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Georgetown Square in Georgetown, Texas. This historic district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Photo By Wouter van Erve
Georgetown, Texas was once a sleepy town, and was never really considered part of the Austin hustle and bustle. But, with the growth around metro Austin and the addition of major arterial highways leading north out of the city, this is changing rapidly.
While not a bedroom community for Austin, Georgetown Texas is a great alternative for those wanting a slightly slower paced life, proximity to Austin, and perhaps a little room to spread out. Located about 30 miles north of downtown Austin, Georgetown is best known for its old-fashioned courthouse square, fully renovated and functioning 100+ year old courthouse, and charming Main Street historic district. The Williamson County Courthouse Historic District was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.
Georgetown’s Square, and the city itself, is really a must-see for anyone considering relocation to the area. There are numerous dining options around The Square, as well as a local winery, and ample shopping options to appeal to a variety of consumer tastes and budgets.
Perhaps less known about Georgetown, Texas is the abundance of one-acre, restricted neighborhoods located around the city. Most of these neighborhoods are just outside the city limits, yet they feature many of the creature comforts that growing families want in more traditional neighborhood settings.
The city is also home to a “city within a city.” Sun City, Texas is a 5,000+ acre age restricted community for people 50+. The location of this retirement community in Georgetown was originally hotly contested; many residents feared a retirement community was not the youthful image that Georgetown wanted to present. However, the residents of Sun City now make up more than a third of Georgetown’s total population.