Feature Article: Austin Neighborhoods
Photographs by Travis Hallmark
No one knows neighborhoods like the Austin Realtors who help put people in them. Meet some of the top Realtors in Austin as they share their best picks to eat, shop, live and play within their favorite neighborhoods.
Few neighborhoods have seen such drastic transformation as downtown Austin’s Rainey Street district, and few people know it as intimately as Jude Galligan. Jude owns REATX Realty and has been a Rainey resident since 2009. He’s helped many make a great move into this densely vibrant neighborhood that boasts bungalow hangouts, urban parklands and stunning skyscrapers—all steps from each other.
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Jude’s Rainey Street
Royal Blue Grocery (51 Rainey St.)—“I order my coffee there in the mornings, grab some fresh fruit or a slice of Eastside Pies pizza for lunch.”
Waller Creek Boathouse (74 Trinity St.)—“From renting kayaks to chilling out at Alta’s Cafe overlooking the lake, this is one of my favorite spots in all of downtown Austin.”
Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden (79 Rainey St.)—“This hits the Rainey vibe just right. It’s a converted bungalow space with 100 beers on tap, great food, a huge patio and a casual environment.”
Ann & Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail—“When you want to get away from all the entertainment on Rainey, the trail is a great bike and pedestrian connector to Lady Bird Lake and the rest of downtown.”
Hotel Van Zandt (605 Davis St.)—“This hotel has moved the district forward into the next era, boasting one of the best new restaurants in the city, Geraldine’s, named after the neighborhood’s late guinea fowl pet.”
L’Estelle House (88 1/2 Rainey St.)—“Owners Holly and Craig Nasso have been Rainey believers since the 90s, and bring authentic comfort and culture to the neighborhood. It’s my wife’s favorite place on Rainey Street.”
G’raj Mahal (73 Rainey St.)—“It has the best Indian pakoras I’ve ever eaten. Full stop.”
Icenhauer’s (83 Rainey St.)—“Michael Hsu Architecture worked on its renovation, setting the bar for bungalow rehabs on Rainey.”
El Naranjo (85 Rainey St.)—“Local, high-end and one of the first restaurants here; a great date place when you’re looking for something a little more sophisticated.”
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (600 River St.)—“ The MACC, as it’s known, is quietly one of the best architected buildings in downtown.
Read more from the Neighborhoods Issue | June 2016