Many people won’t know that the Travis Heights neighborhood of Austin, TX is also called South River City. That lesser-known name for the area is based on it’s location in relation to the waterway, but no matter what name you choose to assign to this neighborhood it really is one of the better ones in Austin when it comes to checking all the ‘quality of life boxes’ for prospective buyers weighing the possibility of buying Austin real estate.
For starters, this area is trendy with a capital T and then some. That identity is created by the types of young people who have moved in over the last decade and the fact that there is plenty in the way of establishments that cater to people who like to get out and enjoy themselves, especially along South Congress Avenue.
So let’s start there, shall we?
1. Shops, Eateries, and Boutiques Along South CongressThere are plenty of great restaurants along South Congress Avenue in Travis Heights, and we’ll get to those in a moment here, but what really makes this area of the community such a distinctive dining hotspot are all the food trailers! Rest assured that you won’t get more bang for your buck than eating at one of the many trailers along this route, as the savings from not having to lease a commercial space equate BIG portions with more reasonable prices!
Some of the most notable include Hey Cupcake (you wouldn’t believe how far extra-tasty cupcakes will take you), Mighty Cone, and Crepes Mille, and then there’s the well-known South Congress Cafe which has earned every bit of its reputation as a top-notch eatery in this area of Austin. Torchy’s Tacos, Lucy’s Fried Chicken, and Southside Flying Pizza get nods as well here.
South Congress is also known for its co-operative art boutique shops, and they also go a long way in making this neighborhood a hotspot for arts and cultural enthusiasts who are keen to live in a vibrant arts and culture city like Austin. Tesoros Trading Company has an assortment of folk art, furniture, jewelry & curios from around the globe, and Favor the Kind at the more northern end of the avenue is the very definition of a shop for the eclectically inclined.
2. Travis Heights Art TrailIt’s been said that the compulsion to create art - any type of art - is the sign of a beautiful and multi-colored soul that is wired for genuine expression. That’s likely not to say those of non-artists don’t have those same colorings, but if you’re one who does have those compulsions and you’re looking at buying a home in Austin then you will be very much at home living in Travis Heights.
This annual event is an opportunity for local residents to open their homes for art exhibits and sales, and you’ll find that nearly all of the homeowners will be amenable to sharing a little bit of space with you if they have it. So if you’re an artist of any type, from sculptors to painters to woodcarvers to caricaturists, you’ll look forward to this every year and it may even be the opportunity you need to make a name for yourself.
3. Open, Natural SpacesHow much time do you have? While it’s entirely true that the appeal of Travis Heights in Austin goes well beyond what we’re relating here, we do realize this is a blog post and as such should be kept short. If your interest in Travis Heights is piqued then we’re sure you can do plenty more online digging of your own to learn more. So we’ll conclude for today by relating some attractions that will appeal to folks of all types, not just those who are trendy, artistic, or otherwise.
Everybody likes getting outdoors and enjoying nice weather, and there really is so much to accommodate those wishes in this neighborhood. There’s 3 beautiful parks and a nature reserve here, and all of them are big pluses when it comes to living in Travis Heights.
Big Stacy Park is renowned most primarily for its Big Stacy Pool, which is as nice a spot as you’ll find for outdoor summertime swimming in the Texas heat. This park is also well known for biking and trail walking, and what’s nice about it as well is there a number of different secluded spots that open up off the trails out of immediate view that are great for exploring or even setting up to enjoy a little solitude.
Big Stacy Park has a smaller sibling, and as you might guess that’s Little Stacy Park. It’s only 6-acres in size, but those 6 acres are beautifully laid out and its as nice a spot as any to enjoy with your family or just you and your favorite person in the world. It’s especially kid-friendly, with a shallow wading pool in comparison to the pool at Big Stacy, and it’s also set up for field sports as well as tennis, basketball, and volleyball.
Owner of a fine furry friend? Norwood Estate Dog Park is the place to take him or her in Travis Heights. This is the most upscale of dog parks around, and there are separate fenced-off areas for small dogs and larger dogs, so that all of them can enjoy some frolicking around off their leashes and owners don’t need to be overly concerned about others ‘playing nice.’
Indeed, we go on much further - and perhaps we will in successive blog posts to come here. We'll conclude by saying ANY time you develop an interest in Travis Heights real estate, please contact Keller Williams Austin for any and all inquiries regarding Austin homes for sale and what it's like to live here.
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