- December 3, 2020

Your Guide to Living in the WestLake Area of Austin Texas – From Restaurants, Shopping, Real Estate, Schools and More!

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Westlake, located about 10 miles northwest of downtown, is a beautiful neighborhood for outdoor recreation, shopping, and fine and casual dining. For those residents that love to hike and explore outdoor, this is the perfect neighborhood. Some of the city’s most top rated schools are in Westlake, so families with children are often seeking to move to this part of town. 

Here’s everything you need to know about living in Westlake:

Restaurants:

We’re all about a good margarita and delicious Mexican cuisine at Austin.com. Las Palomas Restaurant & Bar its a family-owned and operated Mexican restaurant featuring interior dishes, with tons of vegetarian options. Lupe Tortilla Mexican Restaurant is another favorite with unique dishes like grilled salmon, biscuits and gravy for brunch, and strong margaritas. 

Photo courtesy of @laspalomasatx

For the quaintest bistro, check out Blue Dahlia Bistro. They have a gorgeous patio that deserves a long, drawn out brunch with friends. We love their quiche, blueberry crepes, and roast beef sandwich. For casual brunch and breakfast that are always Austin favorites, Taco Deli and Kerbey Lane both have locations in Westlake. 

For the best Margherita pizza, head to Marye’s Gourmet Pizza.  All the ingredients used on their pizzas are fresh, organic, and locally sourced. Wash your pizza down with a pint of craft beer and a scoop of their blueberry goat milk ice cream. 

If you’re looking for a good date night spot, Sway offers modern Thai dishes, a full bar with specialty cocktails, and a covered rooftop bar with stunning views of downtown Austin. The Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen in Westlake is the perfect place to find whatever type of food you’re in the mood for. Their extensive menu offers everything from pasta dishes, to salads, to pizza. They also have a great wine list to pair with any of their dishes. 

Photo courtesy of @swaythai

Coffee Shops:

Get your coffee fix all around Westlake neighborhood! Check out Lola Savannah Coffee Lounge and Trianon Coffee. Both coffee shops not only have delicious coffee, but also offer pastries, baked goods, and a quiet spot to sit and work. 

Photo courtesy of @trianoncoffee

Shopping:

There are so many great high-end shopping spots in Westlake! For outdoor malls to get everything in one stop, take a trip to Village at Westlake and West Woods Shopping Center.

If you’re in search of a cute gift at a local boutique or store, head to The Tree House or Sikara & Co. For women’s clothing, Beehive and Sanctuary are our favorite. And for all things Texas, Westlake has a TYLER’S.

Photo courtesy of @treehouseatx

Trails, Parks, and Green Spaces:

Violet Crown Trail begins at Zilker Park and follows the Greenbelt along towards Westlake. Dogs and bicyclists are welcome on the trail, but some spots are uneven and rocky.

Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve is a 227-acre habitat just west of Westlake. This Texas Hill Country preserve was founded in 1974 and features about two and a half miles of gorgeous hiking trails. Wild Basin also provides a habitat for the endangered Golden-cheeked warbler as well as other animals and wildlife.

Photo courtesy of @wildbasin

Housing Market:

According to Redfin, the average price of a home in Westlake is $2.3 million, making it one of Austin’s most exclusive neighborhoods. Homes in the neighborhood are large and sit on quite a bit of land, sometimes even a golf course. The area is sort of secluded from the rest of Austin because of the Colorado River that divides it. Because it’s just six miles from downtown, it’s a desirable place to live.

The most desirable aspect of Westlake is the area’s schools. This neighborhood is the only suburb of Austin located entirely within Eanes Independent School District. This coveted district is home to six elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school, Westlake High School. The high school is known for their academics and churning out professional athletes of all sports.

Photo courtesy of Realtor.com

Austin.com Favorites:

If you’re on the hunt for a beauty salon, check out Vixen Esthetics ATX. From eyebrow microblading to spray tans to skincare, owner Jackie provides the highest quality treatment and makes you feel very comfortable.

We’re also big fans of The Wayback Austin. This cafe and boutique hotel features eight vintage cottages tucked in three acres under giant Live Oak trees. The cafe serves farm-to-table meals, crafted cocktails, and more. In the morning, swing through the cafe to grab coffee and breakfast on-the-go. There’s also a saltwater pool, fire pit, and cabana to relax at.

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