South Central

Barton Heights

Barton Heights offers a relatively affordable alternative for young professionals and families who want to take advantage of the hip South Austin lifestyle. Barton Heights is now officially the northern half of the Zilker neighborhood.

Most of the homes in Barton Heights were built between the 1930s and the 1950s, and in keeping with that time period most still remain cohesive with the ranch style. Recently there has been an infusion of new builds ranging from Craftsman and Modern architecture. Barton Heights sits between Zilker Park and Auditorium Shores. Barton Springs pool is an Austin staple, within walking distance for some and no more than a mile and a half for the rest.

Local schools consistently get high marks. This, its close proximity to shopping corridors south and in Westlake as well as restaurant row along Barton Springs keep this neighborhood in high demand.

Hot Spots: Shady Grove, Chuy’s, Billy’s Brew B Que, Green Mesquite 

Outdoor Attractions: Barton Springs, Zilker Park, Auditorium Shores

Students Attend These Schools: Zilker Elementary School, O. Henry Middle School, and Austin High School

Price Range: $392,700 – $1,452,000

Barton Hills

Barton Hills can be referred to as the central hill country, the rolling streets are spotted with tall live oaks and refinished homes mostly built in the 40’s and 50’s. The neighborhood is conveniently located to Zilker Park and Barton Springs. Because it is convenient to South Lamar and Barton Springs Blvd, residents can walk or ride their bikes to, retail, restaurants and coffee shops.

The neighborhood elementary schools consistently get top marks from state education officials, making Barton Hills a popular location for young families. Homes seem to grow directly out of the enchanted forest that engulfs them. 

It boasts lush parks, cool pools and prolific botanic gardens. Not to mention, Barton Hills hosts popular events like Austin City Limits music festival and the annual Kite Festival.

Hot Spots: Shady Grove, Chuy’s, Baby Acapulco, Flipnotics Coffee

Outdoor Attractions: Barton Springs, Zilker Park, Town Lake, Auditorium shores, Gus Fruh Park, Barton Creek Greenbelt

Students Attend These Schools: Barton Hills Elementary, O. Henry Middle School and Austin High School

Price Range: $330,000 – $1,452,000

Barton Place

Barton Place Condominiums are so conveniently located between S. Lamar and Zilker Park. These residences enjoy direct access to Town Lake and Zilker while neighboring some of the most popular restaurants in town. Because of the proximity to downtown the views are stunning and the conveniences are limitless without the congestion.

This private, six-building complex offers protected entry, 24-hour concierge, community gardens, dog runs, a salt water pool, workout facility and owners lounge and suite. There are also rooftop terraces that offer the perfect space for gatherings and entertaining.

Most units offer open floor plans with hardwood floors, granite counters, high-end stainless steel appliances and lots of light and windows. Beautiful courtyards and shaded spaces with towering pecan trees grace the common area.

Hot Spots: Austin Java, Blacks BBQ, Chuy’s, Flipnotics

Outdoor Attractions: Town Lake, Zilker Park

Students Attend These Schools: Barton Hills Elementary, O. Henry Middle School and Austin High School

Price Range: $330,000 – $1,100,000

Bouldin Creek

Bouldin Creek is an eclectic neighborhood that stands proud as one of Austin’s oldest. With over 2,600 households intermixed with family owned businesses and historic landmarks the Bouldin Creek residents are proud and it shows.

This area has historic charm. Tall oak trees cover several historic homes and countless others that were built in the 1920s and 1930s. The neighborhood is highly diverse, with a variety of cultures, backgrounds and architectural styles blending together.

The neighborhood association and involvement is strong with community supported events like creek cleanups. Although Bouldin enjoys convenient proximity to downtown and SoCo district, it feels warm and inviting like the well cared for old Austin neighborhood it is.

Located directly across Lady Bird Lake, Bouldin Creek blends central city convenience with edgy entertainment.

Hot Spots:, The Long Center for the Performing Arts, Lester E. Palmer Community Events Center, Boudin Creek Coffee House, the Soup Peddler

Outdoor Activities: Auditorium Shores, Bouldin Creek

Students Attend These Schools: Becker Elementary, Fulmore Middle and Travis High School

Price Range: $247,500 – $495,000

Bridges on the Park

Located on the south side of Town Lake, Bridges on the Park is a luxury mid-rise building made up of 102 residential units and 5 commercial units. It was designed by local modernist Tom Hurt and towers over the lake’s southern shore. Units are either one to two bedrooms and feature contemporary styling.

Residents enjoy twenty four hour front desk attendant and FT management, a conference center, fitness facilities, garage parking, site storage, pool, spa, fire pit, and gas grills. The six floor mixed-use building incorporates ground level retail as well. The Butler Park Pitch & Putt lies across the street, leaving open green-space for east facing units. Upper floors have stunning views of the skyline.

Beautifully landscaped courtyards and entertainment areas surround the building. Residents also have direct access to hike and bike trails, Zilker Park and the Pfluger pedestrian bridge. Barton Springs Pool, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, Zilker Park, Auditorium Shores and South Lamar are also nearby.

Hot Spots: Austin Paggi House, Viva Day Spa, Barton Springs Saloon

Outdoor Attractions: Town Lake, Zilker Park

Students Attend These Schools: Barton Hills Elementary, O. Henry Middle School and Austin High School

Price range: $462,000 – $1,023,000

Kinney Oaks Court

Kinney Oaks Court allows homeowners to experience the nostalgia of quaint suburbia in the heart of the bustling business district. It truly is the best of both worlds. Large homes on modest lots surround a private neighborhood park which serves as room to run, play and meet the neighbors. The well maintained homes with striking trim and crisp picket fences practically take you back in time.

Creating a quaint beach cottage feel, the one to two story homes are often painted in pale pastel colors. They come with features like hardwood floors, large picturesque windows and spacious floor plans. Most two story models have large balconies, front porches and private backyards.

At the heart of the neighborhood sits a small green space with a playground and picnic tables. Located next to South Lamar Boulevard, residents are also close to some of South Austin’s best attractions.

Hot Spots: Highball and Alamo Drafthouse, The Gibson, Yoga Yoga

Outdoor Attractions: Townlake, Gus Fruh, Peter Pan Golf, Barton Creek Greenbelt, The Broken Spoke

Students Attend These Schools: Zilker Elementary, O’Henry Middle School, Austin Highschool

Price Range: $462,000 – $594,000

South Congress (SOCO)

The neighborhood is located between Travis Heights and Bouldin Creek. SoCo is eclectically grounded by food and fun. Everything from live music , native Austin shopping, some of the most delicious restaurants and food trailers in town!

On the First Thursday of every month, Austinites descend on South Congress to celebrate all the SoCo offerings.

Many Austinites attribute its enduring popularity to the magnificent and unobstructed view of the Texas Capitol. South Congress has seen an impressive revitalization in the past few years. Many of the original buildings have been restored and homes remodeled.

From modern new builds to tree-covered cottages, this neighborhood offers homes with diverse styles. It truly captures the unique vibe of Austin. Residents are able to walk to numerous parks, preserves and hiking trails.

Hot Spots: All of South Congress Ave – Lucy in Disguise, Home Slice, HopDoddy, Guero’s

Outdoor Activities: Town Lake, Zilker Park, First Thursday – South Congress, Big Stacy and Little Stacy Park, Community Pools

Students Attend These Schools: Travis Heights Elementary, Fulmore Middle and Travis High School

Price range: $330,000 – $1,452,000

South Lamar (SOLA)

SoLa has been booming, lending itself to a more central vibe further South. New locally owned and operated businesses have been popping up left and right. Old apartment buildings have been renovated to condos giving first time buyers the chance to move close in and get that urban feel without the rising cost of being downtown. Lamar Boulevard is a straight shot downtown and is just minutes from Ben White.

South Lamar’s low-key lifestyle is exemplified by its cheap eateries, cool thrift stores and dive bar drink specials. For those who want active alternatives, abundant green space and refreshing blue water pools are also nearby.

Along with single family residences, there are plenty of apartment and condominium options. The neighborhood is a mix of ethnic groups and is relatively safe for inner city. It sees a mix of families, retirees, students and one can get everything needed to live and play without leaving the neighborhood. Nearby public transportation makes it easy and inexpensive to get to any part of Austin. It is served by AISD with several private school options just minutes away.

Hot Spots: Barley Swine, Olivia, OPA, Black Sheep

Outdoor Activities: Barton Springs, Gus Fruh

Students Attend These Schools: Barton Hills Elementary, O. Henry Middle School and Austin High School

Price Range: $247,500 – $605,000

Travis Heights

Travis Heights is a nature-lover’s residential paradise. It is an invitingly walkable neighborhood with modern abodes and colorful bungalows bordering Lady Bird Lake. Streets are surrounded by towering trees, parks and biking and jogging trails.

Local cafes and breweries cultivate the neighborhood’s down-to-earth, unintimidating atmosphere. Travis Heights is built upon respect for both the unique natural environment and the rich architectural history of the neighborhood.

You will find many historic homes ranging from very large Victorian to Craftsmen style and small cottages with decorated yards, winding streets and dramatic hillsides. With the growth of Austin and the proximity to downtown, prices have escalated greatly.

Located in the very trendy 78704 zip code, just east of South Congress Avenue. In the center of Austin, you can feel quite secluded because of its natural terrain and vegetation.

Hot Spots: South Congress Cafe, Home Slice

Outdoor Activities: Big Stacey, Little Stacey, Norwood Estate Park, Blunn Creek Nature Preserve

Students Attend These Schools: Travis Heights Elementary, Fulmore Middle and Travis High School

Price Range: $319,000 – $1,452,000


Zilker is an enchanting neighborhood celebrated for its natural beauty and accessible creature comforts. Outdoor enthusiasts find endless enjoyment in nearby Zilker Park and Barton Springs, where runners, bikers, swimmers, frisbee golfers and kayakers share their love for all things active.

Beyond its namesake green space, this down-to-earth neighborhood is beloved for its proximity to downtown and late night hotspots. It is located only minutes from popular restaurants and stores along Barton Springs Road and South Lamar. For these reasons, Zilker is considered one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Austin.

Streets are tree-lined and hilly. The community offers a laid-back lifestyle where residents are often seen walking their dogs, gathering for coffee or drinks, enjoying local music and events like Austin City Limits.

Homes vary widely, from smaller cottages to large estates. The neighborhood is also comprised of new, contemporary houses alongside original and historic homes.

Hot Spots: South Congress Cafe, Home Slice

Outdoor Activities: Big Stacey, Little Stacey, Norwood Estate Park, Blunn Creek Nature Preserve

Students Attend These Schools: Travis Heights Elementary, Fulmore Middle and Travis High School

Price Range: $418,000 – $1,760,000


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