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Southeast 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

East Riverside, an area of town on the Lady Bird Lake
Serious growth in the past 5 years
Nature access at Lady Bird Lake, McKinney Falls State Park, and Onion Creek Metropolitan Park


Close to Downtown, but can still be affordable
The Buzzmill, Jackalope, Emo's, and other restaurants/bars
Near the airport


Some loud areas
Affordable properties tend to be older


South of Lady Bird Lake and east of I-35 lies Southeast Austin, more commonly known as Riverside! This neighborhood is more laid-back and spread out than downtown, and is definitely the place you want to be if you’re into chill bars, hidden gem family-owned restaurants, funky Austin vibes, and arguably best of all—relatively affordable rent!


From relaxed strip-mall hidden gems to staple Austin chains, there are plenty of eats to try and love in Southeast Austin. Start and end your day at Buzz Mill—this 24-hour spot is known for serving up brunch and good coffee in the A.M., and ciders and draft beer in the P.M. Another crowd favorite is Jackalope, a laid-back spot for local beers, cocktails, and pub grub on their dog-friendly patio.

Another perk of living in this neighborhood is the proximity to some of the best outdoor spots the Hill Country has to offer. Lady Bird Lake is where it’s at for hiking, biking, paddleboarding, and kayaking. You’re also within minutes of the miles of trails and views at Onion Creek Metropolitan Park and McKinney Falls State Park.


Apartments in this neighborhood have range—you can find upscale apartments with luxe finishes or budget-friendly apartments with historic charm for rent around here. For free help finding the perfect place for you, let an apartment locator help you navigate your options!

Zip codes: 78741, 78744

Hot Streets: Riverside, Oltorf, Montopolis, 71, Burleson Rd., E. William Cannon, E. Stassney Ln.

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Along the south shore of Lady Bird Lake, so you can take your dog on a walk around, or have a picnic. Get in touch with nature!

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