Rob Roy West is a 35 acre tract located about a mile west of Capital Texas Highway along Bee Cave Road at Grace Lane across from River Hills Road.  When I got a hold of it, nine lots were platted, one for commercial and the rest for residential use.  Most of the home lots are behind a gated entry and access the public road with a private one.  The private drive traverses along a unique and beautiful stone fence which exhibits a one-of-a-kind aesthetic look!

The lot range in size from 2.41 acres to 3.27 acres!  Each lot backs up to Horse Thief Creek where several secluded hiking trails have been developed for the exclusive use of the residents of Rob Roy West.  The creek has numerous waterfalls and several grottos.

Rob Roy Homes

The homes that are currently built are of high quality and located on their lots to capture the long distance views over the Barton Creek valley.  Each home utilizes connections to a treated water supply line from Water District 20 as well as individual septic systems.  The subdivision has fire hydrants which sounds rather silly to mention unless you have ever lived without the comfort of one in your vicinity!

Rob Roy West is located in the highly sought after Eanes Schools District, home of Westlake High School and the multi-year successful Chaparral sports and scholastic teams. The subdivision, Rob Roy West will probably be the last of the large tracts of land to be developed out of the Roy Family ranch.  Few people realize that the roughly 2,000 acre ranch was actually owned by someone named Roy!

History of Rob Roy

The old man’s name was Cal and his son was named Rob, as in Rob Roy.  There were two sisters named Addie Roy and Jessie Roy who were educated, taught school somewhere in east Texas near Houston, and more sophisticated than their father Cal and their brother Rob.

In fact, Cal and Rob were rock masons and bootleggers and they were probably a little better off than most of the cedar choppers who called the Bee Cave Road area ‘home’.  You see the Roy family actually owned their land instead of being squatters like most of the cedar choppers in the area.  And besides, the Roy boys had a moonshine still in the canyon behind their former homestead currently located on Addie Roy Road.  That’s why their home was so popular on Saturday nights!

At some point, Cal and Rob decided that they wanted to borrow some money and they found a fellow in town (Austin) who might make them a loan.  The lender, knowing their reputation as being rock men, cedar choppers and bootleggers asked if they had any collateral for the $4,000 loan that they were asking for.  And they offered up their 2,000 acre ranch.  After an appraisal, the lender said he could only loan $2,000 instead of the $4,000 being asked for and reluctantly the Roy boys said OK.  The lender made the loan and attached the set of field notes provided with the appraisal to the note and deed of trust, evidencing the loan and the collateral.

Field notes describe each boundary line of a property and with 2,000 acres of hills, creeks and twisting boundary lines, you can imagine how many property lines were described and how many pages must have been involved with the metes and bounds description of the lender’s collateral!

Anyway, the loan was made and after a year went by the two fellows came back in and paid the loan back with interest and asked if the lender would consider making another loan, this time for $4,000.  The lender was happy to be paid back and interested in doing more business, but realized that the two fellows’ stripes hadn’t possibly changed in twelve months and neither had the collateral’s value.

Not a problem, Rob and Cal purportedly said, we have another 2,000 acre ranch almost next door and the lender said great, I’ll loan $4,000 on both tracts, just provide me with a set of field notes on the second tract.  The loan for $4,000 was made and he combined the two sets of field notes along with the lien that he filed.

But at the end of that year, the Roy boys weren’t paying the loan back.  Come to find out, that the second set of field notes didn’t describe a second 2,000 acre tract, it described the first tract but in reversed order for the description!

The Roy boys figured that if the land was only worth $2,000 that they would just make the lender keep the ranch! When the two sisters found out about the swindle and the pending foreclosure, they made a deal with the lender for them to make payments on the property after getting Cal and Rob out of the equation.

A short time later my step-father, Emmett Shelton, who was personal friends with the Roy girls made a deal to purchase the 2,000 acre ranch for $8,000 or $4 per acre!  He never did really have much money back then, but he would figure out a way to make things happen and I think within a year of so, he had found enough buyers for him to sell his interest for $16,000!  I need to look up what years all this occurred but I think it was in the late thirties and forties.

Finally, all of this was told to me over a lifetime of hearing Emmett’s stories about the Westlake Hills area and I don’t know how to confirm any of it except to say that Emmet’s memory was impeccable and he would always finish his stories by telling me, “And Jeffrey, some of these stories are true!”