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.
Mid-Century Modern, One Story Ranches, Contemporary New Builds
Known as the “Beverly Hills of Austin,” Westlake offers the serenity and privacy of a quiet suburb. But it’s anything but boring or basic. Westlake residents enjoy exquisite homes and breathtaking views of the hill country with quick access to Lake Travis and downtown.
Before you start looking for your dream home in Westlake, here’s what you should know about the neighborhood and its real estate.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Featured Property in the Neighborhood
Try different settings or refreshing/changing existing ones.
From unique coffee and wine spots to full-course farm-to-table restaurants, Westlake offers a little something for everyone when it comes to food.
If you’re serious about your coffee, Trianon Coffee will probably be on the list of Austin coffee shops you frequent. Supplying some of the best fresh roasted coffee in the area, Trianon specializes in hand-crafted coffees that are roasted in small batches and served fresh.
From single-origin coffees and organic roasts to specialty blends and microlot coffees, you can experience an abundance of flavors. Surprisingly, they also have a delectable selection of decaf blends. (Seriously. If you think you don’t like decaf, it’s because you haven’t tried the decaf at Trianon.)
The Wayback offers a little taste of Texas Hill Country in a casual space. This boutique hotel is about 15 minutes west of downtown but offers a quiet, fresh-air ambiance you just can’t get in the city.
While the stylish cottages have been featured in many publications, we appreciate the location’s cafe, a comfortable spot with a farm-to-table menu that changes with the seasons. You can enjoy your meal or craft cocktail in the dining room, on the patio, or as a picnic on the lawn. (We recommend the “Cardi Mama” if you’re in the mood for a little spice.)
Located at Davenport Village, Westlake Wine Bar offers European-influenced cuisine with a bold, rich touch. (Think gruyère croutons in that french onion soup.) With an impressive selection of French and Italian reds, this wine bar has an extensive wine list that you can enjoy by the glass or by the bottle.
If you’re an aspiring sommelier, you can take a wine class or host a custom tasting to impress your friends. They even have themed dinners, offering an immersive experience with historic dishes and silverware. (Perfect for those Titanic fans who want to experience the lavish meal and exquisite wine without the whole sinking bit.)
Las Palomas is a must-go for authentic Interior Mexican cuisine and margaritas you’ll still be talking about long after happy hour is over. We like the frozen Prickly Pear margarita when we’re feeling sweet and the Spicy El Mejor when we’re not. (Extra serranos please!)
What we love about Las Palomas is that you’re getting quality Mexican food in a low-key setting. (The Saturday happy hour specials don’t hurt either!) Choose from old favorites like ceviche tostadas to more complex flavors like the cochinita pibil tacos. No matter what you end up getting, it will be delicious.
Sway offers modern Thai cuisine with a view. Here, you’ll get more than just a great pad thai or green curry. The restaurant also has a unique ambiance with a garden courtyard and open kitchen, offering a beautiful and spacious place to enjoy a meal with friends.
Try one of their specialty cocktails at the lounge or travel up to the covered rooftop bar, which features sweeping views of downtown Austin. If you’re the happy hour type, don’t forget to visit their Sabai Sabai Happy Hour for a limited but tasty menu and half off all cocktails, beer, wine, and sake.
Texas Honey Ham is a favorite for locals that want an unassuming spot to enjoy some comfort food. While known for their ham (which they pile thick on their sandwiches!) we like their breakfast best. It mixes southern staples like pulled pork and cornbread with Texas favorites like Fritos.
We recommend the Frigas, which takes a unique approach to the classic Tex-Mex Migas by adding Fritos for a little crunch. If you’re hankering for some ham, we also love The Benny, which is the classic eggs benedict with a Tex Mex twist. (Cornbread, honey-glazed ham, and queso—need we say more?)
Though Westlake does offer quick access to downtown, there are also many places right within the neighborhood to keep you busy.
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