Below Lady Bird Lake lies South Austin, the frequent winner in the North vs. South Austin debate. South Austin feels like the old Austin, according to local residents, known as Southies, with the "Keep Austin Weird" vibe. North Austin is more mainstream, however, both offer great schools, low unemployment and rising property values.
As Austin turned into the Live Music Capitol of the World, the musicians started migrating to South Austin, which was more affordable. Today, the community's laid-back vibe is attributed to the numerous artists that moved here.
For adults, the famed SoCo District (South Congress) neighborhood of South Austin offers eclectic shopping, hip restaurants and live music venues.
South Austin's 351-acre Zilker Metropolitan Park is known as "Austin's most-loved park." Recreational opportunities abound in the park, including the Barton Springs Pool, Zilker Botanical Gardens and Zilker Hillside Theatre, in addition to picnic areas and sports fields. In South-Central Austin, the Barton Creek Greenbelt offers scenic hiking and mountain bike trails.
Operated by the Austin Independent School District, South Austin's high schools are ideal for college-bound students. James Bowie High School, which has multiple Gold Performance Acknowledgements, offers college preparatory classes, while William B. Travis High School is an Early College High School, allowing students to earn an associate degree and get a head start on their post secondary education. South Austin is also the proud home of Texas School for the Deaf and St. Edward’s University.
The median price for a home in South Austin was $299,900 in 2016, making South Austin more affordable than North Austin and an excellent investment, since the median home price increased 87 percent in the last 10 years. If you are considering South Austin, a real estate agent can show you the homes currently available in this booming community.