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Neighborhood Spotlight: Oak Hill

Barton Creek Greenbelt, courtesy of Urban Matter

Oak Hill | 78735-38 ; 78748 & 78749

Just a quick 15-20 minute drive south from downtown, Oak Hill is a classic south Austin neighborhood with a few quirky gems still standing from celebrated eras of old and arguably the best and most beloved river and greenbelt spots you’ll find in the city limits. Don’t let that traffic at the “Y” scare you away, because Oak Hill is still hailed as one of the greatest areas to live in Austin – with great schools, parks, restaurants, shops and more than enough natural beauty to go around. 

Average List Price: $652,000 


According to The Oak Hill Association of Neighborhoods, Oak Hill is defined as “…starting from Travis Country in the Northwest, neighborhoods bordering Brodie Lane down to the Travis/Hays County line, following the county line on the south up to Highway 290 West, and then neighborhoods bordering Circle Drive and Thomas Springs Road and finally along the Southwest Parkway.”


Awarded to William Cannon by the Mexican government in 1835, the area known today as Oak Hill originally stretched from Williamson Creek to Slaughter Creek. In 1869, after many failed attempts to adopt the name “Shiloh” after the Civil War battle, the area was formally named “Oakmanville.” 

Following the war, the dense cedar forests in Oakmanville attracted settlers in search of lumber who, coupled with the high demand for limestone from the area due to the Capitol’s construction, caused an economic boom in Oakmanville. By the turn of the 20th century, Oakmanville was an established community, and its population doubled during Austin’s growth spurt of the 1970s. 

Finally, in 2000, the area defined as Oak Hill was adopted into Austin’s city limits. Today it encompasses six zip codes, a whopping 89 neighborhoods, and is home to nearly 30,000 people.

Convict Hill Quarry (1888), courtesy of Oak Hill Association of Neighborhoods

Top Spots

For a bite: Via 313, Eurasia Sushi Bar & Seafood, CARVE American Grille, Donn’s Texas BBQ, Mandola’s Italian Kitchen, Cypress Grill, Taqueria Chapala #3, Slab BBQ, La Familia Mexican

For a drink: Lustre Pearl South, Salt + Stone Rooftop Bar, Shore Raw Bar & Grill

For fun: Barton Creek Greenbelt: Sculpture Falls, Twin Falls and Hill of Life, Shops at Barton Creek Square, Movie House & Eatery 

For the kids: Dick Nichols District Park, Austin Zoo, Windmill Run Park, Altitude Trampoline Park

Mandola’s Italian Kitchen, courtesy of Zomato

Our Local Agent’s Picks: Alicia’s Top 5

Bell Real Estate agent Alicia is a longtime visitor of Oak Hill. Here are the local gems she recommends for a guaranteed beautiful day in this classic Austin neighborhood.  

  1. Jack Allen’s (the original) for the chicken fried New York strip, amazing happy hour with half off apps and $1 off drinks, or their incredible brunch
  2. Juiceland – Swing through the uber-convenient drive-thru for Alicia’s favorites the Peachy Green or Wundershowzen (though you really can’t go wrong with any of their delicious juices and smoothies)
  3. Boomerz for pool, ping pong, karaoke, poker, and trivia in this awesome dive bar   
  4. The Natural Gardener for an afternoon well-spent surrounded by nature and nearly an acre of incredible plants and horticulture gems
  5. Jester King Brewery for live music, cool events (Alicia’ favorite is the goat experience), weekly happy hours, great food, and beer on a gorgeous 165 acre ranch located just outside Oak Hill in the Texas Hill Country

Jester King Brewery, courtesy of Jester King Facebook
The Natural Gardener, courtesy of Austin Chronicle

Considering a move to Oak Hill? You can browse all active listings in the area here, or contact our local agent Alicia Corbett for more personalized assistance. 

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