East MLK All You Need To Know

East Martin Luther King or East MLK is a neighborhood in east Austin. It lies east of Windsor Park, University Hills, Chestnut and East Austin. Highway 111 is generally considered to be the western boundary of this massive neighborhood.

East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is the major east-west artery, and it is its namesake. East 51st Street is another major east-west road. Highway 183 runs north to south through the neighborhood. The southeastern corner of East MLK west of 183 is sometimes called MLK-183.

Johnny Morris Road is generally considered to be the eastern edge of the neighborhood. The Walnut Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant is outside of the eastern MLK neighborhood's boundaries.

Neighborhoods like Colony Park and the Meadows at Trinity Crossing are east of it. While the Harvey Penick Golf Campus is east of Highway 183, it is considered to be inside of East Martin Luther King. But the Johnny Morris Soccer Field is not.

This community has a surprising amount of green space. If you lump Pecan Springs into the East MLK area, then the area includes the massive Little Walnut Creek Greenbelt. It may include the Williams Golf Court off MLK Jr Boulevard and the Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In movie theater, though some consider that to be in MLK but not East MLK.

The East MLK area received an overall grade of A from Niche.com. It received an A minus for schools and a C plus for housing costs. The average home in the area costs around 400,000 dollars.

That is almost twice the state average but still a bargain by Austin standards. Yet this is rather high given the median household income of 70,000 dollars a year. Half of residents rent, and half own their own homes.

Note that this includes condos and townhomes as well as single family homes. The community was given a C for crime and an A plus for night life.

The neighborhood amenities vary, since it is a large area containing more than thirteen thousand people. For example, the area next to the Blair Woods Nature Reserve has a more rural feel.

The LBJ Early College High School is in Walnut Bend to the north. The Liberal Arts and Science Academy is the top rated school serving the MLK area. It is also the highest rated public high school in Austin.

Sims Elementary School is located in East MLK. Springdale Neighborhood Park is on the other side of Webberville Road. Norman-Sims Park is next to Norman-Sims Elementary School.

That school is sometimes simply called Norman Elementary. Sims Elementary School is kitty-corner to the massive Givens District Park. That park runs along Springdale Road.

East Austin College Prep is on the north side of Highway 969. Ortega Elementary School and the Ortega School Park are located off Lott Avenue. There is a fairly large solar farm at the end of Lott Avenue. St. James Episcopal School is also in the neighborhood.

There are several charter schools in the area. The Texas Empowerment Academy is one example. It is close to Norman Elementary.

The East MLK area received a walk score of 49. It was given a public transit score of 48. It has a bike score of 70. This is partially due to the many small parks like Red Bluff Neighborhood Park and the trails that lead to them. Another is the fact that your kids can walk or bike to elementary school and high school.


Driving Directions

1.From IDEA Health Professions, 5816 Wilcab Rd, Austin, TX 78721, United States
to Ortega Elementary School, 1135 Garland Ave, Austin, TX 78721, United States

Take Jackie Robinson St and Webberville Rd to Springdale Rd
Head northwest on Wilcab Rd toward Axel Ln
Wilcab Rd turns slightly right and becomes Axel Ln
Axel Ln turns left and becomes Jackie Robinson St
Turn right onto Delano St
Delano St turns slightly right and becomes Fort Branch Blvd
Turn left onto Webberville Rd
Merge onto Springdale Rd
Continue on Ledesma Rd. Drive to Garland Ave
Turn left onto Ledesma Rd
Turn right onto Garland Ave
Destination will be on the left

2.From Ortega Elementary School, 1135 Garland Ave, Austin, TX 78721, United States
to Springdale Neighborhood Park, 1175 Nickols Ave, Austin, TX 78721, United States

Head north on Garland Ave toward Cessal Ave
Turn left onto Ledesma Rd
Turn right onto Mason Ave
Turn right onto Nickols Ave

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3.From Springdale Neighborhood Park, 1175 Nickols Ave, Austin, TX 78721, United States
to Morris Williams Golf Course, 3851 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78723, United States

Head northeast on Nickols Ave
Nickols Ave turns slightly left and becomes E 12th St
Continue straight to stay on E 12th St
Turn right onto E M. Franklin Ave
Turn right onto Manor Rd
Turn right
Restricted usage road

4.From Morris Williams Golf Course, 3851 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78723, United States
to Pecan Springs Elementary School, 3100 Rogge Ln, Austin, TX 78723, United States

Head northwest toward Manor Rd
Restricted usage road
Turn right onto Manor Rd
Pass by Workers Defense Project (on the left in 1.1 mi)
Turn right onto Rogge Ln
Destination will be on the left

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5.From Pecan Springs Elementary School, 3100 Rogge Ln, Austin, TX 78723, United States
to NXP Semiconductor, 3501 Ed Bluestein Blvd, Austin, TX 78721, United States

Take E 51st St to Ed Bluestein Blvd
Head southeast on Rogge Ln toward Chadwyck Dr
Turn right onto Springdale Rd
Turn left onto E 51st St
Continue on US-183 S/Ed Bluestein Blvd to Techni Center Dr
Use any lane to turn right onto Ed Bluestein Blvd
Use any lane to take the US-183 S ramp to Techni Center Dr
Toll road
Continue onto US-183 S/Ed Bluestein Blvd
Toll road
Slight left toward Ed Bluestein Blvd
Slight left onto Ed Bluestein Blvd
Toll road
Continue on Techni Center Dr. Take N Lobby Dr to Parking Dr
Turn right onto Techni Center Dr
Use the middle lane to turn right onto Semi Conductor Dr
Turn left onto N Lobby Dr
N Lobby Dr turns left and becomes Parking Dr
Destination will be on the right

6.From NXP Semiconductor, 3501 Ed Bluestein Blvd, Austin, TX 78721, United States
to Lincoln-Goldfinch Law, 1005 E 40th St, Austin, TX 78751, United States

Take N Lobby Dr and Techni Center Dr to Ed Bluestein Blvd
Head southwest on Parking Dr toward N Lobby Dr
Parking Dr turns right and becomes N Lobby Dr
Turn right onto Semi Conductor Dr
Use any lane to turn left onto Techni Center Dr
Continue to Ed Bluestein Blvd. Take exit 290 from US-183 N
Use any lane to turn right onto Ed Bluestein Blvd
Continue straight to stay on Ed Bluestein Blvd
Use the left lane to take the ramp
Toll road
Use the 2nd from the right lane to keep left
Toll road
Continue onto US-183 N
Toll road
Take exit 290 to merge onto Ed Bluestein Blvd
Get on US-290 W in Austin
Merge onto Ed Bluestein Blvd
Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto U.S. 290 Frontage Rd
Use the left lane to take the ramp onto US-290 W
Continue to S IH 35 Frontage Rd. Take exit 237A from I-35 S
Follow S IH 35 Frontage Rd to E 40th St

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