Escondido may be Spanish for “hidden,” but that doesn’t explain how this 550-acre private community in the Texas Hill Country northwest of Austin has remained under the radar since opening 10 years ago.
Escondido offers everything the well-crafted golf escape should. It sits on an inlet of Lake LBJ, where members enjoy freshwater fishing, boating, and other amusements, including a pool, grill, and kids club; another lake, the secluded Lago Escondido, is lined by 30 lots graced with water views.
The Tuscany-inspired Great House is the center of activity, with dining rooms, fitness center, and extensive wine cellar, while La Hacienda is the place to unwind around the fire pit. It’s also the site of a high-tech golf teaching center and is the gateway to the award-winning Tom Fazio course, which rolls gently over the landscape and incorporates spectacular granite outcroppings that add beauty and challenge.
Lots range from an eighth to half an acre, and from $100,000 to more than $1 million; owners can design their own homes, as long as they maintain the club’s Tuscan look. “With the economy being what it is, this is a great time to buy in Texas,” says General Manger Glenn Lee. Escondido won’t stay hidden for long.