From top-notch education to wide-open fields, Boerne, TX is the perfect place to raise a family. Here are 10 reasons why.
Where will your kids grow up? How will this place affect the way they see the world? Where will they go to school? Who will they be friends with? Questions like this lead many buyers on the great hunt for the best neighborhood and town to raise a family.
So who takes the cake in the Hill Country area? In 2015, Boerne won out as one of the "Best Places to Raise a Family in San Antonio Area."
From Boerne's high rates of homeownership to its highly rated school district and notably "suburban feel," here are 10 reasons Boerne raises great kids.
1. A Premier Location
Less than twenty minutes away from the amenity-laden outskirts of San Antonio, Boerne encompasses the best of both worlds: access to big-city culture and Texas Hill Country charm. Residents can find a whole host of discount and name-brand clothing, toys, school supplies, and entertainment opportunities via a short trip down I-10 (The Rim, La Cantera, Sea World, Fiesta Texas, etc). Or, if rural travel is more your style, Boerne offers easy travel to many surrounding Hill Country towns (Fredericksburg, Comfort, Kerrville, and more) with beautiful scenery along the way. Families who want to stay grounded in the country but keep the perks of the city will love Boerne’s location.
2. A Sense of History
In Boerne, the sense of heritage is palpable. Though Boerne's population has grown exponentially over the past 20 years, this charming Texas town still keeps its history alive through various traditions, historic buildings, and beloved museums.
3. Fabulous Schools
Anyone familiar with the local education system is well-aware: Boerne ISD is highly coveted among San Antonio metro area districts. This district (containing Boerne, a small section of Kendall County, Fair Oaks Ranch, and parts of northern Bexar County) goes above and beyond Texas standards in almost every area, boasting official recognition at the regional, state, and national level. In the private sector, parents of school-age children have plenty of options. Geneva School of Boerne, Ambleside School of Boerne, Vanguard Christian Institute, Hill Country Montessori School, and Boerne Preparatory Academy are a few of the most popular options.
Image Courtesy of the Cibolo Nature Center’s Facebook Page
4. The Chance for Creativity and Play
Both in the town and the surrounding landscape, the Boerne area fosters a delightful sense of wonder and adventure in its children. Take one look around at the Hill Country scenery, and you’ll see a stage set for adventure, fairy tales, and imagination. Plus, local Boerne camps and organizations do their part to encourage this sort of growth!
5. An Active Community
In Boerne, it’s easy to get involved! From eating at local restaurants like Dodging Duck Brewhaus to attending free concerts at Main Plaza to participating in local festivals, Boerne’s small-town mindset fosters a diverse and communicative sense of togetherness.
6. A Slower Pace of Life
We’ve heard it time and time again: the pace of life in Boerne is noticeably more peaceful and calm than the city. If San Antonio or Austin is stressing you out, the Hill Country might be just what you need to invest in a more leisurely way of life. The propensity to “stop and smell the roses” can foster patience, creativity, and thoughtfulness in children!
7. Great Housing
The housing market in Boerne is certainly something to behold: from beautiful homes in luxury golf course communities to historic properties in the heart of the city, Boerne offers something for everyone. Plus, if acreage is your thing, Boerne’s location lends itself well to that wide-open space and privacy that many crave. And, despite its reputation for pricey homes, Boerne actually offers plenty of surprisingly affordable options. Search for homes on the Boerne market here!
8. Plenty of Outdoor Activities
We’ve heard it time and time again: Boerne’s options for outdoor fun are seemingly endless. From fishing to spelunking, local families are never at a shortage of things to do outside. A few local favorite go-to activities include: attending a class or event at The Cibolo Nature Center (or CNC for short), hiking or biking a local trail, exploring Cave Without a Name, and sprawling out with a picnic at City Park.
9. A Small Town Feel
Despite the area’s rapid growth, local Boerne-ites have stayed true to their small-town roots. Genuine friendliness, neighborly care, and active involvement in community events are all hallmark traits of this beloved town. This sense of small-town charm can keep families grounded and comforted, even in the midst of change.
10. Fun Things to Do
This town knows how to have a good time! Local favorite events include Second Saturday Art & Wine, Boerne Market Days, the Farmers Market at the Cibolo, and various traditional festivals like Dickens on Main, the Chocolate Walk, and Berges Fest.
From the mouth of one current resident: “I've lived in Boerne for 21 years and this is the place I plan to stay and raise my own family.” We can’t help but fully endorse this choice! Boerne’s schools, community engagement, and Hill Country lifestyle make it the perfect place to grow up.
Note: This blog was originally published in June 2017 and has been updated to reflect current info.