Types of Horse Properties

There are typically 3 general types of horse properties in and around the Austin area. Equestrian Communities are master-planned residential developments designed specifically for horse owners. These neighborhoods might include bridal paths, riding arenas and often a community barn.

The advantages of this type of property are that you will be close to other horse enthusiasts, riding areas and have easy access to vets, farriers, and trainers.

There are also numerous horse-friendly neighborhoods that usually consist of smaller acreages (usually 2-20 acres) where horses are allowed and homeowners may have their own riding areas and personal barns.

Several advantages to owning this type of property are that you will probably have fewer rules, regulations, restrictions and HOA fees than the typical master-planned Equestrian Community would have.

Ranches are considered much larger land sizes that can consist of 10+ acres and typically more than that. Ranches often have even fewer land use restrictions and depending on the amount of land and livestock you have, they may qualify for agricultural and/or wildlife exemptions. These exemptions can vary from county to county. With larger amounts of land however, they may also be subject to oil and mineral rights.

Here are some of Austin’s most popular master-planned equestrian communities and horse friendly neighborhoods

A luxury, gated estate community with large estate size, recently built homes and sprawling acreages ranging between 5-20 acres. Angelwylde offers panoramic views of greenbelt and the emerging hill county. Eanes ISD 

Westlake Oaks
Approx 1-3 acre lot sizes 8+ acres of greenbelt, tennis courts, pond, and community stables. Homes here were built in the ’70s and ’80s. Many have been extensively remodeled since. Eanes ISD

Bear Creek Estates
Homesites ranging between 1.3-5 acres. Homes here were built in the mid-’80s and up. The creek for which the neighborhood is named, adds beauty to this well-established neighborhood. Dripping Springs ISD

1-5 acre homesites that are sometimes wooded, built in the early ’80s, this neighborhood has a bridle path and lovely views. Lake Travis ISD

Madrone Ranch
A more recent equestrian master-planned community, construction began here in 2010 and continues. Most lots here are between 1-3 acres. This neighborhood has extensive riding trails, covered and uncovered riding arenas and though not neighborhood owned, a privately owned and operated barn, providing boarding and riding lessons. Lake Travis ISD

Meadowfox Estates 
This neighborhood is gated and adjacent to the Homestead. It features large homes built from 1995 and upward. Lot sizes vary widely between 4-20 acres, with an average of around 6.5 acres. Lake Travis ISD

A smaller neighborhood with 1-5 acre homesites and an eclectic mix of houses built beginning in the early 1980s and upward. Dripping Springs ISD

Lanier Ranch
2-12 acre home sites with homes built in the early 90’s up until recently. Lovely neighborhood with ample room for horses. Dripping Springs ISD

Onion Creek Ranch
This neighborhood has homes built as early as 1980 and typically 5 acre lots but ranging from 2-10 acres in size. Dripping Springs ISD

Vineyard Ridge
7.5-10 acres, Homes built in the late 2000s, high-end beautiful views, luxury in the beautiful rolling hills of Driftwood. Dripping Springs ISD

Creek Road Ranch
2-6 acre homesites, elegant homes built in the late 2010s and beyond. Dripping Springs ISD

Hurlbut Ranch
Larger size tracts here between 10-30 acres, with sweeping hill country views, building started here in the late ’70s. This neighborhood is close to wineries. Dripping Springs ISD

The Polo Club-The Key Ranch and Rooster Springs
This master-planned equestrian community began development in the mid-’90s. The Rooster Springs subdivision homesites range from .25 acres up to 5 acres with several community barns, turnouts, and covered riding arena. Key Ranch has larger lots ranging from 3-10 acres. It also includes the Polo Club tennis and fitness center. Dripping Springs ISD

Ranches at Hamilton Pool
These large tracts of lands have beautiful hill country views with estate-sized lots ranging from 25-25 acres. Construction here began in the mid -2000s with many recent builds. Lake Travis ISD

Saddletree Ranch
Approx 1.5-5 acre home sites with homes built in the mid-’90s to mid-2000s you will see many homes with horses grazing in the front yard. Dripping Springs ISD

Twin Creek Farms
Lots here range between 5-40 acres, with homes built in the late ’80s and beyond. Twin Creek Farms is a master-planned equestrian community with stable and trails. Georgetown ISD

Ranches of Sonterra
An elegant gated community with homes on 10-34 acres, most homes built in the mid-2000s. Close to the San Gabriel River. Georgetown ISD

Whitetail Estates
An unpretentious community with many houses built in the early ’70s and beyond. Numerous homes here have been updated, but it’s still possible to find those that haven’t to put your stamp on. Lots range between 2-10 acres. Georgetown ISD

Deer Run Estates
This is an eclectic neighborhood with nice sized lots ranging between 5-20 acres. Many homes here were built in the mid-’80s but there have also been more recent builds as well. Wimberley ISD

Mountain View Estates
A short distance from Canyon Lake these estate homes are on approx 30 acres of land each. The homes here were mainly built since 2005. Comal ISD

Mustang Valley
Lots here uniformly range from 5-7 acres with homes being built beginning in 2008 up until very recently. Wimberley ISD

Rainbow Ranch
An eclectic, neighborhood, lots can range anywhere between 2-20 acres with the average coming in right around 11 acres. Most homes here were built in the early to late ‘90s others being built earlier and some later. Wimberley ISD

River Mountain Ranch
Large homes here sit on anywhere between 5-40 acres with the average size lot ranging from 6-7 acres. Homes built beginning in the late 2000s up until recently. Wimberley ISD

Bastrop, Elgin and Cedar Creek
There are plenty of country homes, acreage, farms and ranches here with great pasture land for horses. Bastrop and Elgin ISDs

  • River Crossing
    Lot sizes here can range between 1.5 up to 11 acres with stately homes built in the late 1990s to mid-2000s. Bastrop ISD
  • Timberline Estates
    This is an established horse-friendly neighborhood with homes on anywhere between 3-25 acres. These homes were built in the mid-’80s to early 2000s. Elgin ISD


  • Wolf Creek Ranch 
    Lots range from 7-20 acres with homes built in the mid-late 2000s. Amenities include a park on Morgan Creek and a day dock on the lake. Burnet ISD


  • Double Horn Creek
    This is a gated community with most home sites close to 5 acres in size. Most homes here were built in the early to mid-2000s. Marble Falls ISD
  • Paleface Ranch
    This is a gated community with 2-5 acre lots. Some homes here were built in the mid-’90s and continues to be developed. It is situated on the Pedernales River. Lake Travis ISD


Austin’s available horse properties cover vast areas and like you and your horses, are exceptionally unique unto themselves. Please contact us for an in-depth question and answer discovery interview and we will create an exclusively curated search tailored to you and your horses specific needs.

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