San Antonio Neighborhood Wildhorse

San Antonio Neighborhood Wildhorse

Wildhorse is a community a little southwest of Helotes off Loop 1604 between Bandera and Culebra Road.  Comprised of single-family homes and garden homes the neighborhood is a mixture of single and two-story homes.   Amenities include two pools, clubhouse, park with a shaded playground, jogging trails, sports court, BBQ grills and a basketball court.

Wildhorse playground
Wildhorse covered playscape.

The homeowners association put on a handful of fun activities every year such as the upcoming Easter Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast.

DR Horton built four different product lines in Wildhorse in 2005 and 2006.

Krueger Elementary School is in the neighborhood.

At the time of this post there are 30 homes listed for sale in Wildhorse.  List prices range from $194,000 and $290,000.


Day Trip From Helotes – Krause Springs

Krause Springs

Krause Springs is a wonderful Central Texas swimming hole.  Krause Springs has a nice swimming area fed by a creek and 32 springs.  The water eventually flows into Lake Travis.  Even during extreme drought most of the springs flow.  Huge cypress trees line the creek and the pool and ferns grow in sides of the rocky hills that the springs flow out of.

another Krause Springs waterfall

One of the many springs at Krause Springs.

The 115 acre site is owned and operated by the Krause family.  Krause Springs is located in Spicewood about 45 minutes west of Austin.  Take a look at photos of Krause Springs I took in 2008.

Krause Springs bluff

The Krause Springs swimming hole.

Krause Springs Cypress

Cypress trees at Krause Springs.

Krause Springs ferns and waterfall

Krause Springs waterfall and lush ferns.

Krause Springs rope swing

Rope swing and cave at Krause Springs.

another Krause Springs waterfall (2)

Another waterfall at Krause Springs.

To get to Krause Springs take 281 north to just before Marble Falls and turn right on Hwy 71.  After about 10 minutes take a left on FM 406 and look for Krause Springs Rd.

If you are interested in Helotes homes or homes near Helotes, please give me a call at 210-589-1038.

Helotes Neighborhood Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills is a neighborhood in Helotes off FM 1560 between Braun Rd. and Hwy 471.  It is on the northwest side of San Antonio across 1560

from the Latin American Bible Institute.  Most homes sit on home sites of around one acre.  Beverly Hills is a quiet neighborhood and some homes date from the 1940s.  There are still lots available as of the date of this post.

Although the neighborhood is quiet and has a rural feel it is very close to almost anything residents would want or need.  Within 15 minutes are schools, big box retail, Baptist Hospital with a 24 hour emergency room, restaurants, grocery stores as well as retail and professional services.

The only Beverly Hills home listed for sale as of the date of this post is listed for $334,000. It is a 2,166 square foot home with 3 bedrooms with 2 full and 1 half bathrooms.

If you are interested in Helotes homes or homes near Helotes, please give me a call at 210-589-1038.

Don’t Trust Zillow and Trulia Or Moveto

Don’t Trust Zillow and Trulia Or Moveto

Zillow and Trulia are not bad sites. In fact, they have a lot of useful information. Having said that, they usually cannot be trusted for accurate estimates of home values in Texas

Why, you ask? Texas is a non-disclosure state. This means when a property is sold the sold price does not need to be reported to the county. So the county tax appraisal district guesses and so do Trulia and Zillow. Their valuations can be very close, but they can also be very far off the mark. So how can you get the true value of your property? Ask a REALTOR®. A REALTOR® will have access to your local Multiple Listing System, or MLS. The A REALTOR® will be able to search properties similar to your in terms of age, location and condition and find similar propertie3s that have sold recently. The results will give you an idea of what your property is really worth.

I have been posting to my Helotes Real Estate blog information about Helotes area neighborhoods. I just wrote one about Helotes neighborhood Fossil Springs Ranch. In doing internet searches to get information about the neighborhood comes up. The site showed 79 Fossil Springs Ranch homes for sale when there are actually only 4 on the market. The site showed homes in the neighborhood and also near, but not actually part of Fossil Springs Ranch.

If you are interested in Helotes homes or homes near Helotes, please give me a call at 210-589-1038.

Helotes Neighborhood Fossil Springs Ranch

Fossil Springs Ranch

Helotes Neighborhood Fossil Springs Ranch

Fossil Springs Ranch is a Helotes neighborhood between Bandera Rd. and Loop 1604 on the northwest side of San Antonio. The neighborhood straddles FM 1560. Fossil Springs Ranch amenities include a covered pavilion, swimming pool, putting green, volleyball court, basketball court, a tether ball pole and a park/playground with a playscape for the little ones. Community activities include movies in the park.

Fossil Springs pool

Fossil Springs Ranch swimming pool.

Fossil Springs putting green and volleyball court.

Fossil Springs Ranch putting green and sand volleyball court.

There are currently 4 homes listed for sale in Fossil Springs Ranch. On the low end is a 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom 3,331 square foot home built in 2003 listed at $359,900. This 2-story home backs to a greenbelt so it does have a degree of privacy. On the high end is a 4,155 square foot home built in 2001 with 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. This home is listed at $443,000.

Fossil Springs Ranch is close to just about anything a family could want or need. Close by are a huge HEB, Baptist Hospital with a 24 hour emergency room, Academy, Target, The Home Depot, Lowes shopping centers with movie theaters, restaurants and a lot of other retail and professional services.

If you are interested in Helotes homes or homes near Helotes, please give me a call at 210-589-1038.

Day Trip From Helotes – Enchanted Rock

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

If you live in Central Texas and like outdoor recreation, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is an absolute must see. The park covers over 1600 acres and is home to a huge granite dome called Enchanted Rock. There are other granite formations, but Enchanted Rock is the big attraction.

Covering 640 acres and rising over 400 feet, Enchanted Rock is quite a site. It is also quite a hike. The trail to the top goes over granite and through boulders. Once hikers get by a row of huge granite slabs, the trail takes people up the dome. The trail is gentle at times and at other times the rise is like climbing stairs.

Toward the top and at the top of the dome are small vernal pools that catch water. Some of these areas have vegetation including prickly pear cactus and oak trees. It is amazing to see the oaks growing out of what appears to be solid rock with a little sand mixed in.

Just over the top of Enchanted Rock is an area in which slabs of granite that have exfoliated off the dome over time. The slabs and boulders have stacked up on part of the dome and they have formed a series of caves. The entrance to the caves is surrounded by huge boulders and oak trees. The path through the caves has been marked by a series of arrows painted on the rock.

Caving at Enchanted Rock is not very technical, but it certainly is a challenge. There are points at which cavers can stand and there are points that get so narrow people have to belly crawl or slide down on their backsides. It can be very damp in the caves so prepare to get wet and muddy if you go through the cave.  It gets very dark in the caves so cavers need flashlights or a headlamp. Headlamps are a good idea so people can work with both hands.

Enchanted Rock is a formation known as a batholith. A batholith is a underground rock formation uncovered by erosion. The formation extends very far underground. As the granite has been exposed to weather over time, slabs of granite and boulders have slid off the dome. In some areas this makes for good bouldering for those who are inclined to climb.

Speaking of climbing, there are areas on the dome and on other formations that provide technical climbers a good opportunity to break out the helmets and ropes. Most of the technical climbing is on the west and northwest side of Enchanted Rock. Other area that provide challenging climbing are on the formations known as Turkey Hooks, Buzzard’s Roost and Little Rock, the other granite dome in the park.

The giant granite dome was named Enchanted Rock because the Tonkawa Indians believed there were ghost fires at the top of the dome. They thought this because they frequently heard cracking and groaning noises from the top of the dome. These sounds were actually caused by the heating and cooling of the dome.

To get to Enchanted, take Ranch Road 96518 miles north of Fredericksburg or 965 south from Llano. The drive is around 2 hours hours from downtown San Antonio and 90 minutes from Austin and makes for an excellent day trip. Visitors should get to the park before 10:00 am as the area can fill up fast. When the parking areas is full, the park is closed until later in the day when people start to leave.  Summers can be brutally hot so go during the cooler months and make sure to take water.

Photos will tell readers much more than I can in words so check out some of my Enchanted Rock photos.

trail to the top of Enchanted Rock

Enchanted Rock

Enchanted Rock Little Rock (2)

See the person on the huge rock in the center?  That gives readers a perspective of how large Little Rock is.

Enchanted Rock Little Rock

Little Rock with exfoliated granite slabs.

view from the top of Enchanted Rock

Looking toward Little Rock from Enchanted Rock.

Huge stones at Enchanted Rock

My brother between 2 huge Enchanted Rock boulders.

Enchanted Rock exfoliation debris

The cave is beneath this pile of exfoliated granite.

Enchanted Rock flowering cactus

It is amazing to see what grows in the cracks of granite.

Enchanted Rock granite slab piles

Check out the view to the northwest.

By the way if you are interested in San Antonio area homes, especially Helotes homes, please give me a call at 210-589-1038.


San Antonio vs. Austin Home Prices

I worked residential real estate in the Austin area for 8 years.  Recently I started doing the same  in the greater San Antonio area.  The difference in home prices is staggering.  I checked the average price of homes listed for sale in both cities last week.  The average for sale price in San Antonio was $192,000.  The average price in Austin was $335,000.

Lake Travis view home
Multi million dollar Austin home overlooking Lake Travis.  The last time I saw this listed for sale it was going for $15 million.

I was looking at the most expensive homes for sale in each city as well.  In any large city there will be expensive homes, but there will be differences.  In Austin there are currently 240 homes listed for sale for over $1 million.  The most expensive is listed for $14.2 million.  At that price this home is listed for $1,330 square foot.  Sitting on 3.88 acres on Lake Austin this 10,608 square foot home has 6 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, a wine cellar, elevator and two boat house with 7 boat slip.

In San Antonio there are 122 homes listed for sale at $1 million and up. The most expensive home  at this time is in the gated, luxury subdivision The Dominion and it is listed for $9.8 million.  This price puts the home for sale at $357 per square foot.  This 27,417 square foot home sitting on almost a 2 acre hilltop features 6 bedrooms and 13 bathrooms.  The main house has 5 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms.  The guest house has 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom.  The property has a state of the art gym, an elevator, 2 pools, game rooms, 4 fireplaces, 2 spas, a racquetball court, a sauna and steam room and a media room.

The price points per foot are extraordinarily different and as you can tell you can get a lot more house with a lot more features in San Antonio than in Austin and you can get it for a whole lot less.

If you are interested in a San Antonio area home please give me a call at 210-589-1038.