Westgate is a predominantly residential neighborhood with a commercial area on its northern border, located southwest of Austin’s central business district. The commercial area includes the Westgate Shopping Center and there are grocery stores, coffee shops, dollar stores, and many other shops and services available. Several schools, a greenbelt, and a park are also walkable.
Westgate’s climate provides warm walkable weather throughout the year with mild winters and hot summers. Fall and spring are usually sunny and provide perfect weather for a stroll with your dog. Winters are mild and neighborhood pooches enjoy walking with their people all year round. Summer heat can be an issue as daytime temperatures are uncomfortable for activities like hiking. Austin dog owners tend to go out early or later in the day. Summer storms are also an issue as Austin is part of “Tornado Alley” and severe storms can be dangerous. Check forecasts to avoid inclement weather.
Westgate is bordered by Route 290 on the north, Manchaca road on the east, W Stassney Lane on the south, and the Flournoy Acres neighborhood on the west side. The neighborhood comprises 1.468 square miles with a population density slightly higher than the city average.
The Williamson Creek and ravine flows through the neighborhood and create a greenway to explore. There are some apartments in the region, but most of the community is made up of single-family homes. Residences are on large, well landscaped lots with spacious lawns and huge shade trees.
Not all residential roads have sidewalks lining them which means pedestrians sometimes have to share the road with local traffic. Most of the neighborhood is flat with decent sightlines and the area is quiet, so this is usually not an issue. Some gentle inclines in the community do not require overexertion from pet owners and their pups on daily walks.
The Joslin Neighood Park is located within Westgate’s boundaries and has tennis courts and a dirt walking trail around it. This pretty park has open areas, treed spots, and is a desirable spot for a walk with your pup.
The Williamson Creek greenway runs through the neighborhood and there are natural trails to use. When flash floods occur, the unmaintained trails around the creek can be hazardous with trails washed out and high water in the creek, so be careful when using this greenway.
A short trip north takes Westgate residents and their pups to the Barton Creek Park and Greenbelt. The greenbelt features a trail that loops around the green space and along the creek. When the creek is high, natural swimming holes are formed and are accessible from the trail. On a hot summer day, these swimming holes are a great way to cool off on a walk!