Do you long for hill country living with all the modern amenities? Lake Travis may just be the perfect place to make your new home. Home to some of the city’s most scenic and luxurious neighborhoods, Lake Travis is located along the Colorado River and, as in the name, Lake Travis.
While Lake Travis certainly offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, it is also just 15 miles northwest of downtown, allowing you to enjoy all that Austin has to offer. (Though you may not want to leave with all the outdoor and lake activities to take part in!)
In this neighborhood guide, you’ll discover what makes Lake Travis a unique and popular place to live in Austin, TX.
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Traditional builds, Mediterranean-style homes
Lake Travis is a unique area of Austin because it provides a quiet, secluded haven without sacrificing luxury or amenities. It’s also the ideal neighborhood for those who love football and lake activities.
Before you start looking for your dream home in Lake Travis, here’s what you should know about the neighborhood and its real estate.
Don’t let the luxurious estates intimidate you. Lake Travis residents also enjoy the laid-back lifestyle Austin is known for. While the mood is casual, it’s still sophisticated—offering luxury amenities and hip restaurants for all to enjoy.
The area offers large, luxurious waterfront estates in diverse architectural styles. You’ll find traditional builds alongside Mediterranean-style homes—most with larger footprints than other areas in Austin.
The cove communities around the lake are naturally separated, making Lake Travis a neighborhood-driven area. From smaller, master-planned neighborhoods to gated estate-style communities, Lake Travis offers a little something for everyone.
Lake Travis’s average home closing price is $1,052,762 or an average of $351 per square foot.
Since you often have to maneuver around the Colorado River to get to where you want to go, the area is fairly car-dependent. While the individual neighborhoods may be walkable with clearly defined sidewalks and bike paths, moving from area to area often requires a vehicle.
The winding roads within Lake Travis allow time to relax and reflect while taking in the gorgeous blue waters. With many bike and walking paths, there is a true sense of community.
Exemplary schools make Lake Travis a popular place to live. Students living in Lake Travis are zoned for schools in the Lake Travis Independent School District.
They may be zoned for Lake Travis Elementary, Lakeway Elementary, Bee Cave Elementary, West Cypress Hills Elementary, Lake Pointe Elementary, Rough Hollow Elementary, Lake Travis Middle, Hudson Bend Middle, Bee Cave Middle, and Lake Travis High School.
When it comes to tasty food, Lake Travis has a few hidden treasures. Not to mention, you really can’t beat a meal with a view of Lake Travis.
Even if it’s a tourist hotspot, The Oasis is a must for every Austinite—at least one time. You can enjoy lunch or dinner at the restaurant with a beautiful view of Lake Travis. Whether you’re sitting out on the deck or indoors, you’ll enjoy a selection of chef’s specials and drinks with a spectacular view, especially at sunset.
The menu offers American cuisine and Tex-Mex favorites with a selection of wines, beer, margaritas, and specialty drinks. (We recommend sippin’ on an Oasis Sunset as you watch the sunset!) The Oasis does not take reservations, so if you visit during busier hours, there may be a bit of a wait.
If you’re looking for a casual bite and local brew while you’re out at the lake, look no further than Oasis Texas Brewing Company. Located 450 feet above Lake Travis, Oasis Brewing offers one of the best views of the lake. The restaurant serves locally sourced tasty bites like the Pimento Cheeseburger.
Visit the taproom for a selection of craft brews with fun names. The Patio Pounder Light Lager is perfect for those 100+ degree summer days, but if you want something a little heavier when it’s nice out, the Redneck Yacht Club Double IPA is delicious. If craft cocktails are more your speed, they also have a barrel room where you can grab a frozen drink or barrel-aged cocktail.
It probably comes as no surprise that Steiner Ranch Steakhouse is located on what was once 5,200 acres of ranch land. As a home base to the founders, livestock, and Steiner rodeo company, the land has a rich history dating back to the early 1900s.
Today, you can enjoy prime steak, an excellent wine selection, and beautiful vistas that give you a real taste of Texas. Of course, we recommend the steaks, but we can’t NOT mention the stuffed avocado appetizer or the chuck wagon cheesecake that really brings the whole meal together.
While it may not be right on Lake Travis like some of our other picks, Frog & The Bull is an excellent date night spot with tapas, steak, seafood, and a great selection of wines. You can sit indoors or outdoors and may even catch some live music on Friday or Saturday evenings.
This really is a great spot, no matter how hungry you are. If you’re looking for a lighter bite, the restaurant has shareable Spanish tapas and charcuterie options. And for those who are Texas-hungry, there is steak! (And don’t even get us started on the all-you-can-eat brunch option.)
While lake activities are certainly one of the main draws of Lake Travis, there are plenty of other things to do in the area outside of lake recreation.
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