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Neighborhood Spotlight: Hutto

Hutto | 78634 

Hidden deep in the heart of Texas, Hutto is a town that effortlessly combines the charm of a close-knit community with a rich historical heritage. With its picturesque landscapes, friendly atmosphere, and a blend of modern amenities and old-world charm, Hutto has earned its place as a hidden gem in the Lone Star State. 

Hutto, known as the “Hippo Capital of Texas,” exudes a unique character that sets it apart from the ordinary. This quaint town is located just a short drive from Austin, making it an ideal retreat for those who appreciate a quieter pace of life while still having access to the city’s conveniences. 

Average List Price: $375,000  


Hutto is located seven miles east of Round Rock and 22 miles northeast of Austin. The city has a total area of 7.75 square miles.


Founded in 1876, Hutto boasts a rich agricultural heritage that has shaped its identity. Originally established as a railroad stop, Hutto’s downtown area still retains its historic charm, with vintage buildings that harken back to a simpler time. The genuine warmth of the local residents reflects the town’s history of hospitality, making visitors and newcomers feel right at home.

As you’ll notice while driving or strolling through downtown, Hutto takes its “Hippo Capital” title quite seriously, with statues, paintings and other tributes of the cuddly mascot scattered throughout the town. Local legend traces the origins of the Hutto hippo back to 1915, when a circus train carrying animals stopped to fill up with water. During this pit stop, a hippo allegedly escaped and wandered down to Cottonwood Creek. The train depot agent reportedly sent the following message to nearby communities: “Stop trains. Hippo loose in Hutto.” And thus, the legend was born.

Top Spots

For a bite: Texan Cafe and Pie Shop, The Downtown Hall of Fame, Bud’s Burgers, Mario’s Mexican Restaurant, Happy Panini, Southside Market & BBQ, Top Notch, El Sazon de Carito, Jack Allen’s (coming soon)

For a drink: Snuffy’s Bar and Grill, Cork & Barrel, Frosties, Rio Grande Tex-Mex Restaurant

For fun: Hutto Lake Park, Silos Farmers Market, Co-Op District, Brushy Creek Amphitheater, The Golf Club at Star Ranch

For the kids: Rock ‘N River Water Park, Co-Op Splash Pad, Fritz Park, Monster Mini Golf

Hutto Co-Op District
Crispy Chicken Tenders from Texan Cafe & Pie Shop

Ready to explore the charms of Hutto, Texas? Contact one our local agents for personalized assistance at 512-687-3484 or browse listings here to find your perfect piece of this Texan treasure. Your journey to Hutto begins today.

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