The Highland Park West & Balcones neighborhood is comprised of about 1700 homes located in north west Austin. Bordered on the north by 2222, on the south by 35th Street, on the west by Mt Bonnell Road, and on the east by MoPac and by Bull Creek Road between Hancock Road and 45th Street. MoPac runs through the eastern portion of this area for approximately two miles. The majority of the homes in the neighborhood were built in the 50’s and 60’s, ranging from simple post WWII bungalows to larger ranch style homes situated on large lots. The neighborhood is home to many mid century modern homes by notable architects, such as Roland Roessner, Fehr and Granger, Eugene McKee, Barton Darrel “Pat” Riley and more. Prices range from the $400’s to over $2 million. Average sale price in 2018 was $947,000 and homes took an average of 65 days to sell.
Near the center of the neighborhood is Blue Ribbon Highland Park West Elementary (K-5). The school, and neighboring Perry Park, really serve as the heart of the neighborhood and are home to many events outside normal school activities, such as the annual Easter Egg Hunt and the 4th of July Parade. These events are put on by the local neighborhood association, HPWBANA.
Bordering the north west corner of the neighborhood is the Bright Leaf Preserve. 200+ acres of pristine undeveloped land within Austin city limits. Georgia Lucas was the mastermind behind this unique piece of land as she pieced together 34 separate real estate transactions over a lifetime to build what we see today. The preserve is currently managed by the Austin Community Foundation. Guided hikes are available. See website for more info.
Blue Ribbon designation
Highland Park Performance & Demographics
Fine Arts Academy (visual arts, dance, band, orchestra, choral music, classical guitar, piano, digital arts and media)
MCCALLUM HIGH SCHOOL
Fine Arts Academy