This was a difficult article to put together since most of Austin is pretty darn hip. But just the same, these are the neighborhoods that we feel are the hippest of the hip.
Rich with live music, restaurants, museums, galleries and theatres, Downtown Austin is where most of the nightlife is happening. Head down 6th Street for a young scene of bars, restaurants, and music venues. Austin is a great city for those who have just turned 21. The bars are cheap, bustling, and most bars have live music with little to no cover charge.
Housing prices in Downtown Austin vary due to the diversity of the residences. Warehouse spaces and lofts are mixed in with traditional houses and apartments. University of Texas is downtown and much student housing is available.
If you like loads of food choices, East Austin is the place for you. With literally hundreds of restaurants in East Austin, odds are you'll be able to find just what you're craving. Located east of I-35 and the University of Texas, East Austin hosts many festivals including the Arts Fest, Austin Jazz Fest, and the Backyard Blues Series.
Nature is still close by with the Boggy Creek Greenbelt and the Morris Williams Golf Course. East Austin has numerous libraries, cultural events, and murals.
Homes start around $100,000 and go over $400,000 depending on the age, the subdivision, and amenities.
Near Lady Bird Lake (part of the Colorado River marked by two dams), is South Congress, also known as SoCo. With many vintage shops, restaurants, block parties, and interesting housing, SoCo is very popular amongst the young professionals and artists.
South Congress Avenue has many condos, warehouse lofts, and apartment complexes. Considered one of the "hip" and "kitzchy" areas, SoCo is easy to access from Downtown and Zilker Park.
Zillow lumps SoCo in with Downtown, so for the purpose of finding rentals, use the Downtown Austin Apartment finder.
Located in Central Austin and named for the University of Texas campus, this neighborhood is a common place for college students to live. West of Guadalupe Street, West Campus has a very diverse mix of residences starting at $100,000 and going to over $1 million. The neighborhood has part of the Shoal Creek Greenbelt which is home to many outdoor activities. With restaurants, bars, book stores, and boutiques surrounding Guadalupe, this is a neighborhood that has most of what a college student will need.