Year after year the Austin area gets top marks for its quality of life. We're an eclectic city that supports innovative industries, A-list film productions, budding entrepreneurs and important academic pursuits. We are the country's 15th largest city but still offer all the positive attributes of a smaller town, from low crime rates to affordable housing to outstanding schools. And it all happens within a setting of lush green hills, cool natural springs and hundreds of miles of hike and bike trails. The low cost of living is another advantage. The National Association of Home Builders reports that the median home price in Austin was $176,000 in 2009, while the national median was $180,000.
The City of Bee Cave is located west of Austin in the area of FM2244, 71 West, Hwy. 620, and Hamilton Pool Rd. Bee Cave students attend the Lake Travis ISD. The City of Bee Caves was formed in 1987 to avoid the big city hastles of Austin,TX. Residents enjoy the hill country views, peace and quiet of the country, and quick acess to city conveniences.
Briarcliff is a little community located about 20 miles west of Austin, off of Pace Bend Road (FM2322). It was one of the original lake areas designed for water sports, lake cabins, and funky little golf courses such as Willie Nelson's. Willie Nelson still lives there today. Briarcliff marina is also a good spot to keep your boat, as well as meet new folks. A little bit of a drive, but some say well worth to spend a little less for a home. Briarcliff real estate is a little more affordable Lake Travis living.
20 minutes south of Austin is a very affordable community of Buda, TX. Buda is the home of the well known Cabela's outdoors store. Buda offers a fairly quick commute in Austin via IH 35, and very affordable housing.
Cedar Park Texas is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation with a rapidly growing population around 52,000, according to the United States Bureau of the Census. Cedar Park was chosen by Family Circle magazine as one of the top places to raise a family in 2007.
Circle C Ranch is a master planned huge development located in South Austin off of Mopac and Slaughter Lane. It is in a highly desirable location due to a 15 minute drive to get to downtown Austin via Mopac, and a very family oriented development. Home prices range from the mid $200's-mid $500's.
Driftwood is a small town app. 30 miles SW of Austin. It is a quiet little community with rolling hills, and old established oak trees. It is also home to the well known BBQ joint known as "The Salt Lick".
The community of Dripping Springs lies about 25 miles west of Austin, the state capital. It is often referred to as the gateway to the Texas Hill Country with it's scenic views, rolling hills, rocky creek bottoms, and abundance of wildlife. Within it's borders and ETJ, it's population is app. 20,000 people.
The City of Georgetown,TX. is a small town about 30 miles north of Austin. It is the county seat for Williamson County. It was recently voted one of the top cities to live in the United States. This community has the old world charm and beauty with historic downtown and old renovated homes, as well as the town square. In addition to the beauty and charm, it is also home to Inner Space Caverns, a wonderful underground cavern dating back several million years old. It has some awesome tours of our underground caverns, as well as tour guide who explains the underground water systems and how they work.
Hutto TX. is located app. 25 miles NE of Austin,TX. off of Hwy. 79, and is one of the fastest growing areas in central Texas. Hutto TX. Real Estate is expected to continue growing, and they expect to add another 108,000 people by the year 2030.
Kyle is a booming community and home to thousands of citizens. Straddling I-35, eight miles north of San Marcos and 20 miles south of Austin, Kyle is the second largest city in Hays County. Approximately 60 miles north of San Antonio, 200 miles west of Houston and 250 miles south of Dallas, the community of Kyle enjoys a south central location convenient to most major population centers in Texas. With a strategic location close to major highways, airports and rail, Kyle is a great community to live and conduct business.
The City of Lakeway is nestled on the south shore ofLake Travis, app. a 25 minute drive from downtown Austin. For a complete analysis of the City of Lakeway demographics, population, schools, income etc., please click here.
If you are not familiar with the city of Lakeway you can visit their websitehere, or for more information on Lakeway city ordinances, public notices, employment opportunities, as well as city services.
Lake Austin is a constant level section of the Colorado River that winds its way 22 miles from the base of Lake Travis, through Westlake to just west of downtown Austin. In 1940 the Tom Miller Dam was constructed creating Lake Austin, now used for flood control, electrical power generation, and recreation. Some of the area's finest waterfront homes reside around this beautiful stretch of lake. Residents enjoy Lake Austin's tranquil waters that are perfect for enjoying a variety of water sports. Most luxury waterfront homes on Lake Austin have a private boathouse in their backyard making it easy to enjoy the short boat ride to several popular restaurants adorning Lake Austin's shores.
Lake Travis is the perfect destination for ultimate relaxation and water recreation. It is truly a gem among Texas Lakes. With its crystal clear aquamarine water, Lake Travis naturally attracts water sport enthusiasts. There is an amazing variety of boats on Lake Travis; from sailboats and windsurfing regattas, to competition ski boats, jet skiis, scarabs, and huge luxury houseboats.
The City of Liberty Hill TX. is a fast growing community northwest of Austin about 33 miles out Hwy. 183N. It is also app. 15 miles west of Georgetown. It is a mix of older homes and newer acreage estate homes as well. Horse lovers also love it here as there is a couple of equestrian communities there as well. My family goes back about 3 generations here, and was one of the original settlers here.
The City of Pflugerville is certainly a bedroom community to The City of Austin. It is made of affordable homes fairly convenient to downtown Austin located off of IH-35 North. Pflugerville TX. real estate is a popular area for buyers looking to buy their first homes. Population is listed at app. 40,000 people.
Rollingwood is located between Zilker Park and Westlake Hills, south of Lady Bird Lake (previously known as Town Lake) and north of Loop 360. It is about a 5-15 minute commute to downtown Austin, depending on traffic. It can get really congested on FM 2444 (Bee Caves Rd) during rush hour.
Round Rock TX. is located app. 15 miles north of Austin, and encompasses both the East and West sides of IH-35. The City of Round Rock area was recently voted #7 from Money magazine's list of America's best places to live. Family Circle magazine ranked it as in the Top 10 for families, and CNBC ranked it #8 for perfect suburbs. FBI statistics also ranked it #11 as one of the safest cities in America.
Spicewood Texas is located on the south shore of Lake Travis off of Hwy. 71 West past Bee Cave. It is low keyed Lake Travis living where lake lovers like the slower pace of life. Home prices generally run between $100K- $1,800,000. There are many golf courses within a few miles from here, as well as good shopping. It's about an hour drive to ABIA to catch a plane. A lot of the homes either have hill country views, lake views, or Lake Travis access. This area is also home to Willie Nelson.
Steiner Ranch is the "land between the lakes"; a master-planned development between Lake Austin and Lake Travis. Situated on 4,600 beautiful acres near Lake Travis, Lake Austin homes, golf course homes and homes alongside the Balcones Canyonland Preserve, Steiner Ranch is a rare find. New homes by Austin's finest builders present choices for any lifestyle and prices from the $250s to over $3 million. In fact, it is almost all sold out. It sits along the banks of Lake Travis and Lake Austin off of Hwy. 620 and Quinlan Park Blvd.
About 30 minutes from downtown Austin is the Village at Volente, a Lake Travis community. Volente is located off of Volente Rd. (2769) and Lime Creek Rd., near Volente Beach Club. Volente offers peaceful country living, with Lake Travis views, Lake Travis access through some neighborhoods, and mostly acreage type home sites.
The City of Westlake Hills is a small community west of Austin and includes some the most exclusive and luxury real estate and homes around the area. It's proximity to downtown, heavy emphasis on schools and education (Eanes ISD), fine dining,shopping, and scenic views are all great reasons to live here. WestLake Hills also excels in their sports program at Westlake high school as well, having won several state championships. There are also many really good private schools within a short proximity to Westlake Hills. The city today is comprised of 2,560 acres (four square miles) with approximately 40 miles of public streets. The population is app. 3500 with approximately 1,000 homes and 200 businesses.