Cat Mountain Real Estate
They’re the folks who live on the hill. And what a hill it is, or, rather, hills – these are the slopes and neighboring peaks of Mount Bonnell, the famous vantage point where people climb to gaze from 785 feet up on Lake Austin and the landmark 360 Bridge below in one direction, and the downtown skyline in the other.
The neighborhood is called Cat Mountain, in the northwest hills of Austin. Although it’s been a developed suburb for three decades, it retains a hint of untamed nature in the copious shade trees and wooded areas surrounding the homes, in the rock terraces, in the stunning views around practically every bend in the road, even in the native population of deer that residents often glimpse.
Most of the homes here date from the late ‘70s and ‘80s, with newer, mainly high-end housing into the mix. They sell from about $250,000 to over $1 million, with living space from 1500 to 5500 square feet. Styles range from terraced dwellings on the cliffs to ultra-modern showcases to more traditional homes. Whatever the style, the view’s the thing in Cat Mountain, and those fortunate enough to own a piece of this highly sought-after neighborhood enjoy fantastic panoramic vistas and memorable sunsets on a daily basis. It’s also a great neighborhood for entertaining – in addition to wanting to celebrate with you, everyone will enjoy the view from the top!
When it’s time to come down from the mountain (as everyone must eventually do), you’ll find yourself in the thick of things – downtown Austin is only 10 to 15 minutes away, and the Arboretum shopping center and countless other fine restaurants and shops are even closer. Austinites also love outdoor pursuits, and great hiking and bicycling opportunities are in Cat Mountain’s backyard. For enjoyable hikes or just a quiet stroll, Bright Leaf Park, a 200-acre-plus nature preserve operated by the Austin Community Foundation, is within walking distance. Boating enthusiasts can cast off at a boat ramp along the river a mere five-minute drive away.
The Cat Mountain Homeowners Association (CMHOA) serves the Cat Mountain Villas subdivision; for a low monthly membership fee, residents can enjoy the neighborhood clubhouse with swimming pool, tennis courts, basketball court, picnic area, and a playground. (For further information, visit their website at http://www.catmountainhoa.com/)
Cat Mountain’s older homes have typically been remodeled and updated, with many individualistic touches adding to the overall charm. Features one might usually encounter include decks (for better views, of course), covered patios, vaulted ceilings, gourmet kitchens, cedar closets, hot tubs and jetted bathtubs. For the higher-end, newer properties, add in unique, site-specific architecture, a large swimming pool, extensive and impressive landscaping, and even more spectacular panoramic vistas – your guests might not believe their eyes!
Cat Mountain’s households are served by the Austin Independent School District. Residents’ children attend Highland Park or Doss elementary schools, Lamar or Murchison middle schools, and Anderson or McCallum high schools. St. Theresa’s Catholic School, a private school with education from pre-kindergarten through middle school, is also right in the neighborhood.
What more needs to be said? When it comes to stylish Hill Country living, this neighborhood is in the catbird seat.
Schools Serving Cat Mountain
Public (depends on area of neighborhood):
Doss Elementary 512-414-2365 or
Highland Park Elementary 512-414-2090
Lamar Middle School 512-414-3217 or
Murchison Middle School 512-414-3254
Anderson High School 512-414-2538
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