Central East Austin is a historic neighborhood on the east side of the city that has turnkey vacation rentals available for your next getaway to Austin. Once a quiet, residential neighborhood, the Central East Austin district has come to life in recent years with stylish vacation rentals (private homes and condos), chic restaurants and wonderful boutique shops. The eclectic east side of Austin is where past meets present, and there is history and culture on every downtown thoroughfare. If you want to experience the distinctive spirit of Bat City – that spawned the catchphrase “Keep Austin Weird” – make plans to stay and play in one of our Central East Austin vacation rentals.
The revitalized Central East Austin borough was once considered a sketchy part of town, but today it is one of the most social and artistic neighborhoods in Austin. It is one of the city’s fasted growing areas, with new restaurants and shops opening all the time. No matter what vibe, event or food you desire, there’s a good chance that East Austin has it.
The area has a pleasant mix of people, from older, longtime residents to younger working professionals, growing families and college students who attend the nearby University of Texas at Austin only a few blocks north. The neighborhood’s proximity to downtown Austin makes it an attractive spot for young singles to live. Excellent public transportation and well-kept walkways make the entire neighborhood very accessible by bus, car or on foot. And Interstate 35 on the east side of the neighborhood ensures you can commute to any point in the city in a jiffy.
About East Austin Vacation Rentals
The triangle-shaped neighborhood has three distinct boundaries. Central East Austin is located east of Interstate 35. Airport Boulevard (Highway 111) is the far eastern boundary, extending from the intersection with I-35 to the northwest, all the way south to the Colorado River. The southern boundary is the river.
A few smaller districts that make up Central East Austin neighborhood, including Holly, Govalle and Cherrywood. Holly presents a nice collection of larger homes with multiple bedrooms and multi-story apartments and condominiums. It is close to south Austin and next to Lady Bird Lake, one of the city’s most popular draws for fun in the sun and water.
Govalle, just east of Holly, has a few alluring parks and open spaces, like the Colorado River Park Wildlife Sanctuary and the Roy G. Guerrero Colorado River Metro Park. The Govalle neighborhood has seen significant change in recent years, transforming from a gritty, dilapidated neighborhood to a culturally rich district teeming with sophisticated performance art and live music.
To the north, Cherrywood (or Upper Boggy Creek) is a residential suburb with fully furnished homes and condominiums available to rent for a short-term vacation. Cherrywood features quiet side streets with large shade trees and a few community parks. The largely residential area has a handful of desirable coffee shops, local eateries and quirky local retailers to discover.
Best Vacation Rentals in East Austin
The alluring east side is popular with young singles and couples getting a foothold in the city. It’s also a great spot to score an amazing vacation rental for your vacation. For entertainment in East Austin, there’s everything from high-end restaurants and upscale bars to long-established taco stands and hole-in-the-wall taverns. It’s the kind of place where you can plan a romantic date night with that special someone, or just bar hop with your crew.
Many homes and condos here are primary residences, but there are more than a few vacation rentals available for short-term stays. Since it is an older section of Austin, there is a mix of historic homes and new builds. There are condominium complexes with several units together, and there are more commercial developments with retail businesses on the lower floors and condominiums for living on the upper floors.
Further east are larger, more established homes with a little more space. Vacation rentals here may border the lake or be within walking distance to one of the city’s fantastic parks or open spaces. If you need to stretch out a bit more, consider a property closer to Airport Boulevard or Martin Luther King (MLK) Boulevard. Homes in that region are colorful, well-kept and have mature landscaping and often a fenced backyard. It’s an ideal location for pet owners on vacay who need running room for their canine companions.
Activities and Events in Central Austin and East Austin
There is a lot to discover in East Austin. It’s a fantastic spot to learn about the one-of-a-kind city and the great state of Texas! The George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center showcases African American achievements and hosts a variety of productions throughout the year. At the Texas Music Museum, you can learn more about the Austin music scene. The French Legation Museum on San Marcos Street documents the rise of the mighty Republic of Texas.
East Austin Dining
East 11th Street is a hub of activity in East Austin. There, you can make the rounds at a cluster of bars, pubs and taverns, catch a live music performance, or enjoy one of the many tastes of Austin. Culinary delights range from sweet, savory and spicy Jamaican fare to more authentic Texas nosh at iconic Franklin Barbecue. East Austin has just about every taste imaginable. Here are a few of our favorites:
· Buenos Aires Café (Argentinian)
· Cherrywood Coffeehouse (All Day Breakfast)
· Flitch (Coffee)
· Hay Elotes (Mexican)
· Haymaker (Sandwiches)
· Hoover’s Cooking (Southern)
· Justine’s (French)
· Patrizi’s (Italian)
· Ramen Tatsu-y (Japanese)
Nightlife in Central East Austin
East Austin is one of the city’s best gathering spots for nightlife. There are easy-going taverns and bars for a serene night, and lively nightclubs and dance halls to get your boogie on. Several bars have patios or decks to enjoy the starry Texas skies while you sip your brew or creative cocktail. Check out a few of our favorite nightlife destinations near East Central Austin:
· Club 40 Lounge
· Kitty Cohen’s
· Nickel City
· Violet Crown Social Club
· Volstead Lounge
· The White Horse
Vacation Rentals Available in East Austin
If you want to be centrally located on your Austin vacation, consider a rental in East Central Austin. You can choose from wonderfully furnished condominiums with high-end amenities and a convenient location in the heart of the city. Condos in East Austin are great for a romantic weekend in the city, or if you’re coming in for a Longhorns game or the South by Southwest Festival (SXSW). Peak weekends can fill up quickly, so reserve your accommodations as soon as you know your travel dates to unlock the largest selection of condos and homes.
We’re always glad to assist you in picking the accommodations that are right for you. Don’t blow your money on multiple hotel rooms at a packed hotel when you can get everyone under one roof in a vacation rental. Enjoy quiet time, family meals, game night, TV time or tossing the football around the backyard. There are a lot of benefits when you choose a vacation rental over a stuffy hotel. Contact us today and let’s make your Austin vacation an unforgettable experience!