When people think of Texas, they might envision dry, dusty plains rolling in tumbleweed. While this might be an accurate image of the far reaches of West Texas, those of us who live in Central Texas, are fortunate to have rolling hills, green trees, and even crops and grass (so long as it’s not a drought year). Land has been filling up in our neck of the Texas Hill Country as people looking for more elbow room spill out of the major metro areas of Austin and San Antonio. If you’re in search of affordable real estate and a slower paced life, the Texas Hill Country is a great place to move.
1. Gorgeous Views
As the Hill Country Visitor mentions, Texas Hill Country offers gorgeous scenery for your romantic getaway or family trip. Our family especially loves the beautiful lakes, spacious ranches, and breathtaking landscapes. There are exquisite views on nearly every vista, which have really grown my love of nature and fresh air.
2. Exceptional Schools
The Texas Hill Country offers a large number of exceptional school districts, which are a huge draw for the families flocking here from bigger metro areas. Dripping Springs Independent School District, which serves the towns of Dripping Springs and Wimberley, is ranked as the 7th best district in the state. Lake Travis Independent School District and Boerne Independent School District (where our kids go), two other areas in the Hill Country, also rank in the top 20 districts.
3. Affordable Real Estate
While urban areas like Austin are becoming increasingly expensive, the rest of the Hill Country has remained relatively affordable. The average home in Austin now lists in the mid-300s, which isn’t chump change for many hard-working Texans. As Austin’s urban sprawl continues to consume Travis and Williamson counties, many city dwellers are picking up and heading west to find more affordable communities and neighborhoods in the Hill Country. The towns of Dripping Springs, Driftwood, and Wimberley have become hot spots for families still tethered to jobs in Austin who are willing to trade commute time for improved housing options.
4. Superb Housing
Whether you’re searching for a spacious ranch home or a tiny house, the Texas Hill Country has a large number of master planned communities with beautiful homes. Builders have transformed the cactus and cedar covered landscape of the area’s rolling hills into suburban paradise, replete with grand homes, lush green lawns, and large community pools. Here, one can live like a millionaire on a relatively modest budget.
5. Near Texas Metro
As I previously mentioned, the Texas Hill Country is just a short drive from the metro areas of Austin and San Antonio. This makes it convenient to enjoy solitude without giving up the benefits of the city life. Our friends at Apple, the best San Antonio movers, say that in recent years they’ve had dozens of customers relocate to areas like Boerne, Helotes, and Bandera, which are just a short drive to San Antonio but feel worlds away. Most of us living in these smaller towns don’t have to deal with rush hour traffic, but can easily hop over to Austin or San Antonio for a day of shopping or big city entertainment.
6. Great Small Towns
Central Texas’ small towns make for great living, but are also a fantastic place to retreat on weekends away from work. Our family loves going for weekend drives to the tiny towns that sprinkle this part of the map. The quaint town of Fredericksburg offers abundant shopping, dining, and B&Bs, plus a top-notch World War II museum and nearby access to the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. When we want to go on a float trip to cool off, we pack our coolers and head to the small town of Gruene, which sits right on the edge of the Guadalupe River. And for a parents-only weekend, we book a babysitter and head to Wimberley for a weekend of art browsing and wine tasting. There are so many great gems within a day’s drive of the Hill Country.
7. Recreation for Everyone
While Texas is known for having a large ratio of private land, the Hill Country does boast a large number of state parks. At the LBJ State Park, you can explore the childhood home of President Lyndon B. Johnson, who was raised on a ranch outside the sleepy town of Johnson City. At Pedernales Falls State Park, you can take a dip in the refreshing Arrowhead Pond, go on an overnight camping adventure, or try your luck fishing in the Pedernales River. In Central Texas, there are plenty of recreational opportunities to please everyone.