One of the most prestigious areas in Austin is the Tarrytown neighborhood. The Tarrytown area is full of Austin's elite and upper-class residents. Tarrytown is full of quaint homes, apartments, condos, and duplexes for rent. Some of the homes are large and spectacular with views of a lake. The average price for a home in 2009 was $955,000. There are less expensive homes in the area that start at $319,000 for those looking for an affordable price in an exclusive area. The area has lake access which substantially increases the price and overall value of the homes. The Tarrytown neighborhood is best known for its elegant houses, churches, and quiet parks. It is one of Austin's most exclusive residential communities and has attracted residents like George W. Bush, Lance Armstrong, and Matthew McConnaughey. Tarrytown is full of politicians, business professionals, and artists. The neighborhood is in a prime location that is near to downtown, Lake Austin, and University of Texas. Lake Austin is one of the main highlights of the Tarrytown neighborhood. The lake is ideal for boating, swimming, water-skiing, and picnics near the banks of the lake.
Reed Park is located in the center of Tarrytown. The park is six acres large and has a beautiful stream running through the middle of lush landscaping and hundreds of trees. There is one playground, barbecue pit, and swimming pool located at the park. Reed Park is frequently used by Tarrytown residents for picnics and has a child-friendly area where kids can explore natural trails and creeks. The swimming pool is one of the busier areas of the park and is filled with Tarrytown residents during the warmer months. One field in the park can be used for multiple purposes.
There are several popular restaurants in Tarrytown: Hula Hut, Magnolia Cafe, Muadie's Cafe, and Zoot. The most frequented restaurant is the Hula Hut which serves a Mexican-Polynesian mix of entrees and appetizers. The restaurant is decorated with tiki torches, grass-thatched bars, bamboo walls and overlooks the beautiful Lake Austin. The unique restaurants in Tarrytown neighborhood contribute to the "Keep Austin Weird" motto that the city attempts to portray. On the southern edge of the neighborhood sits the Lions Municipal Golf Course which is another great attraction. On the north end of the neighborhood, the Laguna Gloria Museum and Mayfield Nature Preserve provides alternative entertainment options for the residents of Tarrytown. The Mayfield Nature Preserve is a tranquil 22 acres of Ashe Junipers and Live Oak woodlands. An array of trails, creeks, flowers, and peacocks have all made their home at the quiet preserve.
Overall, Tarrytown neighborhood is quiet and impeccably clean. Families with children who decide to move into the area have the option of sending their kids to Casis Elementary School or Austin High School. Casis was rated as exemplary by the Texas Education Agency. There are also private schools that are within minutes of Tarrytown. Families are attracted to the neighborhood for its safety and the healthy dining options that are provided, such as the Tarrytown Farmer's Market that opens every Saturday in the neighborhood.