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One of the most beloved neighborhoods in Austin sits just south of downtown. With its convenient location, green outdoor spaces, laid-back vibe, and hip restaurants and shops, there’s no surprise that the Travis Heights neighborhood is a highly coveted one.
Here are five of the reasons to love Travis Heights!
As mentioned before, location-wise in Austin, it doesn’t get any better. Travis Heights is located just south of downtown and close to I-35, making it easy to hop on the highway… depending on traffic. Residents can walk to the South Congress strip for shopping, dining, and live music, make the short trek to Town Lake for running, biking, or kayaking or hop over the Colorado River a.k.a. Town Lake a.k.a. Lady Bird Lake to have dinner downtown. Whatever it is you want to do in Austin, Travis Heights is a central home base to it all.
2. SHOPPING, DINING, AND LIVE MUSIC
Whether you’re in the mood for new and/ or vintage clothing, coffee, food, or live tunes, you can easily get it in on the edge of Travis Heights on SoCo. Snap a pic in front of the I Love You So Much sign while you’re waiting in line at Jo’s Coffee with tourists and locals alike. Enjoy a jalapeño margarita, Queso Flameado, and picadillo tacos while you people-watch on the patio at Guero’s. Or pop in for something a bit healthier at Sweetgreen, located in the all new Music Row! Catch a live show at the legendary Continental Club. Burn off some calories with a shopping spree down South Congress. Local favorite shops include Parts & Labour, Maya Star, and Allen’s Boots, as well as, larger chains like Madewell and Warby Parker. Need a getaway from home? Book a staycation at Hotel Saint Cecilia, Hotel San José, Austin Motel, or South Congress Hotel.
Trails, parks, huge oak trees, and greenbelt – oh my! Though the SoCo strip in Travis Heights is trendy and totally packed during big Austin events like ACL, SXSW, and um, Saturday, you can still miraculously find peaceful luscious green outdoor spaces just steps away. Yes, one minute you can be sipping on an Iced Macha Latte from Mañana while browsing through racks of majestic costumes at Lucy In Disguise, and another you can be walking your rescue dog along a shaded path to Big Stacy or Little Stacy Park. Big Stacy houses a pool for all ages, while Little Stacy has tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts and a shallow pool and playscape for kids.
Big old mansions, charming Craftsman bungalows, Dwell magazine-worthy modern homes, and the occasional apartment complex all make up the diverse homes in Travis Heights. Take a stroll down just one windy, shady street and you can find a funky and colorful 1920’s home sitting next to an ultra-new and modern abode that’s sitting next to a quaint set of cottages with a renovated airstream in between.
The people of Travis Heights are as eclectic as the homes they live in. Musicians, artists, lawyers, doctors, @6stcowboy—you name it—a variety of people choose to lovingly and proudly call Travis Heights home. Snip a sprig or two of basil from Stephanie’s well-tended garden across the street (ahem, she offered), take your guitar over to Jill’s house for her monthly jam sessions, walk over to Jeff’s house and borrow his binoculars to see what the neighborhood owls are up to after dinner, and of course, get a sneak peek into Deb’s house and art studio during the Travis Heights Art Trail held every year in November.
Want to know more about living in the Travis Heights, like total number of households, median home price, average income? Click here.
Featured photo by Christina Boemio