Nestled in the rolling hills just south of Zilker Park, Barton Hills is one of Austin’s more historically eclectic neighborhoods. A Civil War hero and an Austin pioneer both roamed the grounds where this picturesque community now stands. Primarily developed between the 1950s and 1980s, modest ranch style homes on large lots are interwoven with the expansive Zilker Park and Barton Creek Greenbelt along the neighborhood’s western edge. A combination of all the attributes help bolster this neighborhood’s reputation as a mature and cohesive place to live. While many long-time residents remain, the neighborhood is also popular with young families drawn by the highly-regarded Barton Hills Elementary School.
Barton Hills is named for William “Uncle Billy” Barton who settled in the area in the late 1830s. He was known as a colorful character and named the main waters of Spring Creek (now Barton Springs) after his three daughters: Parthenia, Eliza and Zenobia. Barton farmed and raised cattle on nearly 180 acres straddling the springs without title until he died in the 1840s.
The first houses in the area now known as Barton Hills were built in the 1940s, but the neighborhood didn’t gain steam until a group of local homebuilders got together in the 1950s to build what was then the largest-centrally planned subdivision in Austin.
The 535-acre development included 1,585 lots and was estimated to cost $53 million. In 1956, the Austin Association of Homebuilders held its annual Austin Parade of Homes in the neighborhood and advertised it as the “World’s Largest Air Conditioned Subdivision.”
By 1990, the neighborhood’s population was just shy of 7,000. A decade later, it was home to more than 8,000 residents.
West Lake Hills is an affluent community ideally situated between the heart of Austin and the Texas Hill Country.
Much of West Lake Hills was initially developed in the 1970s and 1980s in the mid-century modern style. Strict development regulations, including a one-acre minimum lot size, have preserved much of the area’s clear creeks, dramatic hillsides and abundance of mature trees.
West Lake Hills offers some of the highest points in the Austin area with beautiful views of downtown and Lake Austin. Covering just four square miles, this quiet community of about 1,000 homes lies within the boundaries of the acclaimed Eanes Independent School District.
West Lake Hills is almost entirely residential yet offers easy access to most of Austin’s major employment centers. Some of Austin’s most popular recreational destinations are also close by such as Zilker Park, Barton Springs and Lake Austin.
The thriving area now known as West Lake Hills was part of a poor and isolated rural community called Eanes in the early 1900s. Large families often survived off the land by raising livestock or chopping cedar. Most lacked electricity, running water and sewer service until the late 1930s. These self-reliant people had little use for government entities and the City of Austin seemed far removed.
Living here became easier in the 1930s as modern conveniences such as reliable electricity and telephone service were introduced. The paving of Bee Cave Road in 1936 made commutes into Austin less arduous and in 1948 the low water bridge was built which runs across Red Bud Island. Both created better access into the city. By 1953, enough people had moved to the area so community leaders decided to establish a municipality in order to maintain their quiet lifestyle and independence from the city of Ausitn, which voters approved 70-0.
Preserving the area’s natural beauty was a priority for the city’s founders, as was avoiding the high taxes found in larger cities.
West Lake Hills had grown from a village of around 300 residents in 1953 to a city of 1,337 residents by 1970 when the City of West Lake Hills passed a new law requiring one-acre minimum lot size. This spurred a lawsuit by a group of property owners in the city’s buffer zone protesting the new regulation and the overall lack of city services. In 1971, the Texas Supreme Court upheld the original incorporation of the city but knocked down the annexation of the buffer zone.
The extension of the MoPac Expressway to the Capital of Texas Highway accelerated development in West Lake Hills in the 1970s and 1980s. In response to growing demand, the city gradually added services and built its first municipal building in 1982.
More than 3,000 people live in West Lake Hills today. The city levies property taxes to pay for the cost of providing basic city services but the rate remains far below that of most other Central Texas communities. The small city within a city has retained much of the unique character its founders set out to preserve.
Named for its densely wooded rolling hills, this quaint, affluent community offers small-town charm in the midst of a big city. Rollingwood is situated between West Lake Hills and Austin, bordered by Mo-Pac Expressway/Loop 1 to the East, Bee Cave Road to the South and Stratford Drive to the North. It lies within the acclaimed Eanes Independent School District and is a short distance from Zilker Park, Barton Springs and Lady Bird Lake.
Many houses are built on large lots in this quiet, densely wooded area where deer and other wildlife are frequently spotted. Much of the neighborhood was developed in the 1950s, with most homes still resembling their outer character, specifically one and two-story brick homes built with Mid-Century Modern style.
Other homes emerged in the 1970s and 1980s, along with the addition of modern mansions. Many of the older homes have been extensively remodeled, offering a blend of the character of an established neighborhood with modern conveniences.
Perhaps one of Rollingwood’s most unique features is Bandit’s Cave, located at Riley Road and Pickwick Lane. It was reputed to have been the hideout of a gang that robbed the state treasury of $17,000 in 1860.
In the early 1900s, the area now known as Rollingwood was part of a poor, isolated community known as Eanes. Families were large and many survived by raising livestock or chopping cedar. The area began to change in the 1930s when reliable electricity and telephone service made life easier and more attractive to affluent families seeking an escape from city life. Road improvements, including the paving of Bee Cave Road in 1936, made commuting to Austin easier.
In 1946, brothers A.B. and George B. Hatley bought 300 acres of pasture land between Bee Cave Road, the Colorado River and Zilker Park for $300 an acre. By 1955, they formed a village with 28 homes. Many Rollingwood streets are named for the Hatley family and their friends including Hatley Drive, Riley Road, Farley Trail and Vance Lane.
Fewer than 400 people lived in the community in 1960 but development picked up considerably as more families left Austin seeking low taxes, good schools and a quieter way of life.
The Village of Rollingwood became a city in 1963 with its own mayor and court system. A six-member council oversees all public services, including the police, fire department, EMS and garbage service that picks up twice a week.
Rollingwood gradually expanded its services to accommodate its growing population, imposing a special paving tax on homeowners in 1967 that resulted in the first widespread effort to pave the community’s roads. The town’s population doubled to nearly 800 people by 1970 and today is home to more than 1,450 residents. While Rollingwood has grown tremendously in just a few decades, the community takes pride in its small-town feel.
Saturday, December 12th
Sunday, December 13th
Umami fried chicken, dashi bacon braised kale, house biscuits & grilled corn with kimchi miso butter *mmmm* Just one of the many reasons we love local Austin food truck turned brick and mortar, The Peached Tortilla. Here’s why it made the cut for our 365 Approved program:
The Peached Tortilla merges that southern, comfort food that we all love and spices it up with an Asian flare. From Brisket Hash for brunch to a Malaysian Laksa Bowl for dinner (poached shrimp, Japanese noodles, curry seafood broth, bean sprouts, all topped with 45 minute egg), The Peached Tortilla has one of the most unique menus offered in Austin.
For social drinkers and happy hour enthusiasts – The Peached Tortilla also offers some pretty fantastic specials. From 5 pm – 7 pm, at the bar, daily, you can enjoy these specials:
- $5 cocktails, $5 draft pours, $5 wine pours
- $3 specialty tacos, including our kalua pork + chinese bbq taco
- $5 snacks, including kimchi arancini balls and charred brussels (served with parmesan, bacon jam and lemon oil)
- $7 social burger (6 oz. burger, peached sauce, american cheese, miso caramelized onions, japanese pickles, lettuce)
One of our favorite nights of the week at The Peached Tortilla is Fried Chicken & Whiskey Wednesdays. For just $15, get three pieces of umami fried chicken, dashi bacon braised kale, house biscuits & grilled corn with kimchi miso butter. To wash down that delicious meal, they also offer a rotating $5 whiskey pour. What a combination!
And finally, what’s a Sunday without brunch? The Peached Tortilla mixes things up with a whole array of new items recently added to their menu, including the brisket hash (served with charred sweet potatoes, corn & kimchi miso butter), challah french toast (served with coconut whipped cream & miso caramel), korean steak and egg bowl (served with two fried eggs & dehydrated egg furikake – pictured), and crab pad thai (with fresh herbs, peanuts, bean sprouts & fish sauce caramel). And of course, they also offer their staple items, including the taco trio and their to-die-for burgers.
Drink and food specials on the daily, Fried Chicken & Whiskey Wednesdays, and did we mention it’s one of our favorite brunch spots? Make sure you check this one out, Austinites!
For a chance to win a $40 gift certificate to The Peached Tortilla, follow them on Instagram and visit their website to view their menu.
Brick & Mortar Location:
5520 Burnet Rd. Suite 100
Austin, TX, 78756
Friday, October 16th
Saturday, October 17th
Sunday, October 18th
We’ve teamed up with Austin Tour Company to offer rides to Treaty Oak Distillery’s Grand Opening celebration! Pick which date works best for you and hop on our luxury bus for a stress free ride to and from the distillery.
They’ll have one of the top reps from Treaty Oak riding the bus and serving up specialty keg cocktail samples on the ride out. Once on site you’ll enjoy a complimentary tasting of their fantastic spirits. While hanging out with friends old and new you can take self guided tours of the majestic grounds, grab tacos from the food truck, play yard games and enjoy awesome music.
If you’re looking for other things to do in Austin this weekend, check out our Weekend Top Picks!
5:30pm: Pick Up @ JW Marriott Downtown
5:15pm – 7:45pm: BOTTOM DOLLAR STRING BAND PERFORMS
9:00pm: Dropped Back Off Downtown
5:30pm: Pick Up @ JW Marriott Downtown
7:00pm – 8:30pm: WHISKEY SHIVERS PERFORMS
9:30pm: Dropped Back Off Downtown
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Sunday, August 2nd
The 365 Things Austin blog has been around for almost four and a half years now (whoa!), and what started as a New Year’s Resolution to “do more things in Austin,” has turned into a website that covers everything from food trucks to music festivals.
We’re still relatively small in stature, but with a following of almost 400,000 people who love Austin, and a site that now get thousands and thousands of hits a day. We’re always looking for new ways to serve our audience, and to help local up-and-coming businesses in any way we can!
Enter the 365 Store. If we’re being honest, we’ve been wanting to get into the t-shirt game for a while now, and the stars have finally aligned through a partnership with Austin’s own Lymbo Clothing and their locally screen-printed shirts.
We’ve got a few Austin-centric designs in a couple of colors and styles at this point, and we’ll be launching new products (for guys too!) in the upcoming weeks. We know you’ll love these shirts as much as we do, and thanks for continuing on this journey with us!
Check out the store: store.365ThingsAustin.com
The flooding this weekend has left many of our neighbors without homes. Several people have asked where they can donate. Here is a list of ideas. If anyone knows of other places to drop off items such as clothes, bottled water etc. please let me know and I will add to the list.
- Hays County Food Bank– The most needed items for disaster relief are: · High-protein canned meals with pop-top cans (ravioli, soups, spaghetti) · Paper goods and products (paper towels/plates/cups/napkins, plastic utensils) · Single serving meals that do not require refrigeration or cooking/meals ready to eat · Single serving snacks such as raisins & granola bars · Peanut Butter · Disinfectant wipes – They will be accepting donations at the following locations:
- 220 Herndon St, San Marcos
- Cabela’s, 15570 S IH 35 Frontage Rd, Buda, TX 78610
- Barton Middle School, 4950 Jack C. Hays Trail, Buda, TX 78610
- Wallace Middle School, 1500 West Center, Kyle, TX 78640
- Chapa Middle School, 3311 Dacy Lane, Kyle, TX 78640
- Katherine Anne Porter School, 515 FM2325, Wimberley, TX 78676
- United Way for Greater Austin –
- Support Central Texas flood recovery efforts by making a monetary donation here.
- Give by mobile to help your Hays County neighbors in need by texting FLOODS to 41444 to make a donation.
- Unable to make a monetary donation? Find out about volunteer efforts or how to donate non-monetary items by calling 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- We are collecting mops, brooms, Lysol spray and other cleaning items to help clean up affected homes. Please drop off any of these items at United Way for Greater Austin with our receptionist from 9-12 and 1-5 tomorrow (May 26). Hays County is completely sold out of these items already. If you stop by, take a photo in front of our Butter Half mural and tag us on social media!
- Need help? Information on flooding and recovery resources is available by calling 2-1-1. On Saturday, UWATX initiated “Disaster Mode” by adding information on evacuations, shelters and other emergency resources to the 2-1-1 Navigation Center database.
– See more at: http://www.unitedwayaustin.org/05/2015/support-central-texas-flood-recovery-efforts/#sthash.ISwLxJd4.dpuf
- Salvation Army – to make a monetary donation visit their website. Text “TXFloods” to 51555 to donate to the Salvation Army Texas Flood Relief. Message and data rates may apply. Thank you!
- Austin Disaster Relief Network – To donate resources or give a monatary donation visit their website.
- Central Texas Red Cross – 1-877-500-8645 – They’re in need of volunteers. To learn more and get involved visit their website.
Red Velvet Events is collecting donations to help families impacted. Items can be brought to our office between 9 AM and 4 PM, Monday through Friday.
Address: 7000 N. MoPax Expy, Suite 450, Austin TX 78731 (4th floor, right when you step off the elevator we are on your right). Phone Number: 512-380-9688
- River Oaks Elementary School is accepting donations to help the families impacted 12401 Scofield Farms Dr, Austin, TX Phone:(512) 594-5000
- Down South Railhouse – 107 E. Center Street Kyle, Texas (512) 256-5082
- Wimberly Town Clean-up Volunteer information
Local Animal Rescue Groups are also in need.
- Austin Pets Alive – Austin Pets Alive! will be OPEN today to the public from 11:30-7:00 and donations can be dropped off as early as 8:00 a.m. outside of building C-the clinic ( Building C is located at 1156 W. Cesar Chavez.). (The city side of TLAC (1156 W. Cesar Chavez) will be closed today). Donations of large dog leashes, rawhides, puzzle toys, peanut butter, meaty treats, towels and paper towels will be very much appreciated!!
- BAE Shirts – Proceeds Benefit Austin Pets Alive
Photo Courtesy: Devon Hutchins
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