Steiner Ranch Homes For Sale
Steiner Ranch is a master-planned community often likened to a luxury resort—a suiting comparison for this area of 3000+ homes in northwest Austin. Known as the “Land between the Lakes,” Steiner Ranch is one of the fastest-growing and highest-rated developments in all of Austin and attracts many out of state buyers, in addition to locals. Spread over 4,600 acres and straddling Lake Austin and Lake Travis, its bevvy of private parks and amenities make it a desirable location for families and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Professionals who want country-style respite also love to call Steiner Ranch home. Located less than 20 miles from downtown Austin in zip code 78732, this community provides tranquility without sacrificing Austin’s accessibility.
Kristen Hull, an 11-year-resident of Steiner Ranch, described her neighborhood as “beautiful and large, but it still has a ‘small town’ feel.” And, despite Steiner Ranch’s size, she said it is community oriented. “The three elementary schools provide some structure to our large neighborhood. Communities form within the subdivisions that attend the same elementary. Neighbors are also classmates, and you’ll see groups of parents chatting on the curb while they wait for their kids to come home.”
Steiner Ranch homeowners hold a high standard for education; nearly every public school within their district ( Leander Independent School District) boasts an exemplary rating.
Properties in Steiner Ranch
Homes in this idyllic hill country setting begin in the mid $200s, with some waterfront luxury homes selling for multi-millions. Though Steiner Ranch was established in the 1980s, most of the homes are more recent, and many were built within the past 10 years. Houses in Steiner Ranch, many of which are over 3,000 square feet, flaunt a California-style aesthetic with limestone, brick, or smooth stucco exteriors, and Spanish Revival architecture’s harmonious curves come alive on clay-tile roofs, cylindrical window bays, and wrought-iron window guards.
Steiner Ranch Social Committee’s spokesperson “JF” built her house in 1999 and moved in in 2000, which makes it one of the “middle aged” Steiner homes. Steiner Ranch’s lush landscape attracted her to the area, and it continues to be one of the neighborhood’s best assets. “I love all the green space. That’s probably my favorite part,” she said. As far as road construction goes, she claimed, “There is nothing cookie cutter about Steiner; we have main streets that curve with the terrain, and off of them are the secondary streets where homes are built. Nothing runs in a square or straight line.”
In addition to Steiner Ranch’s picturesque setting, it has a strong residential and commercial heartbeat. “A lot has changed in the 13.5 years we’ve been here,” JF said. “We now have three stoplights where we had none. We have more than doubled in homes; we are almost fully built out—pending some commercial property; and we have three great elementary schools, while there used to only be one. But even with all of this growth, we still have a lot of green space.”
Steiner Ranch builders include Affinity Homes, David Weekley, Drees Custom Homes, Echelon Homes, Highland Homes, Mercedes Homes, Meritage Homes, Partners in Building, Plantation Homes, Rollo Custom Homes, and Taylor Morrison Home.
Located in northwest Austin, Steiner Ranch is bound by Ranch Road 620 to the north, Bee Caves Road to the south, Ranch Road 2222 to the east, and Ranch Road 620 to the west. It is 19 miles from downtown Austin, which equals about a 20-30 minute car commute.
Hull shared an interesting piece of information regarding Steiner’s history: “Most people don’t know this, but Steiner Ranch used to be a real ranch before development began in the eighties. And today, there is a graveyard in Steiner where old pioneer families are buried.”
The Steiner Ranch Homeowners Association posts neighborhood events, provides a directory of nearby resources, and facilitates communication with pages such as “Report a problem” and “Report a lost/found pet.” The HOA homepage for residents requires login information, but anyone can view their visitors’ page, which lists new homes, offers a community map, and flaunts the benefits of living in Steiner Ranch. The neighborhood also has a forum page that keeps residents updated about local happenings.
Steiner Ranch boasts eight private parks and contains over 800 acres of nature preserves. Near Austin’s vibrant greenbelt, Steiner Ranch provides access to 20+ miles of hike and bike trails.
The John Simpson Community Center includes a junior Olympic swimming pool; a children’s creative play area; two lighted tennis courts; a basketball court; a large covered pavilion with picnic areas; open space for Frisbee, football, baseball, and soccer; and changing, shower, and restroom facilities.
The Towne Square Community Center offers a resort-style pool with lush tropical landscaping and a beach, outdoor showers, a state-of-the-art children’s wading pool, an expansive covered pavilion, a large air conditioned club room with kitchen facilities, an on-site activities director, four tennis courts, multi-purpose fields, a playground area, restrooms, showers, and changing facilities.
The Bella Mar Community Center provides a junior Olympic pool, a resort-style pool, a splash pool, a baby pool, a playground, a soccer field, a multi-purpose ball field, a basketball/sport court, tennis courts, and a community building with covered pavilion.
Additionally, residents are granted private access to the Lake Club at Lake Austin, which has 11 boat loading areas. There are over 15 marinas and public/private docks in this area. Steiner’s proximity to Lakes Austin and Travis adds much value to Steiner Ranch real estate.
UT Golf Club
Steiner Ranch residents are near one of Austin’s great golf treasures—the UT Golf Club. This 7,412-yard, 18-hole course was designed by Bechtol Russell and is situated in the beautiful Texas Hill Country on the south side of the community. The club features a state-of-the-art practice facility; a 3,400 square foot open-air pavilion; a fitness facility with weights, cardio equipment, and flat-screen TVs; and a 16,000 square foot clubhouse that has a pro shop, dining areas, and a lavish bar.
The Lake Travis Community Library (a 15 minute drive from Steiner Ranch) offers 3,500 square feet of free reading material for Austinites.
Shopping and Restaurants
In the past decade, the hills surrounding Steiner Ranch homes have been developed to offer residents upscale dining, retail, and recreational experiences. Quinlan Crossing, a retail development at the entrance of Steiner Ranch, features shops, local and international cuisines, and a new Randall’s. The area also is near The Oasis (the largest outdoor restaurant in Texas) and the world-renown Lake Austin Spa (voted the #1 destination spa by Condé Nast Traveler).
Quinlan Crossing shopping center is located at the entrance of Steiner Ranch. This 61-acre space remains in a mostly natural condition, leaving plenty of room for rose-colored panoramic views of the surrounding Hill County. Anchoring the site is a Randall’s grocery store, surrounded by over 800 parking spaces. The remaining 15 retail acres include a bank, several restaurants, a variety of retail shops, and a medical/office building.
Just six miles from Steiner Ranch, Four Points Centre is home to a selection of retailers that include restaurants, banks, and department stores. Popular retailers include Home Depot, Target, Wal-Mart, Bank of America, Chase, Wells Fargo, Bellagio’s Italian Bistro, El Salido, and Johnny Carino’s.
Several of the community centers in Steiner Ranch offer organized sports and fitness classes. However, there are plenty of opportunities nearby if residents elect to take classes elsewhere, including Resolute Fitness, Koko Fit Club, and more:
One of two locations in Austin, Wild Basin Fitness Center is three miles from Steiner Ranch and includes personal trainers and nutrition programs.
Just two miles from Steiner Ranch, Trio Life Fitness has a Zen-like environment and several fitness classes, including yoga, Pilates, spinning classes, and personal training sessions.
There are numerous grocery stores near Steiner Ranch, including Randall’s (at Quinlan Crossing), HEB (2.5 miles), Lakeway Market (3.5 miles), Hudson Bend Grocery (5 miles), and Whole Foods Market at the Hill Country Galleria (8 miles).
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