“Who needs Uber? I can walk to Gruene Hall and back in fifteen minutes,” raved one Preiss Heights resident. Nestled directly in the heart of the most coveted location in the New Braunfels area, Preiss Heights is just a mile east of Gruene’s historic charm (and three miles from downtown!). Residents say that, sometimes, the sounds from the “oldest dance hall in Texas” can be heard drifting through the neighborhood.
Plus, anyone commuting to San Antonio or Austin need not fear: this neighborhood is incredibly accessible to the I-35 corridor (barred by just a few traffic lights)...meaning all the movie theater, restaurant, and retail glory of the Creekside shopping center and the San Marcos outlets are just a short drive away! Anyone looking to stay in this area might also want to check out Riada (another waterfront luxury community just across the river from Preiss Heights) or neighborhoods like Cotton Crossing and The Vineyard at Gruene, which offer garden homes for those interested in downsizing. Alternatively, those looking for luxury waterfront homes further out from the city may look into Riverforest or River Chase.
But while incredible area attractions are just a quick drive away, the question remains: why would you ever want to leave the neighborhood? Peppered with century-old oaks and lined with the sparkling Guadalupe, Preiss Heights might be the closest thing to “New Braunfels paradise” we’ve seen. This neighborhood starts upstream: cliffside to the Guadalupe River (at Clutter Falls), meandering down into a riverbank several hundred feet downstream. Due to the varied nature of the natural landscape, homes in this neighborhood range from clifftop beauties bearing unparalleled views to the “direct-river access” sort of luxury. Additionally, the neighborhood’s gated, private river park offers over two acres of peaceful glory (and 300+ feet of waterfrontage).
Due to its established nature (and lack of deed restriction), Preiss Heights showcases 80+ homes that vary widely in both style and price (while still retaining the “luxury” label across the board). Residents who have built and renovated homes in this neighborhood have proved innovative and creative, including features that range from koi ponds to waterfront elevators. These estates begin in the $300s and soar above $2 Million (with a median listing price in the $600s).
As far as schools go, Preiss Heights students are generally zoned to attend New Braunfels ISD, a school system with highly rated academics and exemplary levels of proficiency in both math and reading. Overall, parents and teachers express great satisfaction with NBISD’s learning environment, emphasis on technology, and extra-curriculars. Go Unicorns! In general, students in this neighborhood attend New Braunfels High School, Oak Run Middle School, and Lamar Elementary School (although zoning may vary depending on exact location).
Overall, Preiss Heights is perfect for anyone looking to get a true taste of waterfront New Braunfels living. The unique nature of the homes (as well as the absolutely top-notch location) deserve every penny of the Preiss Heights’ luxury price tag.
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