South Austin is bordered by the Colorado River, Mopac Expressway and IH-35. South Austin areas include Barton Hills, Barton’s Bluff-Spyglass, Battle Bend Springs, Bouldin Creek, Cherry Creek, SoCo, South Lamar, and Travis Heights.
Considering the wealth of things to do in South Austin, real estate in the area is hugely popular. It's extremely close to downtown, and like the rest of Austin the area has a large variety in the types and styles of homes available, from slick modern new construction to small refurbished bungalows and more.
South Austin is particularly family friendly, but maintains popular shopping areas as well, such as on South Congress. A common attraction in South Austin for tourists and residents alike is viewing the bats which hang under and fly out from the Congress Avenue Bridge. Popular local restaurants include the Magnolia Cafe, Hyde Park Bar & Grill and Kerby Lane Cafe. South Austin also has a thriving outdoor activity scene, facilitated largely by TownLake. The area is frequented by people renting watercraft, bike riders and joggers. Another popular outdoor location is Zilker Park. Barton Springs, a spring-fed pool, and a botanical garden are just two of the park's many amenities.