Generally speaking, the Austin Independent School District (Austin ISD) portion of Lake Austin spans most homes on the north side of the lake. It also includes a southern portion of the lake in central Austin near the area of MoPac (Loop 1.) In this area, the boundary runs south of the river and includes some homes along Redbud Trail, Stratford Drive, and Lake Austin Boulevard, as well as homes off of Ridgewood Drive.
Some of the Lake Austin neighborhoods that are zoned for Austin ISD are Briarpatch, Hidden Valley, Mount Bonnell, Mount Bonnell, Tarrytown, Waters Edge, and Greenshores.
For example, in Mount Bonnell Shores, lakefront homes are those on a manmade canal to Lake Austin and offer views of the lakefront and wooded areas. Homes with actual lake frontage range into the multi-millions, while homes in the same neighborhood but off the actual waterfront are significantly less. All homes in this neighborhood, however, have access to the Mount Bonnell Shores Colorado Crossing Homeowners Association lakefront park. Even more exclusive is Island at Mount Bonnell Shores, a gated community that offers some of Lake Austin’s most prestigious homes on main body waterfront lots.
Greenshores on Lake Austin. In Tarrytown, while all the homes are close to Lake Austin, only a portion of the homes are within eyesight and even fewer are actually on the waterfront. Tarrytown Rivers Edge is a section with closer lake access; look at Scenic Drive for the waterfront properties. A handful of homes have membership in the Tarrytown Boat Club and a little over a dozen homes have a deeded, private boat slip. Condos in Tarrytown offer price-inclusive opportunities to live near the lake. Casis Elementary School and O’Henry Middle School are within Tarrytown, as is Deep Eddy Pool, Mayfield Nature Park and Preserve, and Lions Municipal Golf Course. Whether waterfront or near the lake, for general proximity to Lake Austin, Tarrytown is an especially charming part of Austin.
In Greenshores on Lake Austin, homes are within walking distance of Lake Austin and residents are able to enjoy a large dock exclusively for residents and maintained by the homeowners association, as well as a small park.