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!

Living in a Small Town

Those who live in the Texas Hill Country will tell you – nothing beats the genuine, charming feel of a small, Texas town. After all, there are so many tremendous benefits to living just outside a major metropolitan area.

First, small towns have a strong sense of community. The phrase “everybody knows everybody” carries a lot of weight, because smaller towns are quieter and have less people, allowing you and your family to enjoy the built-in community with your neighbors. Plus, smaller towns tend to support local business, keeping the economy strong.

Also, small towns ten do experience less traffic and the annoyances of taking a long time to drive from one place to the next. When most people imagine bit city life, the first thing that comes to mind is traffic and smog, but you won’t get that in the quiet Texas Hill Country.

Overall, the New Braunfels and Gruene areas have one of the least instances of crime in the state – yet another reason why families prefer to raise their children in small towns. Peace of mind knowing that your children are free to roam about and ride bikes with their friends is priceless!

Havenwood at Hunters Crossing is just miles away from San Antonio and Austin, so residents have easy access to the hustle and bustle of the city while enjoying the relaxing and laid-back atmosphere of your small town. Visit our website to learn more about the unique aspects that small town life has to offer, and let one of our sales representatives show you the homesite of your dreams!


Retire in the Hill Country

The Texas Hill Country is known as one of the most popular and relaxing places to retire in the country, and there are several distinct reasons why.

Location, location, location. Most retirees choose to live in the Gruene and New Braunfels areas simply because of its popular location. Havenwood at Hunters Crossing, located in the Gruene area, is near several towns and metros including Austin, San Antonio, Kerrville, Fredericksburg, San Marcos and Bandera.

The Hill Country is also one of the most affordable places to live in Texas.  Cost of living in the area is much lower compared to the rest of the U.S., and land is affordable. Imagine being able to build your dream home on the ideal plot of land, among rolling hills and large oaks trees!

Nearby amenities and activities such as museums, schools for continuing education opportunities, as well as easy access to medical facilities is also an important factor for retirees looking for their next home. The Texas Hill Country has award-winning, reputable hospitals within miles.

Overall, the Texas Hill Country offers retirees unbeatable activities, beautiful views and a decadent lifestyle. All of the area natural attractions and ideal warm weather make it the perfect place to call home. For more information about retiring in Texas, visit our website.


Small-town feel, Texas-sized community

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 indulge in the local flavor. The Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar, which is the original cotton gin, offers flavorful dishes that are guaranteed to make your mouth water. Under the protection of several giant oak trees, or perhaps in front of one of the stone fireplaces, sink your teeth into a juicy steak or a heaping burger.  After dinner, head to the Gruene General Store (the original mercantile building) and pause for a drink at the soda fountain. As the sun sets, visitors and locals alike can relax on the spacious patio of The Grapevine and sample New World and Texas wines by the glass or bottle. Down the road, toes are free to tap as music springs to life at Gruene Hall where live music is available almost every night.

For the avid antique enthusiast, the  mercantile building, which once held dry goods and housed Gruene’s original bank vault, is now home to the Gruene Antique Co. In this impressive Texas Landmark Building, 6,500 square feet of antiques, gifts and collectibles can be found. Lone Star, originally a Gruene family cottage, offers an eclectic assortment of furniture, gifts, candy, dinnerware, candles and accessories.

Preserving the authenticity of Gruene has been a long-time focus for those that love and protect the town. It is this that makes it an ideal and inviting place to come and slow your pace for a weekend and experience living history. Whatever your fancy, this small piece of the Texas landscape will delight and rejuvenate.

Plan your stay today! Visit for more details. Interested in living in Gruene? Havenwood is a special, masterplanned community adorned with majestic oak trees and rolling hills. You can enjoy the hill country sunsets from the porch of your very own custom-built home at Havenwood, with acres of land to explore. For more information on Texas hill country homesites, visit

Why Live in the Texas Hill Country?

It would take all day to rattle off all the reasons why living in the heart of Texas is an experience like no other. However, is there actually anything to back it up? Publications like U.S. News & World Report, in addition to CNN and have become trusted online ratings indicators from those who know best – consumers. If you ever wondered where the Texas Hill Country ranks in terms of categories like job growth, places to retire, or even the best restaurants, see our list below.

  • Hill Country named among small towns to “Retire in Paradise,” CNN/Money Magazine
  • Austin #1 on Kiplinger’s Best Cities for the Next Decade
  • Austin in Top 10 Best Places to Live, U.S. News & World Report
  • Austin ranked as one of Best Places to Live, CNN/Money Magazine
  • Austin ranked as one of Best Places to Retire, CNN/Money Magazine
  • San Antonio ranked as one of Best Places to Live, CNN/Money Magazine
  • San Antonio named “Great Place to Live,” Sperling’s Best Places
  • San Antonio named one of “Best Places to Live,”
  • Texas Workforce Commission says the unemployment rate in the Central Texas area saw a 0.4% drop to about 6.9% from February 2010 to February 2011
  • The Comal Independent School District – 12 schools rated “Exemplary” and 10 schools “Recognized.” Several schools recognized with Gold Performance Acknowledgement (GPA) Awards by the TEA for outstanding performance
  • Nearby restaurants Liberty Bistro, Friesenhaus, Red Rooster Café, Gruene River Grill and the The Gruene Onion Grill voted as best New Braunfels –area restaurants by users

For more information on living in Gruene, visit the Havenwood website, or schedule a tour today.


Old Gruene Market Days

On the third full weekend of every month, starting in February and going through September, you will find downtown Gruene, Texas, a bustle with handmade arts and crafts, rare finds and antique treasures. The Old Gruene Market Days have supported local vendors for who proudly sell their own wares for several years now, and it shows no signs of slowing down.

Texas Hill Country residents and visitors alike enjoy the wide range of items including jewelry, candles, crafts, ceramics, metal art, furniture and clothing made 100 percent by the vendors themselves. Downtown Gruene businesses and restaurants also participate in the fun by welcoming market day participants in to see what all the buzz is about. Even the scenery is a draw – beautiful oak trees line the quaint streets, and german-style houses frame the backdrop of the rolling hills and the calming sunsets that South Texas is famous for.

Admission to Old Gruene Market Days is free, and live music is playing as you stroll the grounds of the Adobe Verde restaurant. If you live out of town, it’s worth the trip! Hope to see you there next month!


Havenwood’s Premier Amenities

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 be lucky enough to spot a hill country critter running around , like a jackrabbit or a whitetail deer.

Whatever your indulgence may be – Havenwood is sure to have an activity to suit your lifestyle. For ideas on popular local attractions, visit the discovery center at Havenwood today!


Havenwood’s First Annual Tour, Taste & Tunes Event a Success

Saturday, April 18 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 barbecue 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. We can’t wait to host our next Tour, Taste & Tunes to show the local community what the Texas Hill Country is all about!

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