Exclusive Gated Waterfront Community "It's all about the lifestyle"
The exclusive gated waterfront community of Las Brisas in Central Texas is located 5 miles north of the historic city of Seguin and about 6 miles southeast of New Braunfels, along Hwy 46, on the edge of the beautiful Texas Hill Country. It is situated along the east bank of the Guadalupe River just above the dammed up section of the river known as Lake McQueeney, a popular waterskiing locale. Las Brisas is Spanish for 'The Breezes', so named for the gentle breezes which waft along the Guadalupe in summer, cooling the area from the intense Texas summer heat. See the location by clicking on the image at the right or here on Yahoo Maps southwest of Austin and northeast of San Antonio.
The Guadalupe River is popular with boaters including skiers, wakeboarders, kyackers and canoeists. Shallower sections of the river are also popular for tubing in the hot summer months. Las Brisas was originally platted in the early 1990's and developed by Lake McQueeney Ltd. in ten phases over the next 20 years. The development includes something over 200 beautiful custom homes, including some two dozen exclusive waterfront residences. Beautiful spacious 4 bedroom homes like this one on a fully landscaped half acre with community river access can still be had in the $200K range!
Waterfront properties easily run into the millions of dollars, but all Las Brisas residents enjoy unfettered access to the river and Lake McQueeney by virtue of the private park and marina located at the end of Paseo Del Rio. The beautiful three acre island is equipped with picnic tables and benches for the exclusive enjoyment of Las Brisas residents and their guests. A grove of large pecan trees on the island provide abundant shade for residents and habitat for local wildlife. The park also features a boat launch and a private marina which offers year round covered boat slips for purchase as well as day use slips for residents.
Just down river a couple miles is Lake McQueeney proper. Lake McQueeney is formed by a hydroelectric dam built in 1925 on the Guadalupe River. Most of the lake is approximately 10 feet (3 m) deep, with a few deeper sections along the center channel of the river and is maintained at a constant level year round. The water is warm and clear and very pleasant whether water skiing, wakeboarding, tubing, fishing or swimming.
Lake McQueeney is stocked with many species of fish such as catfish, white crappie, sunfish, spotted bass, and largemouth bass. This makes the reservoir ideal for recreational fishing.
There are no public parks or free boat ramps on the shores of Lake McQueeney, which keeps boating traffic to a minimum. Some of the local communities such as Las Brisas and Treasure Island, located in the middle of the lake, have private boat ramps for use by residents and their guests. Unlike Las Brisas, however, all of Treasure Island is entirely located in the floodplain of the Guadalupe River. Only the lower portion of Las Brisas has that issue... the majority of the homes in Las Brisas are higher and outside the floodplain... important peace of mind, especially for seasonal residents.
On the west bank of the lake sits the Lake Breeze Ski Lodge, a charming members-only club set on several beautiful treed acres. Lake McQueeney has long been known as the Water Ski Capital of Texas. The "Ski Bees" ski club hosts ski shows at the Lodge Thursday evenings all summer and the docks are always packed with people watching the excitement. Members who live in the area can always enjoy a leisurely cruise in their boat over to the day use docks at the club to meet friends for brunch, afternoon drinks or dinner at the outdoor cafe.
If you are looking for an exceptional waterfront lifestyle or just a memorable vacation on the waters of central Texas, you cannot beat this area. With its mild winters and wide range of recreational opportunities, it's a popular place for 'snowbirds', known here as Winter Texans, who come down to escape the cold winters in the upper midwest. It is also a wonderful place to live and raise a family. Oh, and if you doubt that the Texas Spirit isn't the strongest in the nation, watch this clip of some Texas younguns ages 6-8 at a Texas Tech Basketball game!
If you are interested in looking to sell or purchase a home in Las Brisas or anywhere in the Lake McQueeney region, a top real estate professional who can assist you is Michael Voulgaris with Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper in nearby New Braunfels, Texas. Mike lives on the lake himself and knows the area as well as anyone in the industry.
Although the real estate markets around the U.S. took a steep fall in many major markets in 2008-10, Texas has remained relatively strong with excellent investment potential. Watch this excellent video documenting the incredible strength of Texas:
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At Lake McQueeney, waterskiing is the focus. Wake boarding is also popular, but in this area you are apt to see skiers wearing T-shirts which read "If it was easy they'd call it wakeboarding". If you want to improve your skiing or have your kids attend an intensive ski camp, nearby Ski Masters, run by former National and International Waterski Champion Don Ennis, is the place to go. Or maybe it's time to try some "barefootin". See video 1 or video 2 for high speed thrills.
If you are a sailor, Canyon Lake Reservoir is just 25 miles northwest of Las Brisas, nestled in the hills of Texas Hill Country. Also fed by the Guadalupe River, the lake covers 8,230 acres with 80 miles of shoreline and is enjoyable for sailing year round with winds ranging from gentle breezes to strong challenging winds ahead of the occasional weather fronts. Other popular boating lakes in hill country include Lake LBJ, Lake Travis and the massive Lake Buchanan.
Texas is a magical place. As has often been said, 'Texas is a whole 'nother country'. To quote from the classic John Wayne film,
The Sons of Katie Elder, "Texas is a woman, she (mom/Katie) used to say, a big, wild, beautiful woman. You raise a kid to where he's got some size, and there's Texas whispering in his ear and smiling, saying, 'Come and have some fun.' It's hard enough to raise children, she'd say. But when you've got to fight Texas, a mother hasn't a chance."
In summary, if you enjoy water sports, whether sailing, windsurfing, waterskiing and wakeboarding, canoeing, kayacking or tubing, Las Brisas is an ideal place to live to take advantage of all these opportunities in Central Texas. As we say here, "It's all about the lifestyle." See you on the water!