Tarrytown is a charming neighborhood in central Austin. Just west of downtown and the north-south corridor of MoPac, Tarrytown is ripe with historical and remodeled homes and offers an appealing blend of “old Austin” and modern convenience. Many residents value the small town feel they can find here, running into neighbors at area parks, stores, and schools, while still being only moments away from downtown’s businesses and museums.
Originally established as an official subdivision in 1915, its popularity at the time grew in large part because of its successful advertising slogan, “Where oak trees charm the eye.” Add another 100 years of tree growth, and you can begin to see why Tarrytown’s beautiful tree canopy is an important element of this neighborhood!
Homes in Tarrytown are varied. Potential buyers will find a mix ranging from small, restored but near original cottages, to remodeled and expanded homes, to new estate homes. A few homes in the western portion of Tarrytown will be lakeside along Lake Austin. In general, homes in Tarrytown are priced higher than many areas of town, due to their quality and location. Homes are upscale and often will range into the millions.
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Tarrytown is in MLS area 1B and in zip code 78703. Its location allows easy access to downtown for Austin’s business and entertainment districts, to MoPac for a direct north or south route, and to the State Capitol and the University of Texas. Nearby and similar neighborhoods include Clarksville and Allandale and the Old West Austin neighborhoods of Pemberton Heights, Old Enfield, and Bryker Woods. Homes in Tarrytown are zoned for the Austin Independent School District, with several public schools, including the Girls’ School of Austin, within its boundaries. Numerous private schools are a quick commute from this central location.
A wonderful feature of Tarrytown is its collection of natural surroundings: three parks and Lake Austin are in this area. Triangle Park (Tarrytown Park) has a baseball field for active play, a playscape for kids, and a creek that winds through its acres of nature. Reed Park also has a stream, along with a pool for summertime fun, a playground, and trails for hiking and jogging. West Enfield Park is popular with parents of young children for its views of the MoPac train, which makes an hourly appearance. It also has play fields, a playscape, and a pool. The West Austin Youth Association and the Howson Branch Public Library also are popular stops.
On the far north end of Tarrytown, the Mayfield Preserve is a delightful place for a picnic, complete with koi ponds and roaming peacocks. Spring-fed pool Deep Eddy Pool, which has a fun history complete with a swimming horse show, is nearby, as is the Lions Municipal Golf Course. And, Lake Austin, with its constant water level and watersports galore, is a major draw for central Texas. One of Austin’s oldest public boat launches for Lake Austin is in Tarrytown: Walsh Boat Landing, in a center that includes popular waterfront restaurants like Hula Hut and Mozart’s Coffee. Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria is another beautiful location and offers classes in addition to displays.
In another representation of the area’s historical character, the Tarrytown Shopping Center is home to decades-strong Tarrytown Pharmacy, plus Over the Rainbow, the oldest independent toy store in Austin.