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For elegant hill country living, exemplary Eanes ISD schools, pristine nature preserves, and a plethora of neighborhood amenities — all within 20 minutes of downtown Austin – Barton Creek West is the place to call home. Nestled alongside a 4,000-acre nature preserve and with over 400 acres of greenbelt, Barton Creek West is praised for its natural beauty and is only moments from the upscale shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities of the Hill Country Galleria.
Properties in Barton Creek West
This Southwest Austin neighborhood is named for the western portion of a well-known Austin creek that winds around its rolling hills. Just shy of 400 homes, the Barton Creek West community was built in the late 1980s and early 90s. Sidewalks line both sides of its streets, and mature oak, juniper, cypress, and elm trees shade elegant houses. The full-masonry homes of Barton Creek West range from 2,000 to 5,000 square feet, tend to be two-story and Neocolonial in style, and are considered among the most affordable in Westlake. Its higher-end homes skirt the greenbelt or include recent renovations.
Archit Veeravalli grew up in the peaceful subdivision, living there for over 20 years. He described Barton Creek West as a “close knit, family-oriented neighborhood with access to Barton Creek and miles and miles of trails.” He said that as a child, “All the families on our street had kids around my age.”
Barton Creek West is located in Southwest Austin in area code 78733. The entrance to the neighborhood lies at the intersection of Creeks Edge Parkway and Bee Caves Road (RR 2244,) about three miles east of Hwy 71, just across from Senna Hills.
The neighborhood, which forms the western-most tip of the Westlake, takes the shape of a hiker heading from Dominion Hill neighborhood east toward Palomino Ridge. The hiker’s legs are the formed from the meanderings of Barton Creek around Barton Point Drive and Creek Edge Parkway. Creeks Edge Parkway then extends like a spine all the way to the top hiker’s head, flush with Bee Caves Road. Circleview Drive forms the backpack of the hiker, while Cliff’s Edge Dr. shapes the heaving chest.
Located in MLS area SWW, this community is 20 minutes (9 miles) from downtown and 30 minutes (15 miles) from the Austin Bergstrom International Airport. The new Bee Cave Parkway, just North of Barton Creek West, bypasses the congested intersection of Hwy 71 and RR 620, making it quick and easy to access Lakeway. Its brand new regional hospital (Lakeway Regional Medical) is just 5 miles away.
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Joining the Barton Creek West Homeowners’ Association is required of all residents, and dues are $240 quarterly. The association offers community leadership, provides common area maintenance and insurance, and protects property values. It also puts on a number of neighborhood events and keeps residents informed with a monthly newsletter. According to Veeravalli, neighborhood block parties organized by the HOA are yet “another great aspect of living in Barton Creek West.”
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Alongside Barton Creek West’s lighted tennis courts, a shady hilltop playscape offers swings, slides, bridges, and a playhouse. The neighborhood’s two forest-side swim centers, one of which features a Junior-Olympic-size pool, are pristine year-round and safely enclosed by wrought-iron fencing.
The Barton Creek greenbelt is a 400-acre natural sanctuary for residents and local wildlife alike. Wrapping around the neighborhood, its miles of shady hike and bike trails offer homeowners a sense of space and seclusion, without taking them too far from downtown Austin. Longtime resident Veeravalli said people can go biking or running, and “there’s also a dam down there that’s fun to go fishing.” He said rope springs along the creek are “always fun for the kids during the summer.”
Across the creek from Barton Creek West is another boon: the 4,000+ acres of Barton Creek Preserve. Its thick stands of native plants and trees form a protective habitat for wildlife, including endangered songbirds like the golden-cheeked warbler and the black-capped vireo. The preserve, a recharge point for the Edward’s Aquifer, protects the water quality of the Barton Creek watershed, home to the rare Barton Springs salamander. Hired as preserve manager during the neighborhood’s early development, Brandon Crawford recalls regularly seeing a local flock of turkeys waddling down Barton Creek West’s parkway, herds of deer grazing, and the occasional cougar sighting.
The 50-acre City of Bee Cave Central Park, located less than a mile from Barton Creek West, is another favorite for exercising and meeting up with friends. Gym-aficionados head to nearby Hottie Pilates, Trio Life Fitness, Gold’s Gym, or Westlake Crossfit.
Love the lake? Boat-lovers can head seven miles northeast to Loop 360 Boat Ramp, or seven miles northwest to Lakeway’s Sail & Ski Yacht Club.
Barton Creek West golfers often head across the bluff to Barton Creek Country Club for a round or its fine dining. The beautiful Fazio Foothills, nearby Barton Creek Resort & Spa’s signature golf course, was designed by Tom Fazio and features dramatic cliff-lined fairways, natural limestone caves, and even waterfalls. Flint Rock Falls, Falconhead, Spanish Oaks, and Lost Creek Country Club offer additional courses.
For book-lovers, Laura Bush Community Library is less than two miles northeast at Bee Caves Road and Cuernavaca Drive and includes a library circulation nearing 750,000 annually. Or, the Bee Caves Public library is a little over a mile southwest, offering summer reading programs, story times, free Wi-Fi, and public computers.
Live music lovers in Barton Creek West head around the corner to The Backyard, a historic outdoor amphitheater known as one of the top live entertainment venues in Austin. Artists have included Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Lyle Lovett, Bonnie Raitt, Rob Schneider, Los Lonely Boys, and Chris Isaak, to name a few. For more live music and entertainment, One World Theatre is just three miles east. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, One World sponsors talented artists from diverse cultures to perform in local schools. The theatre opened in 1999 as an extension of its arts-in-education program and has featured artists from Clint Black to Vienna Teng and Sinbad.
Shopping and Restaurants
Less than two miles southwest is the Hill Country Galleria, a high-end outdoor retail center providing 1.2 million square feet of shopping, dining, and entertainment. It includes several major department stores, restaurants, a salon and spa, and a beautiful pavilion with an outdoor waterpark. Take in a movie in the comfortable seats of its Cinemark Theatre, enjoy fettuccine at Mimi’s Café or Tex-Mex at the Iron Cactus, then window shop at one its fine outdoor retail stores. Favorites range from Eddie Bauer to LOFT, Dogadillo, and Relax the Back. Don’t forget to grab Amy’s ice cream (or coffee from Whole Foods Market,) then sit around the cozy outdoor fire pit, swapping stories. Or, head over to the outdoor amphitheater for its free Saturday night fall concert series!
A mile away from Barton Creek West at the corner of Highway 71 and Bee Caves, an outdoor retail complex offers residents a large HEB grocery and pharmacy, plus a half-dozen smaller retailers such as GNC and Starbucks.
Six miles to the east, at the corner of Loop 360 and Bee Caves, the Village at Westlake offers a specialized HEB grocery store (Westlake Market) and various dining options from La Madeline and IZUMI sushi to Hangtown Grill and P. Terry’s. Residents also enjoy its specialty retailers: Tyler’s Sports, Provencal Home & Garden, Bright Beginnings & Beyond, and more.
Across Loop 360 from the Village, The Grove restaurant and wine bar vies with ZuZu Handmade Mexican Food as a dining hotspot, while Lola Savannah coffee attracts caffeine-lovers.
Residents also can head to nearby big box stores like World Market (1.8 mi SW,) Lowe’s (1.9 mi SW,) Home Depot (2.2 mi W,) and Target (2.2 mi W.)
On a small rise 150 feet off the main parkway, a wrought-iron fence encloses a well-kept secret of Barton Creek West: the 92 graves of historic Roberts-Teague Cemetery. These private grounds, maintained by the Roberts and Teague families, include a landmark plaque from the Texas Historical Commission. It tells visitors that the Roberts and Teague families were farmers and ranchers who came to the Bee Cave area in the 1860′s and helped shape its development and culture. A number of veterans are laid to rest in the cemetery, including Alfred R. Simpson (1895-1961,) the second most decorated soldier of World War I.
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