About Westlake, TX

West Lake Hills

Westlake is the perfect place for a family in the Austin area to buy a home. Due to stringent bylaws limiting advertising signage, business districts have maintained an understated appearance. Homes here have been built over the last 50 years, and range considerably in style and size, giving this community a lot of personality. Newer, custom-built homes here are large and very luxurious. Many homes boast beautiful city, lake, and hill country views.

Due to the indirect access to major arteries, through traffic is limited to either end of the primary north/south route. While this may be inconvenient at times, it vastly reduces traffic flow through the community. Nestled along the West Lake Hills corridor, pockets of smaller gated communities of custom, luxury homes have sprung up. Predominantly private residences line the shore of Lake Austin.

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The land in this area was primarily sold as acreage to individual homeowners, and so many of the lots are still large, heavily wooded and teeming with wildlife. Most homes sit back from narrow, winding streets on rolling, juniper covered hills affording residents a heightened sense of privacy.

Westlake homes and the surrounding areas within the Eanes Independent School District are part of Austin’s illustrious western suburb. For those not residing at water's edge, lake access can be gained at one of the nearby public boat ramps or for members of the private Austin Country Club, via the marina. Near Austin Country Club is the community of Davenport Ranch. Growth in this neighborhood began in the early 1980's and continues today with the building of large, stately custom homes on the hill ridgelines.

The family friendly, 220-acre Wild Basin Preserve on the western edge of the West Lake Hills area offers gentle hiking trails and children's nature programs. This comfortable, upscale area draws executives, professionals and their families. The children in this area predominantly attend schools in the Eanes Independent School District.

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What are some of the outdoor amenities you can find in Westlake? 

Westlake is surrounded by natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country, just west of Austin. It is within minutes of the greenbelt, the lake, several creeks, and hiking trails. Since much of the land around West Lake is undeveloped, residents have easy access to some of the best spots in Central Texas.

o   Golf courses: You can find several golf courses in and around Westlake including: Lions Municipal Golf Course and the Westwood Country Club.

o   Lake/river access: If you’re looking for some fun in the sun, these lake/river access points are minutes away from Westlake: Eanes Creek, Lake Austin, Barton Springs, Barton Creek Greenbelt (many access points), and Red Bud Isle.

o   Dog Parks: While there are many dog parks throughout Austin, the closest ones to Westlake are: West Austin Park & Wading Pool, Red Bud Dog Park.

o   Disc Golf Courses: Disc golfing is extremely popular in Austin, try it out at the Roy G. Guerrero course, located not too far from Westlake.

What are some popular places to go eat in Westlake?

o   One well-liked place is The Grove on Bee Caves Road, serving gourmet pasta, pizza, Panini’s, soups and salads, people say this is the perfect place for a date night.

o   WhaTaTaco located in Westlake serves up tacos both traditional style and inventive. Patrons say their high quality, delicious tacos and salsa are amazing.

oIf you’re looking for sushi or Asian contemporary fare, check out Jino’s Sushi and Bistro. Customers tell tales of their large sushi rolls and great selection of fresh fish.

Where are some popular places to go work out?

o   Westlake offers many gyms, as well as running trails. Pure Barre Austin offers classes that utilize the ballet barre to perform small isometric movements targeting many women’s “trouble areas”. Sherpa Fitness offers everything from sport specific services to boot camp, as well as a kids champ camp! If yoga is more your style there are tons of yoga studios to choose from including Yoga Vida, Black Swan Yoga, and Yoga Yoga Westgate!

How long is the commute to downtown?

o   One of the best things about living in Westlake is the incredibly short commute to downtown. Depending on where you live in Westlake, it can take anywhere from 5 – 10 minutes, even in traffic. If you take Bee Caves road down to 5th you are guaranteed a quick route to any job, meeting, or social event. 

Is there an airport nearby?

o   Yes, the Austin Bergstrom International Airport is about 30 minutes from Westlake and carries most major airlines.

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