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Lennar San Antonio Opens Briar Meadows Community in New Braunfels

21 May 2015, 3:29 am

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

Lennar just opened a model home at Briar Meadows, its community east of IH-35, between Engel Road and Solms Road in historic New Braunfels.

“We are excited to open Briar Meadows at a terrific price in this rapidly growing area. The Springwood II Collection offers five single-story and two two-story floor plans with available structural options designed to complement your family’s lifestyle,” said Tony Cerna, director of sales and marketing for Lennar San Antonio.

The new community features the Springwood II Collection, with seven floor plans ranging in size from 1,508 to 2,920 square feet and in price from $216,900 to $264,900. The model home is the Daylily model, priced at $234,900 for its 2,043 square feet; it offers four bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths on one story, a two-car garage, an optional study and an optional game room. Furthermore, Lennar’s homes feature covered patios, landscaping, blinds and appliances. The single-family homes are ENERGY STAR™ certified. Plans for the community include a playground and park.

“New Braunfels features many family entertainment options, from beautiful city parks to Schlitterbahn to fun festivals throughout the year, while north San Antonio is just a few minutes away,” Cerna added.



AquaLand Development Acquires Lone Star Brewery

12 May 2015, 5:12 am

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

Austin real estate company AquaLand Development announced the acquisition of Lone Star Brewery, the first large mechanized brewery, built in 1884. The price of the transaction remains undisclosed.

AquaLand purchased 36 of the 60 acres from the Newell family, including the old brewery, cannery building and grind shop. At a later date, the company has the option to purchase the remaining acreage.

The new owner wants to turn the historic site into a mixed-use development that includes a micro-brewery, multifamily housing, a theater, music venues, restaurants, a farmer’s market, retail spaces, offices and parks, reports San Antonio Express-News.

“It’s going to be more targeted to the south part of town,” AquaLand Vice President Mark Evans said. “We’re going to do everything we can to preserve the historical features. … There are a lot of folks who have been in South San Antonio for a long time, and we’re listening to their wants and needs. So there’s no leveling of buildings that’s going to happen here.”

The project has the potential to revitalize the urban area further south. Moreover, according to San Antonio’s Center City Development and Operations Department, there are approximately 700 market-rate housing units either under construction or approved for the area around the Lone Star site.

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Proposed New Tower to Transform San Antonio Skyline

6 May 2015, 3:44 am

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

Weston Urban, Frost Bank and the city of San Antonio have finally agreed on a complicated land swap that has been on the negotiation table for almost a year. The decision will dramatically change San Antonio’s skyline by bringing to the downtown area the first office tower since 1989.

“This transaction will centralize approximately 1,400 employees into three city-owned buildings,” City Manager Sheryl Sculley said. “Currently, the city of San Antonio leases office space in four buildings in the downtown area, costing the city $3.5 million annually. This transaction will result in a net savings to the city’s budget. Additionally, it will provide more housing in the core of our downtown and facilitate the construction of the first tower in 26 years.”

Under the negotiated public-private partnership, the city will sell the Municipal Plaza Building at 114 W. Commerce, as well as the properties at 319 W. Travis and 403 N. Flores, to Weston Urban. These, along with the properties that Frost will sell to Weston Urban, will facilitate the development of 265 new housing units. Frost will sell its Frost Bank Tower and 732 parking garage spaces to the city, and Weston Urban will build a 400,000-square-foot office tower, with Frost Bank occupying 250,000 square feet for its headquarters; the remaining Class A office space will be leased to third-party tenants.

“This project will continue the incredible momentum we are experiencing in downtown San Antonio,” Weston said. “When complete, this will be the first office tower built downtown in three decades. Its proximity to the San Pedro Creek Improvements Project makes it an extremely desirable location. While the tower will forever change our city’s skyline, we’re equally excited about the proposal on the whole and creating unique housing options in the core.”

A public hearing on the proposal will be held on May 28; the City Council is expected to vote on the agreement on June 4.

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Austin Developer PSW Real Estate Begins Building the Olmos Drive Community

13 Apr 2015, 4:58 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

Austin-based single-family home developer PSW Real Estate recently announced commencement construction on 26 green homes in Olmos Park. This is the company’s first development project in San Antonio, with two more following in Alamo Heights and South Town.

The homes, at 350 E. Olmos Drive, will offer as many as four bedrooms and three bathrooms, ranging in size from 1,869 to 2,390 square feet. Prices start at $549,000 and go up to $669,000. The company expects to deliver about five houses by the end of the year, with the rest to follow in 2016 and early 2017.

The community’s look combines contemporary design with traditional architecture, incorporating design elements of local Spanish Eclectic style and modern planning techniques such as large open kitchens and floor plans. PSW will also incorporate energy-efficient construction.

The company also plans to build 32 homes with two and three bedrooms at 332 Clay St. in Southtown and 10 homes in Alamo Heights, near Broadway and Terrell Road.

Photos courtesy of PSW Real Estate.



The Oaks at Fox Grove Opens in North Central San Antonio

6 Apr 2015, 7:42 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

KB Home has entered its newest phase of development of single-family homes in the north central part of the city. The Oaks at Fox Grove has made ready for daily tours three fully decorated model homes.

The new phase encompasses 81 home sites that range in size from 1,792 to 3,699 square feet. The developer offers the homebuyers 16 flexible one- and two-story floor plans, with prices varying between $223,995 and $277,995.

Community amenities include a swimming pool and pavilion, an outdoor workout area and sports court, a playscape for children and extensive walking trails. The community is conveniently located close to San Antonio International Airport, Fort Sam Houston and major employers such as Whataburger, Rackspace and Tesoro.

“Fox Grove is located in a highly desirable area with great NEISD public schools nearby, and we are extremely excited to expand and enhance the neighborhood to meet demand from home shoppers with the addition of these new home sites, the new model home park and several new floorplans,” said Brett Dietz, president of KB Home’s San Antonio division.

Fox Grove is in close proximity to shopping and dining venues in the Stone Oak area. Just a short drive away is the Texas Hill Country, with its wineries and eccentric historical squares in Blanco and Johnson City; recreation places are sprinkled along the Guadalupe River and Canyon Lake.







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