Zilker Austin is a neighborhood located in the south central area of the city, stretching south of Lady Bird Lake. The community dates back to 1918 when Andrew Zilker deeded 35 acres around Barton Springs to the City of Austin. The majority of the first houses in the town were built during the late 1920s. The community is home to several notable sites that are popular with Austin residents, including the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Zilker Park. Zilker has an active Neighborhood Association that was established more than 30 years ago to protect the character of the community and to enhance the quality of life for the town's residents.
There are several apartments in Zilker, with complexes containing anywhere from 119 to 340 units. The average rent prices range from $1490 rent per month for a one bedroom apartment to $3649 rent per month for a two bedroom, two bath apartment. Amenities in Zilker Austin apartments include a clubhouse, swimming pool, business center, fitness club, and dedicated parking with controlled access. In addition, some complexes include a washer and dryer within each individual unit.
Residents of Zilker enjoy the local Zilker Park, a 350 acre recreational park that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The park contains several attractions, including the Barton Springs Pool, Zilker Botanical Garden and the Zilker Zephyr, a miniature railway. In addition, Zilker Park hosts multiple major events throughout the year, such as the Austin City Limits Music Festival and the Trail of Lights. The Umlauf Sculpture Garden is adjacent to the park, and is an outdoor sculpture garden and museum dedicated to the works of sculptor Charles Umlauf. Residents also have access to several major shopping centers, including the Barton Creek Square Mall. For dining options, the town is home to many restaurants such as the Green Mesquite Restaurant, La Ferria Restaurant and Austin's Pizza. In addition, the nearly endless bars, restaurants, shopping and entertainment of downtown Austin is just minutes away.
The apartments in Zilker Austin allow pets, but the policy varies per each complex on the specific type of pets. Residents love that the community is ideal for dog walking, and Zilker Park provides great opportunities for pets and pet owners to get some exercise. Pet owners in the neighborhood have convenient access to multiple local veterinarians for pet care, including the AM/PM Animal Hospital, South Congress Veterinary and Austin Urban Veterinary Center. In addition, local pet retail shops such as Tomlinson's, Rivers & Reefs Pet Center and Petco Animal Supplies offer a wide selection of supplies and pet food.
Residents of the town have easy access into downtown Austin and the surrounding region. Due to the community's convenient location, drivers can access Interstate 35 and TX-1 Loop North within minutes. In addition, Capital Metro provides local bus service from several stops in the community to downtown Austin on Route 30. Capital Metro's local bus service fares are very reasonable, as passengers can purchase a single ride for $1.00, a day pass for $2.00, a seven day pass for $9.00 or a monthly pass for $33.00.
The community is within the Austin Independent School District. Local public schools include the Zilker Elementary School, Travis Heights Elementary School, Sanchez Elementary School, Barton Hills Elementary School, Becker Elementary School, Fulmore Middle School, American Youthworks Charter School and the Texas School for the Deaf. The community is also home to several private schools, such as City School, Parkside Community School, San Juan Diego Catholic High School and the St. Ignatius Martyr School.