Old Lakeway is geographically defined by the boundaries of the original 17 sections and first 1,000 acres of Lakeway, developed between October 1962 and April 1971, by Lakeway Land Co. In 2017, street signs, featuring the original Lakeway logo, were added at each intersection in the neighborhood delineating the area.
A neighborhood, tucked into a corner of the City of Lakeway, Texas, with a unique charm and history all its own. Characterized by narrow, winding streets, mature oaks, architecturally diverse homes, many with spectacular views, including Lake Travis, the Hill Country, and Live Oak, Lakeway’s first golf course.
Once the home of people like astronaut Alan Shepard Jr., news anchor Dan Rather, and other prominent business people and professionals of the time, early Lakeway became one of the premier resort communities in the U.S. All that is Lakeway today, grew out of Old Lakeway.
The Inn and Spa
Photo of the Pool and Lake Travis view from the spa.
Enterence to the spa
Enterence to the marina.
A quick shot of the marina through the trees.
The first home built in Lakeway in 1964.
The special signs attached to the street signs marking the Old Lakeway boundries.
The Live Oak Golf Club.
The so called Mushroom house built in 1979 and designed by the architect John Watson a Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice
Another view of the mushroom house.
The astronaut Alan Shepard’s vacation home. He would fly in and land at the Lakeway airpark on weekends to visit his home.
An example of one kind of house in Old Lakeway
Lakeway Patio Home Condominimums built in 1971 and the first in Texas.
Another example of an Old Lakeway home.
Final example of the diverse archetecture of Old Lakeway.
If you care to read more here is more information about Old Lakeway. Thanks for the company.
A brief history of Lakeway……
- 1937: construction on the dam started, 1941, New Deal project created Lake Travis
- 1941: three men from Houston visited area looking for a hotel site
- 1962: rancher Jack Josey showed his 2700 ranch on Lake Travis to same three men
- They immediately took a 60-day option with plan to develop more than a hotel
- 1962: (October), construction began on The Inn / partnership expanded to 10 men
- 1962-1965: partnership bought 3,697 acres from Josey
- 1963: (July 12) Grand Opening of The Inn and Marina
- 1963: the airpark completed
- 1964: first custom home built at 104 Highlander, owners become first permanent residents of Lakeway
- 1965: (October 1) Live Oak golf coarse opened
- 1967: (August 5) A major brush fire along Challenger near Hurst Creek prompts development of Lakeway Village Fire Department (est Dec 1968)
- 1971: Lakeway Patio home condominiums section 1 is completed, becoming the first condominiums built in Texas (Kite St. at Lido)
- 1971: (April 26) Gulfmont / Lakeway Land Co (Houston) sold its interest in Lakeway to Alpert Corp (Dallas)
- 300 homes built and 1,000 acres developed at this time
*Source: A. Denys Cadman, and Byron D. Varner, “In the Beginning: A Brief History of Lakeway” Austin: Silverdale, 1981
For a more comprehensive history of Lakeway, visit the City of Lakeway website.
And a little about the Old Lakeway project.
EVOLUTION OF THE OLD LAKEWAY PROJECT
- Started as an idea in 2015, the Old Lakeway Project was originally focused exclusively on the first 300 homes built in Lakeway, with the goal of recognizing those homes that still honored the original architect’s exterior design vision.
- From that, was born the secondary project goal of building a neighborhood, and the current project goal was formed: “Preserving Lakeway’s history through its homes, and forming a neighborhood known as “Old Lakeway”.
- The Old Lakeway neighborhood is defined as the first 17 Sections and 1,000 acres developed by Lakeway Land Company at the time they sold their interests in Lakeway on April 26, 1971.
- The establishment of the Old Lakeway neighborhood includes more than the owners of the first 300 homes; we estimate 750 to 800 homes are a part of this defined neighborhood, however all of Lakeway will benefit from the preservation of this historically significant area.
The Old Lakeway Project currently has two goals:
- Recognize the first 300 homes built in Lakeway with an emphasis on those that retain the original architects’ exterior vision
- Build Lakeway’s first real neighborhood, known as “Old Lakeway”
….and have some fun connecting with neighbors in the process!