If you’ve ever turned on your local country radio station, you’ve doubtless heard a song about Texas...or more specifically, the Texas Hill Country. The imagery in these songs has piqued the curiosity of just about everyone with a heart and imagination.
When you’re meandering through the Hill Country, it’s easy to see why so many artists have written songs about its beauty. We find the words to the song “My Texas” by Josh Abbott ring incredibly true: “If you haven’t climbed up to Enchanted Rock, drank a cold Shiner down in Luckenbach, and if you ain’t seen a Hill Country sunset, you ain’t met my Texas yet.”
In the spirit of these songs (and the land that inspired them), here are a few homes and tunes that truly capture the spirit of the Texas Hill Country.
“What I Like About Texas” by Gary P Nunn
This home on Rebecca Ranch Rd sits on a massive 13.52-acre plot that immediately had us humming “Wide Open Spaces” by the Dixie Chicks for a while, but it doesn’t capture the spirit of this land like Gary P Nunn’s “What I Like About Texas.” He sings, “You ask me what I like about Texas, I tell you it’s the wide open spaces.” With a seasonal creek and stock pond on the property, this is a home you won’t ever want to leave. Invite friends over and entertain them, as the lyrics continue, “It’s the spirit of people who share this land,” it is only logical to be generous with what you have. The interior of the home is a 3-bed/3-bath with a power room and a modern gourmet kitchen. The design is a real rancher home, including a private well and more. We could go on, but as the song says, “but we’d be here all night long.”
“Keeper of the Stars” by Tracy Byrd
Pardon us while we swoon over this gorgeous ranch home. Upon entering the driveway, you are greeted with a traditional hanging welcome sign that feels like a true Hill Country greeting. This 3-bed/2-bath home has a breath-taking custom interior front door design and custom wood cabinets in the kitchen that look too good to be true. Our song for this house has got to be a spin on Tracy Byrd’s “Keeper of the Stars” as a love song from owner to property. “It was no accident, me finding you,” Byrd sings as the doors open and showcases the living room’s open concept as the kitchen sits off to the side. “Now I just can’t believe you’re in my life,” he goes on once we head to the master bath and see the free-standing deep bath tub and walk-in closet. Not to mention, the neighborhood has a clubhouse with a pool for all the neighbors to enjoy. “I know I don’t deserve a treasure like you; there really are no words to show my gratitude.”
“Come On In My Kitchen” by Eric Clapton
One of the best things about the Hill Country is the variety of homes...sometimes within just blocks of each other! Due to the high amount of custom homes, each neighborhood holds a unique look. This home is just over 4,500 square feet with four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. Plus, it boasts over $175,000 worth of updates! While this home is for anybody, the kitchen should greatly appeal to those who love cooking and want fantastic appliances and lots of space to work. It reminds us of the song “Come On In My Kitchen” by Eric Clapton when he sings, “You better come on in my kitchen, it’s going to be raining outdoors,” because the kitchen is the place to be. The interior showcases iron ceiling work, a dry bar area with wine fridge, a great room with fireplace and plenty of natural light coming in from the windows. The backyard features a gorgeous new pool and spa complete with water features and gazebo. This is the home for the entertainers who want to feed their guests and let them relax outside.
“I’m From the Country” by Tracy Byrd
Sitting on a quiet cul-de-sac in the Hill Country is this beautiful home on Mountain Forest. Everything on the inside of this house makes us feel comfortable and welcomed. From the open floor plan to the kitchen with the island and breakfast bar, this seems like a home for the light-hearted who want to have company over often. The back patio is large and provides stunning Hill Country views, which brings us back to Tracy Byrd’s song “I’m From the Country.” He sings, “Way back up in the country, back in the hills, down in the hollows where the folks are real…that’s where I’m from, and I’m proud to say, I’m from the country, and I like it that way.” This 4-bed/2-bath home sits on over an acre, which is plenty of space for kids to run around in their backyard and explore all that Hill Country nature.
The statements of the great Charlie Daniels in his song “Texas” says it all: “They just want everybody to leave them alone, while they drink their whiskey and roll their own. And they like their music with a little bit of southern sound; they kick up their heels every evening when the sun goes down.”