First developed in the 1970s, the Great Hills neighborhood in Northwest Austin has grown significantly over the decades. While it still has a true neighborhood feel, it is in a great location near multiple major highways and myriad stores and restaurants. It is also just a short drive away from downtown Austin.
The Great Hills neighborhood is located near the intersection of Loop 360 and Highway 183. Loop 360 is the southern border of the neighborhood, while Fireoak Drive/Rain Creek Parkway make up the northern boundary. The Great Hills neighborhood’s eastern border is Rain Creek Parkway, and Yaupon Drive is the western border. As more homes are built, the borders are becoming less clearly defined. Residents also enjoy convenient access to MoPac.
While using a car is the easiest and most convenient way to get around Great Hills, Capital Metro has several bus stops throughout the Great Hills area.
The People of Great Hills:
While about half of residents in Great Hills are married, only around a quarter have children and less than half own the properties they live in. There are many families living in the Great Hills neighborhood, but there are many older students and young professionals in the area as well. This is partly due to the fact that there are now many apartment complexes in this area.
Located within Great Hills is the popular Great Hills Country Club, which offers swimming, tennis, and golf among beautiful rolling hills and valleys. While this is a private club, it offers social memberships for people who just want to play tennis or use the pool and clubhouse.
Great Hills Park is in the neighborhood and has a nature trail that can be used for hiking, in addition to a playscape and picnic tables. Bull Creek Park and its greenbelt are nearby, which are great for swimming and hiking.
Coffee Shops and Restaurants:
The Great Hills neighborhood is right next to the Arboretum shopping center, which contains dozens of shops and restaurants such as Barnes and Noble, Cheesecake Factory, PF Chang’s, Whole Foods, REI, and more. Rather than being an enclosed mall, the center is arranged so that you can park near each store's front door. The Arboretum area has several coffee shops, such as the Corner Bakery Cafe. There are two movie theaters in the Arboretum area as well.
The Great Hills neighborhood has a huge variety of homes and price ranges. Home construction started in this area in the 1970s, and homes are still being built at a steady pace. They come in many sizes, and in 2016, home prices ranged from the $300,000s to the $900,000s. Great Hills can accommodate a variety of budgets due to the wide range of home sizes and the inventory of both new and older homes.
Post office: 11900 Jollyville Rd.
Zip code: 78759
Schools: Depending on where in Great Hills your home is, your children may go to Austin Independent School District or Round Rock Independent School District schools, so be sure to do your research when purchasing a home. The AISD schools are Hill Elementary, Murchison Middle School and Anderson Hill School. The RRISD students go to North Oaks Elementary, Canyon Vista Middle School and Westwood High School.
Edited by Robert Macias