Dripping Springs is a small-town Austin suburb located in Hays County, Texas, as part of the Greater Austin Metropolitan Area. Dripping Springs is 21 miles southwest of Austin. The town has a total area of 3.3 square miles in the gorgeous Hill Country. Dripping Springs real estate is blessed with majestic views, plentiful wildlife, rolling hills and rocky creeks. Dripping Springs is home to a population of about 1,788, so it’s a small town among big city influences. The extraterritorial jurisdiction is home to around 30,000 people. Dripping Springs experiences a humid subtropical climate, so summers are hot and winters are relatively mild, making this city hot and sunny for the majority of the year.
In 1853, three families decided to set out for Texas, and they chose to settle atop Wallace Mountain in 1854. The families were that of Dr. Joseph McKegg Pound and his wife, Sarah. John L. Moss and his wife, Indiana, and John Lee Wallace and his wife, Malvina. Wallace was the famous General Robert E. Lee’s nephew. The families of Wallace and Pounds remained in the area for the rest of their lives, and many of their descendents are residents to this day. The Mosses relocated, but their stay left an imprint on the town. Moss became the first postmaster, and his wife gave the town its name. William Thomas, the town’s founder, named Mercer Street after his son, and now Mercer Street is the main street of Dripping Springs. Settlers were attracted to the area for its abundance of trees and water, for the trees provided building supplies for them and the soil was good for subsistence farming. During the twenties, livestock raising became the main point of interest for locals and remained important until the seventies. On April 4th, 1981, Dripping Springs was incorporated to prevent Austin from annexing it into its extraterritorial jurisdiction. Today, the oldest standing building in the city is the log room of the Pound House, built in 1855, located in Founders Park.
Today, Dripping Springs is home to one of seven school districts to be recognized by the AP Board of Honor Roll. The Dripping Springs Independent School District is a public school district that serves Dripping Springs, Bear Creek, and rural parts of the northwest areas of Hays County and a small part of Travis County. In 2014, Dripping Springs ISD was recognized by the Texas Comptroller’s office for having the highest rating for spending efficiency as well as attaining high levels of student achievement. DSISD serves five campuses: Dripping Springs High School, Dripping Springs Middle School, Dripping Springs Elementary, Rooster Springs Elementary, and Walnut Springs Elementary. Dripping Springs High School was given the College Readiness Award from the Texas ACT Council for maintaining an increasing amount of students taking the ACT college prep exam over the past five years, showing an increasing level of achievement and college preparedness. The Daily Beast’s poll in 2014 ranked Dripping Springs High School among the top 100 high schools in the country. Many more ranking and recognitions have also been earned within the district giving them a good reputation for families in search of great schools.
The homes for sale in Dripping Springs absolutely gorgeous and affluent. There are luxurious and relatively affordable homes on sizeable lots. Dripping Springs is home to many classic country homes with wrap around porches and spacious meadows. Inside the homes, you’ll find classy interiors, country splashes and modern flair. Dripping Springs provides upscale living in a rural setting. Inside, you feel like you feel as though you’re living lavishly in a big city abode, and then you step out on the balcony to the wondrous view of green pastures with the effortless beauty of peace and quiet. Most of the properties are ranch-style homes on spacious lots that are typically more affordable than in the city. However, the homes are conveniently close to downtown Austin and all of its amenities, so the big city wonders are not nearly out of reach.
There are a variety of historical attractions in town with Dripping Springs’ rich history, including Founders Park. Outdoor fun reaches a new level with Hamilton Pool, a natural swimming pool and grotto with a 50-foot waterfall, used for swimming, picnicking, nature study and hiking the nearby trails. This pool is absolutely beautiful and a one-of-a-kind experience. The Dripping Springs Farmers Market is a terrific farmers market to check out with great vibes, fresh produce, and loads of fun to be had with your friends, neighbors and family. The Pond House Museum was built by Dr. J M Pound where his family operated the farm for over 130 years. The home became a hospital and a church before being donated to the city as a museum. This is where the oldest building in town is located, so it’s a great sight to see. Lake Travis is another outdoor hub located nearby with an incredible amount of activities, shops, restaurants, golding, on-the-water sports, and so much more to do! The beauty of Dripping Springs is like no other, in the peaceful countryside of Central Texas, with the big-city entertainment practically at your doorstep.