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Lake Travis Real Estate

Lake Travis Real Estate AerialLake Travis is considered the Crown Jewel of the Highland Lakes, known for it’s beautiful coves, steep bluffs, peninsulas & good fishing. Lake Travis is 63 miles long with 270 miles of shoreline. There are large open areas for sail boats and high bluffs to block wind for great water skiing. The water is deep, clean and clear, great for swimming and scuba diving. There are numerous Marinas & Restaurants on the lake for your boating and dining needs. With its crystal clear, beautiful aquamarine water, Lake Travis is rated as one of the best Texas lakes. From sailboat and windsurfing regattas to competition ski boats, cruisers, cigarettes and luxury houseboats, Lake Travis has the marina facilities, public parks, boat ramp access and glorious hot weather making it a  summer resort destination for outdoor enthusiasts. With its proximity to Lakeway and Austin, Lake Travis offers numerous non water activities, recreation, and entertainment with easy lake and city access.

Lake Travis luxury waterfront homes

Lake Travis, the gem of the Texas Hill Country has become some of the most sought after and highly prized real estate in Texas. Waterfront Lake Travis real estate luxury homes and estates have adorned the shorelines and created one of the most appealing places to live in the entire state. Some of the beautiful large acreage estates have multi million dollar mansions with over ten thousand square feet, lush landscaping, pool and spa areas with cooking and entertainment areas,  large custom floating docks with luxury yachts and other water toys. The expansion of luxury communities and homes has increased dramatically in the last 10 years. And the frequency that we see the “Parade of Homes” feature a Lake Travis luxury community validates Lake Travis as a premier destination. The “620 corridor” has seen an amazing boom in luxury communities with Costa Bella, Vineyard Bay, The Villas on Lake Travis, Arbolago, Bella Strada, Bella Montagna, Rough Hollow, Lakeway and some private estates off Hudson Bend Road.

Farther west of the “620 corridor”, are many more communities that have embraced “The Lake Travis Luxury lifestyle”. Some of these include Angel Bay, The Coves on Lake Travis, The Reserve at Lake Travis, The Enclave, Thurman Bend Estates, Las Entradas, Barton Creek Lakeside, Lakecliff, Briarcliff and Spicewood. There are many private estates in the Spicewood area that are not part of any particular subdivision. All of these communities are considered part of the South Shore of Lake Travis and the acclaimed Lake Travis School District.

If you are looking for value in Lake Travis luxury waterfront real estate, don’t forget about the North shore of Lake Travis. There are many areas and communities on the North shore that have seen a boom and should be considered. Some of our favorites include The Hollows, Waterstone Lake Travis, Point Venture, Waterford on Lake Travis, Volente, Jonestown and Lago Vista.

It is very helpful to have a  REALTOR® to help with a search that knows these areas. Our site has numerous ways to search for Lake Travis luxury real estate, we have an Advanced Search that allows you to specify areas or subdivisions, there is a Map Search feature that is handy and easy to use, and we have Quick search links in the left sidebar for many popular searches. Of course we are always happy to assist you in any way or perform MLS searches for you!

Buyers Considerations

If you are considering the purchase of property around The Lake Travis area and especially waterfront property on Lake Travis, it is in your best interest to work with a REALTOR® that is experienced with and specializes in Lake Travis real estate. There are numerous issues with Lake Travis waterfront homes and home sites that have to be considered, since Lake Travis is not a constant level lake and can fluctuate dramatically depending on weather and LCRA decisions. Some older homes were built in areas that could flood and some have boat dock problems when Lake Travis water levels are low. Lake Travis all time low level is 614 feet above mean sea level (msl) in August 1951, the all time high level is 710 feet above msl in December 1991. It is considered full at 681 above msl, with the average around 670 above msl.

Some homes own the land under the water in front of their property and some do not. This can cause potential issues with placement of the boat dock . Homes that are on the main body of Lake Travis have deep water for their docks, while some homes in coves or on the Pedernales river may not have deep enough water during low water conditions. The new Lake Travis Floodplain Maps are now available and this has changed the floodplain levels and flood insurance requirements from 715 above msl to 722 above msl. An experienced Lake Travis waterfront REALTOR® can make sure to obtain the elevation certificates, Floodplain Maps, Surveys,  contour maps and Historic lake levels to ensure that all information concerning a Lake Travis waterfront purchase is known.


I started my real estate career in 1981 in Dallas. Being a native Austinite born and raised in the Westlake area, I grew up on another of our great local waterways, Lake Austin. My family and I have lived in and owned Lake Travis Waterfront real estate since 1987. I have purchased and sold numerous waterfront properties of my own on Lake Travis. As an Accredited Luxury Home Specialist and Accredited Buyers Representative,  I have helped hundreds of buyers and sellers with their Lake Travis Waterfront real estate transactions.  During the warm months my family and I are boating on Lake Travis almost every week, and we have been from one end of the lake to the other. Living and owning property on Lake Travis gives me an insight that I use to help my clients to make smart choices and find or sell their dream home. Being a broker and Certified Negotiation Expert help me to understand the complexities and simplify the process, while working in the best interest of my clients. Click here to learn the difference between a customer or client.

How we work with you

We start with learning about and understanding what your needs are. For instance, if this is a retirement home, a second home or if you will need to commute to Austin, if you have children and want to know about schools, or if you desire a particular community. Many times we will drive communities, or guide you by map to explore areas that would fit your needs. Once we know the areas you are most interested in, we can customize the search and narrow the choices. We also have taken many potential buyers out on our boat to view Lake Travis waterfront communities, homes & home sites from the water. This gives a person the perspective of what it will be like to live at and enjoy their new Lake Travis waterfront home! It also gives us a chance to check out the dock, the stairs access to the dock and water depths under the dock. We also have relationships with local lenders, home builders, and boat dock builders that we can refer, to assist in building or purchasing Lake Travis real estate. Working as a buyers representative and assisting my clients in finding their dream home is my passion as a REALTOR®. Click here to learn why working with a buyers representative makes sense.

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