Lake Travis is one of the largest dammed lakes along the Lower Colorado River. It is actually the point of origin for Lake Austin. Formed by Tom Miller Dam right along F.M. 620 in Northwest Austin, Lake Travis is a prominent natural attraction in the Austin metro area and is home to some great real estate offerings, school districts, things to do, and more.
Living in Lake Travis
Not only a very popular vacation destination, Lake Travis is also a popular place to call home. With its rolling hills, low population density, and recreational offerings, this area is highly sought-after for those looking for a little bit of seclusion. It’s also common to find residents to have a second residence in the Lake Travis area, either for vacationing or retirement.
Overall, the real estate profile is highly diverse, due in part to its size. While there are a lot of upscale waterfront properties, you’ll also find smaller, more affordable cabin-style homes, condos, large ranches, and more.
We get a great deal of questions about Lake Travis real estate. We’ve tried to answer as many of them below.
- Where is Lake Travis?
- What types of real estate are in Lake Travis?
- What are some prominent neighborhoods in Lake Travis?
- What are some attractions in and nearby Lake Travis?
- What are schools like in and near Lake Travis?
- How are water levels in Lake Travis?
- Where can I find a good map of Lake Travis neighborhoods?
Where is Lake Travis?
Lake Travis is about 15 miles northwest of Austin’s downtown area. The lake itself spans from northwest Austin (close to the intersection of 2222 and F.M. 620) all the way northwest in the hill country. Most people consider the Lake Travis area northwestern boundary to be the community of Spicewood, however, an argument could be made that it goes all the way to Marble Falls. By the time you hit Spicewood, Lake Travis again turns into a dammed river flowing from Lake LBJ near Horseshoe Bay.
In terms of a real estate area, there are many communities, towns, and small cities that line the Lake Travis closer to its Austin section. The communities there will generally be more dense and populated. As you move northwest further into the hill country, you’ll find that the real estate spreads out and takes on a different tone.
What types of real estate are in Lake Travis?
For the communities lining the lake close to Austin (think Lakeway, Volente, Briarcliff, and Lago Vista) you’ll find a wide range of real estate. Because the whole area was once a vacation destination, custom home builders from the 60s, 70s, and 80s are not uncommon to find. But as more and more people have started moving away from the urban center, home builder communities have popped up as well as the luxury market such as large custom waterfront estates.
Compared to Lake Austin, we should note that the tone of the neighborhoods is much more rural in nature. Lake Travis is definitely more of a “kick your feet up” type of lifestyle and the homes in the area reflect that. You’ll find large lots, boat docks, funky architectural styles and more. In terms of a price range, it’s really hard to pin down, but a single family home that was recently built or renovated would likely fall in the $400k – $700k range. That being said, however, you can easily find real estate options in the millions.
What are some prominent neighborhoods in Lake Travis?
As we mentioned before, there are several key neighborhoods that define the Lake Travis real estate area. Lakeway would be one of the biggest. The City of Lakeway was originally founded by the Lakeway Hotels to accommodate tourists in the 60s but has since grown to be its own unique part of Austin. Hilly streets are lined with new shops, eateries, and subdivisions. The real estate in the area is dominated by recent builders who are looking to provide an upscale lifestyle with all the creature comforts of the modern subdivision.
Steiner Ranch is another prominent neighborhood. This is a master-planned community centered around the Steiner Ranch golf course and steakhouse. There is a mix of waterfront housing as well as golf course living. The neighborhood is hilly and the houses are relatively upscale and large.
Further from the more central part of Austin, you’ll find more pastoral neighborhoods. Briarcliff, Spicewood, Lago Vista, Pointe Venture, and Volente all offer a more laid back, lake-focused lifestyle. Lots are typically more open, few community amenities, and a rural setting.
|Waterfront Lots||Lake Travis ISD Homes||Swimming Pool Homes|
|Angel Bay||Apache Shores||Arbolago|
|Armstrong Point||Barton Creek Lakeside||Bayview Acres|
|Chimney Oaks||Comanche Trail||Comanche Trail Estates|
|Eagle Ridge||Eck Lake||Emerald Point|
|Flintrock Falls||Lakeland Hills||Hudson Bend|
|Hudson Harbor||Rocky Ridge||Rough Hollow|
|Silent Ridge||Spanish Oaks||The Preserve|
|Travis Landing||Village of the Hills||Villas on Lake Travis|
|Vineyard Bay||West Lakeway|
What are some attractions in and nearby Lake Travis?
Similar to Lake Austin, Lake Travis itself is a major attraction and a huge reason why people pursue real estate there. The clear blue waters and white limestone cliffs make Lake Travis one of the best water recreation spots in Central Texas. There are endless opportunities to boat, jet ski, fish, swim, cliff dive, even spend time lounging on the beach.
Besides the lake, the area of Lake Travis is known for the hill country. Rolling hills give way to gorgeous vistas and each small town out there has its own little charm. There are golf courses, hideaway BBQ joints, even high-end restaurants such as Apis, a new pizza joint. There is an endless amount for the Texas enthusiast to enjoy out in the hill country.
What are schools like in and near Lake Travis?
Another main draw for the Lake Travis area are the great schools throughout. Helmed by Lake Travis High School, Lake Travis ISD is an award-winning district that has a really low student-to-teacher ratio and great academics. Leander ISD, Marble Falls ISD, and Lago Vista ISD are three other prominent school districts in the area, all of which have great district ratings.
What are the water levels like in Lake Travis?
Water levels tend to fluctuate in Lake Travis depending on rainfall and drought conditions. Luckily, we’ve had plenty of rain in the last year so water levels have been great lately. To get an updated look at current water levels in Lake Travis, you can go here.
What can I find a good map of Lake Travis subdivisions?
Check out this map of Lake Travis subdivisions below.
Lake Travis is such a large real estate, it’s really hard to pin down what makes it a great place to call home. One thing is for sure, people love living near the lake. With so much to do, and so many different real estate options, Lake Travis is definitely worth a look for your Central Texas home.