Barton Hills is bordered by Barton Creek, the Mopac Expressway, Barton Springs Road and Highway 360. The main asset of Barton Hill is its central location. As a result the residents are largely young, active families involved in their community and wanting to be near all the excitement Austin has to offer. Peak ages in Barton Hills include 23-40.
Attractions in Barton Hills include nearby Zilker Park, a 351 acre park. The park is home to the Zilker Botanical Gardens, which includes the Taniguchi Oriental Garden and the Austin Area Garden Center. The park also features the Austin Nature and Science Center, which offers a wide variety of programs for children and adults. Enjoy a ride on the Zilker Zephyr miniature train or paddle a canoe on Town Lake. Play on the large playscape, hike and bike trails and large full-service picnic areas. For the swimmer, Zilker Park offers Barton Springs Pool, a natural spring-fed pool with a year-round average temperature of 68 degrees. Sports enthusiasts enjoy the sand volleyball courts, a nine-hole disc golf course and two multi-use fields. The Zilker Hillside Theatre hosts concerts ranging from jazz to country. Additionally, the theatre is the site of the Zilker Summer Musical and Shakespeare in the Park. Bring a blanket to site on the hillside and enjoy these events.
Barton Hills is centrally located for shopping. Residents and visitors travel to shopping centers with stores like Central Market and to the shops along Beecave Road and around West Lake Hills. The area is also close to downtown Austin.
Barton Hills Elementary School is an exemplary elementary school in Barton Hills. AISD has a large, diverse student body. 124 schools educate 86,000 students. 62% of the schools in the district received Exemplary or Recognized ratings, and 99% passed the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills. Languages taught include American Sign Language, Chinese, Spanish, and Japanese.