Lake Austin Homes for Sale, Lifestyle & More

Lake Austin is a river that cuts right through the heart of Austin, TX. Lined with large Cypress trees and urban trails, Lake Austin is in many ways the heart of Austin, acting as a great natural attraction, a beacon for the outdoors in the heart of an urban metropolis, and a great locale to pursue real estate.

Because of its location there are many historic neighborhoods that have cropped up around both the northern and southern shores of Lake Austin’s slow moving waters. Stretching from F.M. 360 near Lake Travis all the way south and east to Pleasant Valley in Austin’s up and coming east side, Lake Austin is home to some of the most sought after and diverse homes in town. It is a popular area for many reasons: historic homes and architecture are always a draw for those looking for a memorable abode and due to it’s locale it’s close to an endless amount of attractions, entertainment, and outdoors.

Common Questions About Lake Austin


Where is Lake Austin?

While Lake Austin isn’t really a “part of town” per se, it most often is defined by the neighborhoods and subdivisions that run alongside the water. The body of water known as “Lake Austin” actually starts as at the Tom Miller Dam in hilly northwest Austin and meanders back and forth in the southeast bend through the historic west side, just south of Downtown Austin, and into Austin’s eastern corridor before it runs into Longhorn Dam.

The real estate area spans about 17 miles of water and while there aren’t real estate options along every inch of shoreline, many recent developments have made good use of this highly sought after land.


What types of real estate are in Lake Austin?

The beauty of Lake Austin real estate is that there really aren’t any rules. Because it is a high value area, there are few sections where builders have gone in and take over the whole block. For the most part, you’ll find craftsman and bungalow style homes in some of the older neighborhoods. Neighborhoods like Tarrytown also boast expansive custom estates and have real estate options dating back to the mid-1900s. Closer to downtown, you’ll see more craftsman homes on the southern shore, plenty of mixed use condos, and historic homes near the Travis Heights neighborhood.

Bearing northwest towards Lake Travis, you’ll come across a lot of newer homes. For the most part, those areas are populated with master-planned luxury communities like Steiner Ranch, modern custom homes, golf courses, and marinas.


What are some prominent neighborhoods in Lake Austin?

The Lake Austin real estate area is home to some of the most sought after neighborhoods in Austin. Notably, Steiner Ranch is a golf course, master-planned community that many established professionals seek out as place to call home. Closer to town you’ll find more unique subdivisions like Greenshores, Nalle Woods, Panorama Ranch, and Horseshoe Bend are a little less master-planned but still have very active HOAs and a great sense of community.

Closer to downtown is where to can find some of Austin’s oldest neighborhoods, west of the downtown area. Most notorious are Tarrytown, Westfield, Clarksville, Bouldin, and Travis Heights. All are great places for young professionals to find a moderately priced bungalow in a safe neighborhood close to lots of attractions. In Downtown Austin, you’ll find less single-family real estate and plenty of condominiums and townhomes.

You can get a complete list of homes along Lake Austin below:

Waterfront Homes Waterfront Lots Austin Country Club
Apache Shores Aqua Verde Bella Mar
Bluffington Briarpatch Cliffs Over Lake Austin
Cypress Creek Colorado Crossing Davenport Ranch
Davenport Ranch West Deep Eddy Park Emma Long Park
Glenlake Green Park Greenshores
Hidden Valley Island Way Laguna Loma
Lake Austin Village Lake Pointe Lakeshore Addition
Lions Municipal Golf Course Manana West Mayfield Park
Montview Mount Bonnell Mt. Bonnell Terrace
McCormick Ranch Oak Shores Panorama Ranch
Panther Hollow Pecan Bottom on the Lake Phillips Ranch
The Preserve at the Canyon Red Bud Isle Rio Robles
Rivercrest Riverfront Estates River Place
River Pointe The Point at Rob Roy Rob Roy
Rob Roy on the Lake Saratoga Point Sleepy Hollow
Steiner Ranch River Bend at Steiner Ranch River Dance at Steiner Ranch
Stratford Hills Stratford Place St. Tropez
Tarrytown The Courtyard Towers on Town Lake
Watersedge Watersedge at River Place Westfield
West Rim Westview on Lake Austin Windmill Bluff Estates
Windy Cove Wood Island

What are some attractions in and nearby Lake Austin?

If you have the pleasure to live in Lake Austin then you’ll rarely ever be bored. There are so many things to do and attractions in the area that you’ll have a harder time deciding between all of your options than finding something to do. First of all, you have the ample water recreation opportunities that Lake Austin offers, including SUP boarding, kayaking, and nearby swimming holes. For the athletically inclined, there are miles of urban trails for biking or running all over the Lake Austin area. In terms of other attractions, there’s plenty of golfing, tennis, shopping and lakeside dining nearby.


What are schools like in and near Lake Austin?

Because of its large area, the Lake Austin part of town spans across many school districts. Austin ISD probably has the most coverage for those living close to downtown and towards the west side of town. On the south side of Lake Austin heading northwest, you get the renowned Eanes ISD, which is home to Westlake High School, one of the best high schools in the country. Closer to Lake Travis on the south side, you enter Lake Travis ISD, another great district. Communities on north side of the shore towards the northwest belong to Leander ISD.


What are property taxes like in Lake Austin?

There are several factors that determine how much you’ll pay in property taxes when living on Lake Austin. There are three prominent school districts that serve residents of Lake Austin: Austin ISD, Eanes ISD, and Leander ISD. According to data provided by they Travis County Tax Office, Leander ISD has the highest property tax rate of the three school districts with a $1.51 per $100 in property value. Austin ISD is taxed at $1.19, and Eanes ISD taxed at $1.20. There are, of course, a great deal other factors that go into how much property tax you pay. If you want to get an idea of what to expect as a Lake Austin resident, visit this Property Tax calculator here.


Where can I keep my boat on Lake Austin?

There are a lot of places to keep your boat on Lake Austin. Many of the Lake Austin waterfront homes come with their very own private boat dock so you’re able to keep your boat stored year-round right on your property. To see a list of homes that have a boat dock on Lake Austin, you can click here. Other than a private dock, there are plenty of place to store your boat on and around Lake Austin. Here are a few to check out:


Where can I find a good map of Lake Austin?

Below is a map with the prominent areas of Lake Austin.

Lake Austin is a very big and eclectic neighborhood with a lot of real estate options. Whether you’re looking for a cozy craftsman in a great school district, a place to build your own waterfront estate, or want to live in a place where there is lots to do, Lake Austin is the neighborhood for you.

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