Wednesday, October 14, 2009

San Antonio Neighborhoods, Old and New - Part 7: Garden Ridge

Located on San Antonio's far northeast side, and adjacent to Bracken, Tx, this beautiful hill country community is known to many only by it's famous store, Garden Ridge Pottery when in reality, the neighborhood of Garden Ridge  is home to many beautiful residences that share the area with deer and wildlife. Many of these homes are on sizeable lots and are perfectly manicured. 

Garden Ridge facts...
The neighborhoods of Garden Ridge,  Trophy Oaks, Forest Waters, Twisted Oaks, Country Oak Estates, Regency Oaks and Garden Ridge Estates, offer a small town country atmosphere with all the convenience of a big city living given its proximity to San Antonio.  The estimated population in July 2005 was 2,538, and the estimated median household income was  $108,900.  The median house value was $280,200 in 2005.

Garden Ridge history...
Before becoming a residential municipality, Garden Ridge was a ranching community. Garden Ridge became a "city" in a community rich in German heritage. Except for the new arrivals in Garden Ridge, the population was primarily German and Mexican. The town incorporated in 1972 to avoid being swallowed up by neighboring San Antonio or Schertz.

Nearby Garden Ridge...
The terrain is a split between rough hill country contour to the north and gently rolling hills to the south. The town sits on a beautiful dividing line between two Texas topographical landscapes.  Located nearby is the enchanting Natural Bridge Caverns, one of the largest underground caverns in Texas, discovered in 1960 by four San Antonio college students.

Also nearby is the famous Bracken Bat Cave, where for over 10,000 years millions of bats have come every Spring.  They emerge nightly, around dusk, to feed on approximately 200 tons of flying insects every evening.
For a fun day of shopping or dining out, try the Bracken Village, with houses, barns, and outbuildings from a late 1800's German farm which have been turned into restaurants, shops and a day spa.

Garden Ridge real estate...
Currently in the Garden Ridge communities, there are 24 homes on the market, ranging from $220,000 for a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with over 2300 square feet, to $950,000 for over 6000 square feet in a 7 year old home with indoor pool, 5 bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths, and a 3 car garage.  The 28 sales in the last year have ranged from $196,000 to $750,000.   Thinking of moving to Garden Ridge? Contact me to get more information on what's available.

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