Without a doubt, the Texas Hill Country has become quite the popular kid in terms of Texas regions. Breathtaking sunsets, wide-open spaces, swaths of wildflowers in the Spring…there’s nothing like it.
And while many Hill Country communities are seeing an explosion of development, with more and more master-planned neighborhoods seemingly popping up every day, several areas of this promised land remain untouched, offering that distinctive country appeal this picturesque region of Texas is known for.
These areas boast acres upon acres of farm and ranch land– all beckoning to fatigued city-dwellers who are ready to abandon the hustle and bustle of city life.
With fresh air, vast stretches of green, and hilltop views galore, these communities (largely still inhabited by sizeable acreage properties), make for a quiet, unparalleled Hill Country living experience.
Nestled in Kendall County (near other fan favorite, Boerne), the small Texas town of Kendalia is steeped in history- and loaded with charm. With under 1,000 people calling Kendalia home, this tiny town provides room to spread out, boasting a population density of just 10 people per square mile. From quaint cottages set atop 20 acres to sprawling estates set atop 200 acres, real estate in Kendalia proves there’s no overcrowding problem to fear!
Situated at the confluence of Cypress Creek and the Blanco River, Wimberley has been long known for its boutiques and Market Days events. Though artists and writers have considered Wimberley a haven for years, only recently has the rest of Texas begun to catch on, with retired execs beginning to leave cities like Houston and Austin in exchange for some fresh air and a whole lot of land. That said, it’s not unusual to find properties for sale in Wimberley from the $1 million mark to the $6 million mark.
Though it seems to your typical Texas small town as you drive through its center, Blanco is an unassuming hotspot for Hill Country farm and ranch properties.
Located 50 miles west of Austin and 50 miles north of San Antonio, this town is just far enough away from city life to feel like you’ve “gotten away from it all”, yet is close enough to drive in to get your city fill.
From its fields of lavender to the Blanco River that runs through the town, it’s no wonder why folks are spending upwards of $2 million dollars to buy a ranch in Blanco!
Home to several distinct waterfronts, all of which contribute to an excellent supply of outdoor recreation and leisure activities, Kerrville’s Hill Country appeal is revered by many.
From its award-winning golf communities to its high-acreage luxury communities, Kerrville offers a piece of Texas unlike any other. And due to its prime location in the Guadalupe River Valley, these properties are highly coveted. While two dozen acres of undeveloped Kerrville land will run you around $200+k, a sprawling estate perched high upon a hilltop overlooking hundreds of acres will run you around $3 million.
Spring Branch/ Bulverde
Though both Spring Branch and Bulverde have grown tremendously with the urban sprawl of San Antonio, cacti and wrought iron gates still dot the winding country roads- along with cattle grates that welcome you onto the sprawling farm and ranch properties in the area. And if you know anything about these properties, you know that they are being swiped up by former big-city execs that just want some peace and quiet (and that sweet Hill Country air).
From luxury communities boasting 6,000+ square foot homes atop upwards of 20 acres to 100+ acres of ranchland inviting you to build your dream home on it, Spring Branch and Bulverde offer many options to those who are looking to call it home.
Some other hot spots for South Texas farm and ranch properties? Pipe Creek, Bandera, Fredericksburg, Comfort, and Driftwood are all great choices.
Where are your favorite farm and ranch towns in South Texas?