Neighborhood Spotlight: Circle C

Circle C is the neighborhood a generation of upwardly mobile Texans were seeking. It is urban and rural, away from the bustle but separated by only minutes, the edge of New Austin with the neighborly connection of more historic developments.

Bounded roughly by S.H. 45 on the south, Davis Lane on the north, S.H. 1826 on the west and the neighborhoods that abut MoPac Expressway on the east, Circle is the epitome of planned developments.

Despite the major highways on the perimeters, the just more than seven square miles includes classic homes for about 25,000 people. It is home to some of the best schools in the Austin Independent School District and nationally recognized parks.

It can be argued it is the prime example of what a master planned community should be.

Originally laid out in the 1980s, it is still growing with developments like Avana and Greyrock at its southeast corner. But throughout Circle C are classic neighborhoods with large oaks and children and their dogs playing in front yards.

Census studies find the average Circle C resident is 39 years old.  About 60 percent of the homes are occupied by married couple families with four people.

Circle C is designated by the AISD to be served by Kiker, Clayton, Mills and Baranoff elementary schools, Baily and Gorzycki middle schools and Bowie High School.

The schools have proven their academic excellence with of the best 2017 STARR test scores indicating percent of students achieving passing levels in the district. Individual scores were 97 for Kiker, 93 for Clayton, 95 for Mills, 90 for Baranoff, 83 for Bailey, 96 for Gorzycki and 94 for Bowie.

Bowie is the district’s largest high school with more than 200 faculty and staff members and has been chosen one the nation’s best high school by U.S. News and World Report.

The neighborhood has a centralized shopping center which includes several varied restaurants, specialty shops and a large HEB grocery center. With MoPac Expressway and Slaughter Lane cutting through the development access to even more shopping is quick and simple.

Circle C has an embarrassing wealth of parks and natural spaces. In addition to large preserved areas, it brags of an Aquatic Center, Circle C Ranch Metropolitan Park, Austin Veloway and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center within its borders.

The Metropolitan Park includes seven miles of trails, six playgrounds, 21 multipurpose fields and a disc golf course.

The Aquatic Center is an outdoor Olympic size pool that is heated and open year round that draws those interested in competitive and lap swimming. There is a toddler pool, with a slide and water features at this facility.

The Veloway is a wide, paved three miles of trails that attracts bicyclists and runners from across the city.

It is adjacent to the world renowned Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Dedicated to the conservation of native plants, it is 284 acres with thousands of Texas plants and includes a stone meeting facility and plaza around a natural spring.

Individual neighborhoods also have amenity centers such as the Circle C, Avana and Greyrock community centers.

Adjacent to S.H. 45 and immediately south of Circle C is the 18-hole Greyrock Golf Course recently acquired by the City of Austin.

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