Fair Oaks Ranch
A breathtaking neighborhood with a variety of custom built homes, surrounded by green hills and blue skies, Fair Oaks Ranch is a suburban city located on the north west of San Antonio and south east of Boerne. This elite location offers residents the secluded hill country feeling that so many desire, yet with close proximity to Interstate 10, the hustle and bustle of San Antonio is only a short drive away.
Photo courtesy of David Wagner.
The city of Fair Oaks Ranch was formed in 1988 to preserve the beauty and pastoral quality of the area as well as its history. From its inception as a rural community in three counties, Bexar, Comal and Kendall, the city has gone through much evolution over the decades. Today, the 5,000-acre city has grown with an extra territorial jurisdiction of over 3,200 acres. The population has increased from a mere 1,500 to nearly 6,000. Correspondingly, the number of households has increased from 600 to almost 3,500. Despite this growth, the city is still the same in many ways and remains one of the most unique and pleasant places to buy a home. The success of Fair Oaks Ranch is due largely to the remarkable planning and sound city management.
Homes in Fair Oaks Ranch
With 3,466 households, Fair Oaks Ranch offers up a diverse selection of housing. From comfortable single story houses with three bedrooms and two full baths, modestly nestled within 1,500 sq ft, to supremely spacious farm/ranch size homes with six bedrooms, four full baths, and two half baths built within 6,500 sq ft on an expansive 30-acre lot.
Photo courtesy of Kevin Crawford
Additional features of the homes may include an external garage, horse stables, private garden with water features, and beautiful custom swimming pools. Because of the prestige, excellent location, and amenities, these homes hold their value exceedingly well. The price for these premium homes can range from an affordable $275 thousand to well over $2 million.
Photo courtesy of The Platinum Group.
Additionally, Fair Oaks Ranch has a number of lots available on undeveloped land which start around $50k to over $200k with land sizes starting from 0.3 acres and exceeding 5 acres.
Amenities in Fair Oaks Ranch
The heart of the city is Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club which has been voted Best Overall Family Value Country Club for three years by AvidGolfer magazine as well as Best Overall Country Club in 2008 by the Boerne Star.
Blooming flowers, native oak trees, and the rolling terrain of Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club epitomize nature’s finest work. Enriched by the truly exquisite golf and tennis environment, the club is renowned for its aesthetic appeal.
Amenities in the club include 36 holes of championship golf on the Live Oak and Blackjack Oak courses, tennis courts, pools and additional event space. The Club has become one of San Antonio’s premier family-oriented country clubs, known for its impeccable and personalized service, warm and friendly staff, full-service facilities and amenities, and an active and vibrant membership community.
While the club is a popular venue for hosting events, most notably weddings the nearby River Rock Event Center serves as an alternate to the club. River Rock has received high ratings for its scenic outdoor weddings as well as its impeccable indoor weddings. Adjacent to River Rock is Cibolo Creek Community Church. And while it too hosts weddings, it is better known for organizing several activities for adults and children alike.
A view of the beautiful River Rock Event Center.
On the edge of the city, near the IH-10 and Fair Oaks intersection, Conroy’s Irish Pub serves as the local family friendly restaurant and bar, renowned for their free monthly craft beer tasting, juicy steaks and of course, hosting the occasional wedding. Likewise, Fair Oaks Market serves as the local hub for miscellaneous amenities, such as banks, convenience stores, and local favorite, Tri County Meat Market.
Education in Fair Oaks Ranch
Fair Oaks Ranch is part of the acclaimed Boerne Independent School District. Students who live in Fair Oaks Ranch are zoned to attend Fair Oaks Ranch Elementary School (K-6), Boerne Middle School South (7-8) and Boerne Champion High School (9-12).
In the beginning, Fair Oaks Ranch attracted primarily the retired demographic. Hence, at the time of inception, there was no neighborhood school. With the influx of young families, the city started evolving into a vibrant city necessitating the need for schools within the area. In 1995, Fair Oaks Elementary School opened its doors to the public and currently holds a stellar ten out of ten rating. Likewise, both the middle school and high school have received similar accolades and are highly sought after.
A quiet, southern, small town with rich history, Fair Oaks Ranch is an ideal location for a variety of lifestyles. With an active home owners association adamant on preserving old fashioned family values and all the beauty that the hill country has to offer, this iconic neighborhood may just be the perfect place to buy a home.