Bee Cave, Texas.  It is a name right out of …folk lore, the old west, old Austin, …what?  Actually, both names are accurate.  Mexican honeybees used to live in the limestone cliffs and banks of the Barton Creek and Little Barton Creek in the area known as Bee Cave.  The name became official when the little town incorporated in 1987.  At that time, the population was under 200; today Bee Cave is still small with nearly 2,200 by 2007.

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Bee Cave Location

Bee Cave is in southwest Travis County, comprised of 2.6 square miles.  More or less, it is at the intersection of Hwy. 71 and RM 620 on Village of the Hills’ and Lakeway’s southwest sides.  There is also a road called Bee Caves (with an “s”) Road | FM 2244 that runs from Mopac in Rollingwood through the Village of Westlake west on over to Hwy. 71.  Bee Cave is 13 miles from Austin and 70 from San Antonio.  It is one mile from Lake Austin and five from Lake Travis.

Bee Cave Notoriety

Bee Cave became more widely known in 2005 when the Hill Country Galleria shopping mall was announced then built.  It was closely followed by the Shops at the Galleria.  Though its roots were steeped in serenity and nature, big time shopping is now on that list.  It was just two years later — in 2007 — when the Texas Legislature had some fun on a slow day and declared the earth’s “west pole” to be Bee Cave, Texas.

A big part of the Bee Cave tax base is shopping, though expensive homes also contribute a significant share.  The property tax rate is low by area standards.  It is just 1.9694%.  The city says the average home value was $597,000 in 2005, when the average household income was $124,000.

Some of the stores at the Hill Country Galleria:

  • Aeropsotale
  • Hallmark
  • Banana Republic
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Bella Dimora
  • Chico’s
  • Cinemark Theaters
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • Dillard’s
  • Eddie Bauer
  • Francesca’s Collectibles
  • Hollister
  • James Avery Craftsman
  • Jos. A Bank Clothiers
  • Kay Jewelers
  • Loft
  • Panera Bread
  • Sassen Boutique and Hair Salon
  • Twin Liquors
  • Walgreen’s
  • Wells Fargo
  • White House | Black Market

Some of the shops at Shops at the Galleria:

  • Bee Waxed
  • Best Buy
  • Chase Bank
  • Famous Footwear
  • Leslie’s Swimming Pool Supplies
  • Lowe’s
  • Mandolas’ Italian market
  • Marble Slab Creamery
  • Marshalls
  • Mattress Firm
  • Michael’s
  • Newflower Market
  • Office Max
  • Old Navy
  • Pier 1 Imports
  • Sport Clips
  • Subway
  • World Market

Some of the restaurants in Bee Cave:

  • Amy’s Ice Cream
  • Baguette et Choclolat
  • Blue Bamboo
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Chili’s
  • Emerald
  • Gumbo’s
  • Iron Cactus
  • Chisos Grill
  • Maudie’s Tex-Mex
  • McDonald’s
  • Mesa Rosa
  • Mimi’s Cafe
  • Pei Wei
  • Pizza Hut
  • Quizno’s Sub
  • Springhill
  • Starbucks
  • Sushi Ya — Tokyo Gardens
  • Waterloo Ice House
  • Which Wich
  • Zingers Bar & Grill

Bee Cave Schools

Bee Cave doesn’t have many children, but those it has attend the Lake Travis Independent School District (LTISD).  The elementary schools are Lake Pointe and Bee Cave.  The middle school is Lake Travis and the high school is Lake Travis.  College campuses are within a short drive into Austin.  Austin Community College is down Hwy. 71 to the Oak Hill area.

2007 Enrollment Numbers:

  • Lake Pointe Elem., 628
  • Bee Cave Elem., 600
  • Lake Travis Middle, 744
  • Lake Travis High, 1,750

Schools Ethnic Breakdown:

  • White, 83.0%
  • Hispanic, 13.0%
  • African American, 1.0%
  • Asian American, 2.0%

Bee Cave Resident Education Level Attained:

  • High school or higher, 94.2%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, 55.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree, 19.4%
  • Bee Cave Library One of Best in U.S.

In 2011 and for the second straight year, the Bee Cave Public Library was honored as the #2 best in its budget category.  The LJ Star Index analyzed 7,513 public libraries in the U.S., separated them by budget and assigned 3, 4 or 5 stars to only 262 of them.  Bee Cave received 5 stars along with only 84 others.  Ratings are based on annual number of visits, circulation, program attendance, and public computer and internet usage.  The 5,000-square foot library is located in the city hall, Hill Country Galleria.

Bee Cave Demographics

The latest figures (2005) show that the median household income was $124,100 while the Texas average was $42,139.  The median house value was $597,000 while the Texas average was $106,000.

Bee Cave Ethnic Breakdown:

  • White non-hispanic, 90.1%
  • Hispanic, 7.6%
  • Other, 3.5%
  • American Indian, 2.0%
  • Two or more, 2.0%
  • (Total is greater than 100% due to hispanics counting themselves in multiple categories.)

Bee Cave Age Breakdown:

  • 18 and under, 33.1%
  • 18 to 24, 3.8%
  • 25 to 44, 34.8%
  • 45 to 64, 23.2%
  • 65 and up, 5.2%
  • Median age: 36
  • For every 100 females, 109 males.

The City of Bee Cave utilizes the council-manager form of city governance.  There are five elected council members and the elected mayor.  The council appoints the city manager.

Bee Cave Recreation

The first and only city park opened October 15, 2011.  It was dedicated July 18, 2009, but work was delayed due to the severe Central Texas drought.  It is called “Central Park” and incorporates a dog park.  It is located on 50 acres along the northwest end of Bee Cave Pkwy.  The City of Bee Cave is very proud of its new park, which was several years in the making.  State regulations and restrictions prevented the disc golf component of the park from becoming reality.

Inside Bee Cave city limits is Falconhead Golf Club and Pavilion.  It is along Falconhead Blvd. off RM 620 towards Village of the Hills and Lakeway.  It is a public golf course that spills into the Spillman Ranch and aptly-named Falconhead neighborhoods.

One of the area’s most popular natural and beautiful features is Hamilton Pool out on Hamilton Pool Road | FM 3238.  It is a Travis County park and open all year — except for when bacteria levels are high after heavy rains and runoff upstream.  For swimming intentions, it is best to call first to make sure it is open.  Pedernales Falls State Park and Longhorn Cave are also within a half hour drive.  Lake Austin is very close — a mile as the crow flies.  Boat ramps and parks are further by car.  To Lake Travis boat ramps and parks, it is a five-mile drive.  The other six Highland Lakes can be accessed at various points driving up Hwy. 71 and across on Hwy. 281 into Marble Falls.  There are other golf courses in the area, many parks and museums, etc.  Bee Cave is a great jumping off point for playing in the Texas Hill Country.

Bee Cave Real Estate

Within the past 30 homes have sold through the Austin Central Texas Realty Information Services’ MLS system.  Homes ranged in size from 1,492 square feet up to 5,057 with the average being 3,492.  Number of bedrooms and bathrooms ranged from two to five, with the average being four.  Sales prices ranged from $265,000 on up to $799,000 with an average of $502,117.  Days on the market ranged from three to 257 with an average of 60 — a good three weeks under the Austin average.

Information deemed reliable as of 10/20/2011.