Great Hills

Great Hills is an area technically covering both sides of 360 between Spicewood & 183 but most folks think of Great Hills on the north side of 360, west of 183 and that is the area we’re talking about in this article.   Great Hills section 01 and 02 are south of 360 and the rest, the bulk of Great Hills, is north of 360 and west of the Arboretum over to Spicewood Springs. 

Great Hills is in the 78759 zip code and features Bull Creek and the Bull Creek Greenbelt, Great Hills Golf & Country Club, highway access, hills, views and green space, with quick access to the Arboretum and the Domain shopping areas.

The homes were built mostly in the 80’s and early 90’s, many ranch styles, a lot of natural TX limestone exteriors.  We have a home search set up specifically for the 78759 zip:

As the name suggests, this is a greatly hilly area.  Lots of big rocks, cliffs, makes for some challenging gardening (you think you want to plant that tree in that specific spot until you start working it with a shovel, then pick-ax then you move to another spot).  It also makes for some beautiful landscape design opportunities.  If you are a big vegetable gardener, you may be challenged for ample full sun (the neighborhoods have enormous oaks) and you’ll be restricted to the fenced portion of your yard because of the deer. 

Views.  Did I mention views?  There are fabulous views in Great Hills and ample green space.  Bull Creek greenbelt is an absolute gem and offers an unequaled hiking opportunity complete with miles of trails, swimming holes and waterfalls.  Many of us can walk to Bull Creek greenbelt access spots from our homes.  You can access St. Edwards Park (a little known gem) off Spicewood Springs Road (you’ll feel like you’re in the country on this curvy, occasionally flooded road).  Oh, one other note on views & trade-offs … sometimes the homes with the best views also lack a usable backyard.

Schools … Great Hills splits itself between the Round Rock ISD and Austin ISD.  South of 360 and north of 360 up to a jagged line near Tributary Ridge is Austin ISD, north of that line is Round Rock ISD.  If your goal is to live in Austin but send your kids to Round Rock schools, this northern portion of Great Hills would be the southern most RRISD address to accomplish that.  The RRISD high school served by this area is Westwood and is a high-performing school.  I have heard stories that some parents do not want their kids to go to Westwood because it is so difficult to be in the top 10% of the class and that may hinder their ability to get into UT.

Real estate prices have held in Great Hills from 2008 through 2009.  The higher priced homes over $500k did not move very well in 2009 but overall prices held with average sales price down 3%, median up 5%. The average sales price in ’09 was $440k, median $460k, avg sqft of 3,024 and average $146 / sqft. 

 If you want to follow ongoing sales data for Great Hills or any particular area or your existing home, you can set that up at or for a monthly market analysis report (highly recommended)  (you get a monthly report from your financial advisor, why wouldn’t you want the same for your real estate?).

Great Hills has excellent commuter travel access to Mopac, 360, 183, downtown, UT and all points north (if you work north, your commute will be against traffic) and you have decent access to the new tollways.  If you work at Dell, 3M, Apple, North Austin Medical Center … it’s an easy commute.  183 can get backed up so if you work in town and travel north to get home, you can exit Spicewood Springs and cut over. Commute to the airport is about 30 minutes on a good day.

We have a sister article that is a neighborhood smackdown between Northwest Hills vs. Great Hills ( ).  We find many home shoppers needing assistance understanding the sometimes subtle differences between neighboring neighborhoods and these reviews are part of our effort to address that.

We are happy to continue to build this article with your thoughts and contributions.

Whether you’re curious or ready, have a quick question or need a personal consultation, contact The Nelson Project:  512.633.6643


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