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No Covert in Bee Cave - Falconhead West Doesn't Want You Here!

Covert, leave Bee Cave alone! I'm writing this post today as a Resident of the City of Bee Cave and a Resident and Home Owner in Falconhead West, not as a Realtor.  As a Realtor, I believe in development of all kinds. However, I also believe there is a place for some development and places where some developments shouldn't be.  As a Home Owner in Bee Cave and Falconhead West, specifically, I believe the Covert Family is completely WRONG in wanting to open a Covert Car Dealership in my community.

You might be thinking, "it's not in the community," but it is. Look at some of the pictures below. My house is the green spot I made on the map. You'll see that Covert's plan is to place their facility "in" the backyards of several homeowners.  What a lovely view!  These people came out to The Hill Country to enjoy views and trees and actually be able to see the stars at night because there aren't many city lights, and what will they see instead? They'll be looking directly at the Covert service bay... They'll be looking at a 3-story parking garage... They'll be looking at a Fueling station...

No Covert in Bee Cave Falconhead West

No Covert in Bee Cave Falconhead West

One home owner will be a mere 80 feet from the fueling station. Another home owner will be about 120 feet from the edge of the building.  These are not far distances. To put things into perspective, the lot sizes throughout Falconhead West are 60, 70 and 80 feet apart, depending on the section you live in. For the home owner to be 80 feet away, that's only 1 house away. There's always the joke about how close houses are because you can reach out and touch your neighbor. The Covert Dealership is one neighbor no one wants to reach out and touch.

No Covert in Bee Cave Falconhead West

No Covert in Bee Cave Falconhead West

As a Home Owner in Falconhead West, this effects me as well as everyone else in the area as it's not just the immediate home owners backing to the facility it effects. There will be constant noise.  The last time I was at a car dealership, at least every minute, there was someone on the loud speaker wanting this or that. "Joe to the Service Bay!" "Bob to Financing!" "Manager, Line 2!" 

There is a fueling station planned. Look at the picture below. Isn't it a beautiful? The pumps that run those are not quiet. The trucks that have to come and refill the fuel station are not quiet.  The sounds of the equipment to service cars are not quiet. There will be constant noises all day, throughout the day.  Noises carry and that's why it effects more than just the neighboring property owners, but the entire community... but also not just Falconhead West. This will effect all the communities in the area from The Homestead to Spillman Ranch/Falconhead to Ladera to Lake Pointe to Spanish Oaks, and all the communities in between.

No Covert in Bee Cave Falconhead West

Covert, we don't want you here!!

Some might say, "But they'll be bringing in a nice tax benefit to the City of Bee Cave..."  This property is located within the ETJ, Extra Terrestrial Jurisdiction.  This is not within the city limits of Bee Cave so there will be no city tax collected. They don't have to abide by any zoning rules. They can basically do whatever they want.  They know this. Did you know that Covert first approached the City of Bee Cave and asked them to build a dealership within the city limits? Bee Cave said NO!  So, instead of listening to what the city would want and what the residents and home owners would want, they go to this ETJ area where there's no control, and try to bully their way in.

That's exactly what Covert is right now, a BULLY!  What Covert doesn't get is that there are many Covert customers in Falconhead West as well as in the entire Bee Cave and Lakeway area. Covert has several brands they sell from Ford to Cadillac.  They will be losing all those customers.  What person in their right mind would oppose this project and then go buy a car from those same people? They are going to lose a lot of repeat customers and potential new customers.

Everyone knows a business grows best by word of mouth. If the word of mouth about Covert portrays an image about how cold and callus this company is, who is going to trust them to buy a car from them? People will think they are just Bullies and who wants to buy something from a Bully? When the story goes wide-spread in the entire Austin area, do you think the home owners in other areas might go to other dealerships for their next car? Their bad image will be wide-spread throughout, and not just in our small city of Bee Cave.

For everyone interested, there is a Facebook page you can join that is called No Covert in Bee Cave. There is also a Yahoo group with the same name. You will be able to get as much information as is available. You will be able to see what efforts are being used to help make Covert go away. There is also a petition going around that you can sign.

If you have any clout in the area, like you know a celebrity that could help spread the word, please let us know. We need all the help we can get. Covert isn't "thinking" about buying this property. They already own it, and now we need to stop them from invading our neighborhood.

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Comment balloon 12 commentsDonna Harris • December 20 2012 03:05PM


Hi Donna,

You certainly have my sympathy as this sounds like a total monstrosity that is being built in your backyard. As a realtor, I too support development but there is a time and a place for everything....and a car dealership in Bee Cave is certainly not the right place.

I'll take a look at your Facebook page and, of course, sign any petition that is going around.

Good luck in your efforts.


Posted by Steve Merson 512 412 1621, CNE, e-PRO (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

Hi Steve, Thanks for your support. Can you spread the word around your office as well because this will effect all realtors with disclosure of future development in areas. The more wide-spread the support through Austin, the better!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 8 years ago

I think they should build more high-density affordable houisng instead.  The area is very much lakcing in that regard.

Posted by Falconhead resident almost 8 years ago

I understand not wanting this use in your backyard, but how are they being bullies? They bought the land, the use is (presumably) legally allowed, and I assume they will follow all required building permits and regulations.

I live in a community where open space is valued incredibly highly, to the point where land that is deed restricted to never allow ANY development will still sell for around $25,000 an acre (for hundreds of acres!). We have learned that to prevent development, you have to control the land. So rally the neighbors, buy the parcel, and deed restrict it against development you don't want. It's not easy. It's damned hard. But it's very effective.


Posted by Tim Bradley, Commercial Real Estate Expert in Jackson Hole, WY (Contour Investment Properties) almost 8 years ago

We can't "control" the property until we have 5000 residents in Bee Cave to where we can become a Home Rule city, and then we can annex the property into the city limits and control the development. The city is working on that right now, but they need time to run a couple of studies that will truly show we are at more than 5000 without it being challenged.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 8 years ago

I hope you can fight it off. It is sometimes hard because the government sees 'tax revenue' dollars. 

We, here in Reston,VA,  are in the process of dealing with a golf course that is looking into whether or not it can sell its land to residential developers. People bought their homes, backing on to a golf course and now they might get a bait-and-switch and back onto other houses.  Turns out that an error made long ago on the records might have the land zoned for Residential use. That error could turn out to be a big, big mistake for the local homeowners. I am interested to see what the county does.

As I always say, just because you can, doesn't mean that you should...

Posted by Holly Weatherwax, A Great Real Estate Experience ( Associate Broker, Momentum Realty) almost 8 years ago


Your in for a real battle over the car dealership.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 8 years ago

Bee Cave residents are not happy about this decision by Covert and will do everything they can do to stop it.  Thanks for you help in spreading the word, Donna.  Car dealerships are definitely not a good fit for this beautiful hill country.  Nobody wants the noise, the lights, the traffic, the pollution.  Car dealerships belong next to busy freeways, not in quiet, family-friendly neighborhoods.  I think the Coverts will soon figure out what a bad decision this is on their part. 

Posted by Jenny Kline almost 8 years ago

Thanks, Donna, for helping to get out the word.  I've seen a couple of posts by people suggesting that this is a great idea since it shortens their drive to get warranty service or to do car shopping.  I don't recall every seeing a real-estate listing with "Close proximity to car dealerships" as a feature of a property, but apparently some people see that way.  I'm not one of them.. and I suspect that's a niche market.

Posted by Morris Moore almost 8 years ago

In barely 48 hours, this post has been seen 2559 times. Let's continue to spread the word around and reblog this post!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 8 years ago

I sympathize with the residents' concern over noise, traffic, and the general proximity to the dealership, but it is hard for me to call a business a "Bully" that has acquired the land legally and is abiding by all zoning regulations.  They wouldn't be utilizing their capital to build it if they didn't believe the market would support it.  It seems that this land should have been a concern to the Falconhead West residents, before they purchased their houses.  I feel the best course of action would be for the HOA to purchase the property and place a deed restriction on it, as previously stated in these comments.  

Posted by Christine Young over 7 years ago

Donna, Don't forget the very bright night lights that will light up the car lot and all of the homes within a few blocks. I don't live in the area but I sure feel for all of the home owners in the area. It is a real killer for home values.


Posted by Don Eichler (Eichler Properties) over 7 years ago