Searching for the perfect piece of Hill Country real estate? Here are 10 reasons why Johnson Ranch is the perfect place to find a home in the Hill Country.
Brimming with rustic beauty and sweeping landscapes, the Hill Country holds that legendary Western romance that has captivated residents and visitors for centuries. John Steinbeck himself summed it up in these words: “Texas is a state of mind….an obsession.”
We couldn’t agree more.
Threaded with wide-open space, sprawling acreage, sweeping vistas, and rolling green hills, artfully designed neighborhoods like Johnson Ranch invite you to “live your Hill Country dream” with your own little piece of this Texas paradise.
Here are 10 reasons why Johnson Ranch lives up to its legendary location.
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1. Wide Open Spaces
The community may be close-knit, Johnson Ranch’s master-planned landscape is anything but crowded. Made up of over 750 acres of Hill Country land, this neighborhood offers the definition of “wide-open spaces,” carefully preserving and protecting one-third of the community for natural open areas, amenity parks, and meandering trails. Homes and subdivisions are connected by scenic trails that travel through groves of oak and pecan trees, rolling hills, and Cibolo Valley views. Plus, just a few miles beyond neighborhood gates, gorgeous natural areas like Canyon Lake, Guadalupe River State Park, Honey Creek State Natural Area, Guadalupe River State Park, Natural Bridge Caverns, and Blue Hole Regional Park offer further Hill Country adventure.
2. Safety + Peace of Mind
Peace of mind makes all the difference. Thanks to Johnson Ranch’s gated entrance and on-site fire station, residents of this community can rest easy knowing “safety” is not on their list of worries.
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3. Rustic, Ranch-Style Appeal
One of the most fascinating things about the Texas Hill Country is its diverse and colorful history. And Johnson Ranch wants everyone to know it. Built on one of the most historic ranches in the Bulverde area (originally settled by one of the first German Texas immigrants), Johnson Ranch keeps its heritage alive by re-imagining the classic Texas tradition of “ranch living.” This neighborhood’s self-espoused goal is to “create a cohesive community that nurtures the legacy of the best of Hill Country living.” Respect.
4. Top-Rated Schools
Beautiful homes and wide open space matter, to be sure. But we know parents and growing families are wondering: what about the local schools? Thankfully, Johnson Ranch caters to the priorities of growing families by providing access to a top-rated group of schools. Located within one of the best districts in the greater San Antonio area, Johnson Ranch students attend Comal ISD schools, which has been officially rated as a “Recognized” school district by the Texas Education Agency. Students are typically zoned to attend Johnson Ranch Elementary School (on-site!), Smithson Valley Middle School, and Smithson Valley High School. Notably, Smithson Valley sports teams regularly advance to compete at state championship levels. Go Rangers!
32167 Mustang Hill (OFF MARKET)
5. A Wide Array of Homes + Prices
If you’ve been searching for real estate in the Texas Hill Country for any length of time, you’re probably well aware that the scope of options is beautiful...but narrow. Many local communities boast luxury amenities and incredible properties with a price tag to match. This is where Johnson Ranch comes in. Aiming to make Hill Country living accessible to a wider range of budgets, Johnson Ranch offers approximately 1,000 beautifully designed homes that start in the mid-$200’s (in the northern section of the community) and launch up into the $700’s (featuring hilltop homes and larger estates). These homes are divided into five distinct neighborhoods: Corriente Estates, The Homestead, La Creciente, Oaks, and Vistas, each presenting a unique and cohesive collection of properties. All in all? Johnson Ranch wants “families of every generation [to] fall in love with life on the ranch.”
6. “City-Style” Utilities
Johnson Ranch may be located in the rural-feeling Hill Country, but this community’s designers and planners have made sure that residents don’t have to deal with the bothersome utilities that often come with “country living.” Instead, Johnson Ranch is the first community in the Bulverde area to offer homeowners central water, wastewater, natural gas, and electric services, as well as high-speed Internet access (GVTC "Fiber-to-the-Home" technology), TV, phone and security monitoring. In other words? Forget the headache of wells and fickle septic tanks and spend more time enjoying the Hill Country charm.
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7. Panoramic Views
For many, a Hill Country property is only as good as its Hill Country views. Thankfully, many of the more luxurious properties in Johnson Ranch also feature hilltop perches. Take a look out your back window for a panoramic view of the Cibolo Creek Valley in all its glory.
8. Gorgeous Amenities
A master-planned community is only as good as its amenities! Thankfully, Johnson Ranch lives up to its own high standards with a carefully curated set of neighborhood perks. Starting with its beautifully maintained open space (one-third of the community), this neighborhood emphasizes the surrounding Hill Country beauty, offering a lush greenbelt and trails that twine throughout the various sub-neighborhoods. Additionally, a five-acre amenity park serves to complement the Johnson Ranch’s natural beauty, featuring playscapes, a Jr Olympic swimming pool, various sports courts, and an indoor and outdoor pavilion with breathtaking views of the valley.
3805 Brahman Rd (OFF MARKET)
9. New Homes by Excellent Builders
This neighborhood’s ranch land may be historic, but Johnson Ranch properties themselves are anything but out-of-date. One of the Hill Country’s newest communities, Johnson Ranch features brand-new homes that showcase the work of acclaimed local builders. So, whether you’re purchasing a pre-made home or you’re building your own custom property, homeowners can rest assured that their property will be of the highest quality. Across the board, Johnson Ranch boasts “homes that offer sustainability and embrace the Hill Country beauty and lifestyle of life on the Ranch.” Featured builders include Ryland Homes (now operating as CalAtlantic), Highland Homes, Monticello Homes, Sitterle Homes, Lennar and Village Builders.
10. A (Convenient) Hill Country Location
Located just outside the charming small town of Bulverde, TX, Johnson Ranch boasts a coveted perch on the “front porch of the Texas Hill Country.” Recognized as a “Smart Growth City by the local Economic Development Foundation, Bulverde was also named by Niche.com as the #5 Best Places to Buy a House in San Antonio Area. Cheers! This growing corridor along Hwy 281 allows residents access to premiere big-city shopping and dining (The Village at Stone Oak, The Shops at La Cantera, San Marcos Premium Outlet Mall are anywhere from 15-40 minutes away). Alternately, Johnson Ranch residents can head the other direction for naturally beautiful Hill Country hotspots like Canyon Lake, Guadalupe State Park, Honey Creek Natural Area, Natural Bridge Caverns and more.
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