Once buyers have made their decision to move to Austin, Texas, many of them start their search in the Central Austin area. Central Austin includes the areas of Downtown Austin and many sought-after neighborhoods such as Tarrytown, Rosedale, West Campus, Eastwood, N Campus/Dean Keeton, Hancock and parts of Hyde Park. An eclectic, thriving city, Central Austin is the heartbeat for art, food, events and activities that draw many in from surrounding areas to be a part of Austin’s creative culture. Many buyers of Central Austin homes for sale are accustomed to cities where people don’t venture downtown except for business. Not true in Austin, residents of surrounding towns and suburban neighborhoods routinely visit this place affectionately known as the Violet Crown. The area of Central Austin is defined as the area north of the Colorado River, often referred to as Lady Bird Lake, as it winds through Downtown Austin and south of Hwy 290 and Allandale Road. With I-35 to the east, the area extends on both side of MoPac Expressway / TX-1 as the road travels north through the city. Buyers searching for Central Austin homes for sale will find a variety of styles from craftsman-style bungalows, contemporary lofts, and condos to grand Victorian-era residences. Housing vernacular changes according to the neighborhood. What all of these communities have in common is a price point that reflects the desirability of their location. Central Austin was slow in estimating the demand for high-rise living in and around the city. Many Central Austin condos for sale have just come to market providing an exciting opportunity for buyers to live in an urban environment with beautiful views of Town Lake and the walking trails and parks along the banks of Zilker Park. Central Austin condos for sale also include renovations of buildings that have existed for some time. Many of these condos have been updated with modern appliances yet keeping the charm that comes with apartments and condos built many years ago such as decorative tile baths and retro-looking kitchens. Single family homes in Central Austin also reflect the current trends toward renovation and expansion. Many homes have been revamped to include features and finishes popular in today’s market. With an average size of just over 2,000 square feet, homes here may sacrifice living space for convenience and a prestigious address. A large area, Central Austin has 6 Travis County zip codes including 78701, 78703, 78705, 78731, 78751, 78756. Most Central Austin homes for sale are located in pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods with sidewalks and local cafes and coffee houses. Many residents can walk, bike or take a local bus to their place of employment.