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One of the beautiful communities to live in just northwest of Austin and south of the Colorado River is Lake Hills, TX which falls in the 78733 zip code. Some of the neighborhoods in this community include:

Austin Lake Estates, Austin Lake Hills, Panorama Ranch, Sterling Acres, Tumbleweed Canyon, Tumbleweed Hills, Woodlake Trails, Aqua Monte, Rio Robles, Commons Ford, The Paddock at Commons Ford, and Lake Ridge Estates among others.

Austin Lake Hills

Austin Lake Hills is only 14 miles from downtown Austin and it is just north of Bee Cave Road off of Cuernavaca Drive. This neighborhood contains a variety of different kinds of homes mostly constructed between the years of 1950s to 1990s. Many of these homes are 3 to 5 bedrooms and contain an average of 2700 square ft.

If you enjoy spending time around the water, you will have many options here. This community is very close to the Colorado River and there is lake access at Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park. It also has a great community pool.

Typical of Austin, there’s plenty of good hiking around and plenty of open fields so you can participate in sports or other activities.

The Village at Westlake is about 5 miles to the East and contains an H-E-B store, a Starbucks Coffee, a Gold’s Gym, an Office Depot, and many other stores.

The Hill Country Galleria is about 5 miles to the west and has a Whole Foods Market, a Cinemark Theatre, Dillard’s, Barnes and Nobel and more.

As far as restaurants that are nearby, many people enjoy The Grove in Westlake, Kerby Lane, and Mandola’s Italian.

Austin Lake Hills tends to have large homes that are competitively priced. The median sale price of homes in Austin Lake Hills is currently around $660,000. The prices tend to vary between $200,000 and $999,900.

The combination of abundant beautiful vegetation and close proximity to Austin is tough to beat.

Panorama Ranch

Panorama Ranch is just east of Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park. The 215-acre park includes a fishing pier, public ramp, volleyball court, picnic area, and walking trails.

Panorama Ranch tends to have large homes. Housing prices here tend to range between $775,000 – $2,595,000 and sit on 0.75-acre lots with four bedrooms and three bathrooms.

Sterling Acres

Homes in Sterling Acres are generally 3,500 square and generally have four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Homes in this neighborhood typically are on one-acre lots.

Some of the local favorite attractions of sterling acres residents tend to be the Barton Creek Farmers Market, Marye’s Gourmet Pizza, and the Cinemark Hill Country Galleria movie theatre.


Tumbleweed is made up of Tumbleweed Place, Tumbleweed Canyon, and Tumbleweed Hills.

These communities are close to restaurants, shopping centers, golf courses, and nature parks.

As far as schools are concerned, this area is assigned to the Eanes Independent School District.

The assigned schools for this community are:

Valley View Elementary (K-5),

West Ridge Middle (6-8),

and Westlake High (9-12).

If you prefer Private schools then, Lake Hills Montessori (PK-K) is within a mile of most homes, and St. Michael’s Catholic Academy (9-12), and St. Gabriel’s Catholic School (PK-8), are both within 6 miles.

Woodlake Trails

Homes in Woodlake Trails range from $475,000 – $835,000 and generally sit on 0.75-acre lots with five bedrooms and three bathrooms.

Woodland trails has a scenic rural. It’s also close enough to local amenities and shopping places. It’s close to Hill Country Galleria, with Whole Foods Market, Best Buy, TJ Maxx and numerous specialty shops.

Woodlake Trails is also served by the Eanes Independent School District.

It contains the West Ridge Middle School (public, grade 6 to 8), Valley View Elementary school (public, grades K to 5), Westlake High School (public, grades 7 to 12)


Aqua Monte

In general, homes in Aqua Monte are mid-sized and run from $140,000 – $1,095,000 and sit on 0.75-acre lots with four bedrooms and three bathrooms.

The Aqua Monte subdivision is surrounded by restaurants, education opportunities, entertainment venues, shopping and more.

It’s west of Cuernavaca Drive and Austin Lake Hills.

Aqua Monte does not have any waterfront homes so it is one of the most affordable neighborhoods in the Eanes School District.

Rio Robles

Rio Robles is a private rural community bordered by Lake Austin.

Lake Austin is a part of the Colorado River; it begins below Mansfield Dam and is principally fed by the outflow of Lake Travis.

In general, homes in Rio Robles range from $245,000 – $785,000 and sit on one-acre lots with four bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Like many of the neighborhoods listed here, Rio Robles is serviced by the Eanes Independent School District which has been voted exemplary by the Texas Board of Education and the schools available here are:

Valley View Elementary School (public, grades K to 5)

West Ridge Middle School (public, grades 6 to 8)

Westlake High School (public, grades 7 to 12)

Westlake High is ranked in the top 100 nationally by Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report magazines.

Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park is within 4 miles of all homes in the community.

The Paddock At Commons Ford

This neighborhood is located very close to the Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park.

This 215-acre lakefront park has picnic tables, BBQ pits, fishing, walking trails, waterfalls, hill country vistas, a fishing dock, historic log cabin, and a shady riverside trail

The park also has wide open scenic space beside the Colorado River which is a great spot to picnic, toss a Frisbee, or play volleyball.

It also has a boathouse and ramp and wide trails under mature trees.

It’s a great place for bird watching.

The park is open every day of the week from 5:00 am – 10:00 pm, admission is free to the public.


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