Nightlife Review: 8 Reasons to Visit the Rainey District in Downtown Austin

There is an up and coming area, the Rainey District, that’s giving SOCO and Sixth Street a run for the money! If you’re looking for an area with lots of bars with loud music and cheap jello shots, this ain’t it! Nor is it for those who are looking to shop till you drop. But if you’re looking for a place with a variety of places to go to have drinks, eat and have some fun…this is the place!

Tucked in the southeast corner of Downtown, just west of Interstate 35, the Rainey area has recently morphed into a real hot spot. Funky, historic bungalows have been converted into hip little bars and restaurants. I have spent a little time during the last few months to “research” the area. Every time I’ve gone there, it has been a totally happening place, not unlike a rock concert or local music event. That is a slight exaggeration, but not by much! There are no sidewalks to speak of, so people are walking in the street weaving in and out of the cars that have been circling like a shark to find a parking spot. Most of the bars and restaurants have converted the driveway and backyard into outdoor seating and entertainment areas, so most of the crowd is hanging outside. The air is filled with sounds of people laughing, music playing and a slight hint of food. The last time I went there, a guy sat down on the porch and started playing his guitar. I’m talking regular person like you or me, except he could sing and play.  This is Austin, so having someone whip out a guitar and play isn’t that unusual, but this was something special. Before long there were about 20 people gathered around singing along. The only thing missing was a camp fire! This was all happening while everyone was waiting in line to get in! It isn’t that there is a high concentration of establishments to choose from, each with their own unique ambiance, or numerous drink specials and tasty treats to try, it’s the whole “scene” that makes it feel festive and a fun place to hang.

Below is a list of the eight nightlife establishments in the Rainey District to-date. I have a few favorites, but I’m not writing this to “sell” a certain place. I want to encourage you to go explore the area and see for yourself what all the buzz is about.

  1. Lustre Pearl – 97 Rainey St. (512) 469-0400
  2. Clive Bar – 609 Davis St. (512) 494-4120
  3. G’Rag Mahal – 91 Red River St. (512) 480-2255
  4. Icenhauer’s – 83 Rainey St (512) 473-0005
  5. Bar 96 – 96 Rainey St. (512) 433-6604
  6. Javelina – 69 Rainey St (512) 382-6917
  7. The Black Heart Bar – 86 Rainey St (512) 391-1566
  8. Bungalow – 92 Rainey St

Word to the Wise

Keep in mind the rock concert and circling shark reference.   If you plan on going on the weekend, I strongly encourage you to park closer to Downtown and walk to the Rainey area.

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Top 25 Newest Listings in 78701 Zip Code in Austin, TX

Below are the 25 newest Austin MLS listings in the 78701 zip code.  78701 is the zip code for downtown Austin. If you haven’t been downtown lately, you may not recognize it! There are an abundance of luxury highrise condominiums, and a myriad of gourmet restaurants. The quality of life for downtown residents just keeps getting better and better.  Let us know if you have any questions about downtown Austin living — we would love to show you around!

  1. 0 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 535 sq ft
    Lot size: 87 sqft
    Year built: 2006
  2. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,609 sq ft
    Lot size: 130 sqft
    Year built: 2008
  3. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 880 sq ft
    Lot size: 392 sqft
    Year built: 1966
  4. 2 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,423 sq ft
    Lot size: 130 sqft
    Year built: 2011
  5. 1 bed, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,059 sq ft
    Lot size: 87 sqft
    Year built: 2011
  6. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 665 sq ft
    Lot size: 522 sqft
    Year built: 1983
  7. 0 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 400 sq ft
    Lot size: 25,874 sqft
    Year built: 1973
  8. 1 bed, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,052 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,263 sqft
    Year built: 1986
  9. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 954 sq ft
    Lot size: 304 sqft
    Year built: 1973
  10. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 998 sq ft
    Lot size: 130 sqft
    Year built: 2008
  11. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 685 sq ft
    Lot size: 217 sqft
    Year built: 2014
  12. 2 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,488 sq ft
    Lot size: 261 sqft
    Year built: 2004
  13. 0 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 558 sq ft
    Year built: 2016
  14. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,846 sq ft
    Year built: 2016
  15. 1 bed, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,225 sq ft
    Lot size: 87 sqft
    Year built: 2008
  16. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 599 sq ft
    Year built: 1965
  17. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 806 sq ft
    Lot size: 174 sqft
    Year built: 2010
  18. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 599 sq ft
    Year built: 1965
  19. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 916 sq ft
    Lot size: 130 sqft
    Year built: 2007
  20. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,399 sq ft
    Lot size: 348 sqft
    Year built: 1949
  21. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,286 sq ft
    Lot size: 261 sqft
    Year built: 2006
  22. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 632 sq ft
    Lot size: 261 sqft
    Year built: 1966
  23. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,030 sq ft
    Lot size: 217 sqft
    Year built: 2006
  24. 2 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,106 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,441 sqft
    Year built: 1984
  25. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 821 sq ft
    Year built: 2015

See all Downtown Austin MLS Listings.
(all data current as of 12/11/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

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40 Interstate 35 Unit PD1, Austin TX 78701 | Towers of Town Lake

We have recently listed 40 N Interstate 35, Unit PD1, Austin TX 78701. This penthouse condo at Towers of Town Lake offers breathtaking panoramic views of downtown Austin, and has been extensively upgraded for the most discerning buyer. Enjoy downtown Austin living at its finest, with sweeping views from every window of this condo near the Rainey District.

  • Austin MLS # 2609451
  • 1533 Square Feet Penthouse Condo
  • 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
  • Completely remodeled with luxury finishes
  • 40 Interstate 35 Unit PD1 Features

    Features of Unit PD1 include bamboo hardwood and designer tile flooring throughout, granite kitchen with stainless steel Bosch appliances, and a spectacular master bedroom suite complete with a boutique-style master bathroom combination that simply must-be-seen!

    40 Interstate 35 Unit PD1 Pictures

    Click on any picture below to download a hi-res version.

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    Milago Condos Offer Guaranteed Views on Select Units

    Milago Condos in downtown Austin have always been one of my favorite buildings to show. The residents are always friendly, and walking around the building you notice the condo is definitely dog-friendly and the concierge always greets you with a smile. My buyers notice this and have many times told me that the Milago gives them an overall “good feeling.”

    For Guaranteed Lady Bird Lake Views, Choose Milago

    One other thing that buyers have a good feeling about is that they know when they buy one of the units that face Lady Bird Lake, they will always have an unobstructed view. This appeals to them because there are other downtown Austin condos that have views that can potentially change as soon as a new building comes up.

    Which Views Are The Best From Milago, City or Lake?

    The Milago units offer varying views based on the units position in the building. Of course, located right on the Town Lake hike and bike trail, some of the units offer views of the lake – some are very expansive, beautiful views, depending on what level you are on. Other condos face toward the other downtown Austin buildings and others even face toward the I-35. While many may assume that the lake views are the best, it really all depends on who you ask…I’ve found that some of my clients prefer the highway views!

    What view would you prefer – lake or downtown buildings? What price tag would you place on a view from the 3rd floor vs. the 13th floor? I’m interested to hear your opinions on this!

    And, if you’d like to tour some of the available units for sale in Milago, or have a Milago condo to sell, contact me today.

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    Downtown Austin Condos Sales Report – August 2010

    We have received numerous inquiries recently about how downtown Austin condos have been selling this summer, so we decided to start keeping track of the recent sales, and providing those statistics to our readers.  Here are the recent sales stats for Downtown Austin condos for the month of August, 2010:

    Property Type: ResidentialStatus: SoldNumber of Properties: 16
     BedsBathsSqFtListing PriceLP/SqFtSelling PriceSP/SqFtSP/LPSP/OLPDOM
    High322,487$1,250,000$502.61$1,125,000$452.35100%100%286
    Low11608$99,900$164.31$95,000$156.2588.2%90%9
    Average111,056$350,269$313.07$330,088$297.6594.89%94.82%57
    Median11908$282,450$308.18$278,450$298.6495.2%94.25%44

     

    As you can see, the median price per square foot for downtown Austin condos was at $298.64 for the month of August, 2010.  Units stayed on the market for about 44 days, and there were 16 condos that sold for the month.

    Next month, we will take another look at the Downtown Austin condos for the month of September, 2010, and compare them to August’s numbers to look for market trends.

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    30 Newest Condo Listings in Downtown Austin

    Downtown Austin Condos

    Below are the 30 newest Downtown Austin condos that are listed on the Austin MLS, including rentals and sales.  Despite recent condo auctions, demand for Downtown Austin condos has remained steady.  It has been argued that there is a relative shortage of available units compared to the projected increase in population in the downtown area over the next several years.  This makes for a compelling argument for buying and holding downtown Austin real estate.

    Please contact us for additional information regarding any of the listings shown below or to schedule a showing.

    New Downtown Austin Listings

    1. 0 beds, 1 bath
      Home size: 535 sq ft
      Lot size: 87 sqft
    2. 2 beds, 2 baths
      Home size: 1,609 sq ft
      Lot size: 130 sqft
    3. 2 beds, 2 baths
      Home size: 880 sq ft
      Lot size: 392 sqft
    4. 2 beds, 3 baths
      Home size: 1,423 sq ft
      Lot size: 130 sqft
    5. 1 bed, 2 baths
      Home size: 1,059 sq ft
      Lot size: 87 sqft
    6. 1 bed, 1 bath
      Home size: 665 sq ft
      Lot size: 522 sqft
    7. 0 beds, 1 bath
      Home size: 400 sq ft
      Lot size: 25,874 sqft
    8. 1 bed, 2 baths
      Home size: 1,052 sq ft
      Lot size: 1,263 sqft
    9. 2 beds, 2 baths
      Home size: 954 sq ft
      Lot size: 304 sqft
    10. 2 beds, 2 baths
      Home size: 998 sq ft
      Lot size: 130 sqft
    11. 1 bed, 1 bath
      Home size: 685 sq ft
      Lot size: 217 sqft
    12. 2 beds, 3 baths
      Home size: 2,488 sq ft
      Lot size: 261 sqft
    13. 0 beds, 1 bath
      Home size: 558 sq ft
    14. 3 beds, 4 baths
      Home size: 2,846 sq ft
    15. 1 bed, 2 baths
      Home size: 1,225 sq ft
      Lot size: 87 sqft
    16. 1 bed, 1 bath
      Home size: 599 sq ft
    17. 1 bed, 1 bath
      Home size: 806 sq ft
      Lot size: 174 sqft
    18. 1 bed, 1 bath
      Home size: 599 sq ft
    19. 2 beds, 1 bath
      Home size: 916 sq ft
      Lot size: 130 sqft
    20. 2 beds, 2 baths
      Home size: 1,399 sq ft
      Lot size: 348 sqft
    21. 2 beds, 2 baths
      Home size: 1,286 sq ft
      Lot size: 261 sqft
    22. 1 bed, 1 bath
      Home size: 632 sq ft
      Lot size: 261 sqft
    23. 1 bed, 1 bath
      Home size: 1,030 sq ft
      Lot size: 217 sqft
    24. 2 beds, 3 baths
      Home size: 2,106 sq ft
      Lot size: 3,441 sqft
    25. 1 bed, 1 bath
      Home size: 821 sq ft
    26. 1 bed, 1 bath
      Home size: 746 sq ft
      Lot size: 304 sqft
    27. 1 bed, 1 bath
      Home size: 608 sq ft
      Lot size: 261 sqft
    28. 1 bed, 1 bath
      Home size: 2,655 sq ft
    29. 2 beds, 2 baths
      Home size: 1,256 sq ft
      Lot size: 304 sqft
    30. 1 bed, 1 bath
      Home size: 779 sq ft
      Lot size: 87 sqft

    See all Downtown Austin MLS Listings.
    (all data current as of 12/11/2017)

    Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

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    Auction Details for Sabine on Fifth Condos in Downtown Austin

    The 27 remaining Sabine on Fifth condos in Downtown Austin are going on the auction block on February 28, 2010 at 1pm at the Hilton Austin Downtown, located at 500 East 4th Street.

    Registration for Sabine Auction

    Registration is required to be eligible to attend and bid on auction day.  Registration deadline is February 25, 2010 at 5pm.  Please contact us for information about registration, and we can provide you with an auction packet and quickly get you registered so you can attend and place bids.

    Deposit for Sabine Auction

    For each unit that you intend on bidding on, you will need a $2,500 cashier’s check payable to Heritage title Company.  Total depost required for each unit will be 3% if you’re bidding and win one home, and 5% if you bid and win on multiple units.

    Sabine HOA

    Each winning bidder (new owner) will become a member of the Sabine on Fifth Residential Condominium Association.  Monthly fees range from $275 to $580, depending on floor plan and unit.  (Average monthly HOA fee per square foot is $.02477)

    Closing Incentives

    If you use their preferred lender, Bank of America Home Loans or Colonial National Mortgage, and close within 45 days, winning bidder will receive $3,000 toward non-recurring closing costs from the seller.

    How Do I Become a Bidder on the Sabine Condo Auction?

    Please contact us or me directly at 512-740-8279 and we can walk you through the auction registration process.  We have been to Kennedy Wilson auctions with clients in the past, and are knowledgeable about the bidding process and can provide you with comps and other pertinent information.

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    Thank You to All Attendees of Brewing Hope’s Austin Pub Crawl!

    Team Ensor would like to thank everyone who came out to enjoy a beautiful Austin afternoon with friends and brews yesterday at the Brewing Hope event in Austin, TX.  We had a great time, and it was fun getting to meet all of you who participated!

    We look forward to the next Brewing Hope event here in Downtown Austin.  But for those of you who can’t wait that long, check out Brewing Hope events coming soon to cities all around America!

    We are very excited to have been able to sponsor the Brewing Hope event yesterday.  Team Ensor plans on sponsoring other events in the near future here in Austin, and we’ll keep you posted once we get a schedule!

    Thanks again, and we’ll see you all soon!

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    Austin Pub Crawl for Charity is Now Enrolling Teams!

    Austin Pub Crawl for Charity

    Brewing Hope is hosting its first of many nation-wide charity pub crawl events here in Austin TX on February 6, 2010, and they have started enrolling pub crawl teams now!  Come out and support Brewing Hope on their mission to raise money for MS, and spend a Saturday afternoon with good friends and brews.  Downtown Austin bars participating in this roll-out event include J-Black’s, Key Bar, Tiniest Bar in Texas, Molotov, and The Ranch.

    Team enrollment for the Austin pub crawl is sure to fill up fast, so get on board now and create your team!

    How do I start my Austin pub crawl team?

    Click here to jump directly to their team signup page, and to read the official rules and FAQ about what’s sure to be a great event.

    Team Ensor is proud to sponsor this event that’s raising money for a very worthy cause, and we hope to see you all there!

    Charity Pub Crawls

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    Recent Sales Data for Downtown Austin Real Estate

    Downtown Austin Real Estate – November 2009 Sales Report

    The following sales data for Downtown Austin real estate includes condos that sold between November 1, 2009 and November 30, 2009. Data was taken from Austin MLS Area DT. Note that the recent sales data below is solely for Downtown Austin condos. Keep in mind that these numbers are the highs, lows, averages, and median numbers for this area. For specific comps in Downtown Austin, Contact Team Ensor and one of our team members will contact you.

    Property Type: ResidentialStatus: SoldNumber of Properties: 13
     BedsBathsSqFtListing PriceLP/SqFtSelling PriceSP/SqFtSP/LPSP/OLPDOM
    High221,714$575,000$396.07$554,750$380.31100%99.5%300
    Low11454$115,000$164.38$110,600$164.3890.2%70.6%1
    Average221,022$302,994$299.75$292,018$288.6596.38%91.14%78
    Median22956$282,000$300.69$272,000$274.9196.6%93.8%60

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