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Neighborhood Spotlight: Bouldin Creek

The famous “Greetings from Austin” mural on Roadhouse Relics, South First Street. Courtesy Austin Monthly.

Bouldin Creek | 78704 

One of Austin’s most historic neighborhoods, Bouldin Creek has remained a popular neighborhood over the decades due to its quiet, laidback feel and close proximity to downtown. Residents are within walking distance to a multitude of restaurants, cafes, shops, music venues and parks – among these a mix of many classic Austin staples and trendy new spots. Many homes date back to the 20s and 30s and still hold an eclectic charm.

If we had to pinpoint one neighborhood in the city where the “Keep Austin Weird” vibe is still very much alive, Bouldin Creek would be a top contender for the title. 

A whimsical victorian cottage, one of Bouldin Creek’s many eclectic and charming homes. Courtesy Austin Home.

Average List Price: $1,100,000


Bouldin Creek is bordered by South Congress to the east, the Union Pacific railroad track to the west, Barton Springs to the north, and West Oltorf to the south. It contains both of the popular “South First” and “South Congress” neighborhoods. 


Prior to the first world war, before the city’s dams were built and flood control established, real estate south of the river in Austin was very cheap as it was prone to frequent floods. Once this infrastructure was in place, the area saw a major boom in development in the 1920s and 30s – you can find many of these homes and buildings still standing today. In the 1940s, the establishment of the San Juan Catholic Church at the corner of West Mary and South Third streets brought an influx of hispanic residents to the area. This hispanic culture and influence in the area is still very much alive today, as Bouldin is home to some of Austin’s longest-standing hispanic-owned businesses, not to mention some of the best Mexican and Tex-mex food in the city.

As early as the 1850s, the area of Bouldin Creek was owned by Colonel James Bouldin, whose descendants eventually divided up and sold the land. A section of the sold land that became known as Brackenridge was a predominantly black neighborhood until the 1940s. Many of Austin’s first black-owned businesses were established in Brackenridge, including Robert Stanley’s general store (now the Herb Bar) at 200 West Mary Street and several seamstresses, masons and storekeepers. 

The neighborhood’s largest institutional resident is the Texas School for the Deaf. Established in 1856, it is the oldest continually operating public school in Texas and spans a whopping 65 acres between South Congress, South First, Barton Springs Road and Elizabeth Street. 

The Bouldin family homestead, 1930s. Today the site is occupied Becker Elementary.

Top Spots

For a bite: Polvos, Bouldin Creek Cafe, Thai Fresh, Fresa’s, Elizabeth Street Cafe, Lenoir, Mattie’s, El Mercado, El Alma, Magnolia Cafe, Vespaio, Joann’s Fine Foods, Homeslice Pizza, Little Mexico Mexican Restaurant

For a drink: Guero’s, Corner Bar, Aba, Ego’s, South Congress Hotel, Saxon Pub, Gibson Street Bar

For fun: East or West Bouldin Creek Greenbelts, Continental Club, Bouldin Acres, Cidercade, Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail

For the kids: Casa Nervlandia, Butler Park and Splash Pad, Twin Oaks Branch library

Bouldin Creek Cafe
Little Mexico Restaurant, courtesy Restaurant Jump

Considering a move to Bouldin Creek? You can browse all active listings in the area here, or contact one of our local agents for more personalized assistance. 

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