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Living a Gated Community Lifestyle in San Marcos, Texas

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Where to Retire in San Marcos and Home Prices

Zillow reports the median home value in San Marcos to be $214,600 in mid-2019.  There is an active adult 55+ community here-see link at left.

What Is Special about San Marcos

San Marcos is a growing city that has a historical district with many properties on the National Register of Historic Places and a town square. The San Marcos River is a popular source for recreation and offers canoeing, kayaking, swimming, fishing, and glass bottom boat rides. Texas State University is located here and provides both cultural events and sporting events.

What Is Not Special about San Marcos

Texas State University has an enrollment of about 38,000 students so the average age in San Marcos is only 24 years; property taxes are high.

Climate and Physical Environment

January's average temperature is 52 degrees and July's average is 83 degrees. San Marcos gets about 35 inches of rain annually.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are all sorts of restaurants in San Marcos as it is a college town and a popular shopping destination. Texas State University provides cultural events with lectures, art exhibits, and productions.  It also hosts the Hill Country Jazz Festival.   The city has an active Performing Arts Council and Parks and Recreation Department.


The crime rate is a little higher than the national average.

Medical Facilities

Central Texas Medial Center is located here.


San Marcos does have a regional airport, and there are two international airports nearby in Austin (35 miles) and in San Antonio (45 miles); there is an Amtrak station here. 

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