- October 15, 2020

A Guide to Life in North Lamar

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North Lamar, a neighborhood in north Austin, is a bustling area, home to about 6,500 residents. The neighborhood is bordered by I-35 and North Lamar Boulevard, so commuting to the rest of city and downtown is just about a 15 minute drive. The North Lamar area offers a great urban mix atmosphere, with lots of restaurants coffee shops, and parks. 

Here’s everything you need to know about life in North Lamar neighborhood:

Eat and Drink:

For Mexican cuisine, check out Taqueria Rafi’s and Maudi’s. Taqueria Rafi’s is a food truck specializing in tacos, tortas, flautas, and more. For a great patio and margarita, Maudi’s is your place. If you’re in the mood for a gyro, head to Santorini Cafe for all things Greek food, another great patio, and fabulous lunch specials. 

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If you catch yourself on a weekend, looking for a place to watch football, Shoal Creek Saloon is home for the New Orleans Saints and the LSU Tigers. Order a burger, fried catfish, or their boudin balls, and wash it down with a cold beer from their extensive beer list. 

Lastly, if you’re looking to venture out of your usual food palate, we recommend trying Balkan Cafe & Grill. This family-owned restaurant open in the 90’s and proudly serves authentic Serbian cuisine, like Ćevapi (beef sausages), Pljeskavica (burger-style dish), and Gulas (beef stew). Outside, you can find a sand volleyball court, dog-friendly patio, and a playscape for the kids. 

For a coffee or boba tea, check out Gen Bobabee & Coffee House

Photo curtesy of @genbobabeecoffee

Shopping:

There’s plenty of shopping areas in the North Lamar neighborhood! North Park Shopping Center, Northgate Shopping Center, Northwend Shopping Center, Central Park Shopping Center, and The Crescent. If you’re looking for a local shop, head to Kick Pleat or Blue Elephant Boutique for women’s clothing, all things Texas, and fun gift items. 

Photo curtesy of @shopkickpleat

Outdoor Activities:

Get your hike on at one of Austin’s most picturesque views of the city, Mount Bonnell. Take the steep steps up to the lookout over the lake, especially at sunset. If you’re looking for a trail to run or walk on, Lady Bird Lake is our favorite trail in Austin. Parts of the trail are paved with dirt, while the brand new section of the trail, the Boardwalk, is paved concrete. The trail does get busy with runners, walkers, and bikers on the weekend and nice days!

Pease District Park is a great park for a trail, picnic space, and sport courts. The park also hosts the infamous annual party in honor of Eeyore!

Take your dog out to Shoal Creek Greenbelt to their spacious dog park and walk along their super shady trails. 

Photo curtesy of @hikeaustin

Family-Friendly Activities:

To get your Texas education on, check out the Bullock Museum! Just a short drive to downtown from North Lamar, you can learn everything there is to know about the history of Texas and more. Exhibitions rotate, so even if you’re a local, the museum is great to go to. The museum also features an IMAX Theatre so you can view America’s wild or sea turtles on a massive screen. After taking a tour of the museum, we recommend venturing around the University of Texas’s beautiful campus. 

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Jump Party USA is a great place to take the kiddos for them to enjoy an indoor trampoline and sports park with soccer, bungee jumping, dodgeball, basketball, ping-pong, and more. 

Housing:

According to Zillow, most residents in the North Lamar neighborhood rent their home. The typical value of homes in North Lamar is about $269K. North Lamar home values have gone up 8.4% over the past year and are expected to rise 5.5% in the next year. The North Lamar neighborhood is a great place for young professionals in Austin to live who are looking for a quick commute to downtown, but don’t want to live in the heart of the city. 

Photo curtesy of Bridge at Sterling Village apartments

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