East Austin has historically been a working-class neighborhood, a vibrant enclave heavily populated by African-Americans because of an earlier era of segregationist laws — and later, a home to Mexican-American residents. These days, as more 20- and 30-somethings have moved in, the east side has taken on more of an Eclectic vibe by becoming the city’s newly fashionable arts district, with studios, galleries, cocktail bars, cafes and all manner of food trucks popping up on most every block. Beloved taquerias and barbecue joints, ramshackle carwashes and Christian outreach ministries now jostle against shiny condos, fancy restaurants and, in refurbished bungalows, groovy new hair salons.
You’ll find a mix of historic homes and new construction; quiet, proud neighborhoods and vibrant nightlife; and ethnic, working-class communities set next to modern condos and commercial development. East Austin’s proximity to downtown Austin makes it an attractive area for young singles to live and give resident quick access to some of Austin’s most popular hotspots including, Lady Bird Lake, East 6th Street, Franklin’s BBQ and Rainey Street