Georgetown, Texas Real Estate and Community Information

Red Poppies Georgetown is a city located in the county of Williamson and also serves as the county seat. The city also occupies the 78626, 78627, 78628 and 78633 zip codes. The estimated 2014 population is 59,110 residents.

The city takes pride in preserving its history. In 1976, the city passed a local historic ordinance to recognize and protect the historical significance of the central business district. In 1977, The Courthouse of Williamson County Historical District was listed on the NRHP (National Register of Historic Places). The district contains more than 46 structures.

Georgetown is also known as the Red Poppy Capital of Texas in honor of the Poppy’s planted throughout the city. Each year the city hosts the Red Poppy Festival on the historic square in downtown Georgetown.

Georgetown residents will find employment opportunities within the city and surrounding area with companies such as the Georgetown Independent School District, the Williamson County Government and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital.

The city is considered to be one of the best places to retire in the country because of the fairly warm climate and its proximity to Austin and its exceptional medical care.

History

The city was named in honor of the man who donated the land for the new town, George Washington Glasscock. Timber and clean water were attractive to early settlers who petitioned the government to create Williamson County and separate the area from Milam County. The original name of the county was to have been San Gabriel County, but it was named after Robert McAlpin Williamson, also known as “Three Legged Willie,” a judge and statesman. The early economy was agriculturally driven and cotton was the dominant crop with Williamson County being the cotton center of Texas.

Georgetown was once served by two railroads primarily to transport cotton and cattle, but the railroads merged into one which is still in service today. The early 1920’s brought flood control measures due to hurricane related flooding. The flood control measures included damming the north fork of the San Gabriel River and creating Lake Georgetown, which is now used for municipal water use.

The population grew and industry expanded slowly until about 1960 when growth and urban expansion in nearby Austin accelerated bringing greater industrial, commercial and residential growth to Georgetown and the surrounding area.

Education

School children The city is served by the Georgetown Independent School District (GISD) and educates children from Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12. The school district operates and maintains xx schools. The district runs an award winning system and Georgetown High School is a designated Blue Ribbon school. Students continuously meet or exceed state mandated testing scores. The district is highly rated by students, parents, teachers and other educational professionals.

Georgetown is home to Southwestern University, the oldest university in Texas. The school is a four year, private school offering 40 bachelor of science degree programs in music, fine arts, science and the arts.

Real Estate

Georgetown is home to Sun City Texas, which is a sizable retirement and age restricted community that accounts for more than a third of the city population. The development experiences a great deal of volunteerism and community support and creates an attractive spirit for residents. The development also helps drive the economy through its economic stimulus and banking and investment in the community.

There is also a large condominium development overlooking the San Gabriel River and is part of the San Gabriel Village which is a walk friendly development. Other available real estate options are single family homes, multi-family homes, condominiums and townhouses. The neighborhoods are well maintained and some of the neighborhoods are designed for specific lifestyles. Homes are generally affordable with select properties classified as expensive.

If you are interested in real estate in Georgetown, contact Shine Team Realtors. The Team is experienced in the current real estate trends and knowledgable about the Georgetown area. They have the ability to guide home buyers and sellers, especially first time home buyers, through the real estate process and make it a positive experience.

Parks and Recreation

Biking int he park The city operates and maintains several parks and recreational facilities for residents and visitors to enjoy. Parks include playgrounds for children, picnic areas, sports fields, aquatic sports and activities, camp programs for children, and more than 30 miles of bicycling and hiking trails. The city also operates several recreation centers that provide indoor and outdoor activities and programs for residents of all ages. The centers also provide facilities available for a fee and suitable for neighborhood and family celebrations and community gatherings. The department also offers a series of concerts and movies throughout the season and several holiday related celebrations.

Attractions, Activities and Events

Georgetown and the surrounding area are home to many attractions, activities and events for residents of all ages. One of the more popular places to visit is the historic Palace Theater in historic downtown Georgetown. Other places of interest include the Georgetown Firefighters Museum, Innerspace Cavern and the Courthous of Williamson County. Other things to do in the city and surrounding area include sports events, historic tours, art galleries and cultural events, theater, movies, family fun centers, health and fitness spas and neighborhood celebrations.
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