Populated with towering oak trees, quaint bungalows, and down-to-earth residents, the historic Hyde Park neighborhood is a true Austin gem. Just north of the University of Texas campus, Hyde Park is located near the city center but is slightly removed from the hustle and bustle.
Located in Central Austin, Hyde Park is defined by W. 38 Street to the south, W. 51 Street to the north, Duval Street to the east, and Guadalupe Street to the west. It is situated just north of The University of Texas and borders the neighborhoods of Hancock and North Loop. Hyde Park traces its origins back to 1891 and is considered to be Austin's first suburb.
Residents are served by the Austin Independent School District. Residents are assigned to Lee Elementary School, Kealing Middle School, and McCallum High School. The area is also served by Hyde Park Baptist High School.
Residential properties are the most prominent property type in Hyde Park, with single-family dwellings comprising about 95 percent of the neighborhood's built environment. Most lots within the neighborhood were improved between the late 1890s and 1935. Houses built during that period reflect the architectural tastes, trends, and patterns that prevailed in Austin at the time. Bungalows are the most common house type, followed by examples of the stylistic influences of Queen Anne and Tudor Revival styles.
Residents commonly walk and run through the neighborhood, often with dogs. Shipe Park, right in the heart of Hyde Park, is a popular hangout for dog-loving locals. It has a small swimming pool, playground, basketball court, and large, open grassy areas.
Hancock Golf Course, a public nine-hole golf course, occupies one edge of Hyde Park. It was created in 1899, making it Texas' oldest golf course.
Hyde Park prides itself on being genuinely Austin. Its residents are commonly considered health-conscious and eco-friendly. There is a large student population due to the close proximity to campus, though the majority of the students here are upperclassmen. Hyde Park also houses many young families and singles. The area is wildly dog-friendly.
There is a strong sense of community in Hyde Park. Every winter, the residents deck out their homes in outrageous amounts of Christmas lights. People from all over the city tour the neighborhood’s streets to see the jaw-dropping displays.
Hyde Park contains two historic districts, the Hyde Park Historic District and the Shadow Lawn Historic District, and several other individual historic buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.