Planning a Texas Hill Country Wedding

Want to get married in one of the most beautiful places in Texas? Consider tying the knot in New Braunfels, Texas! Celebrate your big day with the rolling hills and spacious views as your backdrop. Plan a day you’ll never forget at one of these romantic venues:

Dry Comal Creek VineyardThis vineyard offers a number of convenient amenities that will help your big day run smoothly. Take advantage of an outdoor pavilion for a larger wedding or the back tasting room for an intimate gathering of less than 50 guests. You can also choose from a buffet or sit-down dinner for you and your guests to enjoy.  Be sure to plan time to take photos among the endless rows of greenery that you’ll treasure forever. Visit to start planning your vineyard wedding today.

The Gardens of Cranesbury View – This Italian sculpture garden is perfect for a wedding of any size. Tie the knot with the beautiful Texas Hill Country as your backdrop and then enjoy your reception in the banquet hall. A Chapel is also available for an indoor ceremony followed by a garden reception where you can dance the night away under the Texas sky. This venue also provides an on-site florist and endless photo opportunities on 32 acres of secluded property. Click here to begin planning your wedding at the Gardens of Cranesbury View.

Castle AvalonFeel like a princess on your big day and get married at Castle Avalon. This romantic venue is nestled among the rolling hills and greenery of the Texas Hill Country. This castle is filled with stained glass and rustic, old-English décor that will make for beautiful photos and set a romantic mood for you and your guests to enjoy. Visit to start your fairytale wedding.

Live Among Nature at Havenwood

Living in New Braunfels, Texas, is like living in Mother Nature’s backyard! Havenwood’s site #611 is the perfect location for nature lovers to build a dream home. This private lot is home to huge Texas Hill Country oak trees and backs up to a ranch and a privacy creek offering a quiet, reserved atmosphere. The site also sits right next to walking trails perfect for a morning jog or walking the dog. Havenwood’s Lane Giffin has been selling land for more than 18 years in the Texas Hill Country and believes this is one of the most beautiful homesites in the community!

If you want to schedule a tour of site #611 and see nature’s beauty for yourself please visit or call (800) 639-7028!

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!

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.


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!


Homesite Buying Tips

Finding the perfect spot to build your home can be a long and tedious process. However, it can be really rewarding when you find your dream homesite.

When you are looking for that perfect destination for your new home, keep size in mind. To better gauge your options, be sure to consider lots of all sizes.

Look at the communities and neighbors near your homesite. Do you feel safe? Does it have a lot of interesting activities? If you have children, make sure to see what schools serve that area.

Most importantly, take your time. It is better to be methodical and come to a decision once all options have been weighed than to make one in haste that you might regret.

Have you recently purchased a homesite? What’s the best advice you can give to someone looking for the perfect plot of land for their dream home?

Texas Hill Country: Where Texas Music was Born

Breathtaking scenery, rolling hills and crystal blue skies are the perfect backdrop for listening to some of the best music in the United States.  Texas Hill Country gave birth to a thriving music scene beginning back in the 1920’s in the form of jazz and blues clubs. With Havenwood at Hunter’s Crossing conveniently nestled between Austin and San Antonio, the residents are privy to a plethora of musical venues and festivals.

Continental Club – Opened in 1957 as a swank private club featuring touring groups such as Tom Dorsey and Glenn Miller. It is still in operation and known as one of Austin’s oldest standing venues. A small club that even today packs a mighty punch with appearances by famous musicians on any given night.

Jazz’S Alive – This event is a San Antonio delight in Travis Park during September, featuring some of the nation’s top jazz performers. Along with regional and local talent they dazzle the crowds with their smooth sounds. Enjoy a day along the river walk and then relax to the melodic jazz performances.

SXSW – The first South by Southwest Music Festival was held in 1987 with 700 registrants and has grown to over 16,000 registrants in 2010. Austin proved to be the perfect location for such an event, touting a rich music history in jazz, country, folk, blues and rock dating back to post Civil War. With the University of Texas located within the city, Austin is considered a fairly cosmopolitan town that draws people from all over the world.

This is just a taste of the eclectic music menus available in Texas Hill Country. Check your local listings and take part in the fun. The hills are literally alive with the sound of music.

San Antonio

San Antonio is one of the most unique cities in the country, with an interesting history, and one of the largest populations. Even though it is the seventh largest city in the country, many people notice the small-town feel whenever they visit.

San Antonio is constantly buzzing with exciting events and things to do. Home to the annual Fiesta and Stock Show & Rodeo celebrations, countless conventions and San Antonio Spurs NBA games, the city stays true to its heritage, educating visitors and residents alike with exciting activities available throughout the year.

One of the most unique aspects about San Antonio, however, is the people that comprise the city. San Antonians are friendly and down to earth, and no matter what part of town you visit, they are willing to always greet you with a smile and show you the quickest route to the Alamo.

Since San Antonio is so big, surrounding areas have also become very desirable places to call home. Just North of San Antonio you will find the Texas Hill Country, consisting of New Braunfels, Boerne, San Marcos, Gruene and other small towns along the outskirts of town. San Antonio is unique in that it was a planned community that was able to grow and expand along with the population.

Havenwood at Hunters Crossing – just miles north of San Antonio on the way to Austin – has land available for sale, with sprawling views of rolling hills and close access to the Texas wine trail. Learn more about leaving near San Antonio by visiting our website today!


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.


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