New Homes in Round Rock, Texas: One of the Coolest Suburbs in America
ROUND ROCK, TEXAS LIVING
Round Rock was chosen as one of Apartment Therapy’s Coolest Suburbs in America 2019. We showcased the burbs nationwide that offer the most when it comes to cultural activities, a sense of community, and simply a good quality of life. For more on how we define “cool” and what exactly counts as a suburb, check out our methodology here. To view Apartment Therapy’s other Coolest Suburbs in America 2019, head here.
Quite a few people who have their sights set on living in Austin end up in Round Rock, Texas. The reasons for this switch are all but self-evident. From culture to recreation, the suburb has a ton to offer.
New restaurants like Y’all’s Cafe and Fuego Latino Gastro Pub provide something for every palate. You can catch free, live music in downtown’s Prete Main Street Plaza during the warmer months, and spots like the Ruby Hotel are cozy but modern, which is something you could also say about the Round Rock in general.
Round Rock also caters to sports fans. As the self-proclaimed “Sports Capital of Texas,” city officials have spent decades advancing athletic endeavors by building sports facilities and fostering athletic programs. The city’s Triple-A team, the Round Rock Express, is celebrating its 20th season; and a new multipurpose complex has hosted national tournaments for rugby, lacrosse, ultimate Frisbee, and even Quidditch. Plus there are miles of nature trails and thousands of acres of public parkland just a short walk away.
Even with all of those perks, Round Rock remains a relatively affordable option. Niche recently listed the city as the fifth best place to buy a house in the U.S., while just a few years ago Livability put the city among the top 10 most affordable places to live with new homes in Round Rock, Texas.
So it makes sense Round Rock is one of the fastest-growing cities of its size in the United States, according to WalletHub. Thankfully, Round Rock still has a small-town vibe. You’ll find plenty of southern hospitality here, from longtime residents to the new folks moving in next door.
Round Rock may not be known for keeping it “weird” like that other cool nearby place, but it’s pretty solid.
What is the city known for?
The story of outlaw Sam Bass and his famous shootout with lawman Sheriff A.W. Grimes is a Round Rock legend. A group reenacts the shootout every year at the city’s July Fourth Frontier Days Celebration, which brings thousands to Old Settlers Park.
What do the neighbors say?
Residents say they like being close to good food and entertainment, while keeping a respectable distance from gridlock traffic and expensive mortgages.
Round Rock offers something nearby for any kind of lifestyle, from young and single to married with children.
Will Hampton, city communications director, says his neighbors often tell him that Round Rock is a great place to raise a family.
Residents also point to the sports facilities, friendly bars, great restaurants, and sprawling parks as local favorites. Finally, residents say that because Round Rock is a fast-growing city, there’s always an exciting new restaurant or attraction opening.
Downtown Round Rock, Texas
There’s much more to Round Rock than meets the eye. The downtown area has its own personality, with new restaurants popping all the time. It’s also a place where you don’t have to travel to get away from everything. With miles of hiking and bike trails, including 37 parks within city limits, it’s convenient to get into nature. In general, Round Rock is its own town, with its own rich history and identity.
The Round Rock ISD (RRISD) serves Round Rock, parts of Williamson and Travis County, and parts of Cedar Park and Austin. In some states, city governments administer the school district. In Texas, however, school districts are independent tax entities with their own taxing authority and governing board. The school Round Rock has the lowest ACCRA composite cost of living index rating among the three largest cities in the metro area.
The City of Round Rock’s stadium and conference center has drawn record crowds since opening in 2000. The ballpark is home to the Round Rock Express, the Triple A affiliate of the Houston Astros. The Dell Diamond is the No. 1 ballpark in the country out of more than 200 parks according to the Fifth Annual Minor League News rankings. It was named top Double A stadium by Baseball America in 2004. (The Express moved to Triple A in the 2005 season.) Construction of the $25 million facility was financed by $8.4 million in revenue bonds backed by the City of Round Rock’s hotel-motel tax revenues and cash from RSR Sports, owner of the Express.
Major employers include Dell, Sears Teleserv, Emerson and Texas Guaranteed Student Loan. Its combined property tax and utility rates are among the lowest in the region. It has an award-winning park system, school district and is one of the safest cities with a population of at least 100,000 population in the United States.