ATX Life: Living in Tarrytown


Just 3 miles from Downtown Austin, Tarrytown is a must see for those considering living near the hub of our capital city. Residents of Tarrytown value the small town feel, with its mix of historical and remodeled homes tucked into the 78703 zip code. It is bordered by Lake Austin Boulevard on the south, Lake Austin on the west, West 35th Street on the north and Mopac Expressway on the east.

Tarrytown, named after Tarrytown, New York, was originally established in 1915 advertised with the slogan, “Where oak trees charm the eye”. And today this slogan still holds true as people are drawn to the area for the stunning oak lined canopied streets.

In deciding to make Tarrytown the place you call home, you will have easy access to entertainment and dining downtown, the State Capitol and the University of Texas, Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria for displays as well as classes.

Part of Tarrytown’s charm is that it has hidden gems, such as one of the oldest and most decorated independent pharmacies in the state. Supporting small, neighborhood business like Tarrytown Pharmacy is just one of the many things locals pride themselves in. Tarrytown Pharmacy opened one day before Pearl Harbor in 1941 and has been in the same location since its opening day! In keeping with our Keep Austin Weird motto, it is a notable area attraction which also happens to be a great place to support a local business to fill prescriptions. 

Despite being considered a quaint place to live, Tarrytown is not lacking in drama. Tarrytown was thrust into the national media when Jeanne Daniels, a Houston resident and animal rights activist inherited the shopping center at Windsor Road and Exposition, and decided to eliminate any stores that sold meat or leather. A Texas Monthly article details the changing climate of the beloved Tarrytown Shopping Center and its shift to supporting businesses that align with PETA’s standards.

Drama aside, Tarrytown has been a known escape for Austin’s more famous residents, like Lance Armstrong, Matthew McConnaughey and George W. Bush.

Tarrytown makes it easy to find your way outside to take advantage of Austin’s outdoor culture with three parks and Lake Austin in the area. Triangle Park, Reed Park and West Enfield Park offer a variety of features to help you enjoy the outdoors from baseball fields, playscapes for kids, creeks and acres of nature. Streams, a pool, playgrounds and trails for hiking and running are sure to make sure every outdoor enthusiast has their interests covered! The Mayfield Preserve on the north end of Tarrytown is a popular location for photography sessions because of the beautiful natural setting with koi ponds and many free roaming peacocks–the perfect place to pack a picnic and explore.

Living in Tarrytown means you can head over to Lake Austin and enjoy the day at the lake leaving from one of Austin’s oldest public boat launches, Walsh Boat Landing, and dine at one of the popular waterfront restaurants like Hula Hut or Mozart’s Coffee.

When choosing a home in Tarrytown, named one of the top 10 neighborhoods to live in Austin by Austin Relocation Guide, a Goodlife Realty agent can show you all the variety it has to offer. Homes range from condominiums starting in the mid 200’s to small, restored 1920s cottages close to their original form. Tarrytown has many remodeled and new homes, some found centrally located to Tarrytown while others are on the western portion alongside Lake Austin. The median home is valued at $1 million dollars and it is considered mostly a professional, family centered neighborhood.