5 Best Places to Live Near Lake Travis, TX

Posted by Monty Crawford on Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 at 5:16pm.

5 Best Places to Live Near Lake Travis TX

Among the hottest locations in and around the Austin real estate market are the gorgeous neighborhoods surrounding Lake Travis. From condos to estates, there are a variety of housing options available to the home buyer. They may feature waterfront or canyon views, and all are surrounded by the lush rolling Texas Hill Country. These neighborhoods on the shores of Lake Travis are conveniently located about 30 to 45 minutes from Austin by car and have good school districts. They also offer an upscale active lifestyle, luxury housing, beautiful scenery and plentiful amenities, all of which are fairly close to downtown Austin. It is hard to decide which neighborhood is the best, but in this article we will highlight what we think are the 5 best places to live near Lake Travis, TX.

Steiner Ranch

Steiner Ranch is a master-planned community located south of Lake Travis along the Colorado River. It was once a cattle farm, but became a housing development in the 1990s that now encompasses over 4,500 acres. Steiner Ranch offers unbelievable amenities to its residents. It is known as the Land Between the Lakes and offers boat ramps to Lake Travis and Lake Austin. Most homes have beautiful views of the water and the neighborhoods are also surrounded by an 800-acre nature preserve. This growing community includes 40 neighborhoods, three community centers, 10 parks, and 12 miles of developed nature trails.  It is near the University of Texas golf course, and is served by the Leander Independent School District, an acclaimed and well-recognized school system. Those looking for homes in the Lake Travis real estate market should consider the homes for sale in Steiner Ranch. The residences were built by some of the nation's top builders such as Highland, Drees, Plantation, and David Weekley, and offer a variety of sizes and designs set against the backdrop of the beautiful Texas Hill Country.


Lakeway is one of the most sought-after places in the Lake Travis real estate market. This community is conveniently located and is completely surrounded by panoramic views of the Texas Hill Country. One of the most difficult parts about buying a home in Lakeway is picking which area is your favorite. There are homes that overlook the canyon, some with a view of the golf course and others that wind along the Lake Travis Shores. There are many diverse designs and a variety of lot sizes, each of them with a little touch of luxury combined with a welcoming atmosphere. There are touches of whimsy throughout the community that celebrate the active Lakeway lifestyle. Highlights include a community pool shaped like a tennis racket and a kiddie pool shaped like a tennis ball, and also a water tower that looks like a golf ball. There is a Lakeway neighborhood to suit almost any type of household that enjoys the beauty of nature and an active lifestyle. For families, the convenient location and the outstanding Lake Travis schools make Lakeway the ideal place to call home.

If a home in one of the Lake Travis communities on this page sounds appealing to you, contact the experts at Crawford Realty Group to learn more or arrange a showing. If you'd like to have homes for sale in these areas emailed to you, sign up for our free home finder service and specify which types of homes you'd like to receive updates about.

Spanish Oaks

Spanish Oaks is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the Lake Travis real estate market. It is a 1,200-acre golf community in Bee Cave. There are opportunities available for those who wish to build a custom home. Plenty of single-family homes, garden homes, and villas with European influenced architecture can be found on large lots with beautiful landscaping. The neighborhoods are surrounded by 15,000 acres of protected nature preserves, Barton Creek and beautiful views of the Texas Hill Country. Neighborhood amenities include an 18-hole golf course, seven parks, Fish Camp, many miles of hiking trails, and the pool and pavilion.  There is also a concierge and a residence lodge with fitness facilities. The privacy and natural beauty surrounding this luxurious neighborhood with its convenient location to urban amenities and the Lake Travis ISD make Spanish Oaks one of the most popular neighborhoods near Lake Travis.

Rough Hollow

Rough Hollow is an 1,800-acre community situated along the limestone bluffs above a peaceful cove on Lake Travis. This neighborhood offers elegant waterfront living with custom homes and luxury amenities. Its developer, Crescent Communities, won the 2016 best master-planned community Maxi award because of its unique features and upscale lifestyle. Rough Hollow has 19 neighborhoods, they offer a variety of homes and a wide range of sizes and price points. At the heart of this community is the Rough Hollow Harbor Yacht Club. It features a concierge, valet, resort-style pool, 13-dock marina, and a boating store. There is a 16 court tennis center and there are eight area golf courses. Rough Hollow is served by the renowned Lake Travis Independent School District.


Falconhead is a master-planned golf community that surrounds the Falconhead Golf Club, which is an 18-hole PGA designed course. There are five subdivisions with a range of housing options, which include condos, bungalows, custom homes and villas. Homes in Falconhead were designed by Calatlantic, Taylor Morrison, and Drees with Tuscan style architecture in a variety of sizes and price points to suit many different types of households. This neighborhood is known for its golf course, but many homeowners would say that the natural beauty that is found in Falconhead West is one of the main reasons they chose to buy their home in this neighborhood. The serene beauty of this neighborhood, its proximity to Bee Cave and the excellent Lake Travis ISD schools makes Falconhead a sought-after neighborhood for those in the Lake Travis real estate market.

There are many more beautiful communities surrounding Lake Travis. The developers of these neighborhoods have largely focused on comfort and sustainability, offering a relaxing home to come to at the end of the day while preserving the natural beauty of the area. When looking for a home in the Austin suburbs, Lake Travis should definitely be on your list of places to consider.

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