Looking for the best place to raise a family in the Hill Country? You can’t do much better than New Braunfels, home to acclaimed schools, favorite amenities and recreational opportunities, an ideal location, beautiful scenery, and a seemingly endless array of fun things to do.
New Braunfels’ acclaimed schools include the Comal Independent School District (CISD), home to multiple impressive honors every year. The district was named to the prestigious Five Star list of the Texas Smart Schools program this year—the only public school district in the San Antonio metro area to do so out of 1,040 independent school districts and charter school districts. Only 44 total districts that earned the ranking. The schools in the district are perennially honored by the TEA for their exceptional educational opportunities.
2. Natural Beauty
Everywhere you look in the Hill Country, the beauty of nature is on display, and nowhere is that more true than in New Braunfels. Raising kids in an environment where they can appreciate nature and the views that are created by the terrain is a privilege for many who move here.
When you have all that natural beauty around you, it makes sense that you’d want to get out and revel in it. When you live in New Braunfels, that’s easy, with an abundance of recreational opportunities including:
- The Comal and Guadalupe—Two of the best opportunities for tubing in all of Texas, and beautiful spots to enjoy year round
- Fischer Park—The largest park in New Braunfels and a great spot to enjoy hiking and biking trails, fishing ponds, playgrounds, a sprayground a nature center, and an outdoor amphitheater
- Landa Park—A favorite New Braunfels family hotspot, with walking paths, a playground, an Olympic-size pool, a wading pool, a fishing pier, a miniature train, paddle boats, miniature golf, and its own golf course
- The Crossings—The newest masterplanned community in New Braunfels that offers its own scenic green spaces and neighborhood trails
4. The growth
New Braunfels is the second-fastest growing city in the nation this year, and is attracting new families seeking an ideal place to put down roots every day. And the Hill Country’s population boom is far from over; New Braunfels is projected to grow another 46 percent in the next 15 years.
5. Quality of life
The combination of warmth, friendly neighbors, family values, forward-thinking growth, and modern amenities gives New Braunfels a unique outlook that is embraced by residents. Who doesn’t want to raise their family in an environment that combines the best of the past, present, and future?!
6. So much to do
From shopping in downtown New Braunfels and the renowned San Marcos Premium Outlets to live music in Gruene to Schlitterbahn Waterpark to cultural hotspots like the McKenna Children's Museum, you’ll never lack for fun activities in New Braunfels. Thanks in part to the abundance of great things to do, media outlet Thrillist named New Braunfels the San Antonio metro area’s best suburb as part of their list of “The Coolest Suburb in America’s 36 Biggest Metro Area.
7. The location
New Braunfels is a favorite location for Texas families because of its proximity to both Austin and San Antonio. Communities like The Crossings take the convenience up another notch by being so easily accessible to I-35 while retaining a super private setting that makes it feel like it’s out in the country.
8. The jobs
While Austin and San Antonio have two of the most dynamic job markets in the country, New Braunfels’ job market has helped the city become an economic hub of its own. The new HEB Plus that opened this year in the city added more than 100 jobs, hundreds more are coming with the new CGT manufacturing facility, and Amazon’s new 855,000-square-foot fulfillment center in San Marcos brought in more than 1,000 employees.
9. The real estate
The Hill Country real estate market has been hot for several years, and New Braunfels continues to lead the way. Communities like The Crossing have helped address inventory issues in the city, and families have been attracted to the community’s new houses from Lennar with modern floorplans, upscale features, and spacious gathering areas.
The Crossings also offers an ideal location for those who want to buy a home in New Braunfels, with a serene location that is still close to shopping, restaurants, recreation, and the highway. The Crossings also offers resort-style amenities including a swimming pool, grassy play areas, and walking trails.
For more information, visit The Crossings or click below to view the Guide to Buying a New Home in the Texas Hill Country.