Hyde Park Austin Neighborhood


Hyde Park Austin Neighborhood Boundaries There are several Austin neighborhoods that are wonderful examples of what the word neighborhood really means, a place where neighbors relax on their front porches and you can walk to the local cafe. Hyde Park is just that. With its turn-of-the-century architecture, tree-shaded streets and unique Austin businesses serving the neighborhood, it is an address many Austinites would love to have.

Texas entrepreneur Morton Martin Shipe (the neighborhood pool is named in his honor) laid out Hyde Park in the 1890s when the area was on the Northern edge of the city. He hoped to sell Victorian mansions to Austin's growing upper middle class. Later, he adjusted his target audience and built smaller homes to accommodate working families, but large or small, most had that symbol of the neighborhood, a front porch where residents still hang out on lazy days. Hyde Park is now a neighborhood of generously sized turn-of-the century homes, a few of which have been turned into popular B&Bs; cozy bungalows, many of which are now duplex apartments; and a few, older, small apartment and condo complexes that have blended into the neighborhood.

Hyde Park Bar and Grill Despite being one of Central Austin's most densely occupied neighborhoods, Hyde Park retains that sense of community it had a century ago. Hyde Park is really a village inside Austin with its own "town center" at 43rd and Duval where the locals gather for coffee and pastries at Quack's Bakery, for gelato and a glass of grappa at Dolce Vita, or simply to do their laundry and hang out with friends. The center is also home to several popular cafes, Hyde Park Bar and Grill (look for the two-story fork outside and be sure to try the buttermilk-dipped fries), Asti for Italian food, and the venerable Mother's for vegetarian fare.

Hyde Park neighborhood is served by a Fresh Plus grocery store, local dry cleaner, and even its own "no chrome, no contracts' Hyde Park Gym which is a neighborhood landmark. On the Eastern edge is a larger shopping area, Hancock Shopping Center with a busy H-E-B grocery store and other chain stores.

Maintaining the architectural integrity of the neighborhood is paramount for Hyde Parkers and so there is a lot of attention to monitoring real estate renovations and new construction. The Hyde Park Neighborhood Association holds a home tour every year which usually includes a stop at the Elisabet Ney Museum, the sculptress who built her castle-style studio here in 1892. The neighborhood also has one of Austin's much-praised municipal golf courses. Hancock Golf on East 41st Street was built in 1899 and is the oldest golf course in Texas.

Hyde Park's proximity to the University of Texas at Austin campus makes it popular among faculty and graduate students, and young professionals working downtown find the easy commute attractive. The quintessential neighborhood is also popular with young families who enjoy the quiet streets, neighborhood parks and welcoming community.

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