Funky Austin neighborhood with a plethora of parks and retail
Westgate is a funky Austin neighborhood located to the south of South Lamar and Barton Hills. Westgate is peaceful and green with many parks, and it also boasts great shopping with gourmet groceries at Central Market and several large retail centers nearby. Westgate offers convenient access to U.S. 290 and the MoPac expressway. Housing options in Westgate include classic ranch-style single-family homes and luxurious contemporary gated condominium complexes.
What to Love
- Excellent mix of residential and retail spaces
- Funky and family-friendly vibe
- Unique local businesses
- Close to parks and greenbelts
People & Lifestyle
Westgate is a diverse neighborhood with many young families. The neighborhood offers a great mix of retail and quiet residential streets. Westgate is conveniently located for accessing major retail centers in other neighborhoods. There are several parks within the neighborhood and just outside its boundaries. Westgate is also within easy reach of some of Austin’s largest natural areas such as the Barton Creek Greenbelt.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Westgate Shopping Center is the neighborhood’s main retail hub, with businesses including Central Market for fresh local produce and a great selection of meats, cheeses, and wine. Full English serves full English breakfasts alongside other British specialties, including a high tea service. Captain Quackenbush’s Coffeehouse is the Westgate location of popular Central Austin bakery Quacks. Here, you can enjoy delicious cakes, baked goods, and coffee alongside wine, local beers, and frequent live music. Sap’s Fine Thai Cuisine offers a menu packed with tasty Thai curries, noodle dishes, and soups.
is a movie theater with comfortable seating and multiple screens showing the latest releases, while Cavender’s Boot City
is a great place to pick up boots, cowboy hats, and other western apparel.
Westgate is close to several large retail centers located just beyond the neighborhood’s boundaries. Lakehills Plaza
has a Target, Wheatsville Food Co-op, and LA Fitness. The adjacent Brodie Oaks Shopping Center
has a wide choice of restaurants and stores such as Sprouts Farmer’s Market, Hobby Lobby, and Last Call by Neiman Marcus. The Barton Creek Square
shopping mall features premium retailers including Apple, Lego, Sephora, Williams-Sonoma, and fashion brands such as Michael Kors. Sunset Valley has many big-box retailers, including Walmart Supercenter, The Home Depot, Ross Dress for Less, and Nordstrom Rack.
Things to Do
Joslin School Park
has a sports field, tennis courts, and a children’s playground, and The Toney Burger Activity Center and Stadium
located a short distance northeast of Westgate hosts baseball, basketball, football, and soccer games for local schools. The stadium is also used for track activities and marching band practice.
A short distance south of Westgate, Garrison District Park
has a municipal swimming pool, children’s playground, and facilities for baseball, basketball, softball, and field sports. To the north, Barton Creek Greenbelt
features diverse terrain and beautiful scenery. Popular activities include mountain biking and rock climbing on limestone cliffs. The creek can be used for swimming, tubing, kayaking, and cliff diving when the water is high. Westgate is also close to the trails and greenspace of the South Hills Conservation Area
and Sunset Valley Nature Area
Westgate is zoned to the Austin Independent School District. Highlights include:
- Sunset Valley Elementary School, Public, PK-5
- Wayside Charter Schools, Public (Charter), PK-12
- KIPP Austin, Public (Charter), K-12