Wimberley Homes For Sale
Wimberley is a charming artists’ community at the confluence of the Blanco River and Cypress Creek in central Hays County, between Austin and San Antonio, only 16 miles from San Marcos. It serves as a showcase and retreat for artists, musicians, and writers and also is known for its picturesque riverbanks canopied by bald cypress and pecan trees and its abundance of springtime Texas wildflowers.
Wimberley (see Wimberley homes for sale) is 38 miles south and west of Austin (see Austin homes for sale.) It includes the incorporated City of Wimberley and the City of Woodcreek and most of central and western Hays County. The City of Wimberley has about 3,800 residents, and the City of Woodcreek has about 2,500 residents, with approximately 14,000 people in its zip code, 78676.
Wimberley is in the Wimberley Independent School District.
Wimberly’s private schools include St. Stephen’s Episcopal School of Wimberley, Katherine Anne Porter High School, Parkside Community School, H.C., Zweites Haus School of Wimberley, and Little River Preschool.
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Float, swim, or wade through the Blanco River, or simply enjoy nature alongside its relaxing banks.
Blue Hole Regional Park , at 126 acres, is a natural swimming area that has been named the second best swimming hole in Texas by Texas Monthly magazine and one of the top 12 best swimming holes in the nation by Travel + Leisure magazine.
Cypress Creek Nature Trail Park offers over seven acres of land along Cypress Creek. In addition to the trail, the park provides picnic facilities, a water feature, children’s playscape, pavilion, restrooms, and easy access to Wimberley Square.
Mount Baldy , also known as Prayer Mountain, offers an amazing panoramic view of the Wimberley Valley, atop a series of stone steps.
Step back in time at Pioneer Town, a re-creation of an old west town, with saloons and “dog-run” log cabins dating to the 1830s. While there, stop by Jack Glover’s Cowboy Museum to peruse a unique collection of western memorabilia.
The Wimberley Community Center offers residents opportunities to utilize a reception and banquet hall, studio meeting rooms, and a senior citizen center.
Woodcreek is home to Quicksand Golf Course, a tree-lined, 18-hole course.
EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens features theatre presentations in a natural setting under the stars. It is home to the annual Christmas Trail of Lights and Shakespeare Under the Stars.
Wimberley Playhouse hosts dramas, musicals, and comedies throughout the year.
Corral Theater offers first-run movies under the stars, starting at dusk on weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
The annual Wimberley VFW Rodeo, held near the Fourth of July, features three nights of bull riding, bronco busting, calf roping, and more.
Veterans Memorial Plaza honors those who have served the United States and is on a hill overlooking the valley at EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens.
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Many art lovers consider Wimberley the best arts community in the Texas Hill Country. Here are a few of the opportunities available to visitors and residents:
Enjoy daily glassblowing demonstrations at Wimberley Glass Works. View sculpted and bent glass creations at Meek Studio and Gallery. View the world’s largest collection of sculptures by Frederick Remington at Pioneer Town, by appointment only. The Hill Country Wine Shoppe in Wimberley Square offers samples from numerous wineries in the heart of the Central Texas wine region.
Market Day , a Wimberley favorite since 1964, is held on the first Saturday of each month, from March through December, and includes over 400 vendors offering antiques, collectibles, woodcrafts, clothing, jewelry, art, flowers and plants, and foods.
While semi-nomads roamed this area of the Texas Hill Country much earlier, the first written history of Wimberley is from the 1800s. When Texas became a state in 1845, the population began to grow, in part due to the area’s desirable spring water sources and beauty. Many early settlers were veterans of the Battle of San Jacinto and had land grants near Wimberley, then called Glendale. San Jacinto veteran William C. Winters settled his family here in the early 1850s and built a saw mill powered by Cypress Creek, later adding a grist mill. The two mills served the community for miles around, and Glendale became Winters’ Mill. When Winters died in 1864, the mill complex was passed down to John Cude, his son-in-law, and the settlement became known as Cude’s Mill.
In the 1870s, Pleasant Wimberley, known for his generosity, moved with his family to Cude’s Mill. When “Old Man Pleas” bought the mill, the town changed its name again to Wimberley’s Mill. In 1880, the name “Wimberleyville” was submitted to the post office, which dropped “ville” from the name, creating the town of Wimberley. At this point, the mills had grown to include a grist mill, a buhrstone flour mill, a saw mill, a shingle mill, and later a cotton gin. While no longer in use, many of these historical structures still exist.
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