Tarrytown is a beautiful and affluent neighborhood in west Austin. The neighborhood is known to be quiet, low-key and impeccably maintained. Tarrytown has few restaurants and shops within its borders, but it is conveniently located just minutes from campus and downtown Austin.
From east to west, Tarrytown extends from MoPac to Lake Austin. From north to south, Tarrytown extends from 35th Street down to Enfield. Lake Austin Boulevard is not within the Tarrytown borders, but it is very close to the neighborhood and features many restaurants and businesses that are frequented by Tarrytown residents, such as Mozart’s coffee shop on Lake Austin.
The most common way to get around Tarrytown is by car; nearly all residents have one or two. Cabs do not come to this area unless you call to be picked up. Several Capital Metro bus routes pass through Tarrytown, such as Route 21. Biking is also an option since the neighborhood is close to so many popular destinations.
The People of Tarrytown
Due to the high cost of real estate and prime location, the neighborhood is predominantly populated by doctors, lawyers, bankers and high-tech entrepreneurs. The population is primarily families of all ages, though a few college students rent homes and apartments here.
Reed Park is a popular destination in Tarrytown for outdoor lovers. The six-acre park contains a playground, a swimming pool, a multipurpose field, picnic tables and a barbecue pit. There is a creek and nature trail. Tarrytown’s Lions Municipal Golf Course has been around since 1934 and has hosted many famous golfers, such as Austin native Ben Crenshaw. The Mayfield Preserve is a 22-acre park on the edge of Tarrytown dotted with beautiful gardens, colorful peacocks and ponds with water lilies.
Coffee Shops and Restaurants
As it is primarily residential, there aren't many restaurants or coffee shops within the neighborhood besides a Starbuck’s. However, there is Food Food, a charming bakery and cafe with sandwiches, entrees and sweets for either dining in or take-away. The cafe also sells to-go casseroles and salads that serve 10 to 12. On the neighborhood's southern border, Hula Hut is a fun place to enjoy Mexican-Hawaiian food (really) and sip a margarita while enjoying the view of Lake Austin.
Tarrytown has everything from 1920s cottages to new mansions, but it predominantly consists of large, older homes. Real estate in Tarrytown tends to come with a hefty price tag. There are several high-end apartment complexes and condominiums in Tarrytown that make it possible to live there for slightly less. As of 2017, the median price of homes in Tarrytown is $1.7 million.
Tarrytown Continues to Set Records
As a centrally located and historic neighborhood, Tarrytown has become a white-hot real estate market. A four-bedroom, four-bath home recently sold for $2.4 million. It’s certainly a nice house, built in 1972, with many original components, including a sunken living room and vaulted ceilings. It has two fireplaces and a big swimming pool, but it’s not what most people would describe as mansion. It’s the kind of nice house that would have gone for about $350,000 a few years ago — and it’s now worth a whopping $2.4 million! That’s chump change compared to the asking price of a sprawling Tarrytown estate that recently came on the market. Sitting on over 12 acres with a lake view, the five-bedroom, seven-bath home was recently sold for $35 million.
Golf Course Controversy
The Lions Municipal Golf Course, known by locals as Muny, could potentially be redeveloped when the city’s lease with the University of Texas expires in 2019. Residents have launched a Save Muny effort to try to keep their beloved golf course. As of April 2017, the golf course’s fate remains unknown.
Post office: 2418 Spring Lane
Zip code: 78703
Schools: Casis Elementary School, O. Henry Middle School, Austin High School