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Hill Country | Outlying Areas

Fast-growing cities with wide-open spaces north of Austin.


​​​​​​​Welcome to Hill Country

North of the Austin Metropolitan Area there is an eclectic collection of fast-growing communities. These formerly rural cities have seen some of the highest growth levels of any cities in the United States as Austin’s boom has pushed outwards. They still provide a lot of space for your money and have attracted many young families because of their affordability. All of these areas provide many wide-open spaces and much more wiggle room than urban Austin. The historic district surrounding Georgetown’s beautiful town square houses wineries and coffee shops on every corner, as well as lots of charming antique stores and boutiques. A railway system provides convenient transportation from Georgetown to Downtown Austin, and the city’s urban amenities are well within reach for residents throughout Hill Country.

These communities often offer spacious contemporary single-family homes in quiet neighborhoods and master-planned communities with gorgeous Texas Hill Country views. Georgetown also contains some of the nation’s best-preserved Victorian architecture. Georgetown’s sprawling 5,300-acre Sun City community is a huge draw for older folks aged 55 and above.

What to Love

  • Historic Georgetown Square
  • Lots of parks and trails
  • Great shopping and dining
  • Sun City 55+ community
  • Great schools
  • Lake Georgetown

Eclectic Cities in This Area

People & Lifestyle

Each of these three cities offers an idyllic lifestyle just outside of Austin. The area’s warm year-round climate and abundant outdoor space make it an ideal location for the retirement community of Sun City. Sun City’s 11,000 residents enjoy access to first-class amenities in a beautiful community with a close-knit, small-town feel.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

These outlying communities still tout remarkable dining and shopping options. Georgetown boasts the most beautiful town square in Texas. The historic Victorian storefronts surrounding the Neoclassical Williamson County Courthouse house a wonderful variety of restaurants, wineries, and independent retailers. Blue Corn Harvest is a Georgetown favorite for classic Southwestern cuisine served alongside house margaritas. The Grape Creek Vineyards tasting room is a fine choice for sampling award-winning local wines. Gumbo's North is a happening spot serving Cajun and Creole specialties in a lively lounge setting with live music. You can also enjoy music with wine and craft beer at RootsWildfire serves classic steaks and seafood alongside wild game grilled over an oak fire. Mesquite Creek Outfitters combines a stylish clothing store with a hip bar serving wine and craft beer. Georgetown Antique Mall has a treasure trove of vintage items with collections that include books, costume jewelry, glassware, and much more. Other retailers around the square include All Things Kids for toys and children’s books, Diva for chic home furnishings and interior design services, and The Escape Fine Crafts & Gifts for unique items curated from over 200 contemporary artisans. Leander is home to fine eateries such as country-chic Farm to Fork, classic Texan BBQ at Smokey Mo’sSky Asian Fusion for flavorful Far East cuisine, and Polish deli Ziggy’s Kielbasa House. Leander’s Red Barn Garden Center features a huge variety of flowers, plants, trees, seeds, and landscaping supplies in a location spanning three acres. Dahlia Cafe in Liberty Hill serves chicken fried steak and other Southern comfort eats in a rustic setting with regular live music.

Things to Do

Outside of Austin’s city limits, you’ll still find an abundance of ways to fill your days. Housed within the landmark courthouse on Georgetown Square, the Williamson Museum showcases a variety of permanent and temporary exhibits on local history. The Georgetown Palace Theatre hosts a mix of theatrical and musical performances. All three communities offer lots of green space and outdoor recreation—Georgetown alone has 30 parks and nine miles of hiking and biking trails. Georgetown’s Garey Park spans 525 acres surrounding Garey House, a popular wedding venue. Other amenities include a two-acre Play Ranch for kids with a splash pad, a 4.5-acre fenced-in Dog Ranch, horse trails and equestrian pens, and seven miles of mixed-use trails running through woodlands and along the San Gabriel River. Recreational facilities in Leander include baseball fields, batting cages, and a skate park at 47-acre Benbrook Ranch Park, a fishing and boating lake at 45.5-acre Devine Lake Park, and sports fields and courts as well as a Junior Olympic swimming pool at 16-acre Robin Bledsoe Park. Liberty Hill is home to the Liberty Hill International Sculpture Garden. This unique attraction features outdoor artworks created by more than two dozen talented sculptors from around the globe. All of these communities are within a short drive of Lake Travis, where popular activities include boating, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and just about every other kind of water sport.

Schools

Austin’s outlying communities each operate their own independent school districts.

  • Rancho Sienna Elementary School, Public, PK-4
  • Monta Jane Akin Elementary School, Public, PK-5
  • Parkside Elementary School, Public, PK-5
  • Florence W Stiles Middle School, Public, 6-8

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