Austin and San Antonio get a lot of attention for their consistent growth and economic prowess, and rightly so. But smaller cities like New Braunfels, located between those two cities and offering a unique combination of charm, convenience and family friendliness, are making an impressive impact on Texas homebuyers. New Braunfels was the 13th-fastest-growing city in the nation according to the most recent Census numbers, growing 4.7 percent in the past 12 months. Projections have New Braunfels growing another 36.47% in the next 15 years.
Between 2010 and 2014, New Braunfels was No. 10 on the list of fastest-growing cities in Texas, rising to No. 6 this year. Austin was the only large city on the list.
The business-friendly environment and a location that gives companies a strategic geographical advantage in New Braunfels and surrounding cities has continued to attract new businesses. The two latest additions: a new HEB Plus, the first of its kind in New Braunfels, is coming to the Northeast side of town, and Amazon is opening a a fulfillment center in neighboring San Marcos, with plans to hire up to 1,000 people.
New Braunfels has also had a long string of impressive sales tax rebates, with a record number reached in June, spurring further development in the city. Tax rebates inspire growth and attract retailers and other companies to the city.
Also growing are the real estate opportunities in New Braunfels, with new communities like The Crossings presenting a fresh new take on Hill Country living. From developer SouthStar Communities, this new 288-acre community features two single-family neighborhoods from Lennar Homes, Brookside II and Camden Collection. Each will offer modern, spacious floorplans filled with the most desirable amenities thanks to Lennar’s popular Everything’s Included (EI) program. EI includes many of today’s homebuyers’ most sought-after features and finishes like granite countertops, Energy Star® stainless steel appliances, and landscape packages, at no extra cost.
The Crossings also offers community amenities that help connect families to each other and to neighbors. A swimming pool, grassy play areas, and walking trails are as appreciated as the Hill Country scenery throughout the community. Also available for buyers who are looking to move in right away are Quick Move Homes, which offer buyers the opportunity to choose their home and move in without the wait of construction.