San Marcos

Built in 1908 and located in San Marcos, Texas, the Hays County Courthouse is recognized by both the Texas Historical Commission and the National Register of Historic Places.

Photo By Travis Witt

San Marcos, Texas is a little town made large by Texas State University that hasn’t let progress or growth get in the way of maintaining its peaceful lifestyle. Set amidst the serenity of the banks of the San Marcos River, life in San Marcos harkens back to a time when life wasn’t quite so complicated.

San Marcos has that small town appeal, and for people who love small town living, it’s perfect. There’s the town square, which was recently renovated, and there are shops and stores all in downtown San Marcos. There are also lovely, beautiful old homes in downtown along San Antonio Street, at Christmas time every year, they’re all lit up – definitely something to see.

Homes in San Marcos

Located along the high-tech corridor of I-35 linking Austin and San Antonio, San Marcos, Texas is an easy commute, with only 30 minutes drive time to the state capital. The low cost of living in San Marcos means that residents can afford a house with outstanding amenities. San Marcos offers affordability in every range, from Victorian homes to new subdivisions, like Blanco Vista, the first master-planned community in the San Marcos area. Find “fixer-upper” homes in San Marcos for around $100,000, while homes in newer suburban areas start at around $160,000.

There’s no shortage of things to do here, too – including tubing down the San Marcos River, shopping at the nearby outlet malls, or going on a biking or hiking adventure in the rolling hills around metro San Marcos, Texas.

Another major area attraction, Aquarena Center, has been bought by Texas State University and transformed from a tourist attraction to an environmental educational center. Gone are the mermaids and Ralph the Swimming Pig, but Aquarena’s famous glass-bottom boats remain, as they provide the public with a clearer understanding of the importance and diversity of wetlands and the Edward Aquifer, and allows them to see native and exotic species found in the area.

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