Located on the outskirts of San Antonio in Texas Hill Country, New Braunfels is a medium-sized city that measures 44 square miles. As of 2014, the population was approximately 66,394 which is more than a 50 percent increase since 2000. Due to housing demand, homes are, on average, newer in New Braunfels than in other parts of Texas and the United States. Housing options are available in all price ranges. There are modest ranch and mobile homes, as well as multi-bedroom mansions featuring Spanish style architecture and expansive, well- manicured lawns.
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In 1845, the city was founded by German nobleman Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels, for whom it is named. The annual "Wurstfest" fall sausage festival and "Wassailfest" in December pays homage to New Braunfels strong German heritage. There are a number of nice neighborhoods in the area such as Lake Dunlap, Solms/Jentsch Acres, and Northstar Loop/Northpark Ridge. More expensive areas include Landa Park Highlands, Hunter, Comal/Corbyn, Gruene/Thorn Hill and Clear Springs. Lovely homes line the shores of Lake McQueeney. In the middle of the lake, is Treasure Island which features numerous expansive vacation and summer homes. Many locals and visitors alike are drawn to the area's cold-river springs, and tubing is a big activity during the summer on the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers. The Schlitterbahn Water Park is located in New Braunfels and was one of the first ones in the country. Another local attraction is the Ernest Eikel Skate Park.
A popular New Braunfels's destination is the Gruene Historical District, which is a collection of late 19th century and early 20th century buildings including a 6,000 square foot dance hall. The entire area is now on the National Register of Historic Places and has been renovated to include a Victorian-style bed and breakfast, numerous restaurants, a coffee house and multiple boutiques. Lake Dunlap is in the area and popular with water skiers, wakeboarders, boaters and families due to its relatively calm waters. It is a favorite of recreational fishermen because it has been stocked with striped bass, largemouth bass, catfish and crappie. The Dry Comal Creek Vineyards are also in New Braunfels. The winery has been producing award winning vintages since 2000. There is a tasting room and tours are available, and the vineyard is also a great venue for wedding receptions. San Antonio is a short 40 minute drive from New Braunfels and has all the amenities of a world class city. Visitors are drawn to the Riverwalk entertainment center and historic Alamo. Search our database of lovely homes to find the perfect property for your family in New Braunfels.