A conservative, close-knit community to the west of the downtown area. Land that was formerly farmed is now home to one of Austin’s most attractive communities, and it’s just a short drive from the city center. Since many long-term inhabitants have been firmly rooted in the area and value its sense of community and peaceful, tree-lined avenues, any new housing stock is quickly snatched up. There is a wide range of housing options in Tarrytown, from quaint 1920s cottages to modern mansions. Large, older houses give the impression that this area is appealing to Austin’s upper class. The area’s politicians, businesspeople, and artists all enjoy living in this immaculately maintained neighborhood on the shores of Lake Austin, which has a golf course, nature preserve, park, and excellent schools.