7.1 out of 10

Bouldin Creek

Ranked 17th best neighborhood in Austin
30.2512021156666 -97.7548163319254
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Shopping Options
  • Eating Out
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Nightlife
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Childcare
  • Pest Free
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Families with kids

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
2yrs+

"Cultural heart of South Austin, Plenty of Austin-Weird"

South Austin is the city’s heart, and home of its hippie roots. Bouldin Creek is the cultural center of South Austin. One of the city’s major festivals, South by Southwest (SXSW) is presented in the Auditorium Shores park, right beside the river. And close by you’ll find Austin’s most popular performing arts center, The Long Center, presenting lectures, orchestral performances, ballet, stand-up comics, etc. Nearby is the Dougherty Center for the Arts. Here, in addition to presenting visual art in a gallery space, as well as works of works of theater and film, they offer adult education classes in all art forms.

Bouldin Creek has great access to green space, providing riverside hiking and biking on the southern half of the Lady Bird Lake Trail—a 7 min loop that runs along either side of the river between S Lamar Blvd and S 1st St.

The area draws people in from all neighborhoods, and there’s sort of a city-wide understanding that this is what we’re talking about when we talk about Austin’s cultural identity—much more so than say, downtown. Yoga studios, taco stands, tattoo parlors, bike shops, bizarre vintage stores, and a crazy-colorful aesthetic fill the streets of this neighborhood.
Pros
  • Access to theater and film
  • Access to nightlife
  • Close to the lake and Downtown
  • Old charming houses
  • Great unique shopping experience
  • great place to hike and bike
Cons
  • Can be noisy
  • Can get overcrowded
  • Lack of places to park
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Where Weird Austin really thrives"

Austin has a reputation as a quirky, fun, unique, open-minded city, and no neighborhood I can think of embodies that spirit better than Bouldin Creek. Just south of Town Lake, Bouldin Creek offers a distinctly unique, distinctly weird, distinctly Austin experience, to both residents and visitors alike.

From pizza parlors to tattoo shops and every conceivable business in between, Bouldin Creek has a little bit of nearly anything. Public transit is stellar in the area, and due to the crowded streets and lack of parking, traveling by bus can even be beneficial for a lot of people.

This isn’t necessarily the kind of place you want to settle down and raise a family, but if you’re young, artistic, in school, or even an old-school Austin hippie type, there are few places that will have more to offer you. Rents and home prices are fairly reasonable, and house shares are pretty common, especially with younger people who are just striking out on their own.

Despite the proliferation of things to do, the neighborhood is still safe and clean. Personally, I find it one of the best places in town to just wander around on foot, exploring any local shops that catch my eye and getting some serious people-watching done.
Pros
  • Access to nightlife
  • Close to the lake and Downtown
  • Old charming houses
Cons
  • Can get overcrowded
  • Lack of places to park
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A Uniquely Austin Neighborhood"

One of the older neighborhoods in the city Austin, Bouldin Creek had homes that date back to the turn of the 20th Century. There is most definitely some historic charm here as some homes from that era remain along wither other homes that were constructed in the 1920's and 30's. Homes in this neighborhood range in price from $250,000 up to $750,000 and this is considered one of the safer areas of the city of Austin. It is also one of the most culturally and architecturally diverse neighborhoods of the city, making this a neighborhood you can find only in Austin, Texas.

Bouldin Creek is close to several of the best amenities in the Austin area. It is a short walk or bike ride to the Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail and the Downtown Austin area, with all of the great live music venues and vibrant nightlife it has to offer. There are quality private and public schools in the area, so this a great place to raise a family. This is also a great place to take a walk and meet the neighbors and admire some of the ornately decorated older homes.
Pros
  • great place to hike and bike
  • Access to nightlife
  • Close to the lake and Downtown
  • Old charming houses
  • Great unique shopping experience
Cons
  • Can get overcrowded
  • Lack of places to park
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+

"Great for kids, professionals and chickens"

Located south of Town Lake (or Lady Bird Lake, as it was named in 2007), the Bouldin Creek neighborhood is yet another area in Austin that strives to retain its roots, both the historic and eclectic kind. Extending from the lake south to Oltorf Street, and bordered by South Congress Avenue to the east and South First to the west, this neighborhood dates back to the turn of the century. The historic Green Pastures Restaurant, located in the heart of the neighborhood, occupies the former 1894 mansion home of John Henry Faulk, a famous Austin writer and activist.

With its long history, one can still find some of the original 1920s and 1930s style bungalows along the tree-lined streets. Many hip young couples and families are attracted to this neighborhood, with chickens frequently being seen in the yards of neighbors alongside a new million dollar remodel. The local schools include Becker and Travis Heights Elementary Schools, Fulmore and O. Henry Middle Schools and Austin High School.

Bouldin Creek residents enjoy close proximity to Auditorium Shores (site of the annual Austin City Limits music festival) and the many hike and bike trails found in the nearby greenbelt. Also nearby is the Long Center for the Performing Arts and the Palmer Events Center, so residents can enjoy the annual reggae festival one week and the opera the next.

While Austin’s explosive growth has resulted in gentrification in almost all areas of the city, Bouldin Creek has managed to retain much of its funky, old Austin feel. Residents pride themselves on supporting local businesses, from coffee shops and cafes promoting organic and local flavors to Mexican bakeries and tattoo parlors. With its eclectic mix of businesses and residents, there is not once ounce of suburban feel to this neighborhood.
Pros
  • Access to nightlife
  • Close to the lake and Downtown
  • Old charming houses
  • Great unique shopping experience
Cons
  • Can get overcrowded
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
2yrs+

"Fun alternative to downtown"

I’ve never lived here, but I imagine it would be a fun place to find a house with a bunch of hipster friends. If this doesn’t sound like a blast to you, you’ll probably want to look elsewhere for real estate. Lots of quirky places to hang out along South Congress and South First, including the funky Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse, Ego’s, and Threadgills, which always has awesome live music. There are a ton of little galleries and boutiques featuring local artists, so I always love to go shopping here when I’m looking for something unique and special. Be sure to check out Lucy in Disquise with Diamonds, which is an awesome retro clothing and costume store. The stores themselves are often a sight in themselves. You can’t miss the giant rabbit above the sign for Uncommon Objects, a fun little antique store. I got a huge velvet painting of a court jester there, and it hung in my living room until I met my husband and he made me move it down to the basement. This neighborhood is also the home of the crazy amazing Soup Peddler. You order soup on his website for the following week, then you leave a cooler on your porch on a certain day, and he drops it off. Weird, but awesome!
Pros
  • Great unique shopping experience
  • Access to nightlife
  • Close to the lake and Downtown
  • Old charming houses
Cons
  • Lack of places to park
  • Over- bearing hipster attitudes
Recommended for
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Eclectic Community South of the Lake"

Between South Lamar and South Congress, Bouldin Creek contains everything unique and spits on the notion of containing remnants of large chains. Though some portions of the neighborhood have fallen victim to gentrification, most streets maintain the old time Austin charm with the majority of houses dating back to the 1940s. Catering to a younger hipster crowd, there is an abundance of coffee shops and trendy stores, though one may find the general attitudes among frequent visitors a bit much to take. S. 1st runs through the heart of the community and along with S. Congress is the main center of social and professional activity. Due to all this activity, it can be difficult to find a parking spot and your house will most likely have a stranger's car in front of it on a daily basis.

Bouldin Creek real estate is within mid range in costs for both buyers and renters. Those with a budget can easily solve the problem by renting a property with multiple roommates. The public transportation is highly efficient compared to many other areas of town and residents have easy access to the nightlife that is on S. Lamar, S. 1st and S. Congress. The lake and downtown are within walking distances and the northern end of the neighborhood is home to many artistic and cultural centers including the Long Center of Performing Arts. One of the downsides of living in Bouldin Creek, however, is how overcrowded it can get from visitors during the holidays and festivals such as Austin City Limits and South by Southwest.
Pros
  • Old charming houses
  • Access to nightlife
  • Close to the lake and Downtown
Cons
  • Can get overcrowded
  • Lack of places to park
  • Over- bearing hipster attitudes
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish

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