Southwest Central Austin
Westlake • Capital of Texas Highway
Though the Austin metro area abounds with scenic panoramas in most every direction, the hilly wooded areas stretching out from downtown toward the southwest are legendary. As such, luxury housing abounds along the south shores of Lake Austin toward Texas Highway 71 to the south.
Multi-million dollar homes dominate the waterfront cliffs overlooking Lake Austin but there are more modest homes and townhomes scattered throughout the area. The Barton Creek Greenbelt— spanning more than seven miles of stunning landscapes punctuated by refreshing pools of water — is a natural amenity rarely encountered in any major city.
Another huge benefit of living in the area: It’s served by Eanes Independent School District where academic achievement scores are among the tops in Texas. Westlake High School is also known for its strong athletic programs. Among its famous alumni are NFL quarterbacks Drew Brees and Nick Foles and former MLB pitcher Huston Street.
Barton Creek Square, a regional shopping mall that includes Dillard’s, Macy’s and Nordstrom, is an added bonus.
Other notable neighborhoods include Rob Roy, Lost Creek, Davenport Ranch and Stratford Hills, to name a few.
One of the most prominent areas of Austin are the hills to the west of downtown. The area is easy to spot by the multiple broadcast towers beaming their blinking red lights. The stunning views and wide boulevards up and down steep slopes have appealed to affluent buyers for years. Here’s a brand new contemporary home with some see-through features.
If there is a point of division between Northwest and Southwest Austin, it would be the iconic Pennybacker Bridge that crossed Lake Austin on Capital of Texas Highway. The stunning expansion is now 35 years old, but the views never disappoint. By the way, from this road, boaters can access a public ramp. Need we say, it’s a popular place to be?
The southwest central sector of Austin is one of the city’s more affluent areas with a multitude of amenities and styles. There’s the 1-million-square-foot Barton Creek Square regional shopping center and there are many trendy boutiques. There are mansions and more quirky homes dating back to Austin’s well-documented hippie days. There’s even a hidden campus of professional offices transformed from a collection of Victorian homes. Rollingwood, West Lake Hills and the overall Westlake neighborhood are eclectic — a perfect reflection of Austin’s weird vibe.