About the West Austin Community

West Austin hill-side viewWest Austin is home to the majority of Austin’s luxury homes. Encompassing high end homes, excellent schools, and natural beauty that includes hillside and lakeside properties, a West Austin address is reputable and desirable for many.

Homes in west Austin can run into the multi-millions, but because it includes such a large area, homes as low as the $500ks can be found here with many of the same benefits of more expensive homes. Rob Roy, Davenport Ranch, and Westlake Hills (referred to as Westlake) are all in West Austin.

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Properties on Lake Austin

lake-austin-flowersHome buyers looking to purchase a Lake Austin home should expect to spend at least a million, and most likely at least several million for the best properties. In return, they will receive the best of Austin’s lake lifestyle. Many homes will offer lake views or shoreline lots. Properties along the shoreline generally will have their own boat dock/s and lifts, with many even offering bonus rooms or balconies above boat storage areas for gatherings or watching the skyline. There are numerous public boat ramps nearby for those who choose to live near Lake Austin but not directly on the shores.It’s not just the homes on Lake Austin that are luxurious.

Area Location

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The broad west Austin description encompasses MLS areas W, 8W, and 8E, and its geographical borders include Lake Austin (the Colorado River) to the north and east, Highway 290 to the south, and Hays County to the west. Its geography allows many homes to benefit from the area’s natural surroundings, including views of the hill country or Lake Austin, plus views of downtown Austin and numerous golf courses. Austin Country Club, Barton Creek Resort and Spa, and Lost Creek Country Club are all in west Austin. Walsh Boat Landing, the Loop 360 Ramp, Emma Long Park, and Commons Ford Park offer public boat docks, and some homes will have their own private, onsite docks.

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West Austin Amenities

518 Buckeye A SW CloseWest Austin is home to a great deal of preserved land, such as at the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve, which offers almost 230 acres of forestland and trails. As Lake Austin borders the top end of the area, hills and rocky cliffs also are a dominant part of the landscape. Pennybacker Bridge, an iconic scene in Austin, is a visual indicator of the change from central Austin to the hill country, as it spans above the sparkling width of Lake Austin.

For conveniences, Davenport Village Shopping Center, near Lake Austin, serves much of the area’s homeowners with restaurants, banks, upscale boutiques, and dozens of retailers. Further down Capital of Texas Highway, the Village at Westlake offers a similar selection for the southern crowd of west Austin residents. Crossing west Austin, Bee Caves Road and its intersecting streets offer many shopping centers, restaurants, and grocery stores. On the southeastern corner of west Austin is Barton Creek Square Mall, one of the largest shopping centers in central Texas, with a Nordstrom’s, Dillard’s, and Macy’s.

West Austin Area Schools

A driving force leading many homebuyers to choose west Austin is its predominance of high quality schools, both public and private. Most homes are zoned for the Eanes Independent School District, although some are zoned for Austin ISD or Lake Travis ISD. Regents School of Austin, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, St. Michael’s Catholic Academy, and St. Gabriel’s Catholic School are just a few of the private schools within the area.

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Public Schools

Elementary Schools

  • Barton Creek Elementary
  • Barton Hills Elementary
  • Bridge Point Elementary
  • Cedar Creek Elementary
  • Eanes Elementary
  • Forest Trail Elementary
  • Lake Travis Elementary
  • Oak Hill Elementary
  • Valley View Elementary
Middle Schools

  • Covington Middle School
  • Hill Country Middle
  • O’Henry Middle
  • West Ridge Middle School
High Schools

  • Austin High
  • Bowie High
  • Lake Travis High
  • McCallum High
  • Westlake High