TEXAS HILL COUNTRY
Benefits of Living Here—in the Texas Hill Country
The Texas Hill Country is one of the most desired areas in Texas and growing in popularity as a national favorite as more people discover this stunning place. The Texas Hill Country is home to several amenity-rich cities including New Braunfels, one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation, Canyon Lake, historic Gruene, Boerne and Spring Branch. The area provides thriving local economies with easy access to two of the most dynamic and economically viable cities in the U.S.: Austin and San Antonio.
The Texas Hill Country is a location unto itself, offering a variety of dining, shopping, entertainment, recreation, culture and services. Antique stores, quaint shops and boutiques dot downtown New Braunfels’ main plaza. San Marcos is home to the Premium Outlets, voted among the “Best places to shop” by the Austin Business Journal and named the third-best place to shop in the world by ABC’s “The View.” The historic town of Gruene, once a thriving cotton mill town, is now a must-visit spot for shopping, dining and dancing at one of the oldest dance halls in the nation. A favorite local pastime is tubing along one of the rivers along with enjoying one of the 35 unique wineries that comprise the Texas Wine Trail.
Hill Country visitors and residents also enjoy hiking the natural terrain for breathtaking views, walking in one of the many local parks surrounded by peaceful ambiance and spending time boating and fishing on Canyon Lake.
The Hill Country is ideally located between Austin and San Antonio, offering easy accessibility for those who work in one of these two thriving cities. This area comprises 25 counties bordered by several significant geological features, including the Edwards Plateau, rolling plains, and prairie land. The Hill Country is so named for its range of elevations, from 1,000 feet to more than 2,500 feet at its highest point.
With the Hill Country’s pristine terrain and natural springs, it was inevitable that it would attract inhabitants, and it did…up to 10,000 years ago according to archaeologists.
Initially explored by Native Americans, southern mountaineers, said to be mostly from the Ozark, Ouachita, and Appalachian states, and Germans settled in the Hill Country between 1840 and 1850. German settlement was particularly strong throughout the area, and several cities (Fredericksburg, Comfort, Boerne, New Braunfels, Mason) still reflect that heritage.
Climbing Fredericksburg’s Enchanted Rock on a sunny spring day. Enjoying the unique wineries that comprise the Texas wine Trail over a long weekend. Hitting as many live music spots as possible and marking your calendar for the exciting annual festivals. Checking off another beautiful day spent enjoying the sun and the sights while kayaking through the Medina River in Bandera. That’s the Texas Hill Country.
Here, a never-ending list of favorite places includes great restaurants, shops, recreational opportunities, culture, sports, and entertainment. It’s impossible to live here and not feel excitedly overwhelmed about tackling the long list of wonderful things to see and do.
Some favorite activities include:
- Tubing the Guadalupe or Comal Rivers
- Shopping the quaint stores of Fredericksburg
- Exploring Granite Beach on Lake LBJ
- River cruises on Burnet’s Lake Buchanan
- Gathering on “The Slab” on the Llano River in Kingsland
- The natural beauty of Devil’s Backbone Scenic Drive in Wimberley
- Pedernales Falls State Park in Johnson City
- Dancing to live music at Gruene Hall
Texas Hill country schools are comprised of several districts dedicated to quality education. For information about schools in a particular city and school ratings, see Great Schools.
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Real estate in the Texas Hill Country has something for everyone. Rural land in private locations. Small single-family homes that reflect the German traditions of early settlers. Working ranches. Luxury waterfront properties that spare no detail in creating the ultimate Hill Country dream home.
For many Texas buyers, masterplanned communities that offer a range of land and home options and an array of on-site amenities are the easy answer. The fastest-growing community in the Texas Hill Country for the past two years is Vintage Oaks in New Braunfels. The combination of an ideal location between Austin and San Antonio right on the Texas Wine Trail, incomparable Hill Country views, land options from 1 to 14 acres plus semi-custom homes, and resort amenities that bring together neighbors as friends have made this community a favorite of buyers from within the state and outside of Texas as well.
Whether you are moving from nearby or out of state, purchasing an expanse of land, a home-lot package or a custom home, the result is typically the same: genuine smiles and peace of mind that comes from a desirable quality of life.
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