Hyde Park is a historic neighborhood in Central Austin near the University of Texas.
There are several Austin neighborhoods that are wonderful examples of what the word neighborhood really means, a place where neighbors relax on their front porches and you can walk to the local cafe. Hyde Park is just that if you love this type of neighborhood appeal, you will love Hyde Park whether it is to visit and go to one of the stores or to live there.
Hyde Park is really a village inside Austin with its own "town center" at 43rd and Duval where the locals gather for coffee and pastries at Quack's Bakery, for gelato and a glass of grappa at Dolce Vita, or simply to do their laundry and hang out with friends. The center is also home to several popular cafes, Hyde Park Bar and Grill (look for the two-story fork outside and be sure to try the buttermilk-dipped fries), Asti for Italian food, and the venerable Mother's for vegetarian fare. I must admit I have had a few of the pastries at Quack's Bakery and they are delicious.
Hyde Park's proximity to the University of Texas campus makes it popular among faculty and graduate students, and young professionals working downtown find the easy commute attractive. The quintessential neighborhood is also popular with young families who enjoy the quiet streets, neighborhood parks and welcoming community.
The neighborhood also has one of Austin's much-praised municipal golf courses. Hancock Golf on East 41st Street was built in 1899 and is the oldest golf course in Texas.
Josh Willis, Broker