Arboretum Austin Area
Arboretum is the new Austin...located in Northwest Austin where some joke the atmosphere is more like Dallas than funky, laid back old Austin. It is an area of the city that offers abundant shopping at some of the top retail names in the country, easy access to the area's top high tech employers, a wealth of Austin restaurants and nightspots, and modern apartments and condos that offer top notch amenities. It is also a favorite location for corporate rentals for families relocating to Austin.
From the Arboretum area, it is a relatively short ride to the Highland Lakes, an easy commute to downtown (all things being relative, commutes in Austin are not as long as other Texas cities), particularly during non-rush hour times. There are abundant choices for grocery shopping, dry cleaners, gyms, drug stores, health facilities, all the everyday needs that are part of modern life.
Many of the Arboretum area apartment residents work at the high tech campuses and research facilities in the area. IBM has a large facility in the area and the University of Texas research campus is a busy hub of activity. Listen in to conversations in a local bar or restaurant and you are likely to hear high tech talk.
The area takes it name from the open-air campus-like shopping mall, The Arboretum, at the Southwest corner of Loop 360 (Capital of Texas Highway) and Hwy. 183 (Research Boulevard). Retailers include Banana Republic, Pottery Barn, a large Barnes and Noble, Restoration Hardware and Nine West among others. There are several restaurants in the center, including The Cheesecake Factory, part of a popular national chain.
Nearby shops also include Saks Fifth Avenue and a popular Crate and Barrel store. Clearly, this is a shopping paradise. But not all the businesses are national names. Some of Austin's most well-known businesses have Arboretum area branches that inject the Austin lifestyle into the modern neighborhood. Z-Tejas and Eddie V's Edgewater Grille have opened restaurants on the Southern edge of the Arboretum, while Manuel's, well-known for its interior Mexican food downtown, has a branch on Jollyville Road.
Austin's homegrown favorite, Amy's Ice Cream has a store in the Arboretum. Whole Foods, has a popular grocery in Gateway Plaza, and one of the city's top restaurant developers, Reed Clemons operates Reed's Supper Club in the same center, a sophisticated jazz club where martinis and cool music reign.
Nearby Great Hills Golf Club offers top notch courses for members and there is a quiet, natural retreat at Bull Creek District Park on Loop 360, South of the Arboretum. The park has hike and bike trails, volleyball courts, picnic facilities and a leash free dog area.
The general vibe of the Arboretum area is young, hip and lively with restaurants, nightspots and gyms filled to capacity and as it evolves, more and more homegrown Austin businesses are being added to the area.
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