It was the mid 1960′s and my wife and I were living in the married student apartments on Lake Austin Blvd. when my parents bought a small lake front resort called Lake Austin Lodges. It was at the end of Quinlan Park Road, which is now the main road through the Steiner Ranch community. Then it was slightly wider than a one lane road running over three cattle grates as it wound through the wild native landscape of the working ranch populated with prize quarter horses and other livestock. We moved out to the property and I became the operational manager of the business as I completed my bachelor’s degree at UT. It was comprised of thirteen guest cabins, a small restaurant, a bar with pool table, a larger cabin used for family gatherings and two apartments. There also was a swimming pool and boat docks with a gas pump. It felt like it was way out in the wild hill country accessed then by lonely two lane country roads now known as RR 620 and RR 2222. Lakeway was just beginning to sell lots for custom homes.
You can imagine what this does to your mind when you have the contrast of those memories and driving through Steiner Ranch as it is today. The small resort turned in to a first class spa resort now called the Lake Austin Spa and there are approximately 15,000 people living in the community. The memories come flooding through every time I go there to show homes to prospective buyers. What a beautiful master planned community it has become.