Award-Winning Schools and the Best Parks in Austin
Families and students living in Oak Hill are served by a number of different schools, depending on a home’s particular address. All the schools are part of the award-winning Austin Independent School District, and many are acclaimed.
Standouts include Oak Hill Elementary, ranked “Exemplary” by the Texas Education Agency; O. Henry Middle School, which received the coveted “School to Watch” award – just one of the six schools in Texas to earn the prestigious award; historical Austin High School, the oldest public school in Texas, was founded in 1881 and a National Blue Ribbon school. Austin High School is especially renowned for its prominent fine arts program.
Nearby Zilker Park features one of Austin’s natural jewels – the Barton Springs Pool – along with botanical gardens, large open fields, a soccer pitch, extensive children’s playground, and access to the lush half-wild serenity of the Barton Greenbelt. Zilker Park also hosts the internationally famous annual Austin City Limits Music Festival.
The Perfect Place to Create Everlasting Memories
Even closer than Zilker Park, Dick Nichols Park is large, easy to reach, and very popular. Dick Nichols features a community swimming pool, sports fields, lighted basketball court and tennis courts, volleyball courts, a playground, and an extensive picnic area with seventeen tables, a picnic pavilion, ten barbeque grills, an indoor restroom, and a scenic nature trail.
“The park is a great little gem in my neighborhood,” says Cindy Rutherford, an area homeowner who has been coming to the park with the family for years. “I love how convenient it is, and that it helps me avoid paying for a gym membership.”
Cindy and her husband Mark are down at Dick Nichols Park, busy setting up their cameras to capture a great family moment: this is the first time they are taking their 6-year-old daughter Amanda roller-skating. As they guide Amanda onto the trail that surrounds the park, she quickly lets go of their hands and starts gliding along the pebble stones. “Amanda loves the playground and all the walkways,” says Mark. “We rented the picnic area for her 4th birthday party and we all had a blast. It’s the perfect place to make everlasting family memories.”
Peaceful Countryside Living with Big City Convenience
Just southwest of Downtown Austin, Oak Hill is a large, historical neighborhood that never lost its small-time charm. At the edge of breathtaking Texas Hill Country scenery, Oak Hill offers an affordable and peaceful countryside living while enjoying the conveniences of the capital city.
The neighborhood features great amenities like easy access to the iconic Dick Nichols Park as well as being in a prime location that’s just a short drive from the businesses and restaurants of downtown. Oak Hill has long been considered one of the most popular neighborhoods in Austin.
“All in all, it’s a very family-friendly neighborhood that we all love,” says Rick Perkins, secretary of the Oak Hill Association of Neighborhoods. “We’re all very proud of this neighborhood and we work hard to keep it lively and safe. None of us are moving away anytime soon.”