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Circle C

Circle C Ranch

Circle C Ranch (also known as Circle C) is a large master-planned community in southwest Austin, Texas, USA. Circle C was featured prominently in a long and contentious environmental legal battle regarding Barton Springs and the Edwards Aquifer. The controversy surrounding its annexation by Austin was a landmark in municipal annexation rights in Texas.

Development of Circle C started in 1983 and the first homes were built in 1987. Today, Circle C Ranch includes more than 4,000 homes. Amenities include a 18-hole golf course called the Grey Rock Golf Club, tennis club, a swim center, a fire station, and more than 500 acres (2.0 km2) of dedicated parkland. The Circle C Swim Center has a year-round, outdoor, Olympic-size heated pool, the only one of its kind in Texas. A second swimming pool complex, with office space and meeting rooms, was finished at the end of January 2012.

Circle C Ranch was developed by Gary Bradley, who was part-owner of the Schlotzsky's restaurant chain. The development went into bankruptcy during the savings & loan scandal in the late 1980s, and was made solvent by the U.S. government.

The Circle C area was unincorporated and outside the legal jurisdiction of Austin until December 1997 when it was involuntarily annexed by the City of Austin, in spite of a 1995 state law (HB 3193) which specifically prohibited Austin from annexing the area or imposing city regulations there. Developers and homeowners vehemently protested the annexation. At the urging of Circle C residents, the Texas Legislature passed a fast-track bill, which was based on another 1995 state law (SB 1017), to delay the Circle C annexation for 20 years and place the area under the protection of a special governor-appointed board. This bill was signed into law by Governor George W. Bush, but was ruled unconstitutional in subsequent lawsuits when HB 3193 itself was ruled unconstitutional by the Texas Supreme Court.

Following annexation, further litigation ensued involving the Save Our Springs Alliance. Development resumed after Texas courts upheld the terms of the final annexation agreement.

The Circle C area is home to the new shopping center, Escarpment Village with an H-E-B grocery store.

Schools within the Circle C area are Bowie High School, Kiker Elementary School, Clayton Elementary School, and Gorzycki Middle School. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and a Veloway are also located in the Circle C area.

The median household income in the Circle C area is $117,584, and 70% of its residents have a college degree

Homes in Circle C Ranch range from the $180s to the $600s.

With its abundance of greenspace, soccer fields, golf course, country club, Olympic-size, heated swimming pool, and the Veloway, Circle C Ranch is a community unto itself. Located in South Austin, Circle C’s northern boundary is Davis Lane, and it extends south to just past Highway 45, and is bounded on the east by Brodie Lane and to the west by FM 1826, and offers easy access to Mopac.

Popular with families, singles and empty nesters because of its location, scenery, and proximity to downtown Austin, Circle C Ranch was the first master-planned community built in Austin, and there’s something for everyone. Homes range from the $180s to more than $600,000, and the area offers an active homeowner’s association.

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