Big City vs. Small Town: Consider Marble Falls

Nov 6, 2019

Tastes may vary regarding city life versus small towns as homebuyers consider where to locate. In big cities, there’s often more options, glamour and heightened sophistication. But for many, nothing beats the more laid-back pace, sweeter day-to-day experiences, and neighborly ways that small-town living offers.

Coming soon to the charming small town of Marble Falls, Texas, Gregg Ranch is a new 240-acre master-planned community north of Austin. Pre-selling will begin in 2020 and once open, it will be the first new master planned community in the town in 30 years. Residents will have access to 5.5 miles of jogging and biking trails plus a sport field, play area, barbecue area, bocce ball and horseshoe pits. Phase 2 will bring an outdoor pool community area.

In Marble Falls, people tend to know your name and likely won’t be in your business much more than to know your taste in beer and music or your favorite fishing spot. Here’s a few things they love about their small-town:

Live in the Lakes and Hill Country instead of just visiting it on the weekends: It’s a short drive to Lake Marble Falls and Lake LBJ from Gregg Ranch. You don’t have to drive through traffic from Austin or spend a lot of time in the car to reach the spectacular scenery of the area; you’re already there. It’s naturally gorgeous year-round, in fact, photographers and artists come to capture the beauty of the Highland Lakes area.

First-rate dining, local brews and great live music without the crowds: Stop by Bear King Brewing Co. for beer, board games and trivia after work. Try the Blue Bonnet Café for good food and friendly greetings. Enjoy Chata’s Kitchen for signature tamales. Or relax and relish tasty fare at dozens of other local Marble Falls eateries.

Traffic or trails?: You can avoid the legendary Austin traffic, instead hit the parks and trails throughout the Marble Falls area. Opting for a quiet run on a nearby trail beats pushing your way through crowds at the shopping mall or city gym. Approximately 150 acres of park land, trails and greenbelts play host to Marble Falls’ largest special events like Howdy Roo, Mayfest, Children’s Day, July 4th Celebration, Lakefest and the Walkway of Lights. Falls Creek Park and Skatepark, Johnson Park, Lakeside Park, Villa Vista Park, Westside Park and Sports Parks also provide outstanding quality-of-life amenities.

Your dogs and kids will be happier. Face it, more room to roam equals a happy and healthy family. The backyard, garage and comfortable space between neighbors are major pluses. You don’t have to pack up your family and Fido to find these wide-open spaces. You’re already there!

Route to healthy lifestyle: Understandably the air is often much cleaner in a small town. There’s also less exposure to respiratory diseases and a slower lifestyle decreases stress. This adds up to a healthier way of living and often a longer lifespan.

Budget savings: Big cities might have greater career potential, depending on your industry. However, a small town provides the perfect place for those able to work from home or commute into the office just a few days a week. Additionally, Marble Falls has a much lower cost of living than Austin with plenty of budget-friendly perks including economically attractive costs for daily necessities, housing and property taxes.

Quirky traditions: Many small towns have unique events that bring the town together. In Marble Falls, the 29-year-old Walkway of Lights is spectacular, with lighted sculptures and sparkling garland leading through a beautiful winter wonderland. During autumn, you’ll find hayrides, scarecrow stuffing and harvest-season events at Sweet Berry Farms. Each summer it’s all about fishing, swimming and boat races on the plethora of lakes surrounding Marble Falls.

Film-friendly community: As an added bonus, Marble Falls has recently gained recognition as a Certified Film Friendly Community by the Texas Film Commission. The Film Friendly Texas program provides an opportunity for communities to promote their locations within the film industry by partnering with the TFC. The certification will bring awareness to the one-of-a-kind, yet quintessential film locations in Marble Falls and make way for an opportunity that benefits the local economy. Who wouldn’t love seeing their town portrayed on the silver screen?

While everyone’s lifestyle is different, knowing whether you value small-town or big-city living makes home buying decisions much easier.

Gregg Ranch, a 240-acre, master-planned community,
in charming Marble Falls, Texas, just northwest of Austin, is anticipated to be home to approximately 700 single-family and 250 multi-family residences. A central community area, shaded play area, bocce ball and horseshoe pits are planned. Gregg Ranch outdoor amenities also will include 5.5 miles of jogging and biking trails, plus a dog park. Phase two will include an outdoor pool, ramada and barbecue area. The community is conveniently located at Texas 281 and 71, and is a short drive to Lake Marble Falls, Lake LBJ and the famed Texas lake and hill country. Visit to learn more.