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Kingsland Texas

Lake LBJ Living in Kingsland Texas

Kingsland Texas is situated in Llano County, Texas and is a census designated place (CDP). Kingsland is inhabited by 6,030 people according to the 2010 census. The Texas Ranch to Market Road 1431 runs through the place.

The Slab in Kingsland TexasKingsland Texas is a small, peaceful town located along Lake LBJ. Year round activities like golfing and fishing as well as summer activities of swimming and boating make Kingsland the perfect spot for a getaway vacation to escape the bigger cities in Texas. During the Springtime, Kingsland is a favorite spot for Hill Country visitors to see fields of Bluebonnets and other wildflowers.

Even though Lake LBJ gets most of the attention from Kingsland visitors, boaters can travel several miles north on the Colorado river and several miles south of Lake LBJ, all the way to Horseshoe Bay. This allows for plenty of room for everyone to enjoy their favorite activities without the over-crowded feeling that comes from more densely populated lakes.

With a Lake LBJ and Llano and Colorado rivers in Kingsland area, there is a lot of water fun. Lake LBJ is normally at a constant level which provides for the best water for boating, water skiing, jet skis, fishing and swimming. From Kingsland you can cruise up the Llano River or up the Colorado River several miles, and down Lake LBJ all the way to Horseshoe Bay.  Over 20 miles of lake available.

Kingsland is a town of about 6,500 people in the Texas Hill Country and Highland Lakes area of Central Texas about an hour northwest of Austin and an hour and a half north of San Antonio.

The Chainsaw Massacre House, which was used in the filming of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre during 1973, was moved from the La Frontera site in Round Rock to the Antlers Hotel in Kingsland in 1993 and restored for use as a restaurant.

The Slab Panning For Gold“The Slab” is a popular place to hang out on the Llano River just upstream from Kingsland. This is a popular place to pan for gold. There is plenty of sand for sunbathing, picnics, games, etc. The water is shallow and perfect for wading. It is a great place to bring the children. They love picking up the shells.

If you are looking for waterfront homes in Kingsland Texas or love more nature and fresh air around your home, Kingsland Texas holds some of the finest homes and real estate on the riverside and at the confluence of the Llano and Colorado Rivers. Abundant recreational opportunities and exceptional waterfront views are the major bonuses you can look forward to. Kingsland Texas is not only an year round destination for visitors, but also pretty much uncluttered because one can enjoy the Colorado River for miles and find enough to do on the land too. As of 2013 Texas has beaten the national trend of real estate prices heading south. Kingsland Texas real estate prices have either remained steady or registered marginal gains during this period.

Commuting to work in Austin is common in the region and that ensures a homogenous mix of residents. A population density of 509 per square mile is another factor that assures plenty of breathing room for all. For those looking for a relaxed or slower pace of life, the camp grounds and golf courses in the immediate vicinity, hiking trails, swimming, boating, fishing, and hunting venues provide the right mix for everyone in Kingsland Texas Real Estate. Many young families have found the waterfront homes in Kingsland affordable and comfortable even when one or members of the family were working in Austin.

The modern day Kingsland is a CDP or Census designated place but was only a small town known as Kingsville till the mid 1990s. The extension of the railroad to Llano brought Kingsville into focus and started growing gradually. Retirees started taking interest particularly because of the waterfront and the abundance of Nature all around. The affable terrain and opportunities for leisure also drew in tourists with related businesses following suit. Kingsland has a small population of about 5,000 and is considered a cozy little getaway spot closer to the capital of Texas, Austin. The Railroad has also encouraged some younger families to set up home in Kingsland and commute to work at Austin.

Kingsland Texas sits on 9.8 square kilometers at the confluence of Colorado and Llano combining to form the lake Lyndon B Johnson. The modern day Antlers Hotel sporting the Victorian Style was originally a railroad resort that had fallen into disrepair in early 1900s. “The Slab” on the Llano River is another favorite spot that the locals as well as tourists flock to.

Most residents in Kingsland Texas are small families with 2 o 3 residents per family and have a healthy age profile between 25 and 65 years of age. Whites make up most of the population though a small percentage belongs to other races. The median income stood at about $30,000.while the per capita income was $18,220.

Rental homes constituted about 22% of all homes available and the rest were occupied by owners. About 60% of the homes are large with sizes ranging between 1000 and 2,500 square feet. Smaller homes with less than 1,000 square feet constituted about 12% while very large homes of over 3,000 square feet were about 2%. Most of these homes were built after 1960 and the current median list price pegs at about $285,000. The median price per square feet is of the order of $161. The median property tax in the region is $1,000.

The best way to gain a first hand impression of the waterfront homes in Kingsland Texas is to plan a week end getaway into the cozy town and explore the terrain with your naked eyes. Getting glued to what you experience and wanting to move in there won’t take much time then.

Geography of Kingsland

Kingsland is located at 30°40′02″N 98°26′41″W (30.667102, -98.444627). The town is situated at the meeting point of the Llano and the Colorado rivers, which together form the Lake Lyndon B. Johnson.

The United States Census Bureau reports that the CDP covers a total area of 9.8 sq. miles, of which, 9.0 sq. miles is land and 0.8 sq. Miles (7.88%) is covered by water.

Demographics of Kingsland

According to the 2000 Census report, the area had 4, 584 people, 2103 households, and 1,324 families in the CDP. The population density was 509.4 people per square mile (196.7/km2). There were 2,803 housing units at an average density of 311.5/sq. miles (120.2/km2).

The racial makeup of the CDP was:

  • White : 95.66%.
  • African American : 0.13%.
  • Native American: 0.31%.
  • Asian: 0.52%.
  • Pacific Islander: 0.02%.
  • Other races: 2.31%.
  • Two or more races: 1.05%.
  • Hispanics/Latinos (any race): 5.89%.

The total number of households was 2,103. Of them, 18.2% had children under the age of 18 yeas living with them, married couples constituted 55.3% of the households, 6.0% of the households had females with no husband present and 36.1% of the households had no families. Individuals formed 32.4% of the households and 20.8% had a person aged 65 years or older living in them. The size of the average household was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.64.

In the Census Designated Place (CDP), the population distribution was as follows:

  • Under 18 years: 17.4%
  • 18-24 years: 5.3%.
  • 25-44 years: 19.6%
  • 45-64 years: 24.9%.
  • 65 years or older: 32.9%.
  • Median age: 51 years.
  • Males per 100 females: 91.
  • Males per 100 females over 18 years: 87.4.

The income distribution was as follows:

  • Median household income: $29,615.
  • Median family income: $33,679.
  • Median male income: $27,264.
  • Median income females: $19,255.
  • Per capita income: $18,220.
  • Below poverty line: 6.8% of the families and 12.2% of the population, 21.5% under the age of 18 years and 9.6% of those age 65 years or more.

Notable landmarks

The 1901 Victorian-style Antlers Hotel is one of the most prominent landmarks in Kingsland. The Hotel was a railroad resort which went out of commission in the early 1900’s; however the place was bought and restored in the 1990’s. The resort had a makeover and was reopened as the Antlers Hotel, with Junction House Resort in Queen Anne architecture with a historic railroad road. The house in the movie Texas Chainsaw Massacre is located in this place and was reopened by the owners of the Antlers Hotel as an onsite restaurant. The house was relocated from Rock Round, Texas to the La Fontera development in Williamson County in the year 1993.

“The Slab” is the favorite location of the people; it is where the road passes over the beautiful Llamo River. The place is frequented by both tourists and locals to bask in the sun or cross the Llamo river.

If you are interested in Real Estate in the Texas Hill Country, please feel free to contact Tom Ashworth (Smart Path Realtor) at (208)830-7992.


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