Austin AT&T Marathon Course Real Estate Review
So I had some friends run the marathon and/or half marathon yesterday and I heard all about the course, the hills (Austin is hillier than you think especially when you’re running 13.1 or 26.2 miles) but thought I would comment on the real estate the runners experienced throughout the day. It’s quite the Austin tour … you may want to drive it if you’re visiting our fair city. Or run it, or bike it … whatever works for you.
I chose to experience the marathon from the roadside with Boy Howdy (6-month old yellow lab companion) in tow. I’m sure hydration and heat and the finish line were the main focus for the runners but it occurred to me that they may have been interested in the real estate they were passing along the way. So here goes.
SoCo, South Congress entertainment district, long hard up hill, turns on Lightsey and back towards downtown on S. 1st … a trendy real estate zone mixed with tear-down shacks starting (if you’re lucky) at $250k to $700k uber-contemporary 3-story architectural tour gems.
The most scenic and the greenest portion of the course. This section follows Lady Bird Lake from downtown to the Hula Hut (margaritas and beautiful Lake Austin viewing). The real estate along this stretch is quite green and sprinkled with commercial or parks. But watch out for that short but steep hill right when you turn onto Enfield.
Miles 10-12 – Enfield & Exposition
Now we’re talking real estate. Minimum $500k to multi-million. And hilly.
Miles 10-12.5 Half Marathon / Enfield
Oh so hilly and $400k, $500k and $600k+ real estate with some cool new contemporary condos springing up every few blocks.
41st Street, Bull Creek and heading into Allandale. Not much under $300k, plenty of $400k small older homes, great location accessible to everything.
Great Northern Blvd (which is not so great but a decent bike route) & Foster Lane … boring trek along the rr tracks that run along Mopac. On the edge of Allandale and Shoal Creek which is a 60’s & 70’s & some 80’s construction neighborhood with larger lots. Again, great location if you do not live right on Mopac.
Entering Crestview (trendy & funky 50’s & 60’s neighborhood) with barely anything under $200k (fixer-upper) but high-end topping out at $400k.
North Loop, north Hyde Park, Hyde Park. Again, not scenic. Mostly 40’s neighborhood with small homes, some awful, some fabulous, some next door to uber-contemporary new construction.
Approaching the University of TX and the Capital. Part of the heart of Hyde Park with homes built in the 20’s – 40’s … some fabulous and historic, some made to fit as many university student renters as possible. A mixed bag but valuable real estate.
Some University, the Capital and a couple blocks of downtown. That is some spendy and attractive real estate. But at that point, I believe all they saw was the finish line, the most valuable real estate of the day.
Congratulations. You all impress the heckfire out of the rest of us.
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