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TRIBEZA’s Neighborhood Guide to East Austin

Explore top agents' personal favorites in these East Austin neighborhoods

austin neighborhood guide 2024

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 East Austin in this year’s TRIBEZA Neighborhood Guide.

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

East Austin | Cherrywood | Holly | Mueller

East Austin: Khani Zulu

Principal + Realtor | @Properties Christie’s International Real Estate | | 512.975.5235

Joe Diril’s Mural at 7th and Lenox featuring Gary Clark Jr. and Tameca Jones

Khani Zulu, a Texas native and UT Austin alum with a transformative stint in Los Angeles brings a creative flair to East Austin’s real estate scene. Like East Austin, Khani’s background has a blend of cultures and experiences that enable her to think outside the box when it comes to finding spaces for her clients that not only meet their needs but inspire their lifestyles.

Khani has a deep respect for the area, describing it as a vibrant, eclectic community whose rich tapestry of cultures, art, and history embodies a spirit of creativity and innovation. As it grows, it faces the challenge of balancing development with the preservation of its unique character and affordability for long-term residents, though, through thoughtful planning and community engagement, East Austin is set to remain a beacon of creativity and unity, reflecting its enduring spirit. One hidden gem particularly inspires this fashion-forward, design-savvy East-sider. She loses herself in the vivid creative expressions she finds at Canopy, a community complex that houses artists’ studios, galleries, and creative office spaces. Canopy is a vibrant experience that immerses visitors in the local art scene with regular art openings, workshops, and community events that celebrate creativity in Austin.

Khani’s East Austin Picks

Love Birds
Kitty Cohen

Cherrywood: Meghan & Erika

Meghan: Realtor | @ Properties Chritsie’s International Real Esate
Erika: Broker Associate | Compass | | 512.771.6588 | @meggersmark | 303.263.0904

Meghan & Erika enjoying coffee at their favorite local Cherrywood coffee truck, Fleet Cofee

As long-time Cherrywood residents, Meghan and Erika have a deep appreciation for the unique character and community spirit that define the neighborhood. They delight in sharing the area’s hidden treasures.

A perfect day in Cherrywood begins with a morning dog walk to Fleet Coffee, followed by a quick game at Other Racquet Social Club, where laughter and the thwack of pickleballs fill the air. For lunch, the alfresco patio of Sour Duck beckons, offering some of the city’s best sourdough and pretzels. After a leisurely meal, a stroll through the community garden of Patterson Park provides a peaceful respite. As the sun sets, the neighborhood’s dynamic dining scene comes alive. At Este, savor inventive cocktails and delicious fare. Then head to the Vortex, a local performance art theater, to enjoy thought-provoking shows and delicious pasta at Patrizi’s – second dinner, perhaps?

Cherrywood’s evolution continues to shape its vibrant future, with the recent addition of the family-friendly Red Bud Ice House and the renovation of “Blondie” Pharr Tennis Center, which further enhance the neighborhood’s appeal. Through the eyes of Erika and Meghan, Cherrywood is a neighborhood that seamlessly blends urban sophistication with a welcoming, small-town charm – a true East Austin gem.

Meghan & Erika’s Top Spots

Other Raquet Social Club
Sour Duck
Vortex Theater
Red Bud Ice House

Holly: Emily Waldmann & Megan Gallagher

Emily Waldmann & Megan Gallagher | Next Move Group | Douglas Elliman | | | 425.442.0727

Megan & Emily at their favorite wood-fired pizza joint in Austin, Bufalina on Cesar Chavez

Megan and Emily, former hospitality professionals turned real estate power duo, bring a unique blend of expertise and insight to their clients. With a background in sales and events for Bunkhouse Hotels working under Liz Lambert, they’ve honed in on many skills that serve them as agents: comfort with budgets and timelines, keen eyes for detail and opportunity, and the ability to help clients navigate major decisions and moments in their lives. This unique background and partnership have quickly earned them success, winning multiple real estate awards since teaming up in 2021, including one of the top small teams by ABJ Residential Real Estate Awards this year.

The team is passionate about Holly, a charming pocket of East Austin that they say doesn’t take itself too seriously. Its central location and vibrant atmosphere make it a standout choice for those seeking the best of East Austin. Imagining a perfect day in Holly involves morning walks along the Lady Bird Trail (the loop around the Holly Power Plant and Pleasant Valley is especially lovely and quiet), coffee at Flat Track, brunch at Launderette, and post-yoga beers and ping-pong at Lou’s. As Holly evolves, Megan and Emily anticipate exciting developments along the trail and new culinary additions like EZOV and Palm Pizza.

Next Move’s Top Spots

Flat Track
Palm Pizza
Black Swan Yoga
Fiesta Gardens

Mueller: Libby Leahy

Libby Leahy | Real Estate Advisor | Compass | | 917.816.2940

Libby at Colleen’s Kitchen, one of the many extraordinary restaurant options in walkable Mueller

Cutting her teeth in the New York City condo market, Libby quickly learned to excel in complex negotiations and building relationships with hard-driving developers, skills that led her to achieve remarkable growth in the highly competitive market in Austin. With a friendly, yet direct approach, her adaptability shines in off-market collaborations, new home builds, and navigating complexities in luxury real estate throughout Austin.

Libby loves Mueller, which used to be the site of Austin’s original airport and has been transformed into an incredible mixed-use, urban-suburban neighborhood just east of the University of Texas and super close to Downtown. The neighborhood has 140 acres of green space and tons of conveniences for modern living. It is known for being incredibly kid-friendly, with many parks, two pools, multiple family restaurants, a Sunday farmer’s market, and KUTX’s “Rock the Park” concert series in late spring. A big draw for families to Mueller is the popular children’s museum, the Thinkery, which, unbeknownst to many, has a preschool! Libby adores the teachers, staff, and convenience of Little Thinkers Preschool, where both of her children attended preschool.

Libby’s Mueller Favorites

Dish Society
Lick Honest Ice Creams
Aviator Pizza
Colleen’s Kitchen
Lady Quackenbush’s Cakery
L’Oca d’Oro