In Austin, you have two primary grocery store chains, Randalls HEB. There is a Randalls at the western entrance to Steiner Ranch (there are 2 entrances to the community off RR 620), although most people consider it the more expensive of the two stores. The closest HEB is 2.4 miles to the east, at the intersection of 2222 and 620. And no, RR doesn't mean railroad in Texas, it means Ranch Road!
If you prefer Wholefoods (which has it's headquarters in downtown Austin and several stores around town), you'll find the closest at the Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave (a small city west of Austin). It's a little over 11 miles from the western entrance to Steiner Ranch.
In general, you'll find most daily shopping needs to the east of Steiner Ranch, along 620. Home Depot, movie theaters, restaurants, Starbucks, cleaners, etc., will all be located between Steiner and the intersection of 620 and 183. At that intersection you'll also find a large number of other stores and restaurants. The area of shopping between Steiner Ranch and 620/183 would probably be your most visited shopping locations.
To the west, and not much further than the 620/183 intersection, you'll find The Hill Country Galleria, a very large outdoor mall, and The Shops At The Galleria, across the street, with additional large stores. The advantage to these two shopping areas to the west is that they are a single location that you could easily spend the better part of the day at. The Hill Country Galleria is a true outdoor mall, with covered parking or store front parking, many excellent restaurants, a large movie theater, Dillards, Wholefoods, Dicks Sporting Goods, and many others.
Traffic from Steiner Ranch has always been a problem because there is only 1 road running east and west, RR 620. If you stick to your commute times, you won't have much in the way of traffic issues, but Steiner Ranch is still relatively far from downtown Austin. It would not be a top 3 choice for most buyers who have to work downtown, primarily because the commute from 7:30am through 9am, and from 3:30pm through 6pm, is horrendous.
If you don't have commute issues, and you're not working downtown, Steiner Ranch is one of the best planned communities in Austin. It's close to Lake Travis, it borders Lake Austin, and even has a boat ramp and entrance to Lake Austin. It has excellent schools, many activities for families with children of all ages, and families without children. First class golfing, world class spa resort, excellent hill country views, and a great alround experience.
Hope this is helpful.
Exclusive Client Agency
"Representing People, Not Properties"
Joe Jarusinsky, Realtor/Master Instructor, Keller Williams Realty, Austin's #1 Real Estate Company, Call 512-261-4415
Traffic at 6 am and 3 pm will be minimal. Rush hour is a whole 'nother story on 620.
Hope that helps,
There is a Randalls Grocery right there at the main entrance as well as a Wal-Mart supercenter a few miles East on 620, HEB a little farther.
Traffic can pretty tough after 7 AM -8:30 AM and again at around 4-6 PM.
Hope this helps. Best wishes.
If I can be of assistance let me know. I'll respond quickly.