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Neighborhood Spotlight: Northwest Hills

Sunset at Mount Bonnell

Northwest Hills | 78731 & 78759 

Packed to the brim with scenic views and hilltop estates, Northwest Hills is dotted with family homes of varying architectural styles, many of which feature panoramic vistas of the Colorado River and surrounding hilly terrain. With easy access to Mopac, Westlake, Lake Austin and many popular areas for shopping, dining and hiking, Northwest Hills is one of the most convenient and optimally located areas of Austin. 

A gorgeous view of the hills in northwest Austin from a home in Cat Mountain. Courtesy Austin Porch and Patio.

Average List Price: $844,000  


Northwest Hills refers to the area and neighborhoods situated west of Mopac, east of Loop 360 and between Far West Boulevard to the north and RM 2222 to the south. Northwest Hills sits just north of the Colorado River east of the Pennybacker bridge. 


During the 1950s and 60s, David Barrow Sr. and Edward Barrow, along with their associate Chuck Stahl and David Barrow Jr. began Austin’s expansion into the northwest by developing the flatlands and mountain regions overlooking the Colorado River near Mount Bonnell and along Balcones Road. The Barrow family intended to create another, smaller city of sorts with its main street, Far West Boulevard, proposed as a facsimile to downtown’s Congress Avenue. In the following decades, the Barrows eventually expanded more of the Northwest Hills area, beginning with scattered hilly locations and later filling in the surrounding, more rugged areas. 

David Barrow Sr., co-founder of Northwest Hills, 1949. Courtesy Douglass, Neal, University of North Texas Libraries.

Top Spots

For a bite: Saffron Indian Fusion, Galaxy Cafe, Siena Ristorante Toscana, County Line on the Lake, KAPATAD Filipino Kitchen & Cafe, Biderman’s Deli, Bulevar, Chez Zee American Bistro, Russell’s Bakery

For a drink: 5280 Burger & Taphouse, Boulevard Grill & Sports Bar, Azul Tequila, The Little Longhorn Saloon

For fun: Mount Bonnell, Bull Creek Greenbelt, Dave & Buster’s, Pennybacker Bridge Overlook, High 5 Arcade (once Lung’s Cocina del Sur – where Jimmy Buffett had the drink that inspired Margaritaville more than 40 years ago, just before he wrote the song a few streets over at a friend’s house on Shadow Valley Drive)

For the kids: Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve, Allen Park

ATX Cocina’s Bulevar, courtesy Consumable Content.
Bull Creek swimming hole. Courtesy Dondi Thomas, AllTrails.

Considering a move to Northwest Hills? You can browse all active listings in the area here, or contact one of our local agents for more personalized assistance. 

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