Welcome to Austin’s South Lamar neighborhood, a trendy residential area located less than five miles from Downtown. Also known as “SoLa,” South Lamar is a South Central Austin neighborhood bounded by Galindo to the east, Ben White Boulevard to the south, Barton Hills to the west, and Zilker to the north. Once a quiet area where used car lots dominated the landscape, South Lamar has experienced a development boom over the past decade, turning this sleepy suburb into one of the best places to live in Austin. The Broken Spoke, a legendary dancehall where outlaw country musicians like Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson once placed, brought South Lamar initial notoriety in the 1960s when this honky-tonk opened its doors. However, this South Central Austin neighborhood, eponymously named after the bustling commercial thoroughfare of South Lamar Boulevard, remained undeveloped until the 1980s, when numerous multi-family residences were built to attract college students and small families.
South Lamar is a family-friendly neighborhood with walkable streets and good schools. Its proximity to Downtown and the University of Texas at Austin make South Lamar a popular spot amongst college students and working professionals that don’t mind the short drive across the Colorado River into Central Austin. Due to the high concentration of multi-family structures, renters make up over half of the community. With numerous bars, local eateries, and live music venues along South Lamar Boulevard, this neighborhood is home to an eclectic mix of artists, musicians, and bachelors that enjoy the lively atmosphere and variety of entertainment options. With over 2,500 apartment units in South Lamar and more currently under construction, this growing neighborhood regularly sees new restaurants and retail shops crop up along its borders. This domestic environment has made South Lamar attractive to investors, who have been buying older apartments and remodeling them for the steady increase of Austinites moving to this area.
South Lamar is an easily accessible neighborhood with numerous bus stops along Menchaca Road and South Lamar Boulevard for those looking to take advantage of public transportation. Quick and convenient access to Highway 71 makes this a great neighborhood for commuters as well. Prime real estate for outdoor enthusiasts, South Lamar is located just a few miles away from all the spectacular outdoor amenities available in Barton Hills. Spend a day in the sun at Ziller Park, a 351-acre urban green space that features a beautiful spring-fed pool, picnic sites, volleyball courts, and much more. Put on your boots and head to the Broken Spoke on South Lamar Boulevard for some live music and cheap beers at one of Austin’s most notorious dancehalls.