Spicewood presents something of a challenge for the organizationally minded. While it presents itself as a town, replete with its own zip code, business district, elementary school and library, Spicewood is not, technically speaking, a town. Spicewood is not incorporated as a city, and hence hasn’t a city government. It is only administered at a county government level---of which there are three: far northwest Travis County, the northeast corner of Blanco County and the southeast corner of Burnet County. While this may throw the homebuyer from a big city like, say, Chicago or New York, into a tizzy, it not being instantly apparent as to whom to call when the power goes out, or a pothole needs filling, the residents of Spicewood, Texas, on the whole, like it this way. The taxes are low and self-reliance is the name of the game.
Rumored to be named after the spicewood trees on nearby Cypress Creek, Spicewood is rapidly becoming one of the most desirable spots to live northwest of Austin, for the fabulous Hill Country views and proximity to water. Ranging along Highway 71, Spicewood covers most of the area west of Bee Creek Road to about sixteen miles east of Marble Falls, and occupies a good chunk of the land around Cypress Creek, the Colorado River, Fall Creek, Lake Travis and the Pedernales River. In fact, Spicewood is so water oriented that most subdivisions include their own marina access and park areas, such as Briarcliff and Barton Creek Lakeside. There are three Lower Colorado River Authority parks in Spicewood: Narrows, Grelle and Muleshoe, and two state parks: Pace Bend Park and Reimers Ranch---all of which offer camping and lake access. While Spicewood is semi-rural, there is still a goodly amount of culture available to its residents. The Spicewood Arts society regularly hosts musical events, where local favorites Willie Nelson, Asleep at the Wheel and Johnny Gimbel have been known to play. For those who love their wine, there are twenty-two vineyards in and around Spicewood, and the area’s viticulture is becoming world renowned.
There are four different school districts which service Spicewood: Lake Travis ISD, Marble Falls ISD, Johnson City ISD and Dripping Springs ISD. Students would attend any one of the myriad schools associated with each district depending upon the county in which they live.