Darin WalkerLuxury Real Estate Advisor
Darin Walker is Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty #1 West Austin Top Producer, a member of Elite 25 Austin and Luxury League. Specializing in the Central & West Austin markets, he offers expertise in ultra-luxury and architecturally significant homes, new construction, land use valuation, and insider access to off market luxury properties. Consistently ranked in the top .0025% of Austin realtors with over $300 million in sales, Darin offers the experience, connections, and knowledge only a local expert can provide.
Darin couples his lifelong love of Austin with his vast knowledge of the Austin luxury market and his 20 years of experience in finance and investment banking to deliver superb results for his real estate clients. Simply put, Darin’s the ultimate Austin insider.
Specializing in Central and West Austin, Darin excels at sourcing off-market properties that are not available to the general public and at maintaining a robust inventory of exclusive listings. Between 2018 to 2022, off-market transactions represented over $170 Million of his more than $300 Million in sales. Moreover, Darin’s skill in identifying some of Austin’s most exclusive off-market properties for his clients contributed to him being recognized as Austin’s #5 Luxury Realtor in the Austin Business Journal’s 2019 Residential Real Estate Awards.
As an Austin native and West Lake Hills City Council member, Darin offers a unique perspective and valuable insight into Austin’s luxury market. He has served on the West Lake Hills City Council since 2014 and has an extensive understanding of local land use, building codes, coupled with a strong network of Austin’s most talented architects, builders, and interior designers.
Darin Walker’s potent combination of Austin market familiarity, expert knowledge of land use, record-setting sales, and sourcing of some of Austin’s finest residential properties is unmatched. Aside from his hard-driving work ethic, his charismatic and fun-loving personality is contagious to all those he works with and for. In his leisure time, he enjoys the best Austin has to offer, including UT sports, F1 Racing, concerts, fly fishing, hunting, and the great outdoors with clients, family, and his friends.
Areas of Expertise
- Executive and Corporate Relocation
- Central and West Austin Luxury Residences
- New Construction, Development, and Financing
- Central and Downtown Austin, West Lake Hills,
West Austin, and Lake Travis
- CINNAMON SHORE – Port Aransas, Texas
- Cinnamon Shore Town Center – Partner, Finance
Consultant, & Buyer Agent
- A Traditional Seaside Village – Award Winner of the
Southern Living Idea House for 2009
- University of Texas at Austin, B.A. in Economics, 1991
- National Association of Securities Dealers, Series 7, 63, & 24
- Registered Investment Advisor
- Elite 25 Austin
- Kuper Sotheby’s President’s Club
- Austin Board of Realtors (ABOR)
- Texas Board of Realtors (TAR)
- National Association of Realtors (NAR)
- University of Texas Exes Alumni Association
- Sigma Phi Epsilon Alumni, University of Texas
- Coast Conservation Foundation, Board Member
- Colorado River Foundation, River Society Member
Westlake Hills Community Involvement
- Resident since 1974
- West Lake Hills City Council, Place 4 – Elected May 2014
- West Lake Hills Build Design Committee, Chairman
- Westlake High School Alumni, Class of ’86
- West Lake High School Cheer – All-Star Supporter
- Eanes Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, Member & Volunteer
- Devoted Dads of Eanes Elementary, Founder
- Eanes Education Foundation, Gala Committee Member
Working with Darin Walker gives you the advantage of walking in as an insider. Stepping in as if you are a local with a lifetime of connections and knowledge.
If you are looking to live in West Austin or West Lake Hills then you need an expert to give you the edge, insight, and connections that only a 42 year resident can offer. You need insight and connections that only a city councilman will have. As a native, Darin has a unique perspective of what it can mean to live in the hills of Austin. It is not often that one has the opportunity to have such a guide to help in the logistics and the enjoyment of such an adventure.
In 2014, Darin was elected to serve on the West Lake Hills City Council. He also serves as the Chairman of the West Lake Hills Build Design Committee and he serves on several city council subcommittees. Homeowners and businessmen rely on Darin to guide them throughout the variance process and help solve issues with their land use.
West Lake Hills
Growing up in West Lake Hills
When my family moved to West Lake Hills in 1974 it was a much different place. We had just three schools, one grocery store, a cool toy store and a handful of restaurants. Austin and West Lake Hills were both much smaller communities. Kari, my wife, and I graduated from West Lake High School with a class size of less than 375 students. I look back at these early days of growing up here in 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, and I’m so appreciative of the charmed life I enjoyed in these natural surroundings. It’s hard to imagine a more idyllic backdrop for a kid to grow up.
Life on Nob Hill
I was a six year-old kid about to start the second grade at Eanes Elementary when my family arrived at 16 Nob Hill Circle in 1974. Little did I know this would mark a chapter of my life that would never end. The old house my family bought was situated on a tree-covered hilltop with complete privacy from neighbors, and it had an incredible view of downtown Austin with a real backyard bomb shelter. The house was originally designated by Frank Lloyd Wright, but the original owner altered the design and built a slighty different home tucked away on this hilltop to capture the magnificent downtown views. At the time, the Texas Tower and the State Capital were the highest buildings downtown.
The Cow Path to the Bus Stop
To our delight, my sister and I were allowed to ride the bus as we entered the 1st and 2nd grade at Eanes Elementary. The bus would pick us up everyday at the end of this long rocky road where Skyline Drive and Redbud Trail intersected. Back then, we called it the “cow path”. It was a fifteen-minute walk down Nob Hill to get there, but we didn’t mind. Most of the time, we would scare up deer and other animals along the way.