Making the change from city dwelling to country living can be a big lifestyle change. Some welcome the change with wide arms, others are hesitant. For those exploring life west of Houston, the communities of Brenham, Chappell Hill, Bellville, Independence, Round Top, Fayettville and La Grange all offer country living at its best. However, depending on lifestyle priorities one region may be more suitable than another.
When driving west from Houston on Highway 290, rural communities used to be separated by miles of farm and ranch land. Today, buildings and subdivisions line most of the route. To the east ( Houston side) of the Brazos River lies Cypress, Hempstead, Waller, and Prairie View. The Brazos serves as a geographic boundary line before crossing into the rolling hills and pleasant pastures of Washington County.
Chappell Hill is located approximately one hour from downtown Houston and is an easy commute to the townships of Katy or Cypress. Many residents of Chappell Hill commute to the Houston area for work. The downtown area is charming, and is becoming a thriving retail location for tourist and locals. Restaurants, banks, and other businesses have established themselves in Chappell Hill, and the area is a solid decision for anyone looking to put in an independent business.
Brenham is seven miles west of Chappell Hill, and has been a preferred tourist destination for many decades. Brenham is most known for being the home of Blue Bell Ice Cream, but the town is also home to many corporate headquarters, a thriving school system, as well as private and church schools. Brenham has a large HEB grocery store, a hospital, and serves as the major hub to outlying communities.
Independence lies just north of Brenham and is still bucolic in nature. It is an ideal location for anyone wanting access to Texas A&M, College Station and the Texas Aggies. College Station has a strong medical community, and many people like living in proximity of the College Station amenities. The land is rolling and has historically been used for farming.
Bellville, Texas is just south of Brenham. What was once a sleepy town of local farm families has steadily been expanding in population as the pulse of Houston ex-plants continues to grow. Bellville has a strong school system, private and church schools and a local hospital. Watch for Bellville population and business opportunities to be on the rise.
Round Top, Texas once a tiny map dot with a population of 90 continues to host the Round Top Antique Festival twice a year. The festival has given Round Top national exposure. The beauty of the area has not escaped the attention of celebrities and entrepreneurs from around the world, and demand continues to push the land prices up in this area. Although Round Top does have a school district, the town lacks other infrastructure such as a grocery store or hospital. The residents prefer the area to stay more bucolic, however, the traffic of antique week and the increasing population will continue to require local residents to make decisions on utilities, road expansions and infrastructure. Entrepreneurs have invested heavily in the development of Henkel Square which includes art galleries, restaurants and local businesses. Look for Round Top to continue to expand, and their eclectic flavor to continue to provide the spice of life for locals, transplants and tourists alike.
Up until recently, Warrenton, Texas once consisted of family homesteads separated by miles of farmland. However, the increase in popularity of the Antique Show has expanded down to the Warrenton area, bringing with it new permanent restaurants, bars and shopping venues. Watch for Warrenton to see marked expansion over the next decade.
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