Tuscan Villages Expand with a New Library for Lake Travis

Lake Travis residents have their priorities straight – they understand nothing replaces the value of a good book. Last year, voters approved $1.25 million in bonds to help build a new library, which is now taking shape outside the Tuscan Villages near Lohman’s Crossing. The beautiful new facility will serve the growing number of people who have ended their Austin home search near Lakeway and Steiner Ranch and will be part of a larger plan to expand the Tuscan Villages.

The 11,000 square-foot community library is over twice the size of the area’s current library and will serve nearly 21,000 people. It includes more tables, chairs, and of course, a larger selection of young adult and teen novels and areas for special programming. Residents are encouraged to honor their friends and family members by purchasing a brick that will be used in the library’s “Pathway of Friends.” With a donation of $125, patrons can engrave names or a message before the brick is placed (sales end April 30). The facility is set to be completed by the end of 2012.

The library is meant to be a cog in the larger community area of the Tuscan Villages, which is growing. The community will offer housing to all variety of income brackets, with 270 condos, townhomes, and houses on 42 acres. Developers also are installing an area clubhouse, which will include a pool, locker room, gym, social area, and bistro.

“That’s what people in this demographic want: They want the activities and the ability to socialize,” Tuscan Village developer Haythem Dawlett said. “This demographic really wants to have some unification with who their neighbors are.”

The Lake Travis ISD is one of the top-performing school districts in the state – no doubt due to developments that encourage community and foster learning, such as the library. Families who have an interest in being closer to the Hill Country with plenty of access to state-of-the-art facilities should ask their Austin Realtor about availabilities in this area of Lake Travis.