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Nestled between the North and South San Gabriel Rivers, just 30 miles north of Austin and 9 miles north of Round Rock, you’ll find Georgetown, otherwise known as “Home to the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas.” And with just a quick stroll, you’ll soon see why—this picturesque community celebrates its historic roots through the ornate beauty of its preserved Victorian architecture, which earned it a spot on the National Historic Register. Even TV show Friday Night Lights found it beautiful enough to film there! But it’s also a forward-thinking enclave. In 2016, Georgetown said goodbye to fossil fuels, and now supplies its city with 100% solar and wind energy. So if you’re itching for a home full of small-town charm—as well as the progressive nature of big-city ideas—Georgetown is the place to lay your Texas roots.

The Lone Star State is famous for its lush, wild swimming holes, and Blue Hole is a prime example—this gorgeous lagoon with rope swings is the perfect spot for a sweltering summer dip, and the accompanying Blue Hole Park is open year round for outdoor enthusiasts. If you crave sleeping under the stars, round up a group for a camping trip at Jim Hogg Park or Cedar Breaks Park—or even take the boat out on Lake Georgetown, and grill out afterward on the sandy beach of Russell Park. Bring your camera for vibrant photos of the Red Poppy Festival each spring, and follow up your day with a trip to the Georgetown Winery or the Rentsch Brewery. For some fun out of the sun that the whole family can enjoy, spend the day in the cool underground caves of Inner Space Caverns. When you’re craving some culture, head to the vintage art deco Palace Theater for a full calendar of live performances, and top off your night with a stroll on the square for First Friday, when the merchants, art galleries, music venues, and restaurants stay open late enough for you to explore the “Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas”!

Families with kids will be happy to know that Georgetown High School was a multiple National Blue Ribbon Award winner. And Southwestern University, the oldest Texas university, is just a half a mile away from the beautiful historic square. For retirees and beyond, Georgetown is a premiere destination—Sun City offers a uniquely active senior community, set on 5300 acres and with numerous activities, clubs, sports, and recreation.

No matter what your age, Georgetown is an ideal place to call your home on the range.

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