The area code of 78704, comprising of such neighborhoods as South Lamar, South Congress, and Zilker Park, is definitely one of the most desirable neighborhoods Austin has to offer when it comes to festivals, music venues, restaurants, shopping, nature, etc. As a highly sought after area in Austin, the 78704 zip code offers many options to a wide variety of Austinites from the mellow hipster musician to the young downtown professional. This is considered the hottest neighborhood in South Austin. It’s located just southwest of downtown Austin.
This area is bordered by the South Lamar neighborhood to the south, which is full of trendy restaurants and bars such as Ramen Tatsu-Ya, a popular noodle eatery and bar that always has patrons lining up on the side of the building around dinner time. They do have a small parking lot, but as you can imagine, parking is still scarce. Austin’s very own Gourdough’s is a sit-down restaurant on Lamar where you can order one of their famous donut burgers. The other two north and south locations are food trucks, something Austin is truly known for.
To the north is Zilker Park, a 351-acre park that hosts many festivals, with the most popular one being SXSW. You can find outdoorsy folks especially during the warmer months on Lady Bird Lake, also on the north end, canoeing or paddleboarding. There's Barton Hills to its west, a neighborhood with some of the oldest homes in Austin and featuring the Barton Creek Greenbelt for Austin’s nature enthusiasts.
South Congress (or SoCo) famously known for its eclectic boutiques, art venues, variety of food trucks and much more, marks the eastern border. The South Congress strip is full of standalone restaurants. Austin is definitely a foodie’s dream and this is considered the hottest neighborhood in South Austin to try a different cuisine every night. It’s located just southwest of downtown Austin where there are many options to try various types of food. Some well-known restaurants are Home Slice Pizza for a good pie and Hopdoddy Burger Bar for exquisite burgers; both always have long lines down the block. A variety of food trucks can be found around this area; the one that stands out is not technically “food” but dessert. There are three locations in Austin, but the original Hey Cupcake! is located on South Congress. Just a few blocks south on Congress is the famous Magnolia Cafe, this area’s local eatery serving up comfort food 24/7.
Travis Heights, a historic neighborhood filled with mansions, hip apartments, and old oak trees on rolling hills, also to the east, has its own cafes and breweries with their own down-to-earth atmospheres that set them apart from the trendy places in SoCo or Lamar. One restaurant that’s a must-stop in Travis Heights is Whip In, an Austin icon that offers from-scratch food, locally crafted beer, and a full wine list. This started out as a convenience store and still carries a selection of grocery items.
Not only is the 78704 area full of many options that Austin has to offer, it’s also a convenient place to get to since two highways border the south and east portions, Highway 290 going east and west and Highway Interstate 35 going north and south.
Because this area is considered Austin living at its finest, homes have appreciated quite a bit over the years making the purchase of a home here a smart investment. There is a consistent demand due to everything these neighborhoods have to offer along with the proximity of it all. Homes tend to sell quickly, even at such high prices. For anyone looking to make the most out of all that Austin has to offer, the 78704 zip code is a great place to invest and call home.