South Central Austin

Neighborhood Scores

Using a combo of our local, expert knowledge + third-party stats from Yardi, here's our scorecard to help you find your next favorite neighborhood!



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What It's Known For

Being the most desirable neighborhood in Austin! Everyone knows the '04 is where it's at.
Its proximity to Barton Springs, Zilker Park, and Peter Pan Mini Golf.
Endless amounts of food, indoor & outdoor entertainment, and booze!


This area is quintessential "Austin"
Home to some of the best eats and drinks in the city
Close to South Lamar, South First, and South Congress


Expensive due to high demand
Traffic can be gridlocked and congested, since many events happen down here

Living in South Central Austin

Funky, artsy, modern and posh, South Central Austin is among one of the weirder neighborhoods in the city. We at Smart City Locating will make it our goal to get you a unique South Central place to call your own. You’ll be in close quarters to some of the best dining, like the acclaimed seafood eatery Perla’s, Home Slice Pizza and the best burgers around at Hopdoddy. Shopping is totally accessible, and the area boasts everything from charming boutiques, to classic staples like Allens Boots, to upscale jewelers such as Kendra Scott.

South Central Austin is home to Barton Springs and Zilker Park. Considered the life-blood of the city, Barton Springs Pool has been attracting sun worshipers and swimmers for generations. There is nothing like a quick dip in the water – which remains a constant 62 degrees year round – to prepare you for a hot Texas day. During the summer Zilker Park puts on weekly free concerts on the Great Lawn. The Zilker Blues on the Green concert series has hosted big names like Los Lonely Boys and Dale Watson.

The area also has tons of fun things to do, and your neighbors will be fun and friendly, we promise! With such cool vibes encompassing South Central Austin, there’s no doubt that super personable and gregarious folks flock here. And you’re literally a two-minute hop, skip and a jump from downtown, where all the wild debauchery of 6th Street, fantastic dining and amazing shopping await you.

South Central is really hard to beat, and we highly recommend it to any newbie Austin residents. Everything quintessentially “Austin” is within arm’s reach from this neighborhood, and we guarantee your satisfaction if you choose this hip part of town.

Finding the Perfect Apartment in South Central Austin

Smart City Locating is ready and waiting to do all the grunt work as you find a posh place to live here in South Central Austin. Tell us every little thing you want your new apartment to include, and we’ll get to work. Our agents are go-getters who will scour all the available properties to find your dream home.

Plus, our services at Smart City are 100 percent free. Sound too good to be true? We ain’t lying. Our bills get paid when you list us as the referral on your apartment application, and your new property pays us out of their advertising budget.

We welcome you to peruse some of the apartments we’ve already found in the neighborhood. Although apartments in South Central Austin tend to be a little more pricey because of the location and amenities, you’re sure to love your new South Central lifestyle. Not to mention: This area is so walkable and beaming with nightlife and hip bars, plus it’s super close to everything downtown!

Our South Central apartments offer a ton of amenities, including:

  • Granite counters
  • Designer style
  • Posh flooring
  • Eccentric floor plans
  • And more!

The community has not only new, fully decked-out apartment properties, but also more retro buildings that have been renovated with class, style and pizazz. If you’re ready to experience one of the coolest areas Austin has to offer, check out our South Central apartments. We’ve got something for everyone at special discounts, so whether you’re a busy working professional or a recent college grad trying to make your way, you’re sure to love our selection.

We’re always updating our listings, so check back often. Smart City Apartment Locating also has South Lamar lofts and townhomes for those who want to enjoy all that Austin has to offer. To find out more information, call us at 512-815-2317.

Even if you don’t see anything you like, don’t fret. We invite you to fill out our handy-dandy online form so we can get an idea of what you’re looking for, exactly. You can also hit us up via text. Once we’ve got a handle on your hyper-personalized wish list, we won’t stop looking until you can hang your hat in your new dream home.

Don’t just take our word for it. See what our friends say!

This area has a true "Keep Austin weird" vibe. Austinites love South Central!
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