Although it does not garner as much attention as some of its south Austin neighbors, Zilker is one of the most desirable areas for many locals to settle down. There are abundant greenspaces and parks just to the west, shopping and dining are within walking distance, and downtown is just to the north.
Zilker is named after nearby Zilker Park, considered Austin's most beloved park and the site of the Austin City Limits and South by Southwest music festivals and the Holiday Trail of Lights. Some of Austin's best-known restaurants are in this area, as are shopping and live music.
This is a family-friendly neighborhood, with its access to open spaces and quality schools. But the population spans the range from students to families to seniors.
The neighborhood of Zilker has something to suit most everyone: proximity to many of Austin's best amenities; parks and green spaces; local shopping, dining, and nightlife; top schools and safe streets.
For those who enjoy the outdoors, Barton Creek Greenbelt, Zilker Park, and the Lady Bird Lake hike and bike trail are nearby. The Botanic Garden, sculpture garden, and Barton Creek Pool are adjacent to the neighborhood.
Those who like shopping and dining will find many local businesses and iconic Austin restaurants and coffee shops in this area. The neighborhood also has many nightclubs and live music venues.
If all that is not enough, downtown is just a few blocks away. Public bus routes come through the neighborhood and offer access to other parts of the city.
The many benefits of living in Zilker attract a wide range of residents, including families, single young professionals, hippies, professors and students, artists and musicians.
The neighborhood's desirable location makes it one of the more expensive areas in south Austin, and home values have risen recently.
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Zilker tends to be one of the pricier areas of south Austin, particularly the north and northwest sections close to the lake and Barton Creek. The southern section is more affordable. Most houses were built in the 1950s and 60s. In recent years a large number of condos have been built in the neighborhood.