Hays County is seeing several new "trends" in the housing market, one of which is the building of higher-end communities. Kyle and San Marcos have always been known for their affordability, especially for those that work in Austin but choose not to live there because of the expense. According to Zillow, the current average price of a single-family home for sale in San Marcos is $259,400. The Kyle average is slightly lower, coming in at $223,861. Compare this to the average price of a home in Austin ($409,000), and you can see just how attractive this makes Hays County prices.

Now these two small towns in Hays are taking aim at high-end homes/clientele in two distinctly different communities, giving Austin a run for their money. Builders are targeting professionals and retirees with attractive developments that offer a wealth of amenities and geared towards those that want a fun and active lifestyle within their neighborhood. 

The high-end housing option located in San Marcos, Kissing Tree, is "an active adult 55+ community that is custom built with Texas attitude". Homes start in the mid $200’s and range all the way to the $500’s. There is a plethora of choices in home styles and upgrades offered by the builder Brookfield, enough to satisfy even the pickiest of buyers. The amenities and lifestyle that are offered here will tickle your every fancy. Here just a few of what Kissing Tree has to offer: 18 hole putting course, pickle ball and tennis courts, indoor/outdoor pool, biergarten, fitness center, fire pits, community kitchen, coffee bar, dog park, amphitheater, and MORE. If you desire to live an active, social lifestyle in your retirement years, THIS is the place you can call home!

The other high-end community that has put down roots in Hays County is found on the west side of Kyle. Cypress Forest, where you can "Live your best life!", has homes that range from the $260’s up to the $450’s with varying sized lots. Future plans for this community include a swimming pool, sprayscape for the kids, and a pavilion for gatherings. You’ll love being "rooted in nature" in this neighborhood that features mature trees (saved during the building process) that provide that genuine Hill Country feel.

If you have been considering a "move up" home, or it’s getting close to time you think about retirement, give these two communities consideration. You surely won’t be disappointed! Hays County is on the move!