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Austin REALTOR® Brian Talley can help you find your Lake Austin dream home! Talley lives and works in Westlake and has expert local knowledge about home prices, areas, schools, and…
Welcome to Lake Austin Living
The shores of Lake Austin comprise one of the most prestigious stretches of real estate in Texas, with idyllic calm water and rolling hills providing a picturesque and peaceful setting for the sparsely dotted homes. The "lake" is actually a 20-mile segment of the Colorado River that joins the Texas Hill Country and Lake Travis to the west with Lady Bird Lake and Downtown Austin to the east. One of the lake's most prized features is its constant water level, which makes it a "go-to" destination for water sports enthusiasts and those who want continual close-in water access. While the lake looks more like a calm river than a traditional lake, there is ample space for wakeboarding, wake surfing, water skiing, and cruising.
Once home to an abundance of weekend lake homes, most current-day Lake Austin waterfront properties have been converted to prime luxury estates. Homes on Lake Austin are some of the most expensive properties in Texas, with homes ranging from around $1 million to upward beyond $10 million. The more desirable properties often start in the $4 to $6 million range. For those seeking a privileged lifestyle that offers access to the beautiful Texas Hill Country while remaining close to downtown Austin, Lake Austin is the premier choice.
Lake Austin Waterfront Homes
Austin’s waterfront and water view homes are some of the city’s most prized residential real estate properties. Austin’s waterfront homeownership opportunities include the often stunning homes along the shores of Lake Austin, which stretch from just west of Mo-Pac (Loop 1) to west of Pennybacker (360) Bridge. From there, the lake – actually segments of the Colorado River – transitions to Lake Travis, where many homes are beyond the Austin city limits, although still relatively close and desirable in their own ways.
Along the Lake Austin portion, a select amount of homes are waterfront in the true sense, meaning they back up to or front Lake Austin and actually comprise the land up through an easement into the waterline. Lake Austin also has several tributaries within its boundaries, some of which have less boat traffic and more privacy than the main body of the lake – so these homes can be even more prized at times, within this already highly desirable segment of select properties.
Lake Austin homes can range from “lake house” style homes that have been in families for decades to remodeled lake homes to brand new estates with top-of-the-line amenities. One of the reasons homes directly on Lake Austin are popular is because many have their own boat dock/s. This not only saves on the expense of renting space in a marina, it provides an ease of access that is unparalleled. Simply step into your backyard, and motor (or even paddle) off into the beautiful and peaceful waters!
One of the greatest reasons to choose a home directly on Lake Austin is that its water level is constant year-round. This provides a sense of security and a permanency of access that may be missing for homeowners living on segments of the lake that are further west. Additionally, there are a small amount of popular businesses and restaurants directly on the lake, providing residents a “boat only” way of traveling to and from these activities.
Homes with direct waterfront access are almost always into the multi-millions, especially in the case of newer or remodeled homes.
Water View Homes
Another option is a water view home along Lake Austin. Austin’s rolling hills and scaled limestone formations provide ample opportunities for remarkable homes with full and partial views of the water below. Some homebuyers prefer the elevated topography, as it can provide a greater view of downtown Austin and the lake and hill country than properties that are situated directly along the shoreline. Additionally, water view homes can provide an idyllic sense of being near the water, while offering a level of separation or privacy that may be desired in its own right.
Numerous nearby marinas and launches provide convenient, quick access to boats and water activities, offsetting the need for an on-property dock or lift, and, for many, the choice of a water view home is an ideal one. Water view homes still often carry a million dollar and up value, but the relative distance from the water does provide more affordability on the whole compared to direct waterfront homes.
Many of Austin’s most desirable and luxurious homes are situated on the shores and hills of Lake Austin. A part of the Colorado River chain, Lake Austin maintains a year-round, constant water level and is a popular destination for pleasure…
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We were very fortunate to have worked with Brian Talley. We were living out of the country when we considered moving to Austin. We visited Austin on multiple occasions over a two year period and Brian was extremely patient and diligent in helping us find a home. When we finally decided to move there and wanted to buy a house , Brian worked night and day and finally helped us find the perfect house at the right price in the school district we wanted. We bought the house in the middle of our night (Europe) based upon Brian’s guidance. He was extremely professional in his follow up and getting us through the closing and even helped us with the inspection process. If you’re looking for a real Pro who has excellent people skills, Brian is your man.- George S
We worked with Brian on purchase of a second home last year and he was fabulous. He listened to what we wanted to try to find and didn’t just force a bunch of ideas on us that were not going to fit. This led to an efficient and productive experience and after a relatively short amount of time we found the perfect place. He was also very helpful in educating us on the market, comps, and helped to make sure we were getting good value. Our closing was a bit complex as we were trying to get an old right-of-way added to our property acreage and Brian put us in touch with a great lawyer who helped to ensure the title work was proper and complete. All in all a great experience.- Jeff E
When we were looking to make a move to TX, I started looking on the internet for properties. Immediately, Regent Property Group stood out and it lead us to Brian Talley – what a great thing that was!! We worked long distance with him for several months. He not only listened to what we were looking for, he had great insight into the different neighborhoods of Austin. At no point did we feel pressured into making a decision before we were ready. We bought the perfect home for us and I credit Brian for finding it. He walked us through each step with great knowledge of the process and in a timely manner. Needless to say, we couldn’t say enough good things about him. We have referred him many times and he has always proved to be exactly what was needed.- Charlotte P
I have known Brian since 2008, in past I have been working with many realtors, but Brian tops them all. He is honest, smart and very easy to work with. He does not push you to buy or sell your home, but his expert opinion is always valuable. I listen to his advice when I was ready to sell my home, and it got sold in one day. I recommend Brian to anyone who wants to buy or sell his home, he knows his business more than anyone I know.- Ken S
I have been a neighbor, friend and client of Brian’s over the years. When we decided to sell our home Brian’s name was at the top of the list. He worked with us to price it correctly, stage it well and prepare us for our transition. We received a full price offer within 48 hours of listing. We then worked through the closing process where Brian and his team walked us through each step. Brian has been successful because he is dedicated to meeting the needs of his clients. He was available at any time and we felt comfortable with his guidance.- Chris H