6.6 out of 10

Triangle State

Ranked 30th best neighborhood in Austin
30.3075587621173 -97.7382478041783
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Eating Out
  • Shopping Options
  • Clean & Green
  • Public Transport
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Lack of Traffic
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Where The Beautiful People Live and Play"

Located just west of the Hyde Park area, Triangle Slate neighborhood mostly caters to young, urban professionals as this is one lovely and fantastic place in the city of Austin with manicured lawns fronting upscale homes and condominiums. The neighborhood is full of great retail shops, fine dining establishments, and other businesses that hardly make it necessary to ever leave the neighborhood as everything you need to live can be found here. If you can afford it, this is a green and safe place to raise a family with low crime rates and great neighbors.

You really don't need a car in this area since traffic is terrible at times and parking almost non-existent, with Capitol Metro bus and rail lines nearby. It's close to the University of Texas at Austin and the entertainment districts of South Congress and 6th Street. The area is served by the Austin Independent School District and there are excellent private schools close to the area as well. This is a great place to see the beautiful people of Austin and people-watch while you take a long lunch or dinner at one of the fine dining establishments in the area.
Pros
  • Close to UT
  • Green and clean
  • Shopping and nightlife
  • Convenient location
  • Meets all your shopping needs
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Definitely lacking the Austin original spirit
  • Expensive housing
  • Not much Austin charm
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Flawless, but lacking flavor"

Triangle State has got to be the most effective, most perfectly executed planned community I have ever seen. Catering pretty much exclusively to wealthy young professionals, the entire area was designed to be self-contained and self-sustaining, with tons of upscale shopping, tons of upscale housing, and tons of well-manicured green space. The cost of entry to the area is prohibitive for most ordinary people, and many more would opt out of living here just because the perfectly polished environment is more or less the opposite of what people have come to expect from Austin living.

Still, it’s impossible to argue that it isn’t a lovely place to live. What it lacks in character and intrigue, it more than makes up for in exclusivity and posh settings. Central Market, one of the centerpieces of Triangle shopping, is a marvel to behold, and worth the trip for any Austinite who’s searching for a particular obscure food, organic offerings, or, well, the world’s most expensive groceries.

There’s plenty to do, and getting from Triangle State to the rest of the city is fairly simple, but even if it weren’t so excessively costly, the lack of Austin charm and color makes it an unlikely destination for all but the most status-conscious and wealthy among us.
Pros
  • Green and clean
  • Shopping and nightlife
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Definitely lacking the Austin original spirit
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Urban and new but pricey and no heart"

Triangle State can really only loosely be characterized as a “neighborhood.” Comprised largely of massive apartment complexes situated around some urban shopping centers, this is a popular place for students and young professionals. Because of its extremely convenient location and high concentration of retail shops, restaurants and other businesses, housing is quite expensive here.

The boundaries for Triangle State are 38th Street to the south, 45th and 51st Streets to the north, N. Lamar Boulevard to the west and Guadalupe to the east. Triangle State gets its name from the mixed-use development located in the triangular-shaped area formed by 45th Street and the merging of Guadalupe and N. Lamar Streets. This area was a state-owned empty lot for many years, and the nearby neighborhoods, particularly Hyde Park, worked diligently to influence the kind of development that grew up in the space when the state sold the land. The result was a mix of retail and residential buildings situated around large areas of green space that has proved to be quite popular, particularly with the younger set.

The area can’t be beat for amenities, as located within its borders is Central Market, the upscale grocery featuring organic and specialized foods that also includes a café and playscape. Within the Triangle (the name of the mixed-use development) one finds restaurants, retail shops, an Office Max, coffee shops and bars. Centered within the complex is a large open area of green space where a mid-weekly farmers market is held, as well as an interactive fountain popular with kids and lots of room for dogs to run amuck in. All these benefits come at a steep price, however. A one-bedroom apartment starts at $1,200 a month. The Gables Central Park, located next to Central Market on 38th Street, is the other large apartment complex in the area, and also offers plenty of modern amenities. In addition, residents can walk out into the adjacent Central Park area, which has a pond surrounded by a walking/jogging trail. Rental rates are comparable to those found at the Triangle apartments.
Pros
  • Convenient location
  • Meets all your shopping needs
  • Close to UT
Cons
  • Expensive housing
  • Not much Austin charm
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Paging the Stepford Wives..."

This place has always boggled my mind. Sure, it’s all so brand new and extremely nice and safe and wonderful, and there’s no way I’m even going to get the chance to consider living here anyway, given my current and future financial situation. But something about it seems so Stepford to me. It’s so darned perfect—way too perfect for Austin, in my opinion. The whole idea behind this community is that it’s an upscale urban place with loft-like condos surrounded by upscale restaurants and entertainment, but come on. I’ve stayed in some pretty fancy resorts, and they’re fun for a while, but I imagine living like that every single day of my life would drive me bonkers. Why move to somewhere like Austin if you’re not going to immerse yourself in all the quirky strange uniqueness Austin has to offer? Now I imagine I’m either preaching to the choir here, or else just pushing anyone seriously considering this area even further into deciding it’s for them. So maybe this place is a good thing for everyone. You get to keep your Chedd’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese, polished bamboo flooring and vaulted ceilings, and I’ll keep my Kirby Lane Cafe and worn out carpet with the questionable stain that my landlord refuses to admit was there when I moved in. Look—everyone’s happy! We can all peacefully coexist in this wonderful city!
Pros
  • Close to UT
  • Green and clean
  • Shopping and nightlife
Cons
  • Definitely lacking the Austin original spirit
  • Expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Everyhting in One Spot... If Youre Rich"

A small plot of urban land between Rosedale and Hyde Park, the Triangle State is an exclusive neighborhood of everything high class for the younger crowd with money to spend. A bunch of high rise apartments seated above upscale shopping center surrounding the Austin State Hospital, residents never have to step outside of these blocks if they do not want to. Thus, an individual can live life as a shut in here, despite that going against the Austinite spirit. While the student neighborhoods due east are for those on a tighter budget, the Triangle State caters to those coming from well to do families who instead of bargain shopping would rather spend a couple hundred dollars buying just a cotton t-shirt with jeans already half ripped.

In the southeastern corner of the neighborhood is Central Park and down the block is an H-E-B as well as another hospital, making it have more medical facilities per capita than most other Austin communities. Residents are also close to other hopping areas of town such as the Drag, Hyde Park and North University. Both N. Lamar and Guadalupe are major streets, transferring a great amount of activity in and out of the Triangle State. The name of this neighborhood refers to the triangle that forms when Guadalupe and N. Lamar intersect after Guadalupe briefly splits. The major downside of living in this area, of course, is the expensive rent, which often exceeds $1,000. The immediate surrounding are green, clean and full of culture, but one can get more bang for their buck and experience more of the weird side of Austin if they wander a bit more east.
Pros
  • Close to UT
  • Shopping and nightlife
  • Green and clean
Cons
  • Expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish

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