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Neighborhood Spotlight: Buda

Historic Downtown Buda. Courtesy City of Buda Destination Services

Buda | 78610 

Nestled just south of Austin city limits, the enchanting town of Buda is full of small-town charm, delightful family-owned businesses and more parkland per capita than any other city in Texas. Often regarded as a hidden gem in the Lone Star State, Buda’s allure lies in its picturesque landscapes, welcoming community, and perfect fusion of modern conveniences with a touch of classic Texan charisma. So, if you’re seeking a peaceful retreat that still keeps you close to the city’s offerings, Buda might just be your next destination. 

Average List Price: $420,000  


Buda is situated in northeastern Hays County, 15 miles southwest of downtown Austin and 65 miles northeast of San Antonio on I-35. Just north of Buda is the county line bordering Travis County. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Buda has a total area of 5.4 square miles. 


Founded in the late 1800s, Buda is a town steeped in history that has left an indelible mark on its identity. Its origins trace back to the International-Great Northern Railroad, which played a pivotal role in shaping the town’s development. While Buda has witnessed significant growth and change over the years, it’s managed to preserve its small-town charm and echoes of yesteryears.

Buda’s downtown area stands as a testament to its historical significance, with well-preserved vintage buildings that transport visitors to a bygone era. Strolling through the town’s streets, you’ll find a deep sense of pride in its heritage, much like Hutto’s affection for its hippos. Speaking of unique town mascots, Buda’s own famous creation is the annual Buda Wiener Dog Races, a beloved event that has attracted enthusiasts from all over Texas to watch these adorable dachshunds race to victory for over 26 years. 

The town’s history is also entwined with the development of the nearby Prohibition-era beer garden, Buda Mill & Grain Co. This historic landmark and former cotton gin now serves as a vibrant mixed-use retail complex with incredible cuisine, shopping and wellness spaces. As you explore Buda’s welcoming community, it becomes evident that this town holds onto its rich history, offering a unique and inviting experience that is quintessentially Texan.

Buda, Texas, Downtown, 1930s. Courtesy Historic Downtown Buda.
Annual Buda Wiener Dog Races

Top Spots

For a bite: Brooklyn’s Downtown South, Willie’s Joint, Main St. Pizzeria & Beer Garden, Amici, Dos Olivos Market, Mud Bugs Cajun, Garcia’s, Dan’s Hamburgers, Taste on Main, Gotji’s Kitchen, Valentina’s TexMex BBQ

For a drink: Willie’s Joint Bar & Grill, Nate’s Buda Mill & Grain, Growler Express, Meridian

For fun: Downtown Buda Farmers’ Market, Doc’s Drive-In Theatre, Maverick’s Dancehall, Buck’s Backyard, Cullen Country Park

For the kids: Buda Amphitheater & City Park, Stagecoach Park, Pinballz Kingdom, Little Land of Buda, Hays YMCA

Willie’s Joint. Courtesy Austin Monthly.
Valentina’s TexMex BBQ
Buck’s Backyard

Dreaming up your own little slice of Buda? Don’t hesitate to reach out to our knowledgeable local agents at 512-687-3484 for tailored guidance, or peruse our extensive listings here to get started finding your piece of this Texan gem. 

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