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Best Austin Neighborhoods: Westlake Neighborhood Guide

With gorgeous views of downtown and an award-winning school district and athletic program, it’s no wonder why Westlake is considered one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Austin. Located just 6 miles west of downtown Austin, this tight-knit community is surrounded on 3 sides by the Colorado River with quick access to Lake Austin.

Westlake truly offers the best of both worlds — serene natural beauty with proximity to the hustle and bustle of downtown Austin. It’s ideal for those who want the privacy and peacefulness of living in a luxury community alongside the beauty of untouched natural spaces and views of the Texas hill country.

In this neighborhood guide, you’ll discover what makes Westlake a popular Austin neighborhood.

Zip Code

78746

Average Home Price

$2.1 M

Home Styles

Mid-Century Modern, One Story Ranches, Contemporary New Builds

Average Price/SqFt

$620

Walk Score

30

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Westlake Real Estate

Before you start looking for your dream home in Westlake, here’s what you should know about the neighborhood and its real estate.

Neighborhood Ambiance

Homes along the Colorado river in Westlake, Austin with the Pennybacker bridge in the distance.

Westlake offers luxury real estate with the feel of a tight-knit community. While the neighborhood is close to shopping, dining, golfing and hike and bike trails, it still maintains the ambiance of an exclusive, private community. Not to mention, residents have access to all the outside activities—boating, kayaking, fishing, swimming, water skiing, and windsurfing—and they’re still just a 5- or 10-minute drive to downtown.

Architectural Styles

A twilight sky behind a two story fenced porch with limestone columns overlooks the canyon views of this luxury home over the central Texas hill country in the Westlake neighborhood.

Architectural styles in the Westlake neighborhood vary. You’ll find Mid-Century Modern classics alongside one-story ranches. There are also newly developed homes, as many older homes that have been torn down and rebuilt into contemporary architectural masterpieces.

 

The hillier parts of the neighborhood have some of the most exquisite homes with incredible views of the hill country and downtown. There are also many lakefront properties offering direct access to Lake Austin. It’s no surprise that Westlake offers some of the most exclusive and private real estate in Austin.

Average Home Price

Westlake is one of the most sought-after luxury neighborhoods in Austin, TX. The average home closing price in Westlake is $2.1 million or an average of $620 per square foot.

Walkability

Westlake has a Walk Score of 30, which means that most residents are dependent on driving to get around. While there are some great hike and bike trails in the area, getting around the neighborhood itself will most likely require a vehicle.

Schools

A football field with an empty stadium.

Westlake is home to some of the most highly-rated schools in Austin. The neighborhood is part of the Eanes Independent School District, which is currently rated number 6 in the country. 

 

Westlake residents are zoned for 6 elementary schools (Barton Creek Elementary, Eanes Elementary, Bridge Point Elementary, Forest Trail Elementary, Cedar Creek Elementary, and Valley View Elementary) as well as Hill Country Middle School, and Westlake High School.

 

Westlake High School is well-known in the area and recognized nationally for its athletics and arts programs. It has many notable alumni, many of whom became professional athletes and actors.

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