The Crossvine is a beautiful masterplanned community located in the underutilized southern sector of Schertz, Texas – roughly 20 minutes north of San Antonio. The community contains homes from two of the nation’s top homebuilders, Ryland Homes and David Weekley Homes. Although The Crossvine is immaculate in presentation and design, its production was not a seamless one.
The inception of The Crossvine dates back a decade as a failed standard paperlot grid subdivision project. During its first phase Lennar built 171 homes, but due to the downturn in the home market in 2009, production and the project went on an indefinite hiatus. By 2010, Schertz 1518, Ltd. President Christopher Price and his partners acquired the property, and after analyzing a new post-meltdown development landscape, the developers were faced with two options for the project: either a down-market entrylevel subdivision that would appeal to a constricted credit market, or a value-loaded master-planned community capable of offering long-term price stability in addition to an attractive lifestyle. The developers opted for the latter choice.
The project, however, once again came to a halt due to the City of Schertz’s municipal codes that would not allow many of the progressive or dense designs the development team wanted to carry through. Fortunately, a partnership between the city and its developers redeveloped the codes and allowed them to proceed with their vision for the community.
The second-first phase of The Crossvine debuted in late 2013 with 121 single family homes by respected homebuilders Ryland Homes and David Weekley Homes – by November of 2014 model homes were opened.
Over the next seven years The Crossvine would see six additional residential phases and three commercial phases. But, it is not finished yet. This summer the next two single family homes will break ground, and a section of garden homes are currently in developmental stages.
The Crossvine’s value can be attributed to the five characteristics that Schertz 1518 prioritized during its development. “There were five key words that the development team kept in mind during the entire design process of The Crossvine: connected, active, ageless, authentic and fun,” Price said.
The connectedness of The Crossvine can be found in its shared social spaces that the community offers. The community offers an array of social activities for residents to partake in. Hiking and bike trails and continuous sidewalks along roads were methodically designed to intersect with homes, parks, pools and future commercial nodes.
Their connected aspect directly intersects with their active goal to ensure recreational activities are available and easily accessible for homeowners in The Crossvine. Whether utilizing the location’s open fields via jogging or biking, swimming or working out at exercise stations, the community’s design ensures that its open and shared activities create a sociable neighborhood.
The Crossvine is not only a single family housing community, instead it hosts garden homes, townhomes, multi-family, independent and assisted living facilities. The idea behind The Crossvine was that it would be flexible and versatile. “We wanted to foster a real neighborhood where people of different life stages and ages could enjoy living together,” adds Price.
It was also important for the developers of the community to keep true to their location. They wanted The Crossvine to be an authentic and accurate portrayal of what central Texas is. Price said, “It was also important that the development look and feel like it belonged where it was, central Texas, and wasn’t an exaggeration of a faux architectural style. We wanted to respect the area’s rural history and incorporate the Texas heritage building vernacular.”
The Texas vernacular includes meandering walls composed by stacking huge quarried stones; and the use of sturdy wood and welded wire fencing to create openness onto greenbelt areas. Cul-de-sacs and curves is a theme throughout the neighborhood – stone wraps cover all four sides of the home and a Texas heritage board and batten option was added to the elevation mix.
Fun—the fifth quality of the community— can be found in the many amenities offered. Two resort-style pools, an open amphitheater that resides beside a beautiful pond, over 12 miles of hiking and biking trails, three playscapes, and acres of open greenspace are all within resident’s reach regardless of location in the community.
Last month, residents at Sedona were the first to enjoy the new resort-style pool. Currently 12 units are being built and 32 of the first 121 new homes have been sold. Schertz 1518 is attempting to make the community greener. A purple pipe runs through the first phase of the development and developers are currently working with the city to facilitate the adoption of a water reuse plan. Their hope is to use recycled water for all landscaping needs.
For families with children at The Crossvine, the city of Schertz is part of the highly-rated Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District, and nearby to Washington Tyrannus School of the Arts. Major employers have also begun to open their doors in Schertz and in downtown San Antonio. Randolph Air Force Base is also less than a mile away.
The Crossvine sets the bar high for future developments in Schertz, Texas. Although authenticity and location played a primal role in the development of The Crossvine, it was also supported by visions directly from the developers and the multitude of people involved in the making. Price says, “We worked with city staff, the planning and zoning commissioners, city council members, and Schertz residents to create a development they would like to see replicated as the city grows.”
Sergio Flores is the Editorial Assistant for Builder and Developer. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org