Round Rock Newcomers Guide
Looking for a new home town with a rich sense of tradition and a future as big as Texas? Round Rock just might be the place for you to put down roots. Located within the Greater Austin metropolitan area, about 20 miles north of downtown Austin, Round Rock is in the heart of Texas Hill Country, which means you’ll be living surrounded by beautiful scenery and close to a lot of the things that contribute to an enjoyable quality of life. According to RoundRoundTexas.gov, this pleasant community has property tax and utility rates that are among the region’s lowest, an award-winning park system, great public schools and is one of the safest U.S. cities with a population of at least 100,000. It’s a fast-growing city, too, with a healthy economy, excellent community services and amenities, and a variety of affordable housing choices. If you’re looking for new homes in Austin, our newcomers guide is a great place to start your search.
Round Rock History
The town of Round Rock was first called Brushy and was originally located on near the banks of Brushy Creek a natural fording area near a large round rock. When the town got its first post office, it was discovered that there was already a Brushy, Texas. So in 1854, the town was renamed Round Rock after its distinguishing feature, which is still there. In 1876, the arrival of the International and Great Northern Railroad necessitated the need to move Round Rock’s commercial district a few miles east. Today, Old Town Round Rock is still a special historical district. Round Rock was also a feeder to the famous Chisholm Trail, a major route for transporting Texas cattle to Midwestern distribution points. Like many Hill Country municipalities, Round Rock experienced its ups and downs depending on economic conditions. But its proximity to Austin always made it a popular location as bedroom community.1
Relocation to Round Rock
Today, Round Rock is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation with about 106,000 residents. It’s also one of the best-managed cities in Texas, thanks to careful city planning. In fact, the city prides itself on its long-term planning and has received the prestigious Comprehensive Planning Award from the Texas Chapter of American Planning Association and a 3CMA Savvy Award for Community Visioning. Round Rock offers a low cost of living, affordable public utilities and low crime rates. In a 2010 survey, 81% of Round Rock residents said they felt safe walking alone in their neighborhoods at night – 13 points higher than the national rating!2 In 2011, the city began to implement a 5-year plan to address pressing transportation issues.
NeighborhoodScout.com notes that Round Rock boasts a relatively high proportion of young, single, upwardly-mobile professionals, and has “more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.”3 The website notes that the population is very well educated and ethnically diverse.
AreaVibes.com, which rates the livability of U.S. towns, gives Round Rock a score of 87, with an A+ grade for amenities, Cost of Living and Crime Rate, and an A for weather. They rank it as #10 in their list of Best Places to Live in and around Austin.4
Proximity to quality schools, good jobs, recreation and entertainment round out the many reasons that make relocating to Round Rock a smart choice.
Round Rock Real Estate
The thirty-second largest city in Texas is composed of 25 constituent neighborhoods that include some of the most desirable real estate in the state. A recent overview of Round Rock by Trulia.com reported the average listing price for homes at $305,117.5 If you’re relocating to the Austin area and are interested in new homes in Round Rock, interest lists are now forming for Vizcaya, a new master-planned community by award-winning developer and builder Taylor Morrison. Join the list here to receive email updates about Vizcaya including pricing and floor plan releases and special events.
Vizcaya will give homebuyers a choice of neighborhood and housing styles starting from the mid $200,000s with competitive HOA fees. Choose from a variety of home site sizes contemporary one- and two-story floor plans ranging from 1,450 to 4,076 square feet. Features include beautifully appointed gourmet kitchens, spacious owners’ suites with luxurious master baths, energy-efficient materials and construction and a selection of available upgrades and options to personalize the your plan. As a Vizcaya resident, you’ll also have full access to the planned community amenities that include a club house with fitness and aerobic center, pool, hot tub, fire pit, tennis courts, bocce ball/pickle ball courts, walking trails and a full-time onsite lifestyle director. For more information about Vizcaya, contact the sales office at 512-845-7350.
Round Rock Economy
Round Rock is rapidly becoming a major center for Central Texas economic growth. Major industries include clean energy, advanced manufacturing, life sciences and computer/software. The city is the world headquarters for Dell. Many Round Rock residents commute to job centers in nearby Austin, which boasts one of America’s healthiest economies and was ranked #2 in the nation for job growth by Forbes.com. Employment opportunities in Austin include such national companies as IBM, Intel, Texas Instruments, 3M, eBay, Apple Inc., and Whole Foods.
Round Rock Schools
The community’s public education needs are met by the Round Rock Independent School District serving about 46,500 students at five high schools, 10 middle schools, 33 elementary schools and two alternative learning centers. The average student-teacher ratio is 15 to 1 and the district reports that more than 77% of graduating seniors take the SAT and ACT exams and score well above state and national averages.
For higher education, Round Rock residents can chose from several within 50 miles or less from the community. These include Austin Community College, The University of Texas at Austin, Saint Edward’s University, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Central Texas College and Temple College.
Round Rock Living
Round Rock provides a wonderful place to live, work and play. Some of the community highlights include:
- The Dell Diamond Sports Arena is home to the Round Rock Express Baseball Club, Dell Diamond and also hosts local concerts and other events.
- Shopping venues in Round Rock include major retailers such as Ikea, Premium Outlet Mall and La Frontera Center.
- Nearby golf courses include Forest Creek Golf Club and Teravista Golf Club.
- Old Town Round Rock, the city’s original commercial center features historic buildings and boutique shopping.
- Palm House Museum built in 1873 features historic artifacts and authentic period furnishings.
- Chisholm Trail Park in downtown Round Rock is just one of dozens of city parks and parklands. Find a complete list here.
- Hospitals and medical centers in and near Round Rock include Round Rock Medical Center, Scott & White Hospital and Seton Medical Center
As Round Rock resident, you’re also never far from all that Austin has to offer: world-class music venues, restaurants, live theater, shopping malls, festivals, art galleries, museums, ballet, lakes, rivers and historic sites.
Make Yourself at Home in Round Rock, Texas
For more information about Round Rock new home and new homes in Austin, or to schedule a personal viewing appointment of a Taylor Morrison community in the greater Austin area, contact Internet Home Consultant Heather Fox at 512-845-7350.