Bryker Woods is centrally located off Mopac just south of West 35th Street. It's minutes away from Downtown Austin, the University of Texas, and Seton Hospital, and also less than a 30-minute drive to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Neighborhood boundaries are MoPac to the west, Westover Road to the south, Harris Boulevard and Shoal Creek Boulevard to the east, and West 35th Street to the north.
Bryker Woods is part of the Old West Austin Historic District. Most of the homes are of modest scale and were built in the 1930s and '40s. You can find homes mostly in the colonial revival, bungalow, and cottage styles, with pier and beam foundations. Some newer construction can also be found, but the architecture and design typically stay true to the feel of the Bryker Woods neighborhood to preserve the original charm. The neighborhood is actually split for elementary schools. North of West 29th Street attends the neighborhood Bryker Woods Elementary School, and south of West 29th Street attends Tarrytown's Casis Elementary School. All residents attend O. Henry Middle and Austin High School.
For outdoor enthusiasts, the Shoal Creek Trail on the eastern edge of Bryker Woods connects with the Austin Hike and Bike Trail down to Lady Bird Lake. Bailey Park is close by with a sand volleyball court and splash pad. Also the well-known 42-acre Pease Park is just a short drive away. Pease Park is most notable for its annual celebration of Eeyore's birthday each spring, but also has basketball courts, a disc golf course, and a splash pad. Central Park is just a short distance away from the neighborhood for a relaxing afternoon or a fun picnic on the grass.
The residents of Bryker Woods have a few options for shopping. The shops at Central Park are just a few minutes away, featuring Central Market Grocery, Gap, and many other retailers. Also the triangle at Lamar and Guadalupe is just a quick drive down the road with tons of retail shops and restaurants such as Mandola's Italian Market and Galaxy Café. Olive and June offers delicious fine Italian food just on the northeast edge of Bryker, or you can enjoy Mediterranean at FINO with their wonderful outdoor patio. There's also the original Kerbey Lane Café for some of the best pancakes around, or for Mexican fare, stop in to Santa Rita Cantina just off West 38th Street.
Bryker Woods has an unassuming beauty that really can't be matched anywhere else in Austin. Neighbors know each other by name, and there is an active Bryker Woods Neighborhood Association. They host annual events such as the Fourth of July parade, National Night Out, and Picnic on the Parkway. Bryker Woods is truly Central Austin, yet it has managed to maintain most of its original charm with its inviting porches and mature tree-lined streets. It's not uncommon to see a lemonade stand set up on the weekend or a line at the neighborhood tree swing.