Area Information


The original inhabitants of the region that would become Austin were Native American tribes including the Tonkawa tribe, the Comanches and the Lipan Apaches. The first European settlers came to the region in the 1830s, establishing a village named Waterloo in the process.

When the Texas Congress formed a commission to seek a site for a new capital to be named Austin, it was the second President of the new Texas republic, Mirabeau Lamar, who advised the commissioners to consider the Waterloo area. Edwin Waller was chosen by Lamar to survey the village and draft a layout for the new capital city.

To this day, the grid plan that Waller designed and surveyed forms the basis of downtown Austin's streets. The first auction of homesite lots in Austin was held on August 1, 1839.

In the 1850s, the first settlers came to the future site of Driftwood, which was known as Liberty Hill at the time. With an influx of new settlers in the 1880s, Driftwood became a crossroads supply center. The community grew as a result of rail terminals set up at nearby Kyle and Buda. By 1890, Driftwood consisted of a post office, a school, churches, a gin and a store. The population varied greatly throughout the 20th century, but today the area is home to about 1,500 citizens.

This region averages 37 inches of rain per year with only 1 inch of snowfall. Average high temperatures reach around 95 degrees Fahrenheit in July, and average lows get down to 39 degrees in January.

Austin is home to more than 20 public schools & over 20 private schools, offering loads of options to local students. In Driftwood, the nearby Dripping Springs Independent School District includes 2 elementary schools as well as middle and high schools.


With Austin only 30 miles away from Driftwood, the opportunities for higher education are tremendous. Institutions in the city include the main campus of The University of Texas, Austin Community College, St. Edward's University, Concordia University at Austin, Huston-Tillotson College and various specialty schools focused on technology, beauty, medicine & more.

There are 15 hospitals in the city limits of Austin that serve local health care needs. There are three medical facilities close to Driftwood, too.

Austin offers some of the best nightlife in the country and hosts the annual South By Southwest music, film and interactive festivals. In fact, Austin is considered "The Live Music Capital of the World" due to containing more music venues per capita than any other city on Earth. Austinites take pride in eccentricities and celebrate differences with the slogan "Keep Austin Weird," a notion embodied by various offbeat street festivals.

Austin is the largest city in the U.S. without a major professional sports team, but fans of athletics enjoy cheering on the University of Texas Longhorns in football, basketball, baseball, volleyball and other sports.

In the outlying areas closer to Driftwood, visitors and locals alike can visit the original "dripping springs" within a short drive. The springs are delineated by a granite marker and were once a gathering place for Indians as well as the source of water for the original settlers in the area.

Milton Reimers Ranch Park offers almost 3 miles of continuous frontage along the Pedernales River. The park is the largest parkland acquisition in the history of Travis County and a popular destination for mountain bikers, rock climbers and fishermen.

This region provides outdoor recreation for everyone. Beyond what's already been mentioned, other outdoor attractions include Wild Connections Butterfly Farm, Camp Ben McCulloch, Twin Parks Country Club and an abundance of golf courses.

Seeking to become a part of a thriving city with a vibrant & unique culture? Austin is the place for you. And whether you crave country living, outdoor recreation, history or living near one of America's major culture centers, Driftwood will not disappoint. Get in touch with us, and let us share these communities with you. We know you'll want to make your home here.

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