If you are considering getting your own place in the Texas Hill Country, you are on the right track to finding the majestic beauty and peace you are yearning to have. Nine Bar Land & Cattle has the most up-to-date information on ranches, homes and property on which to build your dream home. The region’s economy is one of the fastest growing in the United States. The Central Texas area encompasses diverse landscapes, wildlife and economic opportunities. How near or far you wish to be from the cities of Austin, San Antonio or San Angelo is your choice. Everything in between is where the magic is found! And we welcome all of you who want to relocate or retire here.
Located in the Edwards Plateau, the Central Texas Hill Country is notable for its topography of tall, rugged hills of limestone, granite, dolomite, and gypsum. The Hill Country rises an average of 400-500 feet above the surrounding plains – Packsaddle Mountain outside of Kingsland rises to a height of 800 feet above the Llano River. The Hill Country includes the granite formation known as the Llano Uplift and the second-largest granite dome in the US, Enchanted Rock. The Hill Country reaches the northern edge of San Antonio and the western portions of Austin. The Hill Country is a recharge zone for the Edwards Aquifer which provides water to Austin, San Marcos, and New Braunfels on its eastern edge, known as the Balcones Escarpment.
According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the following 25 counties are included in the Texas Hill Country: Bandera, Bell, Blanco, Burnet, Comal, Coryell, Crockett, Edwards, Gillespie, Hays, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Lampasas, Llano, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Real, San Saba, Schleicher, Sutton, Travis, Val Verde, Williamson
Large tracts of the Texas Hill Country were settled by German immigrants in the mid-1800’s. These hard working settlers forged one of the only lasting treaties with native tribes of the area and lived in relative safety for the time. Even today, the architectural evidence of this German heritage is what gives Hill Country towns their unique feel.
Hill Country continues to grow as both a tourist destination and a retirement enclave. It is home to a booming community of singer/songwriters, artists, chefs, and winemakers who give it its flavor. Fredericksburg, the crown jewel of the Hill Country, continues to gain popularity with visitors from around the world for both its historic sites, rustic charm and booming wine industry. Compared to larger Texas cities, the cost of living in the Hill Country is still low and the brief drive to Austin and San Antonio is always scenic.
Filled with rivers, streams and lakes, Central Texas offers a great opportunity for water sports such as tubing, kayaking and fishing. Wildlife abounds in the area and includes white-tailed deer, turkeys and many smaller creatures like rabbits and foxes, which make it superior for hunting. It is a perfect environment for cattle, goat and sheep ranching and raising horses.
The Texas Hill Country has emerged as the center of the Texas wine industry. Texas Hill Country AVA and the Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country AVA are officially part of the American Viticultural Areas. AVA areas allows vintners to describe more accurately the origin of their wines to consumers and helps consumers to identify wines they may purchase. The wines of the Hill Country range from Bordeaux blends to Italian varietals, as well as cool-climate grapes. The Hill Country is a quality wine producing region, and the wines have won numerous awards both at home and internationally.
Boasting some of the bluest skies by day and dark star-filled skies at night, the Texas Hill Country has some of the mildest weather in the state. Hot, but not stifling, summers and mild winters with much of the year delivering spring and autumn-like temperatures gives the Texas Hill Country a comfortable, moderate climate that allows for year-round outdoor activities. January’s average low is only 32 and August’s average high is only 92. With average annual rainfall at 33 inches, the Hill Country is in hardiness zone 8B.
Thanks to former first lady Ladybird Johnson’s efforts in the 1960’s, the Texas Hill Country is famous for wildflowers! As former First Lady of the United States Lady Bird Johnson once said, native plants “give us a sense of where we are in this great land of ours.” As a result, the Hill Country spring season is full of bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush, primrose, phlox, verbena and Texas mountain laurel that brings a rainbow of colors to the landscape for miles. Texas live oak and Ashe juniper and cedar are among the many trees native to the Hill Country.
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