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Neighborhood Spotlight: Rosedale

In the sleek vibrancy that is Austin’s reputation, the Rosedale neighborhood is the comfort of home.

Set in north central Austin, Rosedale has a history that can be traced to the 1860s. Then, it was dairy and farm land. In the beginning of the 1900s, four florists and nurseries came to Rosedale, a history that is today reflected in the many large trees in the neighborhood.

It was in the 1930s and 1940s that home developers found the area. Many of those bungalow-style homes still exist, giving the tree-lined lanes a sense of style and life that is unique.

Although many of the homes are modestly sized, they are on relatively large lots and have been renovated inside while maintaining their exterior charm.

Because of the neighborhood’s desirable location and amenities, home prices are elevatedĀ and homes retain their value. This is a neighborhood not just in style, but function. It is a place people can still walk, jog and take their dogs for an evening stroll.

A highlight of Rosedale is the 5-acre Ramsey Park with a swimming pool, tennis courts, playgrounds, and picnic areas. The neighborhood is also adjacent to the Shoal Creek Greenbelt and its hiking and jogging trails.

Rosedale is bounded by North Lamar/Burnet Road to the east, Hancock Drive to the north, Shoal Creek to the west and 38th Street to the south.

The neighborhood is just a few minutes’ drive from downtown and the University of Texas. Public transportation by bus and rail is accessible to residents.

The neighborhood has a strong sense of community. The population is a mix of single professionals and young families attracted by the neighborhood’s convenient location and amenities, and longtime residents who are now empty-nesters and retirees.

Children in the Rosedale neighborhood attend Bryker Woods or Highland Park elementary schools, O’Henry or Lamar middle schools and Austin or McCallum high schools depending on exact location. All are among the highest performing schools in the Austin Independent School District.

Bryker Woods and Highland Park Elementary each earned a 93 percent passing performance for all subjects in the 2016 STARR test.

Lamar Middle School is not only a fine academic institution with an 83 percent passing rate in all subjects on the 2016 STARR test, but is the district’s fine arts magnet middle school, drawing talented students from across Austin.

O’Henry Middle School earned an 86 passing proficency on the 2016 STARR test.

McCallum High School Fine Arts program, has been honored as a Grammy Foundation national Signature School and has an 84 percent proficency in the state’s review of academic performance.

Austin High School is the oldest continuously operated public high school in Texas. With more than 250 courses available, most with advanced classes, the AHS STARR score was 85 percent.

Despite it’s secluded neighborhood feel, Rosedale is in the midst of the entertainment and shopping potential of Austin. MoPac Expressway is a hop away from the Rosedale border with immediate access to shopping areas from The Domain to Barton Creek Mall. On the neighborhood’s eastern border is also one of the city’s Central Market grocery outlets.

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