Lake Living at Steiner Ranch in Austin, Texas

By: Joe Cline

Steiner Ranch is a beautiful community on the outskirts of Austin, situated on the shores of Lake Austin and Lake Travis. This community has much to offer its residents, with a taste of nature in their back yard, while living a 15-minute drive from the city. Spanning over 46,000 acres, this community has the best in natural features, wonderful amenities, and access to the best in shopping and dining. Those who are looking for easy access to Austin, but an escape from the chaos of city life will feel relaxed and at home in this area.

History

The community of Steiner Ranch was developed by Taylor Woodrow in 1988 and was one of the first major developments in this area. It was named for a well-known rodeo family from the area, who originally owned the property on which the community is situated. Born in 1899, Buck Steiner was a rodeo cowboy who toured throughout the United States, however Steiner Ranch was his home. These rodeo roots were passed down to his own sons and grandsons, two of which were named world champions in bull riding and steer wrestling. Though the property was sold to developers 25 years ago, the family still maintains ownership of a few land parcels within the community.

Economy/Jobs

The economy and job market in the Austin area is flourishing, and that certainly trickles down to the Steiner Ranch area. The region has been experiencing a period of economic growth and development, compared to the majority of the rest of the country. The unemployment rate for the Austin area was 3.3 percent, drastically lower than the current national average. Among the top employers in the area are the University of Texas, Motorola, the city of Austin, and the Dell and IBM computer companies.

Real Estate

The real estate market in Steiner Ranch is quite vast, with homes ranging from around $200,000 up to the $3 million plus range. This brings a wonderful diversity to the area and a chance for those of varying incomes to take advantage of the local opportunities. There are a number of preexisting homes on the market, as well as building lots and new structures. Due to the stability of the economy and the low rate of unemployment, the Austin area, including Steiner Ranch, has not been hit as hard by the national mortgage crisis.

Attractions

Within the Steiner Ranch community, there is a range of attractions for residents to enjoy. There are community centers with pools, sports, and recreational activities, as well as water sports access on both of the area lakes. There are numerous shopping and dining options, right within the boundaries of the development. Those who want to enjoy the art, music, and entertainment of Austin have just a short drive into the city to experience everything it has to offer.

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