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Downtown Austin promises hassle-free living right in the middle of everything. The community is a mix of vibrant local culture, a thriving business scene, and condominium living that makes it a sought-after community for those who want to experience the best of urban Austin.

The downtown is pulsating with cultural landmarks, shopping destinations, foodie-recommended restaurants, a vibrant night scene, and renowned entertainment venues, all within easy reach. Those working within the area enjoy living in condominiums in downtown Austin as they can bike or even walk to work.

Before modern-day Austin came to life, European settlers called the area home during the 1700s. Condos began to spurt as Austin continued to grow and develop, bringing condo living in the downtown to its popularity today. From repurposed 1940s office buildings to hip and stylish units, condominiums in the downtown are varied when it comes to size and design.

Condominium units in the Austin downtown have different charms, from expansive penthouses to rustic art houses-turned-condos. Each unit has a view of the Austin skyline from balconies or ceiling-to-floor windows. Here at downtown Austin, city living has never been this stylish. Every nook and cranny of each unit is expertly designed with functionality and luxurious aesthetics in mind.

Fireplaces, kitchen islands, hardwood flooring, marble countertops, bathtubs, libraries, home theater, and wine cellars are just some of the details that make the interiors of downtown condos look chic and polished. Some units come with their own patio, guest suite, and bar. It is city living at its finest at Austin’s downtown.

Being Austin’s downtown, the community offers its residents proximity to different schools. The Austin Independent School District has been in operation since 1881 and has 129 schools under its wing. 

Schools serving the downtown area are Matthews Elementary School, O. Henry Middle School, and Austin High School, all of which are high-ranking academic institutions. Austin High School, the oldest high school in Texas, has more than 2,500 students from grades 9 to 12. Meanwhile, private schools Khabele School and the Austin School for Performing Arts also serve the downtown area of Austin.

Year-round living in Austin’s downtown is just the right mix of work and play. Condo owners are usually working around the area during the day and exploring the downtown by night. Residents don’t have to leave the area for rave-worthy restaurants and trendy shopping establishments since these places are merely a few walks away or even just right outside their doorsteps.

Full-time downtown residents love taking a stroll at the Boardwalk in the afternoon, marveling at city views as well as surrounding trees and the Town Lake. The boardwalk is suitable for jogging, biking, and walking your dog. It is ADA accessible and friendly to all fitness levels. You can also choose to enjoy Town Lake through kayaking, boating, and stand-up paddleboarding at any time of the year. 

Another way to soak up on local downtown culture is going to a farmer’s market. Sustainable Food Center Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday morning where local produce, grocery items, artisanal treats, and ready-to-eat food are sold. Live music also plays while shoppers choose from the items sold by different vendors. 

Brush up on history at Bob Bullock Museum of Texas History for three floors-worth of artifacts and memorabilia detailing the state’s rich heritage. The museum was named after the 38th Lieutenant Governor and was established in 2001. It contains more than 500 displays, from the more modern era to as early as 13,000 years ago. 

One of the things that make downtown Austin unique is its street art scene. Murals, graffiti, and creative bike racks lead the underground art movement in downtown Austin, giving the neighborhood a hip, artsy vibe.

Not to be missed in the downtown is Esther’s Follies, a 40-year-young comedy troupe that regularly performs at Sixth Street. Dancers, magicians, comedians, and actors come together to bring a fun, exciting show every time. 

To complete the vibrant art scene of downtown Austin is The Contemporary Austin. It houses exhibitions and installations from contemporary artists like Charles Long and Paul McCarthy. Head to the second floor for lectures and workshops and get hands-on art experience. 

If you think downtown living in Austin is for you, get in touch with me, Kumara Wilcoxon, so we can discuss your options. I am well-versed with the downtown real estate market as well as other areas in Austin. To get started, send me an email at kumara(at)sothebysrealty(dotted)com or give me a call at 512.423.5035.