2 Austin neighborhoods make ‘25 hottest in America’ 

9:03 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 Home & Leisure
Ricardo Brazziell
John Andrew Perello also known as Artist JonOne paints a new public art piece on the side of Native, a new Hostel bar and restaurant, in East Austin. This mural art piece will be the only art piece painted by Artist JonOne in Texas as of Tuesday, July 18, 2017. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

When Austin as a whole isn’t topping “best places to live” lists, its neighborhoods are. 

Two Austin neighborhoods made HotSpot Rentals list of “25 hottest neighborhoods in America.” Notably, both are located east of I-35. 

Austin’s Holly neighborhood came in at No. 12, with high scores for budget, weather and walkability. Surprisingly the neighborhood, which is only a few blocks away from Rainey Street and busy East Cesar Chavez Street, scored surprisingly low on the entertainment scale. 

The other Austin neighborhood to make the list is (possibly unsurprisingly) Central East Austin at No. 10. The neighborhood scored similarly high and low in the same categories as Holly. 

As many Austinites know, the city’s historic east side has seen the ongoing effects of gentrification for years

In compiling the list the real estate blog considered six different factors: walkability, transit, budget, entertainment, lifestyle and weather. These factors looked at the number of bars and restaurants in a neighborhood, local taxes, the severity of the seasons and pet friendliness. 

Other cities that had two neighborhoods make the list include New York, Seattle, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. 

The only other Texas neighborhood to make the list was Houston’s Lower Westheimer. 

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