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Given its central location, it is hard to imagine that this area was once considered quite remote, and now is one of Austin’s oldest neighborhoods. The areas that now comprise Bouldin Creek were originally farmland owned by James Swisher and James Bouldin. The Texas School for the Deaf opened in the area in 1857, in the same spot it still occupies. In 1877, John Milton Swisher took advantage of the first bridge across the Colorado River to subdivide a portion of his family’s land along the old San Antonio Road (today’s South First Street) into a residential area. His legacy can still be seen in the street names—Milton, Monroe, James, Annie, Nellie, Elizabeth, Mary, Johanna, Eva and Newton—which were taken from Swisher’s family and neighbors. The Bouldin family subdivided residential tracts in what is now the western part of the area. In 1895, the city installed its first public lighting system, the famous Moonlight Towers, and one of the original 31 towers can still be seen at the corner of South First and Monroe. Streetcar lines were finally extended to South Austin in 1910. During the 1920s and ‘30s, Bouldin Creek began to rapidly develop as permanent bridges and the flood control dam projects made crossing the Colorado River far simpler than in earlier decades. During this time, South First Street became a commercial hub featuring grocery stores and other businesses. Long-time South First businesses such as Cantu’s Mexican Heiberia & Imports, and La Mexicana Bakery date back to the 1940s and are still thriving today.
Just across Lady Bird Lake from downtown Austin, Bouldin Creek is at the center of the coveted 78704 zip code. Brimming with historic charm, Bouldin Creek blends Old South Austin with modern amenities. Bouldin Creek’s bright storefronts and eccentric art galleries garner this funky neighborhood its must-see status. Bouldin Creek offers central city convenience with an edgy but laid-back atmosphere and entertainment. This eclectic neighborhood’s tattoo parlors, quirky shops, award-winning restaurants, second-hand shops, and thriving food trucks only add to its cool-as-a-cucumber reputation. Residents enjoy a waterfront park, Auditorium Shores, which features events and concerts at the Long Center for the Arts, plus skyline views and a Stevie Ray Vaughn memorial. Auditorium Shores also offers a leash-free dog area. Butler Pitch and Putt features 9 holes of golf. Lady Bird Lake and the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail provide outdoor recreation and pedestrian access to downtown. Within the neighborhood, Dawson Park and Ricky Guerrero Park feature playgrounds and a splash pad, and the West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt offers a wooded hiking trail. Trader Joe's, Whole Foods Market's flagship store, and an HEB grocery store are all within two miles.
Quaint residential areas have bungalows from the 1920s and ’30s. Outdoor spaces are just as unique as the interiors with heated pools, pagodas, fire pits, and outdoor kitchens creating fabulous entertainment areas. Balconies overlook xeriscaped landscaping, and rooftop decks afford views of the downtown skyline. Many Bouldin Creek homes have alley access and detached studios and garages, providing extra living quarters, workspaces, and storage. With such a broad selection of styles and one of Austin's finest locations, Bouldin Creek is a premium option for potential residents.
Students in Bouldin Creek attend Austin ISD schools. Becker Elementary and Travis Heights Elementary (PK-5), Fulmore Middle (6-8), and Travis High School (9-12) are the assigned schools for this community. Some nearby daycare and private school options are Mainspring School (0-4 years), Athena Montessori Academy (Preschool – After School), and The Khabele School (Preschool – 12), within two miles.