Bouldin Creek is one of the oldest Austin neighborhoods, dating back to the start of the 20th Century. Most of the development took place in the 1920s and 30s. There are a number of historic homes in the area.
Today, Bouldin Creek is a quiet, safe neighborhood for Austinites, especially younger singles, to dine, shop, and enjoy nightlife and nature. The neighborhood has many local businesses and restaurants. It is also conveniently located close to downtown, the hike and bike trail by the lake, and Barton Creek and Zilker Park.
Bouldin Creek is a desirable area to live for many Austinites because of its convenient location and local attractions. The neighborhood offers a wide assortment of local stores, cafes, coffee shops, and restaurants, and is adjacent to the major shopping district of South Congress Avenue.
The neighborhood's central location is walking distance to many of the major attractions of Austin. These include parks and the natural scenery of Lady Bird Lake, the Barton Creek Greenbelt, and Zilker Park. They also include entertainment venues like the Long Center for the Performing Arts, the Palmer Events Center and Butler Park, Auditorium Shores, and the music, dining, and nightlife of downtown Austin.
Despite its closeness to downtown, Bouldin Creek remains a quiet, relatively safe residential neighborhood where residents can walk or bike along the streets. It's not neighborhood with a lot of kids and large families, but rather a place where students, artists, and hipsters enjoy the Austin scene.
The neighborhood has a distinct character, based in part on its long history. For example, the building occupied by the Green Pastures Restaurant was the boyhood home of famous Austin activist John Henry Faulk, built in 1894.
Neighborhood businesses include the Soup Peddler, which offers bicycle delivery of soups and entrees and was founded by a former high-tech worker, who exchanged his cubicle for a bicycle and a three-wheeled cooler.
The neighborhood retains vestiges of its former ethnic character with several black churches and a large Hispanic population. The residents include a higher than average percentage of singles and range from young professionals to older Austin hippies.