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September
12

Visit The Downtown Georgetown Cultural District

Georgetown

If you've never been to Georgetown's Cultural District, it's time to get out there and see what this exciting area has in store for you. This 40-block area has been designated a special arts zone by the Texas Commission on the Arts. It's one of 51 such districts across the state, and in our real estate agents' opinions, it's one of the best. Here are some of the attractions and events that make this area such a fundamental part of Georgetown's charm.

Historical Attractions

The Cultural District has a rich and storied past in addition to its vibrant present. Historical aficionados near our Georgetown homes for sale can enjoy lectures, exhibits, and hands-on demonstrations at the Williamson Museum, an institution founded in 1997 to preserve the history of this part of Central Texas. The museum's grounds include a striking statue of Robert McAlpin Williamson, also known as "Three-Legged Willie," due to the wooden leg he used as a mobility aid after contracting tuberculous arthritis. 

The Cultural District also contains some incredible examples of old Texas architecture, including the gorgeous art deco Georgetown Palace Theatre and the Grace Heritage Center

Visual Arts and Sculpture

The visual arts are also a big part of the Cultural District's focus. The area's Georgetown Art Center features a selection of curated art exhibits that are switched out for new ones every few weeks. Nearby Southwestern University's Sarofim School of Fine Arts also has a public student gallery that displays the work of the school's budding artists. Both galleries offer the chance to view works in an incredible variety of mediums, and admission to both is free.

If you prefer to enjoy art outdoors, you'll love the Cultural District's Sculpture Tour. This ongoing event is sponsored by the City of Georgetown, decorating the streets with sculptures by some of the district's most prominent areas. 

Not only does the library host sculptures on its grounds, but it also showcases the works of local artists in its exhibit area and hosts two yearly state-level events: the Art Hop competition and the Texas Society of Sculptors show. These high-profile events show off the works of the very best in Texas' art world, and they're just a few blocks away from Georgetown residents' front doors. 

Live Theatre and Music

The performing arts also have a big presence in the Cultural District's art scene. Between the Sarofim School of Fine Arts and the Georgetown Palace Theatre, Georgetown residents get the chance to see dozens of live stage performances each year. 

Georgetown's classical music fans have plenty of opportunities to enjoy world-class concerts in this district. Famous symphonies like the Williamson County Symphony Orchestra and the Central Texas Philharmonic play regularly at show locations around the area. There is also a free concert available at the Georgetown Public Library on the third Sunday of each month. The Cultural District even hosts the Texas Bach Festival every spring, an exciting event that allows fans of the illustrious composer to get together and share their love of his enduring work and legacy. 

Georgetown's Cultural District is thriving and will keep growing and evolving as time goes on. Contact us today to start your search for your new Georgetown home with our expert team on your side. 

December
27

7 Reasons to Move to Williamson County in 2022

Move to Williamson County

As one of the fastest-growing areas in Texas, Williamson County offers many perks for residents. With a variety of new businesses, retail stores, and housing developments springing up, our real estate agents are seeing homebuyers rushing to Williamson County for a place to call home.

If you're looking for abundant job opportunities, great schools, and an affordable cost of living, take a closer look at Georgetown homes for sale in Williamson County. You'll find a comfortable lifestyle in a small-town community surrounded by natural beauty and resources. If you're considering a move, you'll be impressed with everything Williamson County has to offer.

  1. A Growing Economy
    In 2019, Georgetown was named the 7th fastest growing city in the United States. Since then, the city's economy has flourished with the growth of new businesses and homes, malls and shopping centers, restaurants, and movie theaters. Georgetown residents have great job opportunities with Williamson County Government offices, the City of Georgetown, the Georgetown Independent School District, Southwestern University, and St. David's Georgetown Hospital.

  2. Convenient Transportation
    Williamson County is home to major cities like Austin, Georgetown, Lexington, and Round Rock. Interstate 35, as well as 3 State Highways, provide convenient transportation by car to numerous nearby destinations. Public transit operates an inter-urban bus route between Georgetown and Austin that runs Monday through Friday two times each day. There is also a Metro Rail and Super Shuttle Service that services a variety of destinations.

  3. Low Crime Rates
    Williamson County is in the 89th percentile for safety, meaning only 11% of Texas counties are safer. Most area crimes include vandalism and property crimes that occur in business and industrial areas. Violent crimes are rare in Georgetown and nearby cities, with crime rates lower than 1%, far below the national average.

  4. Historic Neighborhoods
    If you're looking for a home in Georgetown, you'll find beautiful historic neighborhoods with Victorian architecture and old-world charm. Typical downtown Georgetown buildings on "The Square" are part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation dedicated to protecting the city's architectural heritage that dates back to the early 1900s. Recently named one of the best places to purchase a historic home, Georgetown currently has three National Register Historic Districts.

  5. Prestigious Schools
    Georgetown is home to a variety of prestigious schools. Founded in 1875, Southwestern University is the oldest liberal arts college in Texas. With a private, four-year undergraduate program, Southwestern offers 40 bachelor's degrees in the arts and fine arts, music, sciences, and professional programs. Georgetown elementary and high schools are part of the Georgetown Independent School District. Georgetown High School is a National Blue Ribbon Award school where the majority of graduates enroll in college.

  6. Community Activities
    Williamson County is home to wonderful community activities for people of all ages. Favorite outdoor destinations for camping, hiking, fishing, and swimming include:
    • Blue Hole Regional Park

    • Buescher State Park

    • Canyon of the Eagles Lodge & Nature Park

    • Horseshoe Bay

    • Lake Georgetown

    • Lake Victor

    • Plumb Creek RV Campground

  1. Scenic Natural Beauty
    ​​​​​​​Georgetown and surrounding areas in Central Texas are characterized by long, hot summers and cool, mild winters. Williamson County residents enjoy year-round natural beauty with abundant wildlife, green landscapes, and seasonal blooms. Georgetown's annual Red Poppy Festival celebrates the red poppy season in April, when red poppies flourish naturally. In Round Rock, the official daffodil capital of Texas, fields of daffodils can be seen in rural landscapes and along highways for miles.

For more information on homes for sale in Williamson County, contact us to view available properties and prices in desired areas.

April
26

International Jazz Day: Famous Jazz Musicians from Austin

Austin Jazz

International Jazz Day is coming, and our real estate agents know the best places to enjoy it!

Round Rock homes for sale are in the heart of beautiful Central Texas, just half an hour from Austin. Austin, famous as the "Live Music Capital of the World," has distinguished itself as one of America's leading cities for jazz. Every April 30th, it lives up to the name with its celebration of International Jazz Day.

While jazz was first born down in New Orleans, it did not take long for this uniquely American musical style to migrate from coast to coast. Its energetic and highly improvisational nature was perfect for Austin, which became a second home for many of the top legends who defined the original sound of jazz.

Among the memorable musicians who lived or played around the Austin area are such greats as Harold "Money" Johnson, Kenny Dorham, Jimmy Giuffre, Gene Roland, and Harry Babasin. What's more, the tradition of blues music in Texas, which predates modern jazz, lent its influence to many area bands.

Austin's unique musical tradition is given life every evening in the form of its world-class musical venues. That includes auditoriums that can seat thousands as well as warm and welcoming clubs where you can hear soulful sounds from jazz trumpeters and talented musicians. It's the perfect place for International Jazz Day.

When you want to hear the best jazz around, here are some places to look:

  • The Skylark Lounge – 2039 Airport Boulevard, Austin, TX 78722
    Best known for its blues, The Skylark Lounge is a local institution that has been around for more than 30 years. It serves as home to many musicians across generations and genres. Live music happens almost every night of the week from an intimate stage in a close-knit atmosphere where staff members know all the regulars.

  • The Elephant Room – Swift Building, 315 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701
    The Elephant Room is a truly "underground" jazz bar, both figuratively and literally. For a jazz experience you can lose yourself in, it's a local favorite. Celebrating its 30-year anniversary in 2021, it serves up drinks from around the world. 

  • The Continental Gallery – 1315 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704
    The Continental Gallery is a place with a long history. Back in 1955, the Continental Club was a swanky supper club. The Gallery emerged from what was then Irving's Steakhouse, a cornerstone of Continental Club dining. As both brands reinvented over the years, the Gallery has become known for its classic speakeasy vibe.

  • Antone's Nightclub – 305 East 5th Street, Austin, TX 78701
    Antone's Nightclub lives up to its reputation as "Austin's home of the blues." Named for Clifford Antone, the mentor to several home-grown blues greats, it has attracted fans from all around the world. No matter whether you love blues, jazz, R&B, or soul, there's something for you in Antone's two shows per night.

Austin's music scene will move you the way that only good jazz can. To learn more about Austin or discover Austin homes for sale, just contact us at RE/MAX Capital City.

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