If you are new to Austin and looking to buy a house, it can be bit overwhelming to know the best area of town to purchase a home, as there are so many great neighborhoods in Austin and surrounding areas. Each area has its own personality and its own set of pros and cons. One of the most popular areas to live in Austin for those who can afford the higher house prices and property taxes is West Austin.
West Austin is a wonderful place to live, if it falls within your budget. Homes in West Austin tend to have larger floor plans and many offer beautiful views of the Austin skyline, the Texas hill country, Lake Travis, and the peaceful Colorado River. This area offers many community activities, as well as recreational options including golf courses, tennis courts, parks, bike trails and preservation reserves. Neighborhoods like Westlake Hills or Rollingwood are closer to downtown Austin, while neighborhoods around Lake Travis offer a more rural setting among rolling hills.
Here are the names of the most popular neighborhoods in West Austin:
- Lost Creek
- Bee Cave
- Lago Vista
- Steiner Ranch
- Lake Travis
- Westlake Hills
West Austin has some of the best school districts in Austin; however, home prices in this area are the most expensive in Austin, starting at $500,000+. Although some neighborhoods in West Austin are close to downtown, rush hour traffic can be bumper to bumper, so make sure you to drive to your place of employment during rush hour traffic before making an offer on a house in West Austin, or any area of Austin, so you will have no surprises about your commute time.
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Living in a luxury home in West Austin can raise your home insurance, but there are ways to lower your homeowner insurance. Your rates will be less if you have a new roof. Since hail storms and hail damage to roofs is very common in Central Texas, it’s important to have a reputable roofer inspect your roof prior to purchase. The age and type of roof you have will affect the cost of your home insurance. Metal roofs are less likely to be damaged by hail and do not deteriorate as quickly; therefore, the cost of homeowner insurance is less if you have a metal roof. Let your insurance agent know the age and type of your roof when requesting a homeowner quote.
If you are searching for a new home in the Austin or surrounding area, I would be happy to help you with any questions you may have regarding location or home insurance. Give me a call or send me an e-mail. Good luck finding the perfect house and neighborhood that meets your needs in beautiful Austin, Texas!