new braunfels: Retiring in the Texas Hill Country - 01/30/12 04:58 AM
Looking to celebrate your retirement with a new home and a new lifestyle? Consider a move to New Braunfels in the Texas Hill Country, and build your dream home at Vintage Oaks on the Vineyard. After your years of hard work, you deserve to move to a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor. The Texas Hill Country is the perfect place for retirees because of the year-round warm weather, low mortgage rates and all the lifestyle amenities that come with living at Vintage Oaks.
New Braunfels is home to a number of cultural and recreational activities … (0 comments)

new braunfels: Hill Country Bed & Breakfasts - 07/20/11 05:31 AM
One of the many things to love about visiting and living in the Texas Hill Country is the access to so many historic, unique bed and breakfasts in the area. The Gruene and New Braunfels areas in particular are packed with hundreds of the quaint homes that allow guests to relax and enjoy area scenery from shaded porches, german-inspired food and even the occasional farm animal sighting! Here is a list of places in the Gruene area that will give you a taste of what Texas living is all about:
The Gruene Mansion Inn Bed & Breakfast is located near New Braunfels, … (1 comments)

new braunfels: Local Hill Country Winery Feature: Dry Comal Creek Vineyards - 07/18/11 07:45 AM
You don’t have to travel to California to experience wine country. The award winning wines of Dry Comal Creek Vineyards are located just a stone throws away from Bluegreen’s  Vintage Oaks community in a  small protected valley in New Braunfels,Texas. This vineyard is a favorite among locals and visitors alike.
The staff is renowned for their pleasantness and ability to make you feel like an old friend. The homey atmosphere is similar to visiting an Italian grandmother with the quaint décor and eclectic gift shop. The patio is a great spot to relax, drink wine, and enjoy the vineyard’s hill country views.
If you are planning an … (0 comments)

new braunfels: Small-town feel, Texas-sized community - 07/07/11 06:27 AM
Just north of New Braunfels lies a small town that is anything but ordinary. Gruene, Texas dishes out a healthy dose of  Hill Country charm and a sense of community that can be matched by few.  Antique shops, restaurants, bed-and-breakfasts and Texas’ oldest dance hall entice visitors, with many of these businesses occupying original buildings from the town’s beginning in the mid-1840s. The Historic District is a thriving collection of “mom and pop” stores and restaurants that flourish and remain true to their small-town foundations.
When visiting a place like Gruene, one of the best ways to experience it is to … (2 comments)

new braunfels: Vintage Oaks Hosting Gourmet Food Trucks - 06/14/11 06:32 AM
Vintage Oaks at the Vineyard is bringing you some of Austin’s best food trucks for theGourmet Food Truck Tour, Taste & Land Sale. On Saturday, June 25, stop by the Discovery Center at the front of the property from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and enjoy all the exclusive land specials and yummy food.
We will be offering 1-Day-Only savings on some of our new properties and showing off our new homesites! You can step inside our model homes and grab a bite to eat.
Austin’s most unique food trucks, including 86 This, Be More Pacific, CoolHaus, Chi’lantro andPeached Tortilla will be ready to serve you their delicious treats! … (0 comments)

new braunfels: Havenwood’s Premier Amenities - 05/24/11 10:26 AM

Have you ever lived in a community that made you feel as if you were on vacation every day? Land and home owners at Havenwood will tell you that the atmosphere around the neighborhood lends itself to a peaceful, leisured way of life.
Whether it’s the private park or the winding nature trail, residents and visitors at Havenwood attribute its amenities to a sense of calm they feel that only a weekend away from it all could provide. Not to mention, the community center and pool are a perfect place for a family barbeque or picnic. You may even … (2 comments)

new braunfels: Vintage Oaks is Finally Home for the Reads - 05/09/11 12:12 PM

The majestic oak trees swayed in the breeze as the Air Force honor guard marched up the driveway of a brand new, custom-built home at Vintage Oaks at the Vineyard. A local Vietnam veteran cyle group proudly stood at the front of the crowd, holding their flags high in respect. Senior Airman Colton Read and his wife, Jessica, anxiously awaited the ceremonious crossing of the threshold into their new home.
"One of your neighbors here at Vintage Oaks said it best," said Bluegreen Communities CEO, Dan Koscher. "Home is where the hero is. And we're glad to welcome you home today, Colton and … (2 comments)

new braunfels: Havenwood’s First Annual Tour, Taste & Tunes Event a Springtime Success - 04/18/11 04:47 AM

Saturday brought a cool breeze and warm sunshine to Havenwood, bringing families from all over to enjoy the sights and sounds of the local community. Guests were greeted at the outdoor pavilion with the bluesy-rock sounds of the Meagan Tubb and Shady People band, where they enjoyed delicious Texas-style barbeque and allowed their children to play at the nearby playground.
The highlight of the day was certainly the trolley ride through the neighboring community of Gruene, where guests saw sites both popular and historic, and then returned to the community to explore the winding roads and majestic hills at Havenwood.

new braunfels: Vintage Oaks to Host First Ever Home & Land Expo - 04/05/11 07:25 AM

We are pleased to invite you to our first annual Home & Land Expo on Saturday, April 9, 2011 and Sunday, April 10, 2011 from 12-6 p.m. The event will take place at our community located at 1110 Vintage Way, New Braunfels, TX 78132. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about trends in custom building and designing from some of the nation's most innovative homebuilders in the Hill Country's premier community. Featured renowned homebuilders include: Anderson-Jenkins Signature Homes, Jimmy Jacobs Custom Homes, Sierra Classic Homes, Stone Creek Custom Homes and Wilshire Homes. Tips and tricks for the best … (0 comments)

new braunfels: Havenwood’s First Annual Tour, Taste and Tunes Event! - 04/04/11 05:32 AM

new braunfels: As San Antonio Grows, Folks Go North and West - 03/08/11 07:10 AM

A recent San Antonio Express-News article showed results of the 2010 census, which demonstrated that more than 165,000 people have moved outside Loop 1604 -- specifically North and West. It was so substantial, that the sprawl accounted for almost half of the county's growth.
Meanwhile in nearby Comal County, Vintage Oaks at the Vineyard, a masterplanned community in the Texas Hill Country, experienced record, triple-digit growth in 2010. Read more:

new braunfels: What do Vintage Oaks Residents Have to Say About Hill Country Living? - 01/17/11 05:27 AM
Residents, neighbors and visitors alike all agree that Vintage Oaks at the Vineyard is a premier community with endless amenities and a wonderful, relaxing atomsphere. Hear what our current residents have to say about what makes this Texas Hill Country community so special!


new braunfels: The History of Dry Comal Creek Vineyards and Winery - 01/12/11 08:02 AM

Dry Comal Creek is a vineyard located on 103 acres of land just outside of New Braunfels, and neighbor to Vintage Oaks at the Vineyard. To understand more about why this winery is so special, you have to go back to the beginning.
In the 1970′s, Dry Comal Creek was full of wild mustang grapes and dewberries. In 1992, the land owners, Franklin and Bonnie Houser, decided to plant vines as a retirement project and they produced their first bottle of wine in 1998. After a series of setbacks, Dry Comal Creek starting producing grapes named Black Spanish - aka, … (0 comments)

new braunfels: Retiring in Your Own Personal Paradise - 12/15/10 10:58 AM
It is well known that the Texas Hill Country is one of the most popular spots for active adults to retire. In fact, it was acknowledged by Top Retirements as one of the best areas to maintain an active lifestyle, and CNN Money named the hill country as one of the best places to retire in the U.S.
Important factors that go into choosing your retirement spot include affordable housing options, amenities, safety, medical facilities, climate and low taxes.
Climate is certainly an enticing factor, with South and Central Texas boasting mild winters and beautiful, warm summers that can be spent … (2 comments)

new braunfels: Top Companies in San Antonio & Austin That are Hiring Right Now - 11/30/10 06:32 AM

The job market has taken a dip in the past few years, but things are starting to look up in many Texas cities, including San Antonio and Austin. 
San Antonio is a growing marketplace with a bright economic future. According to the Economic Development Department, San Antonio is one of the nation's fastest growing regions in Texas thanks to the diverse industries the city attracts.
Austin is also experiencing job growth. The city was named among Newsweek's 10 Cities Best Situated for Economic Recovery due to the spirit of entrepreneurism, and its "Silicon Hills" attracts new high-tech companies every year. Better yet, Austin … (4 comments)

new braunfels: The Unique Amenities Center at Vintage Oaks at the Vineyard - 11/29/10 04:28 AM
The Vintage Oaks at the Vineyard community is known for its majestic, 500-year-old oak trees and hill country sunsets. Soon, it will even be known as a popular spot for those who enjoy living the "Vineyard Lifestyle," with a community vineyard right in residents' backyards. But what most visitors may not know is that the property is also home to a gorgeous, Tuscan-style Amenities Center that houses both indoor and outdoor spaces for festive gatherings.
The Amenities Center rivals any four-star vacation spot, with a swimming pool complex, catering facility, spacious meeting rooms, dining area and a state-of-the-art fitness center that … (0 comments)

new braunfels: Enjoying the Holidays in the Texas Hill Country - 11/22/10 09:59 AM

Looking for some holiday cheer in the Texas Hill Country? It never seems to be too early to start celebrating the holidays, and we've discovered tons of fun Texas Hill Country events for the whole family to enjoy. As home to two of our master-planned communities, Vintage Oaks at the Vineyard and Havenwood at Hunters Crossing, area residents already know that celebrating the holidays in the Hill Country is sure to get you in a festive mood! Here are just some of the community events going on in the area:
Gruene Christmas Market Days: Nearly 100 vendors offer Christmas gifts, uniquely … (2 comments)

new braunfels: The Perks of Vineyard Living - 11/18/10 07:08 AM

The Texas wine industry is more than 300 years old, and according to the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association, Texas was the site of the first vineyard established in North America. Hundreds of years before vineyards were established in California, Franciscan priests around 1662 planted grapevines near modern day El Paso to produce grapes for sacramental wine.
The Texas Hill Country currently encompasses approximately 63 wineries, and 600 acres of wine grapes are located in the scenic area of limestone hills and majestic creeks. Without a doubt, the climate here in Texas is perfectly-suited for grape growing and wine … (2 comments)

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