Shady Hollow is a residential community located about ten miles southwest of Austin in southwestern Travis County near the Travis and Hays county border. Brodie Lane divides the community south of Slaughter Lane and residences from the east side to the west side make up an eclectic, vibrant community.
The 3 sections that make up Shady Hollow have homes that range in size from just over 1,200 sq. ft. to over 5000 sq. ft. of the larger homes and lots in the Estates of Shady Hollow. There are a mix of builders who built in Shady Hollow from custom Build On Your Lot, to production builders such as David Weekly Homes, Doyle Wilson Homes and Scott Felder Homes to name a few.
While the original community of Shady Hollow began in the early ‘70s, homes in the Estates of Shady Hollow were built in the 80’s & 90’s on 1 acre lots. The Villages of Shady Hollow homes began mostly in the 1990’s through the early 2000’s. Shady Hollow West homes were built in the early 2000’s and completed in 2002.
Shady Hollow proper is one of the most popular neighborhoods in the Southwest Austin area. The Neighborhood consists of 3 distinct sections: Shady Hollow, Shady Hollow West, and The Estates of Shady Hollow. This neighborhood features large trees, an eclectic mix of houses and is far from the cookie-cutter feel of some master-planned communities. Shady Hollow is located off Brodie Lane south from W. Slaughter Lane and is clearly marked by signs on both sides of Brodie.
There are a number of other subdivisions in the Southwest Austin area that are closely associated with Shady Hollow. Most of these are considered part of Greater Shady Hollow including: The Villages of Shady Hollow (Southland Oaks), Barker Ranch at Shady Hollow and Bauerle Ranch at Shady Hollow (the Estates of Bauerle Ranch).
Other subdivisions near Shady Hollow include Brodie Springs, the Bridges at Bear Creek and Oak Parke.
With basketball courts, tennis courts and a very active Shady Hollow David C Ellis Community Center, the neighborhood has a lot to offer in the terms of recreation.3 different parks are located in the subdivision—Capistrano Park featuring the popular neighborhood swimming pool, a wading pool, two tennis courts, one basketball court, picnic tables, two playscapes, two playgrounds and barbecue grills, Doe Run Park which has two tennis courts, one basketball court, a meditation memorial park, a playground with equipment a picnic gazebo and is beside the David C. Ellis Community Center and Shady Hollow West park which contains a nature trail and walking path, playscape and sitting benches.
Shady Hollow homeowners have a lot of choices for nearby shopping and dining. The main shopping hub is Shady Hollow Village Shopping Center. It is anchored by an excellent Randall’s Grocery Store-part of the national Safeway Chain. Galaxy Café, Maudie’s Hacienda Tex Mex, and the new Madam Maam’s Thai Cuisine delight the palette while Twin Liquors, Reid’s Dry Cleaners, and a local post shop make it a convenient easy in and out stop for consumers. Less than 10 minutes away, Escarpment Village, Austin’s first green retail center features rainwater-harvesting cisterns and solar panels, as well as more than 25 shops and stores. Some of the most popular retailers include a “hybrid” HEB, which incorporates many of the gourmet aspects of Central Market, in addition to Starbucks, Oasis Day Spa, Massage Envy, Eye Tech Optometry, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Allstate Insurance, an Animal Hospital and Tomlinson’s Pet Supplies, among others. Escarpment Village also has six restaurants. For a casual meal, locals have a choice of several beloved Austin institutions such as Torchy’s Tacos, Waterloo Ice House, or Kerbey Lane Cafe (famous for their pancakes and Bacon Pesto chicken with parmesan mashed potatoes); for dessert, there's ice cream at D’Lites, which boasts 150 gluten-free, naturally flavored varieties.
Also about 10 minutes from Shady Hollow is the 70-acre, 365,000-square-foot Shops at Arbor Trails, a two-time recipient of the “Best Real Estate” Award from the Austin Business Journal. Locals enjoy convenient access to more than 30 stores and businesses, including Pure Bikram Yoga, Costco, Healthy Pet, Staples, The Dental Centre, and Lane Chiropractic (among others), as well as 10 restaurants. Locals also flock to the 40,000-square-foot Whole Foods; in addition to its wide variety of organic groceries, the store hosts movie nights, local brewery tastings, live music, and kids’ cooking classes.
Culinary lovers can also shop Mandola’s Italian Market for their vast array of imported products. For a more extensive shopping spree, Southpark Meadows is only about 10 minutes away, and features 99 stores and 29 restaurants — enough to keep shoppers busy for an entire day. Some of the more popular stores include Ross, Bed Bath and Beyond, Best Buy, Dress Barn, JCPenney, Lane Bryant, Marshall’s, Men’s Wearhouse, Office Max, Payless Shoes, Pet Smart, SuperTarget, Hobby Lobby, Ashley Furniture, as well as Walmart, Sam’s Club and many more.
Southpark Meadows also features a variety of restaurants, including the authentic Tex-Mex of Serranos; mouth-watering steak, chicken and fish at the Longhorn Steakhouse; and popular favorites Chili’s, Trudy’s and TGI Friday’s, among others. For a dinner and movie date night, locals take advantage of the 14-screen Cinemark movie theater followed by something sweet from Amy’s Ice Cream. Both are also conveniently located in Southpark.
Finally, two more major shopping malls — Barton Creek Square Mall and Sunset Valley Market Fair — are both also about 10 minutes away. Together they include more than 260 stores and restaurants.
In Shady Hollow the schools are rated as some of the best you will find in Austin Independent School District- Baranoff Elementary School is an award winning (PK-5) institution that resides in the middle of The Villages of Shady Hollow on the east side of Brodie Lane. Bailey Middle School (6-8) sits in the back of west side of Shady Hollow separating Shady Hollow Estates and Shady Hollow West. Bowie High School (9-12), the assigned school for Circle C Ranch, made the U.S. News and World Report's annual list of "Best High Schools." The Bowie High School former alumni include sports greats and notable creatives. Private school options include San Juan Diego Catholic High School (9-12), Bannockburn Christian Academy (PK-5), Athena Montessori Academy (PK-K), Headwaters-Montessori/International Baccalaureate Program (PK-12) and Veritas Academy (PK-12) Austin Waldorf School (PK-12) and St. Andrew's Episcopal School (K-12).
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