Westlake Hills was formed in the 1950s as a small community 6 miles west of downtown, and today it spans over 4 square miles, has a local government, and roughly 200 businesses. Incredible Hill Country views and tranquility tucked away in such a convenient location have turned this area into some of Austin’s most exclusive real estate. The little more than a thousand homes in Westlake Hills offer a pleasant mix of modest fixer-uppers, million-dollar estates perched alongside the hillside, and new-build contemporary stunners. While ever-expanding, this upscale community remains dedicated to preserving the rural environment and maintaining the natural beauty of surrounding area favorites like the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve and the Barton Creek Greenbelt. Residents appreciate an escape from the hustle of the city and enjoy the conveniences of a thriving suburb. The sense of community provided by being a small, close-knit, largely independent neighborhood with some of the lowest property taxes in the state makes this area the perfect location to put down roots.