Your Expert Guide
Tarrytown: Life among the trees in one of Austin's most desirable neighborhoods
There are so many great places to live in Austin that it helps to have an expert on your side. The Neighborhood Guide presented by Kuper Sotheby's International Realty gives you insider access from the agents who live and work there, providing in-the-know info about your possible new community.
Though real estate agent Hillary Deck came to Austin by way of Dallas, Los Angeles, and Chicago, her Capitol City roots run deep. She's a third generation Austinite, having played at her grandparents' house on Stamford Lane growing up and returning to the city in 2015.
"I practiced real estate in Chicago and loved to walk to places and explore the city," Deck says. "I knew I wanted to transition to a quieter neighborhood feel, but still wanted to be super close to downtown. Tarrytown is the perfect combination of proximity and quiet streets — we love the people here, too."
So in 2017, Deck and her family bought and renovated a home near Mozart's Coffee Roasters, and haven't looked back.
"I understand the dynamics of moving cross-country and how to learn the intricacies of Austin," she says. "I understand the schools, the neighborhoods, and anything else people need to know about Austin and living here."
Deck offered up a few more of her personal favorites about life in Tarrytown. Here's her guide to the area:
Where to eat & drink
Besides her unofficial neighbor, Mozart's, Deck recommends Flo's, Tellus Joe, and Food Food.
Where to play
"Reed Park was recently renovated and has a wonderful playground," Deck says. "I also like the trail that goes all the way through to Matthews."
Other outdoorsy spots to check out include Tarrytown Park and tennis and swim at Westenfield Park.
If shopping is your cardio, Casis Village Shopping at Estilo and Hearth & Soul are two can't-miss stops.
What to see
Spend some time at Howson Library or mingle with the peacocks at Mayfield Park.
"The Contemporary at Laguna Gloria is one of my favorites," says Deck. "My grandmother was on the committee that helped create Laguna Gloria!"
Where to live
"In Tarrytown, buyers can find a huge waterfront property worth more than $20 million or they can find a small cottage in its original condition from the 1940s," Deck says. "There is no set architecture, but the city works very hard to preserve trees, which is why there is such dense tree growth throughout the entire neighborhood. The style of the neighborhood is to bring the indoors out, meet your neighbors, and relax among the trees."
Deck notes that the architecture throughout the neighborhood is eclectic — no house is the same.
Location is also a major plus, with Deck pointing out that Tarrytown is centrally located between the lake, Lions Municipal Golf Course, Laguna Gloria, and Mopac.
A recent significant sale where Deck represented the seller exemplifies Tarrytown's charming vibe.
11 Scott Crescent is a 2,500-square-foot, three-bedroom, fully renovated home with an inviting front porch. The floorplan is conducive to entertaining, with a gourmet eat-in kitchen and remote-controlled fireplace in the front sitting room.
Hillary Deck lives, works, and plays in Tarrytown. For more information on buying and selling a home in the area, click here, email email@example.com, or call 512-468-6214.