Texas Hill Country known for rolling hills, glimmering lakes

Rivaling the Texas Gulf Coast region for retirees and snowbirds is the Texas Hill Country, known for rolling hills, glimmering lakes, strong communities and, of course, the state capital of Austin (pop.657,000),. Known nationally for its music, strong business climate and the University of Texas Longhorns, Austin provides a base to the surrounding satellite towns of New Braunfels (pop. 36,000), Fredericksburg (pop. 9,000), Kerrville (pop. 20,400) and San Marcos (pop. 35,000), among others.

According to the 2000 census, the median age in this region is the highest in Texas. Obviously, retirees have found out about the “good life” in the Hill Country.

The cool, clear Guadalupe River is a popular “tubing” artery that flows through the region and, unfortunately, flooded the quaint German town of New Braunfels recently. However, reports are that the region is getting back to normal following this disaster.

Outside of Fredericksburg at Stonewall is the LBJ Ranch, often called the Texas White House in the 60s. The interesting European architectural, heavy German influence, friendly people, ubiquitious bluebonnets and general Tex-Mex influence creates an interesting environment for retirees. The pace is slower than in the metro areas, but the fast-growing city of Austin in within easy driving distance. Further south, San Antonio is within easy driving distance.

Hunters, fishermen, outdoorsman, birdwatchers or horseback riders love living in the Hill Country, as well as those who appreciate the rockabilly, country and contemporary sounds that come out of Austin’s burgeoning night scene. The University of Texas sports and arts programs breath energy and excitement into the area, as do the museums and culture that generally are found in a capital city like Austin.