Great Hills Real Estate
So what’s so great about Great Hills? Well, for starters, it’s all about location: in the heart of northwest Austin, close to Highway 183 (Research Blvd.), Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360) and MoPac (Loop 1), Great Hills is convenient to everything; at the same time, it’s become a destination in its own right. Far from being “way out in the boondocks,” as it was generally considered 20 years ago, Great Hills and the Golden Triangle (or, as the Statesman newspaper once termed it, the “specific Northwest”) is well populated by bustling shops, restaurants, office parks and housing developments of recent vintage. If Austin is spreading its wings and moving out of the central city, this is where it’s going.
Its convenience to downtown Austin, along with its proximity to some of Austin’s largest employers, such as Dell, IBM, Freescale and many more, have contributed to the Great Hills area’s remarkable growth over the past two decades. The shopping alone is a draw: for one thing, Great Hills is the home of the Arboretum, which in Austin is synonymous with “upscale shopping mall.” The center attracts people from throughout the metropolitan area to its sophisticated precincts. Then there’s the popular Gateway Shopping Center, featuring Whole Foods Market, The Container Store, REI, Crate and Barrel, and the Regal Gateway multiplex. Ten minutes farther north is the large Lakeline Mall complex, featuring Macy’s, Dillard’s, JCPenney and Sears, along with another multiplex and all manner of smaller shops and eateries.
One of the newest malls nearby is The Shops at Arbor Walk (nearing completion later this year), at the southeast corner of MoPac and Braker Lane, near Great Hills Trail; here you can find Home Depot, Marshalls, DSW Shoe Warehouse and others. And if you’re looking for still more shopping opportunities, the 125 stores of Round Rock Premium Outlets are just 15 to 20 minutes away.
Lest we give you the impression that Great Hills is nothing more than one big mall, did we mention that it’s also a great place to raise a family? Even with all the growth in the area, the residential neighborhoods retain a calm, quiet air, with mature trees shading elegant, large homes of various ages and styles. (There are many subdivisions in the area, such as Oak Knoll Estates, The Arbors at Great Hills, Sierra Vista and so on.)
Homes in Great Hills range from under $200,000 to $750,000, with from 1500 to 5000 square feet of living space. The higher-end properties are often custom homes with beautiful, desired features such as oversized rooms, premium construction materials, open floor plans, vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, gourmet kitchens, and high vaulted ceilings with beams. Outdoors you’ll often find pools, decks, and top-end landscaping. Some of the properties back up to a greenbelt or the golf course.
Recreational opportunities abound here. The Great Hills Golf Club is an 18-hole, par-71 private course, centrally located and, per its name, quite hilly and often challenging! The course is owned and operated by the Great Hills Country Club, which also maintains a Junior Olympic outdoor pool and four tennis courts on the premises.
Any resident can enjoy Great Hills Park (http://www.greathillspark.org/), which sprawls over nearly 60 acres in the Bull Creek Watershed. The park hosts regular moms’ playgroups, an Easter Egg hunt, a Fourth of July parade, National Night Out (August 1st) and a Halloween parade. The park features 1.1 miles of hiking trails (built and maintained entirely by volunteers), along with playscapes and picnic tables; it’s an ideal, and popular, place for a neighborhood family outing. If you feel like venturing a bit farther out for weekend fun, it doesn’t take any longer to get to Lake Travis than it does to commute to downtown Austin, and the delights of the rural Hill Country are only a bit farther away.
Two independent public school districts serve Great Hills. Some families send their children to the Austin ISD, with schools feeding into the outstanding Anderson High School, while others belong to the Round Rock ISD, which has an equally good reputation for quality academics. The private Great Hills Christian School, which serves pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, is also in the neighborhood.
Great Hills is served by the Austin Great Hills Homeowners Association.
Who says you can’t have it all? In Great Hills, you can.
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