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Wedged between Highway 183 and Mopac Expressway, the Gateway area acts as a gateway to retail, entertainment and luxury apartment-living. Defined by the large Gateway Shopping Center and a few large apartment complexes, residents need not travel far for dining, movies and a good time.

Located approximately 10 miles from downtown Austin, visitors have easy access to major roads and Gateway residents find that sometimes, a trip downtown is unnecessary; they have all they need not far from their front doors.


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As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in Austin, TX is $1,262 for one bedroom, and $1,628 for two bedrooms. Apartment rent in Austin has increased by 3.5% in the past year.

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52 Walk Score® Somewhat Walkable
39 Transit Score® Some Transit
49 Bike Score® Somewhat Bikeable



Eateries line Mopac and 183, and Gateway acts as an entertainment hub, capitalizing on unique food and enjoyable times. Once you pass by the major chain restaurants, you can find gems such as Roaring Fork. With only two locations in Austin, dining focuses on wood-fired choices such as the bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin served with cheese grits. And for non-carnivores, the restaurant's happy hours and Sunday brunch leave plenty of choices for everyone.

Another Austin staple, Mighty Fine Burgers, serves up a taste of "classic Texas" with burgers made from on-site-ground beef, iceberg lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes and any other toppings you can imagine.

NXNW Restaurant & Brewery presents wonderful dining options as well, but stop by for their wide beer selection after dinner. They vary up their selection of seasonal and annual ambers and ales, and offer "beer school" for those hoping to learn more about the brews they love. Tons of nearby restaurants have varied drink, beer and wine selections, or stop by Regal Cinemas Gateway Stadium 16 IMAX Movie Theater to relax with a movie.


Gateway has grown out of the combined traffic drawn from the two intersecting highways, 183 and Mopac, to create an economically advantaged retail district. Many of the apartment and condo residences in this primarily commercial district sprouted up recently and help drive well off residents and younger individuals to the area.

While no museums reside within the area, it's just a ten minute drive north or south to the two closest museums. An Eastern Masterpiece Gallery serves as the home to Indian art and decor, and to the south, the Republic of Texas Museum allows guests to beef up on their Texas history through exhibits and events.

For art, residents can remain closer to home with trips to performing and visual arts schools and galleries such as the Paul Marnie Arts Center just minutes away.


Gateway dwellers have the good fortune to live in a relatively concentrated neighborhood, as the entire area is only about a mile long at its largest. While public transportation options such as Capital Metro's buses service the area, making trips elsewhere in the city fairly easy, stops are limited due to the area's size.

The neighborhood is a bit removed from the city's center, making regular visits by cabs less likely. But with a quick call to a taxi company or a message to Uber, one can easily garner transportation to any of the restaurants or stores in the area.

Public parking is harder to come by, but with so many retail centers in the neighborhood, parking can certainly be acquired without much effort. Be wary for any signs that might list specific hours, potentially restricting overnight parking. But once you've left the parking space, the sky is the limit for where you can travel quickly; both 183 and Mopac provide access to other major highways and create easy access to the rest of Austin and beyond.

The only trouble in the area comes for bikers. While walking is possible via established sidewalks, no bike lanes on the bordering frontage roads for 183 and Mopac means cyclists must proceed with extra caution in most areas of Gateway.


The cost of living is about 8 percent lower than the city average. The median rent for a one-bedroom residence is fairly high, at $1,028, but cheap transportation options through Capital Metro make traveling to downtown Austin as cheap as $2.00 for a day pass.

Entertainment weighs the scales a bit heavier, though residents have plenty of options for food, drink and good times. With many craft beers and high-end locales, the cost of beer at some bars can be as low as $2, but at others can shoot up well into the $6-7 range.

For those who choose to take advantage of driving, your gas will come in at about 8.5 percent cheaper than the national average, which encourages visitors and residents to stick to their own modes of transportation in the area.


The most prominent shopping area is the Gateway Centers where known retail giants such as Nordstrom Rack, Men's Wearhouse, and Old Navy fill the stores. Due to the proximity to major expressways, incredible options are also available across and down Mopac at the Shops at Arbor Walk and the Domain, as well as across 183.

Guests at Savory Spice Shop can relax with soothing blends of herbs and spices, wake up with an eclectic selection of extracts, sauces and stocks and enjoy learning about the history of spice through many educational books.

If you prefer to eat in, many national bulk grocers have set up in the area. But Austin-based Whole Foods and the nearby Natural Grocers help keep residents fit and healthy through a wide selection of organic and natural products. Sprouts Farmers Market also keeps the area stocked with greens, so staying in top form is no trouble for the Gateway neighborhood.


Unfortunately, there are no parks in the retail-oriented Gateway area, but you need only travel one to two miles in nearly any direction to reach some recreational spaces. Regional parks such as Steck Valley Park and accompanying Steck Valley Greenbelt provide wonderful opportunities for family outings and athletic activities.

Most of the nearby parks are kid- and dog-friendly, but check for posted signs if your pet needs to relieve itself. Fortunately, many of the western and northern parks bleed into the wilderness to an extent, so fitness junkies can certainly fit in a hike or an off-road bike ride. Annual events are sparse but present in the area, but distance to these parks is a drawback for many residents who don't want to put in the same effort to reach their recreation.


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Wedged between Highway 183 and Mopac Expressway, the Gateway area acts as a gateway to retail, entertainment and luxury apartment-living. Defined by the large Gateway Shopping Center and a few large apartment complexes, residents need not travel far for dining, movies and a good time.

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