Downtown Austin Living

Ten years ago the Austin downtown skyline looked nothing like it does today. The tallest building was the UT Tower standing at 27 stories (slightly higher than the State Capitol) and only a handful of skyscrapers doted the skyline. Downtown Austin was primarily used for work and play. In the past decade, downtown has become almost unrecognizable. Dozens of new buildings were constructed, notably the Frost Bank Tower building, which at one point was the highest building in Austin, but has since been outdone by the 360 and Austonian and other condominium high-rises. The idea was to make the center of the city a place people could call home. Whole Foods Market, which was founded in Austin, rebuilt their headquarters on the corner of 5th & Lamar and includes offices, a market, culinary center, and during the holiday season, an ice skating rink. Their presence has played a large roll in making the downtown area more liveable. Multiple other businesses, restaurants, bars and shops followed suit and now roughly 8,000 people call downtown Austin home.

Did you know?

  • Austin is the 15th largest city in the U.S. with roughly 1.5 million people and counting.
  • Austin has on average 300 days of sunshine a year.
  • Austin recently banned smoking in all public places including the airport, government offices and most bars and restaurants.
  • Austin boasts 25,000 hotels rooms with 5,000 located in the downtown area.
  • One of Austin’s nicknames is Silicon Hills because of the high volume of technology companies operating here.
  • Known as The Live Music Capital of the World, Austin is home to over 100 bars and music venues.
  • Austin is one of the top locations for the Film Industry. The Alamo, Spy Kids, Sin City, Miss Congeniality, and Hope Floats were all filmed here.
  • Austin has 220 parks, including the 360 acre Zilker Park located in the heart of the city.
  • Like vino? Austin is surrounded by over 20 wineries all of which can be visited on the Texas Wine Trail.
  • The actual population of Austin is 3 million, 1.5 million people and 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats, the largest urban bat population in the country.