Welcome to Westlake
Serene enclave containing palatial hillside homes, suburban amenities, and a pervasive sense of elegance
Dazzling lakes, gently sloping hills, and quiet residential streets lined with mature trees set the stage for Westlake’s private and peaceful lifestyle, an independent suburb of Austin also referred to as West Lake Hills. While the neighborhood feels worlds away from the hustle of the highly urban city, Westlake is a mere 15 minutes from Downtown Austin, and residents consequently have the perks of seclusion in tandem with all the amenities of city living.
Despite being surrounded by the city of Austin, Westlake has maintained its distinctive style when it comes to residential housing. Most notably, the neighborhood is lauded for its magnificent estates nestled into the Texas Hill Country—some of the city’s highest terrain. Multimillion-dollar mansions with private entrances and winding driveways, luxurious contemporary masterpieces decked out with the latest amenities, and smaller single-family homes ideal for customizing are all available in this welcoming neighborhood.
What to Love
- Exemplary schools, including the EISD / Eanes Independent School District
- Secluded feel without actual seclusion from desirable amenities
- Grand estates and unbeatable vistas from the hilltops
Westlake’s privacy and incredible school district—which is the only city entirely contained within the number one school district in the nation, EISD—both enhance the neighborhood’s notoriety as a family-centered haven. Residents are fully invested in their community, and when it comes to football, it’s a top-priority, neighborhood-wide affair.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
From cozy fashion boutiques to local cafés and international cuisine, Westlake is the ideal mix of exquisite and casual. Jewelry, clothing, home décor, and gifts are among just a few of the items available in droves around the area of Westlake. Known for their quirky apparel and trendsetting styles, the Beehive Boutique is a one-of-a-kind shop for locals who want to stand out from the crowd.
Craving a culinary adventure? Treat your tastebuds to the sumptuous flavors of Sway, a modern Thai restaurant whose award-winning, colorful cuisine caters to the bold. A low-key ambiance and a family-friendly personality add to the appeal of Las Palomas Restaurant, and here you’ll find upscale, Interior Mexican fare that’s served in a chic venue and accompanied by live music performances.
Known as the favorite among locals, Texas Honey Ham Company is a counter-service deli renowned for its delicious ham, delightful sandwiches, and classic breakfast tacos. Feel-good food is the pillar of this little treasure, which also offers catering services for your special events.
Things to Do
Small-town charm, remarkable natural vistas, and elegant recreation all find a unique harmony in Westlake, coming together to create a magical atmosphere with diverse options for entertainment. Like much of Texas, Westlake takes the game of football seriously, and on Friday nights, the town comes together to watch its award-winning football team, the Westlake Chaparrals, which was the inspiration for the Friday Night Lights television series.
Exploring nature is a must in Westlake, and the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve is abundant in opportunities to experience the spectacular lushness of its 227 acres. The Pennybacker Bridge stretching out over Lake Austin is locally known as 360 Bridge, thanks to the sweeping views it offers of Downtown and Austin’s rolling hills.
For a slightly more refined encounter with nature, there’s the Barton Creek Resort and Country Club. Touted for its elite amenities, the club features four award-winning golf courses, a top-tier fitness facility, tennis courts, and a packed calendar of social events. The resort itself houses an astonishing spa center, and those in need of a retreat can unwind with the multitude of treatments and services available.
Westlake is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
Eanes Independent School District, number one ranked school district in all of Texas, serving grades PK-12
Eanes Elementary School, PK-5, highly-rated public elementary school
St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, 6-12, highly-rated private boarding school