Southwest Austin is the ideal location for those looking to live within proximity to downtown, but want the affordability and convenience of South Austin. In Southwest Austin, you will find beautiful outdoor recreational areas and a wide variety of subdivisions to reside in as well as home prices to fit every budget. With easy access to Mopac Expressway / TX-1 Loop, Interstate 35, Highway 290, and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport residents can quickly travel to all parts of Austin and the surrounding areas. Southwest Austin is not only close to downtown but also close to surrounding communities like Dripping Springs, Wimberley, Buda, and San Marcos. With Highway 290 running through this area, residents can quickly commute out west to the magnificent Texas Hill Country for a day of wine tasting, dining, and antique shopping.
Southwest Austin has some of the best real estate deals, featuring suburban neighborhoods with a calm feeling that are very close to more urban amenities. Communities range from condos, production homes, master-planned, and established neighborhoods. Houses for sale in this area were constructed in the late 1970s to the present. Home styles range from condos to classic ranch, suburban, custom homes, and estates with brick, stone, siding, and stucco exteriors. Outdoor features include eye-catching entryways, pristine landscaping, up to 4-car garages, pools, spas, covered patios, expansive decks, and private balconies. Larger estates offer multiple backyard gathering spaces, outdoor kitchens, and bold landscape lighting. Some properties provide an abundance of luxurious amenities like wine rooms, guest suites, and gourmet kitchens. Because many of the homes in this area are close to parks, greenbelts, and open green spaces, properties tend to take advantage of the scenic views. Interiors average 2,400 square feet with a range from 1,200 to vast estates with 5,000 square feet and larger. Regardless of size, floor plans are typically open with spacious kitchens that overlook living areas and breakfast nooks. Additional interior features include fireplaces, wood and tile floors, master suites, and generous bathrooms. Established homes often feature tasteful upgrades with surfaces and appliances, while others offer complete remodeling. Because of their fantastic location, these older homes are excellent candidates for adding personal updates from their new owners. If you are searching for an area that combines the quirkiness of the city with quiet, safe neighborhoods, Southwest Austin is the right place for you.
Location and Boundaries: Approximate boundaries for Southwest Austin are roughly Highway 290 and 71 (north), I-35 south, and Mopac or Slaughter area (east).
Neighborhood Zip Codes: 78735, 78736, 78739,78745, 78748, 78749, and 78752.
Industry in the Area: Some major employers in Southwest Austin include: Three Rivers Operating Company, Southwest Securities, Southwest Insurance, and some of Austin’s top financial services and wealth management firms.
Food: Uchi (Austin’s best restaurant offering a superlative sushi experience, along with innovative Japanese hot and cold plates in a sleek, elegant setting), Café Malta (casual Mediterranean style bistro with craft cocktails), Enoteca Vespaio (pizza, pasta, and Sunday brunch), Lenoir (romantic and rustic eatery featuring Mediterranean and Italian inspired cuisine), Crepe Crazy (succulent crepes with a modern European spin), Dan’s Hamburgers (family-owned diner serving delectable burgers at a fair price), and District Kitchen + Cocktails (new American dining with wood-paneled décor and a reasonable happy hour).
Drinks and Entertainment: Austin Panic Room (room where you work in teams with of four-to-ten people to escape room in 60 minutes or less), Texas Memorial Museum (state museum promoting the conservation of historic treasures, wildlife, geology, and paleontology), Alamo Drafthouse (enjoy a movie with a full meal and delicious cocktails). Shopping centers such as Barton Creek Mall, Sunset Valley Village, Escarpment Village, and Southpark Meadows offer choice opportunities for great retail finds and bargains.
Outdoor Attractions: Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center (a sought-after destination for both Austin locals and visitors for its spectacular native landscape gardens and meadows). Not too far down the road from the Wildflower Center is the Veloway with approximately three miles of paved road for cycling and skating. Austin homes are close to many of Austin’s best destinations, amenities, and attractions. Parks include: Dick Nichols District Park (152 acres of play space, walking trail, picnic tables, a swimming pool, basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts), Slaughter Creek Preserve Trail (5-mile natural surface trail for hiking, joking, cycling, and horseback riding), and Bauerle Ranch Park (great trail for hiking and biking).
Schools and Family: Homes in this area are served by the Austin Independent School District. This large district has an enrollment hovering near 87,000 at 124 schools. It was ranked academically acceptable in the most recent Texas Education Agency accountability ratings. Other great schools that can be found in Southwest Austin are Pleasant Hill Elementary School, Joslin Elementary School, Bedichek Middle School, Crockett High School, San Juan Diego High School, and Headwaters School.
Average Sales Price: $450,000
Notable Neighborhoods and Building Styles: Oak Hill is an unincorporated community and a popular, established neighborhood in South Austin. Legend Oaks is a planned community with pools, tennis courts, walking trails, and a playscape. Home architecture style ranges from ranch style to stately mansions. It has a more suburban feel than some other areas in Southwest Austin.
Meridian is an in-demand master-planned community that has been around since 2005. Meridian homes are made of stucco, brick, and stone and average 3800 square feet in size. With greenbelt views alongside Gray Rock Golf and Tennis Club, it’s easy for residents to think they’re living in a resort!
Other key Southwest Austin neighborhoods include: Shady Hollow (great parks, pool, and community center that is well-maintained by homeowner’s association), Bauerle Ranch (closer to Texas Hill Country aesthetic than a neighborhood close to downtown Austin, community pool), Brodie Heights (gated, upscale condo community), Sendera (consists of three lovely neighborhoods—The Glen, The Place, and The Oaks. Safe neighborhood with children’s playground, hiking and jogging trails), Olympic Heights (recently developed 800-home community with community dog park, pool, and jogging trail), and Covered Bridge (luxury apartments near Hill Country with 24-hour gym, resort-style pool with cabanas, hike and bike trails, dog parks, dog grooming, and private pecan grove).[idx-platinum-widget id="17499-20607" ]