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Glamping vs. Camping: Which Outdoor Experience is Right for You?

Most of us are familiar with the concept of camping. Whether in a tent or under the stars, forgoing the comforts of home to spend the night in the great outdoors has been an American pastime for decades. 


While some folks love roughing it in the woods and everything that goes along with it, other outdoor enthusiasts are less than enthusiastic about the idea of sleeping on the ground. Here’s the scoop on glamping vs. camping and where to do both. 


What is Glamping?


The word “glamping” is a blend of the words “glamourous” and “camping.” People have been bringing the comforts of home to the woods as far back as the early 1900s when rich Europeans would set up lavish tents while on African safari hunts. These tents often had furniture, kitchenettes, and, in some cases, even chandeliers.


Glamping entered the American lexicon in the mid-2000s when the popularity of luxury tents and yurts with beds, electricity, running water, and even bathrooms began to take off. 


Camping vs. Glamping


Camping and glamping have both similarities and differences in the outdoor experience offered. 



  • Sleeping in a tent or even on the ground without a tent
  • You’ll probably be in a sleeping bag
  • Most likely no electricity
  • You’ll either have to use the bathroom outside or walk to a campsite restroom
  • Greater exposure to the elements




  • Less exposure to the elements
  • You may have a private bathroom
  • Larger sleeping space
  • More comforts of home such as electricity/running water
  • It may be better for small children


Which One is Right for You?


Whether you choose camping or glamping is really all about what you want from your outdoor overnight experience. If you prefer a bed with sheets over a sleeping bag and are looking for creature comforts like wifi, mood lighting, and perhaps restaurant-quality meals after a day of hiking, glamping is more your speed. 


However, suppose you’re looking to get back to nature and ditch the luxuries of 21st-century society for a bit. In that case, camping is probably more appealing. 


Where to Glamp Near Kyle


There’s no shortage of fantastic glamping spots near Kyle that offer a unique and cozy outdoor experience. A quick look at GlampingHub reveals over 300 listings in the area! The options range from retro campers and tipis to safari tents and tree houses with amenities like hot tubs and king-size beds. 


Where to Camp Near Kyle


If you’re looking to break out your pup tent and throw a sleeping bag on the ground, you can find some great camping spots near Kyle that offer both primitive and less-primitive experiences. Pedernales Falls State Park has campsites that offer community showers and fire and electricity hookups for as low as $20 a night. 


If you prefer more privacy, consider one of the park’s $ 10-a-night hike-in primitive sites, or consider rolling out your sleeping bag at Walnut Springs or Sawyer Park in Georgetown. 

Whether you’re camping or glamping, there’s nothing better than returning from a weekend in the outdoors to a home you love. If you’d like to find your dream home, reach out to the Crosswinds team today.

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Refresh and Renew: Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Home

The flowers are blooming, leaves are covering tree branches once again, and your home… well, it could probably use a little spring cleaning. After months of winter hibernation, putting a springtime sheen on your home can feel a bit overwhelming. 


Thankfully, spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore that devours your entire weekend. Here are some tips to make spring cleaning your Crosswinds home easy and painless.


Declutter First


Before you pull out the mop and furniture polish, work on getting rid of all that “stuff” that’s been piling up since last December. This will help you to see better those neglected areas that really need a thorough cleaning, and it will also help to free up storage space. 


Separate stuff into three piles: keep, donate, and trash. Don’t be afraid to be honest with yourself. If it’s something that you haven’t used in years, then pass it on to somebody else in the donate pile or chuck it in the garbage if it’s not worth salvaging. 


Get the Kids Involved


If you have kids in the house, then you know they’re responsible for their share of the dirt and grime that finds its way into your home. Bring the kids in on the cleaning action – just be sure that you assign them tasks that they’re capable of handling. 


Small kids often enjoy helping and are great with sorting old clothes and toys or wiping down tables and chairs. If you have older children, you may want to assign them a certain room to clean and incentivize them with a trip to the ice cream parlor after the chores are finished. 


Work Room to Room


There are two ways of looking at how to organize the spring cleaning – prioritize the rooms that get the most use, or prioritize those rooms that are the messiest. Whichever way you choose, tackling one room at a time will help with efficiency. 


If you aim for those rooms that get a lot of use (the bedrooms, bathrooms, living room), then start with things like washing the linens and blankets or scrubbing the toilet before moving on to areas like cleaning the baseboards or tub. 


If your goal is to finally tackle those messy areas like a cluttered garage or attic in chaos, then reread the declutter section above and good luck!


Don’t Forget the Little Stuff


Spring cleaning is the perfect time to focus on those areas of the home that may not get cleaned as often as other spots. A few tasks that you may want to prioritize include: 


  • Dusting ceiling fans
  • Shampoo rugs
  • Reseal grout lines in tubs or countertops
  • Spot clean upholstered furnishings
  • Polish wooden furniture like bookshelves and dining tables
  • Wash window screens
  • Dust light fixtures
  • Defrost the freezer


Keep Everything Organized


Once you’ve checked off everything on your spring cleaning list, some simple organization will help keep clutter down and make routine cleaning that much easier. Utilizing hooks, baskets, and containers can tame even the most out-of-control pantry, and flat storage bins that can slide under beds will free up closet space. 

If at the top of your spring to-do list is to find your dream home, then check out the available inventory of homes in the master-planned Crosswinds community and reach out to us today.

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Kyle Market Days

Spring is in the air, and Kyle Market Days is back again for another 2024 season full of music, food, local crafts, and hometown fun! The monthly farmers market runs on the second Saturday of the Month from April through November. It’s also a popular event and is a great way to support small businesses and shop for unique gifts. 


Here’s the scoop on this year’s event and the themes that will mark each month’s festivities. 


All About Market Days


As mentioned, the event runs on the second Saturday of each month from spring through early fall at Mary Kyle Hartson Park from 8 AM until 1 PM. The event is free for everyone to attend and visitors will be able to shop for local produce, food and drink items, as well as handmade crafts from local artisans. 


There’s also live music at each event and a playground for the kiddos to burn off some energy while parents and grandparents can sit and visit with neighbors. 


The first Kyle Market Days kicks off on April 13 with upcoming themes and dates scheduled. 


May 11 – Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islanders Month


June 8 – Celebrating Juneteenth


June 29 – Celebrating Pride Month


July 13 – TBD


August 10 – Back to School


September 14 – Squeeze Box


October 12 – Founders’ Parade


November 9 – Veterans Day Parade


Previous Market Days had local vendors selling food items ranging from fresh breads and cookies to salsas and smoothies. There are also plenty of cool items for the home worth checking out, such as homemade soaps, paintings, glass art, and houseplants. 


Kyle Market Days are just one of the many events that bring the Kyle community together. The city has also sponsored Easter egg hunts, treasure hunts, movies in the park, and, of course, the annual 25 Days of Christmas holiday festival

It’s community events like these, as well as Kyle’s thriving economy and natural beauty, that make it such a great place to live. If you’d like to learn more about Kyle and explore all that the master-planned Crosswinds community has to offer, contact us today.

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Community Connections: Local Volunteering Opportunities

There are an endless number of ways that a person can spend their free time, but few are as nurturing to both the individual and others as volunteering. The need for volunteers across many areas has only increased in recent years, making volunteers even more vital to many non-profits and charities.


If you have a heart for giving back, consider donating your time and skills to some of these organizations around Kyle and beyond. 


Provide a Meal


One of the best ways to give back to the community is by giving a meal. Roughly 1 in 8 Texans don’t know where their next meal is coming from, but there are thankfully a variety of organizations in our area working to change this. 


Hays County Food Bank: This area food bank serves an average of 153,000 individuals every year. In addition to providing food, it also helps to provide people with job opportunities to reduce the risk of hunger. A variety of volunteer opportunities are open to both individuals and groups.


Meals on Wheels: Whether it’s because of a lack of a vehicle or disability, many adults don’t have a means of getting to the grocery store. Meals on Wheels is an army of dedicated volunteers who cook delicious and nutritious meals for residents and then bring those meals to them. Through this volunteer work, they’re able to serve over 5,000 residents in Central Texas. 


Spread Community Goodwill


Women of Unity: This local non-profit is dedicated to helping women of all ages and backgrounds find their purpose and make a positive change in their lives, families, and communities. The program is always in need of women who want to help other women through life/career coaching, prayer support, and other mentoring needs. 


Adopt a Street: Taking pride in how one’s community looks is always a good thing, and the City of Kyle has a way for residents and groups to do just that. To help keep Kyle beautiful, organizations, businesses, and individuals can adopt one mile of a street and volunteer to keep it looking good through clean-up days four times a year. 


Keep The Party Going


Kyle has some fantastic community events many of these simply wouldn’t be possible without volunteer help. 


Pie in the Sky Festival: Kyle’s famous hot air balloon and pie extravaganza draws thousands of visitors every year. To make this event a standout success year after year, dozens of volunteers are needed to help with parking, ticketing, vendor services, and parking. If you’d like to help, email Lauren at llyons@cityofkyle.com 


Holiday on the Square: Each Christmas, Mary Kyle Hartson City Square Park is transformed into a holiday wonderland with a tree lighting, carolers, Santa appearances, and food and drink vendors. Volunteers are part of the holiday magic that to keep this tradition alive. While this year’s event is still months away, it’s never too early to be thinking about how you can get involved when December rolls around.

Volunteering is a great way to strengthen community connections and build up the place you call home. If you’d like to find a home in Kyle, reach out to the Crosswinds team to learn more.

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March Madness: Where to Watch the Big Game

With Selection Sunday just around the corner on March 17 and this year’s NCAA tournament beginning Tuesday, March 19, now’s the time to start thinking about where you’ll want to watch all the March Madness action.


Here are a few of our favorite spots to catch all the college sports action (and enjoy some delicious food and drink) around Kyle.


Centerfield – From baseball in the spring to football in the fall and basketball in the winter, there’s never a wrong time to pull up a stool at this local sports bar. You’re guaranteed to have a good eyeliner on the TV no matter where you sit, and you can’t beat the specials like taco and tequila Tuesday, whiskey and wings Wednesday, or chef’s specials on select game days. 


Glenn’s Bar and Grill – Glenn’s, located on the Plum Creek Golf Course, is an obvious hangout spot when the Masters tournament rolls around, but don’t overlook it for hoops action. The newly remodeled restaurant and bar serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but what really makes it a perfect March Madness spot is the 100” projector. Be sure to grab a good seat for the April 8 championship game because Glenn’s will no doubt be packed. 


Wicked Wings – There are few things that go better with March Madness than a basket of tasty wings and a cold beer… and Wicked Wings has both of them! In addition to its wing selection, the restaurant also offers up pizzas, burgers, and an assortment of sandwiches. And if you’re not ready to go home yet after the game is over, stay a little longer for karaoke. 


Willie’s Ice House – The folks at Willie’s are obviously doing something right because, for three decades, they’ve been bringing good times and cold beer to Texans across the state. The Houston-based chain has a location here in Kyle, and with multiple TVs and menu items like Chipolte Ribeye Tacos and their signature crawfish, you’re guaranteed not to be hungry during the basketball action. 


Bucks Backyard – Just up the road in nearby Buda, sports fans can find Bucks. This sports bar/restaurant/music venue is a shoo-in for a good time – no matter what night of the week you stop by. The bar’s main area has plenty of TVs so that you don’t miss a minute of sports action. Plus, there are pool tables, games like Big Buck Hunter, and a full food and drink menu. Come for the March Madness kickoff on Tuesday, and then swing back by for live music on Fridays and Saturdays. 

While it can be a heck of a lot of fun to cheer on your favorite team at a local restaurant or bar, sometimes the comfort of your own living room can’t be beaten. If you’d like to learn more about finding a home in the master-planned Crosswinds community, reach out to us today.

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Navigating the 2024 Real Estate Landscape: Tips for Homebuyers

Buying a house is a major financial decision, regardless of what’s going on in the housing market. Nevertheless, buying a home in 2024 is a different animal than it was even a few years ago. 


While there is some not-so-great news for homebuyers in 2024, there are bright spots on the horizon, too. 


Market Trends


While 2023 was marked by high prices and high interest rates, there could be light at the end of the tunnel in 2024, according to experts. “Mortgage rates should trend lower throughout the year as inflation pressures ease…,” Greg McBride, CFA, chief financial analyst for Bankrate, said. 


Unfortunately, the number of available homes is still low, and home prices are not expected to drop in 2024. Lawrence Yun, the chief economist with the National Association of Realtors, said there’s only a 3.2-month supply of homes on the market, whereas a balanced market has enough homes for a five to six-month supply. However, other experts disagree and predict home inventory will increase in 2024, so be patient and keep your ear to the ground!


Home Buyer Strategies


Even though it’s a tough market for homebuyers in 2024, all hope is not lost. Some good strategies can still help a savvy homebuyer find their dream home in 2024. 


  • Keep an eye on interest rates. They’ve been declining since October and are expected to continue a trend downward. 


  • Consider virtual tours. If you’re open to a virtual tour, this could buy you some time to make a fast offer rather than waiting to see a home in person.


  • Shop in the winter or fall months. Spring and summer tend to have more inventory, but fall and winter months tend to have fewer bidders and potentially lowered sales prices. 


Important Considerations


There are some things – like buying in a good location – that will always be a smart move, no matter the market trends. Before you go about picking out new furniture and interior paint colors, consider these important factors. 


Affordability. How much house you can afford is a paramount question. A safe rule of thumb is a monthly mortgage payment that’s no more than 25% of your take-home income. 


Home buyers should also factor in the cost of utilities in the area, as well as any HOA fees, needed home repairs, and general maintenance. 


Consider the neighborhood and school district. A safe neighborhood with good schools is a significant factor that not only impacts the price you’ll pay for a home but your home’s value when it comes time to sell as well. 


Crosswinds Benefits


With low inventory frustrating many potential home buyers, experts are highlighting the benefits of buying a new home. “With the crazy lack of inventory still causing headaches in the market, building a home becomes an attractive option, and with spec homes and semi-custom-building options,” Nick Bailey, president of RE/MAX, said


Crosswinds offers a range of both completed and soon-to-be-completed new homes by some of the best builders in the country, many with customizable home options. 


Not only are the homes in the Crosswinds built with the latest designs in home construction innovation, but residents can enjoy resort-like amenities, and the community feeds into a great school district

If you’re ready to find your perfect home in 2024, reach out today to learn more about the amazing master-planned Crosswinds community.

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Educational Excellence in Kyle, Texas

Access to good schools and a well-rounded education is always top-of-mind for parents when choosing where to live. The Crosswinds community is fortunate to be located within the Hays CISD, allowing children from kindergarten up through high school the chance for an education that will set them up for a lifetime of success. 


About Hays CISD


The Hays Consolidated Independent School District’s motto is “changing lives, one student at a time” and that certainly rings true across its 26 campuses that educate over 23,000 students. 


As the population of Hays County has increased, so has the school district’s dedication to providing a quality education for students – tripling the number of schools since 2000. Today, this encompasses three high schools, six middle schools, and 15 elementary schools. The school district also includes a state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center.


Students who live in the Crosswinds community attend Pfluger Elementary, Chapa Middle School, and Lehman High School


Pfluger Elementary


Named after Mr. Ralph Pfluger, one of the founding school board members of Hays CISD, the elementary school is dedicated to setting an educational foundation for its students. Serving K-5th grade, the school accomplishes this goal for its falcons (the school mascot) through a curriculum that helps students S.O.A.R. This includes the development of skills in self-control, optimism, acceptance, and resiliency.


If you’ve already had a child go through Pfluger Elementary School, then you know how excellent the teachers are at ensuring each child is set on the path to success. 


Chapa Middle


Serving 670 students in 6th through 8th grade, Chapa Cougars have the opportunity to develop and succeed in an environment that prides itself on robust academic programs that nurture independent learners and thinkers. 


In addition to an academic curriculum, students can also participate in a variety of engaging athletics programs such as basketball, cross-country, football, soccer, volleyball, and track. Through both academics and extracurricular activities, Chapa Middle aspires to help students continue upward social and educational growth. 


Lehman High School


Home of the Lobos, Lehman High School serves around over 2,000 students in grades 9 through 12, providing them with a dynamic community and the goal of fostering lifelong achievement. The school not only offers a rigorous general curriculum that helps to set students up for the jobs of tomorrow but also offers award-winning music, theater, and Navy JROTC programs. 


The school also provides students with a versatile athletic program that includes everything from baseball, basketball, soccer, and football to water polo, wrestling, tennis, and volleyball, among other sports.  

If you’d like to learn more about our community, nearby secondary educational opportunities, and our new homes in Kyle, contact Crosswinds today.

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Pantry Perfection: Kitchen Organization Tips

Turning your pantry from a messy kitchen closet into an organized central storage hub that would make even Martha Stewart envious isn’t rocket science. All it takes is a little planning and routine maintenance. 


Clear the Shelves


The first step is to take everything off the shelves and out of the pantry. This will allow you to start with a clean slate. Separate any expired food items or kitchen tools you no longer want

from those that you know you do plan to use. 


Organize for Use


Items that you find yourself using regularly should get optimal shelf space. If you know, you use canned items daily but only reach for the box of corn starch twice a year, then put it in the back. Pantry real estate is valuable, so any food items or kitchen tools that are seldom used should go in the rear of the pantry or on a higher shelf. 


Use the Right Containers


One of the most common reasons that pantries become disorganized messes is that people can’t see or forget what they have before buying it again. An easy solution for this is to use clear containers. 


Clear, air-tight containers are fantastic for a few reasons. Not only do they allow you to keep track of things like cereal, sugar, or dog food, but they’ll keep foods fresher longer than simply keeping them in the original packaging. 


Pro tip: Label your clear containers. The last thing you want is to accidentally put a cup of salt in your cake rather than sugar because the container wasn’t labeled. 


Group Similar Items Together


Don’t make the mistake of simply putting things on the pantry shelf after a trip to the grocery store without a second thought. One of the easiest ways to keep your pantry organized for the long run and make finding things easier is to group similar products together. 


For example, you might have all your canned goods on one shelf, rice and pasta on another, and baking products on a shelf in the back. 


Add Hooks or Hanging Baskets


If you’re unable to add additional shelves in your pantry but still need a little room, you might want to consider adding hooks or hanging baskets on the back of the pantry door. This can be a great way to store extra items that aren’t particularly heavy, such as Ziplock backs, aluminum foil, or spices. 


Maintenance is Key


Now that you have a well-organized pantry, the key is keeping it in check with each subsequent grocery trip. Before you head to the store, be sure to head to the pantry to take an inventory of what you need and what you already have. Not only will this help to keep you from adding clutter to your pantry with items you don’t need, but you’ll probably find that you’re buying less and saving money in the long run. 

All of the homes in Crosswinds’ available inventory have stunning, thoughtfully designed kitchens. Many of them with pantries for convenient storage. To learn more, contact us today.

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Navigating Valentine’s Day

Trying to come up with the perfect Valentine’s Day gift idea for an adult can be tricky enough, but what about kids? Sure, you can’t go wrong with chocolate, but adding a little flair can make the occasion even more fun. 


If you’re in need of some fun V-Day ideas that your child can share with classmates or teachers, here are a few sweet options to consider. 


Think Outside of the Box: Creative Valentines


The Valentine’s treat bag is a classic, but instead of filling it with drugstore chocolate, why not mix things up? Toss in small toys or party favors like super balls, snap bracelets, fidget spinners, bubbles, or a pack of stickers. 


It’s fair to say that most kids probably won’t be crazy about a bouquet of roses. What kids do love, though, are projects. Consider giving kids mini terracotta seed kits. This gives children a chance to plant a valentine that will last far beyond February 14. 


Now, if you want to play it safe and stick with candy but want to show some creativity, that’s a winning plan. From pipe cleaner butterfly wings on suckers to love bug juice boxes, there’s an endless array of cute candy craft possibilities


Safe and Sweet


If you’re helping out with a Valentine’s Day party for your child’s school, then you’re probably aware of any existing food allergen don’ts. If not, double-check with your child’s teacher before bringing any treats. Thankfully, making some special treats available for kids with food allergies is pretty easy. 


Skip the peanut butter or peanut-filled candy and think cookie cutters. Heart-shaped cookie cutters can make just about any food more fun. Pancakes, sandwiches, fruits, and veggies… they can all be transformed into fun party food with a heart-shaped twist. Toss in some white, red, and pink sprinkles, and you have a snack no kid can resist. 


Thoughtful Teacher Gifts


Be sure to save an extra cupcake for your child’s teacher. Better yet, make a special Valentine’s Day treat that your child can give to their favorite teacher to show just how much they appreciate them. 


A personalized Valentine’s Day card is sure to elicit an “Awww, thank you!” but why not add a little something extra? Teachers work hard and deserve a treat now and then. A gift card for a local coffee or sandwich spot is an idea that’s sure to make your kiddo’s teacher feel appreciated and loved. 


Now if you’re looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your romantic sweetheart, not to worry, here are plenty of local gift ideas right here in Kyle.  

To learn more about Kyle and the master-planned Crosswinds community, contact us today.

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DIY Home Projects That Boost Property Value

The housing market can be a fickle thing. Sometimes, it’s a buyer’s market. Other times, it’s a seller’s game. And still, sometimes it’s a bit of both, depending on the zip code you are looking in. However, a home that’s well-cared for and stylish inside with good curb appeal on the outside will always be attractive. 


Here are a few DIY-friendly home projects that will help boost your home’s appeal and property value. 


Budget-Friendly Kitchen Makeover: The kitchen is one of the biggest selling points of a home, and prospective buyers always take notice of a nice kitchen. Kitchen remodels can easily cost thousands of dollars, but thankfully, a kitchen can also be spruced up without breaking the bank.


One of the easiest kitchen upgrades is to paint your kitchen cabinets and replace the hardware. For an extra touch, consider installing soft-close kitchen cabinet hinges. This can really add some “wow” factor, all for just a couple hundred bucks.


If you’re feeling extra DIY handy, you may want to consider adding a backsplash. From super simple stick-on vinyl tiles to elaborate mosaic glass, a backsplash doesn’t have to be complicated but will always impress. 


Home Exterior Maintenance: It doesn’t matter how nice your home is on the inside; if the outside is “blah,” many prospective buyers won’t look twice. One of the best ways to improve a home’s curb appeal is with landscaping. 


If your flower beds are full of weeds, clear them out, put down some mulch, and plant a couple of low-maintenance shrubs. Add a few planter pots on the porch with colorful flowers, and your home will already look more inviting. 


While landscaping can go a long way, don’t neglect your home’s actual exterior, either. If your home’s brick or siding is looking gross, give it a good cleaning with a powerwasher and then touch up any chipped paint around doors and windows. 


Upgrade Lighting Fixtures: Outside lighting can also go a long way in both improving a home’s exterior visual appeal and providing an extra layer of security. An oversized light fixture at the front door will create a welcoming glow for guests, and solar-powered lights can help to illuminate walkways. 


Making improvements to interior lighting fixtures will also help to make the inside of your home more appealing. Pendant lights are very in style and work great in kitchen areas, but even simple swaps to existing light fixtures can be a significant improvement. 


Consider swapping out frosted glass shades on an old chandelier with clear glass or updating outdated metal finishes with a simple can of spray paint. 


Window Treatments: Window treatments not only provide privacy, but they can add an element of style, depending on how creative you want to get with textures, colors, or patterns. 


Blinds, whether they’re wood, faux wood, vinyl, or aluminum, are easy to install and can be customized for just about any window size. If you’re looking for something softer and even cheaper, curtains and drape options are nearly limitless and can be outfitted in limitless style possibilities. 

When you’ve found a home you truly love, finding ways to give it your personal touch and make it even more appealing is the easy part. If you’d like to find your dream home in the Crosswinds community, reach out to us today.