Central Austin is in the heart of the city and surrounds the downtown area with neighborhoods such as Allandale, Balcones Park, Crestview, Barton Hills, Bryker Woods, Clarksville, Hyde Park, Rosedale, Travis Heights, and Tarrytown to name a few. The South Congress and First Street areas feature smaller homes, many in the Craftsman style, plus condos, shopping and many restaurants.
The Central Austin area also boasts the University of Texas Main Campus so there are a multitude of condos and apartments creating what is known as West Campus and North Campus. It's no surprise that many parents purchase condos as investments while their children are students at UT instead of renting an apartment or having a dorm room.
Visit world-famous Franklin's Barbeque for some of the best in Texas, but be prepared to wait in line. Or, read "how to skip the line at Franklin's" and pre-order!
Lady Bird Lake, formerly know as Lake Austin, flows through parts of this area, including Zilker Park, a popular weekend destination.
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