Barton Hills

Welcome to Barton Hills

Eclectic neighborhood with great amenities and outdoor space

Barton Hills is a South Austin neighborhood that encapsulates all that makes the city special. Homes here are surrounded by the glorious greenery of the Barton Greenbelt and Zilker Park, with the Barton Springs watering hole nearby. The neighborhood is also close to trendy shops and dining on South Lamar Boulevard. Barton Hills is bisected by Barton Creek, a tributary of the Colorado River.

The name Barton comes from the 1830s pioneer homesteader William Barton, but the neighborhood truly blossomed in the 1950s when it was showcased in Austin’s Parade of Homes as “the world’s largest air-conditioned subdivision.” Original mid-century modern properties remain from this period, though many have made way for larger single-family homes. Barton Hill’s real estate is an eclectic mix of properties constructed in the latter half of the 20th century and contemporary housing, along with apartments and condominiums.

What to Love

  • Eclectic housing options
  • Close to Downtown
  • Barton Springs and Zilker Park
  • South Lamar shops and restaurants

People & Lifestyle

Barton Hills offers a great mix of local amenities, being close to trails, waterways, great restaurants, bars, shops, and live music venues. All ages are represented among Barton Hills’ demographics, from multi-generational families to young new transplants looking for a laid-back neighborhood close to the action in Downtown Austin. With plenty to entertain both those looking for an active lifestyle and those who value a thriving arts and cultural scene, Barton Hills is one of Austin’s hottest neighborhoods.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

South Lamar Boulevard runs along Barton Hills’ southern boundary and is lined with an eclectic collection of Tex-Mex spots, eateries, brewpubs, honky-tonk bars, and shopping centers. Brodie Oaks shopping center in Barton Hills’ southwest corner has discount designer clothing stores such as Neiman Marcus Last Call and a Sprouts Farmers’ Market for groceries. 

Options for drinks and dinner include artisanal craft pub Pinthouse Pizza and bustling sports bar and gastropub The Park. Also on South Lamar Boulevard, Broken Spoke is one of Austin’s oldest honky-tonks. This lively spot has been serving signature chicken-fried steaks and showcasing live music performances since the 60s. Black Sheep Lodge is a dog-friendly sports bar with outstanding burgers and an extensive drink list that includes frozen margaritas, 26 beers on draft, and more than 125 bottled beers. Food trucks along South Lamar Boulevard include East Side King, which fuses Japanese street food with Austin-style Southern flavor, and late-night donut spot Gourdough’s Public House. Popular places for Tex-Mex include Torchy’s Tacos, Papalote Taco House, and Matt’s El Rancho. Mr. Natural specializes in vegetarian Mexican dishes and sells a variety of other health foods, baked goods, and fresh-pressed juices. Close to the creek running through Barton Hills, Tacodeli is a BYOB taqueria with over 40 types of tacos.

Things to Do

Barton Hills is a haven for outdoor recreation with lots of parks and greenspace nearby. Twelve miles of trails wind through the Barton Creek Greenbelt to Barton Hills’ northwest. This picturesque natural expanse is a hotspot for hiking, biking, bouldering, birdwatching, rock climbing, and swimming in the creek. 

At Barton Hills’ northeastern end, Zilker Park covers 350 acres on the south bank of the Colorado River. Zilker is the most popular public park in Austin, with attractions including the beautiful Zilker Botanical Garden and the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden. In winter, crowds flock to see Zilker Park’s 155-foot illuminated Christmas tree. In October, the Austin City Limits Festival features some of the biggest names in music across two weekends of live performances. The outdoor pool at Barton Springs is one of Zilker Park’s most popular spots, with temperatures warm enough to make swimming comfortable all year round.

Schools

Barton Hills is zoned to the Austin Independent School District. Highlights include:

  • Barton Hills Elementary School, Public, PK-6
  • Zilker Elementary School, Public, PK-5
  • O. Henry Middle School, Public, 6-8
  • Austin High School, Public, 9-12

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