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Home Blog The Best Features For Today's Families


New homes in the Hill Country give buyers numerous choices in terms of location, home size, and price point. For families, choosing the right features is also an important factor. Today’s buyers are looking for:


Many of today’s first-time buyers in the Hill Country want a one-story floorplan that puts everyone on the same floor and is planned in such a way as to enhance everyday family living. Lennar’s Cantera plan at The Crossings in New Braunfels is all on one level, with an expansive master suite in the back of the home and two large additional bedrooms. 


The chef’s kitchen is open to both the spacious family room and the dining room, maximizing ease of living. With just over 1,600 square feet, this home is manageable for small families but still lives large thanks to its open flow.


Open floorplans


Speaking of open flow…having an open floorplan when buying a home in the Hill Country is one of today’s most requested features. Being able to keep your eyes on kids playing in the family room while you’re cooking, or mix with guests while entertaining, is key to the way we live today.


In Lennar’s Giallo plan at The Crossings, the kitchen features an enormous island that’s ideal for casual meals, as a homework spot, or for family crafting or baking. The counter height makes it a more convenient space for younger kids who might fall from a bar height counter.


To the side, a breakfast nook is another great gathering spot, while on the other side of the island is the large family room. This wide-open space creates an ideal design that is perfect for family living.


Ample bedrooms


Large families desire a bedroom for every member of the household, but even smaller families want enough bedrooms for guests, to use as flex space, or for changes to the family down the line. In Lennar’s Obsidian plan at The Crossings, two stories of functional and fabulous space delight homebuyers. The master suite is downstairs in this plan, with three additional bedrooms and a large game room upstairs.


Floorplan flexibility


Hill Country homebuyers today need flexibility to accommodate future changes or guests. Many of today’s new homes accommodate this need, offering options to buyers such as additional bedrooms or studies in place of a bedroom.


Kids’ space


Having a separate space for the kids to hang out is a priority for many families. A second-floor game room plus an optional media room like in this Alabaster floorplan at The Crossings fits the bill. This well-designed plan also features a first-floor master and guest bedroom plus two more spacious bedrooms and an option fifth bedroom upstairs.




Young families are drawn to New Braunfels communities that have amenities, which is one reason The Crossings is attracting Hill Country homebuyers. Swimming pools and trails provide opportunities for fun and activity, while having gathering spaces like grassy play areas also allow residents to meet neighbors and grow friendships.




Location is key for young families, and, sometimes, finding an affordable new home means sacrificing the setting. Not at The Crossings, which is located in one of Texas’ best real estate locations. New Braunfels, set right in the middle of the I35 Corridor between Austin and San Antonio, is the 13th fastest growing city in the nation.


About The Crossings


The Hill Country’s newest community, The Crossings offers two single-family neighborhoods from national homebuilder Lennar, Brookside II and Camden Collection. A range of floorplans are filled with many of today’s most popular features thanks to Lennar’s Everything’s Included (EI) program, such as granite countertops, Energy Star® stainless steel appliances, window coverings, and landscape packages, built in and included in the home price. The Crossings also features Quick Move Homes that allow buyers to move in right away, without the wait of construction.


For more information about The Crossings, visit the website.


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