Do you appreciate a blend of traditional aesthetics, quiet living, and the convenience of city life nearby? Located between Lake Austin and MoPac, Tarrytown is well-known for its beautiful historic homes and peaceful tree-lined streets.
While the other areas of the city are certainly living up to Austin’s motto of keeping things weird, Tarrytown offers sophisticated charm with a small-town feel. It’s the perfect place for those who want to live in a quiet yet prestigious Austin neighborhood with the best of Austin just a short drive away.
This neighborhood guide highlights what makes Tarrytown unique and why it’s a place that families choose to live in for generations.
Historic Bungalows, Luxurious Estates
Tarrytown is a traditional, affluent neighborhood that draws in those with established and generational wealth. While it may not have the abundance of live events, restaurants, and nightlife that other areas of town boast, it does offer privacy, peace, and proximity to other popular areas of Austin.
Before you start looking for your dream home in Tarrytown, here’s what you should know about the neighborhood and its real estate.
With historic homes, abundant green spaces, and beautiful lake views, Tarrytown feels like a peaceful, small town. Boasting impressive estates and a serene atmosphere, it’s easy to see why many Tarrytown residents have lived in the neighborhood for generations. Privacy, exclusivity, and prestige come with owning a home in this zip code.
Historically, Tarrytown also has less turnover of homes and residents than other areas like South Austin. That means less construction and development, allowing it to keep that quiet, small-town feel.
It’s also important to note that many of the homes in Tarrytown never hit the public market and are, instead, sold through private transactions. That’s why it’s essential to work with an Austin real estate agent who has a deep network and knowledge of off-market listings if you want to live in a desirable area like Tarrytown.
Many of the homes in Tarrytown are historic bungalows and luxurious estates. While the general aesthetic is traditional and stately, there’s also a somewhat understated tone as you likely will not see the full grandeur of these manors from the street. The sizable homes are strategically placed on the lots so as not to overwhelm the curb appeal and instead present more modestly to passersby.
Tarrytown is one of the most desirable areas of Austin. The average home closing price in Tarrytown is $1.9 million or an average of $758.66 per square foot.
Tarrytown has a Walk Score of 51. A brief stroll will take you to the resident-favorite Reed Neighborhood Park or to Casis Shopping Center for a quick errand. And your favorite downtown restaurants or shops at South Congress are just a 10-15 minute drive away.
Most Tarrytown residents purchase in the area for the exemplary schools. Tarrytown is part of the Austin Independent School District and zoned for highly-rated public schools like Casis Elementary, O Henry Middle School, and Austin High School.
The neighborhood is also home to The Girls’ School of Austin, a top private school for girls in grades K-8, as well as Rawson Saunders School, the only full-curriculum school in central Texas for dyslexic students in grades 1-12.
Featured Property in the Neighborhood
Tarrytown is home to some hidden Austin gems. From Mozart’s Coffee Roasters to Maudie’s TexMex, these unassuming spots offer great options for food and drink in Tarrytown.
Located right on Lake Austin, Mozart’s Coffee Roasters is truly an Austin gem with one of the best patios in town. They serve a variety of house roasts and delectable small bites and treats from their in-house bakery. They’ve also got an eclectic open mic event called Late on the Lake, which brings in Austin singer-songwriters, musicians, and poets to share their work out on the deck.
Don’t miss Mozart’s Annual Christmas Light Show. Mozart creates an immersive experience where you can enjoy a festive light show with your friends and family directly from the patio tables. Be sure to reserve your table early, as they tend to sell out every year. And don’t forget to grab Mozart’s Christmas in a Cup hot chocolate bomb to enjoy while watching the light show.
Littlefield’s Tacos + Coffee is the perfect spot to grab a casual bite with the family. Littlefield’s is named after both the previous owner—Clyde Littlefield, a track & field and football coach for the University of Texas—and also for the little field that your tiny humans can run around on while you enjoy local coffee from Fleet Coffee and tacos from Veracruz All Natural.
The large, fully-enclosed outdoor patio space is cozy. Mature oak trees and lush plants surround the bar seating and picnic table, providing both shade from the Texas heat and a little tranquility while you enjoy a moment of peace with your coffee in a family-friendly environment.
If a drink with a view is your idea of a relaxing evening, then Abel’s on the Lake may just become your new favorite spot. Situated in an idyllic cove on Lake Austin, Abel’s is well-known for its oysters and beer-battered fish and chips. Even better than the food is the breathtaking view from the towering two-level deck over the water—the perfect spot to watch the sunset with a cocktail.
If you fancy yourself a beer connoisseur, you’ll also appreciate the expansive beer list, which features over 60 beers on tap, including 17 Austin brews. And the best part? It’s dog-friendly, so your furry friend can join you for the evening.
Whether you’re a hardcore vegan or just looking to eat more plant-based meals, The Beer Plant is a vegan gastropub that offers a little something for everyone. Everything on the menu is 100% plant-based and 100% delicious. Not to mention, they’ve got 40 beers on tap and a cocktail menu with all the old favorites and some innovative modern drinks.
If you’re looking for something decadent the morning after a night on the town, head there for brunch for the chicken and waffles. (Trust us. Even without the real chicken, it’s a must.) And if you’re just stopping by for a quick bite and a drink, you must try the mac and cheese. Even those who don’t like vegan food love this local staple.
Maudie’s is an Austin classic that’s been serving up TexMex to locals for 30 years. What started in 1954 as a quaint cafe with southern homestyle cooking later became the beloved TexMex spot that Austinites flock to in 1993. It has since expanded into 6 locations. But the Tarrytown Maudie’s still has that neighborhood feel with unique decor, space to sit indoors or outdoors, and standard TexMex fare.
If you’re looking for a happy hour spot, Maudie’s is the place. Wash your chips and salsa down with a signature margarita or two. (They’re only $5 during happy hour.) But beware, the house salsa has a bit of a kick!
Situated in a 3-story building that’s enveloped by a 200-year-old oak tree, Olive & June is worth a visit for the beautiful surroundings alone. The scratch-made Italian restaurant has a focused menu that won’t overwhelm you with too many options. Their pasta is made in-house daily, and they offer one of the best selections of old world and Italian wine in town.
Celebrating a special event? Olive & June has a beautiful private room just off the kitchen where you can celebrate with a small group of friends or family. It’s also an excellent spot for a date night. Just make sure you reserve a table online for the outside patio as those spots tend to go quickly.
Right off Lake Austin, nestled in Oyster Landing is Hula Hut, a TexMex restaurant with a Hawaiian twist. This casual dining spot has a tiki hut vibe with a covered outdoor patio space that offers beautiful views of the lake. While Hula Hut certainly isn’t a fine-dining experience, it does offer a nice place to stop for not-so-traditional TexMex with a view.
Hula Hut has a fun cocktail menu with Texas-inspired drinks like the Texas Martini, Lake Austin Lemonade, and the Ruby Red Fizz. Parking there can certainly be an ordeal given that the Oyster Landing parking area is small with many different restaurants to choose from. You can find free parking across the street and up the hill or opt for valet parking if you’re in a rush.
JuiceLand is an Austin staple and local chain offering raw, cold-pressed juices and smoothies made from delicious combinations of fruits and veggies. The atmosphere alone is reason enough to stop by this local chain to grab a protein-packed smoothie after the gym or a superfood smoothie bowl for a light lunch.
This location is also just a couple of blocks from Deep Eddy’s Pool, so you’ve got the perfect place to grab a fresh juice after spending the day under the Texas sun. (We recommend the Cherry Limeade Agua Fresca for an ice-cold, slightly sweet treat!)
While Tarrytown is one of the more residential neighborhoods in Austin, there are still things to do and see that don’t require you to head downtown.
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