DEFINE HIGHLAND PARK IN YOUR OWN WORDS
This area is the new Central Austin: It is defined by 35th Street on the south, Lake Austin on the West, RR 2222 on the North, and Shoal Creek Blvd on the East.
WHY IS HIGHLAND PARK YOUR FAVORITE AREA?
The architecture. The original integrity of the mid-century designs are still predominant here. The majority of the original homes were, and still are, variations on the Mid-Century Ranch style. Sprinkled in are some custom built Mid-Century Moderns and a few other traditional styles. Today a few more architectural styles have been introduced, but the original designs still define the look of the area. As a 3rd generation Austinite, I have lived in this area for a very long time and know it well. I love the big lots, the rolling terrain and the large trees, as well as the wonderful convenience of the location.
WHAT MAKES HIGHLAND PARK UNIQUE?
The large trees, particularly the oaks, and the gently rolling hills that punctuate the eastern most edge of the Texas Hill Country.
WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO LIVE IN HIGHLAND PARK?
Convenience is perhaps the most attractive factor to this area as it is in close proximity to downtown and all Central Austin has to offer. It’s also close to the newer areas further north, and the lake. The expansive views and wonderful old oak trees are handsome features, and combined with the large lots, make a very unique area of town.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HIGHLAND PARK RESTAURANT?
Fonda San Miguel is one of my favorites in our area because of its delicious interior Mexican food, beautiful art on display, and great cocktail bar, but there are many others just a very short distance away, such as Gusto (Italian), Epicerie (French), and Chez Zee (an American Bistro), and then Pinthouse Pizza and Amy’s Ice Cream are always delicious and fun.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HIGHLAND PARK MENU ITEM?
My family always enjoys stopping in Berry Austin for a frozen yogurt dessert no matter where we’ve eaten dinner.
WHAT IS A GREAT HIGHLAND PARK OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE?
Climbing Mt. Bonnell on a clear day, for a panoramic look over the city, Lake Austin, and the Hill Country, is one of the coolest things to do in all of Austin.
WHAT IS A HIGHLAND PARK EVENT NOT TO BE MISSED?
Camp Mabry, a Texas Guard installation that is nestled into this part of Austin, has events throughout the year that are family oriented and lots of fun. Everything from History Happy Hour to Muster Day and even air shows, the Guard opens the doors for interesting exhibits and activities all year. You can even fish in the stocked pond there year round.
WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO SHOP IN HIGHLAND PARK?
I enjoy the shops in and around 35th and Jefferson, at Jefferson Square. Whether I’m visiting The Austin Flower Market, or picking up fresh coffee beans at Anderson’s Coffee, I appreciate the friendly, small shops in that area.
WHAT IS A HIDDEN GEM IN HIGHLAND PARK?
Perry Park is the hub and heart of the neighborhood. From annual events like the Fourth of July Parade and Easter Egg hunts, to movies in the park, the short hiking trail, the play scape and tennis courts, and the recent installation of some really interesting modern art.
WHAT IS A PLACE TO TRULY DISCONNECT IN HIGHLAND PARK?
Sitting on top of Mt. Bonnell. It’s a place to meditate and feel closer to the earth.
WHAT'S YOUR SOURCE OF PASSION FOR REAL ESTATE?
My old Austin family has always been real estate investors. I grew up with it; it’s second nature to me. My personal love of design, architecture and gardening naturally make residential real estate my choice of work. I feel excited to look inside homes; to see their gardens; and to understand how they work and what types of people they suit. This interest and passion about homes and their gardens, is how I find the best fit for my clients.
Lazan Pargaman is a dedicated Real Estate professional with Kuper Sotheby's International Realty. Whether you're looking to buy, sell, or just have a question, she is here to help.