Tarrytown is one of Austin’s most historic and cherished neighborhoods. Centrally located, just west of downtown in MLS area 1B, Tarrytown is bordered by West 35th Street to the north, Enfield Road to the south, MoPac to the east, and Lake Austin to the west. Homes are an eclectic and charming mix of smaller, early-twentieth century cottages and larger, fully updated modern luxury estates. Tarrytown (zip code 78703) is home to some of Austin’s most prestigious real estate and residents, and potential homebuyers can expect to pay well over Austin median prices for desirable homes in this area.
Tarrytown offers a sense of community to its residents, especially with so many amenities available within its borders. Residents often run into each other while grabbing a cup of coffee, playing with the kids at the park, or running errands. This small town feel, accompanied by its prized real estate location and prime luxury homes, makes it one the most desirable areas to live in Austin.
Tarrytown as a subdivision was established in 1915 and, due to its remarkable canopy of oak trees, utilized the 1930’s advertising slogan: “Where oak trees charm the eye.” Today, three area parks help preserve that natural feel. Reed Park has a winding stream, pool, playground, and trails. Tarrytown Park, often referred to as “Triangle Park,” offers a baseball field, playscape, and natural surroundings, including a creek. West Enfield Park provides a playscape, pool, play fields, and an hourly view of the MoPac train. Other nearby attractions include Mayfield Preserve, which is beloved for its peacocks, Lions Municipal Golf Course, and spring-fed swimming pool Deep Eddy. Tarrytown homes are zoned for the Austin Independent School District, and the private Girls’ School of Austin also resides within its boundaries. Howson Branch Public Library and the Tarrytown Shopping Center, which includes historic Tarrytown Pharmacy and Over the Rainbow, the oldest independent toy store in Austin, dot the tranquil neighborhood. Walsh Boat Landing, one of Austin’s oldest public boat launches, is on the south side of Tarrytown and is home to many popular restaurants, such as Mozart’s Coffee, Abel’s Lakeside Grill, and Hula Hut.
Tarrytown residents are zoned for the Austin Independent School District, and the area also is home to or near numerous private schools. Casis Elementary School, O’ Henry Middle School, and Stephen F. Austin High School are the main Austin ISD schools, and Tarrytown also is home to Austin’s all girls’ school, the Girls’ School of Austin.
Casis Elementary is a kindergarten through fifth grade school, with numerous student clubs and an interactive organic garden for students and parents. Historically, it achieves an Exemplary rating from the Texas Education Agency.
O’Henry Middle School serves students from sixth through eighth grades. Historically, it is rated as Academically Acceptable.
Known for its “Loyal Forever” school song, Austin High School is a 130-year-old school that offers a rigorous academic program alongside career-track experiences and ample extracurricular activities. Both academic and extracurricular awards are common, and many of its alumnae are distinguished.
At the Girls’ School of Austin, admission is select, its mission to intellectually challenge girls and inspire them to achieve personal excellence and lead distinguished, fulfilling lives. Founded in 2002, the school teaches girls from kindergarten through eighth grade, and its students regularly win many awards.
While technically outside the boundaries of Tarrytown, several private schools are very close, including St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, which offers instruction for grades one through twelve; St. Austin Catholic School, which offers instruction for kindergarten through eighth grade; and The Khabele School, which offers instruction from early education through college prep. Dozens more can be found within a 15 minute drive of the neighborhood.
In addition to grade schools, many area churches offer a variety of pre-school, daycare, and mom’s day out programs, such as at Westminster Presbyterian, Tarrytown Methodist, and St. Martin’s Lutheran.