Students Watching New Hill Country Master-Planned Community Develop North of San Antonio

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The first phase of 230 lots in the Johnson Ranch master-planned community north of San Antonio off Highway 281 and FM 1863 is underway by DH Investments, Ltd. Four builders will start homes late this summer.

Entrance to the new Johnson Ranch community

CISD school bus heading to Johnson Ranch Elementary. Development of the Johnson Ranch community now underway.

With such a gorgeous piece of Hill Country land, we’ve worked extensively and carefully with landscape architects and engineers to ensure we integrate these homes into the land.

The students at Johnson Ranch Elementary in Bulverde have something new to watch across the street as progress is made each day on the development of the first phase of 230 lots out of 955 lots planned in Johnson Ranch.

The elementary school opened in 2009 in anticipation of many new homes springing up around it, but the economic downturn slowed development. Now with San Antonio real estate growing again, so is Johnson Ranch. Yantis Company is moving dirt and utilities are being installed underground at this master planned community just north of San Antonio near Bulverde on Highway 281 and FM 1863.

Late this summer, Ryland Homes and Highland Homes will begin construction of homes in the first two clusters, followed soon thereafter by McNair Custom Homes and Monticello Homes in the third cluster. Johnson Ranch is being developed in clusters of neighborhoods leaving about one-third of the overall 767 acre former cattle ranch as open space, ponding areas and the amenity center.

“With such a gorgeous piece of Hill Country land, we’ve worked extensively and carefully with landscape architects and engineers to ensure we integrate these homes into the land,” says Charlie Hill, vice president of DH Investment, the developer of Johnson Ranch. Hill continues, “We’re protecting many massive estate oaks along the boulevard and in the medians. The arrival from FM 1863 going about ¼ mile into the community towards the school is divided and we preserved about 30 pecan trees in the median that were planted by Clyde Johnson, Jr. over 50 years ago. It sets a tone for our plans to preserve what we can of this beautiful heritage ranch that has been in the Johnson family for decades.”

Trails will connect between the different clustered neighborhoods, the amenity center and Johnson Ranch Elementary. The swimming pool at the recreation center will enjoy the southeast breezes and the long views across the Cibola Creek valley.

Bulverde Spring Branch EMS has completed an agreement to build a new EMS station just south of Johnson Ranch Elementary. Construction of the station is scheduled to begin later this year.

This first phase of Johnson Ranch covers 164 acres of the total 767 acres. Lennar Homes will begin construction of another phase in 2014 at the far north end of the community. All of Johnson Ranch will be served by GBRA for water and central wastewater with GVTC providing underground Fiber-to-the-Home technology. Located off of US 281 and FM 1863 in Bulverde, Johnson Ranch homeowners will enjoy the beauty of the Texas Hill Country while being only 10 minutes from The Village at Stone Oak and 20 minutes from the San Antonio International Airport.

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