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Sunset over downtown Austin, Texas, with Greenbelt in foreground
Sunset over downtown Austin, Texas, with Greenbelt in foreground

West Austin (W, 8W, and 8E) is one of the most desirable areas of Austin valued for its schools, upscale living, and proximity to the beauty of city, hill country, and lake life. West Austin is home to many upscale planned communities, with homes typically in the semi-luxury to high-end price range, ranging from approximately the $500’s to upwards well into the millions. Many of the homes in West Austin are prized for Lake Austin views, Downtown Austin views, private and secluded wooded lots, waterfront access, and golf course frontage at Lost Creek Country Club, Barton Creek Resort and Spa, and Austin Country Club. Some of the larger areas in West Austin include Westlake Hills, Rob Roy, and Davenport Ranch.

West Austin is in zip codes 78733, 78735, 78736, 78746, and 78753. West Austin is bordered to the north by the Colorado River, the east by the Colorado River and Barton Creek, the south by Highway 290, and to the west by Hays County and Barton Creek. West Austin homes range from one to ten miles from downtown Austin.


West Austin mainly is in the Eanes Independent School District and the Austin Independent School District. A small amount of homes are in the Lake Travis Independent School District.

In addition to the following public schools, West Austin includes the private schools St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, Regents School of Austin, St. Michael’s Catholic Academy, and St. Gabriel’s Catholic School.

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Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve at 805 North Capitol of Texas Highway is a preserve of 227 acres of forest and trails. Open to the public from dawn until dusk daily, it also serves as a living laboratory for the St. Edward’s University School of Natural Sciences whose students and faculty study a range of ecological, behavioral, and biodiversity issues in the region.

Founded in 1899, the Austin Country Club is one of the oldest existing clubs in Texas. The Club features an 18-hole Pete Dye design golf course, the Harvey Penick learning center, 10 lighted tennis courts, a heated swimming pool, a fitness facility, 57 boat slips, and a large clubhouse.

Barton Creek Resort and Spa is located within 4,000 secluded acres of rolling hills and is home to the full-service Three Springs Spa, four championship golf courses, award-winning conference and meeting facilities, and numerous dining options and recreational activities.

Additional West Austin area points of interest:

  • Pennybacker Bridge (360 Bridge)
  • Barton Creek Wilderness Park
  • Redbud Trail
  • Gaines Creek Neighborhood Park (4801 Republic of Texas Boulevard)
  • Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve (24300 Hamilton Pool Road)
  • Windmill Run Park (7306 Kirkham Drive)
  • Loop 360 Boat Ramp (5201 Capital of Texas Highway North)

Boat Docks in West Austin

  • Walsh Boat Landing – located in the lower end of the lake off Lake Austin Blvd., west of Red Bud Trail
  • Loop 360 Ramp – located mid-lake, directly below the Pennybacker Bridge.
  • Emma Long Park – located at 1600 City Park Road off FM 2222
  • Commons Ford Park – located at 614 Commons Ford Road North.

Shopping and Restaurants

Shopping options abound in West Austin, from boutiques to large shopping centers, and with many finer goods stores.

Barton Creek Square Mall at 2901 South Capital of Texas Highway, features anchor stores of Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Macy’s, Sears, and JC Penney, plus smaller stores such as Apple Computer, Michael Kors, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids, Coach, and Soma Intimates.

Davenport Village Shopping Center at Westlake and Capital of Texas Highway features over 40 vendors, including banks, upscale boutiques, Northwest Hills Pharmacy, and restaurants such as Uno Trattoria and Wine Bar, Eleven Plates and Wine, Opal Devine’s, and Maudie’s Hacienda.

Along Bee Caves Road west of MoPac are numerous shopping centers. Available stores include Collectic Home, Sprouts Farmers Market, Stein Mart, Trianon Coffee, Randalls Grocery, Chinatown, Tokyo Sushi, and numerous banks.

The Village at Westlake, near the intersection of Capital of Texas Highway and Bee Caves (RM 2244), features Alyson Jon Interiors, Barnes & Noble, Dolce Baby, HEB, La Madeleine, Izumi Sushi, Office Depot, P. Terry’s Burger Stand, Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Provencal Home & Garden, and more.


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