Travis Heights is one of Austin’s oldest neighborhoods, originally developed as an area of mansions in the 1920s when people realized the natural beauty and convenience of south Austin. It is quaint and historic yet hip and unconventional, offering the best of both worlds. It is also a highly walkable area close to the shopping and dining district of South Congress Avenue, many parks and downtown.
The Travis Heights neighborhood is full of more than 20,000 unique homes—large historic mansions, smaller renovated bungalows and craftsmans, modern apartments, sizable yards, and detached garages with apartments. A prime location in the coveted 78704 zip code means this is one of the more expensive areas of town—expect to pay anywhere from $300,000 to $2 million. Travis Heights is known to have an eclectic and diverse population of students, artists, musicians, families and longtime residents who espouse the “Keep Austin Weird” attitude.
Mature trees shade the houses and hilly streets, which can offer great downtown and Lady Bird Lake views. There are also several major parks such as the 9-acre Stacy Park, which includes the Big Stacy spring-fed pool and the Little Stacy Park and swimming pool, providing residents with sporting and play equipment, picnic areas, and a hike-and-bike trail.
Travis Heights is located in south central Austin. It spans from I-35 on the east, Congress Avenue on the west, Lady Bird Lake (or Riverside Drive) on the north, and Oltorf Street on the south. Whether you walk, bike, bus or drive, Travis Heights residents are less than 3 miles from downtown and 10 miles from Austin-Bergstrom Airport on Highway 290.
Things to do
The main thoroughfare in the Travis Heights neighborhood is South Congress (SoCo) Avenue offering eating, shopping and people watching with its funky boutiques, range of food establishments, nightlife, street musicians and pop-up vendors. Residents and tourists alike walk SoCo Avenue for gourmet restaurants including Vespaio, South Congress Café, Botticelli’s and Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar, as well as more casual eateries like Guero’s and Torchy’s taco bars, Magnolia Café, Hopdoddy Burger Bar and Home Slice Pizza.
If your aim is to shop—from souvenirs to cowboy boots to antiques—you’ll find it here with Parts & Labour, Uncommon Objects, Allen’s Boots, Tesoros Trading Co. and Yard Dog Gallery. Stay awake for the music and nightlife at the Continental Club, Ego’s and C-Boy’s Heart & Soul Bar. Walk over the South Congress Avenue bridge to downtown for more entertainment. And don’t forget to stop (and smell) the bats that live under the bridge and fly out at sunset for their dinner.
Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the many outdoor amenities of Stacy Park and trails surrounding Lady Bird Lake and Blunn Creek Greenbelt. Dogs can romp at the Norwood Estate off-leash dog park on Riverside. And photo enthusiasts will want to capture the “I love you so much” mural on the wall of Jo’s Coffee or “Your Essential Magnificence” sculpture on the corner of W. Live Oak Street.
Austin ISD serves the Travis Heights neighborhood with Travis Heights Elementary (PK-5), Fulmore Middle (6-8) and Travis High School (9-12), the oldest high school in Austin. Other institutions include the Texas School for the Deaf and St. Edward’s University.
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