Highland Park West Balcones is a large area that was once several different neighborhoods. Over time, these neighborhoods combined to join one neighborhood association – The Highland Park West Balcones Neighborhood Association or HPWBNA for short. Known for its mature landscaping, tall trees, large lots and breathtaking views of Downtown Austin, Highland Park West Balcones has a lot to offer its residents. Nestled between Lake Austin and Mopac, residents enjoy all the amenities and conveniences of Downtown without the hustle and the bustle. Families and pet owners prefer Highland Park West Belcones to other Central Austin neighborhoods because of the spacious lots. The Highland Park West Balcones Neighborhood Association is very active so if Downtown living isn’t your thing, you’ll have plenty to do within the boundaries of your neighborhood. Movies Night at Perry Park, Easter Egg Hunt, 4th of July Parade and Picnic, Picnic at the Park and National Night Out are just a few of the events planned yearly. Scroll Down to Read our Highlands Park West Balcones Neighborhood Guide.
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Highland Park West Balcones Austin Neighborhood Map
Highland Park West Balcones is bordered by Mt Bonnell Road to the West, W 35th St and Old Bull Creek Rd to the South, MoPac to the East and Ranch to Market 2222 to the North. Explore other Central Austin neighborhoods in our Central Austin Neighborhood Guide.
Highland Park West Balcones Zip Code
Highland Park West Balcones is located in Austin’s 78731 zip code.
Highland Park West Balcones Homes
Homes in Central Austin’s Highland Park West Balcones neighborhood are known for its large lots, tall trees and charm. The average home in Highland Park West Balcones is about 2800 sq ft, but home sizes range from 900 sq ft – 7000 sq ft throughout the neighborhood..
Highland Park West Balcones Sold Data – What Highland Park West Balcones Homes Actually Sold For
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Highland Park West Balcones Subdivisions
Highland Park West Balcones is divided further into several subdivisions:
- Mount Bonnell Shores
- Highland Park West
- Island at Mount Bonnell Shores
- Balcones Park
- Mount Bonnell Terrace
- Colorado Foothills
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Highland Park West Balcones Average Home
The average home in Central Austin’s Highland Park West Balcones neighborhood has the following profile:
- 4 bedrooms
- 3 bathrooms
- 2,800 sq ft
Highland Park West Balcones Property Tax Rate
The property tax rate in Central Austin’s Highland Park West Balcones neighborhood is 1.9749% as of the 2022 tax year, down from 2.1767% as of the 2021 tax year.
Highland Park West Balcones Schools
Children who live in Central Austin’s Highland Park West Balcones neighborhood are served by the Austin ISD and will likely attend the following schools:
- Highland Park Elementary School – 7/10
- Casis Elementary School – 9/10
- O’Henry Middle School – 5/10
- Lamar Middle School – 6/10
- Austin High School – 6/10
- McCallum High School – 7/10
School ratings reflect Great Schools ratings as of February 2022. Ratings are subject to change at any time. Please verify ratings and boundaries with the school district.
Golf in Highland Park West Balcones
Westwood Country Club is a members-only country club so you’ll need to be a member or a guest of a member to play this course.
Grocery Shopping Near Highland Park West Balcones
Grocery shopping in Highland Park West Balcones is pretty convenient with 4 grocery stores in close proximity. Randalls is located at the northeast corner and just south of Highland Park West Balcones. Central Market is due east and HEB is about a mile or so north of Highland Park West Balcones.
Things to Do in Highland Park West Balcones
Hike to the Top of Mt Bonnell
Don’t let the “hike” fool you. Mt Bonnell attracts more tourists than hikers because of its breathtaking views of the Hillcountry and Downtown Austin. After climbing a hundred or so stairs, you’ll a pavilion with an overlook atop Mt Bonnell (Austin’s highest peak) where you’ll find some of the most spectacular views in the entire city. It’s also a great spot to check out the beautiful homes on Waters Edge Drive.
Located next to Highlands Elementary School, Perry Park is the only official park in the City of Austin. Perry Park has a ton of amenities – picnic tables, playground equipment, soccer fields, running track, wooded hiking trails, lighted tennis courts, basketball court and a pavillion for parties. Though maintained by the City of Austin and Highland Elementary, Highland Park West Balcones residents have been instrumental in getting the many improvements approved. There is plenty of parking behind Highland Park Elementary School at 4900 Fairview Drive.
Austin Museum of Art – Laguna Gloria
Located at the Southwest corner of Highland Park West Balcones, Austin’s Original Museum of Art gives a unique history of art and nature. Visitors can tour a 1916 Italian villa complete with art exhibits and periodic educational discussion of art history as well as the beautiful 12 acre grounds overlooking Lake Austin. If you’ve been to the museum before and just enjoy the grounds, you can bring your computer for their free wireless internet and take in the surroundings.
Texas Military Forces Museum
Located in the Southeast corner of Highland Park West Balcones, the Texas Military Forces Museum displays the history of the Texas Military Forces – during both war and peace time – from the 1823 and the first militia in Stephen F. Austin’s colony to the present day. There are 5 different exhibit areas chronicling different parts of the story. Great different activity for an afternoon.
Bright Leaf Preserve
Bright Leaf Preserve, located in the center of Highland Park West Balcones neighborhood, was acquired by Georgia Lucas who purchased this land in 34 real estate transactions and left it to the City so Austin could enjoy this beautiful land. Voted best hiking in Austin, Bright Leaf is a popular destination for hikers of all skill levels because you can choose the hike and distance. The free guided hikes on the second Saturday and Sunday of each month, are also popular among Highland Park West Balcones residents. Check the schedule for several special events throughout the year.
Places to Eat in Highland Park West Balcones
Known for its pizza and pasta, Craig O’s (at the Northeast corner of Highland Park West Balcones), is a local favorite. The pizza is very good and reasonably priced. Their daily lunch specials, which include a drink for between $6-11 are also popular.
They serve a mix of Chinese, Japanese and sushi – which they call Asian Cuisine. Most locals like the food – and like the fact they deliver. Lunch specials are filling and fast and their sushi is good as well. Peony is located in the northwest corner of Highland Park West Balcones.
Chez Zee American Bistro
Popular for brunch, this Highland Park West Balcones restaurant serves all sorts of food. For brunch, they have about 12 different variations of eggs benedict alone as well as your typical brunch fair with a gourmet twist. They also serve lunch, dinner and desserts on a daily basis. Very cool and different atmosphere.
Coffee in Highland Park West Balcones
Russells Bakery and Coffee Bar
Known for its beautiful, decorated cakes and cookies, Russells Bakery and Coffee Bar has become a coffee and brunch spot for Highland Park West Balcones home owners as well. They have a nice patio where you can enjoy a relaxing morning with a pastry and a book.
Not too many coffee shops in Highlands Park West Balcones so Starbucks gets a mention this time. One of the more crowded Starbucks in Austin because of the few neighborhood coffee shops, this Starbucks is surprisingly fast. Parking is convenient and there is ample seating inside.
Where to Work Out – Gyms Near Highland Park West Balcones
Bike Balcones Drive
Balcones Drive is a great place to get a great workout. No need for fancy equipment or expensive gyms. Just get your bike out and ride up Balcones Drive. The steep hills attract many cyclists including Lance Armstrong who calls Highland Park West Balcones home. While you riding, make sure to check out the estate sized homes.
You’ll find Gym One 2 exits North of Highland Park West Balcones on MoPac. Though not in the neighborhood, a quick on and off and you’re there. A locally owned Austin gym, they have everything you’ll need to get a good workout. If you need a jump start, they also have personal trainers that can help you accomplish your goals. Their memberships are month to month with no contract so you don’t have to worry about being locked into a membership.
Gold’s Gym is also 2 exits North of Highland Park West Balcones on MoPac. A nationally owned chain, you may choose Gold’s if you travel often and want to have access to the other Gold’s Gyms or if you want to be able to workout at the other Gold’s Gym locations in Austin. They have free group classes and all the equipment you can think of. And, they’re pretty inexpensive.
Central Austin Realtor Specializing in Highland Park West Balcones
Rebecca Jacks and Raymond Stoklosa are Central Austin Realtors specializing in Highland Park West Balcones homes. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell a home in Highland Park West Balcones, Rebecca and Raymond know the area well and have the experience and tools necessary to make your next real estate transaction stress free. For more info about who we are and how we work, check out Buying a Home in Highland Park West Balcones and Selling a Home in Highland Park West Balcones.