Travis Heights in South Austin is one of the most highly sought after residences in all of Central Austin. Bounded on the north by Lady Bird Lake, on the east by Interstate 35, on the west by Congress Avenue, and on the south by Oltorf, the area is home to a delightful mix of historic homes, early nineteenth-century bungalows, and modern, hip constructed homes. Located within the 78704 zip code, residents of the area like to think that ’04 indicates a ‘state of mind’ or lifestyle… and the sentiment seems to have stuck.
Travis Heights Homes for Sale
Travis Heights History
In 1880, Charles Newning, General William Stacey and George Warner partnered to build a quality residential neighborhood that would be close to downtown (which was across the river). They purchased 200 acres on the rolling hills and bluffs along Blunn Creek on the South side of the Colorado River and tackled their first problem with long-term development, that of building permanent access across a river which frequently flooded and washed away the ferry landing with every flood.
The permanent bridge was completed in 1883 and by 1891 the first homes had been constructed in the area that was known as Fairview Park, because the area had a “Fair View” of the city from the bluffs. Historic homes in the area include the Academy (402 Academy), the Dumble-Boatwright House (1419 Newning) and the Red-Purcell House (210 Academy).
In 1913, General Stacy opened the Travis Heights neighborhood directly east of Fairview Park and laid out his South Austin subdivision with both curving and grid streets. The lot sizes and prices ranges were designed to appeal to a wide range of customers that combined bungalows and grand home-sites. Streetcars full of buyers ran from the Capitol to Travis Heights and the area was a huge success. By 1928, 600 lots had been sold and 160 homes had been built.
Homes in Travis Heights
There is a lovely combination of homes to choose from in Travis Heights. From Victorian style mansions with their lattice and porches with commanding views of downtown Austin, to the modest bungalows with hardwood floors nestled under ancient oaks, to the contemporary construction of 21st century modern homes that are peppered throughout the area, there is something for everyone to love about Travis Heights. The average homes are three bedrooms, two bath homes with 1,600 square feet of living space. These homes sale for about $270 per sq. ft. or $430,000, but the range is more varied with homes starting as low as $250K and selling for over $1M. As you can see, Travis Heights living comes at a price, but when you couple the feeling of a secluded neighborhood with the close proximity to downtown and South Congress, you can see why it’s such a hit!
Travis Heights Austin Attractions
If you like to walk in your neighborhood, have a park that runs through the middle of your area that has a warm water, spring-fed pool that is open year-round, bike to a local selection of dining establishments for your choice of almost anything you can imagine to eat, or be only minutes from music venues on a Saturday night, then you might like Travis Heights! Stacy Park and Pool is the green jewel that runs through the middle of the area and has walking trails and both adult and kiddie pools for anyone to enjoy. The area is adjacent to SoCo, the popular South Congress dining and entertainment district where you can find Guero’s Tacos with an outdoor music stage, the famous Continental Club, South Congress Café, Vespaio restaurant and many, many more! There’s also First Thursday, which is a monthly event where art galleries, restaurants and street vendors stay open late and folks stroll the streets shopping and visiting until while enjoying music at every turn. Any way you cut it, Travis Heights has a lot to offer and for a real feel of living in Austin, it’s a great place to call home!