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Welcome to Central Texas: Discovering Bell and Lampasas Counties, and Surrounding Areas

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Central Texas can be defined by many things – a strong job market, vibrant music scene, abundant outdoor recreation and delicious dining – and that’s just part of the picture. It’s a popular area for visitors and residents alike, and it’s easy to understand why people fall in love with the “Heart of Texas.”

United Country Real Estate | Premiere Properties has offices in Killeen and Lampasas, Texas, right in the middle of it all. We help clients buy and sell homes, ranches, commercial facilities, farmland, hunting and fishing properties, military housing, buildable land lots and more.

Throughout Bell and Lampasas Counties, there are some fantastic properties for sale. Let’s take a closer look at the area we call home.

Bell County: Military Families, Steady Growth, Outdoor Fun

Killeen mostly stands out as a military community, given its proximity to Fort Hood Army Base. The city was about farming until 1942, when Camp Hood (now Fort Hood) appeared as a military training post. Killeen has grown steadily since, and there are dozens of schools for primary and secondary education here, and a few colleges/universities. Fort Hood is also fairly close to Austin, Waco and Dallas.

There are also plenty of other cities and towns in Bell County, such as Harker Heights, known for modern amenities as well as outdoor recreation at area parks. Like Killeen, this city is still rapidly growing as of 2021 and a lot of military veterans live and work here. Copperas Cove (located mostly in Coryell County, but with parts in Bell and Lampasas Counties) touts its identity as “The City Built for Family Living.” Nestled in the midst of five hills, the city is certainly picturesque with hiking trails, fishing creeks and a relaxed vibe.

Nolanville, Texas, while small, has shown significant growth since the mid-70s. In fact, it’s population of around 6,300 in 2021 is more than 46% larger than it was ten years earlier. Running and cycling are pretty big activities here. Speaking of activities, if outdoor adventures are your thing, you should check out Belton.

Belton is a great example of Texas Hill Country, with rolling plains, wooded hills, rivers and lakes. Five miles southwest of the city you’ll find the 6,430-acre Stillhouse Hollow Lake, which has excellent fishing, camping and boating amid several parks. Belton Lake and Nolan Creek are also popular spots for outdoor fun.

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Lampasas County: Natural Springs, Live Water, Rural Living

Lampasas (30 minutes west of Killeen) is small by comparison with about 6,800 calling the city home. But what it lacks in population it makes up for in natural beauty, charm and creativity. It has a historic downtown district, wonderful parks, cool art exhibits, and natural springs promoted since the 1800s. There’s even a public swimming pool fed by springs in Hancock Park.

This county (like Bell) has dozens of spring-fed creeks, with places such as Sulphur Creek noteworthy for bass fishing. Not to be outdone, the Lampasas River passes through both counties.

There’s plenty of live water here, and in areas like Copperas Cove or Belton, but 30 minutes south is the massive Lake Buchanan, where you can cruise the Colorado River Canyon. Or head west of Lampasas and see the captivating Colorado Bend State Park.

Kempner calls itself a “community of rural living and traditional family values.” With fewer than 1,200 residents, Kempner is sometimes known as the county’s “gateway,” and it has a small-town feel, plus land along the Lampasas River.

Lometa is an agricultural and rural community like many in the region, and fewer than 900 people live here as of 2021. Still, it’s known for an impressive 88-acre area park, and local festivals such as the Diamondback Jubilee — an event with vendors, music, a rodeo and true to its name … a rattlesnake roundup competition offering prizes.

Your ‘Go to Source’ for Central Texas Real Estate

If life in a growing region with a thriving military economy, abundant amenities, breathtaking natural beauty and top-notch recreation appeals to you, give us a call in Killeen or Lampasas today! We are your “go to source” for Central Texas real estate.