Bee Cave Newcomers Guide

River Bee CaveLove big city conveniences but long for a small town’s ambience? If you’re planning a move to the Austin, Texas area, take a look at Bee Cave. This small community of just over 5,000 people is about 12 miles west of Austin. It offers beautiful, rural scenery, excellent schools, a healthy mix of local shopping and essential services, plenty of community amenities, and easy access to all that Austin has to offer. It’s also one of the fastest-growing communities in the Greater Austin area. The projects that the population will increase more than 600 percent within the next 15 years. That makes Bee Cave a great opportunity for savvy homebuyers who make the move to this delightful town. Our newcomers guide to Bee Cave is a good place to start your move.

Bee Cave History

Jog Bee CaveFirst of all, there really were bee caves, but the actual city named for them didn’t exist until 1987. According to the city’s website, the area’s original white settler was Dietrich Bohls, who moved here in the 1850s to get away Austin, which, with a population of 900, had grown too big and confining for Bohls. Eventually, others joined him, settling near the confluence of Barton Creek and Little Barton Creek, where there were several colonies of Mexican honeybees living along the banks. Anxious to retain its independent status, free from the influence of big city government, it was nearly 140 years before residents decided to become first the Village of Bee Cave in 1987, and later in 2006, voted to official change name to the City of Bee Cave.1 Today it is governed by a City Council of six elected officials who appoint a City Manager to administer policy decision.

Relocating to Bee Cave

Field Bee CaveMake Bee Cave your new hometown and you’ll find a picturesque community that takes great pride in its civic arts program, offers a number of well-maintained city parks, preserves its historic buildings and welcomes growth. It’s a business-friendly environment, too, with plenty of opportunity for everyone. rates Bee Cave as “Exceptionally Livable,” with a Livability score of 81. They give it A+ grades for amenities and cost of living, and an A for weather, while housing and employment both get solid Bs.1 notes that Bee Cave has more residents who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the U.S. Telecommuters, they say, make up over 15% of the workforce. They also point out that you’ll feel right at home if you have a four-year or graduate degree – over 63% of the adults here do, compared to the national average of just 21.84%. Bee Cave is also ethnically diverse and fairly affluent, with a median household income of $106,438.3

Add in access to good schools, Austin employment centers, recreation, entertainment and quality medical care, plus plenty of new housing construction and you can see that Bee Cave is an excellent option if you’re thinking about relocating to the Austin area.

Bee Cave Real Estate

Exterior Bee CaveMuch of the housing inventory in Bee Cave is fairly new; a good share has been built since 2009. You’ll find homes in some 27 master-planned communities and neighborhoods ranging from modest starters to luxurious residences with breathtaking hill country views. Most of the newer construction offers large home sites in quiet subdivisions. A May 2014 snapshot put the average listing price for Bee Cave homes for sale at $456,522.4

If you’re looking for new homes in Bee Cave, you’ll definitely want to consider Ladera, a new community by award-winning developer and builder Taylor Morrison. Tucked away in the hills around Lake Travis, Ladera offers a premier location off RR 620 with easy access to Highway 71. You’ll have your choice of three collections – Enclaves, Estates and Villas – with a total of 26 unique floor plans, plus a selection of customizing options and upgrades. One-and two-story plans range from 1,859 to 4,202 square feet, with three to six bedrooms. All plans features an array of popular standard features such as gourmet island kitchens, great rooms, private owners’ suites and Texas-sized back patios to extend your living area. Prices start in the low $300,000. You can see move-in ready Ladera homes here. You can also learn more about Ladera and join the VIP interest list here or call the sales office at 512-263-2655 to schedule a viewing appointment. Get driving directions to Ladera here.

Bee Cave Economy

Like most Texas cities, Bee Cave is enjoying a healthy economy. Nearly 91% of the local workforce is employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Sales, management, and business and financial occupations make up a large part of the local jobs, along with the high percentage of telecommuters already mentioned. Unemployment among Bee Cave residents is 6.4% compared to the national 8.6% average, and recent job growth is positive, according to Sperling’s Best Places.5 Bee Cave residents also have the option of commuting to major employment centers in Austin, where they’ll find such national companies as IBM, Intel, Texas Instruments, 3M, Apple Inc., eBay and Whole Foods.

Bee Cave Schools

Bee Cave is part of the Lake Travis Independent School District, formed in 1981. The district serves approximately 8,300 students on eight campuses including Bee Cave Elementary, Lake Travis Middle School and Lake Travis High School. There are also several highly regarded private schools in Bee Cave and in nearby Austin.

For higher education, Bee Cave residents can chose from a number of campuses within 50 miles or less of the community. These include Austin Community College, The University of Texas at Austin, Saint Edward’s University, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Central Texas College and Temple College.

Bee Cave Living

Wakeboard Bee CaveIn addition to the many world-class entertainment, recreational, dining, cultural, historical and shopping venues in nearby Austin, Bee Cave offers its residents a delightful array of local attractions and services. Some of the highlights include:

  • Lake Travis, a popular destination for fishing, boating, water sports and picnicking.
  • Bee Cave Sculpture Park, a seven-acre natural setting showcasing permanent and rotating pieces.
  • Additional area parks include Bee Cave Central Park, Bee Cave/Falconhead West Primitive Park and Bee Cave Dog Park.
  • The Benches of Bee Cave, a public arts program designed to expose the community to art in everyday spaces.
  • Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave’s premier shopping, dining and event venue.
  • The Lone Star Farmers Market, held every Sunday to promote locally grown food and products.

Make Yourself at Home in Bee Cave, Texas

For more information about Bee Cave new homes and new homes in Austin, or to schedule a personal viewing appointment of a Taylor Morrison community in the greater Austin area, contact Internet Home Consultant Heather Fox at 512-845-7350.