Top 10 Popular Lake Travis Neighborhoods
Lake Travis is the area of land bordering the Colorado River as it widens into a lake just above the Mansfield Dam. It is one of Austin’s most scenic natural areas. Homes in Lake Travis include luxury estates, master-planned communities, and small neighborhoods that border both sides of the serpentine reservoir and recreational waterway as it flows from Spicewood to within 20 miles of Downtown Austin. Legendary for spectacular Texas Hill Country views and natural landscape, Lake Travis attracts many for its location and livability. Some of Travis and Hays County’s most luxurious neighborhoods are along its shoreline where waterfront communities, golf courses, and lakefront residences share panoramic views, amenities, and proximity to excellent schools reflecting yet another facet of Austin’s casual yet sophisticated lifestyle. If you’re relocating to the area, these are just a handful of the most popular Lake Travis neighborhoods to consider.
Top 10 Popular Lake Travis Neighborhoods
Steiner Ranch is a master-planned community, developed in the 1990s, and laid out over 4,600 acres along the Colorado River just south of Lake Travis. Once a cattle farm, the community now includes almost 40 neighborhoods, 12 miles of trails, 10 parks, and 3 community centers. Known as The Land Between the Lakes, Steiner Ranch has a boat ramp on Lake Austin and a nearby boat ramp on Lake Travis drawing those who love to canoe, fish, kayak or paddleboard. Many homes have views of the water, the 800-acre nature preserve, or The University of Texas Golf Course. Leander ISD, a highly-acclaimed school system, attracts many who want a country lifestyle with good schools nearby. Neighborhoods in Steiner Ranch include developments in a variety of architectural styles by national builders such as David Weekly, Highland, Mercedes, Taylor Morrissey, Monterey, Plantation, and Drees Homes. Natural spaces, swimming pools, playscapes and parks connect neighbors with their community in one of Texas Hill Country’s loveliest settings.
Set deep in the heart of Texas Hill Country, Sweetwater feels like an oasis of relaxation. A 1400-acre master-planned community in the Spicewood area of Lake Travis, Sweetwater features gorgeous homes and resort-style amenities. The development began in 2015 with over a dozen national builders such as M/I, River Oaks, CalAtlantic, Drees, Taylor Morrison, and David Weekly Homes. With a neighborhood dedicated to the finest in hill country living, these residences have a European-influenced design enhanced by the natural beauty of native stone, exposed wood beams, and stained stucco. The 10-acre Sweetwater Club has recreational and social amenities that include a zero-entry pool and splash pad, event lawn and pavilion, sports courts and play fields, hiking trails, and planned activities throughout the year. Sweetwater is less than 6 miles from Bee Cave’s Hill Country Galleria, with upscale shopping and dining and Whole Foods Market. Sweetwater makes finding the sweet spot between living and work, a sweet experience.
Luxury and outstanding architectural design make Spanish Oaks one of Austin’s most desirable neighborhoods. The community is a guard-gated, 1,200-acre master-planned development in a very private area of Texas Hill Country. Much of this premier community borders Little Barton Creek creating protection for both residents and wildlife. Spanish Oaks features 462 custom residences including single-family houses, villas, and garden homes. European-influenced styling, by some of Austin’s leading custom homebuilders, is presented in The Preserve Collection, Estates Collection, and Fairway Collection. They sit on half-acre to 4-plus acre home sites buffered by 15,000 acres of nature preserves. A sanctuary of casual lifestyle mixed with natural beauty, Spanish Oaks has a 24/7 concierge and amenities like a Resident’s Lodge with 3-tier pool, sports and fitness facilities, and trail system. The Fish Camp, a rustic bait shop on a 3-acre lake provide hours of fun and lots of stories about the fish that got away. Spanish Oaks is in the acclaimed Lake Travis ISD. This prestigious community is within 2 miles of Hill Country Galleria adding upscale shopping and dining to this luxury lifestyle.
Rough Hollow, on Lakeway’s western frontier, sits along limestone bluffs, high above one of Lake Travis’ most picturesque coves. A 1,800-acre community, Rough Hollow brings elegance to waterfront living with custom homes and an enviable list of amenities. Developer Crescent Communities received the 2016 Best Master Planned Community Maxi Award for best lifestyle and unique features. Rough Hollow, with 19 neighborhoods in 6 sections, has residences in a variety of sizes and price points that reflect the community’s breathtaking views and privileged amenities. Waterfront living is available in The Bluffs, East Rim, and The Overlook. Amenities include Highland Village and Rough Hollow Harbor Yacht Club. The yacht club is the centerpiece of this magnificent hamlet with a 13-dock marina, concierge, valet, resort-style pool and boating store. Relationships with 8 area golf courses and a 16-court tennis center provide residents with an incredible array of activities for fun or social engagement. Acclaimed Lake Travis ISD serves students living in this community.
Rocky Creek’s tagline “Live Life Naturally” describes the lifestyle and surroundings of this 468-acre Lake Travis master-planned community near Bee Cave and Lakeway. Developed by Hillwood Communities in 2015, Rocky Creek includes 300 acres of greenspace and a 4,700-acre exterior buffer. National builders like Highland, Taylor Morrison, and Drees Homes have created over 400 traditional and Euro-inspired residences ranging in size from 2,500 to over 4,000 square feet. Many of the 70’ to over 100’ lots back to natural areas and creek beds further enhancing the park-like feel of this community. Rocky Creek amenities include a swimming pool, playscape, and 5 miles of hiking trails. The much-acclaimed Lake Travis ISD serves residents of Rocky Creek with 2 of the 3 schools rated as exemplary. With Hill Country Galleria and Whole Foods just minutes away, Rocky Creek gives living out in the country a whole new meaning.
For those with a passion for golf, the spectacular rolling vistas of Texas Hill Country and championship courses add up to an irresistible opportunity for ownership in the Hills of Lakeway. An impressive, guard-gated community once known as Village of the Hills, Hills of Lakeway offers golf course living in traditional homes that back to manicured greens and natural areas. Many of these gorgeous custom estates rival the clubhouse with sparkling pools, sunrooms, game and media rooms, and outdoor living areas for entertaining. Residents love their location, near Lakeway Commons and Hill Country Galleria, where shopping and casual dining is within a few miles of their home. The Hills Country Club features 72 holes of championship golf on 4 golf courses, two by legendary golfer, Jack Nicklaus. Each property in the development includes a social membership with dining, events, and swimming in the outstanding ClubCorp facilities. Neighborhood amenities include a fitness room, playground, and sports courts. The highly-regarded Lake Travis ISD serves this prestigious Lakeway community.
Hudson Bend is the peninsula formed by Lake Travis as it winds north and east of Lakeway. With a spectacular shoreline that includes steep cliffs and gentle water lapping inlets and coves, Hudson Bend features gorgeous scenery and many of Austin’s hottest neighborhoods. The area, embraced by the shores the Colorado River, includes waterfront communities such as Emerald Point, Eagle Ridge, Travis Landing, Rocky Ridge, as well as newer developments like Canopy at Hudson Bend and Reserve at Hudson Bend. While not waterfront, these subdivisions offer homes with unique designs in neighborhoods that are not far from marinas for water access. Residences on Hudson Bend vary in size from older fishing camps to Tuscan-influenced estates. What they all have in common is proximity to Lake Travis and a resort-living mindset that makes every day a vacation day.
Stretching between Lake Austin and Bee Cave, Lake Pointe is an 800-home master-planned community that is both on the water and close to suburban retail centers. Sitting along the shores of Lake Austin, this well-established 1990s community has homes by CalAtlantic, Scott Felder, Clark Wilson, Highland, Brighton and DR Horton. Beautiful streetscapes that include Mediterranean, traditional and Texas ranch-style homes grace subdivisions like The Setting, The Landing, and The Estates. Vista Pointe and The Pointe, gated areas of luxury homes, have views of Texas Hill Country and Lake Austin. Residents have access to Lake Pointe’s amenities including a clubhouse, pool, play areas and access to Lake Austin. When not enjoying the lake or pool, students in Lake Pointe attend the much respected, Lake Travis ISD. Nearby Bee Cave is home to shopping, dining and entertainment at Hill Country Galleria, Shops at the Galleria, and Bee Cave Plaza bringing national retailers and Whole Foods Market to Texas Hill Country residents.
Flintrock Falls is a gated, country club community with an amenity-packed lifestyle that draws many to this magnificent hill country setting near Lakeway on Lake Travis. A spectacular master-planned development, Flintrock Falls has luxury estate-size custom homes in native stone and stucco that reflect European design in both architecture and landscape. Many have views of greens, creek or rolling hills with outdoor living areas that take advantage of these beautiful vistas from sunrise to sunset. Those with a passion for golf enjoy The Hills Country Club. Membership includes 72 holes of golf (including 2 side-by-side Jack Nicklaus signature courses), Academy of Golf Dynamics (a top training facility), and World of Tennis Sports Complex (with 16 outdoor and 2 indoor courts), swimming pool, spa, and café. Austin’s Showcase of Homes has featured Flintrock Falls’ custom homebuilders such as Laurel Haven, Lake Travis Builders, Sterling, Rollo and Jenkins Custom Homes. Flintrock Falls offers views of manicured greens, natural water features, and rolling hills lush with the beauty of Texas live oak trees and wildflowers.
Central Texas is known for exceptional golf and legendary clubs with spectacular, rolling terrain. One of these is Falconhead Golf Club, an 18-hole PGA-designed course that stands out as one of the area’s most popular daily-fee courses. Flanking the club is the master-planned community of Falconhead. Neighborhoods in 5 subdivisions, such as The Heights, The Grove, Spillman Ridge, Falconhead, and Falconhead West have garden condos, villas, bungalows, and custom homes. All but Falconhead West are centered around the course, clubhouse, and practice facility, while Falconhead West is adjacent to a 375-acre primitive park. Taylor Morrison, Drees, and CalAtlantic have created distinctive, Tuscan-designed homes in a variety of sizes and price points, some of which are low-maintenance. While Falconhead may be known for golf, many buyers choose it for its scenic beauty, lovely streetscapes, and proximity to Bee Cave, an area that continues to develop with destination shopping and excellent schools. Lake Travis ISD, one of Austin’s top school systems, serves students living in the development. Whatever the reason, Falconhead remains one of the area’s most desirable neighborhoods and scores highly with most buyers looking for a home near Lake Travis.