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.

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