Founded by Native Americans in 1851, San Marcos today is a vibrant place filled with residents who are proud to live in the fastest-growing city in the nation for three consecutive years.
On the I35 Corridor between Austin and San Antonio, San Marcos is one of the most geographically advantaged settings in the country—serving commuters going north or south and also acting as a “nationally significant hub for international commerce,” said The Greater Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council.
The ongoing growth reflects the needs of today’s Texas homebuyers, said the San Antonio Express News.
“Hays and Comal counties — both of which hug I-35 and are wedged between San Antonio and Austin — were the fifth and ninth fastest-growing counties in the U.S. from July 2013 to July 2014, according to census estimates. The fact that counties like Hays and Comal, with relatively smaller populations, are growing faster reflects that more people are moving into suburban ring counties that are close to large metro areas, said the San Antonio Express News. There’s more available land there to build, and more businesses and industries — and therefore, more jobs — are also plunking down in those areas. Plus, commuters have easy access to big cities.”
Relaxation and Recreation
A compelling contrast to San Marcos’ explosive growth, the city was recently named
to Movoto Real Estate’s list of “The 10 Most Relaxed Small Cities in America, ranking high according to criteria including: “commute time, unemployment rate, cost of living, crime, hours worked per week, population density, percentage of earning spent on rent and the number of massage businesses, yoga studios and parks per capita,” said the Austin American-Statesman. “San Marcos, home of the lazy San Marcos River, came in at No. 10, boasting a 32.8 hour work week and a low 3.40 percent unemployment rate.”
With such beautiful Hill Country scenery, ample green space, and river activities, those who call San Marcos home are not surprised by the honor.
The spring-fed San Marcos River is one of the most visited and enjoyed amenities in the city, with Glass Bottom Boat tours a favorite activity. It’s in good company with the city’s array of educational, cultural, sports, and outdoor activities. Veramendi Plaza is both scenic and historic, with its storied gazebo, the Charles S. Cock House Museum, the Merriman Cabin, the Dr. Gwen K. Smith Fountain, and the tree-lined pathway to the Riverwalk. Wonder World Park features tours of the Balcones Fault Line cave.
Seeing live music is a favorite activity in the Hill Country, and San Marcos offers several great options. Cheatham Street Warehouse is the famous spot where George Strait got his start and is also a popular spot to enjoy some tunes.
Throughout the year, festivals and special events bring in visitors and give San Marcos homeowners numerous opportunities to show off their city. The Hill Country Jazz Festival is held in February at Texas State University. Wine & Art Weekend on the Square in April showcases a weekend of food, wine tasting and live music in downtown. Swing on the Square in May brings Western Swing and big band swing, and Summer in the Park brings out locals and visitors alike for concerts every Thursday night during the summer in Park Plaza.
Growing Real Estate Options
Thanks to the desirability of living in San Marcos and its consistent growth, real estate opportunities in the area continue to meet buyer needs. The area’s newest community, The Crossings, features two distinct single-family neighborhoods from renowned builder Lennar Homes together with Hill Country scenery and an array of masterplanned amenities in a desirable location just minutes from I35.
Brookside II and Camden Collection each offers spacious, modern floorplans to meet the needs of today’s families with many of their most desired features, including granite countertops, Energy Star® stainless steel appliances, and landscape packages, built in and included at no extra charge thanks to Lennar’s popular Everything’s Included (EI) program. Quick Move Homes are also offered at The Crossings, for those looking to move in without the wait of construction.
This new 288-acre community also presents an array of onsite amenities including a swimming pool, grassy play areas, and walking trails.
For more information about The Crossings, visit the website.