Highland Hills Real Estate

Highland Hills Homes for Sale

Tucked into a corner of north central Austin just west of Loop 1 (MoPac), a few blocks north of Camp Mabry, lies Highland Hills. Per its name, this popular neighborhood is indeed quite hilly and elevated, giving the residents attractive, sometimes stunning, views of the surrounding area.

One of the biggest selling points of Highland Hills is that while you still get the roominess and relaxed feel of the suburbs, with a yard of your own, quiet, winding streets and lots of mature shade trees, it’s hard to live any closer to downtown Austin without actually living downtown! (Depending on traffic, you can get to either the heart of the business district, or to the Arboretum shopping center in Great Hills, in five to 15 minutes.) Highland Hills is one of Austin’s older, more established neighborhoods, with many single-family homes built in the 1950s through ‘70s. There are also newer homes, along with townhomes, duplexes and developments such as the Dry Creek and Valleyside Place condominiums.

Within minutes, Highland Hills residents can drive to a multitude of outstanding, lively shops and restaurants along Far West Boulevard, Spicewood Springs Road and Burnet Road, including the Northcross Mall at the corner of Burnet and West Anderson Lane. To the west, Lake Austin is only minutes away, and Lake Travis, with its wealth of recreational activities, is only a bit farther on.

Highland Hills is also very convenient to area churches, the Dell Jewish Community Center (just five minutes away), the University of Texas campus, many medical buildings and hospitals.

Homes sell for $250,000 to $750,000, with from 1500 to 4500 feet of living space (even older homes in Highland Hills are on the spacious side, as they were considered quite large when they were built). Property values in recent years have increased in Highland Hills as they have in Austin as a whole, which has spurred many remodels and additions to the homes here, particularly the older ones. One such makeover to a home on Highland Hills Drive (http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/greengarden/award_highland.htm) proved an award-winner: in keeping with a popular local trend of reducing the use of grass on lawns, the homeowners replaced their traditional lawn with native flowers and groundcovers, adding various rock formations for contrast. End result: A gorgeous, low-maintenance organic garden. Many residents take equal pride in expressing their individuality through their homes and gardens – this is, after all, Austin, where such creativity and respect for the natural environment is prized.

Higher-end properties in Highland Hills often boast such desirable features as large yards (front and back) with sprinkler systems, swimming pools, hardwood floors, gourmet kitchens with premium materials such as granite and limestone, pre-wiring for cable and high-speed internet, and much more. Home styles vary widely, and you’ll likely find something that closely matches both your taste and budget.

Depending on their address, children of Highland Hills residents attend either Highland Park Elementary, Lamar Middle School (a Blue Ribbon school) and McCallum High School in the Austin Independent School District, or Laura W. Bush Elementary, Canyon Ridge Middle School and Cedar Park High School in the Leander ISD.


Austin ISD


Leander ISD


Highland Park El


Laura W. Bush El


Lamar Middle School


Canyon Ridge Middle


McCallum High School


Cedar Park High


Links of Interest

City of Austin Utility Services 

City of Austin homepage

Austin Community Foundation

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Sierra Club

Capital Area Master Naturalists

Highland Park West Balcones Area Neighborhood Association

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Contact Joe, your Highland Hills area Realtors®, for more information about real estate in Highland Hills.