Once upon a time, roughly 50-60 years ago, a charming housing development named Western Trails emerged on the outskirts of town. Streets like Roundup Trail, Cactus Lane, and Packsaddle Pass painted vivid pictures of cowboys and open landscapes, complementing the ranch-style homes that graced the area.
Once upon a time, roughly 50-60 years ago, a charming housing development named Western Trails emerged on the outskirts of town. Streets like Roundup Trail, Cactus Lane, and Packsaddle Pass painted vivid pictures of cowboys and open landscapes, complementing the ranch-style homes that graced the area. Today, Western Trails has evolved into a Central, or perhaps "South Central," Austin neighborhood. Its exceptional proximity to shopping, dining, downtown, and major highways is hard to match.
Although the "edge of town" has shifted miles away, Western Trails has retained its serene atmosphere. The neighborhood's winding streets discourage through traffic, providing residents with tranquil, tree-lined avenues despite the bustling traffic arteries nearby.
Nestled just south of the popular 78704 area, Western Trails is bordered by Highway 290 to the north, Jones Road to the south, Manchaca Drive to the east, and Westgate Boulevard to the west. Homes here typically embody mid-century charm, boasting single-story ranch-style layouts with three bedrooms. While many of these original homes maintain their appeal, imaginative buyers have discovered their potential for upgrades and remodels. Consequently, the neighborhood attracts a diverse mix of first-time homebuyers, young families, professionals, and longtime residents. Western Trails is known for its well-preserved homes, with tear-downs and rebuilds being rare occurrences.
This vibrant neighborhood offers a diverse array of attractions, from nearby Joslin Park and Garrison Park (featuring the popular Garrison Pool) to the Westgate Shopping Center (home to Central Market, Whole Earth Provisions, Amy's Ice Cream, Westgate Cinema, TreeHouse, Hyde Park Bar and Grill, and more). Additionally, the shops and eateries along Brodie Lane and the Sunset Valley Farmers' Market are just a stone's throw away. Students in Western Trails attend Sunset Valley Elementary, Joslin Elementary, Covington Middle School, and Crockett High School, with the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders within walking distance.
With an average price per square foot that's more budget-friendly than some of its neighboring South Austin areas, Western Trails presents an attractive and appealing option for those seeking a well-established and welcoming community to call home.