Montopolis dates back to the early 1800s when it was established as a townsite separate from the city. It was named for its location on the top of a hill and nearly became the capital of the Republic of Texas. With the tremendous growth in central Texas, the city of Austin is finalizing a master plan to upgrade east Austin, to include this neighborhood.
The population of Montopolis is younger than the city average, and housing here is quite affordable.
There are some parks and recreation centers in the area. Citivan Park has a swimming pool, playing field, playground, picnic tables and BBQ grills, and basketball and tennis courts. The Montopolis Recreation Center and park has a gymnasium, kitchen, boxing room, showers, and dressing rooms, as well as a plays cape, swimming pool, and playing field. There is also the Montopolis Friendship Center, a low-cost, volunteer-run day care and community center. The Riverside Golf Course is adjacent to the neighborhood, and there are some barbecue and Mexican restaurants nearby. The neighborhood is bounded by Hwy. 183 and Hwy 71, two major local highways, and public bus lines run through the area. In addition to houses, there are apartment complexes and trailer parks in the area.