- Current Prices:$499,000 to $7,450,000
- Closed Prices:$159,500 to $12,300,000
- Median Sale Price:$879,000
- Average $ per sq ft:$369
- Association Fee Ranges:$300 to $1350/quarter,$120 to $487/mo,$0 to $2700,$0
- Type:Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single Family Home
- Age:1908 to 2018
- Sq. Ft.:567 to 13,673Sq. Ft.
- Bedrooms:1 to 7Bedrooms
- Bathrooms:1 to 10Bathrooms
- Lot Sizes:0 - 3 acres
Balcones offers a variety of home designs to fit any buyer. Most common in this neighborhood are single-family homes, which usually have annual homeowner association fees ranging from $20 to $2,700, and taxes for the year range from as low as $7,000 to as high as $151,751. There are also a variety of attached homes. Those usually have monthly homeowner association fees ranging from $20 to $2,700. Property taxes for the year range from as low as $2,957 to as high as $10,354.
Where to Live
Most of the homes in this area are newer, constructed in the 1980s or sooner. Many spacious homes with 3 or more bedrooms were built in the areas directly around Spicewood Springs Road. Some buyers have found excellent deals on single-family homes in this area because its location is far from the city center. The most affordable options in this area are near Steck Avenue, and the few young people who live in this neighborhood tend to populate that region's duplexes as well as its low- and mid-rise condominium complexes.
Where to Eat
Because it is largely residential, Balcones Hills is not particularly well-known for having a distinct culinary scene. However, you can still find plenty of options if you are looking for a meal, whether for a special occasion or casual dining. Sit-down options include Mexican and Chinese cuisine. Two grocery stores, one specializing in high-end and organic items, also make dining in a breeze.
What You'll See
Families make up the bulk of the population, and many empty-nesters stick around after their children have grown up and gone off to college. Because of its distance and limited public transportation, you are unlikely to find students here. You will, however, see parents with children in tow during the day, and much more activity after rush hour. Cyclists are rare, as the area is hilly, but you will see some joggers enjoying the challenging yet scenic outdoor terrain.
Friday Night Fun
Friday nights in Balcones Hills are relatively laid-back, as there is not a lot of demand for nightlife. Several of the local restaurants stay open late, for those who like to begin the evening by dining out. You can also find two premium liquor stores off of Mesa Drive if you prefer to host your own party. If you do want more options for excitement, head West towards North Loop or South on Mopac to one of the Central Austin neighborhoods and enjoy the unlimited options - a mere ten minutes away.
The Perfect Sunday
Balcones Hills offers several options for a relaxing Sunday. The area's small size makes it very walkable, and nature trails are scattered throughout. For an unusual and exciting weekend activity, the horse stables on Spicewood Springs Road offer classes and weekend rides for a reasonable price. The centrally located Wooten Park is also available, while those seeking more spacious outdoor fun can take a quick trip East to Mt. Bonnell.
Peace and quiet • Not congested • Modern homes • Excellent school options.
Locals Don't Love
Rising property taxes • Necessity of having a car • Limited public transportation options • Crowded major streets.
Disclaimer: School attendance zone boundaries are supplied by Maponics and are subject to change. Check with the applicable school district prior to making a decision based on these boundaries.