Here you’ll find a mix of historic homes and new construction; quiet, proud neighborhoods and vibrant nightlife; ethnic, working-class communities set next to modern condos and commercial development. In the western section, the proximity to downtown Austin makes it an attractive area for young singles to live. Further east, you get ethnic, working-class neighborhoods with smaller, well-kept homes, small yards, and strong community pride. No homeowner associations here, which give rise to some freedom of expression in the coloring of houses and painting of murals. The eastern sections border the lake and have some well-kept city parks.