When most people think of the French Place neighborhood, they think of tree lined streets, tidy bungalows, and the bohemian nature of a neighborhood that is tucked away just northeast of the University of Texas campus. Even though French Place neighborhood is not a legally defined subdivision, the tiny pocket of homes exists north of Manor Road, east of IH 35, west of Cherrywood Road, and south of Edgewood Avenue. It is an integral part of the larger Cherrywood neighborhood and includes Dancy, Avalon, Forest Hills and Lafayette Heights subdivisions.
French Place Homes for Sale
Homes in French Place
Homes in French Place were built during the late 1930s and reflect the popular building styles of the day. With nine foot ceilings and hardwood floors, the homes are especially popular with first time home buyers. You can enjoy the feel of a close knit community while being only minutes from downtown and the University of Texas.
Originally priced between $3,500 and $4,000, these homes have seen a dramatic increase in price. Built with around 1,000 square feet of living space with detached garages, most homes have been enlarged to accommodate today’s families. Prices now range between $200,000 to $400,000 with most falling into the lower ranges of that price group.
French Place History
The neighborhood takes its name from the developer, J. H. French who moved there with his wife Doris about 1930. Relocating to Austin from New Orleans, French began building homes along 28th and 29th streets. The entire subdivision encompassed nine square blocks and featured two bed, one bath homes, perfect for first time buyers. The charming wood framed homes reflected the styles of French’s home town and incorporated decorative trim work, front porches, and unique copulas. The popularity of these charming homes makes this a highly sought after neighborhood for young and old alike!
French Place Austin Attractions
French Place has always attracted an eclectic mix of owners and businesses. The popular restaurant row along Manor Road offers an assortment of dining experiences. Try El Chile, Mi Madres, Vivo or El Chilito for mexican food, and Eastside Café for upscale options. Also, Hoover’s offers a Texas version of soul food, Red House Pizzaria is popular for their individual pizzas, and Clementine Coffee Bar is the local internet coffee shop where neighbors meet over sandwiches and computers. Parks in the area include Alamo Recreation Center and Patterson Park. The neighborhood association in conjunction with CHULA (Cherrywood Urban Landscape and Arts) also hosts the Cherrywood Arts Fair which has become one of the more unique Christmas shopping experiences in the city.