Once a sleepy enclave south of downtown Austin, Rainey Street has since morphed into the next "it" neighborhood. Its eclectic vibe is drawing visitors and locals alike, as people are eager to experience the laid-back attitude of Austin's new social spot.
Right next to all the action is an urban community that fits right in with the neighborhood. The Millennium Rainey Street apartments offer luxury living — think quartz countertops, floor-to-ceiling windows, and eco-friendly touches — smack in the middle of an area that boasts some of the city's hottest gathering places and a Walk Score of 85.
So where exactly can you walk? A big part of Rainey Street's resurgence is due to the rehabbing of its historic homes into hip and cozy bars. Once dilapidated and neglected, the bungalows were spruced up while retaining their authentic charm.
Now you can nurse a beer on the porch of Craft Pride; dig into the green chile pork cheese fries at Javelina; or sip a cocktail at Lucille's, the rumored former residence of a 1920s flapper who mysteriously ran off with a businessman.
Food trucks also congregate along Rainey Street, serving up a buffet of late-night munchies that span the globe.
It's not all nighttime activities, though. Lady Bird Lake is nearby, offering hike and bike trails and boating, paddling, and fishing. If you want to tout your Austinite cred, try stand-up paddleboarding, a hybrid of canoeing and surfing that you'll see waves of athletes attempting on the weekend.