July 16th, 2021

Moving To Schertz, Texas: What You Need To Know

Why Live in Schertz, Texas?

Schertz, Texas is centrally located in the San Antonio–New Braunfels metropolitan area. Homestead residents have access to a vibrant local with plenty of work opportunities, entertainment options, and all the economic and weather perks that come with living in Texas.

Homestead is particularly attractive to military members given our proximity to the Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA). Whether you’re active duty, enlisted, or retired, you deserve a vibrant community like Homestead, where you’ll have access to top-notch amenities, luxury housing, and neighbors and event staff who are happy to welcome you into the fold.

Low Price of Living in Texas

If you’re moving from out of state to Texas, then there’s a good chance you’re about to have a significant chunk of change in your pocket.

That’s because Texas has no state income tax and, according to the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, has the 14th lowest cost of living in the United States as of Q1 2021.

Schertz, Texas Employment

If you’re moving to Texas from out of state in search of a job opportunity, then you’re in luck. According to the US Census, Schertz’s unemployment rate in December of 2020 was 5.4%. Less than the national unemployment rate for the same time, which was 6.7%

Great Weather in Texas

The Lone Star State’s weather is more comfortable than average, so a new resident moving to Texas from out of state may find themselves with a little more bounce in their step. Schertz has a humid, subtropical climate, which translates into hot summers and mild to cool winters.

On average, you can expect 225 sunny days, no snow, and 34 inches of rain per year. You also don’t have to worry about floods or tornados. According to the annual BestPlaces Comfort Index, Schertz is a 7.1 out of 10. The national average in the US is 7.

San Antonio, A Big City Within Reach of Schertz, TX

San Antonio Economy

San Antonio’s job market focuses on military, health care, government–civil service, financial services, oil and gas, and tourism. There’s also a significant amount of call centers and automobile manufacturing in the city.

In addition to the aforementioned large military presence, The South Texas Medical Center, which is the only medical research and care provider in South Texas, is located in San Antonio.

The presence of tech companies is also growing, and four fortune 500 companies have their global headquarters in San Antonio.

That all adds up to plenty of opportunities for young professionals and a lot of job growth as well.

San Antonio Employment

According to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the San Antonio-New Braunfels metro area has a 6.6% employment rate (Jan 2021).

San Antonio, TX Attractions 

San Antonio is only 15 Minutes from Schertz, TX. Here are just a few of San Antonio’s many attractions.

The Alamo

The Alamo is one of the most frequently visited historic sites in the US. Tourists can tour the entire facility and see many historical artifacts.

San Antonio RiverWalk

This city park weaves under bridges and along a river. There are many restaurants and shops along the way, plus major tourist attractions such as museums, theaters, and more.

Morgan’s Wonderland

Morgan’s Wonderland is a 25-acre non-profit theme park designed with accessibility in mind for guests of all ages and abilities. Opened in 2021, Morgan’s Wonderland is the first attraction of its type in the world. It’s attracted over a million guests from across the US and around the world. The entire park is wheelchair-accessible. It features more than 25 attractions including: 

  • Rides
  • Playgrounds
  • Gardens
  • 8-acre catch-and-release fishing lake
  • 18,000 square foot special-event center
  • 575-seat amphitheater
  • Picnic area
  • Rest areas.

Splashtown San Antonio

This waterpark is found in the inner northeast side of San Antonio’s downtown. It has many attractions.

  • Half-million-gallon wave pool
  • Quarter-mile-long lazy river
  • 40 water slides and tube rides
  • Activity pool with lily pads and balance logs
  • Water and beach volleyball
  • Basketball

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Known as “Fiesta Texas”, this amusement park is 200 acres and contains many rides and attractions. You also have the opportunity to interact with performers dressed as characters from Looney Tunes and DC Comics. During Halloween, the park is home to Fright Fest, where performers dress up like monsters and “haunt” the park.

San Antonio Zoo

The San Antonio Zoo’s 35 acres boasts over 3,500 animals from over 750 species. The zoo also contains The Richard Friedrich Aquarium. Expect to see many of your favorite animals: Hippopotami, Rhinoceros, Elephants, Monkeys, Bears, Birds, Zebras, Lions.

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is dedicated to preserving four out of five Spanish frontier missions built in San Antonio.

The missions are the Mission Concepción, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada. The Alamo isn’t part of the park (it’s owned by the State of Texas and is found in downtown San Antonio).

San Antonio Botanical Garden

This 33-acre non-profit botanical garden is the official botanical garden of San Antonio. The Lucile Halsell Conservatory was designed by award-winning Argentinian architect Emilio Ambasz and contained five climate-specific greenhouses.

There are also many gardens, including a Japanese garden that draws inspiration from the 300-year-old Suizenji Park in Japan.

New Braunfels, Texas, A Vibrant City Just 15 Minutes Away

A Brief History of New Braunfels

What is now New Braunfels, TX was the result of the “Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas,” which was formed in 1842 for the explicit purpose of starting a new German settlement in Texas.

The first group of immigrants sponsored by the society arrived in Galveston, Texas, in July 1844. The immigrants settled on land grants that the society had purchased near Comal Springs. The area was named New Braunfels by Prince Solms, one of the German noblemen belonging to the society.

While New Braunfels had a rocky start, it found its footing and, by 1850, was the fourth largest city in the great state of Texas. That vibrancy continues today, with the US Census identifying New Braunfels as the third fastest-growing city in the US from 2010 to 2020. The population grew by 56.4%.

New Braunfels Attractions

Wurstfest

A German-style sausage festival is held every November to celebrate the German history of New Braunfels.

The Ernest Eikel SkatePark

A popular destination for skateboarders thanks to skateboard terrain that accommodates all skill levels. The park hosts numerous contests, expositions from world-renowned professional skateboard teams, and more.

New Braunfels Buc-ee’s Gas Station

At 68,000 square feet, this Buc-ee’s boasts the largest convenience store in the world. It attracts many tourists who simply want to see such a big convenience store with:

  • 120 fueling stations
  • 1,0000 parking spots
  • 64 ice freezers
  • 83 toilets
  • 31 cash registers
  • 4 Icee machines
  • 80 fountain dispensers

Schlitterbahn

A waterpark with a combined 51 rivers, rides, slides, and chutes.

Gruene Historic District
Grab a bite, browse some shops, and enjoy a stroll through a Texan historic district as it once was–today.

Landa Park

Go for a nature walk, swim, picnic, paddle boat ride, play some mini-golf, and more at this 51-acre public park.

Comal River

At two miles, Comal River is the shortest navigable river in Texas (although locals like to call it the “longest shortest river in the world”). The Comal is always roughly 72 °F, which makes it an attraction for scuba divers year-round. It’s also a popular spot for tubing, which thousands of people do every spring and summer.

Schools In and Near Schertz, TX 

A good school district can be a deciding factor when it comes to choosing where you move. Luckily, the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District earned an overall grade of A in 2021 from Niche.com, a website dedicated to reviewing schools.

The Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District

The Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District has earned other impressive rankings from Niche in 2021.

  • #1 out of 3 Best School Districts in Guadalupe County
  • #9 out of 31 Best School Districts in San Antonio Area
  • #78th out of 1, 019 Best School Districts in Texas
  • #1 out of 31 Best School District in San Antonio Area for Athletics
  • #15 out of 1,019 Best School Districts for Athletes in Texas
  • #75 out of 1,019 Most Diverse School Districts in Texas

The closest schools to Homestead in Schertz, TX also received solid scores from Niche.

  • John A. Sippel Elementary School: B+
    • #6 out of 22 in Best Public Elementary Schools in Guadalupe County
  • Elaine S. Schlather Intermediate School: A
    • #2 out of 12 in Best Public Middle Schools in Guadalupe County
  • J. Dobie Junior High School: A
    • #1 out of 12 in Best Public Middle Schools in Guadalupe County
  • Byron P. Steele II High School: A
    • #1 in Best Public High Schools in Guadalupe County

Colleges Near Schertz, Texas

There are many colleges near Schertz. Take a look below.

  • The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Texas A&M University–San Antonio
  • University of Texas – Health Science Center at San Antonio

Randolph Air Force Base, Just 15 To 20 Minutes Away From Schertz

Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) is the result of a 2005 congressional legislation that ordered the consolidation of the United States Army Fort Sam Houston, Randolph Air Force Base, Lackland Air Force Base, and Martindale Army Airfield.

Completed on October 1st, 2010, JBSA hosts a population of 80,000 and supports upwards of 138,000 students yearly. JBSA holds the distinction of currently being the single largest Department of Defense installation/enterprise. Homestead is proud to be the home of many currently serving and retired military personnel.

Homestead is conveniently located near several military installations.

  • Randolph Air Force Base- 15 to 20 minutes away
  • Martindale Army Airfield- 30 minutes away
  • Fort Sam Houston – 35 minutes away
  • Lackland Air Force Base- 45 minutes away
  • Martindale Army Airfield- 30 minutes away
  • Camp Bullis- 51 minutes away
  • Camp Stanley- 53 minutes away

Homes in Schertz, Texas

Homestead is a planned community and was built to foster community. Our streetscapes are human-scaled, our neighborhoods lend themselves to bonding, and our many gathering spaces are an opportunity to nurture friendships. At Homestead, we’re settling the area together, and each of us contributes in our own special way.

Tour our homes either in person or online. Browse the following builders: Castlerock Communities, Chesmar Homes, Perry Homes, or Scott Felder Homes.

In-Person Tours

Contact any of our representatives via phone, email, or using this contact form. Self-guided or guided tours are available.

Virtual Tours

You can find videos, pictures, and interactive floor plans on our website. Check it out today.

Homestead Amenities

  • A modern, top-of-the-line fitness center with over 23,000 square feet.
  • An upscale, resort-style pool.
  • Open-air pavilion with BBQ grills and a communal fireplace.
  • A manicured, great lawn ideal for games and picnics.
  • Paved trails and even more parks on the way.

Tips For Moving To Schertz, Texas

Choosing Your Texas Moving Company

When looking for a moving company, check online on multiple websites. Confirm that they have a TxDMV license before you make your choice.

Change Your Address

Updating your address is easier than you think. You can change your address online. All you need is a credit or debit card to verify your identity.

Driver’s License

Within 90 days of moving to Texas, you need to get a Texas driver’s license.

Vehicle Registration

All it takes to register to vote in Texas is completing an online voter registration form and then mailing it in.

The Bottom Line On Moving To Schertz, Texas

In the past, a homestead was a tract of public land in the West awarded to US citizens willing to settle the land.

While the settlers of yore could hardly imagine the amenities and high-end abodes residents of Homestead enjoy, they’d easily recognize the pioneering spirit that’s alive and well in the San Antonio-New Braunfels area.

Learn more about Homestead’s unique location.

Links

www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-search/Schertz_TX/overview
www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-search/San-Antonio_TX/overview
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www.bls.gov/regions/southwest/tx_sanantonio_msa.htm
www.niche.com/k12/d/schertz-cibolo-universal-city-independent-school-district-tx/
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www.spaskateparks.com/projects/detail/new-braunfels-texas-jaws-skatepark
www.thebalancesmb.com/world-s-largest-retail-convenience-store-2892134
www.schlitterbahn.com/new-braunfels
www.gruenetexas.com/
www.nbtexas.org/2595/Landa-Park
www.playinnewbraunfels.com/splash/comal-river/
www.thealamo.org/
www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com/
www.morganswonderland.com/
www.splashtownsa.com/
www.sixflags.com/fiestatexas
sazoo.org/
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www.zillow.com/tx/home-values/
moversguide.usps.com/mgo/disclaimer
www.dps.texas.gov/section/driver-license
www.txdmv.gov/motorists/register-your-vehicle
www.votetexas.gov/register/index.html