When purchasing a new home, many buyers are prepared to make sacrifices. For beautiful scenery, you may give up convenient amenities. For a good school district, you may have to sacrifice a waterfront property. For square footage or rolling acres, you may be forced to raise your budget. While this may be the case in many places, the Texas Hill Country is certainly not one of them! This area is consistently marked by low prices and spacious properties. Combine this pricing advantage with great schools and beautiful views, and the Hill Country seems too good to be true.
So why does this area seem to have such a high advantage over other areas? Below are some reasons you might want to consider shopping in the Hill Country housing market.
1. Thriving Economy + Job Market
It’s common knowledge at this point that Texas’s housing market is booming, and for good reason. According to the Commerce Department, the state of Texas was recently named the country’s second fastest growing economy (only behind North Dakota). This combination of an ever-strengthening job market and a thriving economy has made Texas a prime place to purchase real estate. Residents are more empowered than ever to make the jump from renting to buying, from modest to middle-class, and from middle-class to luxury. The San Antonio area in particular has emerged as a frontrunner, Hill Country included.
2. Low Property Taxes
When buying a home, hidden or long-term fees make a huge difference in overall price...the number next to the listing isn’t always the cumulative cost. Thankfully, the Texas Hill Country offers some of the lowest property taxes in the country! Purchasing a home in this area will pay off both initially and year-after-year.
3. Low Cost of Living
Amazingly, The Lone Star State is known for its very reasonable cost of living. In fact, three of America's 10 cheapest cities are in Texas. The Hill Country in particular is known for affordability and quality. Just like low property taxes, low cost of living saves you a great deal of money in the future if you end up living in the Texas Hill Country.
4. Further Growth Expected
Sometimes, buyers are wary of a booming housing market. What if the market peaks and crashes? What happens when the area is no longer popular? Thankfully, this area of Texas is showing no signs of slowing down. Mary Ann Jeffers, 2015 Chairman of the Board of the San Antonio Board of Realtors, explained, “Not only is sales activity up in San Antonio, but in the surrounding areas as well.” In fact, Texas showed the highest population growth compared to other states in the 2013 Census. The Lone Star State gained over 385,000 new residents! Why are Americans migrating to Texas so swiftly? Redfin economist Nela Richardson noted, "It takes two things to draw people inland in big numbers: jobs and housing affordability." Both conditions are present, making it a good time to move to the Texas Hill Country.
5. Wide Open Space
If we’re talking about Texas real estate, we can’t neglect this obvious advantage: there’s all kinds of room in our beloved state for more development! The land surrounding major Texas cities is often both inexpensive and desirable- the perfect combination to produce affordable housing. Whereas a typical home $500k apartment in Brooklyn is an attached apartment or condo with sparse amenities, the Hill Country counterpart is spacious and luxurious with plenty of privacy….not to mention incredible views and scenery.
A Few Hill Country Towns:
Boerne, Fredericksburg, and New Braunfels are just a few of the popular, growing Hill Country towns near San Antonio. Below, we’ve found several luxury properties of comparable prices (just over a million each) to show you just how far your money can go in the Hill Country!
Established over 150 years ago by German immigrants, Boerne quickly became a thriving township in the San Antonio area. The town is marked by a fusion of German-Hispanic influence, as is shown by the historical European-style architecture.
Boerne boasts an active outdoor culture with multiple trails, parks, water activities, and a nationally acclaimed Nature Center. From the sparkling Cibolo Creek, which runs right through downtown, to the Guadalupe State Park 15 minutes away, Boerne is home to vibrant wildflowers, strong trees, and abundant wildlife. The people of Boerne have a deep pride in their town and place a high value on family, a trait that is manifested in the outstanding local school districts and high median income.
Overall, Boerne provides modern amenities and culture while still retaining the character and integrity of an authentic Hill Country town. Its location provides it with a unique combination of attractive urban amenities and small-town charm. Buying a Boerne home is an excellent choice for people who want the appeal of the Hill Country without sacrificing city fun.
This beautiful Boerne property is located in Cordillera Ranch, a premier housing development in the Boerne area. The mediterranean-inspired architecture reveals a beautiful luxury with a cozy feel. Features include marble flooring, spacious floor plan (over 5600 square feet), covered patio, sparkling pool, and way more.
Fredericksburg is known for its distinct Hill Country vibe. Famous for its peaches, vineyards, towering oak trees, and classic Hill Country views, Fredericksburg is a destination for Texans and non-Texans alike! The Pedernales river, a tributary of the Colorado river, ribbons through the area, providing welcome relief from the Texas heat. Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is popular for hiking, camping, and caving as well. Overall, the charming atmosphere of Fredericksburg is complemented perfectly by an abundant supply of natural beauty.
Besides outdoor recreation, shopping, and leisure activities, Fredericksburg possesses a commitment to excellence that has led to a prosperous, sustainable community, from education to area employers. Fredericksburg’s public and private schools alike have earned academic recognition from the state of Texas. Overall, the beauty and fun of Fredericksburg is backed by diversity and quality. Fredericksburg truly offers a piece of Texas unlike any other.
This Hill Country property features high ceilings, beautiful back porch, native-style landscaping, and gorgeous views. The home's square footage is around 3500, but its most stunning feature is acreage. This beautiful home rests on over 42 acres of Hill Country paradise.
Located at the intersection of both the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers, New Braunfels has served as a central point of business, growth, and culture in the San Antonio area. Great school districts, outdoor adventure, and a thriving downtown make New Braunfels a special place to live! Also located within the New Braunfels city limits is the small village of Gruene, TX. Gruene, a Texas Historic Landmark, is a popular local and tourist destination! The historic atmosphere includes local shops and boutiques, The Gristmill, and the famous Gruene Hall. Gruene Hall has been officially named the oldest dance hall and music venue in Texas, boasting famous patrons like George Strait and Lyle Lovett. Gruene Hall still reigns as an internationally acclaimed music venue, attracting tourists and popular artists alike.
New Braunfels certainly does not disappoint when it comes to spacious or luxurious properties! This 4,323 square foot property features beautiful views, two fully functioning kitchens, wood floors, granite counters, and way more. And did we mention acreage? The lot size is approximately 25 acres...your own piece of the Hill Country.