Plan A Texas Hill Country Spring Break Vacation

There’s no need to book a plane ticket this Spring Break! Consider staying close to home and checking out one of the many family-friendly Spring Break destinations right here in the Texas Hill Country. Whether it’s exploring historic Gruene, Texas, discovering the wonders of the hill country or floating down the Guadalupe River, there are some local vacation spots that simply can’t be beat.

Gruene, Texas

Take a break from fast-paced city life and visit historic Gruene, Texas. This classic hill country town has so much to offer, you’ll never want to leave. Bring the family to stay in one of the 30 uniquely decorated rooms of the Gruene Mansion Inn. After a relaxing evening, wake up refreshed and ready to enjoy the many shops and restaurants located in Gruene. Don’t forget to make your way to Texas’ oldest continually operating and most famous dance hall, Gruene Hall. To find out more and plan your trip, visit

San Marcos, Texas

Make plans to spend a fun-filled day in San Marcos. San Marcos has some of the best shopping in Texas, with two outlet malls and historic downtown shopping, you’ll find everything you’re looking for and more. Once you’ve indulged in retail therapy, check out the Texas State University Aquarena Center and take a glass-bottomed boat tour to learn about the aquatic life in Texas. There is even more family fun awaiting you at Wonder World Park. There you can take a tour of the nation’s only example of an earthquake-formed cave, take in the scenic views of Texas from on high in the Tejas Observation Tower or experience the wonders of the Anti-Gravity House. Learn more about what San Marcos has to offer at

Guadalupe River

If you just can’t get enough of the beautiful Texas outdoors, spend this Spring Break on the Guadalupe River. Take the family camping at one of several campgrounds located along the river and enjoy river activities such as tubing, rafting and fishing. New Braunfels and the Guadalupe River bring together the best of both worlds. There is the solitude and peaceful retreat of camping and fishing, but you’re still a short distance from great dining and shopping. For more information and to plan your river trip, visit

Do you have a favorite Spring Break destination? Share your suggestions on the Havenwood Facebook page!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in the Texas Hill Country

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to start shopping and making dinner reservations to celebrate the day with your special someone. This year, go above and beyond giving a box of chocolates – plan a whole day that makes your sweetie know what they mean to you.

Begin the day with a special delivery! Men, make sure flowers are waiting for your wife, girlfriend or even your mom to start the day! Pre-order a dozen long-stemmed roses or a beautiful bouquet from Flowers by Jeni and have them delivered to your Valentine’s home or office on February 14.

Send Something Sweet! Don’t just hand out conversation hearts to your friends and family – give them a gift they’ll remember all year long! Visit Gourmage and check out their hand-made desserts that include 15 kinds of truffles, chocolate bark and chocolate-covered almonds. Be sure to order a dozen hand-dipped, chocolate-covered strawberries today before they run out!

Enjoy a romantic dinner for two! Make reservations today for a special Valentine’s Day meal at McAdoos Seafood Company and take advantage of their pre-set menu for two. Choose from two dinner options, Filet Medallions or Snapper, and enjoy a bottle of wine in one of New Braunfels’ most beautiful landmarks.

Dance the night away! Grab your dancing partner and head over to Gruene Hall for a free Valentine’s Day dance with the Sarah Pierce Band! Come out and enjoy songs from her new album, “Bring it On.” Visit for more information.

Do you have a favorite Valentine’s Day tradition in Gruene or New Braunfels? Share them with us on the Havenwood Facebook page!

How to Buy Land in the Texas Hill Country

Buying land for your dream homesite may seem like a daunting task. It is actually exciting and surprisingly easy. If you follow these simple guidelines, you’ll be purchasing that perfect lot of land in New Braunfels at Havenwood in no time!

Visit the property at different times of the day. This lets you know not only what a community looks like at day and night but also expected noise levels.

Drive through the area. Hop in the car and test out different ways to navigate through New Braunfels and Gruene. This can help you estimate commute times from work and how close amenities, like the grocery store or post office, would be from your home.

Follow news about your new home. It’s a good and easy way to know what is going on in the area. Begin following the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung and look for community pages on Facebook – you can usually learn more local news and find events in the area. The Havenwood at Hunter’s Crossing page also provides information on the New Braunfels community!

Check with the city for zoning and building codes. if you’re armed with this knowledge there will be fewer surprises after land is purchased. Have questions? Sit in on a New Braunfels City Council meeting or contact local government officials for more information.

All these are great tips for buying land in the Texas Hill Country. Want to learn more about your dream homesite? Please visit

Featured Homesite

Looking for that perfect plot of Texas Hill Country land to call home? Look no further! This lot, #477, is the last on the street. You will have neighbors as soon you start to build! Don’t miss out on this great homesite – it’s going for only $39,900!

Those gorgeous green trees make a great backdrop for a custom designed dream home. The parks, trails and other amenities means there is something for everyone!

Interested in calling Havenwood home? Call 800-639-7028 or click here to contact us online!

New Braunfels New Year’s Eve Events

The countdown to the new year is here! There so are many ways to ring in 2012 in Texas Hill Country that we thought we would share a few of our favorites with you.

Walkway of Lights at Lakeside Park – New Year’s Eve is one of the last nights this will be open, and it’s great for people of all ages! The park will be open from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. so even the little ones can attend!

11th Street New Years Weekend Celebration – Starting at 6:30 p.m. there will be live music including Ace in the Hole band.

Turn Back the Clock New Year’s Eve – Get in the New Year swing with a performance by 18-piece Big Band, The Sentimental Journey Orchestra, music starts at 8 p.m.

The Stone Coffee Bar New Year’s Eve Celebration – Ring in the new year with live music at this local coffee shop! Sets will be from 8 p.m. – midnight.

Which will you choose? Happy New Year from all of us at Havenwood!

Getting a Home Loan

Getting a home loan can be a time consuming process, especially if you aren’t prepared. If you are looking at taking the step toward building a dream home in the beautiful Texas Hill Country you might need the financial boost that a loan would offer.

When starting the process for a home loan make sure to gather these things:

  • Photo ID and Social Security Card
  • W2 forms from the past two years
  • Pay stubs from the last two months
  • Checking & savings account statements from the past three months
  • A record of any debts (car, credit card, etc)
  • Record of any other real estate or mortgage payments
  • A good credit score (a score of 720 or above will serve you well)

If you’re ready to call Havenwood home, contact us today by clicking here.


Home Mortgage Rate Basics

Now that you have found the perfect homesite at Havenwood, it’s time to start looking at building your custom dream home. Even if this is your second home, mortgage rates can often be confusing. Hopefully we can clarify everything there is to know about home mortgages.

First of all, a home mortgage bridges the gap of the money you can put down on a home (or with a builder) and the amount that you still need to pay. It can have either an adjustable rate or a fixed rate. Adjustable Rate Mortgages have changing interest rates, meaning the amount of your payment can fluctuate monthly. Typically, there is a cap to how high the rates can go. A Fixed Rate Mortgage means that the interest rates, and your payments, will always stay the same. If you have any questions about which is right for you be sure to ask your lender.

The Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is the cost of a loan calculated by its yearly interest rate which includes the interest, points, mortgage insurance, and other fees associated with the loan. Escrow is the amount from your monthly payments that your lender puts towards various expenses like property taxes and homeowners insurance. Mortgage Insurance is beneficial towards your lender, not you. It is required if you pay less than 20 percent of the purchase price on a down payment and protects the lender if you default on your loan.

Have more home mortgage rate questions? You can always contact The Texas Land Man on Facebook, or leave a comment below!

Homesite Touring Tips

So you have finally decided that you want to take the leap and build your custom dream home. One of the first steps is securing that perfect homesite to build your new nest. It can be difficult to figure out exactly what you are looking for when you purchase land for a home, so we’ve pulled together some tips that will make your land buying experience enjoyable and simple!

Take a stroll through downtown. This will help you get a sense of what there is to do in town.

Drive by the parks in the area. You can tell if people in the community enjoy going out and who lives in the area.

Take a drive through the community at night. This will let you know if it is well lit and during the holiday season if people enjoy decorating their homes!

Thinking about calling the beautiful Texas Hill Country home? Click here to contact us at Havenwood about your dream homesite!


Find Your Dream Homesite

Have you been putting off your search for your dream home all year? Here’s three reasons why December is the best time to be search for your new home:

  • The malls are crowded, which means fewer people are searching for homesites giving you and your sales representative more time to browse with a flexible schedule!
  • You can see how involved the community is, are they putting up holiday decorations? Are families playing at the park?
  • It’s almost the end of the year which means there will be lots of specials!

By this time next year you could be calling Havenwood and the Texas Hill Country home! Want to learn more? Call 800-639-7028 to speak with a sales representative!

What We’re Thankful for at Havenwood

We’ll admit it, life in Havenwood is pretty nice! There are so many things to be thankful for, and in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday we would like to share them with you!

1. Our Great Neighbors

2. Being nestled perfectly between Austin and San Antonio, Texas

3. Our basketball, tennis and volleyball courts

4. Miles of scenic walking trails in the Texas Hill Country

We would be even more thankful if you were a member of our community! To find out everything you would be thankful for if you made the Texas Hill Country and Havenwood home click here.

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