Located only minutes from downtown Austin along the shores of Lake Austin, the Village of West Lake is a city within a city. The local Chamber of Commerce has done it’s best to protect the rural feel of the community while preserving the natural beauty of the dramatic landscapes. Homes nestle along the shores of Lake Austin while others perch atop the hills overlooking Barton Creek Greenbelt. This area easily vies for the wealthiest in both personal income as well as natural beauty, making it one of the most sought after addresses in the city. West Lake Hills sits entirely within the 78746 zip code and is bounded by Lake Austin to the north and east, Capitol of Texas Highway to the west, and Bee Caves Road to Barton Creek Mall to the south.
Homes for Sale in West Lake Hills
West Lake Hills History
The Village of West Lake (now the City of West Lake) was founded in 1953 as a sleepy community comprised about 4 square miles of area and now has over 1,000 homes, 200 businesses and a top rated school system that families find irresistible. Home lots were necessarily large or about ½ acre because septic systems were necessary. Until recently, this was still the case, but sewer lines have been installed in most areas and septics are rarely used today. The large yards, winding streets, natural beauty and quality schools still create a magnetic appeal to the area.
Homes in West Lake Hills
This pastoral neighborhood with its short commute to downtown and exemplary school district doesn’t come without a hefty price tag. The average selling price for condos and homes in 2009 was $800,000 for a home with approximately 3,300 square feet of living space. Prices ranged from $150,000 for a one bedroom condo to over $5.5M for a villa with incredible city views. And if you’re thinking of building, regular lots start at $200K and ½ acre view lots will cost upwards of $500K.
West Lake Hills Austin Attractions
While the Lake Austin, the Barton Creek Greenbelt, Mount Bonnell and other natural features should be enough to draw you to West Lake, it’s really all about the schools! The highly acclaimed Eanes School District is one of the best in Austin and possibly all of Central Texas. Yes, education is huge in West Lake! Almost all the elementary schools are rated exemplary and Recognized Westlake High is rated by Newsweek Magazine as the 97th best high school in the country in 2007. Not only does it excel in scholastics, the athletic program is highly competitive and their tennis, swimming, volleyball, and golf teams are frequently state champions!