Around Southwest Austin
Where to Live
The majority of Southwest Austin is suburban and residential. There are several major retail hubs along the MoPac which have subdivisions and some condo complexes very close by, putting shopping and entertainment virtually at homeowners’ doorsteps.
Home prices within Southwest Austin tend to be lower in the center of the area than the north or south sections, however, prices can be considered average for Austin as a whole. Prices in the north and south range a bit higher, driven in part by a few luxury subdivisions where asking prices exceed $1 million.
Where to Eat
The retail hubs along MoPac are home to most of the national restaurant chains. In the northern half of the area, quite a few independent eateries can be found along Highway 290. Cuisines represented are typical of Texas—Mexican, Tex-Mex, Texas Barbecue and Southwestern—but Italian, Asian and pizza places can be found here as well. Some trendier eateries have popped up along Slaughter Lane in the central section of Southwest Austin.
What You'll See
You’ll see a lot of wooded suburban subdivisions. There are still some pockets of undeveloped land dotted around the area and there are also several large parks, greenbelts, and nature preserves, which create a bucolic feel to Southwest Austin that the denser urban areas of the city don’t have. You’ll also see the most activity in and around the shopping plazas along MoPac.
Friday Night Fun
Nightlife in Southwest Austin is concentrated along Slaughter Lane near its intersection with MoPac. The popular North By Northwest Brewing Company has a location there across from the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. The brewpub serves up a wide range of seasonal brews as well as its mainstays and an impressive food menu. The cinema serves food and drinks during first-run and classic movies.
The Perfect Sunday
Sunday is a great day to get out and enjoy Southwest Austin’s natural splendor. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon outdoors, but it also hosts a number of special events throughout the year including holiday festivities, performances, and art installations. Many of the smaller parks and greenbelts have casual hiking trails perfect for a Sunday stroll. One of the most popular Austin attractions in the warmer months, Sculpture Falls, is along the Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail on the northern edge of the area. Visitors cool off in its shallow waters and enjoy the scenic views.
Most of Southwest Austin is great for casual walking and bicycling, but it’s not considered “walkable.” Residents here rely on their cars for transportation needs. One bus line runs along Escarpment Boulevard, providing express service to and from downtown Austin on weekdays.
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.