Did you know that people refer to San Marcos as “San Marvelous?” There are good reasons for that. It could be because of its natural lush setting with two rivers and four creeks. It could be because it’s the home of Texas State University. It could be its mild winters. It could be because of its hot, hot summers.

How can a very hot summer be a marvelous thing? It is when you have a refreshing river that compels you to come and go tubing, swimming, fishing, kayaking, or paddling. The San Marcos River is spring-fed. That means it’s filled with bubbling springs to keep it an invigorating 72 degrees all year long. Imagine how amazing it feels when you jump into the river on a hot summer day.

Here are five reasons you want to live in San Marcos!

  1. Affordable Living

According to Zillow, the median home value in Austin is almost $400,000. Meanwhile, brand new homes in the TRACE community of San Marcos can range anywhere from 1200 sq. ft. to 2,600 sq. ft. and are priced from the $180s to the $280s.

  1. Utopia for Outdoor Lovers

The San Marcos River offers lots of water adventures. Keeping cool on the hottest days will be a breeze when you head for the river.

Another place to discover is Spring Lake Preserve. It’s a 251-acre natural area with 6.5 miles of trails and home to five endangered species. It bursts with meadows, woodlands, flora, fauna, and layers of limestone.

  1. Shoppers’ Paradise

People come from all over for the outlet shopping in San Marcos with not one but two outlet centers. Between San Marcos Premium Outlets and the Tanger Outlets, you have access to more than 240 brand names and designer stores. All selling items at outlet prices.

You can also find unique items in the San Marcos Downtown Square located in the heart of the city. With more than 300 businesses, museums, and restaurants, you’ll easily spend hours exploring. If you love the nightlife, you’ll relish this place with its great nightspots. They hold special events almost every month. See what’s coming at the San Marcos Convention and Visitor Bureau’s website.

Want to shop local? Here are some small businesses in San Marcos worth visiting.

  1. Great Location with Many Great Resources Nearby

Love to get away for the weekend? San Marcos is in a great location with many amazing Hill Country getaways at a perfect distance. Check out these getaway options: Medina, Gruene, New Braunfels, and Wimberley. It’s also close to a major airport. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is only 45 minutes away. As is San Antonio.

San Marcos is the home of Texas State University, an Emerging Research University. Its broad catalog includes more than 200 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs. One of its most famous alums is U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson. In 2018, the school received 20 National Science Foundation grants in 2018 and produced six Fulbright Scholars. R&D expenditures have increased by more than 60 percent in the last five years.

  1. Variety of Employment Options

With more companies allowing remote working options, many residents work for international companies without leaving their homes. For those who love to go to the office, San Marcos has many big-name companies in town. The largest employers are Texas State University, Amazon, Hays Consolidated Independent School District, HEB, Central Texas Medical Center, CFAN, Philips, and many more.

Clearly, everything is marvelous in San Marcos. The shopping, food, location, nature, jobs, and more. Want to live in this marvelous city in a live-work-play community? Check out this inventory of new homes in TRACE San Marcos.