Austin Neighborhoods: Travis Heights

by | Jan 18, 2017 | Neighborhoods | 0 comments

It’s been almost four years since we explored the hip Austin neighborhood of Travis Heights, so we thought it might be a good time to take a look at what has changed in this area just south of downtown.

Travis Heights is bordered by Lady Bird Lake to the north, Oltorf to the south, South Congress Avenue to the West, and IH-35 to the East.  It was established in 1912, but didn’t really take off as a neighborhood until the 1920’s.  It continues to be popular with those looking to live close to downtown and really exemplifies Austin’s eclecticism with its mix of historic homes and modern new builds and remodels.

Big Stacy is a spring-fed pool and was built as a WPA Project in the 1930’s on land donated by General Stacy.  Little Stacy was also built on land gifted by General Stacy and has a park and a wading pool.  Neighborhood residents get a lot of use out of the park and even have a neighborhood wide potluck there each Halloween before the children go out into the neighborhood to trick or treat.

Speaking of children, the littlest residents of Travis Heights attend Austin Independent School District Schools.  Those in Kindergarten through fifth go to Travis Heights Elementary, which is adjacent to Big Stacy park and is an in-district charter and a Dual Language school, meaning children learn in English and Spanish.

For sixth through eighth, students attend Fulmore Middle School, which is AISD’s Law and Humanities magnet as well as an English/Spanish Dual Language school.  Fulmore was founded in 1886 and has been in the same location since 1911.  Former Texas Govenor Ann Richards taught at Fulmore and John Henry Faulk, who filed the lawsuit that ended the Hollywood Blacklist, was a student.

Travis High School serves children in the ninth through twelfth grades.  Travis is an Early College High School, meaning students have the opportunity to earn an Associate’s Degree for free at the same time that they are earning high school credits.    

Travis Heights’ location close to downtown means it is a great place to live to commute to downtown employers.  BlackLocus builds cutting edge tools to automate and scale retail merchandising activities that directly impact the bottom line for Home Depot.  They have lots of company perks like an office at 8th and Congress, regular happy hours, Breakfast Taco Mondays, Team Lunch Thursdays, a fully stocked kitchen from Whole Foods, and quarterly Lake House outings.

Procore Technologies provides cloud-based construction management software to clients around the world from their offices on Sixth Street at Lavaca.  They have unlimited paid vacation and sick time, fully paid medical, dental, and vision benefits for employees, catered Wednesday lunches, paid volunteer time and more.

Travis Heights is within walking distance of South Congress Avenue, or “SoCo”, which is full of restaurants, shopping and nightlife.  Love oysters and seafood?  Perla’s should definitely be on your list of dining spots!  Their oysters and fish are super fresh and flavorful, they have a gorgeous outdoor patio for when the weather is nice and an intimate indoor dining space for when it’s not.  

Little Barrel and Brown is another South Congress favorite.  Their brunch gets high marks from diners, especially the giant burrito and “perfectly made” Bloody Mary.  They also serve their twist on American cuisine for dinner, but be warned, they aren’t open for lunch on weekdays.

For shopping, South Congress is lined with great little boutiques selling fun treasures.  Mana Culture sells unique Boho Chic jewelry that make great gifts for others or even yourself.  

Creatures Boutique has everything you need to look fabulous!  They have clothing, accessories, and their shoe selection gets especially high praise.  Their selection is unique and will set you apart from the crowd.

Prefer oddities and antiques to high fashion?  Uncommon Objects is full of things you won’t find anywhere else.  Definitely worth a stop anytime you find yourself in the area.

There are lots of apartments in the Travis Heights area.  The Algarita apartments have one, two, three, and even FOUR bedroom apartments, which range in size from 664 square feet to 1,188 square feet.  The apartment interiors have recently been updated with granite counters, designer backsplashes, modern bath fixtures and vanities, and patios or balconies in every unit.  The community has valet trash service, in-office dry cleaning drop off and pick up, free bike rentals, free yoga classes, and a laundry center that notifies you when your clothes are done.  

The Brook in Travis Heights has one, two, and three bedroom apartment homes with hardwood floors, brushed nickel hardware, private patios and balconies, washer/dryer connections, available wood burning fireplaces, tiled entries, huge walk-in closets, and free basic cable.  The community has a pool with hot tub and is pet friendly.

Cityview at Soco’s amenities include direct access gates, a multi-level parking garage, a resort-style pool, outdoor cabanas and barbecue grills, and a billiards lounge.  The one, two, and three bedroom apartments feature nine and ten foot ceilings, crown molding, custom oak cabinets, kitchen pantries, linen closets and more!  

422 at the Lake is just a block outside Travis Heights and just steps from Lady Bird Lake.  Their one and two bedroom apartments have hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows with solar shades, 10 foot ceilings, washers and dryers, granite counters, and Nest thermostats.  The complex features enclosed bike storage, a tea and coffee bar, a social calendar with activities, a Bocce Ball Courtyard, a Crossfit room, and a multi-screen sports lounge.  

Are you ready to make the leap to Travis Heights?  We can help you find the perfect apartment that suits your needs and budget!  Give Apartment Experts South a call today at 512-416-8100 and get on your way to enjoying the SoCo life!  

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