Available mid May 2019

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Beautiful sunsets are common off the back deck…the deck has not been stained in this photo

Beautiful sunsets are common off the back deck…the deck has not been stained in this photo

River Oaks

Rare opportunity to own a four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath hillside retreat in the established River Oaks neighborhood outside of New Braunfels, Texas. Approximately 5-1/4 acres, situated on a quiet cul-de-sac, teeming with wildlife and the peaceful sounds of nature, this unique find has an amazing northwest-facing canyon view with stunning sunsets.

Fully remodeled, thoughtful design, outdoor living above the treetops

River Oaks is an established enclave of estate-sized lots that are heavily wooded with mature oaks and native trees. Situated on a sloped lot, all but one room in the one-story residence has a canyon view. The home features natural landscaping with minimal upkeep. Residents anxiously await springtime for the abundance of purple mountain laurels that line the driveway and fill the air with the sweet smell of “grape Kool-Aid.” There is also an abundance of songbirds and wildlife.

River Oaks provides the best of peaceful country living combined with a close proximity to great schools, amenities, entertainment, water sports, and hospitals. With a short drive to either San Antonio or Austin, it’s also close to Wimberley and the Texas Hill Country. The historic German town of Gruene—home to Gruene Hall, live music, local wineries, and shopping—was recently named a “most charming small town” by the Travel Channel. Some of the best trout fishing in the state is found in the rushing waters of the Guadalupe River below, and Canyon Lake is also nearby.

The River Oaks park provides direct, private access to the river and the “limestone chutes” part of the Guadalupe. Kids and adults alike will enjoy tubing down these natural rapids. Resident activities such as the Halloween hayride/trick-or-treating/haunted house bring the community together for lots of fun. The HOA dues are a low $10/month, with reasonable restrictions.

Entrance with mahogany door

The Home

For over 20 years, the current owners loved this home, but in 2018 major renovations were undertaken to completely update and improve the flow and add a new creative space that increased the square footage. A once-hidden office is now open to the main living area, and the unused upstairs space is now an air-conditioned, inspiring art studio, workout room, or second office with an “observation deck.” Grab a couple of chairs and watch the deer graze below while taking in one of the stunning sunsets over a favorite beverage.

Some of the features:

  • Single story, approximately 2,900 SF home with upstairs bonus studio (additional 300+ SF)

  • Open concept kitchen with view of of the living room, decks, and canyon

  • Large living/dining area with dramatic cedar beams and electric fireplace (with/without heat) for year-round enjoyment

  • Energy-efficient 8’ Andersen sliding doors (installed March 2019) provide an amazing view; kitchen, office, and studio all have recently replaced, high-quality Andersen windows

  • Hand-scraped eco-friendly stranded bamboo floors in most of the home; custom tile in bathrooms; new carpet in three bedrooms

  • Ceiling fans in every room, with oversized 68” ceiling fans in the main rooms

The master ensuite bathroom (in progress)

  • Split-bedroom floor plan has secluded master bedroom with private deck

  • Updated master en-suite with freestanding tub, vessel sinks, skylight, flex-space, and sliding barn doors

  • Large Jacuzzi® brand hot tub in indoor cedar-lined room with large picture windows on three sides, overlooking the canyon

  • Multi-level decks leading down to a crystal blue pool

  • Three large bedrooms on other end of house from master (split-bedroom plan)

  • Office right off the main living area, perfect for folks who work from home

  • Separate studio or office space…stunning views of the canyon and sunsets. Durable laminate flooring makes the studio ideal for art, exercise, or play. (Studio has separate AC/heating and water has been run to the room but is not hooked up.)

  • Gated courtyard off kitchen is a great place for pets to hang out

  • Two-and-a-half-car covered carport with space for golf cart

  • Two-car garage

  • Dedicated parking space for large Class A RV (luxury bus-style) with water and electric hookups

  • Dual high-efficiency Trane heat pumps make the home comfortable year ‘round

  • Well water with commercial softener

  • Elfa® brand shelving installed throughout, completely customizable storage for pantry and closets with extra shelving

  • Concrete shingle roof is low-maintenance and tiles are easily replaced

(click to enlarge…view from studio observation deck)

(Click to view larger, and forgive the drop cloths!)


  • Solid cherry Kraftmaid cabinets with slide-out trays and plywood sides. Upgraded stacked crown moulding and moulding beneath

  • Granite countertops and custom tile

  • Stainless steel updated appliances include KitchenAid convection oven, microwave, dishwasher, and side-by-side KitchenAid cabinet depth refrigerator conveys, large stainless Fridgaire freezer conveys

  • Delta touch faucet

  • Reverse osmosis water filtration in kitchen

  • Integrated hot water dispenser for hot drinks

  • Bosch induction cooktop with pop-up downdraft in island, comes with KitchenAid stainless pots and pans

  • Tall cherry Kraftmaid pantry and second pantry

  • Large laundry room off kitchen with additional storage

Mountain laurels in spring