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The Old Lakeway community represents the area defined by Lakeway’s first 300 homes built prior to April 1971, and within the original 1,000 acres developed. This blossoming community is also part of the Old Lakeway Project, a resident-led initiative to encourage homeowners to honor the original architects’ design vision. However, many of the older homes with effervescent views or waterfront access have been renovated to meld the prestigious views with an updated modern elegance to match. All within 30 minutes of downtown Austin, in Old Lakeway, residents enjoy the best of the Hill Country boating and golfing lifestyle.
Where is Old Lakeway?
Old Lakeway is just off 620, with access to North Austin via 2222 or South Austin via Highway 71. Old Lakeway is geographically defined by the boundaries of the original 17 sections and first 1,000 acres of Lakeway. Old Lakeway was developed between October 1962 and April 1971, and in 2017, there were street signs put up featuring the original Lakeway logo at each intersection in the neighborhood defining the area.
Old Lakeway Schools
Old Lakeway is part of the Lake Travis ISD, and residents attend Lakeway Elementary, Lake Travis Middle School, and Lake Travis High School. LTISD ranks as one of the top school districts in the state of Texas, with Lake Travis High School holding high honors for its academics, athletics, and college readiness.
Old Lakeway Life
In Old Lakeway, Lake Travis is your backdoor. There are a plethora of water sports offered at Lakeway Marina, including renting pontoons, jet skis, basic speed boats, and paddle boats.
Old Lakeway is also any golfer’s dream. Yaupon, Live Oak, The Hills, and Flintrock Falls golf courses are all nearby the community. The Lake Travis area and Texas Hill Country are home to plenty of private and public golf courses for residents to try out.
Old Lakeway is a tight-knit community with family activities all year round nearby. With history in its homes, Old Lakeway is a chance to be in the most charming part of town.
In 2003, carving out a living space that honored nature, convenience, refinement, and relaxation, the Falconhead community was born. The rolling West Hills Falconhead neighborhood hosts five distinct sections: Spillman Ranch, Falconhead, Falconhead West, The Heights of Falconhead, and The Grove. From luxury golf homes, natural brick and stone, and Tuscan garden homes, these distinct developments accommodate a plethora of aesthetic preferences and styles when buying a home in Falconhead.
Where is Falconhead?
Nestled in the West Hills, between Bee Cave and Lakeway, Falconhead offers a gentle blend of proximity to central Austin, while maintaining a family-oriented community feel. Even though only 17 miles from downtown Austin, Falconhead’s luscious rolling hills and sculpted trails offer a nature sanctuary to those buying a home in Falconhead.
Highly sought after Lake Travis ISD serves the Falconhead neighborhood. Children in this neighborhood attend Lakeway Elementary, Bee Cave Elementary, Lake Travis Middle School, and Lake Travis High School. LTISD ranks as one of the top school districts in the state of Texas, with Lake Travis High School holding high honors for its academics, athletics, and college readiness.
Go for a jog on one of the chiseled nature trails of Falconhead, then take a short drive to the Hill Country Galleria for a tasty lunch sure to satiate any craving. Shop until you drop at one of the hundred retail stores and cap off your night with some live music while you unwind with a glass of wine, frosty beer, or chai tea.
Take the children to one of the many neighborhood lush parks, such as the City of Bee Cave Central Park, or take a dip in Hamilton pool for an early morning local outing. Then wrestle up the family for a fun and delicious Mexican lunch at Santa Catarina, hosting a family-friendly atmosphere and playground.
Walk right outside your backdoor to the pristine Falconhead golf course to play 18 holes of golf while soaking in the Texas sun. Unwind at the Falconhead Golf Club with friends, or even head down the street to the Grove to watch the day fade to night while enjoying a featured wine tasting and delectable bites.
If you are looking for a community that has the convenience of city life but the close-knit feeling of the suburbs, situated in the peaceful West Hills, then consider buying a home in the Falconhead neighborhood.
Falconhead West Community
The Falconhead West community is located within the already well-established, Falconhead neighborhood. The community began back in 2008 and has continued to develop over the past 10 years. It is nestled in the midst of beautiful Texas Hill Country, Falconhead West is close to great shopping at the Hill Country Galleria and Lake Travis.
Where is Falconhead West?
Just a short drive from Austin, the Falconhead West community is located just off Highway 71. Residents may also enter off RR620, near the Shops at the Galleria. The area is nestled in the beautiful Hill Country of Austin, between Bee Cave and Lakeway. Falconhead West offers the convenience that it is only 17 miles from downtown Austin, however offers residents the serene life with gorgeous views of the rolling Hill Country.
Falconhead West Schools
Falconhead West is a part of Lake Travis ISD. Children in this neighborhood attend Bee Cave Elementary, Lake Travis Middle School, and Lake Travis High School. LTISD ranks as one of the top school districts in the state of Texas, with Lake Travis High School holding high honors for its academics, athletics, and college readiness.
Falconhead West Life
If you're a golf fan, head to one of the best courses in the Austin area at Falconhead Golf Club, located in the neighboring community of Falconhead. The course has both membership options for avid golfers and a pay as you play option.
Falconhead West's Primitive Park has some of the best primitive hike and bike trails with amazing views of the Hill Country as you enjoy the outdoors. The trails are divided and range from .5 to 1.5 miles, approximately 3.6 miles total.
Also near Falconhead West is Lake Travis, where you can enjoy days relaxing on the lake on a boat. Maybe zip lining or water parks are more your style? Residents of Falconhead West have those nearby too. You are also near Hamilton Pool to take a dip in the historic swimming hole and natural pool.
The Falconhead West neighborhood is one of the most desirable communities in the Bee Cave area. It offers a little bit of everything from new homes to top amenities and experiences close by. With the convenience of being close enough to Austin, but the views of country life, families get the best of both worlds.
The Hills + Flintrock Communities
These sought after Lakeway neighborhoods are located just off highway 71 in south Austin. Both The Hills and Flintrock are just 20 miles from the heart of downtown Austin, and only 4 miles from upscale shopping and dining at the Hill Country Galleria. Wine connoisseurs will adorn the proximity to a multitude of wineries of the Texas Hill Country.
Homes in The Hills of Lakeway and Flintrock
The Hills of Lakeway and Flintrock homes for sale are neighboring, established communities with effervescent lookouts of the Texas Hill Country and Lake Travis. Pristine and unique custom homes grace the streets with private, guard-gated entrance into the community. The price points of homes in this neighborhood reflect the luxury, desirability, and proximity to the lake and high performing schools.
The Hills + Flintrock Schools
Lakeway is an esteemed cog within the adorned Lake Travis Independent School District (LTISD). LTISD is recognized for remarkable achievements and honors in areas such as career and college readiness. In addition to high academic achievements, athletes from the district often sign collegiate letters of intent in various sports categories. The well rounded extracurricular and academic activities provided by the LTISD curriculum, as well as the parent driven community, are just a few reasons why people flock to real estate within the Lakeway borders.
The Hills + Flintrock Life
The gated communities of Flintrock Falls and The Hills of Lakeway comprise two hidden gems of Lakeway. These luxurious homes and manicured lawns are merely a golf cart ride away from the Nicklaus designed golf course, spa, and luxurious country club pools. Built on refined beauty, community driven, and prime geographic location, this enviable Lakeway real estate offers all the perks of a modern day haven.
Flintrock Falls and The Hills of Lakeway provides residents picturesque views of the Texas Hill Country and coveted lake access to Lake Travis. Weekends spent boating and splashing in the refreshing Lake Travis are the norm for residents of these Lakeway neighborhoods. Members of The Hills at Lakeway Country Club are provided with private golf, indoor and outdoor tennis, swimming, and spa retreats. In addition to upscale golf courses, The Hills is also home to world famous tennis tournaments, serves Sunday brunch, hosts family dining, as well as beautiful event spaces.
Spanish Oaks Community
Spanish Oaks is a 1,200-acre gated community in the heart of the Hill Country. The homes have the look and feel of resort-living, while only 18 miles from downtown Austin. Houses throughout this luxurious neighborhood are large and spacious with an average square footage of 5,400 square feet. Most of the lots range from 1/2 acre to over two acres, with rolling hill country views.
Where is Spanish Oaks?
Spanish Oaks is located at Highway 71 and Bee Caves Road. The neighborhood has on either side protected nature preserves and Barton Creek. It’s a 20-minute drive to downtown Austin, and just south of the famous Lake Travis.
Spanish Oaks Schools
Spanish Oaks is a part of Lake Travis ISD, which is ranked one of the top two districts in the Austin area with an A+ rating. Children in this neighborhood attend Lake Pointe Elementary, Lake Travis Middle School, and Lake Travis High School. LTISD ranks as one of the top school districts in the state of Texas, with Lake Travis High School holding high honors for its academics, athletics, and college readiness. Lake Travis High has won state championships in football, golf, rugby and women’s volleyball in recent years.
Spanish Oaks Life
Spanish Oaks is home to the Spanish Oaks Golf Club, an 18-hole, Bobby Weed-designed course. The course is one of the best in Texas and is currently ranked #6 in the state by Golf Digest magazine. Memberships are available there for Full Golf, Junior Golf, National Golf and Social.
In the community is the Pool Pavilion, which features swimming, sandy beaches, a sport court, and volleyball courts. You can have the perfect blend of fitness and entertainment without even leaving the neighborhood. Also there is the Spanish Oaks Private Fish Camp that includes a bait shop, fishing dock and 4.5 acre stocked pond.
In the surrounding area near Spanish Oaks is the Hill Country Galleria shopping area for everything one needs to live, shop, work and play, including Whole Foods, Milk and Honey spa, and the family-friendly Mandola’s Italian restaurant.
For outdoor adventures, residents of Spanish Oaks can hike nature trails at the nearby Barton Creek Habitat Preserve and take a dip in the natural Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve.
Homes in the Spanish Oaks have it all – views of the rolling hills, resort-style amenities included, and a world-renowned golf course at your doorstep. It’s the chance to live in one of most prestigious communities in all of Central Texas.
Canyons and wildflower fields make up the Sweetwater community's natural landscape, making it hard to believe the area is so close to Austin. Nearly half of the Sweetwater community’s acreage is dedicated for recreation and open space. Sweetwater is located just south of Lake Travis and in Bee Cave.
Where is Sweetwater?
The Sweetwater community is only 22 miles from downtown Austin and five minutes west of RR 620. Sweetwater is located off Highway 71 in Bee Creek, near the intersection of Bee Creek Road and Bee Cave Parkway.
Sweetwater is located in the Lake Travis Independent School District (LTISD), which ranks #2 in the Austin area on Niche.com's list of '2017 Best School Districts' with an A+ rating. Children in the neighborhood attend West Cypress Elementary, Lake Travis Middle and Lake Travis High School. Not only being the best in Austin, LTISD ranks as one of the top school districts in the state of Texas, with Lake Travis High School holding high honors for its academics, athletics, and college readiness.
In Sweetwater, you can hike in your own backyard. There are 700 acres of trails, parks, and natural spaces in the area. The area has even partnered with Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower center at UT to promote native grasses and flowers.
You don’t have to go far to get your feet wet. Sweetwater amenities include the 10-acre Sweetwater Club, offering a resort-style pool, and you’re within 15 miles of a refreshing crystal-clear swimming hole like Hamilton Pool and Krause Springs. Also close by are Lake Travis and the Highland Lakes.
Other Sweet amenities include the clubhouse, sports fields, a dog park and much more. Sweetwater also features events and festivals, such as a Fall Festival and Wildflower Festival, throughout the year.
Sweetwater is a 1,400-acre community on the edge of the Hill Country—offering a peaceful escape, great schools, and luxurious new houses. Enjoy Sweetwater year-round living with a countryside retreat.
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Serene Hills Community
Set upon 456 acres, the Serene Hills community has stunning single-family residential lots, each situated on large-scale acres. It’s a boutique community, with no street-facing garages and luxury homes. The dream in the Serene Hills Community speaks to its name, to live an uncrowded lifestyle in the serene Texas Hill Country, just a few minutes from the Austin city limits. The community only has 25 percent slated for development and the rest set aside as greenbelt and wildlife habitat.
Where is Serene Hills?
Serene Hills was named “the new Gateway to Lakeway” -- located just off State Highway 71 into Lakeway. The new Lakeway Medical Center is also just minutes away. Serene Hills is located close to four area golf courses -- The Hills of Lakeway, Falconhead golf course, Barton Creek Resort, Live Oak Golf Course, and residents in Serene Hills can easily shop, eat, and enjoy events at the Hill Country Galleria, which is 4 miles away.
Serene Hills Schools
Serene Hills is part of the well-respected Lake Travis ISD schools. Children in the neighborhood attend Serene Hills Elementary, Lake Travis Middle and Lake Travis High School. LTISD ranks as one of the top school districts in the state of Texas, with Lake Travis High School holding high honors for its academics, athletics, and college readiness.
Serene Hills Life
The hike and bike trails in Serene Hills wind through more than five miles of Lakeway countryside. The trails include workout stations and park benches where residents can take part in the scenery of the rolling Hill Country views.
Living the Lakeway lifestyle, residents of Serene Hills take advantage of being near Lake Travis. In fact, the nearby Lakeway Marina has 325 covered and uncovered slips for boats ranging from 16' runabouts to 36' cabin cruisers. Lakeway Marina boasts a depth perfect for sailboats, as well as short-term slip rentals, boat and jet ski rentals, and access to water and electricity at every slip.
With highly-acclaimed Lake Travis schools, miles of hike and bike trails and kid-friendly parks, and all the amenities at your fingertips, Serene Hills is the place to make your dreams of Hill Country living a reality.
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Rough Hollow Community
Rough Hollow’s motto is “it’s more than a community, it’s a way of life.” The Rough Hollow area stretches across three miles of Lake Travis shoreline. With 21 unique neighborhoods and an assortment builders, buying a home in Rough Hollow offers a wide variety of options.
Where is Rough Hollow?
Rough Hollow is located 30 minutes from Austin, on the western boundary of Lakeway. It is just off Highlands Boulevard in the heart of the hills of Lakeway. Rough Hollow offers exquisite lakeside living with its proximity to Lake Travis.
Rough Hollow Schools
Rough Hollow is served by the award-winning Lake Travis Independent School District (LTISD), ranked #9 in the state of Texas and #2 in the Austin Area. The elementary school is Serene Hill Elementary School. However, LTISD is currently in the process of building a new elementary school that will serve the Rough Hollow community for the 2020 school year. For middle schools, residents attend Lake Travis Middle School and for high school, Lake Travis High School. Since 1998, Lake Travis High School has earned 29 state championships in University Interscholastic League athletics and academics, as well as extracurricular clubs and activities. While boasting a 95 percent graduation rate, Lake Travis High School has also been named one of the “Best High Schools for Athletes” in the Austin area.
Rough Hollow Life
Residents of Rough Hollow have a enormous array of amenities at their fingertips, including complimentary paddleboards and kayaks, 22 miles of hike and bike trails, member access to the Yacht Club & Marina, a fitness center with cardio and free-weight rooms, along with a 4,000 square foot event pavilion overlooking Lake Travis.
In addition, there is the newest feature, Highland Village – the water-themed community center, featuring a lazy river, splash pads, adult and youth pools, and a village green.
With neighborhood events, outstanding amenities, and ultimate lakeside living, Rough Hollow is appealing with its community and mantra of “It’s a Rough Life,” which means taking full advantage of every single day.
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The Uplands Community
Buying a home for sale in the Uplands exudes a lifestyle of convenience, nature, family-friendly feel, highly acclaimed schools, with a plethora of things to do. The Uplands lies in a niche suburb within Travis County, and embodies the quaint, small-town feel of Bee Cave, Texas. Within the private gated community of The Uplands, homes are surrounded by huge, established oaks and manicured lawns. While each home within the community has its own character and charm, the neighborhood provides residents with a cohesive community bond.
The Uplands, situated between highway 71 and Bee Cave Road, provides quick access to the unique culture of Austin’s live music and nightlife. Residents of The Uplands can enjoy upscale retail shopping and fine dining at the Hill Country Galleria, as well as shop hidden gem boutiques within West Lake Hills. Trips to North Austin are made easy with quick access to Loop 360 lining the Texas Hill Country, while world travelers can be off on their next adventure after a short 22 mile drive to Austin’s International Airport.
The Uplands Schools
Students residing in The Uplands Community may attend public schools within the highly acclaimed Lake Travis Independent School District (LTISD). Schools within this district have earned excellent accountability ratings and are noted for their outstanding college and career readiness curriculum. Graduates from LTISD have gone on to earn scholarships in both academic and an array of athletic categories as a result of LTISD’s well rounded education.
The Uplands Life
Outdoor fanatics relish in the close proximity to Barton Creek Preserve and the hike and bike trails along Zilker Park—also home to world famous concerts and festivals. Anyone, from nature obsessed to city thriving, will gasp at the palette of colors and textures found in the nearby Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, in Southeast Austin, just a short drive from The Uplands community.
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Lakes Edge Community
Nestled within the Texas Hill Country, Lakes Edge is conveniently located just off Bee Cave Road where you can find fine dining, elite businesses, and retail shopping spots. Commutes are made easy with quick access to highway 71, to get to and from downtown, the airport, or Austin’s own Hill Country Galleria. Situated between two gorgeous lakes, Lake Austin and Lake Travis, anglers and boaters can be on the water within minutes of leaving their home.
Lakes Edge Schools
Residents of Lakes Edge may attend schools in one of the highest ranking districts in the state. Eanes ISD is known for its educational excellence, higher level thinking enrichment programs, and award winning athletics. Graduates from Westlake High School have earned scholarships in both academics and athletics. The district is proud to be the home to a 1:1 mobile device program, providing students tailored instruction and enrichment through use of iPads in every classroom. Known for its innovative spirit, every school within Eanes ISD has earned awards in college and career readiness.
Lakes Edge Life
Buying a home for sale in the Lakes Edge Community translates to acquiring property in one of greater Austin area’s newest hotspots. Impeccable schools, stunning homes and views, and convenient location, make this new community the place to be. The community of Lakes Edge lies within Bee Cave, Texas—a quiet suburb of Travis County just under 15 miles from Austin’s Live Music Capital of the World, yet also only two miles away from the Hill Country Galleria. These spacious home sites and custom homes breathe an iconic elegance of the Lakes Edge Community. Refined homes tucked behind established tree lines and greenbelts within gated seclusion, promote a delicate blend of privacy and community.
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Buying a home for sale in Spicewood means waterfront property with park views, giving all nature worshipers perfect respite. The entire area is known for its low-key way of living. In fact it is even home to music legend Willie Nelson!
Where is Spicewood?
The Spicewood community is at the north end of Lake Travis, an extension of Bee Cave and Lakeway. Spicewood is only 32 miles from Downtown Austin, with the heart of it located at the intersection of C.R 404 and Spur 191. Spicewood borders glittering northern Lake Travis in Burnet County.
Residents in Spicewood either attend Lake Travis ISD (West Cypress Hills or Bee Cave elementary, Lake Travis Middle & High Schools) or Marble Falls ISD (Spicewood Elementary, Marble Falls Middle & High Schools.) Both districts are well-regarded in the central Texas area.
If you are drawn to outdoor activities, Spicewood offers the proximity to some of the most beautiful recreation spaces in the state, including: Grelle Recreation Area, Krause Springs, and Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area. Each offers something different such as swimming, horseback riding, camping, and picnic areas, for a true outdoor staycation lifestyle for residents and friends alike.
For eating and drinking, Spicewood Vineyards is close by, a family-owned remote gem offering handcrafted wines from the Texas Hill Country. Neighboring Opie's Barbecue offers scrumptious plates for lunch and dinner, and was voted one of Texas Monthly’s 50 Best BBQ joints.
Spicewood is a nature retreat community, hosting boutique hotspots, and serene living. However, if you want to get back to buzzing city action, Austin is just a short drive away.
East Village Community
East Village is a gated community in Bee Cave designed to appeal to those who seek both a luxurious and peaceful lifestyle. It is located by Little Barton Creek to the west and surrounded by Hill Country views and greenery. The homes in East Village community blend contemporary architecture with the rustic appeal of natural surroundings.
Where is East Village?
East Village is right off Highway 71, 20 minutes from downtown Austin. It is located near the The Preserve at Barton Creek, Hill Country Galleria, and Hamilton Pool.
East Village Schools
East Village is a part of Lake Travis ISD. Children in this neighborhood attend Bee Cave Elementary, Lake Travis Middle School, and Lake Travis High School. LTISD ranks as one of the top school districts in the state of Texas, with Lake Travis High School holding high honors for its academics, athletics, and college readiness.
East Village Life
If you're a golf fan, head to one of the best courses in the Austin area at Falconhead Golf Club, located in the neighboring community of Falconhead. The course has both membership options for avid golfers and a pay as you play option.
Also near the East Village community is Lake Travis, where you can enjoy days relaxing on the lake on a boat. Maybe zip lining or water parks are more your style? Residents of East Village have those nearby too. You are also near Hamilton Pool so take a dip in the historic swimming hole and natural pool.
For those hoping to be close enough to Austin, but still in the Lake Travis area, the convenience of the brand-new East Village community is just right for you. In addition to the natural views of the hills, outstanding schools, and nearby amenities, East Village is the perfect place to find your next home.
Lake Pointe Community
If being near the water is important to you and your family, the Lake Pointe Community might be just the right fit. It’s perfectly located between Lake Austin and Lake Travis. Lake Pointe is focused on family and community activities to always keep everyone in your family entertained. Within the neighborhood are several smaller subdivisions, such as Vista Pointe and The Pointe, both of which are located towards the back of the neighborhood with picturesque views of the surrounding Hill Country and Lake Austin below.
Where is Lake Pointe?
Lake Pointe is about 12 miles west of downtown Austin. Lake Pointe is located just off Bee Caves Road and east of Highway 71. Nearby Lake Pointe is Hill Country Galleria, H-E-B, and Bee Cave Central Park.
Lake Pointe Schools
Rough Hollow is served by the award-winning Lake Travis Independent School District (LTISD), ranked #9 in the state of Texas and #2 in the Austin Area. The elementary school is Lake Pointe Elementary School. For middle school, residents attend Lake Travis Middle School and for high school, Lake Travis High School. Since 1998, Lake Travis High School has earned 29 state championships in University Interscholastic League athletics and academics, as well as extracurricular clubs and activities. While boasting a 95 percent graduation rate, Lake Travis High School has also been named one of the “Best High Schools for Athletes” in the Austin area.
Lake Pointe Life
Residents can enjoy the community life with Lake Pointe’s clubhouse, hike and bike trail, private swimming pool, children's playground, and lake access.
Near Lake Pointe is the Hill Country Galleria, with many retail, dining, and entertainment options, such as Barnes and Nobles, Dillards, Whole Foods Market, and Barre 3. The City of Bee Cave Central Park off 620 near Bee Cave Parkway is perfect for a run or meeting friends for the playground.
For those hoping to be close enough to Austin, but still in the Lake Travis area, the convenience of Lake Pointe is just right for you. With comfortable living and glistening views of the lake and hills, outstanding schools, family-friendly community amenities, nature preserves, and lake access, Lake Pointe is an ideal community to call home.
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Located on Hamilton Pool road, homes in the Belvedere community offer exceptional views of the Hill Country. Belvedere is just minutes from famous Hamilton Pool’s 50-foot waterfall. It is also nearby the cities of Lakeway, Bee Cave and Dripping Springs, and Belvedere is just west of Downtown Austin. The area is paradise to those that want to surround themselves in nature, with houses on 1 to 3-acre homesites. They are built to be both energy efficient and environmentally sensitive.
Where is Belvedere?
Belvedere is off Hamilton Pool, and nearby Highway 71. It is a 30-minute drive to downtown Austin, and a 12-minute drive to the Hill Country Galleria.
Belvedere is served by the award-winning Lake Travis Independent School District (LTISD), ranked #9 in the state of Texas and #2 in the Austin Area. The elementary school is Bee Cave Elementary School. For middle school, residents attend Lake Travis Middle School and for high school, Lake Travis High School. Since 1998, Lake Travis High School has earned 29 state championships in University Interscholastic League athletics and academics, as well as extracurricular clubs and activities. While boasting a 95 percent graduation rate, Lake Travis High School has also been named one of the “Best High Schools for Athletes” in the Austin area.
Belvedere features first class private amenities that include a private amenity center with a lazy river pool, two fishing ponds that are stocked for catch and release fishing, an 80-acre nature preserve with multiple improved hiking trails and pristine hill country views. Belvedere also offers community members events such as Casino Night, Turkey Trot Fun Run, and Gingerbread House Decorating Party.
In the surrounding area near Belvedere is the Hill Country Galleria shopping area for everything one needs to live, shop, work and play, including Whole Foods, Milk and Honey spa, and the family-friendly Mandola’s Italian restaurant.
For those wanting to live in a natural paradise with country living only a short drive to Austin, Belvedere may be the community for you.
Dripping Springs Community
Dripping Springs is truly a hybrid of small town/ suburb on the edge of Austin City Limits. The town has grown tremendously over the past few years. Studies project the population to grow to 82,000 by the year 2023. The Dripping Springs community is very tight knit and tries to hang on to its small town country life, despite the population growth that was attracted to the area in the first place.
Where is Dripping Springs?
The town bills itself as the "Gateway to the Hill Country.” Throughout the Dripping Springs area are views of rolling hills and deep creeks. It is 25 miles from downtown Austin, located off Highway 290. Some of the newly-built communities include Arrowhead Ranch, Caliterra, Belterra, and Headwaters.
Dripping Springs Schools
The city is served by the Dripping Springs Independent School District. The city has one high school, two middle schools, and four elementary schools. In the last five years, the school district has added 1,300 students and expects to add 2,500 more students in the next five years. As this trend continues, expect more state-of-the-art schools to add to the mix.
Dripping Springs Life
With the quaint life in Dripping Springs, come the local restaurants to enjoy. Stop by the Rolling in Thyme and Dough restaurant for breakfast and lunch for an amazing pesto croissant. Stroll by Pieous for scratch-made Neapolitan pizza, sandwiches & sweet pies in a handcrafted space with chalkboard walls.
Nature is there is be explored, so definitely check out Hamilton Pool, a natural water pool with picnic facilities and places to hike. Also a natural attraction, just 15 miles northwest of the Hamilton Pool, is the Westcave Preserves. The Westcave Preserve is a limestone-walled canyon containing several unusual and endangered plants, which can be seen on guided tours.
Take advantage of several local wineries, distilleries, and breweries near Dripping Springs. Most even are family-friendly. Jester King Brewery, Bell Springs Winery, Deep Eddy Vodka, and Family Business Beer Company are some of Austinites favorites in Dripping Springs.
From the beautiful views to the relaxed lifestyle, Dripping Springs has a ton to offer new residents. It’s easy to understand why so many people continue to move to this quaint “Gateway to the Hill County.”
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