Why New Braunfels?In New Braunfels, ist das leben schoen (the living is good). That is, at least, according to the increasing numbers of people who move to our little German town each year: going by the 2012 U.S. Census, we’re up 66% from the year 2000! Of course, we’re a little biased given that we live and work here (and, um, love doing so), but we think there are a number of good reasons for this explosive population growth. Below, we’ll detail the top 5. 1. Location, Location, Location
What’s true in housing real estate is true in choosing a city: location is everything. Situated right in between San Antonio and Austin, New Braunfels provides convenient access to its bigger sister cities and all of the jobs and culture that come with them. For people who prefer to live closer to beautiful rivers like the Guadalupe and Comal or to refreshing Canyon Lake, New Braunfels is the perfect mix of city and rural living. In New Braunfels, the backyards are bigger and everyone owns a grill.
2. World Class Healthcare
One of the biggest new attractions in New Braunfels is the soon to open state-of-the-art hospital, Resolute Health. Offering Urgent and Family Care and a holistic approach that treats every aspect of a patient’s well-being, living in New Braunfels means having easy access to top notch facilities and providers -- specialists included. When this wonderful, comprehensive new campus opens in June, it will truly mean New Braunfels is right for everyone, no matter what stage of life they may be in.
3. Big City Feel, Small Town Prices
Yes, despite what we said earlier about the more rural aspect of New Braunfels living, the city actually offers a number of cultural resources to rival both Austin and San Antonio, including high quality restaurants and a buzzing nightlife. But unlike in these bigger cities, just about everything is cheaper here, including food, after hours activities and of course, rent and real estate. A fully-equipped, centrally located downtown New Braunfels rental will set you back only $1,300 in rent, as compared to something closer to $2,000 a month in downtown Austin. And to buy a 3-bedroom home in Austin, you’d need an average of $374K, while in New Braunfels you’d need just $170.000 for a house of the same caliber. Imagine how much higher the quality of your life would be with all of the cash leftover from such lower mortgage payments!
4. High-Paying Jobs
While commuting to San Antonio and Austin is a breeze, you’d do just as well for yourself sticking around town. Just a few minutes down the road in nearby Scherz, the construction giant Caterpillar runs a large manufacturing plant, with ample opportunities for workers at a range of ability levels. And when Resolute Health opens, it will provide good jobs not only for healthcare professionals like doctors and nurses but also for hospital admin and other staff essential for running day-to-day operations. A range of retail stores round out the employment picture, along with the local school districts and a number of small companies that have their headquarters here.
5. Distinctive Culture
As you’ve probably guessed by now, New Braunfels was founded by German settlers. This heritage shines through even today in a number of distinctive festivals and cultural experiences. Bier Gartens and German-themed restaurants and cafes abound, serving everything from Pilsner to Bratwurst. Speaking of which, the 10-day Wurstfest is a big draw for visitors from around the region every November, featuring German beers, wine, traditional costumes, music and of course, bratwurst. The levity may be on full display during festival time, but locals know a similar atmosphere can be found in dining and drinking establishments throughout the season. Combine that with many family friendly options, and it’s the perfect environment for just about everyone.So why New Braunfels? The better question is “why not?” Contact us today to make the switch.