Tucked into the crook of the Barton Creek Greenbelt in South Austin is the elegant community of Horseshoe Bend. Dramatic views of the Austin skyline and the pastoral setting next to Barton Creek have given Horseshoe Bend a distinctive status in this Barton Hills neighborhood.
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The distinctive homes for sale in Horseshoe Bend were started in the mid-1970s in traditional styles, primarily split-ranches and two stories, with an average footprint of 2300 sq. ft. Lots are close to a quarter of an acre with varying elevations. Exteriors are built with stone or brick, and feature large picture windows, with multilevel patios and terraces to take advantage of the gradually sloped land. Homes built during this period had oversized garages to fit the large Cadillacs and Town Cars that were the SUV of their day. Many of the homes have been remodeled to add additional square footage as well as to update roofing, HVAC, and plumbing; many of the homes are now wired for Google Fiber.
Several of the Horseshoe Bend homes for sale have kept the character of the house intact while modernizing it to fit the active families of the 21st century. Multilevel rooms, built in storage, and stone fireplaces are now paired with wide plank bamboo flooring, bi-fold glass patio doors, and recessed lighting. Kitchens feature stainless steel appliances, large islands, and countertops of quartz or granite. Reclaimed garage spaces are now a game room, media center, or home office.
Terraced yards with stone retaining walls and ambient landscape lighting are large and colorful. Because much of Horseshoe Bend real estate is surrounded by the Barton Creek Greenbelt, backyards are built to take advantage of the views. Extended patios, pools, large decks, and summer kitchens provide the framework for a relaxing oasis surrounded by nature.
Horseshoe Bend real estate is close to many outdoor activities, with vibrant culture and cuisine just moments away. The seven mile Barton Creek Trail runs through the greenbelt and is accessible for hikers, bikers, and joggers. Three trailheads are located “around the Bend.” Gus Fruh, Homedale, and Spyglass can all be easily accessed from the Horseshoe Bend community. The topography varies from flat, shaded, well-marked paths to steep climbs up rugged cliffs. Campbell’s Hole, a natural swimming area between Spyglass and Homedale, is a seasonally accessible option to Barton Springs Pool in Zilker Park.
Shopping for groceries is easy with Randall’s, H-E-B, and Sprout’s Market all within a mile of Horseshoe Bend. There is also a local food co-op, Wheatsville, for locally grown produce, baked-on-site bread, and a variety of grab-and-go meals.
Given the proximity to South Lamar, a shopping, drinking, eating extravaganza, there are plenty of places to explore. For ultimate comfort food try a bowl of tomato-basil soup with a grilled pepperoni and cheese sandwich at The Soup Peddler. Pinthouse Pizza is best known for their award-winning, brewed-on-premises beers, but they make a mean pie too. Date night? Try Vox for their seasonal menu, specialty desserts, and wine pairings.
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