SOULFUL SOUTH AUSTIN
Looking for an Austin neighborhood that is nice, quiet, and affordable? South Austin is the neighborhood for you. South Austin neighborhoods are welcoming, eclectic and comfortable. The area is filled with trendy boutiques, hip coffee shops, and a surplus of restaurants ranging from fine dining to food trailers. South Austin is famous for its music scene, famous South Congress (SoCo) shopping, and hippy vibe. Although South Austin has seen tremendous growth and development over the past few years, it’s been able to keep it weird.
Location and Boundaries: Lady Bird Lake to Slaughter Lane and Mopac to I-35 make up the location known as South Austin.
Neighborhood Zip Codes: 78704.
Notable Landmarks: Stevie Ray Vaughn statue (artist depiction of Stevie Ray Vaughn strewn with flowers and adoring letters from fans).
Industry in the Area: Food/beverage, metals, design, manufacturing, insurance, and tech.
Food: Dong Nai (hidden strip mall gem offering large variety of Vietnamese and Chinese foods), Magnolia Café (popular, casual breakfast/brunch spot with a creative menu) Azul Tequila (lively neighborhood Mexican restaurant with live music on weekends), Kerbey Lane Café (serves more than your standard café staples), Bouldin Creek Café (vegetarian, bohemian café offering hearty meals and artistic atmosphere), Torchy’s Tacos (quick and insanely delicious tacos served in super casual atmosphere), South Congress Café (eclectic menu served in retro-modern environment), Threadgill’s (old-fashioned dinner with southern comfort staples), Winebelly (antique-accented space with an international wine list and eclectic tapas), and Catfish Parlour (casual seafood joint known for their catfish).
Drinks and Entertainment: The Continental Club (renowned blues, jazz, and country music venue), Lockout Austin (live escape room experience featuring different themes), Broken Spoke (boot-scootin’ dancehall offering up chicken fried steak and cold beer), Capitol Cruises (all electric boat tours that offer lake cruises and up close bat viewings), Habana SoCo (authentic Cuban and Carribean cuisine with patio and cabanas), Uncommon Objects (eccentric, quirky shop with taxidermy, unique jewelry, and toys), Monkey See Monkey Do (knick-knack novelty shop), Odd Duck (farm-to-market tapas that tantalize the taste buds), and The Elephant Room (undergrown jazz bar with stiff drinks and old-fashioned ambience).
Outdoor Attractions: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, a stunning public botanical garden devoted to sustainable living located only 10 miles southwest of downtown Austin. Not only does Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center host 700 species of plants native to Texas, but it also features visual art and photography exhibits, outdoor sculptures, walking trails, and an annual sale of plants.
Schools and Family: The Barton Springs and Zilker areas boast excellent education and some other excellent schools include: Boone Elementary School, KIPP Austin Leadership Elementary, Fulmore Middle School, Austin Waldorf School, Ann Richards School for Girls Premier High School of Austin, William B. Travis High School, Texas School for the Deaf, and iPlay Austin (inflatable children’s playground).
Average Sales Price: $325,700
Notable Neighborhoods and Building Styles: South Austin homes have an average build date of 1988, and nearly every type of architectural style imaginable is available. From small bungalows to traditional ranches, luxury condos and estates, South Austin has it all. Common home exteriors are stone, brick, siding, and stucco with shingle, tile, and metal roofs. Many range from tiny parcels to half an acre to full acre properties. Additional outdoor features include covered front porches, covered back porches, courtyards, decks, pools, hot tubs, outdoor kitchens, and fire pits. Most original homes are remodeled while others wait for updating from a new owner. In South Austin, it’s very common to see a small home from the neighborhood’s early origins next to a larger, more modern structure. Interiors are about 1,700 square feet and are highly individualized. From one bedroom, one bathroom bungalows to expansive interiors with multiple bedrooms, bathrooms, and living areas, these homes offer a broad range of details. Many of the floor plans are open to maximize space, with kitchens overlooking the living and dining rooms. Floors are carpet, wood, tile, and concrete while master suites are either cozy or spacious.
If you want a newer subdivision with a modern aesthetic (lime, stucco), large homes and golf courses, Circle C is your best bet. Circle C’s community amenities include multiple pools (home to one of Central Texas’ only outdoor Olympic sized swimming centers), kitchen facilities, meeting rooms, basketball court, frisbee golf course, volleyball court, Slaughter Creek hiking trails and HOA-maintained parks. Movie buffs will love living a stone’s throw away from the Alamo Drafthouse, and nature lovers will appreciate being so close to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
Seeking something affordable to mid-range – lots of bang for your buck, and pretty close to town? Just south of Ben White (also known as 290 and 71), can be thought of as downtown-adjacent. It’s for people who want to live in South Austin but don’t want to spend the money to live downtown. The homes in this area date back to the 1960s and 70s, although moving south you’ll find 80’s and 90’s homes. Many people like the schools in this area, and claim that the commute to downtown isn’t that bad. South Austin neighborhoods are great for people who consider themselves creatives and like living very close to downtown and taking advantage of its restaurants, music venues, galleries, museums, and bars.
Boudin Creek is one of Austin’s oldest neighborhoods, dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. It is a funky mix of small bungalows and modern mansions and is adjacent to South Congress. Residents can take advantage of the area’s many stores, restaurants, coffee shops, and cafes. Despite being close to downtown, Bouldin Creek is a relatively quiet and safe neighborhood.
Barton Hills has some 50s, 60s and 70s ranch homes that are along the Barton Creek Greenbelt, a great place to be if hiking and swimming are your favorite activities. Barton Creek is one of Austin’s most nature-friendly neighborhoods (which is saying something in a city as healthy and outdoor-oriented as Austin). There are gorgeous botanical gardens, cool pools, and placid parks. Barton Hills is also home to Austin’s music scene, and it helps host the Austin City Limits festival at Zilker Park.[idx-platinum-widget id="17499-20607" ]