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In the heart of the Austin-San Antonio corridor you’ll find San Marcos which enjoys unparalleled access to local amenities and two of Texas’ action-packed cities. Here, on 575 acres of prime riverfront land, is where Blanco Vista resides — a community with oversized greenbelt homesites and elevated rooftop views exclusive to Empire Communities. Read on to discover more of what life is like along the Blanco River.

Rich History

The name Blanco Vista is indicative of the area’s Spanish influence and the community’s vicinity to the magnificent Blanco River. However, it’s much more than just a scenic place, it boasts a rich history dating back to the 1600’s. The area was originally settled by the French in 1685, which were driven out by Spanish settlers in 1715. By 1824, the original Spanish settlements were declared independent of Spain, and the Mexican government was established as a separate republic.

Settlers from the United States eventually established a foot-hold in the region as Texans and, alongside Texans, drove out Mexican armies throughout Texas. The United States recognized Texas as an independent republic in 1837, which was annexed on July 4, 1845.


Prior to 1685, another important component of the Blanco Vista community began and stands as monument today. In the early 1600’s, a sprout started within the community which has grown into a mighty oak tree at the entrance of the Blanco Vista community. This beautiful tree is a proud symbol of an integral period of time in Texas’ history.

Natural Beauty

Situated along the San Marcos and Blanco Rivers, this area is a popular spot for swimming, tubing, kayaking, and fishing. Home to several parks and greenspaces, including the Purgatory Creek Natural Area and the Spring Lake Natural Area, there’s an abundance of hiking and biking trails, opportunities to bird watch, and fun to be had participating in outdoor activities. Plus, for those who choose to plant roots at Blanco Vista, the community’s Five-Mile Dam Park is backed against the banks of the Blanco River.

Cultural Events

San Marcos is a culturally-rich city which hosts several festivals and events throughout the year such as the Mermaid Festival, the Texas Book Festival, and the San Marcos Art Walk. These events bring artists, musicians, writers, and other creatives together to showcase their talents and celebrate the city’s culture.

Hospitality Scene

The city’s thriving hospitality scene caters to locals and visitors who have various tastes. From barbecue spots and fine-dining restaurants to local breweries and wineries with tastings and tours, there’s never a shortage of options to choose from.

Blanco Vista residents have access to some of the best schools in the state. Zoned to the Hays Consolidated Independent School District (CISD), Hays CISD is dedicated to nurturing students into becoming extraordinary citizens through personal educational experiences alongside an innovative community of learners.


Blanco Vista Elementary is located on the community’s grounds, while Wallace Middle School and Lehman High School are both just outside Blanco Vista. Students choosing to pursue higher learning have the option of attending Austin Community College or Texas State University just a 10-minute drive from home.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing afternoon by the pool or an invigorating cycling trail, Blanco Vista complements how you want to live. One of the standout features of the community is its resort-style pool and splash pad. Surrounded by a large sundeck with comfortable lounge chairs and shaded seating, the pool is the perfect place to soak up some Texas sunshine or enjoy a refreshing dip in the water. Other amenities include:

An Olympic-Sized Pool

Picnic Pavilion

Fully-Stocked Fishing Pond

Several Hiking and Bike Trails

A Glimpse of Blanco Vista

From a historic oak tree to stunning wetlands, this picturesque community is the ideal place to set roots for years to come. Plus, take a look at our last phase of available homesites in the community, surrounded by lush greenery and incredible views.


So what are you waiting for? Explore Empire’s final phase of homes at Blanco Vista, offering 3- and 4-bedroom floor plans. Pricing starts from the mid $400’s.


Next, learn more about the area’s top school districts and how incredible life is by the water.


Image courtesy of: Visit San Marcos (Mermaid Festival); San Marcos Daily Record (War in San Marcos).


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