Lakeway Homes for Sale: a Profile of Cardinal Hills in Texas

By: Joe Cline

Some of the best neighborhoods begin as nothing more than dirt roads and vacant lots. They are seen as stretches of land offering little more than an area to drive through, a dot on a map, until a developer or a homeowner stumbles upon them, and possibilities are envisioned. This is true of Cardinal Hills, which not long ago lacked paved streets and residents.

History

Cardinal Hills, located west of Austin, was little more than a space between Lakeway and Apache Shores ten years ago. There were some nicer homes, but they neighbored mobile homes and rested against vacant lots and dirt roads. It wasn't until developers noticed Cardinal Hills that the subdivision began to grow.

Maravilla, a developing company in Texas, started building upscale homes in and around Cardinal Hills. Other developers quickly followed. The vacant lots were filled; the dirt roads were paved; and people started coming to Cardinal Hills, not just as a means to get to Lakeway or Apache Shores but also as a place to live.

Economy

As the homes increase in quality, the people coming to Cardinal Hills increase in income. The area is still not as affluent as neighboring Lakeway, but it is not destitute either. Many of the families in Cardinal Hills work in Austin. They thrive when the city thrives, which it fortunately doesn't seem to ever stop doing. The science and technology fields are the most popular for employment; however, other organizations, including the University of Texas, Austin, offer jobs as well.

Real Estate

Homes in Cardinal Hills are impressively affordable. The newer houses have newer amenities, with modern touches and upscale ambience. But that doesn't put them out of your price range. They remain in it, even as homes in other areas skyrocket past your final zero - Lakeway and Apache Shores, as well as many of the areas surrounding Austin, are known to be pricey, given their location and demographics.

The continual development and attempt to fill vacant lots enables new residents to find new homes on a regular basis without having to wait for a previous tenant to relocate. This makes it the ideal location for a young professional or new family to build a foundation on fresh ground for their future.

Attractions

Cardinal Hills appeals to so many, first because of its location. It is only minutes from downtown Austin, providing you with urban culture while maintaining a suburban calm. The subdivision's place near Lake Travis means that children are able to attend one of the best school districts in the state. The Lake Travis School District is one of much acclaim and prestige. Additionally, the community's proximity to Lakeway, allows residents to imagine they are seconds away from a resort area where they can go to escape the rigors of their day-to-day life.

Cardinal Hills began as a rural community with mostly movable homes. Now it is a rising star amongst Texas neighborhoods. The houses, the people and the communal feel are tying together to create a place that anyone, including you, would want to live.

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