Welcome to Round Rock
Evidence of dinosaurs, Native Indians, and early settlers has been found in this area for many years and something new is always showing up. These days it’s more commercial buildings and residential neighborhoods but imagine the history that stems from here.
The year is 9,200 B.C.; inhabitants of the area navigate along rivers and streams across the open plains in search of food and shelter. Approximately 11,200 years later, that area is known as Round Rock Texas. The town became known for a large anvil-shaped rock located in the center of the creek that was used to determine the water levels for safe crossing. It never occurred to anyone that this massive rock was already being used in the mapping of explorations so when a cattleman by the name of Jesse Chisholm came along and suggested the town’s new name because of the big “round rock”; well, it only made sense.
RomanticRound Rock is a fast-growing city that has made a name for itself over the years as the most romantic city in Texas and the counterpart to Austin that many are choosing to make home for a number of fabulous reasons. Excellent schools, awesome attractions, and convenience to everyday shopping and dining make Round Rock the prime location for your next home.
Round Rock ISD Schools
Elementary schools within Round Rock Independent School District include: Anderson Mill, Berkman, Blackland Prairie, Bluebonnet, Brushy Creek, Cactus Ranch, Caldwell Heights, Callison, Canyon Creek, Caraway, Chandler Oaks, Deep Wood, Double File Trail, England, Fern Bluff, Forest Creek, Forest North, Gattis Elementary, Great Oaks Elementary School, Herrington Elementary School, Jollyville Elementary School, Laurel Mountain Elementary School, Live Oak Elementary School, Old Town Elementary School, Pond Springs Elementary, Purple Sage, Robertson Elementary, Sommer Elementary School, Spicewood Elementary School, Teravista, Union Hill, Voigt Elementary, and Wells Branch Elementary School.
Middle schools within RRISD are: C.D. Fulkes, Canyon Vista, Cedar Valley, Chisholm Trail Middle School, Deerpark, Grisham, Hernandez Middle School, Hopewell, Ridgeview, and Walsh Middle School.
High schools in RRISD include: Cedar Ridge, McNeil, Round Rock High School, Stony Point, Success High School, and Westwood High School.
There are a number of private schools in the Round Rock area that your Rave Realtor will be able to provide more information about.
With a university in Georgetown and the University of Texas in Austin, you have a couple of choices to send your college student.
Things to Do in Round Rock
See the Famous Bats and not the hockey team. Round Rock has become popular for the daily bat show that brings people from all over to see this unusual sight. You may be thinking, you’ve seen one bat, you’ve seen them all. But have you seen 1.5 million bats all in the same place at the same time, seemingly working together to form a choreographed routine? The answer is probably not. Located under the IH 35 and McNeil underpass, hundreds come every year to watch the procession of bats as they exit their daytime getaway about 30 minutes before sundown; making their return just before dawn. Locals wonder where they go all night.
The Dell Diamond is another popular attraction for residents and visitors of Round Rock. When Michael Dell came to town, he wasn’t playing around. Introducing facilities to Round Rock in the 1990’s, modeled after a college campus no less; ironic because he was a UT dropout; Dell Computers brought thousands of jobs to the area. Though he’s received criticism for outsourcing jobs; the Dell Computers location is still an operative location. Of course the Dell corporate location won’t be the highlight of your visit but The Dell Diamond, home of the Round Rock Express, might be. The field is a prime destination for avid baseball fans and even those not so interested in baseball because there’s nothing better than spending time with the family at the “old ball field”. Located off Hwy 79 in Round Rock, just outside of Hutto, The Dell Diamond hosts college games as well such as UT, Baylor and Texas State.
Visit Downtown Round Rock whenever you are looking for a cozy happy hour and live music. Historical downtown Round Rock is a short walk because truthfully it’s not that big (yet). Nothing compared to downtown Austin of course but still interesting none-the-less. Also in downtown Round Rock you’ll find the public library, some great mom and pop eateries, an awesome coffee shop and more local history as most of the buildings have been preserved.
There are more parks than people it seems but that’s only because Texans love their outdoor activities. If you are looking to have a cookout or relax by the water or looking for a place the kids can run around, you’ll be happy to know there are many locations to choose from. Just a few of those parks include Bowman Park, Chisholm Trail Crossing Park, Clay Madsen Park, Frontier Park, Kinningham Park, Lake Creek Park, McNeil Park, Old Settlers Park, Round Rock West Park, Somerset Park, Veteran’s Park just to name a few. Some of these parks have rental facilities that are perfect to host any event.
Walking Trails take up about 15 miles of hike and bike trails and expected to grow by leaps and bounds of the next few years. Trails like Brushy Creek East Trail (leads you through the area of the “round rock”), Greater Lake Creek Trail, Old Settlers Park (out by the Dell Diamond), Kensington Trail, and Meadow Lake Trail can be enjoyed seven days a week.
Where to Find Round Rock
You’ll find Round Rock just north of Austin with a border created by Louis Henna Blvd off North Interstate 35. Easy access to the 45 toll road will take you to South Austin areas or the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in about 20 to 25 minutes without heavy traffic. Get to Cedar Park, via FM 1431 heading west, in about 15 minutes or Georgetown heading north on Interstate 35. Hospitals for the area include Seton Northwest on 620 or Scott and White Hospital on University Boulevard in north Round Rock.
Round Rock Neighborhoods
Round Rock is a fast-growing community that houses approximately 35 neighborhoods including: Arbor Place, Behrens Ranch, Brushy Creek, Cat Hollow, Eagle Ridge, Fern Bluff, Forest Creek, Greenridge, Hidden Glen, High Country, Hills at Paloma Lake, Lake Creek Park, Lake Forest, Laurel Ridge, Legends Village, Mayfield Ranch, Meadow Lake, Paloma Lake, Preserve at Dyer Creek, Preserve at Stone Oak, Ridge at Paloma Lake, Round Rock West, Ryans Crossing, Sendero Springs, Settlers Overlook, Shadow Pointe, Silver Leaf, Sonoma, Stone Canyon, Stone Oak, Stoney Brook, Teravista, Turtle Creek, Vista Oaks, and Walsh Ranch.
Built on History, Standing on the Future
History shows how long this area has been a desirable location to settle down and while the dinosaurs and early inhabitants have long gone, their footprints and bones remain to this day proving that this is the perfect place to call home. These days Round Rock is a bustling, growing city that is attracting anyone that visits Austin. With new doors opening and opportunities arising, the future of this city has never looked brighter. If you desire a community that keeps you close to the city yet is an established area of its own then Round Rock is the place you want to be. For more information about Round Rock and its schools and attractions, contact your RAVE Real Estate Agent today.