The Beauty of Garden Ridge Real Estate

by Randy Watson

Located about 19 miles north east of downtown San Antonio, Garden Ridge is a serene bedroom community with about 3,250 residents. Situated in Comal County, it has all the amenities of the big city without the hustle and bustle. It is the perfect solution for families seeking a residence in a peaceful area with easy access to the big city. Commuting to the city is a breeze given the proximity of Garden Ridge to Interstate 35 and is a quick trip to the airport. Though only about a little over seven square miles yet still have numerous sub-divisions. Some examples of Garden Ridge real estate include: Georg Ranch, 7 Hills Ranch, Wild Winds, Park Lane Estates, Oak Meadows Estates, Forest Waters Creekview, Ramble Ridge, Wild Wind, Trophy Oaks, Arrowood Estates, Regency Oaks and the Enclave of Garden Ridge.

Home prices start around $300,000 and most homes are situated on spacious lots which afford privacy as well as enough space for even large families. The average household income in Garden Ridge was at $128,000 in 2011. The community is served primarily by Comal Independent School District. The high school is Canyon High School. A new school, Garden Ridge Elementary, has recently started functioning and this institution was recently the recipient of an "exemplary" rating from the Texas Education Agency. (As with any school information, please confirm with the school district the schools that service homes you intend to purchase.)

Garden Ridge has an interesting history which can be traced back to the mid-17th century. Native American Indians, Spanish, and German settlers all made this region their home at some time or the other. The coming of the railroad to the region saw a drastic rise in the development activity in the locality. Garden Ridge was incorporated in 1972 and at the time was populated predominantly by descendants of early German settlers. Many longtime residents have numerous anecdotes to share with newcomers to the community. This is just another way to make people feel welcome.

The community has many churches in the area, including: Triumphant Lutheran Church, Bracken United Methodist, Northeast Bible Church, Garden Ridge Church of Christ, Garden Ridge Community Church and Covenant Baptist Church. Bracken Village and Rolling Oaks Mall are the two major shopping destinations in the vicinity. The former is a haven of small shops and restaurants that remind one of life in the 19th century. Restaurants in the Garden Ridge area cater to a variety of tastes and offer authentic American cuisine along with Italian, Mexican, Chinese, and German specialties. They range from fast food chains to exclusive restaurants with appropriate décor and lighting.

Nature is bountiful in Garden Ridge and this is illustrated at the exquisitely landscaped Paul Davis Park. There is a significant deer population in the area which speaks volumes about the emphasis laid on the need for a green environment in the midst of modern living and development. The open spaces with rolling hills and numerous canyons provide a lot of opportunity for outdoor recreation and family activities.

The Bracken caves, home to the famous Bat Cave, are close by and are home to the world's largest colony of Mexican free-tailed bats The Natural Bridge Caverns are yet another natural attraction just outside of Garden Ridge. Hundreds of calcite formations, that have taken shape over centuries, can be seen here. The Natural Wildlife Ranch is another great place for family outings. Children and adults alike get to experience wild and exotic animals up close and learn more about them.

Numerous annual events are held in Garden Ridge and nearby. These range from the Easter Egg Hunt to the Summer Music Camp to Comal County Fair, Wurstfest and Oktoberfest. Caroling in the Caverns at Natural Bridge Caverns is an event unique to the area. Community participation ensures that bonhomie and camaraderie is rejuvenated on a regular basis.

The community has its own police department and the water company is city-owned. As a courtesy, the Garden Ridge police department will conduct house checks for owners who are going to be out of town and also does home security surveys for home owners. There is also a new community center which can be used for rentals and other community events.

Northeast Methodist Hospital is the biggest medical center in the area. Those with interests in volunteering or civic activities, there are organizations such as the Garden Ridge Lions Club, Garden Ridge Women's Club, the Garden Ridge Republican Club and the Bracken Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. The Forest waters Lodge is a good place for families while Awanas Club is for the kids.