Today I’d like to introduce you to Highland Park West, a wonderful little neighborhood in Central Austin, Texas. The neighborhood is bordered to the west of Mopac, south of 22-22, north of Perry Lane, and east of the Bright Leaf Nature Preserve Green Belt. The location of this neighborhood offers quick and easy access to Mopac, 183, 360. It’s just minutes from downtown, and it’s about a 20-minute drive to the airport. Construction in the neighborhood began in the ‘40s, but most of the homes were built in the 1950s and ’60s.
You can find one and two story homes with styles including traditional, mid-century modern, craftsman, and contemporary. You’ll find everything from small bungalows to stately homes with views of the city and river. Many of the homes have been remodeled or added onto. There’s been new construction, and you can still find a few homes that are in their original state. Home prices begin the high $300,000.00 price range and extend up to a million plus, with the average homes around 650.
What you’ll always find in Highland Park West are beautiful, mature trees on large lots. The homes in Highland Park West feed into some really good schools. Highland Park Elementary is within walking distance of almost every home in the neighborhood, has an exemplary rating, and earned the National Blue Ribbon award for high academic achievement. The middle school is Lamar, which just became the Fine Arts Academy, and McCallum High School has long been the district’s fine arts magnet program.
In September of 2011, a new state of the art performing arts center was opened on McCallum Campus. Highland Park West is a small, close knit community. At its heart are Russell’s Bakery, Chez Zee, and Crenshaw’s Athletic. Russell’s is an easy stop in for your morning coffee, lunch, or a yummy afternoon pick me up, and Chez Zee offers lunch and dinner inside our out on their beautiful covered patio. Also in the neighborhood are Berry Austin Frozen Yogurt, Crado’s Pizza, P&E Asian Cuisine, and Tino’s Greek Restaurant.
At any of these places, the odds are you’ll run into a friend or a neighbor. Crenshaw’s has been a staple in the neighborhood for years. It has gymnastics, an afternoon school program, and summer camps. Highland Park West is part of the larger Highland Park West Balconies Area Neighborhood Association. The association also organizes events throughout the year, such as movie night at Perry Park, an Easter egg hunt, and a fourth of July parade and picnic. Perry Park is located between Balconies Drive and Highland Park Elementary. It has lighted tennis courts, playgrounds, soccer fields, picnic tables, a running track, and walking trails.
Highland Park West is a very walkable neighborhood, and a destination spot for many is up at the reservoir at the end of Ridge Oak Drive where you can stop and take in the panoramic view of the river and the bright leaf preserve. With the beautiful homes and lots, the great schools and neighborhood amenities, and the central location, Highland Park West is a great place to call home.