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Real Estate Blog & Resources

Scott Felder Homes Tapped for New Braunfels Community

Austin-based Scott Felder Homes has entered into a strategic relationship with SouthStar Communities. The alliance makes the homebuilder the recommended firm for SouthStar’s development, Havenwood at Hunters Crossing.

Home Building Opportunities Along The Texas Hill Country Wine Trail

With several SouthStar Communities located along the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail, idyllic vineyards and wineries are right in your backyard, with more only a short drive away. Texas is not only one of the oldest wine-growing states in the United States, but it is the fifth largest wine producing state in the country. Texas wine is most known for its own wine grape, the Blanc Du Bois, and the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail draws countless visitors every year. The wine trail features 32 wineries, vineyards and cellars that host weekend events including live music, art shows and classes on the art of wine tasting.

Investing in Land: A Second Home’s Summer Value

Many people choose to buy land as an investment for retirement years down the road, but building early can bring significant advantages in the meantime.



More so than any other time of year, summer instills in many the need to get away. Building a second home provides just the escape for a weekend away to take advantage of local, seasonal activities and a community’s available amenities.



Some available amenities at SouthStar’s communities include the resort-style pool and lazy river at Vintage Oaks, pictured left, and the fishing pond at King Oaks. Local attractions provide perfect summer activities for all ages, like Joe Pool Lake at Lake Ridge and Schlitterbahn and the city of Gruene close by Havenwood at Hunters Crossing and Vintage Oaks.



According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), second-home sales account for around 4 out of 10 residential transactions. Nearly half of those buyers intend to use their newly acquired land to build a home for vacation purposes.



Benefits to owning a vacation home include the freedom to visit at a moment’s notice at an unlimited frequency, all while experiencing a personalized level of comfort stemming from the ability to leave belongings that minimize future packing. These years also provide an opportunity to settle into and tailor your new home to best prepare for the approaching retirement years.

Top Resources for Buying Land and Planning Your Dream Home

One of the main reasons to buy land and build a dream home is the freedom to choose a future homesite, a homebuilder and all of the details that make up a home. This can be a perk, but for some land and homeowners, this can also be overwhelming. Wondering where to start? Spend some time reading through these resources that will assist in buying land and building a dream home and all the details you might not have thought of yet:

Protecting Your Land and Plants in the Cold Winter Months

Picture this: A blanket of snow covering a rolling countryside with icicles hanging from every tree branch. The streams are frozen over and the animals are tucked away but the sun is shining in every which way.


As beautiful as the above picture may be, before your land and plants freeze over there are precautions you need to take before the cold winter months to protect the health and beauty of your landscape.

Outdoor Plants: For outdoor plants that are rooted in the ground, cover the roots with heavy mulch to serve as insulation for the plant base. To protect the leaves, cover them in plastic but don't allow it to touch the leaves or flowers. Try sticking posts in the ground to protect them from the plastic covering. If the pots are easy to move then it is best to move them inside or in the garage if you know a winter storm is on its way.

Land: You want to mow your lawn one last time before winter hits and allow sparse leaves and mulch to lie around here and there. Mulch will return nitrogen back into the soil during the winter and spring months. You will also want to turn off your sprinkler systems and drain the pipes to prevent them from bursting.

Havenwood at Hunters Crossing

Another community offering available homesites is located in New Braunfels, Texas. Havenwood at Hunters Crossing is in the very heart of Texas Hill Country, offering spacious lots from one to ten wooded acres for that perfect spot to build your dream home.

Things to Do in the South that are Absolutely Free

Photo Courtesy of the Houston Chronicle

Southern Living recently published an article highlighting the top things to do in the South that are free of charge. Surprising to some, there were hundreds of exciting festivals, museums, tours and much, much more that won’t cost you a dime. Here, we’ve broken down some of the tried-and-true happenings in Texas, Georgia and North Carolina specifically. Our Bluegreen properties including Vintage Oaks at the Vineyard, Havenwood at Hunters Crossing, The Bridges at Preston Crossings, Lake Ridge at Joe Pool Lake, The Reserve at SugarTree, King Oaks, Sanctuary Cove at St. Andrews Sound and Chapel Ridge are all within a short driving distance from these wonderful, free activities. Enjoy!

Retiring in Your Own Personal Paradise

It is well known that the Texas Hill Country is one of the most popular spots for active adults to retire. In fact, it was acknowledged by Top Retirements as one of the best areas to maintain an active lifestyle, and CNN Money named the hill country as one of the best places to retire in the U.S.

Enjoying the Holidays in the Texas Hill Country

Looking for some holiday cheer in the Texas Hill Country? It never seems to be too early to start celebrating the holidays, and we've discovered tons of fun Texas Hill Country events for the whole family to enjoy. As home to two of our master-planned communities, Vintage Oaks at the Vineyard and Havenwood at Hunters Crossing, area residents already know that celebrating the holidays in the Hill Country is sure to get you in a festive mood! Here are just some of the community events going on in the area:

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