Is it time to downsize? Here's why Boerne real estate might just be your best bet!
Bigger is always better...right?
Well, maybe not. According to one recent study, 60% of people living in large homes of 2,000 square feet and over said they’d rather pick a smaller one next time around. Downsizing has become an opportunity for Americans to save money, cut the clutter, start over, and (thank heavens!) spend less time cleaning and more time doing what they love.
For everyone from retirees to millennials, families to singles, here are six reasons why Boerne, TX is the ideal spot to simplify.
102 River View • $339,000 • 1,980 Square Feet (The Crossing)
1. Location, Location, Location!
If you take the tried-and-true real estate adage seriously (and we highly recommend you do), you are probably fully aware that location really is everything. Thankfully, Boerne is the best balance of city and country: peaceful, yet close to shopping; beautiful, yet convenient; private, yet connected. Located 30 minutes north of the hustle and bustle of downtown San Antonio, Boerne is perched on the coveted Hill Country cusp, allowing residents to enjoy small-town vibes and scenic views at home or hop on Interstate 10 to head into the hub of shopping and entertainment.
On the other hand, if you’re looking to escape into the scenic Hill Country, Boerne offers easy travel to many surrounding Hill Country towns like Fredericksburg, Comfort, Kerrville, Medina, and Bandera.
2. Hill Country Culture
From shopping to entertainment, the Hill Country Mile is humming with opportunity. Creatives will revel in Boerne’s rich cultural arts realm, boasting a wealth of local theater performances, museums, galleries, and concerts. Outdoorsy types can take advantage of the network of local trails and parks, as well as a wide variety of water activities, while everyone can gather together for local events and traditions like Art Waddle, Market Days, Dickens on Main, the Chocolate Walk, and Berges Fest.
3. Lower Taxes
If you’re looking to downsize your home, chances are you’re looking to simplify your finances as well. Thankfully, one of Boerne’s many perks includes significantly lower tax rates than San Antonio. Boerne residents also don’t have to worry about inheritance or estate tax...meaning retirement in this small town is a wise financial choice, no matter which way you slice it. Plus, homeowners 65+ receive an additional $10,000 exemption from school taxes (and a $3,000 from other taxes).
4. Plenty of Options
So you want a smaller house...but just what kind are you looking for? Since there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to downsizing, Boerne offers plenty of options, from high-acreage properties to golf course communities to luxury homes. Check out this list of the most popular neighborhoods in Boerne, as well as this list of newly popular Boerne communities to get you started!
5. Excellent Health Services
For many downsizers, close proximity to top-notch health facilities is a huge Boerne perk. Even as a Hill Country getaway, Boerne residents still have speedy access to all San Antonio medical resources and specialized care facilities. University Hospital, Methodist Hospital, and the Sonterra Medical Plaza are both a short drive away. Additionally, military families have access to SAMMC, the largest military medical facility in the country. Boerne itself also offers excellent medical resources, including local Boerne Family Medicine and Methodist Hospital’s Boerne Emergency Center, which operates 24/7 in an effort to provide the city with all the necessary resources of a full hospital system!
6. Top-Notch Schools
Even if you're an empty-nester downsizing to a "no kid zone" (grandkids being the exception, of course), you're probably well aware that your local school district's reputation can make or break your home’s current and projected value. Thankfully, Boerne residents are lucky enough to boast one of the best school districts in the area! In rankings by Niche.com, Boerne ISD scored an overall A+ grade, mostly due to its highly acclaimed academics, college prep, health programs, safety factors, and teachers. Ranked in the top 50 “Safest School Districts in Texas” and #15 “Best School District in Texas”, Boerne ISD is hands-down a fabulous district to send your kids or rely on for great home values.
If you’re looking at downsizing, we’re here to let you know: built on tradition, small-town values, a remarkable culture, and a legacy of excellence, Boerne truly offers a piece of Texas unlike any other. No matter your reason for simplifying your home space, this town’s top-tier education system, incredible location, and gorgeous homes make it the perfect place to settle into the Hill Country lifestyle. It’s easy to see why we’re all a little obsessed with Boerne!
Note: This blog was originally published in August 2017 and has been updated to reflect current info.