West Austin is a neighborhood in the city of Austin, Texas. It is a historic neighborhood that's a great place to live for professionals, families with children and retirees. The neighborhood is bordered by the Colorado River, the MoPac Expressway, North Lamar Boulevard and Enfield Road.
West Austin Park comprises 3 acres in the heart of downtown and has extensive landscaping, making it a relaxing spot to spend time after a busy day. The park has an off-leash dog area, a basketball and tennis court, a multipurpose field, a playground, a swimming pool and picnic tables. Also in the neighborhood is Treaty Oak Park, where you'll find a 500-year-old live oak tree.
Lady Bird Lake Trail runs through West Austin and Lamar Beach. The trail is a popular spot for walking and cycling for those who live in the neighborhood. The city's YMCA is in West Austin and is another place that offers recreation opportunities and athletic programs for people of all ages.
There are several cafes in the community such as Beets, Josie, Caffe Medici and Zocalo. Those looking for shopping can head to Westgate Shopping Center on South Lamar Boulevard for several retail options.
Schools in West Austin include Austin High School and Matthews Elementary School.
The neighborhood of West University in Austin, Texas, is located to the west of the University of Texas' campus. Its borders are made by Guadalupe and West 38th streets, and West Martin Luther King Jr. and North Lamar boulevards.
West University is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in the city. It's just minutes from downtown and the University of Texas at Austin.
The Caswell Tennis Center is a great place in the neighborhood to play a match or take tennis lesson. There are eight lit courts open to the public through reservations. You can opt to take adult lessons or sign the kids up for junior lessons or summer camps through the center to help them perfect their swing. Camps include on drills and technique-mastery while adult classes are available for novice and advanced-novice players.
The Texas Federation of Women's Club Mansion is in the West University neighborhood. The Texas Federation of Women's Club works to bring together other women's clubs to study literature, current world events and to raise funds for charitable activities. The building has been open since 1931 and is a favorite among locals. The historic structure was designed for celebrations and the Grand Ballroom is one of the largest of its kind in the state.
Learning facilities in West University include St. Austin Catholic School, Child Craft Schools, House of Tutors, Austin Language Learning School and the International High School Outreach Program.
The neighborhood of University of Texas at Austin is located near the city's center just off Interstate 35. It is bordered by Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Guadalupe Street, East Dean Keaton Street and Manor Street. Public transpiration systems carry residents in and out of the neighborhood such as Capital Metro and university shuttles. Walking is the main mode of transportation in the University of Texas at Austin neighborhood, as there isn't much room for parking a car.
Clark Field, a recreation center, sits within the neighborhood on the University of Texas at Austin's campus. Here residents can go for a run or walk, play soccer, ultimate disc, lacrosse and basketball, or do physical training. Features of the Caven Lacrosse and Sports Center at Clark Field include 2.3 acres of synthetic turf, a 444-yard recreational jogging track, 10 exercise stations, a pedestrian bridge that crosses Waller Creek and security lighting that remains lit from dusk to dawn.
You can learn more about natural science by visiting the Texas Memorial Museum. The museum is located on campus and features exhibits based on 5.7 million collected organic specimens detailing prehistoric life, evolution, Texas wildlife and rocks and minerals.
The neighborhood is home to the University of Texas at Austin, and a desirable destination for not only the college's students but also tourists, singles and the city's trendier population.
St. Johns is a community that is a 10-minute drive north on the Interregional Highway (aka Interstate 35) from downtown Austin, Texas. The neighborhood is encircled by State Route 183, Interstate 35 and State Route 290.
The neighborhood association in St. Johns is very active and works to keep the area a fun and safe place for the families that live there. The Community Center provides basic supplies to residents in need. There is a food pantry, notary service, employment information and referrals to community resources at the community center.
Pickle Elementary School is located in the eastern portion of the neighborhood, close to the St. John Branch of the Austin Public Library. It is close to a local park called Buttermilk Branch Greenbelt, which features four basketball courts, picnic tables, two playgrounds, a volleyball court and bridges and trails for residents to enjoy. High school students in the neighborhood attend Reagan High School in the southern part of St. Johns.
Several national chain restaurants are located along Interstate Highway 35 and well as other retail options.
Pleasant Valley is a neighborhood located just 10 minutes outside of Austin, Texas. Residents can take Riverside Drive from the area right into the heart of the city. Other major nearby roadways include State Route 290 (aka Interregional Highway) to the west and State Route 71 (aka East Ben White Boulevard) to the south. The majority of the people living in Pleasant Valley commute by car, but there are Amtrak trains available in the area. Pleasant Valley is also located about a 10-minute drive north of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. A convenient bus line takes travelers to and from Pleasant Valley and the airport.
The community enjoys summers with temperatures that reach 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and winters that can dip into the mid-50s. The neighborhood does not experience much rainfall, though most precipitation occurs in March.
Baty Elementary School and George M. Kometzky School, which is a K through 12 facility, serve the children of Pleasant Valley. Austin Community College has a campus in the neighborhood as well. Residents can also visit the Ruiz Branch of the Austin Public Library system which is located near the center of the neighborhood.
There are several parks within Pleasant Valley, many of which are maintained by the Austin Parks and Recreation Department.
Residents can take their pick of different restaurants located along Riverside Drive. Some are national chains and others are independent, local options that offer different types of cuisine, like Mexican, vegan and pizza.
West Oak Hill is a comfortable hilly neighborhood on the south side of downtown Austin, Texas. This area is known for its varied landscape due to its location above the Edwards and Trinity aquifers. West Oak Hill has an interesting terrain to explore, made up of many caves and springs. Residents of this neighborhood enjoy the quiet area filled with native birds and lush riparian woodlands.
West Oak Hill residents have access to U.S. Route 290 for the roughly 8-mile commute to the center of Austin. Large homes line the streets of this neighborhood, and their impressive yards add to the strong rural appeal of the area. West Oak Hill is also a very safe and communal neighborhood where many people move to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown city life. There are wide open spaces in West Oak Hill to help residents get outside and enjoy beautiful views of Texas landscape. You can find national food chains and eateries on Route 290.
Residents of West Oak Hill are active in their local associations, and the area even has its own paper called the Oak Hill Gazette that focuses on neighborhood news. A public library, a branch of the Austin Community College and the Oak Hills Health Center are all located in the area as well.
Windsor Park is a neighborhood located just 6 miles from downtown Austin, Texas.
This Austin neighborhood has many outdoor recreational activity options for locals to enjoy. For example, Bartholomew Park is located within Windsor Park's boundaries, and in this 57-acre park you can find activities for residents like disc golf, basketball courts, picnic shelters, a splash pad and a new pool. Residents of Windsor Park can also be seen taking bikes to commute to work, as well as using the ample public transportation. Mueller Farmer's Market allows more than 40 vendors to participate and visitors can enjoy live music performances and kid-friendly activities every Sunday.
Windsor Park boasts a loyal and active community that conducts fundraisers to beautify the area and its parks. The Windsor Park Schools Committee works with the residents in the area to support the local students as well as Reagan High School. Pearce Elementary School calls Windsor Park its home, as do three area elementary schools: Harris Elementary, Andrews Elementary and Blanton Elementary. Residents of this area enjoy plenty of commuting options, with easy access to major roadways in all directions: 51st Street to the south, I-35 to the west, Highway 290 to the north and Manor Road to the east.
South Lamar is a neighborhood that is in south Austin, Texas. Residents who live in this community, but commute to work enjoy convenient access to major roadways like Ben White Boulevard/TX-71 to the south, and South Lamar Boulevard to the east. This neighborhood is made up of many single family homes as well as apartment and condo complexes.
Residents of South Lamar have their choice of many different restaurants and eateries in the neighborhood with a wide range of cuisines available. From Tex-Mex to subs, and Asian to American, everyone is sure to find something that whets their appetite.
South Lamar is known for its eclectic population, cool thrift stores, affordable eateries and funky dive bars. The neighborhood boasts parks and options for outdoor recreation (like hiking and swimming), for residents who like to stay active. The legendary dance hall The Broken Spoke was founded in 1964 and is located in South Lamar. It still offers nightly live music, and hosts iconic bands. Their state-of-the-art sound and lighting system draws in all sorts of artists. For example, the Dixie Chicks and George Strait have gotten patrons up and dancing in the past.
The Riverside neighborhood is located southeast of downtown Austin, Texas. This community enjoys the boundaries of Lake Lady Bird to the north and Grove Boulevard to the east. Commuters in this area have access to Texas State Highway 71 as well as Interstate 35 to the west.
Residents of both Austin and Riverside alike use East Riverside Drive, which is a highly traveled roadway to reach downtown Austin and Austin Bergstom International Airport.
Residents of Riverside have a choice of two elementary schools in the area: Allison Elementary and Baty Elementary. The high schools available to students in Riverside include Travis High School, Austin High School, East Side Memorial High School and Del Valle High School. Riverside also boasts Austin Community College's ACC Riverside Campus, conveniently located on Grove Boulevard.
There are different places residents of this sprawling community can enjoy recreational activities like playing golf, hiking and swimming. The Mabel Davis District Park was restored in 2005 and offers new picnic sites, trails, and a swimming pool. Riverside is also home to the Riverside Golf Course, which opened in 1950.
Parker Lane, which is a neighborhood in East Austin, Texas, is filled with young professionals and families. Located in a triangle created by Interstate 35, Ben White Boulevard and East Oltorf Road, this area is a quiet retreat from downtown Austin.
Residents and visitors enjoy the convenience of adjacent highways and Parker Lane's public transit options, which can take them to and from work. Parker Lane is primarily a residential neighborhood, but it boasts Mabel Davis Park, a beautifully renovated recreational area, within its bounds.
In the late 1940s and early 1950s, the land that would eventually become this popular park was used by the city of Austin as a landfill. in the 1970s it was closed, cleaned up and opened to the residents of the area.. The park that is enjoyed by visitors and residents today is the result of a $7.3 million dollar investment from the city of Austin that was made in the early 2000s. Now, 50 acres are available to guests and residents to play on basketball courts, swim in an Olympic-sized swimming pool, and relax in a covered picnic area and playground. Mabel Davis Park is also home to Austin's first free public skate park, which attracts amateur and seasoned skateboarders alike. There is plenty of space for spectators to sit and watch the activities or enjoy big Texas skies.