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Neighborhood Spotlight: Georgetown

Historic Downtown Georgetown. Photo by Rudy Ximenez.

Georgetown | 78626-8 / 78633 & 78665

Just north of Austin along the I-35 corridor sits the charming city of Georgetown, known for its historic allure and quintessential Texan warmth. Renowned for its well-preserved downtown and storied past, Georgetown stands as a testament to timeless Texas charisma, boasting not only iconic landmarks like the Beaux-Arts Williamson County Courthouse but also a thriving and modern community spirit and diverse local businesses. For those in pursuit of a hometown that marries history and contemporary living with finesse, Georgetown has to be one of the most attractive options across the Lone Star State. 

Average List Price: $512,000  

Location

Located on the northeastern edge of the Texas Hill Country, Georgetown lies 30 miles north of downtown Austin. The city has a total area of 24.9 square miles, including two square miles covered by water. 

History

Georgetown boasts a rich history dating back to at least 9,000 BC, with early inhabitants of the area as far back as the late Ice Age. Named for land donor and Texas legislator George Washington Glasscock, the city first found its roots as an agrarian community, attracting settlers predominantly for its abundance of timber and clean, clear water. 

Georgetown gained importance with the establishment of Southwestern University in 1840, the first institution of higher learning in Texas, and the arrival of a railroad in 1878. The town’s growth continued until the 1960s, spurred by the urban expansion of nearby Austin. 

Amidst population growth and industrial expansion, the town was named the second-best city in the nation to “live and launch” a business in 2008 by Fortune Small Business magazine. In 2015, Georgetown made headlines by committing to sourcing 100% of its power from wind and solar farms, making it a completely green-powered city by 2017.

Georgetown was recently named one of the prime locations for acquiring a historic home in the U.S. Presently, it boasts one of the most well-preserved Victorian and pre-World War I downtown historic districts, anchored by the magnificent Beaux-Arts Williamson County Courthouse. Recognizing its outstanding commitment to preservation, Georgetown achieved the esteemed status of a national Main Street City in 1997, the first city in Texas to earn the designation.

Ladies’ art class, 1898, Southwestern University.

Top Spots

For a bite: Blue Corn Harvest & Grill, El Monumento, Tony & Luigi’s, Wildfire, 2020 Market Scratch Kitchen & Bar, City Post, Monument Cafe, Jaiwai Thai Kitchen, Plaka Greek Cafe, Jimmy Vega’s Smokehouse, Juliet Italian Kitchen

For a drink: Rentsch Brewery, Brix and Ale, Roots, Barrels & Amps, Hardtails Bar & Grill, District 6, The Golden Rule, Jack’s Lounge, CJ’s Sports Bar, Georgetown Winery, 309 Coffee

For fun: Blue Hole Park, Berry Springs Park & Reserve, Overlook Park, Georgetown Palace Theatre, Guided Ghost Tour

For the kids: Inner Space Cavern, The Williamson Museum, Creative Playscape, San Gabriel Park

Blue Hole Park. Courtesy Georgetown Parks and Rec.
Monument Cafe. Courtesy Texas Parks & Wildlife.
Fresh oysters at City Post Chophouse.
Georgetown Palace Theatre. Courtesy tourtexas.com

Georgetown life calling your name? We’d love to help find your own little slice of this heavenly town. Get started today by giving us a ring at 512-687-3484 to speak with one of our experienced agents, or peruse our extensive listings here

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