Northwest Austin is bound by TX-45 to the north just below Cedar Park, North Ranch to Market Road 620 to the west, and West Parmer Lane and TX-1 Loop to the east, and to Ranch to Market Road 2222 on the south. Some Northwest Austin maps extend the boundary to include neighborhoods all the way to the Colorado River as the southern border. The area includes from 160 to 200 communities, municipal parks and green space, shopping and convenience centers and public and private schools. Within this area, are Northwest Austin homes for sale in Travis County’s 78726, 78727, 78729, 78730, 78731, 78732, 78750, 78759 zip codes.
Buyers searching for Northwest find a wide variety of homes dating to the 1950s including 1 to 3-story residences. Many of these houses, constructed in the 1970’s to 1990’s, were built when Austin neighborhoods were expanding northward from the city. Most are traditional 1 and 2-story residences in brick, stone, stucco and siding elevations. The majority offer 3 to 4-bedrooms, but many of the newer homes include flexible, open spaces such has home offices, media rooms, covered patios and outdoor living areas.
The northwest area, home to Texas live oak trees, native shrubs, grasses, and wildflowers, leads into Austin’s famous Texas Hill Country. While many Northwest Austin homes for sale sit on typical suburban streetscapes, there are also many perched on gorgeous hillsides that overlook natural areas, creeks, and forest. Neighborhoods such as Laurel Canyon, Cat Mountain, Westminster Glen, Smokey Ridge, Jester Estate or Shepard Mountain have much to offer buyers of Northwest Austin looking for a home with spectacular views.
Parts of Northwest Austin include communities with shoreline on the Colorado River. The best known of these, Steiner Ranch and River Place, are areas of high-end, custom homes that line the waterway with boathouses, beaches, and dockage. These homes, many with Mediterranean-inspired architecture, are some of the priciest of Northwest Austin. Their price point reflects the value Austinites place on being near the Colorado River for relaxation and leisure time activities. They also are indicative of the size of these residences, many averaging over 4,500 square feet or the amount of frontage on the shores of the river.
As larger communities developed, Northwest Austin drew national builders creating what are now some of the area’s loveliest master-planned and golf course communities including Steiner Ranch and River Place.