Bee Cave, Texas
A SWEET LEGACY
Like the Hill Country surrounding it, Sweetwater Austin is rich with history and folklore. Cowboys and ranch hands working this land in decades past found evidence of ancient Native Americans and Tejanos—the pre-Anglo Mexican settlers. All it takes is a little imagination to bring the history of this land to life.
Listen closely and you might hear the squeak of a wagon wheel. That would be from one of the old stagecoaches rolling through on its way from Austin to Llano. Or maybe you hear the pounding of a thousand hooves. That would be from the cattle herded through here in the late 1800s, bound for the famous Chisholm Trail.
Jump ahead again to the early 1950s. Smell the oil? Of course not. Oil has never been found on the land that is Sweetwater. And that was the attraction for a colorful character named Osceola Heard Davenport. The rich widow of a South Texas oilman, she moved to the Austin area in search of society life and a ranch that didn’t “stink of oil.” She assembled 3,200 acres in western Travis County and called it the Lazy Nine Ranch. Part of the old Lazy Nine is now the community of Sweetwater.
Hear those singing voices? Recognize them? You ought to. That’s Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. In 1983, they came out to this land to shoot a music video of the Townes Van Zandt song “Pancho and Lefty.”
Names of people and places that figure in the history of Texas and the Hill Country can be found on many of the street signs in Sweetwater Austin neighborhoods. But more history remains to be made at Sweetwater. Maybe someday we’ll add a new paragraph to this story, because this is where you’ve chosen to live.
LIVE WHERE AUSTIN MEETS THE HILL COUNTRY
Sweetwater is rolling ridges and deep canyons, dotted by live oaks and ancient madrones. Meandering trails for walkers and ramblers. Sports fields and swimming pools that kids never tire of. The warm and welcoming clubhouse at the Sweetwater Club, where new faces fast become good friends. You’re in the Hill Country south of Lake Travis, enjoying stunning vistas, forever Texas skies and a relaxed lifestyle.
And you’re in Austin—America’s #1 boom town, top-ranked for everything from nightlife to business vitality to biking and eco-friendliness. You’re close to all that energy and fun, and closer yet to outstanding schools, great shopping and the little conveniences that help keep life manageable.
Best of all, you’re in a beautifully detailed, energy-efficient new home that’s tailor-made for you and your family.
Sound sweet? It is. Welcome to Sweetwater living. Your timing is perfect.
Near Bee Caves Texas
A BIRD’S-EYE VIEW OF SWEETWATER PROGRESS
New homes are springing up like wildflowers in Sweetwater, Austin’s newest master-planned community. As this week’s aerial photo shows, nine homes are under construction in Sweetwater’s Canyonwood and Creekside neighborhoods. And 11 more will come out of the ground in the next few weeks.
On the left side of the photo is Pedernales Summit Parkway coming in off of Hwy 71 West. The triangular parcel above the entrance is the future site of the Sweetwater Club, a 10-acre complex that will include a Hill Country-inspired clubhouse for events and meetings, an outdoor pavilion, a resort-style pool, splash pad, sports fields, a sport court, and an events lawn.
SWEET ON FRIENDS AND FUN
At Sweetwater, the feeling of being a “part of” is part of the fun. You’ll find plenty of opportunities here for recreation and socializing. All of our residents will have access to the Sweetwater Club, a 10-acre complex that will include a Hill Country-inspired clubhouse with indoor space for events and meetings, an outdoor pavilion, a resort-style pool, splash pad, sports fields, a sport court and an events lawn. It will be yours to enjoy for birthday parties, yoga classes, book club meetings, or most any other reason friends and neighbors get together.
Construction of the Sweetwater Club will begin later this year so it will be ready for residents to enjoy by the 2013 swim season.
It’s all about creating places for neighbors to meet and become friends. And isn’t that the sweetest part of life?
EXPERT SAYS AUSTIN HOUSING DEMAND MAY DRIVE UP PRICES
Recent comments by a real estate expert suggest that Austin area home shoppers could save money by buying sooner rather than later.
Addressing the Austin chapter of the Urban Land Institute, Eldon Rude of Metrostudy said the area’s job and population growth are substantially boosting demand for housing. Metrostudy tracks residential real estate trends and its February market survey found that the number of people shopping for homes in the Austin area was up 50 percent from the same month a year earlier and the number of home sales was up 31 percent.
Meanwhile, the supply of available new homes in the Austin area is at the lowest level since the early 1990s, Rude said. The reason is that new home builders cut back production when the economy slowed and they have not yet caught back up with resurging demand.
As a result of demand outstripping supply, Rude said he expects new home builders to begin raising prices. Indeed, two of the Austin area’s largest builders told an Austin America Statesman reporter that they have already raised home prices in recent months.
Rude’s comments coincided with the recent opening of Sweetwater, Austin’s newest master-planned community, and the special pre-construction pricing, that home builders are offering here. So even though new home prices are expected to climb in the months ahead, there are still good deals to be had at Sweetwater now.
FIRST CLASS LEARNING
Sweetwater is located within the Lake Travis Independent School District (LTISD), which is ranked in the top 2 percent of Texas school districts. Lake Travis High School is not only ranked among America’s best high schools (Newsweek, 2011), it also boasts being Texas State Football Champion for five years running. Go Cavaliers!
Current school assignments for Sweetwater students are:
- Bee Cave Elementary – 3.8 Miles, 5 Minutes
- Lake Travis Middle School – 6.8 miles, 9 minutes
- Lake Travis High School – 6.8 miles, 9 minutes
People who live in western Travis Country care about having Exemplary schools. In the fall of 2011, local voters passed a bond referendum that will enhance our existing schools, combine the existing Lake Travis Middle and High School facilities into an expanded High School campus, and create a new middle school on Bee Creek Road, across Hwy 71 from Sweetwater.
Take your time and explore the Lake Travis ISD website to learn more about the district, the schools and the programs that make the Lake Travis area such a desirable place to call home.
For more information on Sweetwater, please contact
Available Sweetwater Homes
|Active Listings:||12||Pending/Contingent Listings:||2|
|Price Range:||$319,990 to $699,900||Price Average:||$484,730|
|Size Range:||1,950 to 4,571 Sq. Ft.||Size Average:||3,153 Sq. Ft.|