Located north of Lady Bird Lake and just south of bustling East Sixth Street, East César Chavez is a mostly residential area, with 60% of the land identified as single-family residential. One of the oldest neighborhoods in Austin, part of East César Chavez was settled by freed slaves just after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, and was formerly known as Masonville, so named after Sam and Raiford Mason, the original residents of the area.
East César Chavez contains the Willow-Spence Streets Historic Disctrict, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. The District contains many architecturally intact examples of vernacular buildings from the early 20th century, and runs along parts of Willow, Spence, Canterbury, Waller, and San Marcos Streets.
Many of the homes in the East César Chavez neighborhood are less ornate versions of Victorian homes built in the early 1900s. Home values have boomed in the neighborhood over the past 10 years, as many homes have been remodeled and rebuilt in the area, as well as the addition of new businesses, and its proximity to Downtown Austin.