South Austin is the area located south of Downtown between Mopac Highway (Loop 1) and Interstate 35. Most locals would identify South Austin with “SoCo” (South Congress Avenue), Barton Springs, Zilker Park, and neighborhoods like Bouldin and Travis Heights.Spend some time in this part of the city, and you’ll have an idea of why locals like to “Keep Austin Weird.” South Austin has a culture that embraces individualism and is highly supportive of local, independent businesses. Austinites love their city for this uniqueness.One of the most popular hotspots in South Austin is South Congress Avenue. Here you’ll find many local restaurants (like Guerro’s Taco Bar, South Congress Café, and Home Slice Pizza) serving up some of the city’s best food, which may even be from a food trailer-like HeyCupcake! and Mighty Cone. It’s also a great part of town to sit on the patio, have a refreshing drink, and do some people watching and there are also great spots for coffee.
Also, this avenue is the location for many local retail shops and entertainment venues like the Continental Club.
South Austin offers a wide variety of commercial real estate to suit your business’ needs. Here you’ll find more retail space than in any other part of the city – there are over 1,000 buildings providing nearly 13 million SF in space.
Expect an average leasing price of about $20 SF. Additionally, you can find over 400 office buildings totaling 7.4 million sf. The average leasing price for South Austin office space is about $24 SF. Leasing prices can be as high as $30 SF for class A space, or as low as $20 SF and $18 SF for class B and C space, respectively. Warehouse space in South Austin include just fewer than 300 buildings accounting for 4.6 million SF with average leasing prices of $9 SF.
Area and Community Info
As the city of Austin continues to expand, the neighborhoods of South Austin are evolving as well.
While this area consists of several neighborhoods of single-family homes like Bouldin, Travis Heights, and Barton Hills, this area has seen a rising apartment/condominium market. To accommodate those that want to live near the center of the city developers are making plans to build new complexes along Barton Springs Road and South Lamar Boulevard.
Businesses that make South Austin their home can enjoy several great advantages. Not only are you close to Downtown Austin, fabulous food, and retail centers like Southpark Meadows, but you are also near important amenities like the hospitals and the airport.
Just hop on Highway 71 (also known as Ben White Boulevard in South Austin), and you can easily drive to St. David’s South Austin Hospital and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
The median housing price in South Austin is $175,000.