Barton Hills is a small suburb of Austin bordered to the west by Mopac to Barton Creeks east bank. North you’ll find Barton Springs Road and south is highway 360. The area was first settled by William Barton who set up a homestead near a natural spring along the southern shores of the Colorado River. He named the springs after his three daughters. Today, however, the springs, the pool, and several neighborhoods bear the name Barton. Barton Hills first started development in the 1940s but in 1956 the neighborhood was dubbed “the largest air-conditioned suburb in the world” when the annual Austin’s Parade of Homes was held that year. Subsequently, the neighborhood really took off.
Austin Independent school district offers public education to the children of downtown Austin and area suburbs including Barton Hills. The district provides a well rounded and grounded education to a population of over 82,000 students at 110 area campuses. The students of Austin ISD are a diverse group with many nationalities represented in both the student sector as well as the faculty. Because of the needs of a diverse student population, the district is constantly updating and adding programs and tools to aid all students in the learning process. The students Austin ISD produces are well rounded and ready to continue on in life or to further their education.
Most homes in Barton Hills were built in the 1970s and 1980s. The neighborhood is a true suburban oasis with meandering streets where the ring of friendly hellos and children’s laughter are more prevalent than the sound of traffic. Neat ranch style homes surrounded by large shady trees, sprawling behind manicured lawns are what you’ll find in this quaint community. You’ll find few businesses within Barton Hills but just down the road residents enjoy all the shopping and services they require for a comfortable life. The biggest asset for Barton Hills according to its residents is the easy and convenient commute to Austin. Barton Hills has a reputation of quiet streets and friendly people all within a stone through of the amenities of Austin.
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