For those of you who enjoy shopping, you’re going to want to find an area that is close to the best stores Austin has to offer. There are four major shopping areas in and around Austin – Barton Creek Square Mall, The Arboretum, Domain and Hill Country Galleria. We’ll break down each area, where it is, what retailers are there and the best neighborhood around that shopping district. Then, we’ll give you a link to get some additional information.
Best Austin Neighborhoods for Shopping Map Overview
Here is a map of the best shopping areas around Austin and their corresponding neighborhoods. Use the interactive map below to explore the area or scroll down to read more.
Best Austin Neighborhoods for Shopping Winner: Great Hills
With both The Arboretum and The Domain just 2 and 4 miles from Great Hills respectively, Great Hills wins the award for the best neighborhood for shopping. The Arboretum is the closer shopping hot spot, located at the southeast corner of Great Hills and is a beautiful outdoor mall. There you’ll find upscale retailers like Coldwater Creek, Jos. A. Bank, Saks 5th Ave, Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware as well as dining options like Eddie V’s, Cheesecake Factory, PF Chang’s and Amy’s Ice Cream.
For more about homes around The Arboretum area, try Homes Near The Arboretum.
The Domain is Austin’s newest shopping area. It is currently home to Nieman Marcus, Macy’s, Dillards, Apple, Banana Republic, BCBG, Coach, Cole Haan, Louis Vuitton, Lucky Jeans and Michael Kors and newer phases, expected to be complete in 2012, will only offer more upscale shopping choices. The Domain was developed in hopes of becoming Austin’s second Downtown and I would have to say they are well on their way.
For more info about homes around The Domain, try Homes Near The Domain.
Located in Northwest Austin, near the intersection of 360 and 183, Great Hills is not only a perfect location for shopping, but its also a great location to get to anywhere in Austin in just about 20-30 minutes. Homes in Great Hills were built in the 1980s and 1990s and are surrounded by mature landscaping, a characteristic most residents appreciate. Also, Great Hills feeds into two very good school districts. Homes in Austin ISD attend Recognized schools and homes located in Round Rock ISD attend Exemplary Schools.
For more info about Great Hills and to search homes for sale, visit Great Hills Neighborhood Guide.
Great Hills Homes for Sale
Best Neighborhoods for Shopping #2: Parkstone
Parkstone is located just one mile from the Barton Creek Square Mall, one of Austin’s best upscale shopping areas. Barton Creek Square Mall is home to Austin’s only Nordstrom as well as other upscale retailers such as Armani Exchange, BCBG, J Crew, Macy’s, Sephora and Williams Sonoma. Barton Creek Square Mall is a favorite among local residents and is very easy get to.
For more info about homes near Barton Creek Square Mall, check out Homes Near Barton Creek Square Mall.
Parkstone made the list because of its proximity to the mall, quality of schools and types of homes you can expect. Inside, you’ll find state of the art media rooms, 3,000 – 4,000 sq ft of living space, gourmet kitchens, wine cellars and open floor plans. Outside, you’ll find large, 1/3 acre lots with tree lined streets, beautifully landscaped outdoor living spaces and pools. This gated community was built between 1995 – 2000. Combine this with the award winning Eanes ISD and you have a recipe for a great place to live.
For more about Parkstone and to search homes for sale, check out Parkstone Neighborhood Guide.
Parkstone Homes for Sale
Best Neighborhoods for Shopping #3: Falconhead
Falconhead is just 2 miles from Bee Cave’s Hill Country Galleria Shopping area. Hill Country Galleria was built just a few years ago and is the area’s best upscale shopping district. Hill Country Galleria has many upscale retailers like Dillards, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Jos A Bank, Coldwater Creek and Chico’s as well as many upscale and chain dining and a movie theater. And, they aren’t done building so you can expect a lot more retailers to move in to The Galleria in the near future.
For more about homes near Bee Cave’s Hill Country Galleria, try Homes Near Hill Country Galleria.
Falconhead began its development in the mid-2000s and building continues today. This master planned community has it all – top rated Lake Travis ISD schools, 3,000 – 4,500 sq ft homes and the ability to build a home just the way you want it.
For more about Falconhead and to search homes for sale, visit Falconhead Neighborhood Guide.
Falconhead Homes for Sale
Best Neighborhoods for Shopping: Runners Up
The above three neighborhoods are the neighborhoods we feel are the best neighborhoods for shopping in Austin. But, we realize these neighborhoods won’t be ideal for everyone. Here are three neighborhoods that we felt should be mentioned in this list.
Best Neighborhoods for Shopping Runner Up: Champions Forest
Champions Forest is located halfway between The Domain and The Arboretum. Location wise, Champions Forest is much closer to shopping than much of Great Hills. But, the reason it didn’t make our top 3 was because its a smaller neighborhood with very few homes for sale. Champions Forest was built by David Weekley in the 1990s and early 2000s. Kids in Champions Forest attend Recognized AISD schools.
For more info and to search homes for sale, visit Champions Forest Neighborhood Guide.
Champions Forest Homes for Sale
Best Neighborhoods for Shopping Runner Up: Preserve at Barton Creek
The Preserve at Barton Creek is located just about a mile from The Hill Country Galleria off Highway 71 in Southwest Austin. Surrounded on all sides by Barton Creek Preserve, there is no more room to build in this gated neighborhood. The homes were built in the early-mid 2000s, have 4,000 – 5,500 sq ft of living space and sit on spacious 1-2 acre lots. Children who live in the Preserve at Barton Creek attend top rated Lake Travis ISD schools. The Preserve at Barton Creek didn’t make the list of the top 3 because there are few homes and therefore have much less inventory than other larger neighborhoods.
For more info and to search homes for sale, visit Preserve at Barton Creek Neighborhood Guide.
Preserve at Barton Creek Homes for Sale
Best Neighborhoods for Shopping Runner Up: Treemont
Treemont is located 1 mile from Barton Creek Square Mall in West Austin just off MoPac. Treemont would be the perfect choice if you’re looking for a suburban setting near Downtown. Built in the late 1990s, Treemont homes range in size from 2,300 – 5,000 sq ft. Many residents love the 40 ft trees and views of the Austin Skyline. Plus, Treemont is in the prestigious Eanes ISD. Treemont didn’t make our top 3 only because we didn’t have room for 4. But, its definitely worth checking out.
For more info about Treemont and to search homes for sale, visit Treemont Neighborhood Guide.
Treemont Homes for Sale
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