Thinking of building in Austin or the nearby communities of Bee Cave, Lakeway/Lake Travis, Dripping Springs, Driftwood, Marble Falls or Horseshoe Bay? Learn more about each of these areas and what makes them special.
Austin, on the eastern edge of Texas Hill Country, continues to be regarded by most as the best choice in Texas. Not only is it the state Capital, it is home to the University of Texas and is an influential center for politics, technology, music, and film. With vibrant entertainment and culture, inspiring cuisine and stunning outdoor settings, Austin has been listed as one of the best cities in the country for business, the economy, education, lifestyle, health and food. It can even be found on the list of “The 16 U.S. Cities that Top Every Internet List for Being Awesome”. Centrally located, it is easy to escape to the hill country for a weekend getaway, down to the coast for some beach time, or out to explore Texas’ other international cities and varied regions.
The city of Westlake Hills is located on the west side of Austin and is completely surrounded by Austin. The citizens, along with their elected and appointed officials, are dedicated to preserving the rural environment and maintaining the natural beauty of the area. The city was recently awarded Recognized Scenic City Certification by Scenic Texas. One of only 52 cities in Texas to earn this honor which recognizes cities with strong scenic infrastructure standards, they were scored based on seventy different criteria including strong litter enforcement laws, outdoor lighting standards, and commercial landscaping regulations, among others. It is also home to one of the best school districts in the state, Eanes ISD.
Bee Cave is located 14 miles west of downtown Austin. The town was named for a large cave swarmed by Mexican honeybees that lived on the banks of Barton Creek and Little Barton Creek and encompassed much of Western Travis County. Today the growing community is home to the Hill Country Galleria, 152 acres of expansive natural beauty mixed with eclectic shopping, dining and entertainment, as well as first-class office and residential space. The area carries an attractive, laid-back character with its open spaces, numerous parks and hiking trails, and lakeside living.
Nestled in the western corner of Travis County, Lakeway is ideally situated on the south shore of Lake Travis in the scenic Texas Hill Country. Located about twenty-five miles west of downtown Austin, Lakeway is a resort community complete with golf courses, tennis courts, marinas, a private airport, a full-service hotel and spa, a sixty-five mile long lake, one hundred acres of parkland and trails, and nearly five hundred acres of greenbelts. It is considered one of the finest small cities in the Austin metro area. The City of Lakeway began as a retirement and second-home community. Now, families are drawn to the “lake lifestyle”, the city’s award-winning parks and recreation programs and facilities, and Lake Travis ISD’s renowned schools. Active empty-nesters and young professionals are attracted by the city’s natural beauty, proximity to Austin and endless recreational activities.
Dripping Springs lies in the beautiful Texas Hill Country about 25 miles west of Austin in north western Hays County. This beautiful Hill Country town, known as the “Gateway to the Hill Country”, offers majestic views, abundant wildlife, rolling hills, and rock bottom creeks. It offers the perfect blend of hill country beauty, heritage, and good old-fashioned hospitality. With a past centered in farming and ranching, Dripping Springs is now a growing suburban center and home to present-day settlers seeking the best that the Hill Country has to offer: clean air, clear water, good schools and a friendly hometown atmosphere.
A short, scenic drive from Austin, Driftwood is an unincorporated community in northern Hays County just minutes from Dripping Springs on Onion Creek. Rolling hills, abundant wildlife, century-old oak trees, native wildflowers and sapphire skies are the backdrop for Hill Country living. Close to all the Hill Country destinations, Driftwood is just a short drive from Wimberley to the South and Fredericksburg to the West.
Spicewood is nestled along Lake Travis and the home of Country Music Legend Willie Nelson. Many residents claim direct lineage from settlers in the early 19th century and many land deeds originated from “script” issued by the Republic of Texas and derived from Spanish land grants. Today it is the home of Krause Springs, a hidden-oasis swimming hole complete with rope swing, sunbathing rocks, waterfalls, and a hidden grotto, as well as vineyards, zipline tours, and of course, Texas barbeque. Unfortunately Willie’s “Luck, Texas” ranch isn’t open to the public, just you can still crank up the tunes as you cruise around town.
Marble Falls is the gateway to the Highland Lakes area of the Texas Hill Country. Renowned for scenic beauty, visitors come to this area to experience our beautiful waterways, including Lake Buchanan, Inks Lake, Lake LBJ, Lake Marble Falls and Lake Travis, and lush, rolling hills. The natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country and these lakes combine to make the area ideal for visitors and tourism, second homes, and retirement homes. Marble Falls is in a stage of development now that offers some of the best of the big city life without the disadvantages of the fast pace and traffic problems of Austin or San Antonio. It is an interesting mixture of a rural lifestyle with big city conveniences only 45 minutes away.
Located on beautiful, constant-level Lake LBJ in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, Horseshoe Bay offers a variety of properties to cater to a variety of lifestyles, from the golf enthusiast to the equine aficionado and everyone in between. From spacious country living offered at Bay Country to friendly neighborhood settings like Pecan Creek and Applehead West to waterfront & Lake LBJ luxury homes to golf course homes, Horseshoe Bay is home to some of the best luxury real estate in the state. Horseshoe Bay is located about an hour’s drive west of Austin on Highway 71.
-Matt Hand, President