West of the Weird

WEST OF WEIRD

West Austin is known for its picturesque Texas Hill Country views and beautiful homes. This part of Austin not only offers residents scenic views, but, also high-quality developments, schools, great shopping, and golf courses. West Austin is not only known for its numerous friendly, conveniently located neighborhoods; it is also home to two of the seven Highland Lakes, Lake Austin, and Lake Travis. If you are searching for a home with direct lake access or one with a hilltop view, you will find it in West Austin.

 

Location and Boundaries: West Austin is located south of Barton Creek and Lake Austin. North of Highway 290 and Barton Creek, west of Travis County Line. Westlake Hills starts at Mopac (aka Loop 1) along Bee Caves Road out to Lake Travis.

Neighborhood Zip Codes: 78746.

Industry in the Area: Food/beverage, insurance, financial services, manufacturing, and software.

Food, Drinks and Entertainment: The Oasis (one of the best waterfront views of Lake Travis/Austin), Jeffrey’s (posh New American cuisine with a vibrant bar scene), Saffron (casual storefront with Indian-Himalayan fusion menu), Russell’s Bistro (cozy bistro serving American food with international influences) , Fonda San Miguel (traditional, sophisticated Mexican served in a hacienda-style space), Cover 3 (upscale sports bar with an innovative menu), Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille (chops and seafood served in an elegant setting with live jazz), Café Josie (farm-to-table American food served in an urban-chic space), Galaxy Café (tasty comfort diner food with super friendly service), Austin Pizza (affordable, delicious pizza), Z Tejas (upscale Tex-Mex with an extensive cocktail list), Ruby’s BBQ (local chain restaurant with pit-smoked BBQ in roadhouse style digs), and Star Bar (a down-to-earth watering hole with two large patios).

Outdoor Attractions: Austin Zoo (non-profit rescue zoo and animal sanctuary), Graffiti Park (also known as Hope Outdoor Gallery, Graffiti Park is an impressive, interactive monument to street art), and Austin Water Bikes (hydro-biking rental facility for the aquatically inclined—another great way to see Austin bridge bats up close and personal). Points of interest include the 360 Bridge (one of the most scenic commutes in Austin), Austin Country Club, Barton Creek Resort and Spa, Barton Creek Greenbelt, and the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve. At the southeast corner of the region, there’s Austin's famous Zilker Park (kids love the Zephyr Train) and Barton Springs Pool, a popular, summer swimming destination.

Schools and Family: Baldwin Elementary School, Gorzycki Middle School, West Ridge Middle School, and Austin High School. West Austin schools are among the best in the city, ranking at the top nationwide.

Average Sales Price: $400,000

Notable Neighborhoods and Building Styles: Mention West Lake Hills and the excellent schools in the Eanes School District come to mind. A West Austin address carries prestige, as some of Austin's most coveted neighborhoods are located in this Austin region: Barton Creek, Davenport, Seven Oaks and Rob Roy, for example. West Austin homes for sale are some of the priciest in Austin because of the gorgeous waterfront available here, and the Hill Country feel of the area.

Pemberton Heights is part of the Old West Austin National Register Historic district home to some of Austin’s stateliest structures. You’ll find homes with architectural styles like Tudor revival, colonial revival, classical revival, Spanish colonial revival, Italian Renaissance revival, Craftsman, and Prairie School. Many of Austin’s political elite live here, and the Pemberton Heights Neighborhood Association is made up of 613 houses that all work together on issues such as neighborhood safety and beautification.

Close-to-town homes are over $1M, while further west, homes become more affordable. In Rollingwood, you can find some smaller bungalows here, but many have been upgraded to larger homes. You’ll find premium prices, especially the closer you are to Lake Austin. You also want to feel a bit like you’re living in the country, though Westlake is pretty close to downtown. Southwest Austin is ideal if you or someone close to you like playing golf, living near rolling hills and a beautiful lake. Many people retire in this area.

 

Clarksville is one of West Austin’s historical and more walkable neighborhoods, especially the West Lynn and Lamar area. You and your pooch can enjoy a stroll to the West Austin Dog Park after picking up gourmet espresso from Café Medici. You can also treat yourself to a milkshake at Nau’s Drugstore, where you’ll feel like you’re stepping back in time to the 1950s. Victorians, bungalows, ranch homes, brick homes, and multi-family houses line the streets of Clarksville.

Steiner Ranch is large and planned with a "resort" feel that sits on Lake Travis and has homes from the late 90s to brand new homes. This area more north of Westlake and a little closer to the big employers like 3m, IBM, and Dell. Houses are a bit more affordable here, and it takes about 30 to 45 minutes to get to downtown, depending on traffic. If you have a family and enjoy golfing, swimming, fishing, and biking, you’ll find a home in Steiner Ranch. Steiner Ranch is located within the Leander Independent School District. Steiner Ranch Elementary, Laura Welch Bush Elementary, and Canyon Ridge Middle School are the elementary and middle schools in the area, while older students attend Cedar Park High School. If you prefer a private school, The School of the Hills Montessori is close by.

Northwest Hills is just off of Mopac (Loop 1) and north of 2222. This area is relatively close to downtown and has 60s and 70s style split-level homes. With its lush landscape and family-friendly feel, it is one of Austin’s hottest, most up and coming neighborhoods. Boat enthusiasts will love living so close to Lake Austin and parents will take pride in living in a school district with such stellar ratings.

Lakeway is farther from downtown Austin but closer to Lake Travis. Lakeway’s friendly, affluent community offers plenty of outdoor activities for the whole family. It boasts over 12 different parks and residents believe in being athletic and enjoying the great outdoors together. Play baseball, basketball, beach volleyball, or go canoeing, kayaking, or swimming in Lake Travis.

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