When Loved Homes acquired this darling property, we were informed that it once contributed to the local flavor of East Austin by serving the community as the hottest lil’ menudo spot in town. Later in its lifespan, the workshop at the rear of the property housed a custom motorcycle shop. This property had so much to offer, and we were so thrilled to breathe new life into this stunning chapeau on the east side.
With median income 25 percent below city average, Govalle has some rundown areas and some nicer sections. Although it suffers from the east Austin reputation of being crime-ridden and unsavory, Govalle is benefiting from the gradual improvement in east Austin with higher-end housing being built here. But it remains a low-cost area to live, with most housing prices in the mid-$100K range.
The population is largely Hispanic and residents form a vibrant, close-knit community. The neighborhood is a short distance from downtown and the University of Texas, and public bus lines are readily accessible. The south side is heavily industrialized, with commercial and industrial building and warehouses. The rest of the neighborhood is residential.
There are several parks in the area including Govalle Park, Rosewood Park, and Metz Park and Recreation Center; and the largest, 326-acre Roy G. Guerrero Park. Because of the low housing costs, many artists have taken up residence here. Some of the former warehouses have been transformed into art studios. The annual East Austin Studio Tour in November enables the public to view, and purchase, works by hundreds of local artists.
Ballet East, with a strong Latin influence, and Creative Action and Rude Mechanicals theater company are also in the neighborhood. These have community outreach programs, enabling local children to learn and explore dramatic arts. Austin Community College has a campus in the area, and there are several schools, emphasizing the arts.