A Guide to the Best Neighborhoods in Northwest Austin

Livability, stunning scenic views, and top-rated schools are some of the main factors why neighborhoods located in Northwest Austin are sought-out by home buyers and renters. This fast-growing area in Austin offers a serene, quiet, and family-friendly environment. Most neighborhoods are just a couple of minutes away from Austin tech companies, shopping, dining, and event venues.

Homes in Northwest Austin features spacious floor plans, vacant lots perfect for mansions, and green spaces for fitness activities and relaxation. If you are looking for a neighborhood in Northwest Austin, you've come to the right place for we'll be listing down the best neighborhoods in Northwest Austin.

1. Avery Ranch

Avery Ranch is a 1,800-acre master-planned community with over 4,000 homes. The community offers a myriad of amenities that residents will enjoy. Homes in Avery Ranch are surrounded by beautiful views of the surrounding countryside, large landscaped backyards, and access to top-notch schools within Round Rock and Leander school districts. This master-planned community has convenient access to Downtown Austin and the surrounding areas. The community is well-known for its gold club which is one of the premier golf courses in Austin and was rated as the best golf course by Avid Golfer Magazine in terms of its conditions, innovative design, and facilities.

2. Great Hills

Situated minuted away from the finest shopping and entertainment at The Arboretum and The Domain, Great Hills is a quiet, suburban family neighborhood located within the lush rolling hills outside the hill country. Residents in the area enjoy a wide array of amenities such as being able to hike and bike around the area and enjoy the magnificent views of the Hill Country. There is also a park located nearby that covers 80 acres of green space with a 1.7-mile hiking trail. Other amenities within the community are fitness gyms, playscapes for children, and picnic areas.

3. River Place

River Place is a beautiful country club neighborhood in Northwest Austin located to the east of Steiner Ranch and 15 miles away from Downtown Austin. This golf and waterfront community has over 1,100 homes with plenty of homes for sale that offers luxury living, boathouses, swimming pools, large lots, and panoramic views of creeks and canyonlands. River Place is your ideal neighborhood if you are looking to live near the big city while being close to nature. Lake Austin, Lake Travis, the River Place Country Club, and nearby parks make up the beauty of River Place. You can easily go for a walk, hike, bike, or picnic without leaving the community. There is also access to a private marina for the residents that are perfect for swimming, kayaking, and canoeing.

4. Northwest Hills

Known for its spectacular view of the Hill Country that is set on the hilltop of West Austin, Northwest Hills offers homes that are stylish and luxurious with large lots with quiet streets that boast mature trees and landscaped lawns perfect for a morning or afternoon run. The neighborhood is located seven miles away from Downtown Austin's entertainment districts as well as high-end retails shops and restaurants in The Domain. You can enjoy all kinds of outdoor activity since the neighborhood is located just to the north of Colorado River and Bright Leaf Preserve and is about 4 miles away from Covert Park at Mount Bonnell.


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5. Steiner Ranch

This Northwest Austin neighborhood is bordered by Lake Travis and Lake Austin and offers a resort-feel due to the amenities offered in the area. Steiner Ranch is a 4,600-acre master-planned community located 30-45 minutes away from Downtown Austin and is one of the ideal places to live if you are looking for a neighborhood that can provide convenience, privacy, and a sense of belonging within the community.

If you love nature, you'll definitely love it here since the community has over 1,500 square feet of green space that is dedicated to wildlife habitats and greenbelts. Lake Club on Lake Austin is one of the amenities that offers a private membership within the neighborhood. With over 12 miles of nature trails, countless parks, and 10 golf courses, you can conveniently keep up with your active lifestyle while admiring the surrounding nature views.

6. Canyon Creek

Canyon Creek was a former ranch and hunting land that was then later developed by the Blanton Company in the late 1980s. This residential neighborhood is located in far northwest Austin, Texas within the 78726  zip code. It's approximately five miles from Lake Austin and Lake Travis. Canyon Creek offers amenities that are exclusive for members and residents in good standing with the Canyon Creek HOA. Fenced amenities in the area require an amenity keycard in order for them to enter. Pools, tennis courts, trails, and pavilion are some of the popular amenities in the community.

7. Cat Mountain

This established neighborhood in Northwest Austin is one of the ideal places to live due to the spectacular views of the Colorado River and the Hill Country to its west. Cat Mountain is an affluent, private neighborhood that is a few minutes away from Downtown Austin and offers several amenities to the residents. Enjoy spending unlimited access for a fee of $45 a month to the neighborhood's clubhouse, tennis and basketball courts, playgrounds, picnic areas, and pools. Hiking and biking trails are also available where you can explore the woods and admire the wonderful surroundings. Most homes in Cat Mountain has astounding views of the hills, Austin Country Club Golf Course, or the Colorado River. 

We hope that this guide has helped you figure out the best Northwest Austin neighborhood for you to live in. For our full-list of master-planned communities in Austin, click here.

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