Welcome to Central West Austin
A lively and stylish suburban area with close proximity to downtown Austin
Resplendent with a number of gorgeous neighborhoods sure to suit any tastes, Central West Austin is a haven of suburban living made complete by its easy access to downtown Austin. Northwest Hills, known for its hilly terrain, large homesites, and stunning vistas, boasts striking homes in the Tucson, colonial, and ranch architectural style. It shares a peaceful yet well-connected residential atmosphere with other communities such as Allendale, which is located near several upscale shopping centers.
If spacious homes are preferred, then Highland Park will appeal, as it has some of the largest homes in West Austin, as well as a 216-acre nature preserve. On the other hand, the Brentwood/Crestview area offers a wealth of diversity regarding architecture and homes — attractive cottage style, contemporary remodeled, and rebuilds. Similarly, Rosedale is home to a top restaurant, bar, and cafe scene, in addition to quiet, residential streets that run the gamut from the early 1900s remodeled homes to a newer, Meuller-like community full of townhouses, family homes, and condos in a mixed-use residential area called The Grove.
Taking a look back throughout Austin’s history, Hyde Park is renowned for being the city’s first-ever suburb. Just north of the University of Texas’ campus, this Landmark Historic designated area hosts its own charming city center complete with cafes and restaurants and is home to both a casual lifestyle and handsome craftsman architectural styles. Another old neighborhood is Tarrytown, known for its bungalows, remodeled and expanded homes, and completely new construction, as well as its luxury lifestyle and affluent atmosphere. The Barton Hills/Zilker area abounds with remarkable vistas, mature trees, and a wide array of homes sure to satisfy any preference — especially as it’s located within one of Austin’s most popular zip codes and has walkable access to Austin’s premier park, Zilker Park.
Unlike Hyde Park, Travis Heights might be old, but it has transformed and expanded over the years to include a variety of homes and architectural styles. With its walkable streets and close proximity to the lively and bustling South Congress (SoCo), which is full of restaurants, bars, hotels, entertainment, and more, Travis Heights is an ideal and iconic Austin destination. Bouldin, though, shares transformity and growth with Travis Heights. A mix of bungalows dating back to the 1930s, Victorian styles, and old churches, Bouldin lays claim to the laid-back, chill vibe of Austin while also branching out with acclaimed, newer establishments and proximity to downtown, the Long Center, and the Auditorium Shores.
Though Austin was founded well before the Great Depression, it wasn’t until the mid-early 1900s that its technology-forward industries and laid-back, unique ambiance became widely known and sought after. Today, young professionals, students, and families alike are eager to call Central West Austin home, captivated by its combination of classic and modern architecture and powerful neighborly atmosphere.
What to Love
- Landscaped streets intermingled with authentic, gorgeously rugged natural spaces
- The “Violet Crown” sunset unique to Austin’s dazzling landscapes
- Neighborhoods with their own reputation for excellent eateries, entertainment, cafes, and more
People and Lifestyle
Central West Austin thrums with a natural beauty propped up by a charming-yet-lively ambiance befitting young professionals, families, and commuting students alike. Boasting the , Austin is the most educated city in Texas, with a significant portion of those inhabitants residing in Central West Austin. Homes throughout the Central West suburbs range from $600K for fixer-upper and smaller homes and around $3.5M for larger, more luxury homes. With a majority of its residents holding jobs in technology, education, healthcare, and other sectors, Central West Austin invites a perfect blend of elegance and Austin-famous casual quirkiness throughout its lifestyle.
Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment
Central West Austin is a lot of things — residentially beautiful, connected, lush with mature trees — but beyond even that, it’s either home to or close to some of the best restaurants, shopping centers, and entertainment options throughout the nation.
Stroll through in the pleasantly dry summer heat, stopping at any number of unique boutiques and eateries. Or, enclose yourself in a modern, renovated oasis of shopping at , which has popular, world-famous brands like Banana Republic and local shops, a movie theater, and restaurants.
Sink your teeth into a Rosedale burger at , being sure to complement the experience — and the Austin heat! — with a sweet ice cream cone from one of the hundreds of flavors in rotation at . Of course, no Austin excursion is complete without sampling some of Texas’ famous barbecue, so stop by in the Hyde Park area for a perfectly grilled, deliciously tender meal.
Things to Do
As with Central West Austin’s great wealth of eateries and shopping opportunities, the entertainment and activity of this oft-eccentric, always-charming city never ends.
Known nationwide as a sanctuary of live music, there’s always an exhilarating performance in the area. Secure tickets to the ever-popular music festival, held in Zilker Park and hosting world-famous musicians, singers, and talents such as Megan Thee Stallion, Billie Eilish, and Stevie Nicks. Or, dip your toes into the film and entertainment scene thriving throughout Austin by making the short trip over to the Austin Convention Center to attend , a non-stop fun and thrilling event.
In the mild winter of Austin, be sure to make time for a visit to the, a towering and extravagant man-made tree of colorful lights that’s become something of a local tradition to visit. Other must-see attractions and activities include the unique and the luxurious .
Central West Austin is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- University of Texas
- Travis Heights Elementary
- Liberal Arts and Science Academy High School