For those who live in the Hill Country, the I35 Corridor is likely a lifeline to work, or play, if they’re traveling between Austin and San Antonio. The San Antonio-Austin Corridor is “the busiest inter-metro Interstate in Texas”—owing to its position serving two of the most dynamic cities in the nation and a couple of America’s fastest-growing cities, San Marcos and New Braunfels. “The corridor serves a booming region,” said Texas Highwayman.
And how. The Corridor is “expected to grow to 6-7 million people by 2030,” said The Greater Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council.
And it’s not just local travel that makes it significant.
“Because of our geographical location in the center of the country at the convergence of two Interstate highways (the north/south IH-35 and the east/west IH-10), and midway between North and South America, the Corridor has become a nationally significant hub for international commerce—a fact highlighted by the signing of the North American Free Trade Act in San Antonio in 1994,” they said.
“Today, 48% of the nation’s $900 billion in NAFTA trade either originates in or is destined for Texas—the vast majority of it traveling by truck up Interstate 35 through our region.”
As the many vibrant cities served by the Corridor continue to add to their populations and their roster of leading employers, chatter about Austin, San Antonio, and everything in between forming a “mega-metro” becomes louder.
“A busy 80-mile stretch of I-35 connects Austin and San Antonio, with flourishing suburbs like Buda, Kyle, San Marcos and New Braunfels sitting between them,” said Culture Map. “Austin entrepreneur, author and speaker Gary Hoover thinks that by 2050, the U.S. Census Bureau will label Austin and San Antonio as a mega-metro area like Dallas-Fort Worth, whose population exceeds 6.7 million. ‘Just the natural growth of the two cities will cause them to collide,’ Hoover said. ‘Together, we’d be even more vital.’”
Growth in San Marcos and New Braunfels
An Austin-San Antonio “mega-metro” would put the center right around San Marcos—just to the north of New Braunfels—which makes sense given the strategic location of the cities right on I35 and their explosive growth.
San Marcos is the fastest-growing city in the nation for the third consecutive year while New Braunfels is No. 13. The city’s growth going back to 2010 has increased by 30 percent and projections have New Braunfels growing another 36.47% in the next 15 years.
Population growth in the area also reflects its desirability and its continued evolution into “economic hubs in their own rights,” said the San Antonio Express-News.
“Census data released in March showed that Hays and Comal counties—which include San Marcos and New Braunfels, respectively—were the fifth- and ninth-fastest-growing counties in the U.S. from July 2013 to July 2014.” In addition, the world’s largest retailer, Amazon, recently announced it will open a facility in San Marcos and hire 1,000 employees and HEB will build a $14 million HEB Plus in New Braunfels.
Home prices within the region are also up 5.3 percent over this time last year, according to the latest CoreLogic Home Price Index. Communities like The Crossings in New Braunfels are filling the void for young families with brand-new single-family homes; an array of onsite amenities including a swimming pool, grassy play areas, and walking trails; Hill Country scenery; and a location that makes commuting even easier with easy access to I35.
This new 288-acre community features two beautiful neighborhoods from Lennar Homes, Brookside II and Camden Collection. Each will offer spacious, single-family floorplans filled with modern amenities thanks to Lennar’s popular Everything’s Included (EI) program. EI builds many of homebuyers’ most desirable features and finishes like granite countertops, Energy Star® stainless steel appliances, and landscape packages, into the homes at no extra cost. Quick Move Homes offer another advantage for buyers who want to choose their home and move in without the wait of construction.
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