Thinking about moving to the Texas Hill Country? From its adorable small businesses to stunningly unique scenery, Wimberley, TX is arguably our favorite little Hill Country town.
The words “Texas Hill Country” bring to mind a whole smattering of idyllic images: blue-green swimming holes, mom-and-pop restaurants (often serving killer barbecue), blazing sunsets, rolling hills, limestone bluffs, and an overwhelming, inexplicable feeling of being “home.”
Enter: Wimberley, TX.
As if created to prove that the ideal Hill Country town does indeed exist, Wimberley is a storybook small town perched on the banks of Cypress Creek. Somehow, with a population of less than 3,000 people, Wimberley has managed to preserve its homespun appeal, becoming what we think is the best-kept secret in the state of Texas.
To prove it, here are 9 reasons you might want to consider living in Wimberley, TX!
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1. The great outdoors
Tucked away on the banks of the Blanco River (and its meandering offshoot Cypress Creek), Wimberley enjoys some of the prettiest natural views in Texas. Take a scenic drive through this area’s winding roads, and you’ll encounter everything from wooded glens and meandering waterways to hilltop views that stretch for miles. For a quick lesson in Wimberley’s natural beauty, head to cypress-lined nature trail just off the main square, Blue Hole Regional Park, and Jacob ’s Well. Or, to get a bird’s-eye view, head to Wimber ley Zipline Adventures for a wild Hill Country ride.
2. Plenty of lovely homes
Day trips to Wimberley can be absolutely lovely, but nothing beats calling this little town “home” (hence why the town’s motto is “A nice place to visit...a great place to live”). With a median listing price of $339.5k, Wimberley is perfect for move-up buyers looking to enjoy wide-open space. Popular neighborhoods include Woodcreek (a golfing community), Mountain Crest (a beloved gated community), Las Lomas (which boasts high acreage and wild game), River Mountain Ranch (offering a Blanco River park), and Paradise Hills (known for its hilltop views).
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3. Fabulous local restaurants
What is a Hill Country town without its family-owned restaurants? These (often farm-to-table) establishments place a high emphasis on fresh ingredients and authentic preparation, giving locals and visitors a real taste of the Hill Country. A few Wimberley favorites include Vittles Market & Eatery (a gourmet grocery and lunch counter), Community Pizza & Beer Garden, Linda’s Fine Foods, The Leaning Pear, Wimberley Valley Winery, and Jobell Cafe & Bistro. When you’re done with lunch or dinner, try Sugar Shack Bakery or Wimberley Pie Company for a sweet treat!
4. Top-notch schools
Where will the kids go to school? Thankfully, Wimberley parents and students don’t have to compromise on educational excellence. Wimberley ISD is one of the top districts in not only the general area, but also the entire state of Texas. The district received an overall “A” grade from Niche. com (notably scoring high for teachers and academics) and maintains high levels of proficiency in math and reading. In 2011, the school district was even rated "Recognized" by the Texas Education Agency. Schools include Scudder Primary School (Grades PK-1), Jacob's Well Elementary School (Grades 2-5), Danforth Junior High School (Grades 6-8), and Wimberley High School (Grades 9-12).
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5. Adorable small businesses
Besides boasting a brand-new HEB, Wimberley also offers residents and visitors plenty of one-of-a-kind shopping from creative small business owners. Visit Creekside Vintage for fabulous retro gems, The Tree House for eclectic housewares, Ceremony Botanical Studio for adorable succulents and curated goods, and The Farmloft for funky bohemian garb.
6. A well-storied past
Like many Hill Country towns, Wimbe rley’s potential was realized early in settled Texas history. The town began as a small trading post that later was furthered by the advent of a gristmill ("Winters' Mill") in the 1850s. Eventually, the mill was sold to Pleasant Wimberley. The rest is history. Though the mill is no longer in operation, the feel of a small Texas town remains!
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7. Planted in the Hill Country
Could Wimberley’s location be any more strategic? Besides boasting insane natural views and that peace-and-quiet that locals love, Wimberley residents enjoy a perfect perch: within the bounds of the Hill Country, but still fairly close to major cities. Head south 25 miles to reach the German vibes of New Braunfels, 65 miles southwest to visit the San Antonio river walk, 40 miles up I-35 to Austin’s urban buzz, and more. Plus, Canyon Lake, Blanco, Dripping Springs, and San Marcos are easily accessible.
8. Plenty of staycation potential
For those who aren’t yet convinced of Wimberley’s perfect livability, we suggest taking a little vacation to experience the glory for yourself! Stay at 7A Ranch (cabins on the Blanco River), Bella Vista Ranch (come ready for wine and olive oil tastings!), Hotel Flora & Fauna (a quaint boutique hotel), or Cypress Creek Cottages (a collection of cottages close to Wimberley Square).
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9. A strong community spirit
Wimberley has always been home to a close-knit, loyal community. However, when devastating floods hit in 2015, causing the river and creek to overflow, Wimberley proved to everyone that it’s made of some strong stuff. Businesses and restaurants re-opened quickly, and everyone came together to rebuild. Now touting the hashtag #WimberleyStrong, this town has shown incredible resilience and strength.
Whether you’re set on Wimberley or considering New Braunfels, we’d be honored to be the ones to help guide you through the whole process! From connecting with a lender to signing the closing papers, our agents are ready to help. Plus, we’ve created an exclusive guide just for the New Braunfels area buyer! Let us know how we can help your search for the right home as seamless as possible.