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TRIBEZA’s Neighborhood Guide to Central Austin

Explore top agents' personal favorites in these Central Austin neighborhoods

(photo courtesy of Hyde Park Bar & Grill)
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No one knows Austin like its real estate professionals. Austin’s top agents, brokers, and advisors share their intimate insight into their favorite hot spots in Central Austin in this year’s TRIBEZA Neighborhood Guide.

Explore top agents’ personal favorites in these Central Austin neighborhoods:

Downtown | Clarksville | Hyde Park | Rosedale | Tarrytown | Old Enfield

Downtown: Kevin Burns 

Broker & CEO | Urbanspace | | 512.848.8722 

The view from the top of “The Modern,” Kevin’s newest 56-story residential development in the Rainey Street District

It is safe to say that Kevin Burns is NOT afraid of heights. Since founding Urbanspace in 2000, he has been the force behind many of the city’s most recognizable skyscrapers and developments, including the Independent, 44 East, and Seaholm, and is now developing Austin’s premier luxury condo tower, The Modern Austin Residences in the Rainey Street District. He has sold more condos than anyone else in Austin (verified by several other realtors in this guide who have worked with him over the years and fondly referred to him as “El Jefe” or “El Burnzo”), has sold well over $1 Billion in Austin real estate, and even sold out 98% of The Modern in a single week. 

To Kevin, a perfect day in downtown would start with a coffee and end with dancing at The Codependent, a coffee and cocktail lounge he founded as a passion project while while selling out the Independent. After a walk on Lady Bird Lake trail, he suggests Sunday brunch at Yucatán-inspired Mexican restaurant, Bacalar (which he also founded), then a little shopping on Second Street. The day winds down with dinner at Uchiba, a show at Moody Theater or The Paramount, wrapping up with drinks at The Austin Proper. 

Kevin’s Downtown Picks

Codependent Cocktails + Coffee
Austin Proper

Clarksville: Erin Hentschel 

Realtor | The Private Collective Group | Compass | | 512.658.2808 

Erin visiting her favorite date-night lounge, The Bar at Jeffrey’s

With over thirty years in Austin, it makes sense for Erin to represent Clarksville, one of the longest-established neighborhoods in the city. Marked by its unique charm of historic homes and bungalows, Clarksville is a neighborhood that has stayed relatively the same, even through Austin’s extensive growth. One of Erin’s favorite things about it is the juxtaposition of the historic neighborhood with the vibrant Austin downtown skyline in the background. She loves the walkability to its incredible restaurants and bars, as well as the proximity of downtown. Clarksville’s beloved West End Park is where you can find many neighborhood-sponsored activities and events, like “Its My Park Day,” where neighbors can bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy local music and food while hanging out with family and friends. The area is about to undergo some exciting new projects, including a major transformation of the city block on W 6th and Blanco into a 5-story mixed-use retail, hotel, office and residences. 

Erin’s approach to real estate includes personalized service, and – thanks to her artistic background and passion for architecture and design – incredible design sensibility to curate a lifestyle that aligns with her clients’ aspirations. 

Erin’s Clarksville Favorites

Fresh Plus
Swedish Hill
Taco Flats

Hyde Park: Tammy Young 

Founder + Principal | SEED Property Group | | 512.777.0205

Tammy poses at neighborhood french bistro and market, Bureau De Posse & Tiny grocer in Hyde Park

As the founder of SEED Property Group in Austin, Tammy Young values genuine relationships and trust in real estate. There is no place she would rather live than Hyde Park, cherished for the people, charming historic houses, tree-lined streets, local businesses, parks, and walkability. Here, she’s not just a real estate broker; she’s a neighbor, a friend, a runner, an optimistic tennis player, and a mom, deeply immersed in the fabric of this unique pocket of our city. 

Preserving Hyde Park’s charm amidst development is crucial to the community. She applauds creative initiatives like converting the old post office into a lively food market, showcasing the neighborhood’s innovative spirit. She loves how old houses have evolved with changing lifestyles but still stand the test of time. One of her recent success stories involved finding a client a classic bungalow seamlessly reimagined into a modern marvel by architect Michael Hsu. Tammy anticipates further development of the neighborhood as Central Austin grows, but is committed to preserving its rich historical charm. Her favorite spot is the Elisabet Ney museum, named for the renowned sculptor and 19th century women’s movement trailblazer. The limestone landmark displays the largest collection of Ney’s work. 

Tammy’s Hyde Park Picks

Elisabet Ney Museum 
First Light Books
Tiny Grocer
Commodore Perry

Rosedale: Raquel Gorny 

Global Real Estate Consultant | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty | @raquelgorny | 512.648.1119 

At home in Rosedale, described by Raquel as “Central Austin’s hidden gem neighborhood”

Raquel Gorny specializes in residential real estate in Central Austin, Rosedale and the surrounding areas. She loves living in Rosedale, a place she calls “a hidden gem neighborhood,” for its walkability, proximity to all areas of the city and its tight-knit community. With a balance of hustle and grace, Raquel goes above and beyond for her clients, helping them find their dream space, from new construction to classic bungalow-style homes. 

Rosedale is a family-friendly, history-filled, natural beauty of a neighborhood, surrounded by every convenience one might need. With great local restaurants, a large Central Market, and nearby access to Mopac, Rosedale is in the center of Austin’s action. Raquel started her family in Rosedale, and has enjoyed becoming part of its eclectic community. Raquel paints a vivid picture of the neighborhood’s charm with a whimsical purple house adorned with folk art that doubles as the neighborhood’s botanical park. The lush, towering garden, filled with flowers, fruits, and herbs, creates an enchanting sight that captivates neighbors. Dubbed “the fairy godmother of Rosedale” by the community, the homeowner warmly invites everyone in to enjoy the magical space. 

Raquel’s Rosedale Favorites

Neighbor Coffee and Friends 
Ramsey Park 
The Ten Spot
Pinthouse Pizza

Tarrytown: Mike Mogavero & Christen Lowe 

The Agency Austin | MOLO Group | | 512.580.6580 | | 281.705.7210 

Austin’s favorite new waterfront restaurant, Quince, overlooks Lake Austin with gorgeous views from the dining room or private event space

Meet Mike Mogavero, #19 Top Austin Realtor by ABJ, renowned for his representation of iconic properties and a knack for understanding a property’s emotional and financial value. He is partnered with Christen Lowe, a University of Texas Austin alum deeply rooted in Austin’s heritage, whose dedication to service and her clients’ quality of life is centered on connecting clients to elevated communities. For the MOLO group, success is about long-term relationships, curating intentional experiences, and enriching lives and legacies in the heart of Austin. 

Tarrytown is full of opportunity. Its new and upcoming projects like the Lake Austin HEB, rebuilt Casis Elementary and potential development of Lions Municipal Golf Course promise continued allure as one of the best places to invest in Austin. 

Mike admits that he is spoiled by Tarrytown, which he loves for its charm, great schools, proximity to downtown and some of the most beautiful homes in Austin, both new and historic. On a perfect day in Tarrytown, he takes his chocolate lab, Moose, to catch up with neighbors at Reed Park, his favorite local park with a creek that runs through it.

Mike & Christen’s Top Spots

Reed Park 
Laguna Gloria 
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters 
Flo’s Wine Bar 

Old Enfield: Kumara Wilcoxon 

Realtor | Super Sotheby’s International Realty | | 512.423.5035 

Kumara gazes through gorgeous vintage brass patio doors from the book house at her grand listing in Old Enfield

As the #1 independent residential realtor in Austin (recently named for the fourth year in a row by Austin Business Journal), Kumara Wilcoxon has access to the city’s most coveted luxury properties, many of which are never listed in Austin’s highly-competitive market. It is her deep understanding of the value of a real estate investment, prioritization of open communication, and her uncanny intuition to maximize returns that has proven successful for her fulfilled clients for the past twenty years. 

In Old West Austin, Kumara often represents both buyers and sellers of some of the most special properties in the city. Discreetly selling the finest homes of 78703 is one of Kumara’s specialties and her market knowledge of the neighborhood is unmatched. Developed in the early 20th century, this community carries the suave and desirable aura of old Austin charm. Homes throughout the area carry this trend, including traditional porches, columns, and stunning vintage windows and doors. Many homes preserve their grand, classic, historical exteriors while focusing modern renovations on the interior decor, accenting them with superb quality furnishings. This neighborhood is home to some of the oldest live oaks and grand landscaping in the city, incredible views of the Austin skyline, fine dining, luxury shopping and excellent schools. 

Kumara’s Top Spots

Sixth&Blanco District
Cafe Medici
Pecan Square Café
The Lagree Studio