The historic Hyde Park neighborhood is situated just north of the University of Texas campus and has been thriving since the neighborhood was developed in 1891 by Monroe Martin Shipe. Rich with character, what is considered to be Austin’s first suburb feels anything but suburban. You don’t have to travel far to find entertainment in Hyde Park. The wealth of restaurants, parks, theaters and art locales are key neighborhood features, providing ample weekend and evening activity. Some of these hot spots include, Quacks Bakery, Dolce Vita, Hyde Park Bar and Grill, Asti and Hyde Park Theater. Neighboring Hyde Park is the Triangle which features shopping and restaurants and a weekly Farmers Market, the Hancock Golf Course and the Hancock Shopping Center. Shipe Park at 44th and Avenue G features a community pool, two lighted tennis courts, a basketball court, a playground and an open multi-purpose area. Residents of Hyde Park also enjoy access to downtown and to the University of Texas with only a short drive, or to avoid parking hassles, many utilize the highly developed public transportation system or the ever expanding system of bike routes. Most days you’ll find many pedestrian and bike commuters opting to enjoy the tree lined streets versus traveling by car. And it’s worth it. Taking a stroll through Hyde Park you’ll find beautiful 19th century architecture seated next to custom, bungalow style homes. The unbeatable location and wealth of entertainment has caused the value of Hyde Park homes to steadily rise, but visit the area and you’ll quickly see why there’s no sign of this trend waning anytime soon.
You’ll get a glimpse into Hyde Park past by visiting the Elisabet Ney Museum or walking down 39th street. The State Fair of Texas was held in the eastern section of Hyde Park from 1875 – 1844 and the horse racing track is still reflected in the curved segment of 39th. You’ll also pass the Shipe House which was built using some of the lumber from the grandstands of the state fair. This neighborhood was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.
In more recent history, Fresh Plus, the local grocery store, provided a set location for 2005 film The Wendell Baker Story in which Will Ferrell played a grocery store owner. The large mural that still brightens the side of the building was painted for the film.
Hyde Park sits north of the university, west of I35 and east of Mopac.
Residents are served by the Austin Independent School District and are assigned to Lee Elementary School, Kealing Middle School, and McCallum High School. The area is also served by Hyde Park Baptist High School.
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