Wells Branch Neighborhood in Austin, Texas
Author: Brian Talley
Established in 1982 on the north side of Austin, the Wells Branch neighborhood boasts a quiet, serene environment. It gives residents easy access to downtown and several major area employers, as Wells Branch Road runs right through it, and is one of the main roads that connects MoPac and I-35. The subdivision is bordered by MoPac to the west, I-35 to the east, Wells Branch Parkway to the south, and Grand Avenue Parkway to the north.
Those living in the neighborhood are required to pay dues to the Wells Branch Municipal Utility District (MUD). Yearly fees go toward conveniences like trash and recycling services, as well as events held throughout the year. The active neighborhood association hosts parades, holiday celebrations, exercise lessons, youth programs, and more. During the summer season, MUD has summer camps and an early-evening concert series.
Homes in Wells Branch are a wide range of one- and two-story homes, many with brick exteriors. For the most part, homes are moderately sized and have large backyards with decks or patios that take advantage of the outdoors. From January 2009 to June 2010, home sizes ranged from 950 to 3,267 square feet and ranged in price from ,000 to 7,000.
In the middle of the neighborhood sits Katherine Fleisher Park, which has many recreational opportunities for residents to enjoy. It's home to a sports court, swimming pool, and playscape, as well as an 1850s-era cabin that is used for tours and events. Residents will also get exclusive access to the Wells Branch Recreation Center that's home to a workout room with exercise machines, full-size basketball court, and several multi-purpose rooms that are used for meetings and classes.
Perhaps one of the most unique aspects of the area is the Wells Branch Community Garden, which can be used by all who live there. The piece of land is divided to give each person a section, and can be used by everyone to grow vegetables, flowers, and plants. While putting a focus on sustainability, the gardens are also a great way to build a strong sense of community.
While being just a short drive from downtown, residents will still have access to the conveniences they need. The Domain Shopping Center is located just off of MoPac, five miles away, and houses several upscale retail locations and dining venues like Neiman Marcus, Barney's Co-Op, Tiffany & Co., Daily Grill, McCormick & Schmick's, and more. The pedestrian-friendly shopping complex is surrounded by additional office space, high-end apartments, and a Westin Hotel. For groceries, there's an H.E.B. Foods, Howard Food Mart, and Ambica Foods, all less than three miles away.
Children will attend schools in the Round Rock or Pflugerville Independent School Districts. This includes several elementary schools like Wells Branch, Northwest, Caldwell, and Summitt Elementary Schools. Westview Middle School, Pflugerville Middle School, John B Connally High School, McNeil High School, and Pflugerville High School also make their home here.