Drive down the cozy streets of Garden Ridge, and it’s easy to see: there’s a reason Niche.com voted this little town as the #1 in Best Place to Live in Comal County. Lined with mature trees, homes boasting generously portioned lots (usually around an acre), and a quiet way of life, Garden Ridge is a getaway nestled in one of the most convenient spots in the city...although, you wouldn’t know it from the peace and quiet. Just 2.5 miles west of the I-35 corridor, Garden Ridge residents enjoy access to some of the most coveted amenities in the area. Head 12 miles northeast for all the outdoor fun, river leisure, and German small-town charm of New Braunfels, or 20 miles southeast for the big-city perks of downtown San Antonio (River Walk, Tower of the Americas, etc). Immediately close by, Natural Bridge Caverns, Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, Bracken Cave, boutiques of Bracken Village, Rolling Oaks Mall, The Forum at Olympia Parkway, and the Village Oaks Shopping Center are also easily accessible for Garden Ridge residents.
Garden Ridge offers a Hill Country vibe that can’t be found within the confines of San Antonio city limits. Spots like Paul Davis Park and Park Lane Park offer beautifully landscaped natural green spaces that include everything from covered pavilions to barbecue huts, picnic tables, playground equipment, a softball field, and (obviously) plenty of space to play. These community hubs offer a place to gather with friends and family, as well as enjoy the wide-open Hill Country skies.
And, though several small boutiques, retail spots, and restaurants can be found within Garden Ridge (as well as an adorable library), the small town is mostly composed of beautifully planned neighborhoods...hence why its off-the-beaten-path charm draws in so many homeowners interested in a little peace and quiet: your local friends and neighbors are the ones you’ll see driving down the street and walking by on sidewalks. Besides the neighborhoods listed above, subdivisions like Arrowood Estates, Country Oak Estates, Forest Hills, Forest of Garden Ridge, Garden Oaks, Oak Meadow Estates, Oak Trace, Park Lane Estates, Ramble Ridge, Regency Oaks, The Park at Garden Ridge, Twisted Oaks, and Woodlands of Garden Ridge offer additional options. Most of these communities offer generous lots (at least an acre) and typically range in price from $300's to just under a million.
Despite its proximity to San Antonio, Garden Ridge’s strategic north lying location means that school-aged children in the area enjoy zoning to one of the most coveted school districts in the area: Comal ISD. Known far and wide as the “Hill Country” district (educating nearly 600 square miles of Central Texas), Comal ISD offers exemplary teachers, college readiness, and a focus on character development (recognized as “exemplary” by the Texas Education Agency). Specifically, students in Garden Ridge are zoned to attend Garden Ridge Elementary, Canyon Middle School, and Canyon High School.
Overall, Garden Ridge’s incredible location, exemplary schools, and beautifully plan neighborhoods make it a standout choice among military families, downsizers and move-up buyers alike. The undeniably quiet, cozy atmosphere, hospitable community, and Hill Country ambiance truly live up to the town’s motto: Garden Ridge is “a way of life, not just a place to live.”
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