Georgetown, Texas was once a sleepy town, and was never
really considered part of the Austin hustle and bustle. But,
with the growth around Austin and the addition of major
arterial highways leading north out of the city, however, this
is changing rapidly.
While not a bedroom community for Austin just yet, Georgetown is a great alternative for those wanting a slightly slower
paced life, proximity to Austin, and perhaps a little room
to spread out. Located about 30 miles north of downtown
Austin, Georgetown is best known for its old-fashioned
courthouse square, fully renovated and functioning 100+ year
old courthouse, and charming Main Street historic district.
Georgetown’s Square, and the city itself, is really a must-see
for anyone considering relocation to the area. There are
numerous dining options around The Square, as well as a
local winery, and ample shopping options to appeal to a
variety of consumer tastes and budgets.
Perhaps less known about Georgetown is the abundance of
one-acre, restricted neighborhoods located around the city.
Most of these neighborhoods are just outside the city limits,
yet they feature many of the creature comforts that growing
families want in more traditional neighborhood settings.
Amenities and more.
Many have neighborhood common areas, and hiking trails,
as well as easy access to Lake Georgetown and the trail
system that surrounds the lake. Some homesites also have
lake or panoramic views of the Hill Country. These neighborhoods primarily exist on the west side of town, yet many are
less than 10 minutes from downtown Georgetown and I- 35.
Most rely on an individually owned septic system and, while
Options for all
a septic system can be a deterrent for some buyers, many
homeowners find few complications from a modern septic
system. Even better, most homeowners will also realize a
reduced property tax bill since the house doesn’t require
city sewer services. Local private water districts commonly
provide water to these areas, too; most do not require well
Buyers considering a home on a one-acre lot in Georgetown
can expect to find a wide range of prices and options, with
many homes built by local custom and semi-custom builders.
Modern options in both new and resale homes include tile
or wood floors, granite counters, and large outdoor living
features like built-in BBQ stations. With such large homesites,
pools and playscapes are a perfect fit in these oversized
For those considering building their dream home on an oversized home-site, plan on a five month window to dsign and
build your home. Custom and semi-custom new homes on
these acre lots in Georgetown start around $350,000. There
are also plenty of resale options here; with approximately 100
resale homes regularly on the market, prices for resale homes
start around $275,000.
Georgetown is a perfect option for those who want some
distance from the big city life of Austin. The community
should be added to anyone’s short list of areas to consider
when relocating to Central Texas. While there are plenty
of more traditional neighborhoods in Georgetown, those
moving to the Austin area might want to consider owning a
home that sits on an acre or more – it’s even more outdoor
space to enjoy a new life in Central Texas.
By Billy Kurtz, Owner/Broker, Kurtz Properties