Sick of city living? Need peace-and-quiet after a hard day’s work? A Dripping Springs home may be for you. Dripping Springs is about 25 miles southwest of Austin and is known as the Gateway to Hill Country. With its natural beauty and old-fashioned charm (history dates to 1800s), Dripping Springs is ideal for people who want to be close to the city but have the tranquility of small town. If you don’t have to commute to town or don’t mind sitting in traffic, you should look out here for larger homes in newer suburbs. Residents love the Hill Country scenery, which is hilly and full of post oaks and cedar trees and access to a great school district. Getting hitched? Dripping Springs is the wedding capital of Texas. Dripping Springs is quickly gaining a recommendation for becoming a restaurant and adult beverage hotspot. The town and surrounding area is well known as a brewery, distillery, and winery destination and hosts the Dripping with Taste Festival every year, which attracts serious sommeliers and foodies. The festival has some of the largest selections of Texas wines, craft beers, gourmet foods, and spirits available under one roof.
Location and Boundaries: The Dripping Springs area is on the western side of Hays County, southwest of Austin Dripping Springs is in central Texas, east of Blanco and southwest of Travis County/Austin.
Neighborhood Zip Codes: 78620.
Notable Landmarks: Dr. Pound House Museum, a historic house/museum that belonged to Joseph Pound, a soldier in the Mexican American War. Before the property was restored, it was one of the oldest homes in Dripping Springs.
Industry in the Area: Food/beverage, chamber of commerce, water/utilities, and insurance.
Food: Junior’s Chicken and Ribs (fast food chicken that doesn’t skimp on taste), Nutty Brown Café (comfort food with a side of jazz and country set in a rustic music venue), Epicure (solid global comfort food in a cozy bistro setting—this eatery is so committed to providing its diner with a fresh food experience that it doesn’t have a microwave or can openers) Rolling in Thyme and Dough (bustling bakery and café with scratch-made pastries, gluten-free bread, sandwiches, southern-pecan coffee, and cakes), Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza (wood-fired, hand-tossed pies with a play area for the kiddos and beer and wine for the adults), and Creek Road Café (new American cuisine served in a cottage-like setting, also known for their fabulous desserts).
Drinks and Entertainment: Jester King (enjoy a craft brew while taking in the scenic view of rolling hills), Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery (fun tasting room for vodka aficionados), Treaty Oak Distilling Ranch (excellent place to enjoy specialty vodka, food, and listen to live music) Texas Hill Country Olive Company (spend your day dipping fresh bread in their unparalleled olive oil and balsamic vinegars), Twisted X Brewing Company (known for its Tex-Mex beer, tasting room, and one of the few breweries open seven days a week) Solaro Estate Winery (pick a nice day and enjoy their delicious wines on their outdoor patio), and Bell Springs Winery (focused more on red wines and sweet whites, beautiful atmosphere), Mercer Street Dancehall (a cool spot to boot stomp, hand clap, and two-step the night away—this honkytonk joint hosts local bands and big names). Dripping Springs is a short drive to the Hill Country Galleria and Whole Foods in Bee Cave, TX.
Outdoor Attractions: Milton Reimers Ranch Park (canyon and forest preserve along the Pedernales river—a hotspot for mountain climbers and cyclists), Hamilton Pool Preserve (a must-do if you’re a swimmer, natural pond created when the dome of an underground river collapsed due to massive erosion thousands of years ago), Solstice Garden Expressions (get in touch with your inner gardener and check out the adopted plant nursery, wind art, structural art, and other garden goodies), Charro Park Ranch (bike and hike the day away at this 64-acre ranch with areas for cross country training and natural habitat centers), and Dripping Springs Sports and Recreational Park (spacious park where pups and kids can play). Though it’s not located exactly in Dripping Springs, Jacob’s Well is a magnificent swimming spot that reaches depths of over 100 feet!
Schools and Family: Dripping Springs has seen significant development in recent years, the new Rooster Springs elementary school in the highly regarded Dripping Springs ISD has emerged to support the many new homeowners in the area. Here, you will find some extremely competitive schools with excellent reputations. Other notable schools: Dripping Schools Elementary, Rooster Springs Elementary, Sycamore Springs Elementary, Walnut Springs Elementary, Dripping Springs Middle School, Sycamore Springs Middle School, and Dripping Springs High School. The town also has a child development center that offers preschool care for its community members and employees.
Average Sales Price: $461,990
Notable Neighborhoods and Building Styles: Belterra, Highpointe, Ledge Stone, and Sawyer Ranch are beautiful new master-planned communities with a suburban feel and wonderful amenities. These communities offer amenities such as miles of hike and bike trails, parks, pools, state-of-the-art fitness centers, fire pits, barbeque grills, tennis and basketball courts. Although not officially in the Dripping Springs city limits, these four communities sit on the edge of Austin, just minutes from Dripping Springs' town center. Other noteworthy neighborhoods: Sawyer Ranch (homes range in size from 3-5 bedrooms, sit on 1-4.5 acre lots, and have media rooms and high ceilings) and Dos Lagos (a small, close-knit community with custom built homes, 3 acres of land, and an average of five bedrooms).
Those interested in more traditional Dripping Springs neighborhoods will find rural ranch properties and homes on acre lots. Dripping Springs real estate also includes quaint Victorian homes, log-style ranchers, and fully operating farms for sale. A small town with a big selection, you'll find large multi-million dollar properties here as well as many homes in the $300,000 range and some smaller home sites under $100,000. Gablet metal roofs and native limestone exteriors are common among higher-end properties. Buyers that prefer a modern aesthetic will no trouble finding a property that fits their taste, because of the area’s rapid development many homes were constructed in the past decade.[idx-platinum-widget id="17499-20607" ]