You know what being a slacker doesn’t get you? An inground pool. Also, a secluded citadel from which to perch and survey the toiling rabble below you, because that real estate in the Westlake area ain’t cheap.
Before any of our western readers get too upset and choke on their Pappy Van Winkle, note that we’re only reporting that West Lake Hills was recently named the “most obnoxiously rich suburb” of Austin by the noted internet list-makers at Thrillist. Austin, for all of its gleaming skyscrapers, still trades heavily on the rough-around-the-edges, crusty charm mythologized by Richard Linklater’s 1991 film “Slacker.” But even weirdsville has a tony pocket.
Thrillist’s methodology in choosing the ritziest suburbs of cities across America came down to money, of course, but the site said that certain factors were navigated “by feel.” Feelings about West Lake Hills, according to the list, are that the enclave and its “frightfully steep driveways” are secluded from the rest of the town by its rolling terrain and the Colorado River, leading to elitism. Particular venom for the community was reserved by the article for residents’ “insanely privileged spawn who terrorize the area around Westlake High School in their Range Rovers.”
For comparison, the Dallas ‘burb with pomposity to spare, according to Thrillist, is Frisco. For Houston, it’s The Woodlands.
We love a little cross-town snark as much as anyone. But let’s remember that our lovely American-Statesman readers from West Lake Hills are among the kindest folks we know. Now, let us use your pools, because most of the public swimming spots in town are already closed for the season.