One of seven central Texas reservoirs fed by the Colorado River, the natural beauty of Lake Travis defines the hill country landscape just 10 miles northwest of downtown Austin. With over 18,000 acres of crystalline water, Lake Travis is the largest of all the Highland Lakes, boasting over 200 miles of shoreline and up to a four and a half mile width that provides ample space for the enjoyment of residents and water enthusiasts alike. With the area’s nearly year-round outdoor weather, it is common any day to spot speedboats and jet skis, along with recreational boaters and people fishing and lounging along the shore.
Lake Travis was created in 1942 by the construction of the Mansfield Dam to hold floodwaters in the Colorado River Basin. As such, the lake has varying water levels: its high of over 710 feet of water was reached in 1991 and its low of just over 614 feet was reached in 1951. It is considered full at 681 feet, and when it reaches that point, flood gates are activated to allow water downstream. Due to the varying depths of the lake and its tributaries, deep water access is considered the most desirable and is the most expensive, while shallower access often can create a wider range of opportunities for homebuyers.
Lake Travis real estate offers a unique blend of laid-back hill country living with the perks and sophistication of urban life. From the north shore to the south shore, Lake Travis is lined with breathtaking waterfront homes, resort communities, recreational facilities, parks, and trails. Lake Travis luxury homes are defined by exceptional quality, a premier location, and easy access to amenities, including state-of-the-art marinas and boat ramps. Prices for single family homes along Lake Travis start in the upper $300,000s and extend well into the multi-millions. A limited number of Lake Travis condos also are available.
On the north side of Lake Travis, The Hollows and Northshore on Lake Travis are two of the larger neighborhoods with deep water docks. On the south side of Lake Travis, Rough Hollow offers a deep water dock, and Reserve at Lake Travis offers a deep water marina.
Lake Travis real estate is comprised of numerous prominent communities, includingLakeway, Spicewood, Briarcliff, Jonestown, Hudson Bend, Lago Vista, Pointe Venture, Volente, and Lower Basin. Each neighborhood offers a variety of real estate options, including waterfront property, hilltop homes with spectacular lakefront views, and gated communities with easy access to the shore.
Homes along Lake Travis can be zoned for one of several school districts: Leander ISD, Lago Vista ISD, Lake Travis ISD, and Marble Falls ISD.
Several large parks enhance recreational sport along Lake Travis. With nine miles of shoreline, Pace Bend Park provides an idyllic setting of limestone bluffs and coves, brilliant waters, and recreational activities such as camping, hiking, and boating. Other parks include Bob Wentz, Windy Point, McGregor Park, Tom Hughes Park, Mansfield Dam Recreation Park, and Lakeway City Park. Lakeway Resort and Spa, Lago Vista Golf Course, and Point Venture Golf Club also enhance the area.