Benefiting from the quiet expansiveness of its primarily rural makeup, residents of Outer Far North maintain enough distance from Austin and other northern bordering suburbs to allow them to connect as much or as little with the city as they see fit.
Large swathes of countryside paint the bulk of the neighborhood, with an array of established older and newer luxury subdivisions peppered throughout the area. The neighborhood sits roughly 27 miles north of the city and provides a diligent sense of community for the mostly spread out residents.
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Restaurants & Nightlife
Unfortunately for residents, their dining and entertainment experiences do take a bit of a hit in Outer Far North country as they find themselves traveling up to 3 to 5 miles north, east or south to reach restaurants or bars. A bit north in neighboring Georgetown,
Laurie's Too Tea Room offers a quiche of the day and desserts, along with relaxing teas in this café open for breakfast and lunch. Check out Laurie's chili and broccoli salad to try some of the local favorites.
To the south, The Salt Lick draws visitors searching for some of the most famous barbecue in the area. Order sausage or brisket by the pound, and BYOB for the full experience.
Nightly entertainment also presents trouble for many residents of Outer Far North, but fortunately a few close options do exist. Tequila Bar & Grill 's modern environment presents a departure from the starkly rural neighborhood surrounding it, and patrons love its long happy hours, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. Various chain bar and grills have popped up along the western-bordering Interstate 35, so getting a good drink doesn't need to take you the same distance.
History & Culture
This rural connector between the northern Georgetown and southern Round Rock rests amongst quite a bit of Texas and area history. Settlers moved to both locations in the 1700s and 1800s, and plenty of Native American history can be tracked in the area too. Over time, the fierce community pride developed in either town has bled through the countryside, as residents of Outer Far North enjoy their distance from the bustling Austin metropolis.
No official historical museums lay in the neighborhood, but traveling several miles to the east or the south yields the Moody House Museum and Heritage House Museum, which preserve area history and records, hosting events and tours for visitors.
With quick trips to northern Georgetown, visitors can take in the artwork of Hello Darling Photography and Art Studio or SAROFIM School of Fine Arts Gallery. Dance academies such as Dance-N-Groove host end-of-year recitals and performances for the public.
The residents of Outer Far North benefit greatly from easy access to public transportation, but pedestrians and bikers have more trouble. Because of the area's distance from Austin, the regional CARTS bus service provides coverage to over two-thirds of the neighborhood.
Hail a cab from Georgetown or Round Rock, but be careful to plan time ahead for your ride to arrive. Realistically, Uber fans should pick their second favorite mode of transportation, because the area is too far from the city's core to really attract drivers willing to make a stop.
Public parking in the area presents very cheap options for drivers, though many streets don't allow for parking because of the speeds and styles of roads. Subdivisions and nearby centers, as well as Georgetown and Round Rock, host plentiful parking.
Eastern toll road 130 and western Interstate 35 allow drivers to get north and south with ease, though depending on your position in the neighborhood, it may take a few minutes to get to one. Avoid biking and walking, too, since most of the roads have either little visibility or high speeds, and outside of subdivisions, the area doesn't contain sidewalks.
The Outer Far North area assists residents with a slightly lower cost of living than the city of Austin's average, and median rent for a one-bedroom
residence hovers at a relatively comfortable $850.56.
However, transportation costs for residents may prove pricier. Due to the regional transport of CARTS, trips to the city center require a day pass, which comes in at $6. Gas prices in the area rest at 5 percent beneath the national average, which while still a discount, remains higher than surrounding areas.
Although dwellers of the neighborhood must travel to their entertainment and dining, most of the selections have reasonable pricing options for menu and drink items, so the range for the price of a beer widens from $2 to $6.
Though a trip to any of the nearby shopping centers may be inconvenient for residents, Outer Far North sits in close proximity to several retail centers offering a range of high-end and high-value stores, and boutique shopping in Georgetown or Round Rock provides a full experience for shoppers.
The most notable shopping center in the region is Round Rock Premium Outlets, offering deals on designer clothing and accessories. If you're looking for a gift for the friend or family member who has everything, head to The Escape on S. Main Street. This fabulous shop sells one-of-a-kind handcrafted items, ranging from jewelry to pottery. Find whimsical wind chimes or creative carvings to add a touch of homespun to your abode.
The Georgetown Antique Mall sells quirky items and restored furniture. Vintage jewelry and glassware add a touch of elegance to this downtown Georgetown staple.
Residents must hit the road to find a wide selection of foods, though small neighborhood and regional chains such as Lone Star Family Food Market and Speedy Stop provide the essentials. The Georgetown Farmers Market to the north and the close-by Round Rock Farmers Market draw in some of the best locally produced vegetables, fruits and breads from the surrounding region.
More traveling is required for the inhabitants of the Outer Far North neighborhood, either north to the city of Georgetown or south to the city of Round Rock, where numerous recreational spots delight park visitors. The winner is Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, where a lake, 25 sports fields and over 625 acres make nearly any outdoor activity easy.
All parks in the area can be utilized free of charge, and while all remain kid-friendly, check for potential posted signs regarding your furry friends to ensure you choose the best spot for the whole family.
Both cities host various annual events in some of the parks, while other holidays and seasonal celebrations are held on occasion. Though no parks cater specifically as exercise-centric parks, basketball courts, swimming, tennis courts, trails and open fields should suffice for the athletic.