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10 Reasons The Texas Hill Country Is a Great Place To Raise a Family

Posted by Vintage Oaks
12.10.15

Topics: master-planned communities, Vintage Oaks Neighborhood News & Events, Real Estate Industry Trends

Hill Country family life

Acclaimed schools, excellent location, beautiful scenery, and an endless number of things to do. No wonder so many people are raising a family in the Hill Country.

1. Schools

Texas Hill Country schools draw families from all over the state. Acclaimed school districts like the Comal Independent School District (CISD) offer an exceptional education. All 28 Comal ISD schools were rated “Met Standard” by the TEA in 2014. In addition, Comal ISD was named a TEA district which “Met Standard.” There were only two available ratings for 2014: “Met Standard” or “Improvement Required.” Overall, 15 schools in Comal ISD earned at least one Distinction Designation; the district received 29 overall Distinction Designations.

2. Natural Beauty 

Being surrounded by natural beauty is a privilege, and the Hill Country offers some of the most exquisite examples around. Towering oak trees, rolling hills, sparkling lakes—they all combine to create an incredible panorama of nature's bounty.

3. Recreation

All that natural beauty creates a seemingly endless array of recreational opportunities in the Hill Country. Go tubing on the Comal or Guadalupe rivers—two of the area's favorite activities. Take a hike, a bike ride, or go for a run on one of the trails. Or hit one of the many area parks:

  • Fischer ParkThe largest park in the city with hiking and biking trails, fishing ponds, playgrounds, a sprayground a nature center, and an outdoor amphitheater
  • Landa ParkOffers walking paths, a playground, an Olympic-size pool, a wading pool, a fishing pier, a miniature train, paddle boats, miniature golf, and a golf course
  • Cypress Bend Park—A small community park with picnic tables, a large pavilion with BBQ facilities, a playscape, horseshoe pits, and fishing and swimming on the Guadalupe River
  • Timber Ridge ParkThe newest park in Vintage Oaks, with benches and swings that hang from centuries’-old oak trees, a large lawn, walking trails, and the adjacent Veteran’s Walk, a commemorative stone pathway honoring veterans

4. The growth

The Hill Country continues to expand as Texas landbuyers and homebuyers seek out exceptional places to put down roots and grow their families. Cities like New Braunfels have experienced population booms over the past several years; New Braunfels is the 13th fastest-city in the nation, having had a population growth of 44.32 percent since 2000. The city is projected to grow another 46 percent in the next 15 years.

5. Quality of life

Friendly faces, a strong economy, and likeminded people seeking to raise their families amongst the warmth and promise of this thriving area—that’s the quality of life we all seek, and it’s here in abundance.

6. Endless things to do

From great shopping in Gruene and the San Marcos Premium Outlets to cultural outings like the McKenna Children's Museum and the Vereins Kirche Museum to the spectacular 425-foot Enchanted Rock to the pick-your-own fruit of Marburger Orchard just outside of Fredericksburg, to Schlitterbahn Waterpark, you’ll never be at a loss for something fun to do in the Hill Country.

 7. The pride 

People move to the Hill Country for many reasons but they stay because of how fantastic it is. Vintage Oaks in New Braunfels is the fastest-growing community in the Hill Country for the past two years and has one of the highest rates of owner referrals of any community in Texas.

 8. The location

Being convenient to Austin or San Antonio is preferable to commuters. But the Hill Country’s location between these two powerhouse cities is ideal.

9. The jobs

The growth of the Hill Country has created economic hubs out of cities like New Braunfels and San Marcos, building strong job markets within minutes of home for Hill Country homeowners. Most recently, HEB announced it is bringing an HEB Plus featuring a 120,000-square-foot store and 29,000 square feet of retail with a gas station and car wash to New Braunfels’ Northeast side, creating more than 100 full-time jobs; and Amazon is building a new 855,000-square-foot facility in San Marcos with plans to hire up to 1,000 employees.

10. The real estate

“Low interest rates, a desirable location and a healthy local economy with a low unemployment rate continue to drive a New Braunfels housing market,” said the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. Hill Country cities like Schertz, Seguin, and San Marcos also continue to experience strong sales. Median home prices are up throughout the Hill Country and inventory is down. Hill country communities like Vintage Oaks have responded by accelerating new property releases to meet buyer demand.

This masterplan community offers homesites ranging from 1 to 14 acres in gated and non-gated neighborhoods as well as a host of resort-style amenities.

For more information, visit Vintage Oaks or click below to download the free Guide "Picture Yourself Raising a Family in the Hill Country."

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