University Hills is located about 8 miles Northeast of Downtown Austin and conveniently positioned between 3 major freeways. It sits East of I-35, West of 183, and between 290 and Northeast Drive. It is a 15-minute cab ride to downtown Austin, and less than a 20-minute drive to the airport.
Homes in University Hills were originally built in the late 1960s and and 1970s boasts large trees and big lots. Today the neighborhood features original homes, newly remodeled mid-century modern ranchers with some new construction mixed throughout.
Amenities in the neighborhood include The Dottie Jordan Recreation Center named after a longtime area music teacher. It features an in-ground swimming pool, tennis courts, and hiking trails by way of Little Walnut Creek. It hosts neighborhood events like BBQ cook-offs, and movies in the park.
University Hills can be quite hilly in certain areas, but it’s not named after the University of Texas, like most people think. It's actually named after US colleges throughout the US, including Notre Dame and Vanderbilt.
The social diversity of Austin is alive and well in University Hills and has been for over 50 years, which keeps this neighborhood thriving. Known for its wide streets and hills, you can see many dog walkers, joggers, strollers, and all ages of residents walking constantly throughout the neighborhood. If you’re lucky, you’ll find a neighbor with an in-ground swimming pool to cool off in the Texas heat.
Students in University Hills attend Andrews and Winn Elementaries, Bertha Sadler Means Young Women’s Leadership Academy, and the Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy. For high school, students attend Reagan High School or LBJ high school.
For shopping, residents have plenty of choices. University Hills is close to Mueller shopping district with the Alamo Drafthouse movie theater, Home Depot, Torchy’s Tacos, and the more modern H.E.B. grocery store, as well as Capital Plaza which includes Target.
The area has some excellent restaurants to choose from. Some of my favorites include Tres Amigos at the edge of the neighborhood, Hank's in the Windsor Park shopping center and Cenote coffee shop.