Barton Creek is conveniently located just a few miles west of Austin in between Bee Cave Road and Southwest Parkway in a deep valley created by Barton Creek Gorge, and it sits adjacent to a 4,000-acre nature preserve under the watch of the Nature Conservancy.
Barton Creek was originally established by the development of the estates of Barton Creek: by Ben Barnes in 1983, a former lieutenant governor, and John Connally, former governor of the state of Texas. The initial 212-lot community was Austin's premier luxury destination at the time, located among rolling hills in a deep valley gorge cut into the soft Texas limestone by Barton Creek itself.
Based on the community's initial success, Ben Barnes surveyed a 4,000-acre tract of land, then put in motion a plan to develop a mecca for luxury living in central Texas. His vision centered around what was to become a world-renowned country club, spa, and resort destination, the Barton Creek Resort & Spa. It opened in 1987 and has become Texas' number one golf resort. The resort has three of the most challenging courses you'll ever experience: the Fazio Foothills, the Crenshaw Cliffside, and the newest, Fazio Canyons Course. You'll also find over 300 guest Rooms, a large tennis complex, convention meeting space, several dining options, including the award-winning Hill Country Dining Room, a pro shop, several pools, the Three Springs Spa, and first-class workout facilities. The benefit to living in this community is that most of the homes come with a social membership at no additional cost with only modest monthly dues.
Since the opening of Barton Creek Resort & Spa, they’ve added 18 unique gated communities with over 1,000 existing and new homes, and new lots are available in the Amarra Drive and the Verano Drive developments. This planned set of unique communities are clearly the largest consistent concentration of upper-end luxury homes anywhere in central Texas. And they're conveniently located; you can be downtown from many parts of Barton Creek in less than 20 minutes. And with three entrances onto different major roadways, including Bee Cave Road, Capital of Texas Highway, and Southwest Parkway, getting around traffic during commute times is a breeze. Even the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is only 25 minutes away.
You'll also find local daily shopping inside of and all around Barton Creek. You can shop at the boutiques at the resort, and we have our own local Barton Creek Village. Just outside our community, you'll find shops along Bee Cave Road, including the Village at Westlake. In less than 15 minutes, you can be at either Barton Creek Mall, one of the largest indoor malls west of the Mississippi, or the Hill Country Galleria, a spectacular open-air mall in the city of Bee Cave.
Homes range in size from 2,000 sq. ft. luxury golf course condominiums all the way up to compounds with 15,000 sq. ft. or more of living space. There's also a wide variety of lot sizes and neighborhood styles: everything from lock-and-leave golf course communities to sprawling country estates on ten acres or more of land. You'll find a wide variety of home styles, too: everything from purely traditional Southern-style homes, both old and new Texas hill country architecture, Tuscany style, purely modern designs, and everything in between. There's something to mean just about everyone's taste, age, and lifestyle, regardless of whether you're just starting a family, working professionals, or empty-nesters.
While the public schools offer an excellent educational choice, you'll find that the vast majority of school-aged children in Barton Creek attend one of the many private schools in and around the community. Both St. Michael's Academy and St. Gabriel's School are located at the center of this community, and a short distance away, you'll find the renowned schools of St. Andrew's, St. Stephen's, Trinity, and Regents School of Austin. You'll also find an abundance of choices nearby for alternative educational experiences, including Austin and Cedars Montessori, homeschooling support programs like Veritas Academy and even Waldorf of Austin.
You'll also find over 100 restaurants of all types of cuisine all within a short drive of your front door, including County Line on the Hill, the Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen, Milano Cafe, IM Thai Cuisine, Hat Creek Burger Company, and the always satisfying Jack Allen's kitchen. Barton Creek is also located less than 20 minutes from South Austin, where you'll find traditional Austin fare on South Congress or what is called SoCo: the Mexican Mile on South First and restaurants on South Lamar.
People who choose Barton Creek as their home are looking for a true high-end luxury home community with a wide range of home styles and prices centered around a first-class country club, spa, and resort with outstanding educational choices, majestic hill country views, easy access to downtown, close by first-class shopping and restaurant experiences, and some much-needed peace and quiet. I don't think you'll find a better recipe for luxury living in all of Austin.