Tarrytown Homes For Sale
With a rich collection of impeccably restored cottages, fully renovated upscale homes, and a few new homes, Tarrytown combines modernity with the classic charm of “Old Austin.”
“It feels like a small town in a big city,” shared Dallas transplant Allison Reyna. “From its old traditions, friendly residents, and proximity to central Austin to its great schools and unique homes, I think Tarrytown offers a combination you just can’t find in neighborhoods outside the city center.”
Lake Austin boat access, an Austin Public Library branch, four shady parks, Muny Golf Course, and West Austin Youth Association — not to mention an array of restaurants, grocery stores, and retailers — make this historic neighborhood one of Austin’s most exclusive and desirable places to live.
Nestled against the eastern banks of Lake Austin where it curves toward Tom Miller Dam to meet Lady Bird Lake, is the upscale, historic Austin Neighborhood known as Tarrytown. Tarrytown is bordered by 35th Street to the north, Mo-Pac (Loop 1) to the east, Lake Austin to the west, and Lake Austin Blvd. to the south. It is in MLS area 1B and zip code 78703. The main North-South corridor in Tarrytown is Exposition Drive, while the main East-West corridors are Westover Rd., Windsor Rd., and Enfield Road. To access Tarrytown from West Austin, take Red Bud Trail. From everywhere else, take Mo-Pac, any exit between 35th Street and the Lady Bird Lake bridge, and head west.
Tarrytown is very close to downtown (under 10 minutes) and less than three miles from the capitol. It is 16 miles from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. You can expect the trip to take 25 to 35 minutes, depending on traffic.
A variety of modern and historic architects built the wide-ranging homes of Tarrytown. Builders that have constructed multiple homes in the neighborhood include Trey Co. Construction, Stephens-Hawkins & Associates, Sewanaka, Robski Homes, Risinger Homes, Pecan Valley Custom Homes, Park Place Homes, Panache Development, Origin Homes, Montebella Homes, Moazami Homes, Milestone Custom Homes, Matt Sitra Homes, Kelly Tormaschy, Joseph Fowler, Hunter Wheeler Custom Homes, Greenbelt Homes, Dynamic Development Group, Constructive Endeavors, Casa Builders, Brian Fuchs, and ARB Homes & Design.
“When I go to my favorite little local spots in Tarrytown, whether it’s Kula Yoga or Austin Java, or even to the library up the street, I always run into friends and neighbors. We can open our door and walk outside into the afternoon and find friends to play with and parks to go to very close by.”
Formally established in 1915 and named after Tarrytown, New York, this West Austin community was first popularized by its urban forest, which inspired the original 1930’s advertising slogan: “Where oak trees charm the eye.” About 1,700 homes stand beneath the verdant canopy, some of which date back to the late 1800s. It offers a location just west of Central Austin with a wide range of homes, many priced in the millions.
“I love that it is a neighborhood truly within the center of the city. It feels like it developed organically, and you can see that in the different style of homes – older, newer, smaller, bigger,” explained Reyna.
The varied home styles, most restored or renovated and some newly built, include Colonial, Neocolonial, Craftsman, Tudor, French Eclectic, American Bungalow, and Midcentury Modern.
Tarrytown residents are active and cohesive, vocal about neighborhood safety and preservation, and politically influential in local and statewide issues. Residents join the West Austin Neighborhood Group, a non-profit neighborhood organization that includes properties east of the lake and west of Mo-Pac from Lake Austin Blvd. to 35th Street. Dues are $35 per year.
“The day we moved in we had neighbors inviting us to gatherings and neighborhood events,” said Reyna. “One of my favorite holidays is Halloween. Our street has a fun tradition of gathering every year outside at the same house for pizza and fun before the trick or treating begins. There is also a fun Fourth of July parade every year that I think I get more excited about than my young kids (at least for now)!”
Children of families living in Tarrytown attend schools within the Austin Independent School District, many of which are exemplary.
The highly esteemed Girls School of Austin is located within the neighborhood, as well as Rawson Saunders School, Ace Academy, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, and
Hyde Park Baptist High School.
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“Since I have three kids under the age of 5,” said Reyna, “My most favorite places by default are the wonderful neighborhood parks: West Enfield, Tarrytown, and Reed. All are within walking distance or a short ride.”
West Enfield Park provides a youth playscape, swings, a swimming pool, multi-purpose fields for play, plus the hourly promise of the passing Mo-Pac train. Its tree-strewn 11 acres also contain a basketball court, two tennis courts, a picnic shelter, and restrooms. Known to many as “Triangle Park” for its shape, Tarrytown Park lies further north. It offers a gurgling creek with a walk bridge, a multi-purpose baseball field, swings, and youth and toddler playscapes. Six-acre Reed Park encloses a winding stream and includes a public pool, a multipurpose field, a youth playground, swings, barbeque pits, and creekside trails.
On a hot day, spring-fed Deep Eddy Pool is ice-cold. Originally part of a 1900s-era resort that included silent movies and a diving horse show, the pool has undergone extensive renovations in its 100-plus years. Another 1900’s-era site is Mayfield Park and Preserve, which crowns Tarrytown. This beautiful, turn-of-the-century park spans 22 acres and is home to lush gardens and ponds, roaming peacocks, and deer.
Interested in some fun in the sun? Boaters need only drive across the neighborhood to access one of the oldest public boat launches in Austin: Walsh Boat Landing. On the way, they’ll pass Lions Municipal Golf Course (aka “Muny,”) host to such legends as Ben Hogan, Tom Kite, and Ben Crenshaw. Golf-lovers also can “put around” a couple miles east at Hancock Golf Course in Hyde Park.
For childcare, sports camps, and team sports, Tarrytown families bring children to West Austin Youth Association (WAYA), located just next door to Muny.
The fitness-oriented enjoy Kula Yoga, boot camps in the park, and direct access (via Johnson’s Trail and Deep Eddy Park) to the 10+ miles of jogging trails around Lady Bird Lake. These trails connect to Zilker Park and Barton Springs Pool. Zilker, with its playground, miniature train, dog park, and greenspace, is well known to lovers of the annual kite festival and the Austin City Limits (ACL) festival.
In the heart of Tarrytown is eco-friendly Howson Branch Public Library, with its 1,000 gallon rain water harvesting system and electric car charging stations. Booklovers can visit nearby Austin Public Library (2.4. miles SE) or the Faulk Central Library (2.5 miles SE), one of many on the University of Texas campus.
For a little culture, Tarrytown residents head up Exposition to 35th street. There they can visit The Contemporary Austin art museum at Laguna Gloria and the Texas Military Forces Museum on the grounds of Camp Mabry. Or, they can head across Enfield Rd. and into downtown to visit the Blanton Museum and the Bullock Texas State History Museum.
Shopping and Restaurants
For groceries, prescriptions, retail items, or a cup of coffee, residents stop at Casis Shopping Center. This renovated strip-center at the northern end of the neighborhood is home not only to historic Tarrytown Pharmacy (open since 1941,) but to the oldest independent toy store in Austin, locally treasured Over the Rainbow.
At the southwestern end of the neighborhood, Walsh Boat Landing overlooks Lake Austin and the dam and offers several of Austin’s favorite restaurant venues. Residents love the lake views, coffee, and desserts at Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, with its two levels of oak-shaded, waterside decks. For a meal, they walk over to Abel’s Lakeside Grill or Hula Hut Restaurant for food and sunset cocktails over the water.
At the heart of the neighborhood is Tarrytown Center, a retail complex useful for its post office, yoga studio, shipping store, liquor store, bank, and coffeehouse. A number of hot-spot restaurants dot the southern-most border of Tarrytown, Lake Austin Blvd. From 24-hr Magnolia Café and raw-food-haven Juiceland to Pizza Bistro, Maudie’s Tex-Mex, and Thundercloud Subs, it offers Tarrytown foodies a range of options.
Outside Tarrytown, shoppers head a mile southeast to eat or shop at nearby Clarksville and Market Districts, home to a variety of retailers including lulemon athletica, Wildflower Organics, Whole Earth Provision Company, Anthropologie, REI, By George, Title Nine, and West Elm. Residents also love nearby Second Street District, which boasts six blocks of vibrantly Austin (mostly locally owned) downtown restaurants, day spas, upscale boutiques, bars, and museums. They can meet friends for brunch at lovely La Condesa, enjoy a cupcake at Delish, then window shop at Estilo, Etcetera Etc, and Finch.
Tarrytown residents appreciate having two grocery stores within their community. There is a Randall’s grocery in the Casis Shopping Center (across from the elementary school) on the north side, and a larger Randall’s grocery on the south side where Exposition meets Lake Austin Blvd. For specialty health food items, they typically head a couple miles southeast to Whole Foods Market on Lamar. Other options include Fresh Plus Grocery (1.5 miles SE,) Wheatsville Co-op (1.7 miles E,) Central Market (1.9 miles E,) and Trader Joe’s (2.4 miles SW.)
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