Barton Hills began in 1837 when William “Uncle Billy” Barton and his family built their home near a natural spring, now known as Barton Springs, located in Zilker Park. Barton Hills is located off South Lamar, Barton Springs and MoPac in South Austin’s hottest zip code, 78704. The neighborhood is as close to downtown as you can get south of the river and bordered by the greenbelt. Barton Hills is comprised mostly of single family homes and some condominiums built from the 1950s to the present with a median price range of $390,000 as of 2011.
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Barton Hills Attractions
Barton Springs, located within Zilker Park’s 358 acres, is a refreshing 68 degrees rear round and draws people from all walks of life to swim in the invigorating pool, sunbathe on the hill or relax under one of the many century-old pecan trees. Zilker Park is a playground for children as well as adults with the soccer fields, volleyball sand pits, The Kite Festival and music venues such as Blues on the Green and Austin City Limits Music Festival. Barton Springs Road off South Lamar and MoPac, known by south Austinites as “Restaurant Row”, is host to various local restaurants such as Chuy’s, Romeo’s, Green Mesquite and my favorite, Shady Grove.
Barton Hills Shopping
Forget the malls and stuffy department stores and head to South Lamar for a hip retail experience in the Barton Hills neighborhood. Retail shops, bars, restaurants, boutiques and more abound on the South Lamar corridor featuring Big Bertha for upscale secondhand shopping, Strut and SoLa for women’s’ clothes and accessories, and Whole Life Books for New Age subjects. Also in the area is Alamo Drafthouse, a unique theater with the latest block busters and signature series events such as Sing-Alongs, Spaghetti Westerns and Music Monday, all accompanied by your favorite beer or wine and a tasty meal. Another popular spot is The Highball, a retro diner with 8 bowling lanes, 7 themed private karaoke rooms and a ballroom for live music and dance parties.