West Austin is defined by a bucolic natural landscape with rolling hills, Hill Country views and Austin’s two main lakes: Lake Austin and Lake Travis. The terrain in West Austin is rocky, with limestone, sandstone and granite veins throughout. Scenic drives, an abundance of lake activities and golf courses and endless trails to hike make Austin’s west side popular. Residents in West Austin’s vibrant communities enjoy a very active lifestyle with much to see and do outdoors, including golfing, hiking, boating and cycling. Lake Travis and Lake Austin are man-made reservoirs formed by dams on the Colorado River. Lake Travis offers an active and attractive lifestyle based around outdoor activities such as boating, rowing, and biking. Lake Austin is a constant-level lake and is known for prime real estate—if you’ve got property here, you’ve made it! West Austin and Lake Travis communities typically have a variety of housing prices and styles, and are served by two excellent independent school systems: Leander ISD and Lake Travis ISD.
The West Austin area offers an idyllic suburban lifestyle within easy reach of all of Downtown Austin’s urban amenities. Residents enjoy access to a huge variety of outdoor recreation and plenty of shopping and dining options.
This area of Austin boasts a broad array of dining and shopping options, and you’ll always find plenty to do while you’re here. Barton Creek Square is one of Austin’s top retail destinations with over 180 businesses anchored by Dillard’s, JCPenney, Macy’s, and Nordstrom department stores. Other retailers here include Aeropostale, Banana Republic, Chico’s, Coach, Express, Forever 21, Francesca’s, J. Jill, J. Crew, LEGO, Loft, lululemon athletica, Michael Kors, Old Navy, Sephora, and Talbots. The Village at Westlake is a smaller shopping center with dozens of retailers, restaurants, and services in the heart of Westlake. For upscale shopping, Hill Country Galleria is home to an eclectic collection of retailers, services, and eateries. Dining highlights here include authentic Japanese fare at Izumi Sushi, classic Texan comfort food at Kerbey Lane Cafe, and flavorful Mediterranean cuisine at Zoës Kitchen. Westlake’s Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen pairs thin-crust pizzas and New American plates with an extensive wine list in a stylish setting with an outdoor patio. Nearby County Line is one of the best local spots to sample delicious Texas-style BBQ. Other restaurants clustered along Bee Cave Road include relaxed counter-serve spot Texas Honey Ham Company for delicious signature ham sandwiches and Marye’s Gourmet Pizza for inventive organic pizzas and craft beer. Siena is a beloved traditional Italian restaurant that is serving up Tuscan cuisine, and Hudson’s on the Bend is a fine dining destination that makes any day feel like a special occasion. The Oasis Restaurant on Lake Travis is a dining experience that touts breathtaking waterfront views and a menu that’s just as enticing.
Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa spans 4,000 acres and features an incredible array of first-class amenities. This upscale resort has four golf courses, including two Tom Fazio-designed courses that rank among Texas’s finest. Ranked #1 in Golf.com’s countdown of the best tour venues you can play in Texas, the spectacular Fazio Canyons Course includes scenic views over the Short Springs Branch limestone bed creek. The challenging Fazio Foothills Course was ranked #3 in Texas by Golf Digest. Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa also features the enchantingly natural Coore & Crenshaw Golf Course and the Palmer Lakeside Course with panoramic views over Lake Travis. Other amenities here include a cutting-edge fitness center, tennis courts, exceptional spa and massage facilities, and seven fine dining spaces. Austin Country Club was established in 1899. Members of this prestigious private club enjoy access to a challenging Pete Dye-designed golf course on the picturesque south bank of the Colorado River. Since 2016, this world-class golf course has hosted the World Golf Championships Match Play tournament. One of four annual WGC tournaments, this premier event’s past winners include Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. Lost Creek Country Club has a gorgeous championship golf course overlooking Barton Creek as well as a state-of-the-art learning center to help members improve their game. Other amenities include tennis courts with a junior tennis academy, a heated 25-meter lap pool and a recreational pool with a climbing wall, and a 7,500-square-foot fitness center. Westlake and Barton Creek also offer residents access to miles of hiking and biking trails through the beautiful Texas Hill Country as well as boating and other water-based recreation on the waters of Barton Creek, Lake Austin, and the Colorado River. The University of Texas Golf Club is a private club with an exclusive member roster, and playing here is a privilege afforded to only an elite few, and River Place Country Club boasts spectacular views alongside a par 71 Tom Kite and Roy Bechtol Signature course. In Lake Travis, there are five esteemed golf courses, including The Hills Country Club. Falconhead Golf Club is the area’s only public golf course, and it sports a challenging course that is still accessible to players of all skill levels.
If you’re craving a relaxing getaway without straying far from home, consider a staycation at Lake Travis Resort and Conference Center.
Westlake is served by the top-rated Eanes Independent School District.
Lake Travis is served by the top-rated Lake Travis Independent School District
Four Points is served by the top-rated Leander Independent School District
Lake Travis is served by the Lake Travis Independent School District.