downtown along San Antonio Street, at
Christmas time every year, they’re all lit up
– definitely something to see.
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 San Marcos.
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 residents 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.
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
commute 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,
Wimberley is also known for its down home
approach to events and entertainment, and
is also a next-door neighbor 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 450 booths.
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 go up to
more than $1 million.
Photo by Jay Brittain for La Cima Community in San Marcos