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Why Everyone From Millennials to Retirees Are Moving To The Hill Country

Young and young at heart. Those just starting their families and looking to put down roots in a new builder home in New Braunfels, and those seeking the ideal place to buy Texas land and build a custom home for retirement. Those are just a sampling of the people you’ll find in the Hill Country. So how does one place appeal to such a wide array of people? Easy. By offering something for everyone.

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.”

Texas Land Rush: Luxury Property in the Hill Country is Real Estate's Hottest Trend


Is Texas in the middle of a land rush? The Wall Street Journal thinks so, noting that buying land in the Texas Hill Country to build a custom home is one of the hottest trends in luxury real estate.

Texas tops list of "Best Places to Work and Live"

Last week, Fox Business released an article titled, “Texas Tops Best Places to Work and Live.” The article was based on website CareerCast’s report on the 10 Best Cities for Return on Salary, which “cross-referenced the salaries of the 200 careers tracked by our Jobs Rated report, broken down by metropolitan area via the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,” they said. “We then measured average cost of living in cities that paid comparatively well in a broad range of sectors, using’s Cost of Living Calculator, with data via the Council for Community and Economic Research.” Not surprisingly, Texas led the list, with four cities right there at the top.

SouthStar Communities donates four acres in New Braunfels for new fire and EMS station

The latest example of SouthStar Communities’ commitment to civic responsibility will be a boon to those who live at Vintage Oaks, New Braunfels’ leading masterplanned community. As owner and developer of the community, SouthStar has interpreted the area’s need for improved access to local emergency service by donating land for a new full-service fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) station.

Creating a Sense of Place in Texas Masterplan Development

In a recent article about community amenities, NewHomeSource said, “Long before families move in or before any houses are built, developers create a master plan for their communities. Master planned development requires a team-oriented approach to building, with many disciplines working together to ensure a quality community that looks and feels just like home. In order to appeal to buyers, planners must be creative and forward-thinking when developing their communities.”

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.”

Texas Real Estate Development Ready to Break Records

Nothing is slowing down the Texas housing market anytime soon, as home prices and the sale of single-family houses continue to rise with no end in sight. This housing juggernaut continues to create the perfect environment for residential builders and other general contractors, although some slight pressures in the labor market and a lack of lots for sale are weighing on the industry.

According to the 2015-Q3 Texas Quarterly Housing Report, and the Texas Association of Realtors, the state saw home sales rise 7.8 percent year over year, while the median home price rose 7.7 percent year over year.

Housing designs for retirees

After putting in decades of working late hours and weekends all while living in a starter home, many people are beginning to retire. This means these hard-working individuals are ready to put this previous life behind and buy land to build the house of their dreams. If you're a retiree planning to construct the home you've always wanted, there are many floor plans that ideal for just this kind of lifestyle.