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Old 05-26-2014, 05:44 PM
 
Location: central Austin
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It wasn't too long ago that proximity to South Congress was a big negative. Same goes for downtown which offered very little apart from bars and clubs and was a ghost town after 5 pm. I've always considered the area around UT to be the heart of Austin, but that's just my opinion.

Yes, that is true but those days are gone, gone, gone!!

Believe me, residents now talk fondly about the days when proximity to South Congress lowered your property values instead of talking them to the stratosphere!

I live in TH and spend big chunks of my day in HP, I love them both.
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Old 05-26-2014, 07:01 PM
 
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It wasn't too long ago that proximity to South Congress was a big negative. Same goes for downtown which offered very little apart from bars and clubs and was a ghost town after 5 pm. I've always considered the area around UT to be the heart of Austin, but that's just my opinion.
I remember that as well. But might as well have been a different era, things are vastly different now.
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Old 05-26-2014, 08:59 PM
 
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I remember that as well. But might as well have been a different era, things are vastly different now.
Yes, I agree with you 100%. I was just speaking for myself based on my own history here growing up in North Central. (And, as a lurker, I know there are a ton of old Austinites on this forum)

From my point of view, because UT has always been the vibrant heart of this town, that has added a "special something" to the surrounding neighborhoods that's impossible to describe to a newcomer. But I just wanted them to know it's still there, and that it sets those neighborhoods apart from other areas of town.
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Old 05-27-2014, 12:06 AM
 
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I like Hyde Park more and the basic reason is you don't have the Lake in between you and the town. A lot more connectivity and easy to get around.
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Old 05-27-2014, 10:05 AM
 
Location: central Austin
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Although one of the things that keeps us in TH and not in HP is easy access to the lake and trail. So nice to have it right there. It really is a tomato/tamoto sort of thing. Each area is distinct but share a similar underlying sensibility and history. AND they are now united in CoA District 9!
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Old 05-27-2014, 10:48 AM
 
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Loved Hyde Park---the charm of the houses...the location...i would love to live over there one day!
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Old 05-27-2014, 10:55 AM
 
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Yes, I agree with you 100%. I was just speaking for myself based on my own history here growing up in North Central. (And, as a lurker, I know there are a ton of old Austinites on this forum)

From my point of view, because UT has always been the vibrant heart of this town, that has added a "special something" to the surrounding neighborhoods that's impossible to describe to a newcomer. But I just wanted them to know it's still there, and that it sets those neighborhoods apart from other areas of town.
I sort of feel Clarksville/Old West Austin is the best of the bunch because of this - very easy access to UT, CBD and to the Lake. An easy bike ride or walk to just about everything, if you can take a few hills. Also, same kind of pre-war, tight-knit neighborhood with smallish lots, connected streets, gorgeous canopy and eclectic mix of homes.

Anyway - can't go wrong with HP, TH or Clarksville, there really are no better places to be in Austin. I'd take any of those over just about every other neighborhood in town. I prefer them to even Pemberton Heights or Tarrytown or Westlake or any of those high-net worth neighborhoods. Well, maybe a place on the water along Scenic Drive wouldn't be too bad. . .

But at end of the day, I'd still rather have the proximity to downtown and vitality of the core.
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