Welcome to the third and final installment of our blog series about finding your perfect Austin neighborhood. So far, we have covered all the fun spots; Downtown, South Central, East Austin, Hyde Park and West Campus…now it is time to close it out with the more family-oriented areas of town and what they have to offer.
We will begin with the wealthiest and perhaps most well-known suburb of Austin – Westlake. Home to one of the best high school athletic programs in the state, Westlake High offers a plethora of opportunities for your children to excel in sports – prestigious football, volleyball, lacrosse and swimming trophies line the halls of this enormous 5A school (one of the biggest in Texas, thanks to Eanes ISD refusing to build a sister school, therefore stacking its sole high school with all of the athletic and academic talent in the district). The beautiful homes that line these hills are more like estates, complete with lakefront properties and breath taking views of the Texas hill county. It includes both Barton Creek Mall and the fancy boutiques and restaurants that line Bee Caves Road. It is easy to see that living in Westlake is more of a status symbol than anything, so if you can afford the best Austin has to offer, this neighborhood is the easy choice.
The 360 Bridge in Westlake
Cedar Park/Round Rock/Pflugerville
Finally, we come to the real ‘burbs of North Austin. North of the Arboretum and Hester’s Crossing, you will find what South Ausinters refer to as “South Dallas”. It is true, the northern suburbs are exactly what you would picture a nice, yet BOOMING, neighboring city would be like – lots of strip malls, chain restaurants, and track homes – but north Austin does have some amount of charm about it. Cedar Park and north west Austin are beautiful, green with Cedar trees and mere minutes from great locations on Lake Travis, such as The Oasis (an Austin staple restaurant). The schools are exemplary and there is certainly more shopping and standard dining options than you could ever possibly chose from, but these areas still have enough Austin flavor to keep you weird and satisfied. With Alamo Drafthouse opening at Lakeline Mall, The Salt Lick’s second location in Round Rock, and Chuy’s just a stone’s throw down 183, North Austin is feeling more like a real part of town than it ever has.
The Domain in North Austin
We hope that we have helped you in finding your perfect location for you next abode, but of course, if you have any more questions, need sound advice from professionals on any area of town, or are ready to start looking for that new home of yours, give us a call!