Lago Vista is a small town on the north shore of Lake Travis at mile markers 23-25 …and the entry point to Point Venture. Across Lake Travis is the Village of Briar Cliff and Pace Bend Park, maintained by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA).
Homes For Sale In Lago Vista
Lago Vista Population
The population of Lago Vista has been rising slowly over the years. In 2000, there were 4,507 residents; in 2005, 5,573; and in 2010 there were 6,467. As Lago Vista becomes more widely known for its affordable lakeside housing, the city continues to grow in numbers and amenities. No longer a town with no grocery store, it now has a brand new one right at the major intersection of FM 1431 and Lohman Ford Road.
Lago Vista’s median family income was most recently $62,114 per year.
Lago Vista Access
Other than by boat, the only way to Lago Vista is via FM 1431. You can drive in from I-35 in Round Rock through Cedar Park and Jonestown or from Marble Falls to the north through Smithwick. Each drive is about 25 minutes and the latter is a scenic drive through the Texas Hill Country.
Every once in a while there is talk of building a bridge from Lago Vista or Point Venture over to Briar Cliff or Lakeway, but that’s all it’s every been …so far.
Lake Travis at Lago Vista
There are 15 miles of Lake Travis shoreline in Lago Vista, making it one of the premier and convenient locales for vacation or full-time homes for people who work in nearby Austin, 20 miles southeast.
Lago Vista (Spanish for Lake View) was incorporated in 1984 and is adjacent to the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, home to a couple annual festivals: “Songbird” in April / May and “Refuge Week” in October featuring a nature photography workshop and identification of birds, butterflies and edible native plants.
The Lago Vista Chamber of Commerce also produces a festival each year: “Hill Country Daze” in September / October. In 2012, the Primavera in Lago Vista Bike Races will take place March 3 and 4, and the Hill Country Music Fest May 12th.
Lago Vista Schools
The Vikings are often sports powerhouses in their divisions and champions in the classroom. They draw from Lago Vista, Point Venture and Jonestown.
Lago Vista Amenities
As you’d expect from a lakeside town such as Lago Vista, there are waterfront parks. Quite a few actually — 7 to be exact and each is gated and secured for use by property owners (POA) only. Each is well-maintained and has pools, tennis courts, boat ramps, soccer and baseball fields, picnic pavilions and meeting facilities. Across the water from the Bar-K Park is the huge peninsular Pace Bend Park.
At the Lago Vista High School are the traditional high school ballfields and tennis courts, but just across Bar-K Road is the new Lago Vista Sports Complex, complete with gorgeous pool and tennis courts. The view here is inspired Texas Hill Country, looking a lot like the Great Smoky Mountains back east.
Also in Lago Vista
There are several marinas (private), several golf courses (public and private), one landing strip at Lakeshore Ranch and a the Rusty Allen Airport in Bar-K. And for those who wish to literally eat, sleep and live on the water, there are condos on the plush “Island,” complete with tropical pool, restaurant, spa and gym, garages, picnic and park areas.
Last but certainly not least is the Airpower Museum and Library at the airport. Open by appointment, it features 350 model aircraft of all nations that flew in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm. There are also 1,200 books and hundreds of wartime photos. A display of engines, guns, swords, diaries, flying helmets, a couple jets, and a WWII Jeep rounds of the offerings.
Lago Vista Real Estate Market
Lago Vista has houses, condos and timeshares. It has them along golf courses, along the Lake Travis waterfront, up high on hills with views of the Texas Hill Country and Lake Travis, and in more traditional neighborhoods. Lots are plentiful and can be purchased for as little as $1,000.
In the past 12 months, 56 lots have sold between $1,000 and $425,000, needing an average of 262 days to sell. Average sales price was $35,116.
18 condos sold between $44,030 and $224,900 and were on the market an average of 125 days. They ranged in size from 426 to 2,630 square feet.
104 houses sold between $87,500 and $2,639,000 while on the market an average of 120 days. Their size ranged from 659 to 11,814 square feet.
Information reliable as of 10/05/2011.