Among the numerous reasons that people are moving to the Hill Country in record numbers is the array of amenities. From great places to shop and dine to an incomparable array of recreational opportunities, the Texas Hill Country amenities are second to none.
1. Great parks
Great parks in the Texas Hill Country showcase the natural beauty of the area and offer great spaces to run, play, and relax, and take in the scenery. A few favorites include:
- Hill Country State Natural Area in Bandera, with 40 miles of scenic trails, spring-fed streams, and limestone hills
- Lost Maples State Natural Area, the place to go for the best range of Hill Country fall color
- Fischer Park, the newest and largest park in New Braunfels, featuring trails, fishing ponds, playgrounds and a Sprayground, and a nature center
2. The recreation
The parks are only the beginning! Being active is an important part of Hill Country life, and those who are fortunate enough to live here have endless ways to enjoy it. Some of the best hiking and biking trails are spread throughout the area, great fishing can be found in Bulverde, and Canyon Lake is a haven of scenic sights and water fun. Recreation close to home is also important to Hill Country real estate buyers, who seek out popular Texas masterplanned communities for features like pools, lazy rivers, sport courts and ball fields, and walking trails they can take advantage of within footsteps of home.
3. Beautiful rivers
In addition to all the other Hill Country recreation, numerous bodies of water provide an abundance of watersports including swimming, fishing, and rowing. Two of its most popular are the Guadalupe and Comal rivers; they also happen to be two of the most popular tubing spots in Texas.
4. The Texas Wine Country
Many of the top wineries of the No. 5 wine-producing state in the country are right at Hill Country residents’ fingertips. The Texas Wine Country has earned an international reputation for excellence along with countless awards. Huffington Post called the Hill Country the "New Napa” thanks to its “perfect growing conditions” and the fact that it’s “the second most visited wine tasting region in North American and top 10 in the world.”
5. The music
The Hill Country is also known for its variety of music venues featuring top acts and upcoming musicians. You can find live music in the Hill Country almost every night of the year is places such as the historic Gruene Hall and San Marcos’ Cheatham Street Warehouse. An impressive array of music festivals, including Gruene Music & Wine Fest, BIGFEST, the Hill Country Jazz Festival, Wein & Saengerfest, and JMBLYA, are also held all year round.
6. The shopping
Looking for some great shopping? Head to Boerne and stroll the quaint shops of the Hauptstrasse. In Gruene, you can take in one of the most charming towns you’ll ever encounter—and pick up a handcrafted gift and some homemade fudge while you’re at it. Then there are the Premium Outlets in San Marcos, named the third-best place to shop in the world by ABC’s “The View.”
7. The schools
Excellent schools in the Hill Country are crowned by the Comal Independent School District, an acclaimed district that attracts families from all over the state and country to its top-rated schools.
8. The location
The location is an amenity in and of itself, chock full of great places and spaces and boasting a hot Hill Country job market that keep getting more impressive. Yet easy access to both Austin and San Antonio puts these dynamic cities within easy commuting distance for Hill Country residents, dramatically expanding employment opportunities.
9. The land
People come to the Hill Country from all over the country to capture the best of the Lone Star State. Once they see the Hill Country land and realize they can buy Texas property and build a custom home, they tend to want to stay. Communities like Vintage Oaks in New Braunfels, the fastest-growing community in the Hill Country, continue to grow in popularity for those who don’t want to live anywhere else.
For more information about living in the Hill Country, visit Vintage Oaks. This coveted community offers New Braunfels land and homes with resort-style amenities including multiple pools, a lazy river, a community clubhouse, playgrounds, and ball fields. You can also click below to download the free Hill Country Real Estate Buying Guide.