Hands down, Steiner Ranch is one of the best places to live in Austin — and that’s saying a lot in a city known for great neighborhoods. Nestled in the beautiful Colorado River canyonlands, Steiner Ranch has a perfect mixture of convenience and privacy. The amenities, neighborhood schools, and community social life make Steiner Ranch an attractive option for growing families and those looking to relocate from other cities. Here’s what to know about the area before you move.
The Community Amenities Are Top of the Line
As a master planned community, Steiner Ranch boasts some pretty impressive perks. From the private Lake Club to the University of Texas Golf Club to the 10 neighborhood parks featuring playgrounds, picnic areas, and outdoor grills, the community amenities have a little something for everyone. For more athletic-minded residents, there are numerous lighted tennis and basketball courts, four swimming pools, and more than 20 miles of hike and bike trails. Outdoor life here is just as fulfilling as indoor life!
The Neighbors Like to Get Together
Steiner Ranch homeowners are many things — parents and grandparents, employees and employers — but one thing they’re not is antisocial. New residents often say they’re surprised by just how friendly the community is; neighbors are welcomed into the community with open arms. And with a community Easter Egg hunt, summer concert series, community-wide garage sales, new homeowner socials, Fourth of July parade, and more, there are plenty of opportunities to make friends!
The Schools Are Very Prestigious
The quality of nearby schools is a big concern for any parent, but when you move to a Steiner Ranch home, you don’t have to worry about the school district. The Steiner Ranch area elementary and middle schools are all ranked as exemplary by the Education Association (TEA). Additionally, the nearby Vandegrift High School has achieved a “recognized” ranking for its testing scores and high graduation rate. Needless to say, your child will get one of the best educations in Austin!
Nature Lovers and Hikers Will Find Plenty of New Terrain to Explore
The gorgeous backdrop of the Steiner Ranch community is one of its major selling points. Tucked into the Hill Country canyonlands and nestled amid Lake Austin and Lake Travis, the area offers plenty of inspiring views for all residents. But nature lovers will be especially pleased with the miles of greenbelt surrounding the community, featuring acres of wildlife habitats and parks. Steiner Ranch homes sit adjacent to the sprawling Balcones Canyonland Preserve, known for its network of underground caves and numerous springs, and as the home of several different species of migratory birds. That way, you can get to know all your neighbors — even the ones with feathers.
You Might Just End Up Buying a Boat
One great perk of Steiner Ranch living is its close proximity to some of Austin’s premier aquatic recreation centers. Whether you’re looking for fishing, swimming, scuba diving, water skiing, or just a lazy day on the water, nearby Lake Austin and Lake Travis offer plenty of maritime diversions for Steiner Ranch residents. In fact, there’s so much to do, many residents wind up buying their own watercraft so they can get out on the water any time they want. Time to go boat shopping?
You Won’t Have to Give Up Your Favorite Coffee Shop
A lot of new Steiner Ranch residents worry about moving away from central Austin, but the truth is that it’s really just a hop, skip, and a jump from downtown. That means when you move here, you won’t have to forfeit all of your old haunts. And to top it all off, you’ll be conveniently located near Steiner Ranch’s great selection of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. You may even find some new favorites!
It Was Voted One of the Best Neighborhoods in the Austin Area
Obviously, we’re a little bit biased about the benefits of living in Steiner Ranch. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Austin Business Journal voted Steiner Ranch “the best master-planned community” in 2004. With plenty of shopping, endless options for entertainment, a plethora of fitness choices, and many other choice conveniences, Steiner Ranch living has never been better!