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Bee Cave is a small town of about 5,000 residents located where Highway 71 joins with FM 620 and FM 2244. Early settlers named the area after they discovered a large cave of wild bees. In 1870, a post office opened, and the town began developing rapidly into the 1880s, with a steam gristmill, a cotton gin, a general store, a church, and a school. The population ebbed and flowed until more recent times, when it grew substantially as a western alternative to Austin living.

Today, it is a prime example of a city-close, hill country lifestyle, with ample conveniences mixed in with neighborhoods that emphasize the natural beauty of the area. Residents may work in Bee Cave or have a reasonable commute to Austin. Notably, The Texas House of Representatives declared Bee Cave as the “West Pole” of the earth in 2007, due to its location of 30 degrees, 18.25’ North and 97 degrees, 56.28’ West.

Properties in Bee Cave

Many residents of Bee Cave are relatively affluent, and the homes and neighborhoods reflect a distinctly upscale, hill country feel. A substantial number of homes are on larger lots with mature trees, and some have sweeping hill country views. New construction homes also are available, as are undeveloped lots, and a great deal of the constructed homes are relatively new.


Homes in Bee Cave are in the Lake Travis Independent School District.

In addition to the following public schools, Bee Cave’s private schools include Montessori School of the Epiphany, Primrose School of Bee Cave, Lake Hills Montessori

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Bee Cave Central Park features a trail, a dog park, a playscape, a basketball court, shaded areas, and ample free space. It backs up to The Backyard.

The Backyard at Bee Cave is an open air venue hosting live music concerts, such as by central Texas favorite Willie Nelson.

Nitro Swim Center offers a 30,000 square foot indoor facility with an Olympic-size pool and competitive swimming programs.

There are no golf courses in Bee Cave, but within four miles are Spanish Oaks Golf Club, Grey Rock Golf Club, and Barton Creek Country Club.

Shopping and Restaurants

The Hill Country Galleria serves as a hub for Bee Cave. Bee Cave City Hall and Bee Cave Library are onsite at this multi-use center, as are dozens of open-air-centered stores, such as Dillard’s, Barnes & Noble, Banana Republic, and restaurants such as Iron Cactus, Café Blue, and Amy’s Ice Creams. Also onsite is a Whole Foods Market, a Cinemark 14 Theatre, St. David’s Emergency Center, and a splash park.

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