Travis Heights Austin Neighborhood
South of the Colorado River and tucked between Interstate 35 and South Congress Avenue, sits Travis Heights, one of Austin's most sought after addresses, particularly among professionals many of whom work downtown and enjoy the quiet neighborhood just minutes from the office.
The neighborhood is known for its high-priced homes and its politics. Many of the area residents are politically active, particularly in local Austin Texas issues. The neighborhood has been engaged in the battle over development both within its boundaries and on the edges, along Riverside Drive and South Congress Avenue. Some Travis Heights residents are active in the battle over so-called Mac Mansions which are replacing the old 1920s bungalows in Travis Heights.
The first attempts to develop Travis Heights came in the late 1880s when the area was pitched as the ideal place to build a "country mansion" away from downtown. The only way across the Colorado River in those days around Austin was by ferry. A few mansions were built, but when a stone bridge was finally completed, the developers turned to smaller homes. Real estate development in Travis Heights took off in a big way in the 1920s. Those older homes with their carriage houses and detached garages have been turned into sought after apartments. Most of the area is made up of homes, but there are a few Travis Heights apartments in the neighborhood.
Travis Heights gets its name from the lay of the land, the streets roll up and down a series of small rises that give some residents great views of downtown while others look out on quiet woodland hollows. Two parks, Big Stacy and Little Stacy, have the same rolling wooded landscape where families can play; residents can jog or cycle, and play tennis, or simply relax in some of the natural areas in the 23 acre greenbelt along Blunn Creek.
Travis Heights also has Norwood Estate Park at Riverside Drive and IH35 which has been designated a dog-friendly, leash free park where many neighborhood residents gather with their pets after work and on weekends.
Its proximity to downtown Austin is just one of the neighborhood's main attractions. The rejuvenation of South Congress Avenue and the development of the SoCo area with its hip cafes and shops within walking distance have added even more to the popularity of Travis Heights and the values of property in the area.
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