Here in Austin, we’ve been named one of the best music cities. Then we were nominated the best place to live in the US. Then we were the second most exciting food city. And most recently, we’ve topped the chart of most pet-friendly cities. Frankly, being so unanimously loved is starting to get a little exhausting.
But while we can’t disagree with any of these designations, the most pet-friendly city award has a special place in our hearts. As animal lovers, we’re proud of the fact that we’re home to Austin Pets Alive and are the nation’s largest no-kill city. Oops, did we really just name-drop another superlative?
Well, so be it. It’s not just that we’re a city of animal lovers. With endless trails to run, off-leash parks to explore, and canine-friendly bars and restaurants, our city makes it easy for those animals — dogs especially — to love us right back. Here are the best neighborhoods in which to make a home for Fido — and the rest of your household, too.
This hotspot just below Lady Bird Lake is one of the best places to live in Austin and rife with pup-friendly green space.The expanse of Zilker Park and Auditorium Shores is perfect for a game of fetch or Frisbee, and Zilker Dog Park is one of the most dog-dense play spaces in the entire city. The Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail and the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail are both perfect for running, as well as provide you and your dog access to the water for a dip with the other dogs.
Best of all, Zilker is home to the “Barking Springs” area of Barton Springs Pool, where dogs can freely swim with the public. After spending the day at Zilker Dog Park, take your pup for a groom at Dirty Dog Grooming spa or feast on some barbecue at Uncle Billy’s Smokehouse and Brewery, where dogs aren’t just tolerated but enthusiastically welcomed.
On this side of I-35, your dog might have to be the one to find places that will welcome you. That’s because a recent study showed that in East Austin, dogs actually outnumber children two to one — so you can bet that this area is a good one for your pup. Just off East Riverside lies Norwood Estate Dog Park, a favorite go-to for all canines on the east side. With five acres of area to roam, plus plenty of shade and water bowls, it’s easy to while away an afternoon here. Afterward, head to Hops & Grain Brewery, where you can sip a frosty craft beer while your dog enjoys the “Brew Biscuits” made from malted grains used for brewing beer.
This quaint neighborhood just north of the UT campus is yet another enclave of dog worshippers. Shipe Park, the small green space in the heart of Hyde Park, is a popular spot to see dogs of all shapes and sizes getting their exercise and play. Even the businesses here encourage well-behaved pups on leashes, from Quack’s Bakery to the upscale Hyde Park Village shopping center, which features clean-up stations and even fresh water and treats throughout the storefronts.
Just a few miles northwest of the UT campus, you’ll find the laid-back and dog-friendly Allandale neighborhood. With the Brentwood Neighborhood Park and the off-leash dog park on Great North Boulevard, your dog will have endless green space for exercise and play. Best of all, plenty of local businesses here welcome your pup, too. Neighborhood favorite Yard Bar isn’t just a place to enjoy a cold beer out back — it also has its own “dog park” so your dog can roam and make new friends while you do the same.
As a dog lover, you’ll do anything to keep your pup happy — and that includes living in an area that’s full of dog-friendly people and amenities. If you’re in the market for a new home, why not choose one of these canine paradise neighborhoods? Paradisa Homes would love to partner with you in building your custom dream home in any of these doggy districts. Contact us today!