Barton Hills is a favorite area for many in which to live and hang out, because of the abundance of green spaces and the proximity to some of Austin's best amenities. The neighborhood is next to the Barton Creek Greenbelt and Zilker Park. The park includes Barton Springs pool and a botanical garden and sculpture garden. The park also has hiking and bike trails and playing fields. Some residents make substantial income by renting part of their homes to visitors attending the music festivals due to its proximity to Zilker Park. Barton Hills is conveniently located next to MoPac and Capital of Texas Hwy. and is close to the shopping, dining, and nightlife of south Austin and downtown. It is a pure residential area and there are few businesses or restaurants in the neighborhood, but shopping centers are nearby. Also there are plentiful local businesses and dining in but shopping centers are nearby. Also there are plentiful local businesses and dining in other south Austin neighborhoods. Residents have access to highly rated schools. Housing is relatively expensive because of the desirable location, but still within the reach of many. Residents include young professionals and young families, and Barton Hills Elementary is consistently ranked one of the highest in the state.