Westlake Hills Austin Area
The hills West of Austin offer views of the Hill Country in one direction and the Austin skyline in the other, plus it is an easy ride to downtown or a short jaunt to the lakes. Combine all this with gracefully designed homes and tree-covered lots, rolling hills and city ordinances that keep down the clutter of signs and shadows of high-rises and you have one of the city's most prestigious addresses.
Of course, Westlake Hills is not really part of Austin proper since it has its own city government and award winning school distric, Eanes ISD, but its easy proximity to MoPac and Loop 360 make it a seamless part of the metro area. The Westlake Hills city limits begin a few blocks West of MoPac, so the apartment developments on the Western bank of MoPac and South of Bee Cave Road are in Austin city limits, but with their great views and their reliance on Westlake Hill businesses and cultural assets they are part of our Westlake Hills neighborhood.
Further to the West, many of the Westlake Hills apartments, duplexes and condos are subject to those city ordinances and that keeps them in scale with the rest of the area.
Bee Cave Road is the main artery through Westlake Hills and leads West to the lakes and East to Zilker Park. It is lined with shopping centers, a few large, but most generally small and well-designed with those mandatory inconspicuous signs. The businesses in the area also tend to be low key. Places like longtime favorite restaurants Las Palomas which serves interior Mexican food, or Bistro 88 with its eclectic pan-Asian menu. Then there is Wildwood Art Cafe, a wheat free restaurant that features the work of Oaxacan artists.
Westlake is also home to two of the best hardware stores you will ever visit, Cornerstone and Breed & Co., both on Bee Cave Road. More than just a place to find a hammer or a pot of paint, they both sell cookware, gifts, home furnishings, fine china and garden decor and are favorite Christmas shopping spots.
With its two faces, one facing the urban Austin, the other the outdoor Hill Country, Westlake residents have plenty of choices for outdoor activities. Zilker Park is just a short drive East down the hill, while on the Western edge of the community on Loop 360 Wild Basin Wilderness Area, a 277 acre natural pristine preserve (no dogs allowed), is open daily from dawn to dusk for self-guided nature trail tours and walks along its two and a half miles of trails. There is also an access point to the popular Barton Creek greenbelt on Loop 360 across from the Barton Creek Mall.
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