San Marcos is centrally located off Interstate 35 and about 30 miles south of Austin and about 40 miles north of San Antonio. San Marcos was established in 1851, but Native Americans lived, hunted, and fished along the banks of this clear spring waterway some 12,000 years before. This waterway would eventually become the San Marcos River and the central growth corridor for the community of San Marcos.
Besides helping create the city of San Marcos, the San Marcos River winds its way through the community creating approximately 150 acres of parkland. These community parks offer many activities such as kayaking, swimming, and my favorite, tubing. Along the banks residents and visitors enjoy miles of jogging trails, picnic areas, and great outdoor spaces. San Marcos is home to my alma mater, Texas State University, which was founded in 1899 and is currently ranked as the fifth largest university in the state of Texas with approximately 35,000 students. This beautiful campus meanders along the San Marcos River, through stately cypress and oak trees, and into the foothills of the Texas Hill Country.
A short walk from the Texas State campus is the historic town square, complete with cafes, boutique shops, and a variety of small businesses. For those that love shopping, San Marcos is home to one of the largest outlet shops in the country, the San Marcos Premium and Tanger Outlet shops are home to over 260 name-brand stores. On the housing front, San Marcos has a very broad range of home styles and pricing. From a few colonial and Victorian style homes of the late 1890s to the early 1900s, and every time and style moving forward. Bungalows, cottages, two-story, traditional, Texas Mediterranean, and even contemporary modern. San Marcos continues to be a great value for homeowners of all levels.
The San Marcos public schools are spread throughout the community, boasting six elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. In addition to the public schools, there are several private school options available for all ages. The lifestyle in San Marcos is absolutely charming. One of the hardest decisions you'll have to make is where to eat. San Marcos offers delightful family-owned restaurants, mouthwatering Mexican food, and authentic Texas barbecue. The options are limitless.