America’s 7th Fastest Growing City
Austin, Texas is surrounded by a number of smaller areas which feature incredible benefits for their residents. One of these places, Georgetown, Texas, highlights the momentum of the area and serves to demonstrate why people are flocking to the greater Austin area in greater numbers than ever before.
Georgetown is the 7th fastest growing city in the entire country, a statistic that is easy to justify with a closer look at all that the area has to offer. In fact, the combination of suburban developments and proximity to larger metropolitan areas provides the perfect mix of leisure and excitement.
With over a quarter of residents renting or leasing their properties, Georgetown is also ideal for property owners who are looking to list their homes onto the market. As always, it’s important to know the differences inherent in the leasing vs selling debate. For unique situations, one method may be more or less effective than the other. For more information about selling and leasing your home, read When Does Leasing Your Home Make Sense?
With views ranging from the sprawling Texas hill country to the Victorian architecture featured so prominently in Georgetown’s Old Town district, the area has something to inspire love for the scenery regardless of your preferred aesthetics.
Entertainment and Attractions
One of the most intriguing parts of the greater Austin area is the prevalence of things to do. Of course, the capital city provides a tremendous contrast to the suburban setting of the surrounding counties. Situated only about a half-hour away from downtown Georgetown, Austin acts as a cultural and economic hub, perfect for prospective homeowners who want the perks of city living without wanting to be encompassed in the urban jungle. When the commute home is so manageable, residents can take advantage of having the best of both worlds.
Of course, if the big city is a bit more than you are looking for, downtown Georgetown can act as a great middle ground. Whether looking for a quiet Sunday afternoon walking around town and shopping, or aiming for a more exciting night on the town, downtown Georgetown is the perfect fit.
For entertainment, it’s almost obligatory to mention the Palace Theater, first opened in 1925 as a “moving picture” theater. Over the years the Palace Theater has gone through several renovations, currently operating year round as a live theater venue.
There’s certainly no shortage of great food in downtown Georgetown, with restaurants of all varieties serving up delicious meals. Regardless of what mood you’re in, there’s bound to be a restaurant that will become your new favorite.
The architecture of the Old Town section of Georgetown makes window shopping a truly unique experience. Many of the buildings in this area have been renovated to celebrate their original Victorian designs. Walking through the streets seems like taking a step back through time. Shopping in these Victorian storefronts harkens back to a time when Georgetown was a budding American city celebrating the next era of American development. Ranging anywhere from antique shops, high end clothing and even outlet stores, there’s something to satisfy even the pickiest shopaholic.
Georgetown’s historic sections are also home to plenty of museums and attractions to catch the attention of any history buff. Open to the public are the Williamson County Jail, Courthouse, Old Post Office and Williamson County Museum. The Williamson County Courthouse even offers tours, but be sure to check for availability first!
The unique part about living in Georgetown, Texas is the combination of urban and suburban benefits. Luckily for residents, there’s no shortage of activities and public spaces to take advantage of.
Public amenities are nearly endless, and there are a number of easily accessible parks to explore. Among them are San Gabriel Park, great for picnics, hiking, swimming and much more. Also along the San Gabriel river lies Blue Hole, a lagoon surrounded by limestone bluffs marking one of the most scenic locations for cooling off during the heat of the Texas summer.
Lake Georgetown is a 1200 acre lake open to the public and providing residents an incredible number of activities. Included among these activities are boating, water skiing, fishing, hiking and camping. Lake Georgetown contains largemouth bass, white bass, flathead and channel cat for those who are inclined to fish.
One of the greatest advantages to being the 7th fastest growing city in America is that there are plenty of new housing developments to fit your needs. The Georgetown area is home to communities for people in all stages of life. Regardless of whether you are a new family with young children or are entering your retirement years, there is bound to be a community which fits perfectly with your lifestyle.
Every community has its own unique personality and feel, and it’s worth learning more about each one.
The Brownstone at the Summit
Let’s dive into one of the more recent additions to Georgetown, the Brownstone at the Summit. These homes are inspired by the architecture of the classic Brownstones found in New York and Chicago. Using this aesthetic to blend styles and materials that are uniquely Texan with the look and feel of the communities that inspired them creates a feel that is both familiar and original.
These row style homes are custom made and are some of the most beautifully designed in the area. Incorporating multiple stories, the homes make use of private elevators, quieting any concerns of residents who may be lacking mobility due to age or disability.
It would be harder to tell you what the Cimarron Hills community doesn’t have in terms of amenities. There are so many options to choose from on a daily basis that the most difficult choices of your day may very well be related to how you want to spend your free time. With activities ranging from golf, tennis, swimming, shopping, eating or even unwinding at the spa, Cimarron Hills makes boredom nearly impossible.
The community is situated on 1,000 stunning acres, spreading throughout the Texas countryside. While it’s rare to find a community that feels like waking up at a resort every morning, Cimarron Hills makes this an accessible reality for most buyers or lessees.
The Deer Haven community boasts options that range from 3 to 4 bedrooms and fall between 2,237 to 4,367 square feet. Still under development, this community allows prospective buyers to choose from pre-existing floorplans or to provide their own. These single story homes are perfect for people who have trouble moving up and down stairs but still enjoy spreading out along the main floor. Offering a quiet and wooded cul de sac, Deer Haven is also extremely close to downtown Georgetown in case you were looking for more excitement and activity.
Lakeside at Lake Georgetown
One community in particular provides an ample number of locations for recreation and relaxation. Lakeside at Lake Georgetown gives residents private access to Lake Georgetown, where they can fish, camp, hunt and boat. Lakeside also has a number of parks and public spaces to spread out and enjoy the scenery. Located close to downtown Georgetown as well as downtown Austin, Lakeside at Lake Georgetown is never far from excitement and activity. The homes themselves are situated in a well manicured and attractive community setting, complementing the careful craftsmanship of the interiors.
Del Webb Sun City
Designed with senior living in specifically in mind, Del Webb Sun City is the premier location for adults 55 and up looking to relocate to the Georgetown area. Sun City has access to three fantastic golf courses, modern fitness centers, swimming facilities as well as tennis courts.
There is also plenty of opportunity for bocce, horseshoes, pickleball and outdoor recreation such as fishing ponds and walking/jogging trails. The Sun City community has also provided three amenity centers, where residents can find nearly any activity to keep themselves busy and entertained. In these amenity centers, residents can find craft studios, billiards halls, a woodshop, a computer lab as well as several meeting rooms perfect for clubs and classes.
With a successful 19 years of development already under its belt, it’s no secret that Teravista is one of the most well established communities in the Georgetown area. With amenities for residents of all ages, Teravista is an inviting and friendly community with a little something for everyone.
Being in the heart of Texas, swimming pools are obviously a requisite for keeping cool during the summer. Luckily for Teravista residents, there are a total of three pools throughout the community. There are also plenty of golf courses surrounding the area, perfect for people looking to relax and enjoy the outdoors for a few hours.
Finally, one of the newer developments in southeast Georgetown is the community of Westhaven. Offering a comfortable combination of privacy and social activity, this community exudes feelings of a close knit and friendly atmosphere.
The homes found in Westhaven are perfect for prospective buyers or renters, who have the ability to choose from a wide range of single family options. They also have the peace of mind knowing that these homes were constructed by reputable and accomplished builders. In fact, the builders of this development were listed as Builder Magazine’s “Builder of the Year” for 2017, and have been awarded the top spot of the Builder 100 list every year since 2002.
Uniqueness of Georgetown Communities
Like every person, each community is unique and holds special benefits for residents. On the plus side, there are many communities that are either expanding or still under construction. Some cater to a certain demographic more intensely than others, for Del Webb’s Sun City being specifically reserved for senior citizens. Others are open to residents of all ages and interests and try to provide a well rounded array of amenities and forms of entertainment.
While each community is briefly described here, it is still worth reading about each one more in depth. There may be small aspects of a certain community that makes you fall in love with it rather than another in the area.
Buying and Leasing in the Georgetown Area
For real estate potential, the Georgetown area benefits from its forward momentum and natural beauty. In terms of options, these homes are eligible for purchase or lease. It is also worth noting that more people are renting their homes now than at any point since 1965. For many Americans, contemplating leasing vs buying gives them more flexibility to get into a beautiful home. It’s always important to understand the benefits and drawbacks of both options.
Some important questions that should be considered first should include:
- What is my budget?
- How long do I plan on living in this home?
- Am I looking for flexibility or stability?
Seeking the guidance of a trusted real estate agent can help to explore more detailed questions so you can find out which options are best for you and to narrow down some of these options.
For more in depth information regarding the pros and cons of leasing and buying, read What Should You Know About Property Leasing?
Once you have determined which options make the most sense for you and your family, make sure to contact me. From there, we can get to work finding your ideal home.
To learn more about the beautiful homes available in the area, be sure to contact me at (512) 598-6652. I understand that looking for a new home, or leasing your existing one, is a deeply personal process. By being a trusted ally and having your best interests in mind, I want to ensure that you walk away from your next real estate venture content and satisfied.
Specializing in leasing the most gorgeous properties in the communities surrounding Austin, I want to help you lease your existing home or find a new one to move into. If you’re looking to make a change and have an eye on the greater Austin area, call me at (512) 598-6652 or email me for more information.