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Real Estate Blog & Resources

SouthStar Communities celebrates the true spirit of the holiday season

At this time of the year, it’s easy to get lost in all the shopping and cooking and decorating and forget, temporarily, what’s really important. At SouthStar Communities, we also recognize that this may be an especially difficult holiday season with lingering political differences straining some relationships. In the true spirit of the holidays and from our family to yours, we've gathered together some of the best tips we can find to celebrate each other, practice gratitude, and enjoy the season with the best gift of all: A home and loved ones with whom to share it.

The Surprise Luxury of Hill Country Real Estate

“Houstonians flocking to the Hill Country…do not have to give up the luxury they are accustomed to…nor the city amenities they crave.” These are the findings of Houston-based Realtor Denise Graves of Phyllis Browning Company, an affiliate of Christie's International Real Estate, who told the Houston Chronicle that Hill Country luxury was proving tempting for Houston clients. They are “are attracted to the slower pace of life in the Texas Hill Country and, just as important, the value they get for their dollar,” she said. “They are almost always surprised by how close to the amenities of a large city they can build or buy.”

SouthStar Communities Celebrates Texas on Texas Independence Day

Texas Independence Day is Wednesday, March 2, and there are celebrations going on all over the state. It got us thinking about how we feel about Texas and how fortunate we are to do business here. Living in Texas is a privilege for so many of us at SouthStar Communities, and for landbuyers and homebuyers all over the state, just as it was in 1836.

Hill Country community Vintage Oaks at the top for third consecutive year

For the third consecutive year, New Braunfels masterplan Vintage Oaks is the fastest-growing community in the San Antonio metro area. The recognition comes from national housing research firm  , who noted Vintage Oaks’ 95 new home starts over $300,000 in 2015. Out of 1,500 communities in the San Antonio area, only eight outpaced Vintage Oaks for the year regardless of price point.

“When you look at overall sales for the year in the San Antonio MSA, it’s remarkable to see that only a handful of communities sold more real estate than Vintage Oaks in 2015, and they were all in lower-price categories. When it comes to luxury living in the Hill Country, Vintage Oaks is the perennial leader, and that is extremely gratifying,” said Thad Rutherford, Chief Operating Officer of SouthStar Communities, developer of Vintage Oaks. “We are eager to repeat the success we have enjoyed over the past several years, but, more that anything, we look forward to welcoming hundreds of new landowners and residents to Vintage Oaks in the coming year.”