OTHER COUNTIES - WILLIAMSON
Williamson County is part of the Austin-Round Rock, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area. Its rapid growth rate is due in large part to its location immediately north of Austin coupled with Austin's rapid expansion northward. This has transformed Williamson county over recent years into a dynamic, self-sustaining community with less dependency on Austin. This area has a very low crime rate, and the schools are some of the best performing in the Austin region. If you, your spouse, or one of your family members may have a job with one of the big corporate employers of this area, then you won’t have much of a commute at all. Techies are attracted to North Austin and Williamson County cities and towns because they are very close to Dell, 3M, IBM, etc. You should live here if you don’t want to pay the high prices in and around downtown Austin and you’d prefer to live in a quiet subdivision in the suburbs.
Location and Boundaries: Boundaries are both the Edwards Plateau to the west, rocky terrain, and hills, and Texas Blackland Prairies. The two areas are roughly bisected by Interstate 35. The area is divided into two regions by the Balcones Escarpment, which runs through the center from north to south along a line from Jarrell to Georgetown to Round Rock.
Neighborhood Zip Codes: 78665, 78626, 78633, 78628, 78627, 78634, 78642, 78646, 76511, 78674, 76527, 78673, 76530, 76537, 78681, 78717, 76573, 76574, 78729, and 76578.
Notable Landmarks: Palm House Museum (a historic home that offers visitors a peek into the pioneer days of the 1800s).
Industry in the Area: Williamson County is home to Dell’s international headquarters. Health care and higher education have both become major factors in the growth of Williamson County as well.
Food: Kawaii’s Shaved Ice (shaved ice treats offered in a variety of flavors in an outdoor setting), Round Rock Donuts (famous donut shop offering large sizes and unique flavors), and High Country Market & Café (doubles as a gas station that is known for their scrumptious breakfast tacos and craft beer).
Drinks and Entertainment: Painting With A Twist (recreational art studio), Round Rock Premium Outlets (a large shopping center with some of the best sales in town!), Inner Space Cavern (one of the best preserved karst caves in Georgetown, TX), Flix Brewhouse (movie theater with food and microbrews), Georgetown Palace Theater (musical and plays in a vintage art deco setting), The Williamson Museum (exhibits that tell the story of Williamson County in Georgetown), Mel’s Lone Star Lanes (upscale family-friendly bowling facility that serves craft beer), Cedar Rock Railroad (take a relaxing ride on a quarter scale train in this Leander-based depot), Austin Aquarium (small, family-friendly facility featuring a variety of sea life and touch takes), Rockey’s Piano Bar (enjoy live performances and happy hour specials), Deckhand Oyster Bar (enjoy tasty seafood served in a laid-back setting), The Brass Tap (offering more beer options that you can handle and a fun place to catch the game), Wine Sensation (a casual bar serving Mediterranean fare and flatbread pizza), Hanover’s 2.0 (you might feel like playing volleyball in their outdoor court after a few cocktails), Quinn’s Neighborhood Bar (local watering hole with lively karaoke), Premium Outlet Mall (430,000 square foot shopping center that offers discounts on designer brands), and Ikea.
Outdoor Attractions: The Round Rock (table-shaped rock in a stream to indicate low water spot for wagon, horse, and cattle crossing, it is considered a historical landmark), Memorial Park (playgrounds, tennis courts, picnic tables, creek for fishing and feeding ducks) Old Settler’s Park (pool and multiple sports complexes), Dell Diamond (a top-notch facility where you can watch baseball game with your coworkers or family in the pool and spa area), Rock N River Water Park (lazy river, waterslides, tipping buckets mean aquatic fun for the whole family) and Cedar Breaks Park (fully-equipped campsite with showers in Georgetown, TX).
Schools and Family: Play For All Abilities Park (51,000 square foot playground for special needs kids for therapy, learning, and play), Pump it Up Park (bouncy castle birthday fun for kids), Catch Air Round Rock (indoor children’s amusement center), and All Things Kids (kid-focused retail store featuring toys, books, and events in Georgetown, TX).
Average Sales Price: $243,000.
Notable Neighborhoods and Building Styles: Modern brick, ranch style, and Queen Anne style houses make Round Rock’s diverse landscape and downtown buildings built in the 1870s, give main streets an old-fashioned look that makes you feel like you’re stepping back in time.
La Frontera is Round Rock’s largest master-planned development. It has multi-family units, retail space, multi-tenant office space, and the Marriott hotel. It is one of the highest rated communities in Round Rock. La Frontera Square apartment amenities include: 10 ft ceilings with exposed ductwork, designer color accent wall, granite counter tops, pendant lighting, stainless steel GE appliances, full sized washer/dryer, track lighting, deep oval bathtubs, built-in computer workstations (in select units), fitness center, lap pool with large deck and cabana, community clubhouses with workstation and WiFi, multi-level garage parking, and landscaped courtyards with gas grills.
The Rivery in Georgetown is a high-end, mixed-use development that sits on 32 acres of land overlooking the San Gabriel River. Modern one-, two-, three- bedroom units are available with granite countertops, designer tile backsplash, chef-style kitchen, and large patios with out-of-season storage. Residents will also enjoy an urban clubhouse with wifi and media center, 24-hour fitness studio, infinity pool, hike and bike trail, detached parking spaces, social grills and fire pits, and valet trash.
Pflugerville is a charming, affordable town with a friendly, close-knit community. It is an excellent place to look for those who are buying a home for the first time and are looking for lower down payments. Homes average about 2,400 square feet, and Falcon Pointe is one of the most popular master planned communities with beautifully crafted, custom homes with eye-catching kitchens, game rooms, master suites with spacious tubs, and private backyards with covered patios. Money Magazine has named Pflugerville one of the best places to live. Fun fact: The critically-acclaimed TV show Friday Night Lights was filmed here.
OTHER COUNTIES - BASTROP
Bastrop County is included in the Austin-Round Rock, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area. The cities of Bastrop, Mustang Ridge, and Smithville make up the county. The town of Bastrop is located along the Colorado River. Homes in a beautiful, natural setting at a reasonable price just a short distance from Austin is the primary draw for living in Bastrop, Texas. For those that want country living with city access, Bastrop is the place to be. Here, you can enjoy the tranquility of the trees and the pines, the four golf courses (golfers will appreciate being in an area featuring some of finest golf courses in the area), and the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort and Spa.
Bastrop, Texas is an active rural community that’s very attractive to families and young professionals who love the great outdoors. Bastrop is the perfect place for those who enjoy kayaking, fishing, and other water-sports because the Colorado River runs right through the town. Residents and campers have easy access to local state parks, including Bastrop State Park and nearby McKinney with its 1,100 acres. Other Bastrop residents enjoy cycling, hiking, and horseback riding in Bastrop’s hilly terrain.
Recent road construction leading into Austin now means those who commute to have an even shorter drive time. Now that the SH-130 toll road has been completed, those who live here and work in North Austin can be there in about 35 minutes. Although a small city of fewer than 8,000 inhabitants, Bastrop’s serene beauty has made it an accessible location for films like A Perfect World, Prince Avalanche, and The Life of David Gale.
Location and Boundaries: Borders of Bastrop County contain parts of present-day Blanco, Burnet, Williamson, Travis, Hays, Comal, Caldwell, Bastrop, Lee, Gonzales and Fayette counties.
Neighborhood Zip Codes: 78602 (Bastrop), 78612 (Cedar Creek), 78621 (Elgin), 78650 (Mc Dade), 78659 (Paige), 78662 (Red Rock), 78953 (Rosanky), and 78957 (Smithville).
Notable Landmarks: Jenkins House (historical Victorian home made for Sarah Jenkins in 1836, wife of a soldier killed in the Battle of the Alamo).
Industry in the Area: Some of the most significant industry sectors in Bastrop include: Retail trade, educational services, and accommodation/food services.
Food: Brenda’s Café (cozy place to get quick nibbles and happy hour specials), Paw Paws Catfish House (popular restaurant that serves catfish, shrimp, and burgers), and Larrie’s Smokehouse (delicious pit BBQ famous for their sausage, brisket, and ribs).
Drinks and Entertainment: Old Town Restaurant and Bar (fun, friendly gastropub with bar games), Back 9 Bar (great drinks in an open-air bar and live music venue), Neighbor’s Kitchen and Bar (pizza, draft beer, and cocktails served in rustic setting), Blessed Bee Winery (known for its tasty wine and fast service), La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant and Bar (great happy hour and Mexican tapas), Piney Creek Lounge (casual environment with an excellent beer selection that is great for large groups), Lost Pines Resort (a luxury resort that feels like a wilderness retreat, Lost Pines offers exciting outdoor activities like archery, knife throwing, and horseback riding) Pine Forest Golf Club (spend your tee time in the towering pines, rolling hills, and Colorado River) Lost Pines Art Bazaar (a huge home décor boutique with Persian rugs, antique furniture, and sculptures), Dinosaur Park (life-size dinosaur statues and a playground make this an ideal place to spend a day with the family), and the Bastrop Opera House (quaint, historic place to see local theater).
Outdoor Attractions: NLand Surf Park (Huge surfing/water recreation park in Del Valle, TX), Capital of Texas Zoo (Cedar Creek, TX), Barton Hill Farms (scenic farmstead with pumpkin patch on banks of the Colorado River), Buescher State Park (camping in Smithville, TX), Rising Phoenix Adventures (canoe and kayak tour/rental agency), Bastrop Bark Park (off-leash dog park), Bastrop County Parks Wildlife, Sherwood Forest Faire (Renaissance festival featuring 40 stage acts, 130 merchant shops, and a variety of restaurant and bar options), and Veterans Memorial Park (Elgin, TX). Fisherman’s Park (boat docks, picnic benches, and a basketball court), and Lake Bastrop (offers excellent spot for swimming, fishing, and hiking). Bastrop’s newest shopping center is the 60-acre Burleson Crossing retail development, featuring several anchor department stores and multiple dining establishments, as well as 117,000 square feet of retail sales space.
Schools and Family: Bastrop’s school system emphasizes a student-centered education. Schools of note include Emilie Elementary School, Mina Elementary School, Lost Pines Elementary, Gateway D.E.A.P School, Bastrop School of Montessori, Bastrop Middle School, Bastrop Intermediate School, Bastrop High School, Genesis High School, and Cedar Creek High School.
Average Sales Price: $245,000.
Notable Neighborhoods and Building Styles: Home developments in Bastrop, Texas range from single family homes, ranch style, to farm houses. Pine Forest is a scenic, quiet oasis where homes range from 2,000 to more than 3,800 square feet with roomy master bedrooms, walk-in closets, gourmet kitchens, and covered patios or you can build your own home on of their many acre lots. In fact, many homes are also built on acreage that permits for large homes and gives a sense of privacy. Pine Forest homeowners are only six miles away from family-owned boutiques and restaurants on Main Street.
The Woodlands, located in the Lost Pines, offers residents a serene, rural setting. Homes for sale feature master suites with garden tubs, open kitchens, and spacious outdoor patios. Despite the quiet environment, homeowners enjoy proximity to Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa, HEB Plus, and Walmart Supercenter.
Colovista is a mature, country club community that offers prime golfing, social, and recreational activities. Homes have master suites with double-vanity sinks, open kitchens with breakfast nooks, and private backyards. Residents are close to Bastrop’s historic Main Street District, Colorado River Winery, View at the Mansion (a truly unique fine dining experience) and the 1832 Farmers Market.
Hunters Crossing offers more contemporary housing and amenities like an Olympic-sized pool, basketball court, fishing pond with covered dock, and hike and bike trails. Employers such as the Hyatt and Progressive are close to Hunter’s Crossing, providing residents with the opportunity for a short commute. Racing fans and music fans will be happy living next to the Circuit of the Americas, where Formula One races are held annually, and headlining acts perform live music.[idx-platinum-widget id="17499-20607" ]