From the northern plains of the panhandle to the lapping shores of the Gulf of Mexico, Texans everywhere seem to agree on one thing: the rolling landscape of the Hill Country is the very heart of Texas. And while some would claim the area’s classic charm lies exclusively in lush carpets of wildflowers and that wide open sky, we think that the real stars of the Hill Country are its small towns.
Take Boerne, for instance: built on tradition, small-town values, a remarkable culture, and a legacy of excellence, Boerne truly offers a piece of Texas unlike any other. The town’s top-tier education system, incredible location, and gorgeous homes make it the perfect place to settle into the Hill Country lifestyle. (If you aren’t convinced yet, check out our guide to “Everything You Ever Needed To Know About Boerne”...we think the title speaks for itself.)
For those interested in making the exciting move to the Hill Country, we’ve compiled a list of best Boerne neighborhoods for first-time buyers. These communities provide everything from beautiful floor plans and luxury amenities to historic architecture and great schools. Take a look!
Touted as “Boerne’s best-kept secret,” Saddlehorn is a local development featuring over a hundred home sites...all within Boerne city limits! Located just north of Adler Road (near Boerne High School), Saddlehorn offers cost-efficient homes with character and beautiful design.
2. River Mountain Ranch
Just 15 minutes north of Boerne proper, River Mountain Ranch is an established community with a reputation for peace and quiet. The neighborhood offers a distinctly warm and welcoming atmosphere augmented by the nearby Guadalupe River, which provides a tranquil backdrop for any family home.
3. Boerne Heights
Located in South Boerne (off of Scenic Loop Road), the Boerne Heights neighborhood is both classic and affordable, featuring single-family homes built between 2003 and 2007. Ranging in size from 1250 to around 3,000 square feet, homes in Boerne Heights are usually priced between $250,000 to $300,000.
4. Downtown Boerne
If you know anything about Boerne, you know that its heart and soul are deeply embedded in its history. Naturally, it follows that the homes in and around Boerne’s historic downtown are coveted gems, both in terms of architecture and location!
As the first master-planned community in Boerne, Esperanza boasts over a thousand acres of land, 15 miles of hiking trails, and soon to be an on-location elementary school! With an aesthetic reminiscent of an 1850’s mission, Esperanza’s vibes mix natural luxury with historic charm. Available homes range in price from $300,000 to upwards of $1 million.
6. Trails of Herff Ranch
Located in the eastern section of the city, Trails of Herff Ranch is considered a local favorite among Boerne developments. With an on-site elementary school and a private recreation area, Herff Ranch still manages to be one of the most affordable neighborhoods on our list. Homes are generally priced in the low $200,000s to the mid-$300,000s.
7. The Woods of Frederick Creek
Constructed by a variety of top-notch builders, The Woods of Frederick Creek offers luxury amenities, energy efficient homes, and a wide variety of housing options...mostly within the $300,000 range! In addition to having a community park and popular Ryland homes, children in the neighborhood attend the brand new Fabra Elementary School.
If you’re sold on moving into the Texas Hill Country, contact one of our expert REALTOR®s to find the Boerne home that’s right for you!