Given its unparalleled wealth of natural beauty and historic charm (not to mention wine culture), the Texas Hill Country has been a natural choice for luxury buyers and builders in the San Antonio area for years. From exclusive amenities to unobstructed hilltop views, neighborhoods in this sweeping locale offer a truly unique lifestyle.
However, when buyers are faced with such a wide array of striking home choices, what sets each luxury community apart? We’re here to answer that question. Two such neighborhoods frame the coveted Boerne community, just northwest of San Antonio: Cordillera Springs and Anaqua Springs. The varying strengths of these exclusive neighborhoods convey subtle differences within the “luxury” real estate genre.
Overall Acreage: Advantage Cordillera
Though Anaqua Springs boasts 920 acres of estate lot development, Cordillera Ranch’s sweeping claim to over 8,700 acres takes the win in this category. Though lots vary by size, home acreage can range anywhere from .25 acre villas to 12+ acre ranch estate lots.
Heritage Architecture: Advantage Anaqua
The Hill Country’s iconic landscape has always been punctuated by distinct architecture...a tradition upheld with reverence by the Anaqua Springs community. As an architecturally restricted neighborhood, homes in Anaqua are built in a “Euro-Texan” style that harkens back to old world charm (while still maintaining a sense of modern luxury). Using native limestone and rock, homes must be stacked according to old German tradition. Displaying clean lines and a classic look, this standard of craftsmanship is unlike any other.
Golf Course Community: Advantage Cordillera
The natural winner of this category is Cordillera Ranch, given its status as a golf course community. However, this neighborhood is more than just a win-by-default. As the recipient of the national “Golf Course of the Year” award, the Cordillera Ranch Golf Club boasts a superior design and upkeep that will please even the choosiest golfer. Besides an immaculately designed course, the accompanying views offer stunning panoramas of the surrounding Texas Hill Country. (Other awards include “#1 Golf Course in Texas in a Residential Community”, “#1 Golf Course in the Texas Hill Country/ATX/SA Area”, and the “#5 Golf Course in Texas”.)
Proximity to SA: Advantage Anaqua
While both neighborhoods are anchored by Boerne, Anaqua Springs’ southwest location places it within proximity to San Antonio as well (just 23 minutes from downtown!). Still firmly planted in the Hill Country, Anaqua’s premium location allows residents to enjoy the serenity of the Hill Country along with the advantages of the premier shopping, dining, and entertainment of the city.
Exclusive Amenities: Advantage Cordillera
Perhaps Cordillera’s most alluring advantage lies within its absolutely unparalleled resort-style amenities. More than just a neighborhood, Cordillera’s emphasis on leisure and community have created a lifestyle that appeals to nearly every area of interest. Besides a state-of-the-art spa and fitness facility, the neighborhood maintains a tennis and swim club, rod and gun club, equestrian club, river activities (canoeing, and kayaking), supervised skeet shooting, and private fishing outings.
Environmentally Protected: Advantage Anaqua
Encompassing nearly one thousand acres of Hill Country land, the Anaqua Springs community rests on a unique contrast of rugged limestone bluffs and lush wooded ravines that wind along the waterfalls and springs of Leon Creek. The area’s rare beauty has led to its status as an environmentally protected area, meaning the natural beauty of the neighborhood will remain preserved.
Schools: Slight Advantage Cordillera
Although both Anaqua and Cordillera are served by highly sought-after school districts, Cordillera’s zoning within the Boerne Independent School District gives it a slight advantage. According to Niche.com’s ranking system, this district received an overall A + grade, a score that takes into account everything from academics to extracurriculars and facilities. Also privy to wonderful schools, Anaqua Springs is served by the premiere Northside Independent School District, which received an A on Niche.com’s ranking system.
Upon close inspection, the strengths of these two neighborhoods prove complementary. Perhaps more than a clear-cut competition, these communities present more of a well-rounded Boerne set of options. Anaqua represents the appeal of a charming, smaller, environmentally-friendly take on Hill Country luxury that emanates peace and quiet. Meanwhile, Cordillera offers amenities and community-focused living that emulates a resort. Which neighborhood suits you best?