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Fort Worth and Austin Areas Top “Best Cities to Move” List

A company called published its latest study this week, which ranked the top 10 cities to move to. The company considers several factors, including population, crime, cost of living and job market.Fort Worth and Austin, Texas placed among the top 10 cities listed.


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Tour and Taste Celebration Brings Hundreds to Vintage Oaks Community

This past weekend, hundreds of New Braunfels and San Antonio-area residents joined us at the Vintage Oaks at the Vineyard community to celebrate the “Tuscan-Texan Tour and Taste” – a tour through custom model homes where participants sampled local wine and food pairings from the Texas Hill Country. The two-day event was filled with delicious treats and libations, and gave attendees a chance to experience vineyard living firsthand.

Located in the middle of the beautiful Texas Hill Country, Vintage Oaks is the fastest-growing community in Comal County, and Tour and Taste participants soon realized why!In addition to the Tour and Taste, Vintage Oaks also hosts many other vineyard expired events, and sits across the highway from the Dry Comal Creek Vineyard. It’s a perfect choice for those who want convenience to San Antonio and Austin, but appreciate the quiet sunsets and panoramic views that current residents enjoy.

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Join us for the Tuscan-Texan Tour and Taste at Vintage Oaks

Please join us on Saturday and Sunday, October 23 and 24 from Noon – 5 p.m. for a “Tour and Taste” celebration at Vintage Oaks at the Vineyard in New Braunfels. Take a tour through custom model homes as you sample food and wine pairings from local restaurants and wineries, and hear about the fastest-growing community in Comal County. Attendees will also be able to receive $10,000 off any Vintage Oaks homesite purchased by November 7. Children’s activities will also be available. To RSVP or for more information, visit

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Chapel Ridge – A Green Place to Call Home

For over 40 years, Southstar Communities has been committed to responsible land use, environmental protection, and the conservation of its communities to ensure that they will be enjoyed for generations to come. The Chapel Ridge community in particular has set a new standard of commitment towards that philosophy. The stunning golf course community, located near Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is currently certified in several categories of the Audubon International's Cooperative Sanctuary for Golf Courses program. Chapel Ridge also boasts a wildlife habitat, “no spray” mandates around wetland areas to reduce harmful chemical use, as well as a storm water runoff management system to help eliminate pollution.

While some developers try to squeeze every inch of space, Chapel Ridge has over 40 percent open, non-disturbed space, which not only makes for a more beautiful community, but also reduces environmental stress. Currently, there are five brand-new, featured homesites at Chapel Ridge that offer up to 3+ acres with expansive boundaries. Priced from $49,900, these sites are available with limited-time finance options and closing specials, with some of the largest acreage available in the Chapel Hill area.

San Antonio Area Leads the Rest of the State in Home Appreciation

This week, mortgage technology company FNC Inc. released a report that identified the top 10 U.S. cities with the greatest annual appreciation in home prices since 2003. San Antonio, with a 3.2 percent increase since 2003, was the only Texas city to make the top ten – coming out better than the data indicated.

“The other cities listed generally experienced very severe value declines, so small increases from very low levels isn’t surprising. San Antonio, like other Texas cities, avoided a major decline, so the increase is even more significant,” said Real Estate Center Research Economist Dr. Jim Gaines.

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Delivering the Dream

The American Dream is different for everyone, but it is always centered on a quality life. A quality life is a matter of opinion; however, among our common goals to reach our American Dream is everyone’s perfect home. Achieving this dream has become easier than ever in this market.

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Build on Your Lot Seminar at Vintage Oaks at the Vineyard

Please join us for a Build On Your Lot seminar on Saturday, October 30th from 2-4 p.m. You’ll hear from Jimmy Jacobs Custom Home experts regarding simple steps to build a home on your lot, as well as a special discussion on “green building that makes cents.” There will be plenty of giveaways and special incentives, so please join us! To RSVP, e-mail The event will be held at the Amenities Center at 1110 Vintage Way, New Braunfels, TX.

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When you are thinking about buying land, certain factors are necessary to consider before making a decision. Among these factors are community, quality of land/area, recreational options, crime frequency, socioeconomic information, urban life and commute. Geo Commons is a great resource to visualize location-based data, like crime frequency, and socioeconomic information on top of maps.
Many people want the entertainment options of urban life, but also the recreational and peaceful environment of suburban life. So how do you decide what is the right fit for you? It’s important to consider several factors. For instance, living in major cities can have severe financial repercussions. Land within city limits can be up to 75% more expensive than in rural areas. By adding a few extra miles to a commute, the financial benefits are much more significant. Not to mention that the beauty of nature is a difficult thing to experience inside city limits.

While finding the right balance can be difficult to find, it is possible to discover the perfect home with just the right distance. In fact there are many of these communities that are sprouting up throughout the United States, especially in the hill country of Texas, that provide the pristine life of suburban community with easy commutes to work, night life, and entertainment. Many of these communities have land available for new homes amidst lakes, rivers and hill country. Combined with the city options not far off, these environments can be perfect for any family and can be the solution you have been looking for.

There is something to be said for living in the city, but there's also something to be said for living in quiet suburban communities. Both have their advantages and it's difficult to get both. But, there are communities available that provide decent commutes with unparalleled community settings and recreational options.
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Memorable, Emotional Day at Vintage Oaks: The Read Family is Finally Home

This past Wednesday, September 29, 2010, community members gathered for a memorable day at Vintage Oaks at the Vineyard. Senior Airman Colton Read and his wife Jessica were presented with a 1.17 acre lot and the promise of a mortgage-free home in the Bluegreen Community as a gift from numerous companies involved with Operation FINALLY HOME.
It was a particularly emotional day as the Read’s were presented with this amazing gift which was truly a collaborative effort from all that were involved. Presenting the gift was a team of donors led by Dan Wallrath, founder and president of Operation FINALLY HOME. Mayor Bruce Boyer of New Braunfels told the audience that the town has a “long and deep tradition” of honoring members of the armed services. “This is a community of traditional American values.”