East Riverside

This nondescript neighborhood houses its fair share of Austin’s musicians and artists.

East Riverside is home to creative types making ends meet, students seeking cheap rents, and a seemingly ever-present shady loiterer or two. Although East Riverside is laden with strip malls and nondescript apartment complexes, its on-the-lake location and waterside biking and running trails add panache to the neighborhood. Combine that with East Riverside’s reputation for being a musicians’ homestead, and this neighborhood may soon be hitting a higher note.

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On the Map

East Riverside is bordered by Rainey Street, Holly, Travis Heights, St. Edwards, Parker Lane, Pleasant Valley, and East Downtown

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Easy

Bergstrom International Airport: 16 minutes by cab
Zilker Park: 11 minutes by car
Downtown: 9 minutes by car

Affordable Living In Southeast Austin

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College students, families, and lifelong residents populate East Riverside's residential complexes.

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Unlike many of Austin's brightly colored neighborhoods, East Riverside sports a more subdued color scheme.

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Its strip malls and convenience kiosks serve the neighborhood's needs.

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The Metropolis stands out as an exception to East Riverside's monochromatic cream-colored condominiums. It's known throughout the neighborhood as a bastion for reckless abandon.

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Recently, East Riverside has been experiencing a boom in housing growth.

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New condominiums that reflect the "contemporary color" of Austin continually spring up alongside the neighborhood's steadfast businesses.

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Serene Green Space In East Riverside

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As its name implies, East Riverside borders the water.

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Town Lake Trail passes through the neighborhood and offers East Riverside residents a leafy escape with views of Downtown.

A Splash of Color In East Riverside

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There's more to East Riverside than sprawling parking lots. One of Austin's most well-known music venues, Emo's, recently relocated to the neighborhood.

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Costume shops like The Bazaar keep the neighborhood clad in neon.

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Following in the tread of Austin's mobile-food movement, food trailers are swiftly gaining traction in East Riverside.

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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Austin native Mandy Harris started framing picturesque settings when she was just nine. Though she’s enjoyed photographing the Colorado Rocky Mountains and beaches of Mexico, she’s found her greatest joy capturing interior and exterior design. She divides her time between Airbnb and AL Collective, an Austin-based wedding and portrait studio. Thanks to the Neighborhoods Project, Mandy explored her hometown in a new light.

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