If you want to experience the best of the Texas Hill Country, you’re going to love Dripping Springs! With rolling hills, stunning views, and plenty of space to spread out, this Austin neighborhood is ideal for nature lovers who want to find their own little, peaceful oasis in Austin.
Beyond the scenery and outdoor recreation, Dripping Springs is also home to some of the city’s best breweries and distilleries. And though you may never need to leave, downtown is just a short drive away.
In this neighborhood guide, you’ll discover what makes Dripping Springs a place that many Austinites are thrilled to call home.
Average Home Price*
Texas Mediterranean, farmhouse, and ranch styles
Est Off-Market Transactions
*Based on 2022 Sold data for City of Dripping Springs.
Texas is a non-disclosure state. This means that the sales price of real property is not recorded and made available through the public record. The majority of properties are sold as off-market transactions. These transactions also often include an NDA to protect both the buyer and seller. The financial details of these transactions are not public record and are not reflected in ABoR’s MLS data.
Known as the gateway to the Texas Hill Country, Dripping Springs has a lot to offer those who want a peaceful, spacious home base. This is country living at its finest, with a friendly, small-town feel where you can enjoy a tight-knit community with plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. And while the area may offer a quiet oasis from the hustle and bustle of the city, downtown is still close by for those who want to enjoy the best of both worlds.
Before you start looking for your new home in Dripping Springs, get to know the neighborhood and its real estate.
Dripping Springs offers everything you would expect of living in the Texas Hill Country—picturesque views, lots of space, and a tight-knit community. This is certainly the place for those who want a taste of Texas’ natural beauty but still want to live in the Austin area.
While people do move to the area for the larger lots and space, people are still friendly and get to know one another. The ambiance is certainly quiet country living with a real sense of community and a small-town feel.
Most of the homes in Dripping Springs were built in the 1990s and 2000s, with some older homes from the 1960s and 70s. The neighborhood has become more popular in recent years, which means that new communities are continuing to be built in the area. Many people are drawn to Dripping Springs for the larger lots, ranging anywhere from ¼ acre to 60+ acres.
You’ll see a number of different home styles and sizes, with Texas Mediterranean, farmhouse, and ranch styles being the most popular. Working ranches and ranchettes are also common in the area, allowing residents to live their best Hill Country lives.
Dripping Spring’s average home closing price is $957,456 or an average of $320 per square foot.
Dripping Springs has a Walk Score of 56 and a Bike Score of 39. While you may be able to accomplish some errands by foot, and there is some bike infrastructure in the area, for the most part, you’ll need a vehicle to get around.
Students in Dripping Springs are part of either the Dripping Springs Independent School District or the Lake Travis Independent School District.
Depending on their location, students will likely be zoned for Dripping Springs, Walnut Springs, Rooster Springs, and Sycamore Springs elementary schools as well as Dripping Springs Middle School, Sycamore Springs Middle School, and Dripping Springs High School.
If zoned for Austin ISD, students might attend Bee Cave Elementary, Lake Travis Middle School, and Lake Travis High School.
Featured Property in the Neighborhood
Dripping Springs may have a country-living vibe, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of places to grab a bite to eat in the area. Not to mention, this neighborhood has multiple distilleries, wineries, and breweries for those who like to imbibe.
Rolling in Thyme & Dough is a quaint bakery and cafe that serves fresh sandwiches, pastries, cakes, and more. You can dine in for breakfast, lunch, and brunch or get some desserts for the road. Our favorites are the savory breakfast croissants and the Moelleux au Chocolat, a dense, rich chocolate cake covered in chocolate ganache.
Thyme & Dough cater to a variety of tastes and preferences with some vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free menu options. With a seasonally curated menu changing weekly, their BYOB bistro nights are a must.
Nestled on a unique luxury ranch and wedding venue in Dripping Springs, Tillie’s serves American Nouveau, infusing international flavors into familiar dishes for a new take on American cuisine. The menu is always seasonal and filled with fresh ingredients from local suppliers.
Tillie’s serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner alongside specialty cocktails. While the menu does change according to the season, the options are always delicious, and the space is beautiful. If you’re hosting a special party, be sure to check out Mr. Kiem’s, a private meeting space apart from the main dining room that services up to 20 guests.
Flores Breakfast and Lunch is the best-kept secret when it comes to breakfast tacos in the area. This hidden gem is located on the side of the road right next door to Dripping Springs High School. You can enjoy these life-changing breakfast or lunch tacos in the picnic area near the stand or take them to go.
You’ll never be disappointed if you go for the barbacoa or pastor tacos. And don’t forget to add some green habañero salsa for the full experience.
What would a list of Austin neighborhood restaurants be without a fantastic BBQ spot? The Salt Lick has been serving up mouthwatering barbecue in the beautiful Texas Hill Country since 1967. You can go family-style, grab a plate, or take home some meat by the pound. (But trust us, you can’t go wrong with one of their “really big sandwiches” either!)
On Sundays, you can grab something unique from their Sunday specials menu. From prime rib to habañero chicken, this special menu is the perfect way to treat yourself on a weekend.
If you’re looking for a place to enjoy an adult beverage and a llama sighting, look no further than The Shady Llama. This is a great spot to enjoy those beautiful Hill Country views while imbibing with your friends. Children and dogs are also welcome.
The space is outdoors and uncovered, so plan to go on a day when the weather is nice. Also, while the llamas often stop by the bar to say hello, they are free to roam on 35 acres of land and may not always be present, especially in the summer.
Dripping Springs is home to a number of fabulous distilleries where you can taste different local spirits.
In addition to distilleries, the area is also home to many different breweries where you can enjoy a local craft beer while taking in the beauty of the Texas Hill Country.
There is plenty to see and do in Dripping Springs! From outdoor recreation to historic spaces and community events, there is always something going on to hold your attention in the Texas Hill Country.
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