If you’re looking for a new home in the Austin area, you’ll definitely want to consider homes in Round Rock, Texas. Located just 17 miles north of Austin, the once sleepy little community is now a town of almost 70,000 people with a historic Old Town center and expansive shopping malls. It’s this mix of old and new that delights most people who choose to make Round Rock their home. Residential developments are numerous and are built near the award winning schools, hiking trails and parks. The tree-lined neighborhoods appeal to families, and the close proximity to high-tech employers combine to make Round Rock a hands-down choice for buyers. It’s on wonder that Round Rock is so attractive to young and old alike!
Round Rock Homes for Sale
Homes in Round Rock Texas
Round Rock real estate ranges from small cottages to estates, and from condos to semi-luxury homes. There’s something for every person and price range, whether it’s in the Old Town or one of the numerous planned communities. Prices start at under $100,000 for a small two bed/one bath home to over $500,000 for a decadent estate. However, most homes are priced around $200,000 for a four bed/two bath home with 2,300 square feet of living space.
Some of the more recent planned communities in Round Rock are Teravista, Stone Canyon, South Creek, Sonoma, Sendero Springs, Behrens Ranch, Paloma Lake and Arbor Place. You’ll find something for every budget whether it’s the a home for one or a home for 100!
Oh, and it’s important to mention that Round Rock is the corporate headquarters for Dell, Inc. With more than 20 other major employers including: Toppan Photomasks, Sears Customer Care, FreeScale, Cintas and TECO/Westinghouse, the area is a mecca for high-tech employees. For the sports lover in you, try enjoying some baseball at the Dell Diamond with the Round Rock Express, a minor league baseball team owned by Nolan Ryan!
History of Round Rock
In 1851 a small community was formed on the banks of Brushy Creek, near a large round rock located in the middle of the creek. This round rock marked a convenient low-water crossing for wagons, horses and cattle. The first postmaster called the community Brushy Creek, but in 1854 the small settlement was renamed Round Rock in honor of this now famous rock. The “round rock” is located near Chisholm Trail Street in the middle of Brushy Creek. After the Civil War, Jesse Chisholm began to move cattle from South Texas through Round Rock, on the way to Abilene, Kansas. The route he established, which crossed Brushy Creek at the round rock became known as the Chisholm Trail. Most of the old buildings, including the old Saint Charles Hotel are still there today. This historic area is now called “Old Town”.
Downtown Round Rock is the site of the gunfight and subsequent capture (then death) of the nineteenth-century American train robber, Sam Bass, by the Texas Ranger Division on July 19, 1878. The event is known locally as the “Sam Bass Shootout”. Each year downtown Round Rock recreates this shootout. Bass is buried in Round Rock Cemetery, located northwest of “Old Town” on Sam Bass Road. His original headstone can be found on display at the Round Rock Public Library.
(The above History of Round Rock can be found on Wikipedia.)