Zilker / Travis Heights

An eclectic, old-school neighborhood with tree-lined streets, unique boutiques, and spectacular attractions

Welcome to Zilker / Travis Heights

If you're looking for a hip, yet old-school Austin neighborhood that's casual and walkable, then the Zilker and Travis Heights region is the perfect place for you. These unique communities have a rich history dating to the early days of the city, and they retain their small-town charm. The streets are lined with beautiful tree-lined sidewalks and there's a strong sense of community. Originally developed in the late 19th century as a streetcar suburb of downtown Austin, the neighborhoods retain many of their original Victorian-style homes. In recent years, Zilker and Travis Heights have become two of Austin's most sought-after neighborhoods due to their central location and unique character.

The real estate market in the area is booming, thanks to the recent influx of young professionals and families moving to the area. The architecture in the area is also diverse and unique, with a mix of historic Victorian homes, trendy lofts, and brand-new construction. Whether you're looking to buy your first home or upgrade to a larger property, you'll be sure to find something that fits your needs in this rapidly growing community.


What to Love

  • Historic and unique shops and boutiques
  • Walkability and tree-lined streets 
  • Hip, eclectic vibe 
  • Some of the best eateries in Austin
  • Access to unique parks and entertainment


Local Lifestyle

Zilker and Travis Heights are eclectic, bohemian communities in the heart of Austin, Texas. The neighborhoods are home to a variety of historic condominiums and townhomes, as well as many amenities that residents can enjoy. The community is close to a variety of shopping and dining options, as well as entertainment venues. The overall vibe is hip and casual with vibrant character and charm. Residents tend to be young and artistic. Many amateur performers in the neighborhood demonstrate their unique talents as musicians, dancers, mimes, living statues and beat poets. Zilker and Travis Heights have a truly unique flavor and character, making them a truly special place to call home.


Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Zilker and Travis Heights are historic neighborhoods in Austin, Texas, known for their tree-lined streets and eclectic mix of shops and restaurants. South Congress Avenue, or SoCo, has a wide range of local retail options including vintage clothing stores, art galleries, and trendy boutiques unique to Austin. Some unique local shops include Sunroom, which has an incredible, curated selection of clothing jewelry, and accessories, and Revival Cycles, which sells motorcycle helmets and parts, apparel, and accessories. Allens Boots has been a neighborhood favorite since 1977, selling cowboy boots and other western wear. Love Shack Fancy is a chic boutique that sells beautiful dresses and accessories.

For dining, Zilker and Travis Heights are home to some of the best Mexican food in the area, as well as acclaimed pizzerias and cafes. Polvos serves authentic Mexican fare and is famous for its salsa bar. Matt's El Rancho is a legendary, made-from-scratch Tex-Mex restaurant. The owner started his restaurant career selling tamales from a pushcart at age six. Gueros is another popular restaurant in Zilker and Travis Heights, with incredible tacos made with handmade corn tortillas. Homeslice Pizza specializes in thin, Neapolitan pizza. The chefs at Vespaio make everything themselves, from butchering the meat to making the cheese, pasta, and bread - they take made from scratch seriously and you can taste the difference in every bite.


Things to Do 

Zilker and Travis Heights are home to a number of parks and recreational areas, including Big Stacy Park, which has scenic walking trails, picnicking areas, and a playground. For those looking for a more unique outdoor experience, Congress Avenue Bridge is home to over 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats. Every evening at dusk, these bats take flight from their roosts in search of food, providing an unforgettable sight for locals and visitors alike.

Zilker and Travis Heights is also home to the annual SXSW Conference & Festivals, which celebrates film, music, and interactive media. With so much to see and do, Zilker and Travis Heights are the perfect places to call home.



Zilker and Travis Heights are served by the Austin Independent School District. This highly rated district has approximately 75,000 students in grades PK-12.  

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