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When you hit Central Austin, you’ll know right away you landed in Longhorn territory. From the massive football stadium, which packs in crowds of tailgaters every fall, to the burnt orange glow of the UT Tower, the University of Texas at Austin dominates this area just north of Downtown. And, with its close proximity to all academic buildings — not to mention, the infamous strip of bars and restaurants known as “The Drag” — there’s no doubt it attracts a collegiate population.
However, the gorgeous, historic houses in this area would be perfect for small, growing families as well, especially in the section known as Hyde Park. The architecture there spans the gamut from peaked-roof Victorian classics, to hip, quaint bungalows. Yet, despite the different styles, a love of greenery mixed with a modern attitude abounds, creating a place where old magnolia trees line the blocks alongside progressive political banners and signs.