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News > Want Eclectic? Consider a Loft in East Austin

Loft buyers are a forward thinking bunch. They want to own a home with a sense of style in communities that provide convenient locations, connectivity and lots of amenities whether they're in the complex or surrounding area. In Austin, as in other urban areas around in the country, older neighborhoods close to downtown are being revitalized with new and renovated homes and businesses.  East Austin no different.

Here are some of the trends in east Austin:

Growth of the Arts District

The arts district, which began in the central part of Austin and expanded to the warehouse district, is rapidly gaining momentum east of the I-35 and west of Highway 183 between MLK and Cesar Chavez. This area attracts artists, writers and musicians of all stripes. Most East Austin galleries are re-purposed spaces featuring multiple retail offerings, tattoo parlors and curated collections but some don't fit any existing mold.

DiverseArts, for example, is a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary non-profit that has a gallery and music venue offering an array African/American arts and blues. The Arthouse of Ionic Furturism showcases the weird and wonderful but there's also Las Cruxes, a higher end shop with everything from art to clothes and shoes. Clayworks employs craftsmen who create custom clay designs.

Once a year, East Austin hosts an art tour in November as an extension of the annual Austin art tour. It's a great place to find one-of-a-kind gifts that support local artists. Filmmakers frequent the east side too because it is home to film and music editing suites and the 20-acre Austin Studios. The Austin Film Society shares space with sound stages, screening rooms, 40 independent businesses and equipment rentals.

Food Trucks!  And Other Unique Food Spots

A fleet of food trucks and trailers has moved in to offer grab-and-go fare but bonafide foodies are also drawn to the east side's growing cadre of unique eateries. The Blue Dahlia is a favorite healthy brunch spot that offers backyard patio seating. Justine's Brasserie is romantic dining destination with craft cocktails and authentic French fare. Argentinian, Mexican and American cafe's also abound with a high concentration of choices on 7th Street.

Great Loft Buildings

The townhomes, lofts and condos in East Austin cater to the tastes of the artistic crowd, with the modern industrial Este Lofts as a prime example. This contemporary brick and concrete mid-rise was designed by Hailey/Johnson Architects and feature soaring ceilings, stained concrete, open duct work and lots of tall windows. Ground floor units can be used as office or studio space. From here residents can walk to Whisler's, Cuvee Coffee Bar and Juan in a Million.

East Austin's 1305 Lofts is another live/work loft community of two-story units located close to downtown on 6th Street. Housed in the former Guerro Produce warehouse, this concrete and steel conversion features 10 and 16 foot ceilings, concrete and antique pine flooring and exposed wood beams and duct work. Residents share landscaped, semi-private patios and can open shop on the ground floor and live upstairs. Walk to the Fair Market, a yoga studio and the Plaza Saltillo transit hub.

Other loft buildings in East Austin include Saltillo lofts and Waterstreet lofts.

As East Austin continues to evolve, an increasing number of duplex style townhomes are also popping up on what were once single family lots. These micro-developments have unique floor plans, offer more privacy than larger condo and loft communities and have a custom drive-up appeal. They are especially attractive to buyers wanting a fresh new residence in an area that retains an authentic "old Austin" vibe.

For more information about what's available in this area, check out our Condos and Lofts in East Austin page.


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Last Updated: 2024-06-19