About the Northwest Austin Community
Luxury home buyers often choose to settle in northwest Austin due to its proximity to many large companies and employment opportunities. A rather dense region, northwest Austin starts north of downtown and extends northwest toward the hill country, eventually ending at Lake Travis. Tech employment is heavy in the region, including IBM, Hewlett Packard, and the nearby Round Rock Dell campus.
Luxury homes in northwest Austin can include custom built lakefront properties, estates in master-planned communities, and homes on large lots with hill country or downtown views. Many homes benefit from the beautiful hill country surroundings that typify central Texas. Some luxury homes in northwest Austin may top $10 million, while many are in a more moderate range. In the hill country areas, large luxury homes may offer acreage, horse facilities, guest houses, and even ballrooms. A few of the larger neighborhoods include Spicewood, River Place, Steiner Ranch, and Avery Ranch.
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Northwest Austin Amenities
Several golf courses in the area appeal to luxury homebuyers: Balcones Country Club, Golf Club at Avery Ranch, Great Hills Country Club, and University of Texas Golf Club. As Lake Travis is a major part of this area’s appeal, numerous public boat ramps also are within the area.
Popular shopping centers include the Arboretum, an upscale, open-air center with dozens of stores, such as Pottery Barn, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, The Sharper Image, and Restoration Hardware. Across the street is the Arboretum Market, with a Saks Fifth Avenue, Starbucks, Talbots, and Williams-Sonoma. Lakeline Mall also is nearby, with a Dillard’s, Macy’s, 150 specialty stores, and a nine-screen Regal Theatre. Slightly beyond the region, just along the east side of MoPac, is The Domain, with hundreds of upscale retail stores, including luxury stores and higher end dining.
Northwest Austin Schools
Homes in northwest Austin predominantly are zoned for the Austin Independent School District, with some homes in Leander ISD and Round Rock ISD.