Dawson is bordered on the south by Ben White Boulevard and on the north by West Oltorf Street and runs between South Congress Avenue on the east and South First Street to the west.
Like most South Austin areas, Dawson was primarily a working-class neighborhood with small- to medium-sized homes for most of its existence. Many of the homes and some of the people are still there, now mixed with newer, sometimes larger houses. It’s also within walking distance of the ever-increasing shopping and entertainment options on South Congress and South First.
The current average listing price in Dawson is $288 per square foot, but the individual properties that make up that average range from $254/square foot (124 Cumberland Road, fairly new condo asking $379,000 plus homeowners association fees) to $479/square foot (115 Frederick Street, an 813-square-foot single-family home wanting $389,900).