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Laura

Laura's Guidebook

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My favorite restaurant in Austin. Exceptional food, cocktails and service. No compromise necessary at Odd Duck. 0.6 mile walk.
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Odd Duck
1201 S Lamar Blvd
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My favorite restaurant in Austin. Exceptional food, cocktails and service. No compromise necessary at Odd Duck. 0.6 mile walk.
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Elizabeth Street Cafe
1501 South 1st Street
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Tacodeli
1500 Spyglass Drive
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Sway
1417 South 1st Street
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Must visit. All Texas in all it’s glory personified in delicious food and a witty atmosphere.
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Ranch 616
616 Nueces Street
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Must visit. All Texas in all it’s glory personified in delicious food and a witty atmosphere.
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Second Bar + Kitchen
200 Congress Avenue
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Lamberts
401 West 2nd Street
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Fareground
111 Congress Ave
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Always consistently good Tex Amex at an affordable price. Margaritas and view of the Texas hill country from the patio don’t hurt either.
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Maudie's Milagro
3801 North Capital of Texas Highway
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Always consistently good Tex Amex at an affordable price. Margaritas and view of the Texas hill country from the patio don’t hurt either.
There are Torchy’s locations all over Austin. Tacos, tacos and more tacos. This is one of the newest and nicest spaces, but the tacos are just as good at any location.
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Torchy's Tacos
1822 S Congress Ave
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There are Torchy’s locations all over Austin. Tacos, tacos and more tacos. This is one of the newest and nicest spaces, but the tacos are just as good at any location.
1.2 mile walk. Incredible beer. A master brewer in his element!
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The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
1305 West Oltorf Street
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1.2 mile walk. Incredible beer. A master brewer in his element!
Delicious and unique food dishes. Great for a special occasion.
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Swift's Attic
315 Congress Ave
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Delicious and unique food dishes. Great for a special occasion.
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la Barbecue
2027 E Cesar Chavez St
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An old classic, always consistently good and a fun experience!
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Rudy's "Country Store" and Bar-B-Q
2451 South Capital of Texas Highway
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An old classic, always consistently good and a fun experience!
Visit the flagship Whole Foods (headquarters offices are above). It’s a beautiful store filled with dining experiences, a wine bar, food enough to dazzle the eye, and take the elevator to the roof for outdoor eating with a view. There’s also a playscape on the roof for kids!
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Whole Foods Market
525 North Lamar Boulevard
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Visit the flagship Whole Foods (headquarters offices are above). It’s a beautiful store filled with dining experiences, a wine bar, food enough to dazzle the eye, and take the elevator to the roof for outdoor eating with a view. There’s also a playscape on the roof for kids!
Delicious and cozy spot for Italian food and wine on S. Congress Avenue - a popular pedestrian street with shops, restaurants and a direct view of the Texas Capital.
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Enoteca Vespaio
1610 South Congress Avenue
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Delicious and cozy spot for Italian food and wine on S. Congress Avenue - a popular pedestrian street with shops, restaurants and a direct view of the Texas Capital.
Incredible baked goods.
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Easy Tiger
709 East 6th Street
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Incredible baked goods.
Breakfast all day! Delicious burgers, salads, milkshakes, too. Open late at night.
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24 Diner
600 North Lamar Boulevard
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Breakfast all day! Delicious burgers, salads, milkshakes, too. Open late at night.
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Loro
2115 S Lamar Blvd
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Uchi
801 South Lamar Boulevard
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Uchiko is an amazing experience and combines influences of Texas cuisine and sushi. Go early for happy hour and discounted plates! Make a reservation.
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Uchiko
4200 North Lamar Boulevard
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Uchiko is an amazing experience and combines influences of Texas cuisine and sushi. Go early for happy hour and discounted plates! Make a reservation.
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La Condesa
400 West 2nd Street
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Brunch and romantic mansion nestled in winding live oak trees
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Mattie's
811 W Live Oak St
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Brunch and romantic mansion nestled in winding live oak trees
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Le Politique
110 San Antonio St
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0.9 mile walk
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Carpenters Hall
400 Josephine St
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0.9 mile walk
Walking distance. Delicious coffee and Taco Deli breakfast tacos!
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Caffe Medici
1100 South Lamar Boulevard
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Walking distance. Delicious coffee and Taco Deli breakfast tacos!
Walking distance. Best ice cream ever consumed.
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Lick Honest Ice Creams
1100 South Lamar Boulevard
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Walking distance. Best ice cream ever consumed.
There’s a party in my tummy.
Tiny Pies
2032 S Lamar Blvd
There’s a party in my tummy.
Eye candy, taste sensation.
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Sugar Mama's Bakeshop
1905 South 1st Street
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Eye candy, taste sensation.
Local brews that are beyond delicious. Scratchin’ hippo is my fav!
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Adelbert's Brewery
2314 Rutland Drive
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Local brews that are beyond delicious. Scratchin’ hippo is my fav!
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Austin Beerworks
3001 Industrial Terrace
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Iron Works Barbecue
100 Red River St
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Tex-Mex as big as Texas
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Matt's El Rancho
2613 South Lamar Boulevard
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Tex-Mex as big as Texas
Delicious smoothies and soups for a quick bite on the go.
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Soup Peddler Real Food & Juice Bar
2801 South Lamar Boulevard
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Delicious smoothies and soups for a quick bite on the go.
Casual and funky all vegetarian dining
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Bouldin Creek Cafe
1900 South 1st Street
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Casual and funky all vegetarian dining
Spanish tapas at their best.
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Barlata Tapas Restaurant
1500 S Lamar Blvd
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Spanish tapas at their best.
Go early and on a weekday if possible. Expect a wait!
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Salt Lick BBQ
18300 Farm to Market Rd 1826
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Go early and on a weekday if possible. Expect a wait!
Walk 0.6 mi. to an old local favorite. As featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”
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Green Mesquite BBQ
1400 Barton Springs Road
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Walk 0.6 mi. to an old local favorite. As featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”
Delicious seafood! Hard to find in land locked Central Texas.
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Mongers
2401 East Cesar Chavez Street
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Delicious seafood! Hard to find in land locked Central Texas.
Fantastic seafood on the popular pedestrian promenade, S. Congress Avenue. Lovely outdoor eating area. Make a reservation or go early!
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Perla's
1400 South Congress Avenue
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Fantastic seafood on the popular pedestrian promenade, S. Congress Avenue. Lovely outdoor eating area. Make a reservation or go early!
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Barley Swine
6555 Burnet Road
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Order the hot chocolate!
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Blue Dahlia Bistro
1115 East 11th Street
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Order the hot chocolate!
Sightseeing
Photo op at a local mural postcard
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Greetings From Austin Mural
1720 S 1st St
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Photo op at a local mural postcard
Beautiful spring fed pool with water at a cool ~68 degrees. 0.6 mile walk.
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BARTON SPRINGS POOL
2201 Barton Springs Rd
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Beautiful spring fed pool with water at a cool ~68 degrees. 0.6 mile walk.
Gorgeous trail along the Colorado River with views of the hill country and downtown. Total length is a 10 mile loop. Trailhead is a 0.6 mile walk.
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Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail
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Gorgeous trail along the Colorado River with views of the hill country and downtown. Total length is a 10 mile loop. Trailhead is a 0.6 mile walk.
Beautiful hiking trail with multiple trailheads. A favorite for rock climbing and dipping in the creek when there’s water. Check latest photos on Google Maps to see if there’s water in the creek.
Barton Creek Greenbelt Trailhead
Beautiful hiking trail with multiple trailheads. A favorite for rock climbing and dipping in the creek when there’s water. Check latest photos on Google Maps to see if there’s water in the creek.
A short, steep hike leads to stunning views of Austin’s limestone cliffs, the Colorado River and the Texas Hill Country.
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Pennybacker Bridge Overlook
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A short, steep hike leads to stunning views of Austin’s limestone cliffs, the Colorado River and the Texas Hill Country.
Ascend ~100 steps to this beautiful view of the Colorado River and the Texas Hill Country.
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Mount Bonnell
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Ascend ~100 steps to this beautiful view of the Colorado River and the Texas Hill Country.
A popular pedestrian street with shops, restaurants and a direct view of the Texas Capital.
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South Congress Avenue
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A popular pedestrian street with shops, restaurants and a direct view of the Texas Capital.
Especially beautiful in the fall and spring. However, the Japanese garden (my fav) and the prehistoric area (waterfall!) are beautiful year round.
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Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Springs Road
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Especially beautiful in the fall and spring. However, the Japanese garden (my fav) and the prehistoric area (waterfall!) are beautiful year round.
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Texas State Capitol
1100 Congress Avenue
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Beautiful view of downtown and the Colorado River at a restful spot in the trail.
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Lou Neff Point
Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail
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Beautiful view of downtown and the Colorado River at a restful spot in the trail.
Beautiful after a good rain when there’s flowing water and falls.
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McKinney Falls State Park
5808 McKinney Falls Parkway
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Beautiful after a good rain when there’s flowing water and falls.
Stunning pool and landscape located ~1 hr. drive from Austin. Go early in the morning during warm months to arrive before it is filled to capacity with visitors. Or visit in the winter when it’s less crowded but still just as beautiful.
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Hamilton Pool
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Stunning pool and landscape located ~1 hr. drive from Austin. Go early in the morning during warm months to arrive before it is filled to capacity with visitors. Or visit in the winter when it’s less crowded but still just as beautiful.
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Blanton Museum of Art
200 East Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
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Fav for canoe, kayak and paddle board rental on the Colorado River (aka Lady Bird Lake)
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Rowing Dock
2418 Stratford Drive
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Fav for canoe, kayak and paddle board rental on the Colorado River (aka Lady Bird Lake)
Walk 0.5 miles to dinner and a movie with hilarious pre-show programming.
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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema South Lamar
1120 South Lamar Boulevard
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Walk 0.5 miles to dinner and a movie with hilarious pre-show programming.
A walk over the Colorado River in the scenic southeastern part of the Hike and Bike Trail.
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The Boardwalk at Lady Bird Lake
1820 South Lakeshore Boulevard
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A walk over the Colorado River in the scenic southeastern part of the Hike and Bike Trail.
Day trip 1.5 hrs. and visit local wineries in the area, walk through an old and quaint German Texas town, visit the National Museum of the Pacific War, and the Marketplatz. eat lunch at Lincoln St. Wine & Cigar Bar or The Auslander, and dinner at The Nest.
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Fredericksburg
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Day trip 1.5 hrs. and visit local wineries in the area, walk through an old and quaint German Texas town, visit the National Museum of the Pacific War, and the Marketplatz. eat lunch at Lincoln St. Wine & Cigar Bar or The Auslander, and dinner at The Nest.
Wild peacocks in all their beauty. Plus ponds and trails and lovely views.
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Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve
3505 West 35th Street
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Wild peacocks in all their beauty. Plus ponds and trails and lovely views.
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Deep Eddy Municipal Pool
401 Deep Eddy Avenue
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Popular mural and photo op
Til death Mural
Popular mural and photo op
Especially visit in October when there’s a splendid display of alters honoring the dearly departed.
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Mexic-Arte Museum
419 Congress Avenue
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Especially visit in October when there’s a splendid display of alters honoring the dearly departed.
Nightlife
Bars and venues with live music at night
Live jazz
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Elephant Room
315 Congress Avenue
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Live jazz
Lovely outdoor patio for drinks, open to the public.
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Hotel San José
1316 South Congress Avenue
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Lovely outdoor patio for drinks, open to the public.
Learn to dance the Texas two step from the locals
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Broken Spoke
3201 South Lamar Boulevard
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Learn to dance the Texas two step from the locals
Children
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Thinkery
1830 Simond Avenue
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Little Zilker Park
1900 Bluebonnet Lane
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Zilker Metropolitan Park Playscape Shelter
Cash only. http://zilkerpark.org/zilker-park-amenities/zilker-park-train/
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Zilker Zephyr Miniature Train
2100 Barton Springs Road
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Cash only. http://zilkerpark.org/zilker-park-amenities/zilker-park-train/
Neighborhoods
Zilker neighborhood was built in the 1950s and is in an era of change with old and new homes alike. Each house is unique. It is surrounded by some of Austin's hot spots - Barton Springs Pool, Zilker Park and the Ann & Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail. Zilker is also within walking distance to restaurants, bars and shops on Barton Springs Rd. and S. Lamar Blvd. Zilker has some of the oldest trees in Austin - several hundred year old live oaks!
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Zilker
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Zilker neighborhood was built in the 1950s and is in an era of change with old and new homes alike. Each house is unique. It is surrounded by some of Austin's hot spots - Barton Springs Pool, Zilker Park and the Ann & Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail. Zilker is also within walking distance to restaurants, bars and shops on Barton Springs Rd. and S. Lamar Blvd. Zilker has some of the oldest trees in Austin - several hundred year old live oaks!

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