Barton Creek Real Estate: Privacy, Proximity and Prestige
Tucked away within a lush green valley in southwest Austin is Barton Creek. Although residents enjoy the privacy and prestige of their very own nature’s wonderland, the Barton Creek neighborhood is just a short drive from the heart of downtown Austin.
Traveling through this award-winning, master-planned community on Barton Creek Boulevard — on a quiet two-lane passage bordered by towering oaks, thick cedars and sagebrush — glimpses of masterfully crafted terracotta-tiled rooftops adorning luxury homes on beautifully manicured lots peek out above the treetops.
Bordering the lush Texas Hill Country, Barton Creek features numerous upscale subdivisions; some enjoy the increased privacy and security of gated entrances. Residents truly have the best of both worlds: easy access to all the world-class shopping, fine dining and legendary entertainment that downtown Austin has to offer, as well as the option to stay home and enjoy the country club lifestyle and tranquil beauty that makes Barton Creek unique.
“We love the drive out to our home,” says Barton Creek Estates Homeowners Association President and trade association executive Bill Keese, who lives in the neighborhood with his wife. “It’s like living in the country but very close to downtown. Once we reach the neighborhood, we instantly relax. Most of all, of all the places we’ve lived, we have never enjoyed our neighbors more,” continues Keese. “Even though the lots are large and we have plenty of privacy, we are always getting together for movie nights, parties or just hanging out by the pool. And we take care of each other, which is hard to find these days.”
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Bask in the Country Club Lifestyle
The distinctive, sweet scent of freshly cut TifSport Bermuda grass greets the golfers as they make their way to the first tee. Above, hawks can be seen flying against the clear blue sky while cicadas hum in perfect harmony with the barely audible, yet soothing serenity of flowing water from a nearby stream. Together, the subtle sights and sounds of nature blend into a peaceful and relaxing sense of calm. Smiling as they look out across the emerald green fairway in front of them, four golfers pull their favorite drivers from their bags, basking in the realization that, at least for the moment, they are exactly where they want to be.
The crown jewel of Barton Creek’s country club lifestyle is the distinguished Barton Creek Resort — a private, nationally recognized golf destination and spa situated on 4,000 pristine acres of green rolling hills. In addition to teeing off at one of four 18-hole championship golf courses, members enjoy 11 tennis courts and two Olympic-size swimming pools, as well as a world-class health spa and fitness center.
The Barton Creek Resort’s private clubhouse is a favorite gathering spot for athletes, CEOs and other local movers and shakers that lets them network, enjoy a gourmet meal or just relax. “What really distinguishes us from other golf destinations is the variety of courses,” says Barton Creek Resort Golf Director Phillip Marburger. “We have two Fazio-designed courses, a Ben Crenshaw-designed course and an Arnold Palmer course. Plus, we have one of the best short-game areas in the country designed by Dave Pelz.”
Barton Creek golfers have a true champion in Marburger. “Besides the high quality of the course and staff, we have a very special group of members. We cater to a lot of the elite entrepreneurs in Austin, as well as doctors, attorneys and other professionals. Barton Creek has its own unique identity,” he says. “It’s very Austin, very Texas.”
All Barton Creek residents have access to the basic amenities of Barton Creek Resort, including its restaurants, and of course club members enjoy the full range of country club amenities. Either way, if you live in Barton Creek, you are close to downtown, yet surrounded by luxury and natural beauty.
Sophistication, Luxury and Breathtaking Views
As one of the city’s premier neighborhoods featuring custom-built luxury homes, including grand and meticulously designed multi-million dollar estates on multiple acres with unmatched privacy and breathtaking views, Barton Creek is home to some of Austin’s most influential leaders and power brokers. The master-planned community provides an elegant refuge for its residents.
While the luxurious surroundings of Barton Creek Resort and easy access to its renowned golf courses and country club amenities have a magnetic appeal, many residents are just as impressed with Barton Creek’s natural serenity. “I can’t imagine a more relaxing lifestyle,” says Keese. In fact, it’s that certain lifestyle that attracted another Barton Creek resident, retired broadcaster and residential developer Emilio Nicolas and his wife, when relocating here from Houston.
“We must have looked at 100 homes, but we kept coming back to Barton Creek,” laughs Nicolas. “There are a wide variety of homes here with diversity in price and style, but there is a certain consistency in quality that we appreciate. Plus, my home sits on 3 acres, of which only one is developed. The rest is woods and wildlife.”
“We have convenient access to the city when we want it — the airport is only 20-25 minutes away.” Nicholas adds, “But here I am sitting on my back deck watching the sun set through the trees. It doesn’t get any better than this!”