Austin Neighborhoods: Bouldin Creek

It’s been almost four years since we profiled the Bouldin Creek neighborhood, so we thought it might a great time to revisit this eclectic area just south of downtown and Lady Bird Lake.  Bouldin Creek is bordered by Barton Springs Road to the north, South Congress to the east, Oltorf to the south, and the railroad tracks that run parallel to Lamar Boulevard to the west.  It’s named for Bouldin Creek, which runs through the middle of the area.

The area was first settled in the 1920’s and 1930’s by those looking for affordable housing because of the threat of flooding before the Colorado River was dammed.  It continues to be popular with Austinites looking to live close to downtown and in a vibrant, walkable area with shops, restaurants, and proximity to Zilker and Butler parks.  It’s also near Austin cultural institutions the Long Center for the Performing Arts and the Palmer Events Center.  

Children in the Bouldin Creek area attend Austin ISD schools.  For grades Pre-Kindergarten through Fifth, they go to the historic Becker Elementary, which is a Dual Language School, meaning children learn in English and Spanish for a comprehensive bilingual education. The school also has a South Austin vibe, with a Chicken Coop and a Green Classroom where classes learn to plant and maintain gardens as part of their curriculum.  

For grades six through eight, children attend Fulmore Middle School, AISD’s Law and Humanities magnet.  Fulmore also has a Dual Language track for students who wish to continue their English/Spanish bilingual education.  Fulmore has been a public school since 1886 and has been located in the heart of South Congress at Mary Street since 1911.  Former Texas Governor Ann Richards was a teacher at Fulmore and John Henry Faulk, the storyteller who filed the lawsuit that ended the Hollywood Blacklist, was a student.

Residents in nine through twelfth grades go to Travis High School, which is an Early College High School, meaning students have the opportunity to earn an Associate’s Degree for free at the same time that they are earning high school credits.    

Bouldin is a great homebase for commuting as well, with downtown just a quick bike ride, walk, or bus commute away!  Under Armour, the American sports clothing and accessories company, has a corporate office location in downtown Austin in the converted Seaholm Power Plant.  They employ Austinites in a variety of positions, including software engineers, sales, and financial.

McGarrah Jessee LP is a brand development and integrated marketing agency located on 6th Street one block west of Congress Avenue.  They are consistently voted one of the best places to work for in Austin and have a diverse, successful client roster that includes Whataburger, Frost Bank, Shiner Beer, and Yeti Coolers.  They employ a variety of marketing professionals in their Austin headquarters.

As far as restaurants, Bouldin Creek is home to some of Austin’s hottest dining experiences.  Lenoir has a constantly changing prix fixe menu featuring locally sourced ingredients in Mediterranean, Indian, and French dishes.  They also have an extensive craft beer and wine list.  Reservations are a must for this intimate dining space that only seats 34 people.  

Thai Fresh is located right in the heart of Bouldin on Mary near South Fifth Street, just steps from the Twin Oaks Library.  Thai Fresh serves delicious Thai dishes using locally sourced ingredients and gluten and dairy free baked goods and ice cream. The ice cream, made with coconut milk rather than cow’s milk, will have you swearing off ice cream with dairy forever.  If you want to recreate your meal at home, there’s even a small market of Asian ingredients.  

For dessert, Sugar Mama’s delicious decadent cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and more will have you in sweets heaven!  On South First near Mary Street, even the Tiffany Blue exterior with red accents looks good enough to eat!  

For shopping, get your goth on at Secret Oktober, on South First near Live Oak Street.  They’ve got Manic Panic hair dye in every color of the rainbow, corsets, band stickers and patches, and in general everything you need to live, (or fake), the goth or punk lifestyle.

Mana Culture sells handmade jewelry with a Boho vibe and is inspired by the designer’s travels around Southeast Asia as a child.  They have three Austin locations.

There are a lot of great apartments in and near Bouldin as well.  Tambaleo Apartments have studio, one, and two bedroom apartments featuring European washer/dryers, large closets, available fenced backyards, patios, or balconies, vaulted ceilings, skylights, and wood laminate flooring.  The community has bike racks, a courtyard, a barbecue/picnic area, Google Fiber, and is near public transportation.

Timbercreek welcomes your pets, with no breed or weight restrictions, a dog washing station in the laundry facilities, and a fenced-in dog park.  They have a fitness center, a clubhouse, bike racks, car2go parking, Google Fiber, and a pool with a downtown view.  Floorplans range from studio to four bedrooms, with fireplaces, high ceilings, modern fixtures, balconies or fenced in yards, wood laminate flooring, and downtown views in some units.

Bouldin Creek Apartments allows pets up to 60 pounds, has multiple flooring options, nine foot vaulted ceilings, large kitchens and closets, and ceiling fans in living rooms and bedrooms.  It also offers the benefits of a smaller apartment community.
Ready to make Bouldin Creek your new home?  Give Apartment Experts South a call today at 512-416-8100 and we’ll help you find the perfect apartment for your lifestyle!  

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