Travis Heightsis a historic neighborhood in central South Austin, Texas. The neighborhood is bound by Lady Bird Lake on the north, Interstate 35 on the east, Congress Avenue on the west and Oltorf Street on the south.
First established in the 1890s, Travis Heights was didn’t really begin to develop until the 1920s. Originally conceived as an exclusive district for the wealthy, the adjacent development of Fairview Park was first developed in the late 19th century, but didn't take off as expected. However, when Travis Heights began to take off next to it in the 1920s, life south of the river was now a practical undertaking. Travis Heights and neighboring Fairview Park are presently seeking designation as a Local Historic District and National Register Historic District.
Travis Heights was built and continues to develop being mindful of the neighborhood’s exceptional natural surroundings and its rich architectural history. The colorful, unique houses and landscaped yards, the winding streets and rolling hillsides, and the wooded trails and meandering creeks all contribute to the neighborhood’s exceptional character.
Today, Travis Heights is among the most desirable residential neighborhoods in Austin, with a blend of mansions, smaller homes, and stylish apartments. Its close proximity to the newly rejuvenated South Congress Avenue (SoCo), full of fashionable stores and cafes, attracts many young professionals and tourists, and makes Travis Heights one of Austin’s most sought after neighborhoods.
Since the location is in high demand, home prices can be above the norm. Depending on the size of the home, you can expect to pay anywhere from $200,000 to $1 Million, though the average selling price is around $300,000.
Travis Heights is known to be a broadminded, diverse area with an eclectic population; people in this neighborhood lean towards the “Keep Austin Weird” type! There are plenty of families in the neighborhood, but there are also young professionals, musicians, artists, and more.
Students in the Travis Heights neighborhood attend one of the following Austin Independent School District schools: Travis Heights Elementary School, Fulmore Middle School, or Travis High School.
There are two city parks in Travis Heights; Big Stacy and Little Stacy; linked by the Blunn Creek Greenbelt. Little Stacy Park includes a free wading pool, a playground, tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts, a playing field, and picnic tables with several barbecue pits. Big Stacy Park is actually smaller than Little Stacy, but has a swimming pool that has lanes and a deep end, as well as a hike and bike trail.
Tucked between Oltorf Street and St. Edward’s University,Blunn Creek Nature Preserve is 38 acres of trails and historical plaques, where you can stand on top of the extinct volcano!The park consists of a large loop trail with many side branches, creek crossings and two scenic overlooks.
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