As Austin has grown and changed, its geographical center has shifted as well. What used to be called “south” is now really quite central, and South Austin is truly further south of the city center, encompassing suburban neighborhoods such as Westgate, Onion Creek, Legend Oaks, The Village at Western Oaks, Circle C Ranch, Travis Country, Cherry Creek and Shady Hollow, among others. Some neighborhoods, such as Westgate, were developed in the 1950s and 1960s, whereas others, such as Circle C Ranch, have not only many long-established areas, but also new parts that are still under construction.
What ties together much of South Austin is neighborhoods that are built on community, centered around family. South Austinites pride themselves on being down-to-earth folk and they love that their area is rife with pocket parks for family fun, and with good schools in the Austin Independent School District. Neighbors know each other and they look out for each other in these communities. They appreciate being fairly close to downtown and having access to major north-south arteries.