The Steiner family legacy begins with a Texan cowboy named T.C. “Buck” Steiner. Buck was the founder of the Steiner Rodeo Company, as well as the owner of The Capitol Saddlery. From the 1930’s until his death at the age of 101 in 2001, Buck sold boots, saddles, and tack through catalogues such as Sears and Montgomery Ward. In the 1940’s, Buck’s son, Tommy, took over operations of the Steiner Rodeo Company and made it into the prominent form of entertainment that it is today.
Tommy’s three sons continued the family legacy with Bobby earning the title of World Champion Bull Rider in 1973, Tommy Shane making #2 on the billboard charts in 2002 with his hit song “What If She’s an Angel,” and Sid receiving the title of World Champion Steer Wrestlers in 2002.
The Steiner Ranch of Today
The 5,200 acres of ranch land of the Steiner Rodeo Company, originally home to livestock, were transformed into the “exemplary” residential community now known as Steiner Ranch. Recognized by the Austin Business Journal as “Best Master-Planned Community” in the greater Austin area in 2004, Steiner Ranch sits on 4,600 acres nestled between Lake Travis and Lake Austin. In addition, there are golf course homes and homes along the Balcones Canyonland Preserve near this area. This master-planned Austin community, with prices ranging from $300,000-$3 million, provides homes for a variety of lifestyles.
Steiner Ranch, a setting of constant activity and beautiful views perfect for relaxation, provides its residents with The University of Texas Golf Club, three community centers, 20 miles of hike and bike trails, and exclusive access to a waterfront area of the Lake Club on Lake Austin, one of the few subdivisions with a boat launch on Lake Austin. The Lake Club features barbecue facilities, covered pavilion, picnic tables, basketball court and day-use boat slips.
The University of Texas Golf Club is a first-class, private club and a 7,225-yard championship golf course. The three community centers are John Simpson Community Center, Towne Square Community Center, and Bella Mar Community Center. These centers provide everything one could want: open spaces and playing fields, swimming pools, playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, and a children’s creative play area, just to name a few. There are also three multi-purpose ball fields in which over 150 different teams come to practice a week. In addition to these amenities, a full-time activities coordinator plans events throughout the year, so there is always an abundance of things to do. Whether it is for pleasure or fitness, the 20 miles of hike and bike trails allow families and individuals to take a leisurely stroll, jog, or bike ride while taking in the fantastic views.
Steiner Ranch Steakhouse boasts the best steaks you can find anywhere. Upon entry to the restaurant, some of Buck Steiner’s original saddles are on display. The three-story building is designed to allow visitors to take in the sunset over Lake Travis, as well as the views of the hills and magnificence of its location. The Steakhouse offers private dining rooms for private parties as well as live music for all to enjoy.
Just a short drive away is Lake Austin Spa, famous for being one of the finest destination wellness spas in the country. Also, there are multiple shopping destinations and retail centers within 5-20 minutes of the Steiner Ranch entrance.
There are three public schools located onsite and situated between the greenbelts. They are Steiner Ranch Elementary, Laura Welch Bush Elementary, Canyon Ridge Middle School. Five minutes from the entry point of Steiner Ranch are Cedar Park High School, River Ridge Elementary, and Vandegrift High School.
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