How to choose the perfect homesite

When choosing a homesite on which to build your custom Texas dream home, there are many things to consider. Price and location are obvious. But there are a number of factors you should consider when choosing the perfect homesite. With some careful preparation and thoughtful research, you can end up with the Texas land you have always wanted.


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Location in the community

Are you the type that likes to take a daily walk and want to be close to community trails, like those at Vintage Oaks in the Texas Hill Country? Maybe you have trouble walking hills and need to make sure you’re on a flat street. The exact location of your lot is an important factor that can make or break how you feel about living there day to day.

Is the land as private as you want it to be?

Make sure you talk to the developers to make sure the homesite you are thinking about just inside the gates is not going to be in the center of the action once the new retail is built just outside the gates. Unless you’re looking to be in the center of the action. At King Oaks in Bryan-College Station, some of the most popular new homesites are the ones that are walking distance to the brand new Amenity Center. Ditto for Vintage Oaks’ newly released homesites that are a short stroll from community amenities and lake-view homesites at Lake Ridge between Dallas and Fort Worth that allow landowners to stroll down to Joe Pool lake right from their land.


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Is the land ready to build on?

If you are building in a master-planned community like one of these renowned Texas developments from SouthStar Communities, the land is already improved. But the amount of brush and trees on the individual homesites can create challenges for site placement and even impede your ability to imagine what the homesite could look like once it has been cleared. At Lake Ridge, five new homesites have been recently cleared and prepped so buyers can walk the lots imagine their dream home with nothing in the way.

Is it the right size for your needs?

Your dreams of a sports court and an outdoor kitchen and a full-length soccer field might not be able to be realized on a smaller homesite. On the flip side, a larger homesite means more upkeep. Weighing your needs carefully will help you to make the right choice for your Texas land.

Is it the right shape for your needs?

A deep homesite that is not very long may make it hard to build the sprawling one-story custom home you have in mind. Likewise, a long homesite that is lacking depth could make it hard to realize your vision of a covered loggia with fireplace and resort pool, spa, slide, and waterfall you’re dying to build.

Can you capture the view you want?

For you, building a custom home means finally having an opportunity to watch the sunset from your kitchen master bedroom, and backyard. Except the homesite you are considering has beautiful tall trees obscuring the view, and you can’t imagine cutting them down. The perfect homesite for you is only perfect if it offers the most important elements.

For more information on any of these master-planned communities, visit SouthStar Communities, Vintage Oaks, King Oaks, or Lake Ridge.