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TRIBEZA’s Neighborhood Guide to South Austin

Explore top agents' personal favorites in these South Austin neighborhoods

austin neighborhood guide 2024

No one knows Austin like its real estate professionals. Austin’s top agents, brokers, and advisors share their intimate insight into their favorite hot spots in South Austin in this year’s TRIBEZA Neighborhood Guide.

Explore top agents’ personal favorites in these South Austin neighborhoods:

South Lamar | Zilker | Bouldin | Travis Heights

South Lamar: Michelle Hendrix

Michelle Hendrix | Founder | Hendrix Residential Group @ EXP | | 512.222.6943

The Atrium at Eberly is arguably one of the most beautiful dining spaces in the city

As a proud “Southy,” Michelle Hendrix says that it’s almost too easy to have a great day on South Lamar. It starts with coffee at Opa Wine and Coffee Bar, followed by pickleball at Bouldin Acres and a refreshing dip in Barton Springs. The day continues with a visit to Hanger Art Studios, thrift shopping, ice cream at Amy’s, and a show at Alamo Drafthouse or Zach Scott Theatre, capped off with a delicious snack and a night cap at any of her local favorites along the South Lamar corridor. 

Michelle’s professional ethos revolves around investing in relationships, and commiting to that sweet spot for her clients where joyful living truly meets legacy investments. While it continues to see incredible growth, South Lamar is full of history. One of her most memorable deals involved a stunning mid-century modern home she sold last year. Tasked with enhancing the time capsule vibe and showcasing the distinct architecture, her team pulled out all the stops, including two mint 60’s Chevelles in the open air carport. The buyer and seller were a match made in heaven. Looking ahead, Michelle envisions exciting developments like the transformation of Brodie Oaks into a vibrant mixed-use community, bringing parkland, exciting retail and new residences, including affordable housing with Foundation Communities! 

Michelle’s South Lamar

Opa Wine and Coffee
Uptown Cheapskate
Zach Scott Theatre
Hanger Art Studios

Zilker: Katie Jackson

Katie Jackson | Founding Agent + Principal | @ Properties Christie’s International Real Estate | @katiefromaustin | 512.627.1625

Katie’s home on Kinney Avenue an off-market land deal turned custom built dream home in Zilker. Her dog, Henry, is pictured to the right.

Meet Katie, your passionate Austin real estate guide, deeply rooted in Texas and driven by a love for connecting people with their dream homes. She has a background in nursing but found her true calling in the dynamic world of real estate. Katie represents Zilker, where she proudly built her dream home. As a new construction expert, Katie sourced the land off market and used her industry contacts to execute her vision, a project that truly showcases the value of a well-connected agent. Katie specializes in finding off-market hidden gems, underscoring her value to those who endeavor to build their own home. She loves Zilker’s proximity to downtown, walkability to nature and great restaurants. Katie’s off-the-beaten-path picks for Zilker include hole-in-the-wall Super Thai and El Raval (she insists you try the paella!). She is looking forward to the new Antonelli’s cheese shop at the Lamar Union Plaza. 

Zilker Park is the hero of the neighborhood, hosting local favorite events like Zilker Trail of Lights, the Kite Festival and Blues on the Green, and, of course, the renowned Austin City Limits Music Festival. This year, the city will begin replacing the Barton Springs bridge to accommodate the growth and popularity of this area. 

Katie’s Zilker Top Spots

Golden Goose
Matt’s El Rancho
Merit Coffee

Bouldin: Brooke Roeder

Brooke Roeder | Principal | Roeder Group Bramlett Residential | | 512.964.8379

Brooke visits one of her favorite local spots Nómadé Cocina

Seasoned real estate agent, investor, former vacation rental management company owner and 20-year resident of South Austin, Brooke Roeder brings a wealth of industry knowledge to her clients in the uniquely charming neighborhood of Bouldin. Brooke also owns Design-Build firm, B3E Creative, giving her a diverse industry background that allows her to approach real estate transactions from many different angles and offer a much more robust level of insight to her clients. Bouldin’s prime location offers equidistant, easy access to downtown, Lady Bird Lake, South Lamar and South Congress. The neighborhood’s eclectic atmosphere, with an array of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and boutique shopping is a true embodiment of Austin’s quirky “Keep Austin Weird” vibe. 

Bouldin is one of the older neighborhoods in South Austin so it’s an interesting mix of old craftsman cottages and luxury new construction homes. The oldest home Brooke has sold in the area was a historic farmhouse built in the late 1800s! There are tons of mixed use developments going in all down South 1st St., which will provide an ever growing amount of walkability to dining, entertainment and shopping for the entire neighborhood. 

Brooke’s Bouldin Top Picks

El Alma
Terry Blacks BBQ
Bouldin Creek Cafe
Elizabeth St 

Travis Heights: Erin Scialabba

Erin Sciallaba | Realtor | Waller House Team at Compass | @erinsellsatx | 908.418.1047

Erin’s latest Travis Heights listing, 1605 Brackenridge, an early 1900s restoration by Lucky Charms Homes and Staging by Platform Staging

Meet Erin, a data-driven Realtor with an eye for design. Though Erin is best known for her off-market home tours on social media (@erinsellsatx), it is her affinity for numbers and understanding of quality construction that sets her apart from other agents. Through market research and regular open houses, Erin is acutely aware of how to advise clients to list appropriately and offer assertively. A former valedictorian at Syracuse University, Erin worked as a data analyst in NYC’s financial district before moving to Texas in 2015. 

A Travis Heights resident for nearly a decade, Erin believes there is nowhere better to live to get the true Austin experience. In Travis Heights, residents are steps from the city’s best restaurants, shops and hotels. The neighborhood is ripe with early 1900s bungalows and cottages, as well as outdoor spaces to walk and play like Little Stacy Park. Boutique hotels like the South Congress Hotel and Hotel San José offer more than just lodging; these venues epitomize the Austin aesthetic and act as a home-away-from-home for locals to gather, co-work and enjoy live music. To impress your date, Erin recommends Watertrade, the hidden, Japanese-style cocktail bar attached to OTOKO in the South Congress Hotel. 

Erin’s Travis Heights Picks

Neighborhood Sushi
Two Hands
Café No Sé