working hard and coming home to his wife, Rachel, and their two daughters, Goldie and Fiona. He will tell anyone that being a dad is the coolest! Adam resides in Westover Hills and loves the scenic, wide streets, where he is frequently seen on scooter rides with his girls. He is passionate about sports, food, music and spending quality time with his friends and family.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT WESTOVER HILLS

The gorgeous live oak trees that line the residential streets make this neighborhood truly special. The homes in this neighborhood are typically ranch-style or midcentury modern, and many sit on quarter-acre-plus flat lots!

Westover Hills is a small and friendly neighborhood. It’s not too far away from Downtown, but it feels quiet, tranquil and timeless. In addition to its prime location, Westover boasts excellent schools across the board.

Westover Hills is a great neighborhood for those who love an active lifestyle. Barrow Preserve and Steck Valley Parks are just a short distance away and offer great trails for hiking and biking. You also don’t have to go far to find great restaurant.

adam.zell@compass.com | zellteam.com | 512.820.4918

Sisters SnoShack

The perfect place on a hot summer day to treat my girls to a shaved ice!

Another Broken Egg Cafe

A solid new addition to the neighborhood. This well-run chain offers great customer service and a variety of tasty breakfast options (including a legitimate kids’ menu)!

Torchy’s Tacos

Consistent and never disappoints. The queso is one of the best in the city, and for lower carbs, try a taco in a bowl. My faves: chicken fajita and the Democrat.

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Clarksville

Susan Barringer

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Susan photographed at a home on the market.

This issue of Tribeza profiles June baby Susan Barringer in her birthday month. Susan is a born homemaker, nurturer and foodie. Her love of home economics and cooking prompted the nicknames “Betty Crocker” and “Martha Stewart.” Growing up in Austin in the ’70s, Susan witnessed the area evolve from a collection of warehouses on Second Street hosting basement bands to a cosmopolitan paradise.

Today, Susan is a hot yoga practitioner and dedicated Realtor advocate for her clients. Susan is excited to be sharing her passion for Austin while serving those who are lucky enough to call it home. Her mission is to bring ease and expertise as she helps families navigate life’s transitions. Mentoring new agents satisfies her desire to cultivate and encourage growth. You can find Susan enjoying meals with friends in the velvet booths of Jeffery’s or sharing ideas over coffee at Caffe Medici.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT CLARKSVILLE

I’ve witnessed Austin’s transformation, but what I love about Clarksville is that it contains within it a multitude. It has the best the city has to offer—you are five minutes to your Downtown office, but it’s still what Austin is all about. I sell luxury, and my biggest luxury is being able to walk, bike and experience everything I love in one close-knit community. While walking to yoga, some of the best dining in town or the neighborhood dog park, neighbors still stop to say hello. The experience of Austin through Clarksville is very grounding for me.

susan.barringer@kupersir.com | susanbarringer.com | austinluxuryrealtor.com | 512.426.9456
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Kick Pleat

You always feel dressed to the nines with a piece from Kick Pleat. I’ve long said that owner Wendi’s eye in buying is the tops!

Lin Asian Bar

West Sixth is such a colorful corridor. Lin Asian is a breath of fresh air with a healthy twist on Chinese cuisine that I love sharing with friends and family.

Pure Yoga Texas

Hot yoga, for me, is a 90-minute open-eyed meditation. After a class, I feel I can take on anything! This studio has been a big part of my life and keeps me consistent in my practice.

Bryker Woods

Chris King

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Chris and Amy photographed at Tiny Boxwoods.

Working with a broad spectrum of clients, from first-time homebuyers to discerning luxury clients, Chris King wields his finance and sales prowess in every transaction. The keystone of his success is his relationship-focused approach while always keeping a pulse on Austin’s extremely competitive market complexities. When he’s not working, you can usually find him Downtown running the hike-and-bike trail with his rescue dog, Chip.

In 2020, Amy Stubbs joined Chris’s team at Compass after years of building her business in Houston. The two have known each other since college and have been great friends ever since. Amy’s commitment to serving her clients is unmatched, utilizing her sales background to ensure a great experience. She resides in Circle C with her husband, Clint; daughter, Caroline; and two beagles.

Whether you are buying or selling in Austin, Chris and Amy welcome the opportunity to work with you.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT BRYKER WOODS

Bryker Woods is truly the community that offers it all. There are families of all ages, in all stages of their life who love living in the neighborhood. Its ease of walkability and proximity to fantastic parks, restaurants and coffee shops only add to its charm.

chris.king@compass.com | chriskingatx.com | 440.708.3381

Tiny Boxwoods

The atmosphere, the food and, most importantly, the Milk and Cookies! Tiny’s will brighten your day, whether you are stopping by for a coffee or staying awhile for a delectable brunch.

Kerbey Lane Cafe

An original Austin landmark with an endless menu that will please everyone in your group. Dining here is truly a homage to “keeping Austin weird.”

Olive & June

Set between beautiful Texas live oak trees is an Italian dining experience that few can compare. Enjoy a great happy hour cocktail in the courtyard or host an unforgettable event for friends and family.

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Westgate

Nanette Labastida

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Nanette photographed at Captain Quackenbush's Coffeehouse.

Nanette Labastida is a longtime Austin resident and has been a real estate professional for 15 years. Her goals are to make all aspects of the buying and selling process as informative and easy as possible, have fun along the way and work hard for the best outcome. Her specialty is the luxury experience for creative people—working with musicians and artists to experience the best of what Austin has to offer.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT WESTGATE

Westgate is blossoming with more and more cool and local businesses opening their doors. It’s super close to Downtown, yet far from the crowds and bustle. It’s been great living here, as this past year was truly challenging, and all we needed was within a 5-to-10-minute drive or walk. The real estate market is changing, and there has been an increase in new construction, as the neighborhood is ideally located in the city for commuting and lifestyle.

nanette.labastida@compass.com | compass.com/agents/nanette-labastida | 512.965.6339
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Maha Market

A brand-new, totally vegan mini-grocery store that is well stocked with staples, fun new snacks and drinks, and they also serve coffee, smoothies and hot samosas.

The Vegan Yacht

Attached to Maha Market, you haven’t lived till you’ve tried the Freeto Burrito.

Captain Quackenbush’s Coffeehouse

There is plenty of parking, an incredible array of baked goods with some great vegan options, delish coffee and lovely outdoor seating in the back!

Allandale

Julia Mistler

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Julia photographed at Fonda San Miguel.

Known for her friendly personality and tireless hustle, Julia Mistler loves to meet new clients and connect with old ones to buy or sell their homes. A native Texan and proud Austinite since 2005, Julia makes client relationships her first priority, and she has created a network of trusted clients and referrals. After working for years in professional services, Julia brings her corporate skills to the real estate industry as a constructive listener who attunes to her customers’ needs. Her energy, professionalism and relatable personality make her an effective partner in delivering your real estate goals.

Julia lives in Central Austin with her husband and children. She enjoys volunteering at St. Andrew’s School and Austin High School, as well as a Friend of Travis County Medical Society. When she isn’t selling real estate, you can find Julia walking her dog, Lula; watching her kids at their sports and events; eating at a great Austin restaurant; or watching a show in Austin’s live music scene. She loves her city and wants to share all the fantastic things Austin has to offer!

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT ALLANDALE

Allandale is a quiet neighborhood in north-central Austin. It sits along the west side of charming Burnet Road, which offers a variety of old and new local shops, restaurants and businesses.

Allandale boasts tree-lined streets with mature vegetation and mainly homes built in the 1950s and 1960s, retaining the charm of their midcentury beginnings. There are many new and modern homes to choose from as well. The winding streets lend to family bike rides and community block parties.

Allandale is home to green space and the best of Austin parks, like Northwest Park. With its excellent schools, it has become an increasingly popular place for growing families. Proximity to Downtown and the Domain area makes Allandale an easy choice for commuters.

julia@wilsongoldrick.com | juliamistler.com | 512.638.3788

Fonda San Miguel

Fonda San Miguel is my go-to for family celebrations or a quiet night at the bar. An Austin staple since 1975, I love the Mexican folk art displayed throughout the restaurant. Known for its interior Mexican cuisine, I never miss the ceviche and a pescado dish, as well as the crepes for dessert.

Uptown Modern

A furniture piece (or 10) from Uptown Modern is the perfect companion to Allandale’s midcentury vibe. All of their pieces are lovingly restored to their original glory. They also have an assortment of vintage light fixtures, art and cocktail glasses (my fave).

Shoal Creek Nursery

My favorite (and prettiest) garden store in town. On an acre and a half of green, the nursery has the best plant and succulent selection that I have seen, as well as imported pottery and water features. It’s an easy place to swing by for gardening supplies or a gift.

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Old Enfield

Nicole Kessler

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Nicole photographed at Jeffrey's.

Nicole Kessler has been an Austin real estate leader for over 25 years. As one of Austin’s top Luxury agents, Nicole is consistently recognized and honored with accolades for her success as an industry leader. She was recently chosen to be the exclusive Austin agent for the National Compass Private Client Team. She is a longtime member of Austin’s Elite 25, has been named a Platinum Top 50 agent, Austin Luxury League member and Austin Business Journal top producer. Through her extensive experience, Nicole has a broad knowledge of the city and the best properties for sale, including many that are private listings and not available to the general public. She is respected for her experience, intelligence and attention to detail, making her a natural choice for those seeking an Agent in the Austin market.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT OLD ENFIELD

I’m proud to have lived in Old Enfield for nearly 20 years. It is Austin’s most charming and historic neighborhood. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the streets are lined by gracious tree-covered lots and elegant homes. Old Enfield is bordered by Shoal Creek and Pease Park, where we love to walk under the towering oaks. Preserving Austin’s history and charm is the key to our community, and we take pride in our longtime friendships with neighbors. It’s refreshing to have this Downtown oasis in such a big and booming city.

nicole.kessler@compass.com | nicolekessler.com | 512.657.3939
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Good Company

This store is thoughtfully curated with an array of emerging and established designers of unique clothing and jewelry. Simple and classic with great shoes, accessories and gifts!

Jeffrey’s

One of the best fine-dining experiences in Austin, and it’s minutes from my front door. The bar is cozy, there’s a classic French American menu, and they now have amazing outdoor seating!

Swedish Hill

The cases are filled with smoked fish, caviar, artisanal charcuterie, colorful vegetable dishes and hearty salads. Sandwiches, fresh pizzas and rotisserie chicken—YUM!

South Lamar

Tia Sales

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Tia photographed at Loro.

Tia Sales has a keen eye for well-designed floor plans, architecture, design and quality construction and is knowledgeable about the most desirable neighborhoods around the city. She is a constant resource for her clients’ future needs far beyond their initial investment.

Tia loves the Austin lifestyle and enjoys sharing it with locals and newcomers alike. Outside of work, she can be spotted at the new local hot spots, enjoying the Austin food scene, spending time with family and friends, or out and about in her neighborhood.

Tia lives in 78704 with her dog and the neighborhood peacocks.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT SOUTH LAMAR

What I find most attractive about South Lamar and all of 78704 is an eclectic and casual neighborhood where everyone is welcome. Like Matthew McConaughey said, “Nobody’s too good, and everybody’s good enough.” This describes the neighborhood’s vibe perfectly.

tia@gottesmanresidential.com | tiasales.com | 512.567.0997

Solid Austin

Solid is my favorite local furniture and home decor store. Every piece is hand-selected by the owners. Their look is stylish without being showy, just like Austin.

Noah Marion Leather Goods

Sip on espresso while shopping the handmade leather goods at Noah Marion’s original location or at “the Atelier” on South Lamar, or stop in at his second location on South Congress. Noah focuses on untreated leather goods made to get better and better with age.

Loro

This incredible Asian smokehouse offers a beautiful patio under a canopy of hundred-year-old oak trees. The menu was created by two of the top masterminds in Austin, chef Tyson Cole of Uchi and Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue.

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Pemberton Heights

Natalie Kopp

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Natalie photographed at Texas French Bread.

An Austinite for over 15 years, Natalie Kopp is intuitive, honest, energetic and a true professional. With a background in marketing and advertising, she is a master communicator and a solution-oriented business consultant offering each of her clients the utmost integrity, up-to-date market knowledge and her tremendous desire and determination. As a Real Estate Broker, she has successfully helped many clients achieve their lifestyle goals and acquire the neighborhood and property they so desire. Her thoughtful and assertive nature, along with her experience in remodeling and investing, has played a key role in taking a contract all the way to closing. In this ever-changing environment, the importance of a home has never been greater, and the right Realtor can make all the difference. Natalie proves time and again to be a valued partner to her clients and provide unwavering support for those looking to buy or sell real estate in our unique city.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT PEMBERTON HEIGHTS

Lined with majestic oak trees, the streets of Pemberton Heights hold some of the most beautiful historic homes in Old West Austin. Its central location offers quick access to the University of Texas, Downtown, Lady Bird Lake and many of Austin’s most loved shops and restaurants. The residents of this established neighborhood create the undeniable sense of community found here. Children playing at Hartford Park, walking the dogs to Shoal Creek trail, family bike rides and evenings on the front porch with neighbors are just a few of the reasons it’s so loved. Pemberton Heights is highly sought after and not easily replicated in the landscape of Old West Austin; it’s worth a visit to these tree-lined streets to take in the beautiful homes and soak up the friendly culture Austin is known for.

natalie@gottesmanresidential.com | nataliekopp.com | 512.657.5596
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Sparrow Interiors & Gifts

A one-stop shop for a client housewarming gift or my own personal interior design inspiration is the beautiful and eclectic Sparrow Interiors.

Estilo

This neighborhood boutique has a huge selection of loungewear, cool kicks, high-fashion accessories or a power blazer for the working mom. Shopping here is like being in your best friend’s closet and always coming out with a treasure.

Texas French Bread

A short walk from our Pemberton home, Texas French Bread is the best spot for post-church brunch or a weekday coffee with a client. The airy outdoor space offers plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the beautiful spring weather.

Brentwood

Victoria Davis

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Victoria photographed at King Florist.

Originally from New York, Victoria Davis has called Austin home since attending the University of Texas in 2006 and immediately falling in love with life in ATX. Victoria has a passion for helping people find their place in the world and brings the same commitment and attention to detail she developed as a classically trained musician to each and every client. Since making Real Estate a full time career in 2016, Victoria has assisted and sold property with some of Austin’s top luxury agents and sales teams.

Also a registered yoga teacher, she has a passion for health and fitness and spends her free time practicing yoga and hiking the many beautiful Texas state and national parks.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT BRENTWOOD

Brentwood retains an eclectic “Old Austin” feel, while the central location provides easy access to Downtown. The homes here are a wonderful mix of charming bungalows and newer construction that blends seamlessly with the existing surroundings. Brentwood Neighborhood Park on Arroyo Secco provides both a beautiful green space for families to enjoy as well as the Brentwood Pool that is open to the public. Sprinkled throughout the area, you will find a variety of locally owned restaurants and bars. Be sure to check out Brentwood Social House for house-made French pastries and a cappuccino.

victoriadavisatx@gmail.com | victoriadavisatx.com | 512.745.2217

King Florist

My absolute favorite local florist! They always produce the most stunning and creative arrangements. I love sending their succulent arrangements as gifts to clients and friends alike.

Picnik

If you are looking for healthy, delicious, made- from-scratch meals, be sure to check out Picnik. They cater to various diets and lifestyles and focus on fresh, ethically sourced ingredients and beautiful presentation.

Peached Tortilla

Starting as a single food truck and growing into a brick-and-mortar restaurant and catering business, this locally owned cafe offers Asian-inspired fare as well as a curated handcrafted cocktail menu.

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East MLK

Allie Martinez

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Allie photographed at Contigo.

A native Texan and Central Austin resident since 2007, Allie Martinez is a UT alum who worked in tech before making the move into real estate. She is dedicated to providing the highest level of service and expertise through her data-driven approach. She most often works with repeat and referral clients and values the connection she creates with each individual or family whom she meets along the way.

Allie loves calling East Austin home and can be found walking in the neighborhood or visiting local parks with her family. Though she loves all of the restaurants, coffee shops and breweries in the area, her favorite parts of East Austin are the neighbors themselves. Over the past year, as COVID and the ice storm affected Austin in significant ways, she has loved watching neighbors band together and support one another.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT EAST MLK

East MLK caters to a variety of people and lifestyles and is home to a burgeoning creative scene. The neighborhood is continuing to see rapid increases in housing density, new construction and property appreciation.

alliemartinez@realtyaustin.com | alliemartinezaustin.com | 512.240.2603
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Palomino Coffee

A perfect photo backdrop, they offer coffee (Flat Track), tea and matcha drinks, along with a rich variety of tacos (Veracruz), pastries (Sour Duck), kolaches (Capital City Bakery) and doughnuts (Mr. Natural).

Contigo

A modern ranch-style restaurant with cocktails, farm-to-table food and an emphasis on the outdoors. It’s an easy spot for all ages.

Paper & Craft Pantry

A woman-owned, online and brick-and-mortar retailer, focusing on independently designed stationery and paper goods and hosting creative workshops (currently offered remotely in the form of kits).

Hyde Park

Jen Berbas

Austin Neighborhood Guide 2021
Jen and Jacks photographed at Jen's home.

Jen Berbas has been a proud Austinite since she came to Austin to attend UT, and after a few brief stints in Chicago and Minneapolis, she came back as soon as she could. Her background in finance, first as an options trader and then working in the credit markets, laid the groundwork for a career in real estate and informed much of her work. She has an affinity for spreadsheets and an excellent grasp of the real estate market and investments. Jen has been named a Platinum Top 50 Realtor for three years running and led the #2 team at Realty Austin in 2020.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT HYDE PARK

Hyde Park is a tight-knit community where you can expect welcoming neighbors and amazing quality of life. Historic Victorian beauties and charming bungalows define the well-preserved architecture here. Wide, tree-lined streets and shaded sidewalks keep things cooler on scenic summer walks, where you’re sure to catch a wave from neighbors out on their front porches. Or visit with the community at one of the annual neighborhood events like the Fire Station Festival or Halloween street fest. Shipe Park’s tennis courts and brand-new pool, as well as dining and grocery options at 43rd Street, round out everything you could possibly want just blocks from home.

jenberbasteam@realtyaustin.com | 512.655.3830

Julio’s

Julio’s is my favorite spot to walk to for Mexican food. The low-key vibe, outdoor seating and delicious margaritas and roast chicken are what make Julio’s a neighborhood institution.

Uncle Nicky’s

Uncle Nicky’s is our neighborhood go-to for morning coffee and happy hour snacks. Walking over and seeing my favorite barista is a great way to start the day!

Quack’s 43rd Street Bakery

Quack’s is a Hyde Park gem. Go for the chocolate cupcake and Key lime pie; stay for the casual atmosphere and great people-watching.

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Horseshoe Bay & Lake LBJ

Tammie Bennett

Austin Neighborhood Guide 2021
Tammie photographed at Horseshoe Bay.

Tammie Bennett is a true Lake LBJ waterfront expert. Her love and inspiration come from living on Lake LBJ full time. She knows the lake and all of its nuances, and living the lake life provides Tammie with a wonderful sense of joy and well-being—her true happy place in the world. Consistently a Top Producer and the #1 ranking Luxury Waterfront Realtor in the Highland Lakes, Tammie finds great joy in making the connections that place families in the perfect lake house where memories that last a lifetime are made! Always willing to share her enthusiasm, Tammie provides the advantage of local knowledge and the level of service her clients so richly deserve.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT HORSESHOE BAY/ LAKE LBJ

The Highland Lakes is a remarkable area where lakefront communities sit on the shores of these beautiful lakes. The incredible opportunities for outdoor and waterfront activities abound, from fishing, swimming, boating, paddleboarding, wakeboarding, dining or just cruising the lake. Wineries, hiking, shopping, golf, tennis and bluebonnet sightseeing are also great activities, but the relaxing, laid-back vibe provides a wonderful escape in today’s hectic world.

tammie.bennett@kupersir.com | tammiebennett.kuperrealty.com | 830.265.0550
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Escondido Golf & Lake Club

An exceptional private golf and lake club community on Lake LBJ offering world-class golf and a unique relaxed lifestyle. I love coming here for a glass of wine and a luxurious meal.

Boat Town Burger Bar

Nothing better than hopping in the boat and running up the lake for a great craft burger and a cold beer. You might even find yourself buying a new boat if you’re not careful. Boat Town has some beauties.

Blue Bonnet Cafe

No trip to the Texas Hill Country would be complete without a stop at the iconic Blue Bonnet Cafe for a slice of pie or a home-cooked meal.

Zilker

Wade Giles

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Wade, Bill and Sport photographed at The Carpenter Hotel.

The enthusiastic, self-described “people person” takes an active interest in his clients’ lives, getting to know their families and maintaining friendships with them long after closing the sale. His commitment to his clients, love for his profession and personal approach to real estate transactions have given Wade Giles an edge in a highly competitive industry—and allowed him to transact over $200M in residential real estate sales.

In recognition of his success, for three consecutive years, he has qualified for membership in Elite 25 Austin, a prestigious group made up of the top 0.2% of Austin’s real estate agents and a spot among the ranks of the Luxury League, a premier membership organization that recognizes high-performing agents specializing in luxury residential sales. In his downtime, Wade enjoys traveling; hosting dinner parties; competing with his show horse, Sherlock (Reserve World Champion 2019); and hiking with his rescue dogs, Sport and Bill.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT ZILKER

A timeless 04 neighborhood near Downtown, with Zilker Park, Lady Bird Lake and Barton Springs practically in your backyard. Zilker is the ultimate in South Austin living—quiet, tree-lined streets, great public schools and an unbelievably convenient location. Close to all the new developments happening around South Congress and South First but retaining a charming, family-friendly vibe outside the hustle and bustle. Architecturally, I love the mix of new builds, classic Austin bungalows, and midcentury-modern A.D. Stenger gems. Walking through the neighborhood never gets old, and the area will never go out of style.

wade@moreland.com | wadeatx.com | 512.808.6756

Aviary Wine & Kitchen

A Zilker staple for 15 years offering chill neighborhood vibes and a food menu developed around what pairs best with the extensive wine list. Yes, please.

Carpenters Hall

An old carpenters’ union hall turned boutique hotel and restaurant. Between the cool interiors and great eats and coffee shop, I could spend all day here.

ThoroughBread

The most amazing bakery in Austin, bar none. The sourdough is out of this world … and those cookies. Try the peanut butter and jelly and just pretend it’s calorie-free.

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Mueller

Christy Neikirk, Denise Bodman & Emily Lee

Austin Neighborhood Guide 2021
Christy, Denise and Emily photographed at Mueller Park.

Christy Neikirk is a native Austinite who has enjoyed the privilege of being born and raised in this great city. Her experience has given her unique insight into all of the wonderful things the different areas of Austin have to offer. Christy prides herself in making sure that her clients are happy and that the property they decide on is the right choice for their needs and desires. She’s ready to guide anyone through the homebuying process in Austin’s ever-changing and fast-paced market.

Denise Bodman brings decades of experience to her role as vice president of sales at Prospect Real Estate. She has experience in nearly all aspects of real estate, including residential sales, project marketing, leasing, home renovations, negotiation and business development. Her diverse skill set led to her position as a director of sales, marketing and operations. Denise’s strong communication skills, hardworking personality and wealth of resources keep her clients coming back and referring her to their friends and family.

Emily Lee brings more than 25 years of experience to her role as Principal and Broker of Lee Real Estate Services, Inc. Starting her career in 1993, Emily has been involved in nearly every aspect of the real estate process, from development to exit strategy. Emily’s firsthand experience with commercial and residential properties at different stages of the development to the investor/owner’s life cycle allows her to bring a unique perspective to each opportunity.

WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT MUELLER

Mueller has the best farmers market, park and restaurants. The walkability to all things that make Austin fun are just at your footsteps in the Mueller development.

info@prospectrealestate.com | prospectrealestate.com | 512.640.1881
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The Thinkery

With over 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor activities, The Thinkery provides various hands-on, interactive STEAM exhibits for learners of all ages.

The Farmers’ Market

Voted the Austin Chronicle’s Best of Austin Farmers’ Market six years in a row! Eat, shop and enjoy some of the freshest vegetables and artisan foods from local vendors. Don’t forget to check out the live music and kids’ events every Sunday.

BD Riley’s

Mueller’s neighborhood Irish pub, BD Riley’s, provides an authentic Irish menu and welcoming atmosphere. It’s the perfect stop for a draft Guinness and some fish and chips.

Lakeway & Bee Cave

MJ McFarland

Austin Neighborhood Guide 2021
MJ photographed at The Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen.

As a former professional athlete, MJ McFarland brings his team-oriented attitude from the football field to the world of residential real estate. His high- level athletic skills and results-driven mentality earned him a full scholarship to play football for the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated three years later with a bachelor of science. MJ understands what it means to make a move—both on and off the field. His unparalleled understanding of the relocation process and team player attitude will help you navigate the emotional process of buying and selling real estate.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT LAKEWAY & BEE CAVE

The Lakeway and Bee Cave area is unique from other neighborhoods because it offers so much! From the beautiful Hill Country scenery to the panoramic lake views of Lake Travis, it is incomparable! The sense of community and the support this neighborhood gives to LTISD is unmatched! Especially on Friday nights. GO CAVS!

mj@moreland.com | mjmcfarland.com | 210.774.0725

Lone Star Jack’s BBQ

The people by the name are first-class individuals, and they are very passionate about delivering great BBQ and even better customer service. In addition, they are also former Longhorns! HOOK ‘EM!

The Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen

I really enjoy the atmosphere, and the views from the patio are incredible.

Hill Country Indoor

It provides a place where many people of all ages can come together through physical activity, such as camps, tournaments and team sports activities.

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Westlake

Beth Carter & Tracy Picone

Austin Neighborhood Guide 2021
Tracy & Beth photographed at Beth's home.

Tracy Picone moved to Austin in 2002 with her husband, Dr. Mark Picone, and their three daughters, who graduated from Westlake High School. Her business/ marketing degree from the University of Michigan and 40 years of sales experience have proven to be an ideal combination for her clients’ success. Tracy has been a member of Elite 25 and Luxury League.

Beth Carter has been recognized as one of the top realtors in Austin, repeatedly earning a place on Austin’s Elite 25 and the Luxury League. Beth’s reputation as a highly responsive communicator with a results-oriented approach has been key to the success she achieves for her clients. She lives in Westlake with her husband, Shelby Carter, MD, where they raised three WHS graduates.

WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT WESTLAKE

Bounded by Lake Austin to the north and Downtown Austin to the east, Westlake has ample recreational avenues as well as easy access to all things Austin, including the well-loved Lady Bird Lake hike-and-bike trail. The exemplary school system with a single high school helps create a unified community and sense of family.

tracy.picone@compass.com | tracypicone.com | 512.573.8851
beth.carter@compass.com | bethcarteraustin.com | 512.799.7427
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Breed & Company

For browsing their beautiful home and kitchen furnishings and the necessities to get a home ready to sell.

Bay Hill Design

Beautiful furnishings sell homes.

Texas Honey Ham

The best sense of community and great breakfast tacos.

Highland Park West

Mason Quintana

Austin Neighborhood Guide 2021
Mason photographed at a home on the market.

Mason Quintana’s unofficial real estate career began in 2004 when he and his wife, Ariel, bought their first home in southwest Austin. He quickly discovered that he had a passion for architecture and design and a knack for finding and evaluating great properties and investments. This passion was reinforced a number of years later when he moved his family to Central Austin after finding and renovating a midcentury ranch-style home.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT HIGHLAND PARK WEST

Highland Park West has one of the highest concentrations of original midcentury-modern homes in Austin. Architects like Fehr and Granger, Roland Roessner and Bill Coleman built their showpiece homes along Balcones.

mason@gottesmanresidential.com | masonquintanarealtor.com | 512.740.8008

Russel’s Bakery and Coffee Bar

Russell’s is the spot in the neighborhood where you stop by in the morning for coffee and you are back again for soup and a sandwich at lunch.

Chez Zee

Either your date night or late evening, check in for a piece of pie. It wins the award for Keeping Austin Weird.

Dry Creek Cafe

If you are into road cycling, the Dry Creek Saloon is a great end-of-ride spot to grab a cold one at one of Austin’s best local dives.

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Rollingwood

Mary Anne McMahon

Austin Neighborhood Guide 2021
Mary Anne photographed at Rollingwood Park.

Mary Anne McMahon is Broker/Owner of several RE/MAX brokerages in the Austin area as well as Motto Mortgage ATX. Time and time again, she has been a top-selling residential broker in the U.S.’s fastest-growing city, Austin! In 2009, Mary Anne opened Posh Properties and has worked diligently to build a trusted full-service team of agents and mortgage professionals. Year over year, clients continue to choose Mary Anne’s RE/MAX and Motto Mortgage ATX team of agents and loan officers for their valued expertise in the industry. Her team has been very successful in this highly competitive marketplace, providing each individual client and developer precise market knowledge and unparalleled customer service.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT ROLLINGWOOD

Rollingwood continues to be my happy place! From raising my teens and young adults, Caroline, Kaylee and Kade, to walking my dogs, Sassy and Pierre, to relaxing at home, it’s my one-stop shop for family, friends and fellowship! With its sense of community and close proximity to schools, Rollingwood is one of the best neighborhoods to raise a family in Austin. When I want to explore all our wonderful city has to offer.

maryanne@remaxposh.com | 512.947.9684
mottomortgageatx.com | poshpropertiesaustin.com
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PERSPIRE SAUNA STUDIO

Love visiting Perspire Sauna after a long day to unwind and “de-stress.” The latest way to relax the mind and detox the body!

Las Palomas

Maricarmen and her team are always on hand to greet the guests and make the community feel at home. Amazing food and drinks, and the music is back! Another great alternative to unwind and relax.

Chinatown Westlake

Always a favorite for the kids and me. We love to sit at the sushi bar and get spoiled with “special rolls.” They even have a Kade roll, named after my son. Ask for the amberjack roll! Delicious!

Balcones & Mt. Bonnell

Doug Roberts

Austin Neighborhood Guide 2021
Doug photographed at Westwood Country Club.

Doug Roberts is celebrating his 20th year at Moreland Properties, and what an incredible ride it has been. Born into a family involved in Texas real estate for more than a century, all aspects of real estate business have been the topic of dinner table conversation for as long as he can remember. Upon graduating from Texas A&M, Doug made his way to Austin as quickly as possible and dived right into residential brokerage in 1999. During his tenure, Doug has worked with hundreds of families to buy and sell exceptional properties in every corner of Travis County. He recently served as the commissioner of the Texas Real Estate Research Center and also sits on the board of directors at the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden. When Doug is not out hitting the streets for his clients, he can be found spending every extra ounce of time with his amazing wife and two boys, who are proud Highland Park/Lamar Scotties!

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT BALCONES & MOUNT BONNELL

Balcones Drive and Mount Bonnell are set in the foothills perched above Old West Austin. The large lots, heritage oak trees and wonderful neighbors are what our neighborhood is all about.

doug@moreland.com | 512.731.5105

Mount Bonnell

Still the best vistas in Austin—and don’t miss the side trails through the woods with incredible panoramic views of the ever-changing downtown skyline.

Westwood Country Club

A wonderful oasis for tennis, pickleball and pool time.

Lady Elaine Coffee Trailer

A new neighborhood favorite, supplying a great variety of coffees, tacos, doughnuts and the elusive gluten-free pastry.

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Lost Creek

Kristen Fojtik & Jeff Burke

Austin Neighborhood Guide 2021
Kristen and Jeff photographed at Sammataro.

With 40 years of combined real estate experience, Kristen Fojtik and Jeff Burke have joined the distinguished Eklund|Gomes Team at Douglas Elliman. Calling the neighborhood of Lost Creek her home for five-plus years, Kristen can think of no better place for her children to be part of a close community. Jeff, who lives in Central Austin, has multigenerational ties to Austin. Their mutual respect for each other is the foundation of their partnership, allowing them to provide their clients with a level of professionalism and industry expertise that exceeds every expectation.

WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT LOST CREEK

Lost Creek is an iconic, established neighborhood offering a convenient Westlake location in the Eanes ISD. There are a variety of architectural styles that span from the 1970s to custom new construction. Rolling hills, mature oak trees, the Barton Creek Greenbelt and the Lost Creek Country Club are a few reasons why Lost Creek is so sought after.

kristen.fojtik@elliman.com | jeff.burke@elliman.com
fojtikburkegroup.com | 512.814.5914
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Sammataro

A pizza truck that serves up wood-fired, New York-style pizza. Gouda, shallots and Calabrian chile peppers are just a few of their amazing toppings. Yum!

Bluemercury

Offering a large variety of luxury beauty, hair care and skin care products. Become a regular and join their rewards program for extra discounts and perks!

Tacodeli

An Austin favorite for some of the best tacos around. Sit on their large outdoor patio, and be sure to grab some salsa roja and chips to go!

Holly

Emily Waldmann & Megan Gallagher

Austin Neighborhood Guide 2021
Emily and Megan photographed at Launderette.

Having lived and worked in some of Austin’s best neighborhoods, we both feel lucky to call Holly home—collectively spending over a decade living in East Austin. We come from a hospitality background, where we cultivated our passion for building genuine relationships and approaching life’s significant moments with care. We still believe that Austin is a city based on relationships and love getting to know everyone we work with so we can always be there for your next move.

WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT HOLLY

As Holly has grown in popularity, the neighborhood continues to be a hub for creative businesses and longstanding Austin joints. With that growing mix of community mainstays and new businesses alike, Holly pays respect to its Latino history as it’s stewarded into Austin’s evolving future. The neighborhood, sitting just east of downtown, is the perfect pocket to feel connected to both busy city life and a strong, local community.

emilyw@denpg.com | megang@denpg.com
nextmoveaustin.com | E/425.442.0727 | M/407.922.7182

Launderette

This neighborhood spot offers the perfect backdrop for cocktails or brunch on the patio. The whole branzino is a dish not to be missed!

Fail / East

This local boutique features custom jewelry and incredibly curated home goods. The owners are frequently in the shop and always game for a chat.

La Barbecue

Headed to a new location on Cesar Chavez this spring, La Barbecue has been a longtime pillar in Austin’s BBQ scene.

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