Westwood Real Estate
It just might be the best-kept secret in West Lake, and it's been hiding in plain sight for years.
Although Westwood is one of the more affordable neighborhoods in the West Lake area, this doesn’t mean buyers will have to cut corners – these older homes (many from the '70s and '80s) have been well maintained and in most cases, extensively remodeled and improved upon over the years. If you're looking to buy a home in a more established neighborhood, where your neighbors are likely to have planted deep roots, Westwood is definitely worth checking on.
Near where Bee Caves Road meets Westlake Drive, and not far from the independent municipality of Rollingwood, Westwood is composed of mainly older, single-family homes priced between $250,000 and $550,000. Interior living spaces range from 1500 to a vast 4500 square feet. Relaxed, low-key Westwood is centrally located only a few miles from downtown Austin, yet has a quiet, suburban vibe that makes it seem more removed than it actually is. Mature live oaks and other native trees (many over 40 feet tall) provide much shade and add character to the streets.
Many Westwood homes are single-story, and have a relaxed feel of casual luxury. The interiors have been considerably improved on to include amenities like gourmet kitchens with granite countertops and stainless appliances; baths redone in granite and travertine; hardwood floors in the living areas; and finished patios with Saltillo tile and lush landscaping. The rooms tend to have an open, sun-splashed feel, and while the outdoors is kept at bay, Westwood residents feel a daily connection with the nature that surrounds them.
Besides its convenience to downtown, living in Westwood puts you just minutes away from the many shops at Barton Square Mall. Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve, with its three miles of hiking trails through natural woodland, grassland and streamside habitats, is only a short drive away. Living in Westwood also puts you within easy driving distance of the University of Texas, Mount Bonnell, the Barton Creek Greenbelt, the Barton Creek Country Club, Zilker Park, Barton Springs, Lake Travis, and much more.
Residents’ children are fortunate enough to attend schools in the Eanes Independent School District, widely acclaimed as not only among the best in Austin, but the entire state of Texas. The schools include Eanes Elementary, Hill Country Middle School and Westlake High School.
In the end, it's not flooring or appliances that make a home. It's the air of welcome that surrounds you when you step inside your front door; it's the feeling of security and pleasure that comes with providing a safe haven for your family; it's the friendly wave to your neighbors when you stroll down your street, and their wave in return. When a place, a house, just feels like home, it's something you know in your heart.
If you're looking for an improved quality of life, factoring in affordability, proximity to downtown, and the space that a suburban locale provides, we think Westwood might be the answer for you. Your realtor would be delighted to show you around one of Austin's best-kept secrets.
Contact Joe, your Westwood area Realtors®, for more information about real estate in Westwood.