Hill Country Relocation Guide 

For buyers looking to distance themselves from the hustle, bustle, and high prices in downtown Austin, Hill Country is a great option. Laid-back vibes, idyllic towns, charming vistas, and more than two-dozen wineries are just a few things you can expect with Hill Country real estate. 

Whether you’re a young buyer looking for another option, a retiree looking to downsize or an out-of-state buyer looking for a charming new place to settle down, Hill Country has what you’re looking for. Let’s take a look at some of the picturesque towns you can choose from when relocating to Hill Country: 


On the shores of Lake Travis, about 30 miles from downtown Austin is Lakeway. A beautiful and scenic community originally built for second homes and cottages, Lakeway is now a fully thriving town with exceptional amenities, dining, and entertainment. Perfect for buyers who are looking to escape the hectic city life while enjoying Hill Country vistas and staying close to the lake. Many homeowners here take advantage of the water, enjoying boating, swimming, fishing, and more. Less than 10 minutes from Lakeway, you’ll find a few excellent golf courses, only further adding to the long list of available amenities here. 

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Bee Cave 

Getting its name from a cave of wild bees discovered in the area by its first settlers, Bee Cave is an excellent community for those looking buy a home in Hill Country while staying close to Austin at the same time. Located about 12 miles from Austin, Bee Cave is a quiet and peaceful town with exceptional amenities and a variety of homes available. Whether you’re looking to escape the rising home prices in Austin or you want a luxury home away from the hustle and bustle of urban life, there’s something in Bee Cave for you. With an exciting mix of old and new homes, Bee Cave caters to a variety of buyers all looking to settle in a charming town with idyllic small-town vibes. However, don’t be fooled, the 1.3-million-square-foot Lifestyle Center has everything you could ever need in terms of amenities, retail, dining, entertainment, and fitness. In Bee Cave, homeowners enjoy the stunning Hill Country scenery without compromising on convenience. 

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Horseshoe Bay 

Located on the South Branch of the Colorado River on Lyndon B. Johnson Lake, Horseshoe Bay offers exceptional resort-style living. Surrounded by beautiful water and breathtaking scenery, you’ll scarcely believe how lucky you are to call Horseshoe Bay home. At about 50 miles from Austin, Horseshoe Bay is more secluded than other communities, but it doesn’t matter once you take in the amenities and relaxed ambiance found here. With three 18-hole championship golf courses nearby and a local passion for marine sport like drag boat racing, there’s always something to do. 

The local Yacht Club and Marina offer exceptional fine dining right on the lake, a popular choice for locals while the local tennis club and fitness center keep residents healthy and happy. Horseshoe Bay is also home to the largest privately-owned airport in the country, making travel a breeze. With homes that include amenities like private docks, stunning hillside vistas, all in a gated community, Horseshoe Bay is a town like no other. 

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Marble Falls 

Known for supplying the beautiful pink marble used to build the Texas Capital in Austin, Marble Falls is now known for its beautiful homes, reasonable real estate prices, and high-demand as a community for buyers looking for an Austin relocation. Situated about 45 miles from Austin, Marble Falls is smack-dab in the center of Hill Country right on the Colorado River. Homeowners here are passionate about boating since they live in the epicenter of the Highland Lakes – the largest chain of lakes in Texas. With homes prices in the low $280,000s, this is a great community for retirees, entrepreneurs or remote workers who don’t have to deal with a commute to downtown Austin. 

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As one of the smaller communities on this list, Spicewood offers an exceptional close-knit community feeling while still remaining relatively close to downtown Austin. Known as a prominent suburb of Austin, Spicewood is less than 40 miles from downtown and even closer to other larger suburbs like Bee Cave and Lakeway. One could say the community is always buzzing with activities, from water sports to wine tours, and golf, there’s always something to do in Spicewood. The area is also home to some fantastic classic Austin eateries such as Opie’s Barbecue, which is consistently rated in the top 50 barbecue restaurants in Austin. Local programs in place like the Spicewood Arts Society creates an even stronger community connection, making Spicewood an ideal relocation area for families, retirees, and young professionals alike. 

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Interested in learning more about relocating to Hill Country? Contact the experts at Picket Fence Realty today at 1-512-636-7373.