Hyde Park

Austin’s first suburb was laid out in 1891 by a man who owned a private electric trolley line and favored wide streets and shaded sidewalks. The relatively flat swath, which lies just north of the University of Texas at Austin and has a history of attracting free-spirited thinkers, has held on to its bohemian je ne sais quoi.

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What to Expect

Pocket parks and a “come as you are” heritage.

With its proximity to the sizable University of Texas campus, Hyde Park has long attracted intellectuals, artists, and activists, in addition to students. The meandering Waller Creek, which runs through a corner of the neighborhood, bisects the nearby Hancock Golf Course as well as the popular Shipe Park, where locals enjoy the pools, picnic tables, and playscape.

The Lifestyle

Front-porch friendliness and a passion for preservation.

Neighborly interaction is fostered by the many well-tended sidewalks and shaded front porches, and many residents are ardent supporters of conserving Hyde Park’s historic homes and businesses, like the Avenue B Grocery and Market, a beloved stop for sandwiches and sundries built in 1909.

The Market

Victorian beauties with eye-catching details and lots of bright bungalows.

Though substantial Victorians occupy many of the corner lots, Hyde Park homes tend to be more modest in size, if not appearance. The cozy Craftsman-style bungalows, detailed Queen Annes, and gabled Tudor Revivals come in a rainbow of hues and often feature fanciful flourishes.