Located along the high-tech corridor of I- 35
linking Austin and San Antonio, San
Marcos is an easy commute, with only 30
minutes drive time to the state capital. The
low cost of living in San Marcos means that
residents can afford a house with outstanding amenities. San Marcos offers affordability in every range, from Victorian homes to
new subdivisions. Find “fixer-upper” homes
in San Marcos for around $100,000,
while homes in newer suburban areas start
at around $160,000.
There’s no shortage of things to do here,
too – including toobin’ down the San
Marcos River, bargain hunting at nearby
outlet malls, or going on a biking or
hiking adventure in the rolling hills around
Another major area attraction, Aquarena
Center, has been bought by Texas State
University and transformed from a tourist
attraction to an environmental educational
center. Gone are the mermaids and Ralph
the Swimming Pig, but Aquarena’s famous
glass-bottom boats remain, as they
provide the public with a clearer understanding of the importance and diversity
of wetlands and the Edward Aquifer, and
allows them to see native and exotic
species found in the area.
Set against the peaceful backdrop of the
Blanco River, Blanco Vista is the first
master-planned community in the San
Marcos area, allowing its residents to
experience small town living with all of
the big city upgrades.
Blanco Vista features a range of housing,
including starter homes, family homes,
townhomes, estate housing, and even patio
homes. Homes in Blanco Vista are reflective
of the developer’s 360-degree attitude that
is “designed to take care of community res-
idents in all phases of life.”
Blanco Vista enjoys a wide appeal with
San Marcos residents who want to move
up to a quality master-planned community in
their hometown, as well as Austinites who
want to enjoy a more laid-back lifestyle.
At the center of Blanco Vista is the main
amenity center, which serves as the heart
of the community. Here Blanco Vista residents will find a community facility, junior-sized Olympic pool as well as a splash
pool, and two age-appropriate
playscapes. Blanco Vista also features a
catch and release pond, and is adjacent
to nearly 80 acres of county parkland.
Village of Wimberley
Chamber of Commerce
Named by Travel Holiday magazine as one
of “America’s Ten Best Small Towns,”
Wimberley enjoys a special and magical
place in the hearts of its residents.
Considered by many to be a kind of Mecca
for area artisans who want to leave the bright
lights of the big city behind, Wimberley combines old-style Texas hospitality with an eclectic sense of style and panache.
Located off FM 12 north of San Marcos
amid the green meadows of the Texas Hill
Country, Wimberley is a 50-minute com-
mute from downtown Austin. Towering
cypress trees line the Blanco River and
Cypress Creek, and residents can be
counted on to find time for a dip into cool
shady swimming holes such as Blue Hole.
Wildlife in the area is abundant as well,
with white-tailed deer, rabbits, and even
that Texas icon, the armadillo.
Wimberley is also known for its down
home approach to events and entertainment, and is also home to the Devil’s
Backbone Tavern, a classic Texas honky-tonk. Market Days in Wimberley is the
second largest event of its kind in Texas
and is held the first Saturday of the month
from April to December with more than
Another popular attraction is the Corral
Theatre, a “walk-in” outdoor movie theatre.
You literally park your car, walk in, and sit
down in lawn chairs to enjoy the show, all
under the big open night sky.
Wimberley incorporated itself as a town in
2000, but it was only the central part of the
town. There’s a huge area that’s not incorporated (called Wimberley Valley), and the
whole area attracts many artisans, artists
and musicians. Wimberley has also experienced a lot of growth recently, which gives
great variety to the housing market – prices
generally start in the low $100s and to up
to more than $1 million.