Travis Heights Neighborhood in Austin, Texas  

by Pool Builders on 12-08-2009 in Articles

If you're looking for unique and charming homes in Austin, look to the Travis Heights neighborhood. It's in an urban part of town, but is very desirable because of the influx of young couples and local culture. It's nearby to downtown and the South Congress area which makes it a perfect location if you want to take in all that Austin nightlife has to offer. In fact, many residents are within walking distance of hip clothing stores, cutting edge restaurants and other exciting amenities.

Travis Heights is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Austin, Texas, with the first ground being broke in 1913. It is located in south Austin and juts up next to Lady Bird Lake on the north, I-35 on the east, Congress Avenue on the west and Oltorf Street on the south. Since it's so close to the interstate, Travis Heights is a prime location for commuting or a good starting point for exploring other parts of the city. However, there are no Capital Metro bus stops in the area.

It was founded in 1913 but buildings didn't really start coming up until the 1920s. General Stacy donated the land for the park along Blunn Creek which today bears the name "Stacy Park." Stacy is also the name sake for "Big Stacy" a spring-fed pool and the "Little Stacy" park and swimming pool all within Travis Heights. Both were built as part of a WPA project during the 1930s.

Today, Travis Heights has a mixture of mansions, small homes and interesting apartment buildings, many of which date back nearly 100 years. It's considered to the most liberal, hip part of Austin and it attracts a diverse group of people, both young and old. It's definitely not typical suburbia in this neighborhood and perfect if you're looking for a home and neighbors that are outside of the box. In fact, Travis Heights' residents are among the biggest supporters of the "Keep Austin Weird" movement.

Travis Heights is services by a high school, middle school and elementary school. Students start at Travis Heights Elementary School and then attend Fulmore Middle School. Teens in the area go on to Travis High School.

Outdoor activity enthusiasts will enjoy the variety of different amenities. There is a free wading pool, a playground, tennis court, a volleyball court and a basket pall court at Little Stacy Park. Big Stacy Park, which is actually the smaller of the two, has a free swimming pool. There are also picnic tables and barbecue pits for outdoor meals.

Although there is plenty of shopping and restaurants in nearby South Congress, but Travis Heights also has many coffee shops of its own. For fine dining and more extensive restaurant experiences, you'll need to hop over to South Congress but it's only a few minutes away.

Travis Heights is perfect for the person who wants to live on the liberal and different side of town. With the average house price at $300,000, there's something for everyone here.

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