Austin Neighborhood Guide 2020
Guest Editors, Creative Direction & Design by Amber Perley & Ashton Perley
Photography, Amber Perley | Graphic Design & Illustration, Ashton Perley
They say home is where the heart is. During these unprecedented times, we appreciate the role our homes and neighborhoods play in our lives now more than ever. Our homes are the havens that provide safety, bring together family, and grow love. Our neighborhoods are the communities that nourish friendship, lend strength, and reinforce our resilience. This unique edition of the neighborhood guide gives a glimpse into the neighborhoods that are the foundation of the Austin community. No one appreciates them more than the Realtors who help make a house a home for so many here. Meet Austin’s top realtors as they share their favorite places to Eat, Drink, Shop and Play!
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512.531.1805 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracy Picone, Beth Carter & Stacy Wiltshire
Tracy moved to Austin in 2002 with her husband, Dr. Mark Picone, and their three daughters who graduated from Westlake High School. Being raised in a family furniture business, Tracy has been helping people in their homes since she was a teenager. Her business/marketing degree from the University of Michigan, and 40 years of sales experience, have proven to be an ideal combination for success. Tracy has been a member of Elite 25 and Luxury League.
email@example.com | 512.573.8851 | tracypicone.com
Beth and her husband, Shelby Carter MD, arrived in Austin in 1990, and immediately took up residence in Westlake, where they raised their three children. Beth 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.
firstname.lastname@example.org | 512.799.7427 | bethcarteraustin.com
Stacy and her husband, Brent, have been Westlake residents since 1991 and very active in the Eanes community with four kids attending the Eanes ISD and 3 Westlake Grads so far. Stacy has seen first-hand the growth and transformation of the area. Her business degree, paired with her professional and personal experience, make Stacy indispensable in the transaction and transition of buying and selling homes.
email@example.com | 512.423.1170 | stacywiltshirerealestate.com
We love our Westlake Grads! 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011(2), 2013, 2017(2) and 2022!
Westlake High School ranks 40th in the state and TOP in our hearts. Westlake just celebrated its 50th year anniversary and won its Second State Championship in Football – GO CHAPS!
Having a local hardware store for all your real estate makeready needs is key!
Why would you go anywhere else? The price, the selection and the personal attention is unmatched!
Westlake loves Honey Ham. Thanks to Trent, Rob, and all the staff. A favorite before or afterschool hangouts.
Their outdoor patio is the perfect place to catch up with friends and family.
Cava is the new kid on the block – Welcome! We really appreciate the online ordering and curbside pickup availability!
This place is a neighborhood staple, where you are truly treated like family. Be prepared when you walk in to see everyone you know!
Personal and group training at its best in a private setting. We love the rare crushed granite running track in the back!
In addition to a full interior design studio, their store is so cute.
Kevin’s legacy began at the age of 22 when he founded Urbanspace Real Estate. Today, 20 years later, his entrepreneurial drive continues to flourish as he prepares to open his new 15,000-square-foot office and furniture showroom downtown at the base of The Independent. Kevin’s zest for Austin and the urban lifestyle fuels his vision for his business that has 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 Residences, The Independent and 44 East Ave. Kevin is an urban community advocate and an active contributor to the Shoal Creek Conservancy and Waterloo Greenway, while also giving back by mentoring young talent through Entrepreneurs’ Organization Austin. True to his roots, Kevin remains actively involved in real estate, topping $1 billion in sales throughout his career and earning Austin Business Journal’s Top Realtor award in 2020. The keys to his success are the relationships he builds with his clients and his genuine commitment to building a thriving, people-centric community in downtown Austin.
firstname.lastname@example.org | 512.848.8722 | urbanspacelifestyle.com
Huge lawn across from Lady Bird Lake ideal for meeting up with friends and letting the dogs play or better yet grab an ice cream sandwich from the Baked Bear.
Perfect place to run, walk or bike in the heart of the city!
Whole Foods & Trader Joe’s
Both easy walks within the Seaholm District to grab groceries or a quick bite. And flowers for the wife 😉
Decadent Italian dining in the heart of downtown Austin. Best steak in town.
Best interior Mexican restaurant in downtown paired with incredible interior design.
One word: good. Their food truck on 6th is a go-to for breakfast tacos.
Awesome spot for dinner in a cool atmosphere. Love the bar side of the restaurant, Kalimotxo!
World class music venue in an intimate setting. Great for date night!
Our new 15,000 square foot showroom is coming soon at the base of The Independent! Elegant, modern furnishings curated by our talented interior design team.
Carl Shurr is an experienced 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 more than a decade. A recent client had the following to say about Carl, “Not only is Carl a pleasure to work with, but he leaves no stone unturned. With his unparalleled knowledge of the neighborhoods he serves, his ability to navigate the sensitive and complex environment of selling a home is the best you will find.”
email@example.com | 512.944.5977 | carlshurr.kuperrealty.com
The best pizza in Austin! Their 78704 location is an Austin landmark and the fun vibe is an integral part of the South Congress Avenue scene. Insider tip…try their subs…they are outstanding!
The perfect hotel for friends and family visiting Austin who want to experience the South Austin lifestyle. Great walkability to all of the shops and restaurants along South Congress Avenue. And, the hotel’s swanky, cool lounge is one of the best places in the neighborhood for an evening cocktail.
This classic Italian bistro and restaurant is one of my personal favorite places in Austin. Dinner, lunch, pizza, desserts and espresso…casual or all dressed up you simply can’t go wrong.
YETI’s flagship store is the perfect place to take your friends and family visiting Austin! This restored historic 1930’s warehouse is a fun place to visit and find the perfect gift from your Austin trip.
My favorite lunch spot in Travis Heights! Lots of healthy options and if that’s not your thing, they have a cheeseburger to die for.
Travis Heights’ close proximity to Lady Bird Lake, or Town Lake to long-time Austinites, is one of my favorite reasons for living inthe area. Running, biking, walking, paddleboarding…it’s all just a short walk from Travis Heights.
A classy loft-like atmosphere at this modern bar & grill in the Travis Heights and South Congress Avenue area. Great cocktails, a nice covered patio and the perfect place for a leisurely five star dinner.
Fresh organic fruits and vegetables, local eggs and meat, ample supplies and a nicely curated wine selection. Everything you need when you’re in a hurry. And, the super-friendly staff make this place a fun weekly stop if you live in the neighborhood.
The jewel of Travis Heights…this little known, but spacious park is perfect for a morning walk with your furry friend or a quick outdoor workout and swim. Be sure to walk under the Monroe St. bridge along Blunn Creek.
Maybe the best patio in Austin for dinner overlooking the action on South Congress Ave.
Anna Morrison Lee, a fourth generation Austin resident, has always embraced her family’s core belief in service. You will immediately realize, she brings this dedication to every transaction. Strong community ties were reinforced at an early age with St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, O. Henry Middle School and Austin High School. She obtained a BS degree from Louisiana State University in Elementary Education and a LMSW from the University of Texas.
Establishing her career in real estate, Anna’s performance and client focus placed her in the top 2% of Austin agents within her first year. Anna puts her extensive networks, strategic knowledge and people skills to work for you. In Anna’s personal life, her and her husband Matthew live in Central Austin with their two daughters. They established and own the nationally acclaimed Teo Gelato and Espresso and enjoy time with friends and family.
firstname.lastname@example.org | 512.968.6419 | annamorrisonlee.com
20 years in business offering an impeccably curated selection of clothing, shoes, accessories, fine and fashion jewelry, and home decor.
Yoga classes for all levels.
A contemporary men and women’s clothing store located in Casis Shopping Center, clothing, accessories, shoes.
Ideal take out offering prime meats, party trays, and they even offer catering services.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Always full of energy and a great place to meet friends.
A holistic approach to skin and body, facials, massages and items to purchase.
Go-to place for stationery, gifts, and a one stop shop to personalize anything from baby to college graduation gifts.
Apparel, accessories and home decor. Susan has also created a space where they offer yoga, book readings and other community events.
An Austinite who has the best taste and will design residential as well as commercial. Leigh also has a store front offering gifts, furniture and accessories.
A place that holds fond memories for me going way back when they had the soda fountain and were in Tarrytown Center. Tarrytown Pharmacy continues to offer everything you need from paper goods to pharmacy needs.
Born into the real estate industry, Mark followed his parents’ footsteps and got his real estate license in 1991. Dedicated to providing a high level of service and professionalism with creative and innovative marketing has given him the distinction of having an impressive roster of repeat and referral clients over the years. Mark has lived in Central Austin for over 32 years and loves all this town has to offer. He wants all of his clients to know that they can trust him with everything from their real estate needs to restaurant recommendations.
email@example.com | 512.771.7177 | markfmoore.com
Quintessential Austin date night spot and my favorite Bolognese in the city.
A quaint Italian restaurant in the heart of Clarksville, a great spot to grab a glass of wine and a pizza at any time of the day.
The new kid in town replacing Zocalo, they have a full bar and some of the best tacos in town. A great happy hour or quick lunch spot.
Perfect spot for an after-work martini, we walk our dog there and sit outside on the patio.
Local pet store that is my go-to spot for healthy pet products, food, and toys.
Pick up anything you might need from their pharmacy and stay for an old-school milkshake. The perfect cheat day treat.
I try and always make time to get a buff on my nails and have a mini spa moment.
A great local grocery store where I pick up some premade sides for dinner or even a fresh-made sandwich at lunch.
A fresh new look on an Austin classic, Swedish Hill fills its cases with delicious pastries, sandwiches, artisanal charcuterie, and hearty salads. The perfect easy Sunday morning spot.
We just grabbed some new plants for our home there, it’s a great local spot with plants, pots, and even compost tea.
Five years into her real estate career, Jennifer has been blessed to be one of the top producers in the ever-evolving Austin real estate market. As an agent at Gottesman Residential, she has surrounded herself with people whose work ethic, integrity, reputation and knowledge of the growing Austin landscape continue to set the industry bar. She is grateful for the opportunity to continue to work with incredible people and prides herself in bringing the highest level of professionalism and service to each of her client relationships.
Jennifer loves being able to call 78704 home and can often be found running through the Zilker streets on her way to Barton Springs or Zilker Park. The walkability of the neighborhood to Alamo Drafthouse and countless restaurants, accessibility to some of Austin’s most revered outdoor attractions, and friendly neighbors set this Austin hood apart from the rest.
firstname.lastname@example.org | 512.431.3110 | jenniferwelchaustin.com
Whether running my dog Gypsy, playing beach volleyball at sunset, reading a book under the trees, or listening to music at ACL or Blues on the Green, Zilker Park is one of my favorite parts about Austin.
Best barre studio in Austin and in my opinion the most challenging. All levels welcome! It’s such a great community too!
Favorite hole in the wall Austin staple for live music and incredible acoustic performances on a nightly basis.
Perfect way to wake up!
Fabulous food, ciders, and live music! Even better ambiance!
Golden milk matcha, avocado toast, and sausage taco made on Siete tortillas…to.die.for.
Gorgeous finds at great prices!
Big box office or small independent films, this movie theater has it all, complete with an Austin-edgy vibe and a Carnivore pizza you won’t forget.
Healthy, feel good, and delicious restaurant. The Salmon Poke and margarita are hard to beat!
Dara & Todd Allen
The Dara Allen Luxury Group celebrates more than 20 years of luxury real estate experience in Austin and in Los Angeles’ celebrity-driven market. Founded by Dara and Todd Allen, the Group stays at the top of Austin’s burgeoning real estate market with a combination of real estate, financial and entertainment industry relationships and a commitment to an outstanding level of service. They excel in many of Austin’s premier residential areas including Barton Creek, Westlake, Pemberton, Tarrytown, and Lake Travis.
Dara, a Broker Associate and Director of Luxury Sales at Compass, has been a fixture in Austin real estate for two decades. She is a multiple-time recipient, and Board Member, of Austin’s Elite 25, which celebrates Austin’s top producers. She brings a vast knowledge of real estate and extensive experience working with builders, as well as in resale properties. Todd brings a wealth of experience as a long-time film industry executive, actor and producer, and a comprehensive knowledge of brand, imagery and advertising as the former owner of a marketing company. He is a fourth-generation Austinite and alumnus of the University of Texas.
dara allen | email@example.com | 512-296-7090
todd allen | firstname.lastname@example.org | 310-426-0022 | compass.com/daraallenluxurygroup
A great Asian-inspired menu with a great view of Downtown from the upper patio area.
Foodies can enjoy patio dining with Hill Country views and wines on tap!
A nearby top of the line cinema and restaurant experience. Luxurious recliner seats compliment a full bar and food service.
A nearby casual clothing and shoe store that is extremely popular with locals.
Catering to the clientele that loves fine and faux jewelry, cutting edge clothing, exceptional handbags and unique gifts.
A classic steakhouse comes to Barton Creek.
A nearby 227-acre preserve for walks and nature.
A wonderful environment complete with a luxury spa, restaurants, swimming pool, tennis and access to World Class Golf.
Where Austinites and visitors go for fun and recreation on the water.
The Barton Creek Country Club offers 4 distinct master-designed golf courses. One designed by Arnold Palmer, one by Ben Crenshaw, one by Tom Fazio and one by Bill Coore.
Despite being a transplant to the city in 2012, Chris feels right at home in the Austin area. As a downtown resident, he has the luxury to explore all of the surrounding neighborhoods at his convenience. He loves that Austin is still a “big-little city” and through his work he can explore everything from new development projects on the East Side to waterfront properties on Lake Travis all in the same day. When he’s not running around town with clients, he enjoys hiking with his rescue dog, Chip, training for triathlons, and of course sampling all of the best local restaurants and cocktail bars around town. His favorite quality of Austin is the ability to see familiar faces wherever he goes. As a local expert, Chris would love to help you land in the perfect neighborhood for your lifestyle.
email@example.com | 440.708.3381 | chriskingatx.com
Sip your glass of wine and enjoy the Italian cuisine from the upstairs terrace overlooking the patio.
An Austin favorite, I’d personally recommend the Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes!
One of the best Happy Hour meals in Austin…my advice: try everything!
Pub and Brewery Head here for a good craft beer that’s made on site.
A fun place to see a unique show, in an even more unique environment.
Quick stop for some local coffee or tea!
An upscale garden cafe, known for their incredible (and addicting) chocolate chip cookies!
Walk the dog and take in all of the massive oaks, cedar elms, hickories, and red oaks.
Swing by for a casual lunch or dinner with a great glass of vino.
Thin crust pizza done right.
As both a realtor and licensed architect, Ed Hughey offers a unique perspective on Austin real estate. The creative lens through which he views residential properties, paired with a comprehensive understanding of Central Austin neighborhoods and markets, allow him to successfully guide his clients every step of the way. Ed’s holistic approach is advantageous in a fast-paced Austin market. Originally from the Northeast, Ed moved to Austin in 2003 to pursue his Masters in Architecture at the University of Texas. He was immediately drawn to the energy and vibrancy of the East Side, where he has since been a longtime resident. He currently lives in the East Cesar Chavez/Holly neighborhood where he and his wife, Valerie, found and restored a classic 1930’s bungalow, adding their own modern twists. You will often see Ed walking the trail, getting a caffeine fix at one of the many coffee joints, or enjoying the wide variety of offerings at his favorite East Side eateries.
firstname.lastname@example.org | 512.940.0950 | edhughey.com | @edhugheyatx
For me, a taco is only as good as its tortilla, and the Nixta crew makes incredible corn tortillas from scratch daily.
A truly unique East Side spot located in the ultra-modern Arrive Hotel. Come here for fun, bright and exciting flavors.
A well-designed space that serves all the pickled condiments you’d expect from your local Korean joint.
We love strolling over to this park, located along Lady Bird Lake, for great Austin events like the Hot Sauce Fest, Cinco de Mayo, Texas Craft Brewers Festival, and much more.
An Austin classic with an easy-going atmosphere and delicious Tex-Mex. Get the fajitas and some biscuits for the table.
A great spot to do work, hold a meeting, or relax while enjoying the beautiful space and fantastic coffee.
With a distinct neighborhood vibe, this is our go-to spot for happy hour or al fresco dining. Share the whole Branzino, it’s delicious.
A cozy cantina that focuses on Mezcal-based cocktails. Try the Agave Negroni for a smokey twist on a classic.
Friendly staff, great bar food, and an incredible whiskey collection. Visit during Halloween when it transforms into Moe’s Tavern.
Just a few blocks from home, my go-to studio to kickstart the day with friendly and talented instructors.
Nicole has quickly become a top influencer among brokers, and consistently ranks in the top 5% of agents in the Austin real estate market. She prides herself on integrity, passion, hard work, and open communication. As a native to Central Texas, Nicole has seen Austin transform over the years and she holds a special place in her heart for areas like Hyde Park, where the homes are known for their long-time charm and timeless architectural influences. Beyond Nicole’s knowledge and area expertise, client and network relationships are the basis of her success. Nicole is supported by her loving husband and children, the support of her fully licensed real estate team and her clients. These relationships are the foundation that allows her to continue to take her business to the next level year after year.
Nicole@LegacyRealEstateGrp.com | 512.653.9999 | LegacyRealEstateGrp.com
Shipe Park has thrived in Hyde Park and been a staple in the area since the late 1920’s! Many of my clients enjoy the beautiful two acre park and pool-especially on a summer day.
It holds a special place in my heart, for years the bakery has been a go-to for my father and me. Years later and now my two children visit the bakery along with me. This is a Hyde Park gem we can all count on.
What is more Austin than a local restaurant opened by a UT Alum? In 1982 Bick Brown saw the potential of a run-down old home on Duval. The menu is eclectic and fun, combining comfort food with bistro fare and vegetarian options. Since 1982 this landmark has been going strong.
Pizza, pints, pool and pinball – along with a jukebox playing post-punk and gotta rock.
The gym is known for their family atmosphere, friendly staff, superb personal trainers & diverse clientele. This gym is pridefully a complete ‘minimalist gym’.
A full service retail and instructional arts glass studio with a state of the art flame working studio complete with torches and annealing kilns. Come by for a class or to order a custom piece.
The historic home and studio of the iconic Elisabet Ney, a world renowned sculpture who moved to Austin in 1882. Celebrate her history and art with family friendly events, or to simply wander around on a warm summer day.
Find yourself here to see the ever-mutating collection of original art and limited edition screen prints, vinyl and collectibles.
Founded in 1991, the theater is an arts center which develops writers, designers, directors and actors from within the Austin community.
A stunning 10-acre retreat, this iconic Estate simply cannot be overlooked. I have patiently awaited the opening and can’t wait to sip on the “Hyde Park” cocktail. A glamorous social hub and exquisite jewel of architecture all in one.
As a long time real estate professional, Nanette’s 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. Nanette’s entire reason for moving to Austin was the music. “When I was 12, my cool Aunt Libby took my brother and me out to see a bunch of bands all over town. We both swore we would get here as soon as we could.” She now lives in South Austin and is raising two children. She adores the area and all it has to offer in terms of culture, music, art, family, fun, and beauty. Her passions (besides music and houses) are yoga, finding amazing vegan food, her dogs, Toby and Carrot, and supporting her favorite non-profits. A breast cancer survivor since 2010, a portion of all Nanette’s commissions are donated to the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Texas, or to HAAM (The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians).
email@example.com | 512.965.6339 | compass.com/agents/nanette-labastida
A neighborhood convenience store with a fun twist, gourmet items, local gifts, amazing selection of beer & wine, grab and go snacks and more.
It’s always fun to shop at Central Market with its incredible produce and gourmet products, as well as a great wellness section and delicious cafe. They often have live music in the cafe which makes for a great family evening out.
One of the best vegan food trailers in Austin, located right in the parking lot of The Four Five. I’m obsessed with their Buffalo Bowl and the Frito Burrito is a must try!
Plenty of parking, big enough to have all your fresh farmer’s market needs, yet small enough to see everyone you know, also has music and kid’s yoga!
This park has great trails for walking and jogging, a pool as well as tennis and basketball courts.
This is how we brunch in 78745, the friendliest service, fresh, delicious brunch for everyone and quality coffee. Gluten free and vegan options and people tell me that the pancakes are incredible!
A new and welcome addition to Westgate, they offer a wide range of yoga for all levels, they had big shoes to fill and I’m so happy they did.
Walking in Western Trails
I love checking out the midcentury houses in the small section of Western Trails, everyone is friendly and the homes are gorgeous.
The best new addition to our neighborhood, the legendary Quack’s just opened with delicious coffee and some of the very best baked goods in town. Lots of parking, lots of seating, and live music to come.
Donation based quality flow yoga, the 6:00 am classes are my favorite!
Katy is a native Texan and Veteran Realtor. Living in Austin for the last 26 years with most of those years in Circle C Ranch and Southwest Austin. She is also a partner in Key Custom Homes. This partnership gives her the expert knowledge of construction to assist her clients in the building process, with a keen eye for details that are needed She focuses on making the real estate process as smooth as possible by not just being a realtor but also being an advocate and advisor. She is always transparent and accountable to her clients, being their partner through the journey to help them find their dream home. Due to the highly competitive market, she understands the importance of timing and focus. Her passion is to assist her clients to hunt for their new homes as strategically and efficiently as possible. Katy loves helping her clients discover the community she has grown to know and love.
CircleCkaty.firstname.lastname@example.org | 512.695.6347 | compass.com/agents/katy-hunt
Locally-owned and a neighborhood staple. A must stop for homemade ice cream or non-dairy sorbet.
Upon completion, the 30-mile trail will be the longest of its kind in Central Texas. The trail will connect natural areas to neighborhoods, shopping centers, and Lady Bird Wildflower Center.
This neighborhood spot has all you need! HEB, Starbucks, District Kitchen, Cleaners, Waterloo Ice House, Tomlinson’s, Satellite Cafe and more!
Entertainment fun without leaving the neighborhood. Be sure and checkout 400 Rabbits while there in the lobby for a snack and refreshment.
Located in the heart of Circle C, this park includes disc golf, volleyball and basketball courts, playground, fields and 5.9 miles of trails to enjoy!
This club is located on160 beautiful acres filled with oak trees and views. Although a public facility owned by the City of Austin; there are memberships available for both golf and tennis.
This path is a paved, 3-mile bicycle and inline skate exclusive path. It is a favorite outdoor amenity of the neighborhood.
A new addition to the neighborhood and provides all your Tex-Mex needs.
This adorable boutique is your one-stop-shop for all your gifting needs! Stop by and say hello to owners Jeanne and Melissa.
The Wildflower Center is the Botanic Garden of Texas. Enjoy outdoor events, classes, volunteer and special events. It is truly one of the neighborhood and city’s crown jewels.
Khani Zulu & Michelle Hendrix
For years, Khani Zulu and Michelle Hendrix with Compass Residential Real Estate have gravitated to the South Lamar corridor for local flavors, Texan tunes and relaxing moments spent with family and friends. They fondly recall a time when Maria’s Taco Express was the tiniest taco trailer in South Austin, drawing in hoards of hungry locals. Even Odd Duck, as grand as it is now, had its moment as a petite food truck serving up delicate pork belly sliders to inquisitive foodies with curious palates. Witnessing the evolution of their South Lamar playground, Khani and Michelle proudly serve as ambassadors of this gorgeous locale–from celebrating with friends and clients alike at Aviary and The Golden Goose, to collaborative meetings set amongst the casual patio of Gibson Street Bar, they truly live to showcase the charming delights of South Lamar’s finest. They thrive in South Austin and appreciate every chance they get to represent clients here and in neighboring communities like Barton Hills, Western Trails and beyond.
email@example.com | 512.436.0640 | hendrixzulugroup.com
An ‘Old Austin’ favorite for boot scootin’ in true Texas style! Arrive early for free dance lessons and stay late for some amazing local live music talent while practicing your new country dance moves.
A must on your“Old Austin” to-do list! Matt’s Famous El Rancho has been serving authentic Mexican fare to Austinites since 1952. Summer isn’t complete without a day on their patio sipping margaritas.
The perfect ‘morning after’ spot for some of the best breakfast tacos from “South Austin’s Taco Queen,” Maria Corbalan. We love treating our clients to Sunday brunch with live music on their patio.
One of our favorites on South Lamar! Food truck turned brick- and-mortar restaurant from highly acclaimed chef Bryce Gilmore of Barley Swine. We love their local and seasonal menu which is ever changing! Don’t forget to order one of their barrel aged cocktails, as well!
Dinner, drinks and a movie! Can’t go wrong with a night out at this local favorite. Their food is outstanding, the seats are comfortable, and they strictly enforce their no cell phone policy during the movie!
Wonderful wine and cheese bar great for a casual but elegant night out! The wine list is inspired by which celebrity their personality resembles. Perfect happy hour spot for girls night!
Excellent local bar for a casual date or some good ol’ fashioned weekend day-drinking with friends. Gibson’s cocktail selection and well-priced wine bubbles are available by the bottle too!
Art without pretense. A “100% local, affordable and accessible art gallery,” Austin Art Garage makes it possible for anyone, even the poor college student, to become a collector!
Killer food from Austin chefs Tyson Cole (Uchi) and Aaron Franklin (Franklin Barbecue). The patio seating is spacious, and their happy hour is one of our absolute favorites.
One of the newest and most fun spots on South Lamar, this beer garden and eatery is for all ages! Take the entire family out for a game of pickleball!
Wade returned to his native Texas and put down roots in Austin in 2013. Determined to make his mark on one of the nation’s hottest real estate markets, Wade decided to pursue his true calling and landed a position at Moreland Properties, where his boundless optimism and indefatigable work ethic continue to fuel this rising star. His commitment to his clients, love for his profession, and personal approach to real estate have given Wade an edge in a highly competitive industry and allowed him to transact over $100 million in residential real estate sales in just his first five years as an agent. When he’s not helping clients find their dream homes, Wade volunteers his time on the Board of Directors for Ballet Austin and is a tireless advocate for placing dogs with their forever homes. In his downtime, Wade enjoys traveling; hosting pool and dinner parties; competing with his show horse, Sherlock (Reserve World Champion 2019); and hiking with his rescue dogs, Sport and Bill.
firstname.lastname@example.org | 512.808.6756 | wadeatx.com
A gorgeous property surrounded by lush landscaping, Mattie’s dinner and brunch menus are perfection if you’re craving a little southern fare. Did I mention they have resident peacocks?
Designed in Austin and sustainably made in the US, Esby is all about comfort and wearability, which is all we need during summer in Austin.
A haven for healing since the mid-80s, this hidden gem off Mary Street has all the natural tools you could need to revive or maintain optimum health.
This is a must for Thai food enthusiasts. Make sure to try their homemade gluten-free bakery items and vegan ice cream. I bet you won’t taste the difference!
Thankful for this wide-open outdoor beer garden now more than ever! The pizza is still some of
the best in town.
A little slice of plant heaven at the corner of South First and Mary. You won’t leave Frond empty-handed, and your home will be better for it!
The quintessential Austin dessert shop! The owner studied the art of gelato-making in Italy and it’s SO GOOD. I recommend trying their new Hazelnut spread.
Mix it up and swap some of those daily walks for bike rides! Staying active and spending time outside has never been more important. Let their knowledgeable staff help you pick the perfect ride.
Let’s get you home and then call on Sharp’s to get those locks switched out!
Summer Moon’s original location is all about the Austin vibe and nothing will ever compare to their wood-fire roasted coffee.
A longtime resident of Austin, Diane has an intimate knowledge of the city, a true love of architecture and a keen eye for design. With this in mind, she capitalized on her extensive sales, marketing and business background to transition into a career in residential real estate in 2014. In a very short time, she has been able to establish herself as an extremely knowledgeable and trusted advisor in the luxury sector of the market. A consistent top producer, Diane prides herself on providing her clients with the highest level of service, professionalism and discretion. With her dedicated work ethic, in-depth market knowledge and attention to detail in every aspect, she is able to skillfully guide her clients through the process of buying or selling.
email@example.com | 512.413.9406 | moreland.com/agents/13071-diane-humphreys
A boutique studio offering group or private sessions. Lori and her amazing team of instructors make it easy and fun to be dedicated to a regular practice.
Iconic urban park in Central Austin. I love enjoying the peaceful and shady trails for walking or cycling.
Jeffrey’s sister restaurant. Great for dining al fresco on the casual patio or front lawn. Perfect for breakfast meetings too.
A true Austin classic. I’m totally addicted to their fresh roasted coffee beans. My morning routine simply wouldn’t be the same without it. Plus, I always love visiting with their super friendly staff.
A favorite spot to stop by for a drink or a bite to eat. Wonderful menu with many locally sourced ingredients. Cozy bar and lovely dining room.
Truly an Austin institution and part of our community for over 40 years. I’ve been shopping there since I was a student at The University of Texas.
Quintessential neighborhood spot. So nice to walk or ride a bike here and enjoy a meal on the beautiful patio. Don’t miss their famous chocolate chip cookies.
I love the sophisticated minimalist styles that are carefully curated in their designer mix. Wendi and her staff are incredible stylists.
Simply the coolest eyewear in town. Find the best selection of frames and ready-to-wear sunglasses.
Get ready for a challenging but fun workout. MOD incorporates an athletic approach to barre-based workouts. Awesome instructors with a true passion for fitness and people.
Serendipity. That’s what brought Meredith to Austin. She adores her adopted city because of its unique intersection of quality of life, amazing people, cost of living, and an extraordinary blend of arts, culture, food, and outdoor living. Meredith appreciates a career that enables her to share this enthusiasm with her clients, whether you’re relocating, buying your first home, moving within the Austin area, or looking for investment properties. Her winning combination of business acumen, tenacity, approachability, and focus on her clients have enabled her to build a strong referral network. Meredith is committed to an exceptional client experience, so it’s no surprise that she has been recognized as one of the ABJ’s top realtors.
firstname.lastname@example.org | 512.969.1260 | meredithalderson.com
The perfect place to run into neighbors, walk your dog, and let your kids run free.
The place every neighborhood should have. Grab a cup of coffee, pastries, or lunch. You are guaranteed to find conversation.
Ridge Oak Reservoir Park
The ultimate secret park in Austin. Situated above the Bright Leaf Preserve with uninterrupted views of the Texas Hill Country.
Dating back to the 1800’s, Camp Mabry is the home of the Texas Military Forces Museum and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Don’t miss the fishing pond!
A locally-owned family restaurant where you are sure to find lots of neighbors catching up over brunch (don’t miss the bowl of bacon!), lunch, dinner or just dessert. Chez Zee will make everyone in your group happy.
While not exactly in Highland Park– it’s a great walk from the neighborhood. Considered the highest point in Austin at 775 ft, it offers great views of Lake Austin, downtown, UT, the Hill Country and incredible sunsets. Climb the 102 stairs to the top or take the trail up.
Walk the hills off of Crestway and Ridge Oak to catch some spectacular city and 40-acre views while taking in the varied architecture of the great homes in the neighborhood. The perfect mix of new and old coexisting like it was always meant to be.
A Highland Park institution founded in 1949. Pretty much every child in the neighborhood spends time at Crenshaws.
Home of the Scotties! This campus is connected to Perry Park and offers not only an amazing community of families but lots of green space for everyone to enjoy.
Don’t miss this beautiful winding drive through the neighborhood with mature trees and beautiful homes.
Tammie is a true Lake LBJ waterfront expert. Her love and inspiration comes from living on Lake LBJ full time. She knows the lake and all of its nuances and living lake life provides Tammie with a wonderful sense of joy and well-being…her true happy place in the world. As the No.1 Luxury Waterfront Realtor in the Highland Lakes, she loves finding and selling those perfect places so families have the opportunity to bond and make memories that will last a lifetime, while being an awesome investment opportunity. Always willing to share her enthusiasm, Tammie provides the advantage of local knowledge and the level of service her clients so richly deserve.
Tammie.Bennett@KuperSir.com I 830.265.0550 | TammieBennett.KuperRealty.com
Nothing better than to hop in the boat and run 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!
Great American food and drinks in a quaint, relaxing atmosphere. The building happens to be the house used in the original 1974 film classic “Texas Chain Saw Massacre.”
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.
A nature preserve that showcases the flora and fauna of Lake Buchanan and provides a refuge for the endangered American Bald Eagle. Featuring many nature programs and outdoor activities.
From yoga classes to massages from acupuncture to facials Sana Vida provides a warm, safe sanctuary for self rejuvenation and an overall well being experience.
One of the best swimming holes in Texas, known for diving off the rock cliffs into the deep waterhole below. At your own risk, of course!
Lakeside charm with a downtown flair. So fun to walk and shop all the beautiful local shops. I especially love to stop into Choccolatte’s for the best homemade English Toffee ever!
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.
Still my favorite antique store ever. You never know what wonderful treasures await you there, including a quaint tea room.
To me there is no better day than a day on Lake LBJ. Whether you’re power boating, water skiing, fishing or cruising along on your paddle board, spending a day on the lake will refresh your spirit.
Broker Jimmy Gilmore, also known as Mr. Rosedale, has been matching people with that “just right” home for nearly 30 years. He entered the Austin real estate market after he and his wife bought and remodeled their first home in the Rosedale neighborhood in 1989. The experience inspired him to dedicate his professional focus in the Central Austin housing market and old homes, culminating a true expertise. Jimmy offers an aggressive, up-to-date understanding of current property values, how to prepare a home to maximize value (decorating, improvements, and staging), which properties are solid investments, and a true assessment of the quality of construction. He enjoys a reputation, and a well-deserved pride, for the level of attention, honesty and care he brings his clients.
email@example.com | 512.657.8671 | jimmygilmore.com
I will NEVER turn down great Mexican food! Side note: my brothers Jack Gilmore of Jack Allen’s Kitchen and Ralph Gilmore of Turf & Surf Po’ Boy make the best tacos in town – hands down!
A true gem in Central Austin. Walk there with the family for groceries or a meal at Central Market, have the kids play on the playscape or walk around the pond and check out the wildlife!
I love to go here for breakfast food and bring it back to the house to surprise my daughter. She says they have the best flour tortillas in the world!
A fabulous place to get your exercise in by walking along the creek especially after a heavier rain.
Great service, wonderful food and great atmosphere. Their coconut cake is to die for!
Owned by long time Rosedale residents who love all things animal.
I met Yoli and Orlando, owners of Taco Shack many moons ago – great people! Their hard work definitely equals a great success story.
Need gas or a cold drink on a hot day, then this is the place to go. You’ll even get great conversation with the owner.
Best place to go for coffee and a scone when you have a morning meeting.
I spent countless hours at Ramsey Park on the swingset and slide when my son was little – I can still hear him saying: “higher Daddy, higher!” Incredible memories that will last a lifetime.
Jeff Burke & Kristen Fojtik
With 35 years of combined real estate experience, Kristen and Jeff are one of Realty Austin’s top producing teams. Calling the neighborhood of Lost Creek her home for the last 5 years, Kristen can think of no better place for her children to be part of a close community and Jeff, who lives in Central Austin, has generational ties to Austin. Their mutual respect for one another is the foundation of their partnership, allowing them to provide their clients with a level of professionalism and industry expertise that exceeds every expectation.
firstname.lastname@example.org | 512.364.1131 | realtyaustin.com/agents/Fojtik-Burke-Group
Our favorite healthy place for smoothies and juice. An Austin original and they have something for everyone.
Always a go-to for date night, lunch with friends, dinner with family or even a business meeting. We love their broad menu and outdoor patio nestled under sprawling oak trees.
A laid back, casual club environment that offers memberships from the social level to tennis and golf.
How can you go wrong with yummy tacos? The Westlake location has a large outdoor seating area and plenty of parking.
Lost Creek has multiple access points to this beautiful Austin oasis. It’s the perfect place to swim, hike, walk the dog or people watch. You can escape for the entire day or just get a little fresh air.
Our local spot for fun t-shirts, swimsuits, shoes and casual clothing. You can find everything you need here to be stylish during the Texas summers.
With over 40 years as an Austin tradition, The County Line offers Texas-style smoked barbecue with one of our favorite patio views of the nearby hill country.
Escape for a charming overnight stay in the Hill Country or simply enjoy a farm-to-table meal in their cafe which is open to the public. Great brunch spot!
Located beside The Grove, this locally owned shop has delicious pastries, great coffee, espresso, wine and beer. Be sure to try their Lavender Latte.
Need some fun retail therapy? We love this eclectic boutique that offers service with a smile. So many options for gifts (adults & kids), clothing and decor. Pop in for a quick gift or browse to your heart’s content.
A Boston transplant, Adam has been enjoying the great city of Austin since 2009. Adam is an interesting mix of East Coast hustle and Southern hospitality. With more than ten years of real estate experience and over 600 completed transactions, he is experienced 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 client’s 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! He resides in Westover Hills and loves the scenic, wide streets where he can frequently be seen on scooter rides with his girls. He is passionate about sports, food, music and spending quality time with his friends and family.
email@example.com | 512.820.4918 | zellteam.com
Fun to explore with friends, family or pet.
High end salon for all your beauty needs.
Classes, massages & more. The staff is very friendly and professional.
Great newer addition to the hood – tasty food and solid variety!
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 democrat.
Love working at Galaxy (good internet connection), friendly staff, and plenty of food options. MY go-to is the grilled chicken chipotle wrap (on a spinach wrap), add avocado.
Legit spot for your four-legged friends.
Since 1980, the original and best Philly Cheesesteak in Austin. Big talk, but worth checking out for yourself!
Love this place (so do my daughters), especially on a hot summer day!
Nice tennis courts (4) and pool is great. Wonderful place to spend time with friends and family (membership required).
Scott Michaels has been in real estate, and specifically the Spanish Oaks community, since 2004. Clients value Scott’s unique knowledge and experience in West Austin, his always-candid advice, and dedication to working on their behalf. His work ethic and passion for the business has earned him a spot in Austin’s Elite 25. Serving all of West Austin, Lake Travis, and Bee Cave, Spanish Oaks Realty Group is part of the Compass agent network. Scott and his wife, Suzanne, have two teenage sons. Having been a longtime youth sports coach, he still smiles when he’s called “Coach Michaels.”
firstname.lastname@example.org | 512.533.2372 | spanishoaks.com
Holistic wellness, pharmacy, IV vitamin therapy, Elle’s cafe, yoga, massage all under one roof. Fantastic knowledgeable staff.
Fish Camp at Spanish Oaks is for family memories: the first catch, spotting tadpoles, dangling lines off wooden docks. Fish five species, including largemouth bass.
Upscale New American cuisine is the draw at this intimate, stylish restaurant with a relaxed vibe.
The private, 18-hole, Bobby Weed-designed course is among the best in Texas and is currently ranked #6 in the state by Golf Digest and #3 by Golfweek. A round on the beautiful rolling layout will test all of your golfing skills.
Arguably the most charming destination in town, this quaint sculpture park is home to 24 works a mix of permanent and rotating pieces. Pick up a map and meander through the space, or enjoy a picnic underneath one of the massive oak trees.
A passion for Austin and love of real estate drives Xan to focus on helping buyers, whether first timers or serious investors, find the perfect property. Her positive attitude, creative spirit, and in-depth knowledge of this complex market keep her a step ahead. Xan built and continues to grow her business by forging strong relationships with her clients, her favorite part of real estate!
email@example.com | 512.416.8121 | lmauroatx.com
Their team is highly skilled and knowledgeable, offering an array of services for different skin wants and needs. You feel good the minute you walk in, you look great the minute you walk out.
Delicious interior Mexican dishes with a festive atmosphere. Their enchiladas with suiza sauce are my go-to!
The workouts are always varied, challenging and most importantly, fun. Founder/owner, Liza Edebor, is a master of her craft. You’ll be toned and stronger in no time!
A favorite summer event is Jaws on the Water! A fun way to hang out and stay cool while watching this classic film.
A nature-lover’s oasis with amazing views, watersports, mountain biking, hiking and zipline adventures, the lake offers something for everyone.
A life-long Texan and 15 year Austinite, Julia’s business background helps her easily transition into a real estate career in Austin. She has watched Austin grow exponentially over the years and Allandale has remained a favorite neighborhood. Increasingly walkable, this Central Austin neighborhood has many shops, bars and restaurants to visit. Its charm comes from the mixture of older, restored homes and new construction. Park space and biking running paths abound across the neighborhood. Julia works all across Austin and has grown a diverse group of loyal clients over the years through hustling and shooting straight. Client relationships and their satisfaction remain her number one priority.
firstname.lastname@example.org | 512.638.3788 | wilsongoldrick.com/agents/julia-mistler
Great for dinner at the bar or dining with a large group. Order the ceviche, a glass of Scouts among the fine Mexican folk art.
My favorite stop for dog treats for Lula and the friendliest staff in town!
Super fresh boutique for clothing and home goods. Curated merch appeals to ladies of all ages.
Fantastic vintage shop on North Loop with endless treasures. Love the Christmas decor around the holidays!
Gastropub featuring great food and craft cocktails. Eclectic atmosphere at this neighborhood bar.
Mary Anne McMahon
Mary Anne is broker/owner of RE/MAX Posh Properties, RE/MAX Austin Skyline, RE/MAX 1 and Motto Mortgage ATX. Mary Anne has repeatedly been a top-selling residential broker in America’s fastest growing city, Austin, Texas! In 2009, Mary Anne opened Posh Properties and has worked diligently to build a trusted full-service team of agents and loan originators which have led clients to continue choosing her team for their valued expertise in the industry. With a combination of 18 years in real estate and extensive background in global sales management in the tech industry, Mary Anne also offers a unique perspective placing her ahead of today’s competitive global marketplace.
email@example.com | 512.947.9684 | poshpropertiesaustin.com
So fortunate to have this Chinese cuisine option right in our backyard! From delicious dim sum to custom sushi rolls, this is a weekly must on our list. They even created a roll for my son, we call it the Kade roll!
Very blessed to have taken on this brokerage in January. Wonderful group of experienced agents and management. Watch for the opening of our new office location, coming soon!
Joni Greeson, the owner, offers her clients the utmost in personal service. Joanie goes out of her way to assist her clients and friends. I love browsing through her showroom for inspiration to share with clients.
When I want something last minute, their staff can pull a perfect look together fast.
My kids and I love this park! Great community events, play area, walking trails, pool, tennis, ballfields…need I say more.
From sparkling gems to scrumptious delicacies, in this special section Austin realtors share their favorite spots and best kept secrets around town, so that our readers can enjoy them too.
Heather C. Powell
Custom stationery, entertaining essentials, and personalized gifts, all beautifully and cleverly designed by local Austinite Pace Lossen. From weddings to parties, she creates the most inviting invitations, along with holiday cards, gift sets, business cards and everyday notes. Her gift tags are my favorite!
firstname.lastname@example.org | 512.921.3417
My favorite neighborhood spot in Tarrytown is 68 Degrees Kitchen. It is bright and inviting and the food is very tasty. I love to meet clients and friends for lunch or dinner. When the weather is nice, the outdoor seating is lovely.
email@example.com | 512.468.6214
Schors, located in Westlake Hills, is an upscale boutique featuring fine jewelry, exquisite gifts and accessories. The owners, Rebeca and Becky, provide amazing customer service and always know the perfect piece for the occasion. I love it because they have all price points which makes it a one stop shop for all things beautiful.
firstname.lastname@example.org | 512.589.6090
Ready to treat yourself royal and discover the benefits of meditation? Drop in for Tea and Chi flow exercises, or relax your mind & body with guided Max Meditation ™ classes at The Modern Mystery School and discover advanced techniques to help you find better health, vitality, and the inner peace and motivation to fully embody your best life in today’s modern world.
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Épicerie at Laguna Gloria is perfectly situated within the Contemporary Austin sculpture park. Dine al fresco under a shaded terrace, or elsewhere in the park. This cafe is an extension of the Rosedale location and features a French-Louisiana inspired menu. Love this hidden gem in the heart of Tarrytown!
firstname.lastname@example.org | 512.589.0953
Oakmont Food Company opened at the corner of W 38th and Medical Pkwy this summer. Delayed by the current health crisis, they pivoted their local fare restaurant opening to cater to the health-conscious grab-and-go and delivery food climate. Ideal considering I needed new healthy meals to feed my family without the cooking clean-up. Insider favorites: my little one loves the gluten free chicken tenders. I love their unique cocktail mixes that include their fresh, cold pressed juices.
email@example.com | 512.922.6309
Las Palomas Restaurant is family operated and has been open since 1983. My husband and his family have been going there since they were kids. Not only are the food and drinks delicious, it has a great atmosphere and vibe. We love going and listening to the live music and sometimes the band will even let my son join in. It’s a great way to spend your evening.