Prescient developers, who predicted that fast-growing Austin would soon expand to the northwest, gradually snapped up the more than 2,500 acres in the hilly terrain that would eventually become Northwest Hills. With breathtaking panoramas and easy access to Mopac and 360, two of the city’s main thoroughfares, it has become a densely populated residential refuge.
The dozen of subdivisions tucked into the limestone mesas and glens between Mopac and Lake Austin sprang up between the fifties and the eighties, solidifying this neighborhood as a commuter’s paradise.
Zip Code: 78731
MLS Area: 1A
School District: Austin ISD
Most homes built between: 1980 and 1989
Average Household Income: $134,203
Time to Downtown: 14 minutes
Time to Airport: 29 minutes
One of Austin’s must-see natural landmarks is Mount Bonnell, a 775-foot-high outcrop that looms above Lake Austin. Though it requires a little effort to scale (there are both steps and a sloped trail), the jaw-dropping views are worth it, particularly if you time your visit to watch one of the sherbet-hued Texas sunsets.