West Rim Homes For Sale
Four miles west of downtown Austin, tucked between Lake Austin and Toro Canyon, are 96 elegant homes that comprise the luxurious community known as West Rim. Full-masonry homes, live oak forests, Lake Austin access, and exemplary Eanes ISD schools distinguish the homes for sale in this Austin neighborhood. West Rim is also a close commute for West Austin businesses like nFusion, Kenectiv, Bridgepoint Consulting, 3M, Bazaarvoice, Trilogy, and LCRA.
“Living in West Rim is like living in a forest home by the lake. For our family, it’s paradise,” shared longtime resident Sarah Baker.
Mostly two-story, red brick, white limestone, and stucco homes frame West Rim’s tree-lined streets, many with sweeping lake or hill country views. Lots range from 2/3 to 3 acres, feature lush landscaping, and are dotted with mature live oak, juniper, cypress, and pecan trees. Its elegant, secluded homes vary in style, but tend to have large backyards, decks, and patios. Power lines are buried, and streets generally lack sidewalks and streetlights.
Baker moved into her waterfront West Rim home in 1989. “Some of the homes are new, but most are remodeled. The neighborhood was developed in the early 80s.” Construction continued through the 90s. In the late 90s, a handful of separate, gated communities were carved into the nearby hills: the Summit at West Rim, The Island on Westlake, and West Rim Estates.
The west Austin neighborhood of West Rim flanks Westlake Drive, a road that winds eight wooded miles through the hills and valleys rising from the western banks of Lake Austin, connecting Bee Caves Road with Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360).
Ten miles northwest of ABIA, West Rim sits on the hills just west of Lake Austin, halfway between Ladybird Lake and Pennybacker Bridge. Its boundaries fall within prestigious Eanes Independent School District (Eanes ISD) and within zip code 78746.
West Rim residents feel a great sense of community. “The community is family-oriented and close-knit. Halloween parties, fireworks on the lake, boat parades — it’s really a wonderful place to live,” shared Baker.
“One of our favorite amenities is West Rim’s private park. It’s gated, and right on the lake. My husband and I play tennis, and the kids enjoy the playscape,” shared Baker. The two-acre, lighted, 24-hour park features lake swimming, volleyball courts, picnic tables, a wooden gazebo, a large barbeque pit, deck, and 24 covered boat slips leased only to neighborhood homeowners.
Just next door to West Rim’s park is 60-year-old Westlake Beach, a weekends only privately owned park popular for neighborhood birthday parties and holiday fun. For eight dollars an adult and five dollars a child, guests can spend the day relaxing on its manmade beach, watching the boats go by on Lake Austin. Residents go there to fish, play horseshoes, and barbeque. For those more interested in water sport fun, Westlake Beach has in-water boat slips for rent.
For a day of golf or an evening at the club, West Rim residents drive a mile further on Westlake Drive to the members only Austin Country Club. Founded in 1899, it is one of the oldest country clubs in Texas. It consists of ten lighted tennis courts, a heated pool, 57 boat slips, a fitness facility, men’s and ladies’ locker rooms, the Harvey Penick learning center, and an 18-hole Pete-Dye design golf course. Golfweek Magazine named Pete Dye one of the top architects in the world. The 180-acre club also features dining areas, meeting rooms, and a spacious ballroom.
Watersport aficionados will appreciate the Loop 360 three-lane boat ramp a half mile north of Westlake Drive under the Pennybacker Bridge. Shaded by Cypress and Sycamores, it includes a grassy area for fishing and picnics.
Just west of West Rim are the 227 acres of Wild Basin Preserve, with three miles of winding hiking trails that course through hill country woodland, across streams, and over grassy terrain.
A mile southeast is beautiful Red Bud Isle: a 13-acre, dog-friendly, leash-free, sylvan oasis that juts out into Lady Bird Lake just south of the dam. Red Bud Isle, also popular to canoers and kayakers, offers a fishing pier, picnic tables, and cypress-shaded walking trails. “It’s canine heaven. It’s [our dog] Macy’s favorite place to go on a hot summer’s day,” said Baker.
To check out a book or enjoy story time, residents and their families visit Westbank Library, located three miles southwest, next to Westlake High School. Laura Bush Community Library, which includes a library circulation nearing 750,000 annually, is five miles west at Bee Caves Road and Cuernavaca Drive.
For a little bit of culture, West Rim residents drive 18 minutes east to visit the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum, the Blanton Museum, Elisabet Ney Museum, the Texas Military Forces Museum, or The Contemporary Austin.
Shopping and Restaurants
Just north of West Rim, where Westlake Drive intersects with Capitol of Texas Highway, is Davenport Village. This two-story outdoor shopping center offers residents a variety of dining and retail options, as well as a gym (Body Business) and a pharmacy (Northwest Hills). Baker’s family enjoys eating at Maudie’s Tex-Mex!
A little further north at Capital of Texas Highway and RR 2222 is Bull Creek Market, another outdoor shopping complex with a Waterloo Icehouse, Kid Clips, Siena Tuscan Restaurant, and various retail stores like Chase Tile and Lacrosse.
At the corner of Loop 360 and Bee Caves, the Village at Westlake offers a specialized HEB grocery store (Westlake Market) and various dining options from La Madeline and IZUMI sushi to Hangtown Grill and P. Terry’s. Residents also enjoy its specialty retailers: Tyler’s Sports, Provencal Home & Garden, Bright Beginnings & Beyond, and more.
For a day of shopping, West Rim residents often head a couple miles north to the upscale, outdoor, 45-store shopping center called The Arboretum. “We like The Arboretum. We can get a bite to eat at Whole Foods, do a little shopping, and catch a movie at Gateway,” said Baker.
When the weather is hot or rainy, residents appreciate that the 180 specialty retailers of indoor Barton Creek Square Mall are only a few miles southwest. With a gourmet foot court and a movie theatre, it’s one of the largest malls in central Texas.
A variety of grocery store options encircle West Rim. A specialized HEB called Westlake Market is 2.8 miles southwest at Bee Caves Road and Capital of Texas Highway, and a Randall’s Grocery and Trader Joe’s are a few miles southwest on Bee Caves Road. Residents also visit the Randall’s on Lake Austin Blvd. For the closest Whole Foods, they drive north to the Arboretum, or downtown to Lamar and 6th. For other grocery items, residents visit:
Target (5.4 miles NE)
Costco (6.3 miles N)
Sam’s Club (6.1 miles NE)
Walmart (5.9 miles SW)
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