Yes, local high-end communities still offer stunning homes and fabulously designed interiors...but the real perk of a luxury home in the Hill Country is what lies outside: sweeping views, private waterfront access, and the oak-speckled peace-and-quiet that comes with a high-acreage homesite.
These upscale hideaways epitomize the “best of both worlds” concept: rustic and refined, spacious and detailed, private and accessible, each showcases a distinct piece of our city’s charm.
951 Wilderness Oaks: $549,900
Tucked into its own private pocket of the Texas Hill Country, the Preserve of Mission Valley is just 10 minutes west of small-town New Braunfels. Though its location garners easy access to I-35 (Austin or San Antonio, anyone?), the community’s sprawling acreage (homesites usually over an acre!) and abundance of mature trees give it a distinctly “off the beaten path” feel. The spacious homes in this community, built by the reputed Rialto Homes, tend to sell for $490,000 - $760,000. Pictured above, 951 Wilderness Oaks is the perfect example of a Preserve of Mission Valley home: an open one-story stucco design featuring hardwood floors, a library with French doors, formal dining and large family room, granite countertops, and a private wooded lot (with no backyard neighbors!).
226 Legacy Hills (SOLD)
A community as romantic as its name implies, River Chase embodies the full scope of the “rustic elegance” we described earlier. Located in the northern portion of New Braunfels (in the foothills of the Texas Hill Country), River Chase offers homesites with sprawling acreage (lots start at an acre and soar up above 20), 360-degree sunset views, fantastic amenities (a clubhouse, fitness center, swimming pools, sports fields and courts, and a butterfly garden), and a 58+ acre River Park with over 600 feet of Guadalupe River waterfront. Expansive ceilings, elegant double iron doors (like those of 226 Legacy Hills), and outdoor retreats mark this incredibly designed community. Prices start at in the mid-$300s and go up to nearly $2 million.
376 Riverforest Dr (SOLD)
A charming gated community, Riverforest boasts one of the best locations in the area: just minutes from everyone’s favorite local historic district (Gruene, TX) and perched on the banks of the Guadalupe River. However, location isn’t Riverforest’s only perk. Offering live-oak-lined homesites that range from 2-3 acres, this community features sprawling estates, a private waterfront park, and plenty of amenities (a private clubhouse, tennis and basketball courts, and a playscape for children). Riverforest’s special brand of luxury can be seen in homes like 376 Riverforest Dr, an estate nestled on 2 quiet acres. Featuring beautiful exposed wood beams, vaulted and coffered ceilings, and a grand courtyard, this home is one-of-a-kind. Riverforest prices typically begin in the $700s and can reach over $2 Million.
1754 Indian Moon Cove (SOLD)
Breaking ground in 2010, River Place at Gruene is one of the newest master-planned developments in the Gruene area. Located just a few miles north of the famously charming historic Gruene district, this gated community is adjacent to Riverforest (meaning its residents enjoy the same sort of fabulous location and Guadalupe access). Though the neighborhood is new, its streets are still lined with mature oaks, and its exclusive Guadalupe River park features picnic areas, BBQ grills, an expansive deck, and a paved water entry. Sitting on minimum one-acre homesites, River Place at Gruene homes were created by Texas builder Chesmar Homes and display gorgeous exteriors made of 100% masonry, brick, stucco, or stone. Home prices can vary, but tend to stay around $520,000.
1006 Firenze: $599,900
A perfect example of a luxury Hill Country neighborhood with plenty of natural beauty at its fingertips, Vintage Oaks is spread out over nearly 4,000 acres of gorgeous Texas landscape. Within its impeccably master-planned design, residents enjoy amenities like a Tuscan-Style clubhouse, fitness center, Olympic-sized pool, lazy river pool, and splash pool, a sand volleyball court, outdoor tennis courts, regulation soccer field, a putting green, and little league baseball field. Luxury amenities, indeed! Divided into nearly a dozen small subdivisions, Vintage Oaks homes can range anywhere from the mid-$300,000s up into the millions. If you’re interested in a custom home, Vintage Oaks’ complimentary Builder Match Program to help you find your perfect fit (based on your ideal size, price, timeframe, and preferences).
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