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Packing Tips and Must-Have Items for Your Summer Trip

Is there really any vacation that embodies the summer experience more than a trip to the beach? Families have been loading up their cars, spreading out on the sand, and soaking up the sunshine amid dashes into the water for generations. 

While there’s not a lot of complexity to enjoying a few days at the beach, a little bit of planning can go a long way. 

Sun Protection Essentials

No matter what beach you visit, packing the right sun protection is key – especially if you have young children in tow. Don’t head to the beach without these essentials. 

  • Waterproof sunscreen (dermatologists recommend SPF 40 or higher for kids)\
  • Sunglasses
  • Hats
  • UV shirts or UV suits
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Sunburn relief cream

When it comes to applying sunscreen, it’s good to apply it at least 10 minutes before heading outside and reapply every two hours, especially if your child is doing a lot of swimming. Pay special attention when applying sunblock to areas more prone to sunburn, like the shoulders, back, nose, neck, and ears. 

Keep Cool

Small children can’t stay out in the sun as long as adults, and providing some relief from the sun’s rays will help to keep everyone more comfortable. Consider bringing a beach canopy that you can set up or renting an umbrella if you’re at a beach that provides them. 

Be sure to also bring along plenty of snacks and drinks to keep everyone happy. Soda or sugary drinks may be popular, but water is your best bet when it comes to preventing dehydration. 

Fun in the Sun

It’s easy to have a good time simply splashing in the surf, but beach toys will take the fun to a whole other level. Just don’t make the mistake of taking more toys than you can carry. A good rule of thumb for the kiddos is to remind them that if they want to play with it, then they can help carry it. 

A few classic toys to consider bringing:

  • Sandcastle buckets and shovels
  • Frisbee
  • Kite
  • Skimboard
  • Water guns
  • Floats
  • A mask, snorkel, and flippers

If your beach crew is all about some friendly competition, beach games like volleyball, tidal-ball, spike ball, or a portable cornhole set can provide plenty of fun. 

Keep Things Easy

A relaxing day at the beach should be a simple affair, but that doesn’t mean that items of convenience should be ignored. One of the great things about stopping at those giant beach stores every touristy beach town has is that they’re full of items you don’t think you need until you need them. 

These items may not be essentials, but they’re nice to have:

  • Cooler bags
  • Mesh or waterproof bags
  • Sunglass straps
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Sand remover wipes
  • Insulated water bottles
  • Bug repellant
  • Trash bags
  • Rash guards
  • Beach chairs

The awesome thing about Kyle is that it’s only about 3 and a half hours to Gavelston, and if you’re simply looking for a beach day at the lake, well, that’s only a 10-minute car ride away. Kyle’s easy access to so much that Texas has to offer is one of the things that makes it such a wonderful place to live. 

Until you can get to the beach, you could enjoy a stay at home Sunday at Windy Point Amenity Center, which features a large pool with beach access, shade structures, and a spray park! If you’re looking for a home here, reach out to the Crosswinds team to learn more about this master-planned community.

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Navigating the Neighborhood

Maybe we’re a bit biased, but we strongly believe that Kyle, specifically the Crosswinds community, is the best place to call home in the Texas Hill Country. The city offers convenience to larger metros such as Austin and San Antonio but has a vibrant character all its own. It’s big enough that there’s always something going on, yet small enough that it isn’t tangled up in the hustle and bustle of a big city.


If you’re new to the neighborhood, here are a few things to know for navigating your new home turf. 


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The Crosswinds master-planned community was designed to offer residents not only exceptional homes but resort-style amenities that appeal to every lifestyle. 


Residents can soak up the sun and cool off poolside during the summer months, burn off some energy on the pickleball court, or gather for a cookout at one of the grill/picnic areas. There’s also a dog park for pet owners and an extensive trail system that residents can enjoy for biking or just a leisurely stroll. 




Children in the Crosswinds community and Kyle are zoned for Hays CISD. From elementary all the way up through high school, the schools offer an amazing curriculum of educational and extra-curricular activities ranging from sports to music and theater.


Located within the Hays CISD for Crosswinds families are:

  • Plfuger Elementary – student/teacher ratio 15:1
  • Chapa Middle School – student/teacher ratio 13:1
  • Lehman High School – student/teacher ratio 16:1


Kyle also happens to be near several community and four-year colleges and universities, including: 

  • Austin Community College (ACC) Hays Campus
  • Texas State University
  • UT at Austin
  • St. Edwards University
  • San Antonio College
  • Huston-Tillotson University


Access to Austin


A major draw for many people moving to Kyle is its close proximity to Austin. Considering that it’s just 21 miles to downtown Austin, 25 miles to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and an hour to San Antonio, Kyle is an ideal spot for those looking for the convenience of a larger city without the busyness of living in one.


Kyle at a Glance


Kyle may be one of the most popular spots to call home in Austin, but this small Texas city has a long history stretching back to the 19th century. 


The area was settled in 1880, but it wasn’t until 1960 that its population cracked 1,000 people. Even then, Kyle was still a pretty sleepy town until the new millennium, when its population really began to grow between 2000 and 2010. 


Today, Kyle enjoys a growing economy, affordable cost of living, low crime rate, and plenty of leisure and shopping options. Walking trails like the Plum Creek Trail system offer residents an ideal way to enjoy nature, and the Pie In The Sky Hot Air Balloon Festival draws thousands of people each year. 

It’s this combination of convenience, affordability, and lifestyle that makes Crosswinds such an appealing place to call home. If you’re interested in all that Crosswinds has to offer and want to learn more about moving to Kyle and our available inventory of homes, reach out to us today.

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Summer Activities Other Than Swimming + Playing Outside

Swing by the Crosswinds community pool on a sunny day in the summer, and you’re bound to see people taking a dip. Whether at the pool, beach, or lake – swimming is pretty much essential for summer survival in Texas. 


That doesn’t mean, however, that there aren’t plenty of ways to make the most of the great outdoors in the summer months. Consider leaving the bathing suit at home and adding these outdoor activities to your summer bucket list.


Climb a Rock


Climbers from around the country come to this part of Texas to refine their skills on the area’s limestone rock faces. If you’re looking for a summer workout, climbing will definitely put your muscles to the test. 


Enchanted Rock State Natural Area and Reimer’s Ranch Park are two popular spots because of the diversity of climbing trails available. If you’re new to the sport or just want to work on your skills, consider signing up for a class or private lesson at Cruck Climbing Center in Austin. You’ll be able to perfect your technique under the guidance of seasoned climbing vets so that when you do tackle that 70-foot rock wall, you’re primed and ready. 


Catch a Fish


Scaling a 100-foot cliff can certainly help take your mind off the hustle and bustle of modern life, but if you’re looking for something a bit less extreme, fishing can do the trick too. Fishing is an ideal summer activity for families, and whether you plan to keep and eat your catch or toss it back, there’s no shortage of great places in the area to cast a line. 


Grab your tackle box and check out these fishing spots near Kyle:


  • Red Bud Isle
  • Lockhart State Park
  • McKinney Falls State Park
  • Lake Travis
  • Rebecca Creek
  • Onion Creek




If you’re unfamiliar with geocaching, it’s sort of along the lines of a treasure hunt using GPS. Individuals and organizations set up caches around a certain area and share the locations of these caches on the internet. 


Participants then use the GPS capability on their phones or tablet to locate the coordinates to find the caches. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a reward. There are essentially three rules for a fun round of geocaching: 


  1. Take something from the cache
  2. Leave something in the cache
  3. Write about it in the logbook


Popular items to leave in the geocache for the next person include buttons, keychains, small toys, coins, or something unique to the area. Geocaching is a super fun way to explore Kyle, and you can even pick up a passport through the city to go on a Kyle GeoTour.


Catch a Game


The roar of the crowd, the smell of popcorn… there’s nothing quite like catching a baseball game in the summer. Kyle residents are lucky enough to have two teams in the area that they can cheer on. The Round Rock Express is a Triple-A team that plays at Dell Diamond Stadium in Round Rock, and the Austin Weirdos, a Pecos League team that takes the field at Govalle Park in Austin. 


Whether you’re a Weirdos or Round Rock fan, a day at the ballpark is always a summer favorite. 


With so much to do in the Kyle area during the summer, the question isn’t what should you do, but what should you do next? If you’re looking to explore all Kyle has to offer, check out the inventory of new homes in Crosswinds or contact the Crosswinds team.


Upgraded Living in Crosswinds

Buying a home takes some major planning. It’s a decision not to be taken lightly and there are numerous factors to consider. One thing all homebuyers have in common, though, is that they want to truly love the home they’re buying. It’s a simple enough truth, but there’s a lot to consider behind it. 


Crosswinds is a master-planned community that aims to give Kyle residents an upgraded living experience. This is accomplished not only by offering beautifully constructed homes, but through a neighborhood setting that channels relaxation and community connection. 


Healthy Living


Crosswinds was developed with the concept of offering families a community where they could truly enjoy life in the Texas prairie to the fullest. This means offering resort-style amenities such as a swimming pool and splash park for cooling off on those hot summer days, pickleball and basketball courts for games with friends, a playground for the kiddos, as well as picnic and grilling areas. 


There are also walking trails, open play fields for soccer matches or a game of catch, and a dog park to give your furry friends some excitement.


Big City Convenience


Kyle has a lot going on these days such as the expansion of The Vybe trail system and the influx of new businesses with the NorthPoint Development. Of course, a major benefit of living in Kyle is its convenient proximity to Austin, while still being able to enjoy the slower pace that comes with living in a smaller city. 


The data shows that more Americans are leaving big cities and opting to move to smaller and mid-size cities that are still relatively close to larger urban areas. This affords people all the career and entertainment perks of being close to a bigger city, without the headaches that often come with living in one. Crosswinds is only 20 miles south of Austin off I-35, making it an ideal location for city convenience and small-town living. 


Functional Floor Plans


The Crosswinds community features an array of homes designed by award-winning builders who were carefully selected to offer functional floor plans for today’s homeowners. These distinctive homes come in a variety of sizes and architectural plans that incorporate both modern functionality and amenities with classic craftsmanship. 


Currently, there are homes ready for a quick move-in by builders such as Milestone Community Builders, Highland Homes, and Pacesetter Homes. With open floor plans, extended outdoor living spaces, media rooms, and luxury kitchens, these homes offer comfortable living that can be enjoyed for years to come. 


Exceptional Education


Crosswinds is served by the Hays Consolidated Independent School District. Children living in Crosswinds have the option to attend Pfluger Elementary which has a Great Schools rating of 8/10 and prides itself on molding young minds for academic excellence. 


Chapa Middle School and Lehman High School also provide a robust educational and athletic curriculum designed to build strong character and foster lifelong learning in students. 


Living in Crosswinds is about more than buying a house. It’s about making the decision to live in a community where you can enjoy where you live each and every day. If you’re interested in finding a home here, connect with the Crosswinds team today. 


Best Reasons to move to Crosswinds This Fall

The Texas Hill Country is growing and that means Kyle is growing. New families are discovering the appeal of our community every day and are planting roots here. Victoria Vargas, the interim director of economic development for the City of Kyle, recently told KVUE News that Kyle saw 63% growth between 2010 and 2020 and that “growth is not expected to slow down any time soon.”


It’s not just our affordability and proximity to Austin that’s attracting folks to Kyle. From economic growth such as Lowe’s new distribution center and the development of Kyle Crossing Phase II to festivities like the Pie in the Sky Festival, a lot is happening in Kyle. 


If you’re thinking about moving to Kyle or you’ve recently moved here and are looking to buy a home, the fall season is the perfect time to move to the Crosswinds community. 


Outdoor Fun at Crosswinds 


Don’t get us wrong, we love summer in Kyle, but by the end of August, it’s nice to have a break from those 100-degree temps. The average temperature in September in Kyle is 88 F, and by October it’s even cooler, making fall the perfect season to enjoy so many of the outdoor amenities at Crosswinds. 


Our Sports Court is the perfect place to work up a sweat over a game of pickup basketball with friends, or perhaps see what all the buzz is about with pickleball. Meanwhile, the kiddos can enjoy the last few weeks of daylight savings time and burn off some energy after school or dinner on our community playscape. 


Crosswinds residents got to spend the summer enjoying our resort-style pool and splash pad. (Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time for a swim if you haven’t had a chance to take a dip yet.)


Crosswinds residents also have access to our hike and bike trails, as well as a dog park for our furry residents. One of the biggest highlights of the fall season is the return of football, and our community grills and picnic areas are perfect for cooking up some grub before kickoff. 


Find Your Dream Home


Spring and summer tend to be the busiest months when it comes to home shopping, but don’t rule out buying a home in the fall. According to Zillow, sellers tend to lower prices in late summer, giving fall buyers a bit more flexibility when it comes to price. 


The homes in Crosswinds have all been built by homebuilders that are leaders in the industry. Gehan Homes, Highland Homes, Pacesetter Homes, and MileStone Community Builders are all award-winning builders that have crafted beautiful homes in the Crosswinds community. All of our homes include spacious floor plans that draw upon both modern and traditional style and craftsmanship. 


With a range of prices and floor plan sizes and an abundance of community features, it’s easy to see why Crosswinds is such an appealing community in Kyle. If you’d like to learn more about finding a home in the Crosswinds community, reach out to us today. 

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Celebrate Halloween 2021 in Kyle

One of the most fun days of the year is coming! Who doesn’t love a good Halloween with costumes and candy galore? The City of Kyle has scared up a few family-friendly October Festivities you’ll want to check out!

October Contests

The City of Kyle has multiple contests happening throughout October. Be aware that none of the contests give a deadline. They do list the dates the winner will receive a notification. The contest information section has a contact person you can reach out to confirm the deadlines.

The next contest coming up is the pumpkin carving and decorating contest. You’ll submit a photo of the completed pumpkin. Yard decorating and costume contests are also available.

Halloween Movie at the Lake

This free event takes place tomorrow, October 15 at Lake Kyle (700 Lehman Rd., Kyle, TX 78640). At sundown, they will show “The Addams Family.”

Center Street Trick or Treat

On Saturday, October 23 from 9 am to 12 pm, the businesses on Center St. invite you and your family to trick-or-treat. These local businesses and organizations will have tents and tables at City “Scare” Park aka Mary Kyle Hartson City Square Park at 101 S. Burleson Rd. It’ll be a fun afternoon of treats with a costume contest.

The costume contest judging takes place at 10 am and the pumpkin decorating contest judging is at 11:30 am. They’ll have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for three different age groups.

Most businesses will hand out candy and host activities. Food and drink vendors will be on site and some will sell children’s items.

We hope you have a “bootiful” Halloween!

To stay on top of great resources from Kyle and nearby, connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Looking to move? Explore more at Crosswinds, take a look at the amenities! or contact our Crosswinds team.



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Why Is Buying a New Home in Kyle Better Than in Austin?

Austin is one of the coolest and quirkiest cities in the U.S. People love it for its music venues, booming tech scene, diversity of entertainment, some of the best BBQ in the U.S., and Bat City. “Keep Austin weird” is a celebrated moniker and for good reason.

And of course, when you stroll along Sixth Street, you’ll encounter a lot of college students from the University of Texas at Austin and other colleges.

Here are the reasons why buying a new home in Kyle may be a better option than in Austin.

  1. Affordability

In the last decade, Austin has grown massively popular. Along with that comes soaring median housing prices. Many area real estate agents say happy homeowners love the affordable homes and lifestyle in Kyle. You can find a brand new house in the Crosswinds community in Kyle starting in the mid-$200s.

Property taxes are another advantage of living in Kyle. The city has recently reduced the property tax rate by 4 percent as Fox 7 Austin reports.

  1. Quieter Small-Town Lifestyle

With Austin being a quick trek away, Kyle residents relish the small-town lifestyle. They can go to Austin anytime they want to take advantage of its many offerings. Besides, more businesses have moved close to Kyle, some of which are big wigs like Lowe’s Kyle, Amazon’s Kyle facility, Tesla, and ENF Technology U.S. headquarters.

  1. Location

Kyle is located only 20 miles from downtown Austin. Additionally, many of the places you want to visit are located within 30 minutes from Kyle. And you can fly to many places, even international destination, from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA).

Kyle citizens love to visit Austin and find a happy medium by living on the outskirts of Austin. They’re close enough to take advantage of Austin’s incredible resources and entertainment.

These are not the only reasons, but they’re the biggest reasons Kyle residents share. Browse this blog and you’ll see all that Kyle has to offer! Besides, you cannot find a community like Crosswinds in Austin.

The landscape architects of Crosswinds worked to preserve the natural beauty of the Texas prairies that captivated the area’s first explorers. At the same time, the landscape architects wanted to design a community for families that brings everyone and the outdoors together.

To stay on top of great resources from Kyle, connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Looking to move? Explore the inventory of new homes in Kyle or contact our Crosswinds team.


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What Real Estate Agents Say About This Kyle Community

Searching for a master-planned community near Austin that’s amazing, affordable, and filled with amenities? Discover Crosswinds and its idyllic setting near major thoroughfares. When you live in Crosswinds, you’re just 20 miles from Austin City Limits.

This exciting Kyle community showcases master-planned amenities including the Windy Point Amenity Center, which features a resort-style pool and splash pad, shading with seating, gathering area around the fireplace, BBQ grills and picnic benches, and playground equipment.

Outdoor lovers and exercisers will have access to many community trails and sidewalks. The area contains plenty of open spaces for flying kites and playing soccer. A dog park and playing fields are in the works.

We admit it. We’re a tad biased. So, check out what real estate agents say about Crosswinds in Kyle, Texas.

Atoosa Ponsford, RE/MAX Posh Properties

Atoosa learned about Crosswinds from friends and families. She checked out the community and the first thing people talk about are the affordable homes. “Anyone we talk to in Crosswinds, they are always so cheerful, so happy, they just love the community, so that makes my clients feel like this can be their future home,” she says.

Linda Villanueva, Coldwell Banker Realty

According to Linda, Kyle is a growing community, which makes it a valuable investment for first-home and move-up buyers. When she thinks of the high quality of homes and value for your investment, Crosswinds is one of the first communities that comes to her mind.

Briana Farris, Keller Williams Realty

Briana’s favorite thing about the beautiful Crosswinds community is the amenities it offers. This includes the Windy Point Amenity Center with a pool and splash area as well as park areas and nature trails. Moreover, the community features three award-winning builders with a variety of floorplans.

Brittney Heffernan, David Brodsky Properties

The location, the layout of the community, the builder selection, and community events makes Crosswinds one of Brittney’s favorite communities in the Kyle and Buda area. The location makes it easy to access the different areas of Austin. She also says Crosswinds’ builder and developer partnership is perfect.

Crosswinds in Kyle offers easy access to employment and endless getaway possibilities around the Texas Hill Country. “So, if you’re looking for a place to call home, make it Crosswinds,” says Brandon Holley, a real estate agent with Superior Town and Country Realty. “The decision should be easy as pie.”

Connect with our Crosswinds community team on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or browse the inventory of new homes in Kyle.


Why You’ll Love Living in a Master-Planned Community

What exactly is a master-planned community? According to wiseGEEK, “The basic definition of a master planned community is a community for which every element and consideration is planned from the beginning, and the community is contracted to follow that plan exactly.”

BusinessDictionary defines it as “A type of residential plan that includes an unusual number of recreational amenities such as parks, golf courses, lakes, bike paths, and jogging trails. The scope of the plan is very large scale and the number and variety of amenities clearly separates it from a normal plan for a housing subdivision.”

Many communities claim they’re a master-planned community when they are not. If you’re looking for a true master-planned community, take a look at Crosswinds in Kyle.

About Crosswinds

The architects of Crosswinds wanted to preserve the natural beauty of the Texas prairies that captivated the first explorers to the area. Simultaneously, they desired to design a community for families by creating a lifestyle that brings everyone and the outdoors together.

Connection throughout the entire community is comprised of roads and trails that meander through parks and open spaces. The first step in making this master-planned community a reality is selecting builders who emphasize community in their mission. And that’s exactly what trails that meander through parks and open spaces. The first step in making this master-planned community a reality is selecting builders who emphasize community in their mission. And that’s exactly what you get when you work with Pacesetter Homes, Highland Homes, and Gehan Homes.

Kyle, Texas Location

Another important factor about this community is its location. Residents of this community have fine dining, lots of entertainment options, and world-class shopping close by. Crosswinds in Kyle is only 20 minutes south of Austin and 15 minutes north of San Marcos. Here are some places just 30 minutes from Kyle.

Kyle is filled with acres of open green space and trails that will draw you in to enjoy the outdoors. The youngest residents in Crosswinds will receive a stellar education from Hays Consolidated Independent School District (HCISD).

For those looking to broaden their knowledge in higher education, Austin Community College has an ACC Hays Campus. ACC Hays offers a co-enrollment program with Texas State University in San Marcos. This allows students to take classes at both schools. Anyone interested in law enforcement and emergency management will appreciate that ACC Hays has the college’s only First Responding Training Center.

Kyle and Crosswinds are growing together. Uptown Kyle is getting its own version of the Domain. Both have everything you need to live a relaxed and fulfilling life with more things on the way.

Want to look at new homes in Kyle? You can safely explore the homes virtually. Questions? Contact our Crosswinds team.


3 Ways Crosswinds Amenities Enable You to Live a Vital Lifestyle

When thinking about buying a home, do you also wonder what type of community amenities are available and the impact they can have on your life? Our Crosswinds amenities here in Kyle, Texas offer ample opportunities for your family to get out and live a vital lifestyle.

3 Ways Crosswinds Amenities Enable You to Live a Vital Lifestyle

1. Windy Point Amenity Center

Our brand new Windy Point Amenity Center is the heartbeat of our community. Not only does it have a large pool for families to enjoy, but it also has a splash pad, sunbathing shelves, shaded structures, a playground and a grilling area so your family can spend hours of quality time together outside.

2. Hike and Bike Trails

Get your heart rate up and explore nature with a thrilling ride on the hike and bike trails interwoven throughout our master-planned community. Or spend a cool evening talking with friends as you stroll along our trails.

3. Open Spaces

Our master-planned community in Kyle is known for its wide-open spaces. More than 130 acres of parks, trails and greenbelts provide space for families to spread out and enjoy some time outdoors. Have a picnic, play an impromptu game of soccer or just take some time to lay down and look up at the clouds.

In case you didn’t pick it up on it, our master-plan design and Crosswinds amenities are focused on preserving the natural beauty of the Texas prairie that first drew explorers to this landscape long ago. They are also designed to connect families by creating a lifestyle which brings people together. So if you’re on the hunt for homes near Austin, our community may be the place for you!

Enrich the quality of your life by owning a home at Crosswinds and enjoy our Crosswinds amenities. Contact us today to learn more about our available homes or connect with Crosswinds on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.