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Get Outside in Kyle, TX

Although winter has technically just begun, many parts of Texas are already feeling like spring with crisp mornings and warm afternoons. Whether you are looking for more ways to spend days outside or you have more free time on your schedule this time of year, whatever the case may be, here are just a few ways to get outside and discover (or rediscover) all that Kyle has going on.

 

County Line Polo Club – Did you know that Kyle has its polo club? That’s right, you can try your hand at the sport of British aristocrats without having to jump aboard a flight to England. The County Line Polo Club is a local polo club open to the public that specializes in teaching aspiring and skilled equestrians the sport of polo. The club’s instructors offer both individual classes as well as team training to individuals of all ages. The club even has matches for riders to show off their mallet-swinging skills. 

 

If you’re looking to try a new sport this year, you just found it. Giddy up!

 

Sports and Rec Leagues – Perhaps you prefer sports that don’t require you to climb aboard another animal… we get it. The Kyle Parks and Rec Department has options aimed at more traditional sports with winter and spring leagues

 

Adult sports leagues include roller hockey as well as kickball, which kicks off at the end of this month. If you’re looking for something a little more low-key, there’s also the adult spring fishing tournament happening in April – with a cash jackpot!

 

Kids aren’t left out of the fun as they have their youth fishing tournament, as well as leagues for basketball, swimming, and hockey in the winter and spring months. 

 

City Parks – Sometimes making the most of the great outdoors can be as simple as going for a walk. Two of our favorite places to take in some natural beauty are Lake Kyle and Mary Kyle Hartson City Park. 

 

Lake Kyle is a wonderful spot for a morning or evening walk and is a popular destination for fishing. Birding enthusiasts will also enjoy visiting this park, with herons, ducks, egrets, and other species of waterfowl calling the lake home. Starting in early spring, Lake Kyle is a great place to enjoy some beautiful wildflowers, including a large population of Bluebonnets, the Texas state flower. 

 

Mary Kyle Hartson City Park is a small but charming park and has been part of the city since the early 1900s. It’s a great place for enjoying your lunch break outside or killing some time with the kiddos. In 2020, the city made several improvements including a playground, picnic tables, a rain garden, and a 20-foot-wide promenade. 

 

Plum Creek Golf Course – Kyle is in close proximity to some of the best golfing in Texas and if you’re looking to hit the links in the new year, then you’ll want to check out Plum Creek Golf Course. The 18-hole public course is surrounded by the “natural beauty of Texas live oaks, limestone, rolling hills, and Texas wildflowers,” making each drive down the fairway all the more impressive. 

 

The course also offers private lessons, a pro shop, and bar and grill for guests to enjoy a meal or cocktail before tee time. 

 

There’s plenty more Kyle has to offer when it comes to outdoor recreation. If you’d like to learn more about finding a home in this wonderful city, contact the Crosswinds team today. 

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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. 

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Add a Dog to your Family in 2023

 

If you’re looking to add a dog to your family in 2023, here are a few tips to make the process a bit smoother and ensure everybody starts off on the right foot (and paw). 

 

How to choose the right dog for your family & lifestyle

 

Choosing the right dog can make all the difference. Just like humans, dogs can have differing needs, personalities, and quirks. Before taking in a new pet, consider your lifestyle and what you value most in your life. Are you super active? Do you travel a lot? Do you have a yard? Do you have small children or care for an elderly parent? Can you afford to take on the financial responsibility of a dog? (Vet bills aren’t getting cheaper.)

 

These are all questions you should ask yourself before you head to the pet store to start picking out collars and chew toys. Some dogs need more care and attention than others, and to get the true life-enriching benefit of owning a dog, it’s key that you’re ready for a dog. 

 

Consider the Type of Dog

 

The American Kennel Club currently recognizes 190 dog breeds. Factor in unrecognized breeds like the popular Labradoodle and other mixed breeds, and that’s a lot of canines. Some dogs, like those of the working breed variety, need not just daily exercise but thrive best when they have a task to do. Small and toy breeds tend to be the opposite, and are much more adaptable to urban environments and apartment life. 

 

Have kids? Dogs can be especially fantastic companions and not only act as protectors but provide an opportunity for children to learn about kindness and responsibility. Other benefits of children owning a dog include higher self-esteem and even the possibility of developing an immunity against certain allergies. 

 

Local Pooches

 

Ready for the fun part? Consider these local organizations. 

 

PAWS Shelter of Central Texas – With locations in both Kyle and Dripping Springs, PAWS has been connecting people with pets in need of a home since 1986. In addition to providing adoption services for dogs, they also run a foster program. When you foster a dog you not only get the opportunity to see if you’re a good match with the dog, but you help the shelter free up needed kennel space, while giving a dog a sense of home to prepare them to meet their forever family.

 

Wimberley Adoption Group & Rescue (WAG) – Founded in 2009, this non-profit was developed to help abandoned dogs in Hays County find a home. If you’d like to help WAG succeed in their mission of finding a loving home for each pup under their care, you can contact them to set up a meet and greet on one of their adoption days. 

 

Austin Dog Rescue – Since 2007, the Austin Dog Rescue has been rescuing and finding homes for homeless dogs in Central Texas. There’s no physical shelter as the organization relies on volunteers to foster each of their residents until that lucky day when a dog finds its forever home. 

 

Speaking of forever homes, the Crosswinds community has a lot to offer pet owners, including walking trails to explore and a dog park for pups to run and play. If you’d like to learn more, reach out to us

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Holiday Events in Kyle

The Christmas season is truly a magical time of year in Kyle, TX. The city is known to go all out with 25 days of celebration from December 1 all the way through Christmas Day, and this year is no different.

 

From sightings of the jolly elf in red to twinkling holiday lights and live musical performances, here’s everything you need to know about 25 Days of Christmas in Kyle.

 

December 1 Kickoff

 

Go ahead and get out your December calendar because you’re definitely going to want to make note of everything that’s happening throughout the month. The merry fun begins on Thursday, December 1st when the city hosts a welcome party for St. Nick at Mary Kyle Hartson Park (101 S. Burleson Street). 

 

Santa Clause has been visiting Kyle here during Christmas time since 1999 and will make a return this year on Thursday, December 1st from 4 to 9 PM. During the celebration, children will have a chance to take a photo with the man himself and share any special items they may have on their wish list. 

 

The event will also include a tree lighting ceremony at 5:45 and there will be food, drinks, and holiday craft vendors. Throughout the event, area elementary school choirs will perform a medley of Christmas songs to keep the festive mood going. The event concludes when Santa makes his return to the North Pole (for a few days) at around 9 PM, but as we mentioned, Christmas cheer does not end there.

 

Weekly Holiday Events You Won’t Want to Miss

 

Families can enjoy a free photo with Santa on the first two Mondays (December 5th and 12th) from 5 to 9 PM, and the city will be collecting toys for children in need on the first three Tuesdays of the month. Both events will take place at Mary Kyle Hartson Park (101 S Burleson St.).

 

If you can’t make it to the park for a photo with Santa, don’t worry, Santa will come to you! On December 13-15 (Tuesday to Thursday) from 6 to 9 PM Santa will be riding through the streets of Kyle. While Santa won’t be able to ride down every street in the city—he does have to get back to work at his toy shop at some point—families will have the opportunity to wave to him along a designated route. You can even track where he’ll be via the Santa tracker

 

A holiday market will also be open each day at Mary Kyle Park so residents will have plenty of opportunities to shop for a special gift from local vendors. Each Saturday prior to Christmas Eve, there will also be live holiday music performances happening in the park to spread a little extra seasonal cheer. You can view more details of each day’s festivities on the City of Kyle’s website. 

 

The Christmas season is one of the best times of the year in Kyle and the 25 Days of Christmas celebration is just one of the many fun events happening in the city throughout the year. If you’d like to find a home near all the fun in Kyle, contact the Crosswinds team today!

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Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season

While the holidays are a time of cheerful winter decorations, festive traditions, and shopping for that perfect gift for the ones we love, it’s also a time of great need for those who don’t have access to basic necessities and resources.

 

Whether offering your time, donating food, toys, and necessities, or making a financial contribution, there are many ways to give to the less fortunate in Hays County and make a difference in your community. 

 

SAFE Holidays 

 

SAFE is dedicated to “serving the survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and exploitation, and domestic violence” in the greater Austin area. Many of the people served by the organization are women and children with nowhere else to turn. With programs ranging from counseling to emergency shelter and housing assistance, SAFE has been the beginning of a better future for countless individuals. 

 

Ways to give this season: 

 

  • Sponsor a SAFE wishlist to purchase gifts for adults and children in the program.
  • Stock the shelves and provide much-needed items for SAFE’s shelters. 
  • Volunteer your time with the organization.
  • Make a monetary donation that will help SAFE to continue fulfilling its mission. 

 

Toys for Tots

 

Toys for Tots is a program that’s dear to the U.S. Marine Corps and has been brightening the Christmas season for millions of children since 1947. Right here in the Austin area, the program provides over 40,000 toys for more than 34,000 children! Every fall, Marines, organizations, businesses, and other volunteers gather new, unwrapped toys to distribute throughout Burnet, LLano, Blanco, Hays, Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, and Caldwell Counties.

 

How to help:

 

  • Buy a toy online or drop one off at a recognized Toys for Tots location.
  • Volunteer your business to be a drop site.
  • Volunteer to help wrap and distribute the toys to those 34,000 children.

 

Operation Turkey

 

Operation Turkey is a 3-day series of events aimed to ensure everyone in the Austin area has a warm meal to enjoy on Thanksgiving. The program started on 6th street in Austin and has now spread to six more states, pulling in around 30,000 volunteers along the way. This year the three events include a Gumbo Cookoff Fundraiser (Nov 20), Turkey Tailgate (Nov 23), and Operation Turkey distribution (Nov 24).

Get involved:

 

  • Volunteer your time at one of the three events.
  • Get your organization or business involved in fundraising for the program.
  • Make a financial donation to help Operation Turkey provide Thanksgiving meals.

 

Central Texas Food Bank

 

The Central Texas Food Bank provides free groceries for thousands of families and individuals throughout the year, but the holiday season is often one where it sees the highest demand. Accomplishing the food bank’s goal of providing healthy and nutritious food to those in need wouldn’t be possible without volunteer and financial community support. 

 

Make an impact:

 

  • Volunteer at one of their mobile pantries.
  • Volunteer in the food warehouse, community kitchen, or garden.
  • Donate food or offer a monetary gift.

 

The holiday season is a great time to be a resident of Kyle, with festive cheer, generosity, and fun throughout the end of the year. To learn more about all Kyle has to offer and how you can find a home here, contact the team at Crosswinds today. Crosswinds is a master-planned community that offers families beautiful homes and great amenities. Visit our website to learn more.

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Veterans Day in Kyle, TX

This Friday is Veterans Day, a day of remembrance and honor for those who have served in the military during war or peace. This is a national opportunity to say thank you to all those who served in the military, both living and those who have passed. 

 

A History of Veterans Day

 

The earliest beginnings of Veterans Day go back more than 100 years. When World War I officially ended with the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919, it was a sigh of relief for the entire world. The fighting that claimed 20 million lives had ended seven months earlier when an armistice went into effect on “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.” 

 

A year later, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson made November 11 Armistice Day, declaring it a national opportunity for the country to “be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service…”

 

The day would take on even greater importance following the tragic loss of life and displays of heroism in World War II and the Korean War. Following the end of the Korean War in 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day to acknowledge the sacrifice made by veterans of all U.S. wars. 

 

Celebrate Veterans Day in Kyle

 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are over 2,800 veterans who call Kyle home, and this Veterans Day is a particularly special one. It’s the city’s first Veterans Day to celebrate Heroes Memorial Park. The park has been open since its official ribbon cutting on September 11th and it’s a truly beautiful place for residents to come together and reflect upon the sacrifices made by veterans, first responders, and other heroes in the community. The park features a Heroes Walk, Memorial Garden, Activity Lawn, Arrival Portal, and other elements for learning more about our heroes. 

 

Just as parades were a part of those first celebrations of Armistice Day, the tradition of the Veterans Day Parade continues this year in Kyle. The parade will happen on November 12 this year at Gregg-Clarke Park and travel along Center Street, before coming to a conclusion at Front Street on the City Square. The parade itself will begin at noon, but there will be lots of festivities happening earlier in the day. 

 

Residents are invited to come out to Mary Kyle Hartson Park before the parade to enjoy live music and family-friendly activities from 9 AM until 2 PM.

 

The Veterans Day Parade is one of the many community events that make Kyle such a wonderful place to call home. If you’re looking for a place to raise your family or find the perfect balance of peace and convenience, Crosswinds is a great place to settle down. Crosswinds is a master-planned community in Kyle that offers residents a variety of family-friendly amenities and beautiful homes from the area’s top builders. To learn more about finding your home here, reach out to the Crosswinds team.

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Take a Day Trip to Lockhart, TX

There’s no shortage of awesome places and communities to explore in Central Texas, many of them less than an hour from Kyle. Just a half hour’s drive from Kyle, you’ll find Lockhart, a town of around 14,000 people that makes for a perfect day trip. 

 

If you’re looking for an easy out-of-town adventure, here are a few reasons Lockhart might just be the ideal destination. 

 

Byrd Lockhart – A Man with a Vision

 

Lockhart is named after Byrd Lockhart, a land surveyor who built the town’s first roads back in the 1830s. The area was soon developed for growing cotton, and according to city records, a strain of cotton developed in Lockhart is still used today. 

 

In the 20th century, Lockhart played a role in Texas’ development of the oil industry. And while Lockhart is still a small Texas town, it offers much of the same natural beauty today. 

 

One of the best ways to enjoy that natural beauty is with a visit to Lockhart State Park. Adults can enjoy a full day at the park for just $3 and children under 12 are free. The park has miles of hiking trails as well as a nine-hole golf course, swimming pool, and camping sites should you decide to stay the night and do a little stargazing. 

 

Guests can also check out the park’s calendar for a variety of events ranging from ancient spear-throwing lessons to moonlight hikes and nature talks. 

 

Chow Down in the BBQ Capital of Texas

 

After a round of golf or a hike at Lockhart State Park, you’re bound to have an appetite. Luckily, Lockhart happens to be the barbecue capital of Texas, and boy do they mean it! Just about every restaurant in town has some sort of barbecue plate on the menu, but if you want a bite of history with your lunch or dinner, we suggest hitting up Kreuz Market

 

The restaurant has had its hand in the barbecue biz since 1875 and while it’s certainly seen its share of pitmasters since then, it continues to offer some of the best brisket, smoked sausage, and pork ribs in the state. The restaurant also has live music on the weekends, and if you can’t resist sharing with your out-of-state friends what they’re missing, Kreuz Market does ship its meat. 

 

While there’s no wrong time to eat barbecue in Lockhart, one of the best weekends to do so is arguably in November during Texas Monthly’s BBQ Fest (Nov 5-6 2022). There will be 47 barbecue vendors cooking up a smorgasbord of mouthwatering food at this year’s event. 

 

Got the Time?

 

Consider dropping into the Southwest Museum of Clocks and Watches before heading out of town. It’s open Friday through Sunday, but this quirky museum is worth a visit. As you might expect from the title, it’s all about the history of clocks and watches from the tiny to the giant grandfather clock. 

 

Along with most cities surrounding Austin, Lockhart is booming with economic growth. Several large companies have recently announced plans to expand or build in the area, bringing jobs, retail, and more growth to Caldwell County. As it grows, Lockhart will continue to be a great day trip destination for residents of Kyle, and it’s located only 17 miles away!

 

Nothing caps off a fun day trip like coming back to a home you love. With so much to offer, it’s easy to see why residents love Crosswinds, a master-planned community in Kyle. If you’d like to explore finding a home here, contact us today. 

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Meet MileStone Community Builders

If you live in the Texas Hill Country, there’s a good chance that you’ve seen a MileStone home even if you didn’t realize it. This Austin-based homebuilder has crafted thousands of beautiful homes in the Texas Hill Country. 

 

They’re Austin’s largest privately held homebuilder and have been recognized both locally and nationally for not just creating stunning and highly functional homes, but for its work within the community. The homebuilder frequently partners with local charities and nonprofits to better our neighborhoods. 

 

We’re pretty excited to have MileStone Community Builders making their mark in Crosswinds. Keep reading for a look at MileStone’s background and some of the homes they’re building right here in Kyle.

 

Excellence and Building Up

MileStone Community Builders was co-founded in 2009 by current CEO Garret Martin with the goal of building beautiful homes that fit the lifestyle of Central Texas. To say that they’ve been successful in meeting that goal would be an understatement. Milestone has been recognized as one of Inc.’s 500 Fastest Growing Companies and earned a Residential Real Estate Award for “Home Builder of the Year” as well as a “President’s Choice Award” from the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin. 

 

The homebuilding group is also committed to making it easier for those who serve us in the Central Texas region to buy a home. Through their Hometown Heroes program, MileStone helps police officers, firefighters, paramedics, nurses, grocery, and construction workers shave up to $2,000 off of a new home purchase. 

 

Find Your MileStone Dream Home at Crosswinds

With our wide open spaces, abundant amenities, and convenient access to everything Austin has to offer, Crosswinds is an ideal community for a MileStone home. Currently, we have a range of homes and floorplans that will soon be ready for quick move-in. 

 

The Bedford – This charming 1,694 square foot home includes 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths. Home highlights include a spacious study, a stunning kitchen with quartz countertops, 42’ cabinets, and a subway tile backsplash. The home’s living area is welcoming with plenty of natural sunlight and the master suite includes a walk-in closet with an extended shower in the bath.

 

The Hamlin – A beautiful brick archway welcomes guests and residents to this 2,158-square-foot home. Inside, the home features a grand rotunda washed in natural light amid 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. An optional 3-car garage and top-of-the-line kitchen with modern features complete the home.

 

The Liberty – One of MileStone’s more popular plans, this spacious home covers 2,912 square feet and includes 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The 2-story home with an open floor plan and high ceilings features a chef’s kitchen with quartz countertops and a kitchen island as well as a media room wired for surround sound. 

 

Expertly crafted homes from MileStone Community Builders are just one of the aspects that make Crosswinds such an appealing place to call home in Kyle. If you’d like to learn more about our available amenities and find your dream home, reach out to us today, or stop by the MileStone sales office at: 422 Crosswinds Pkwy, Kyle, TX 78640 to talk to the sales team.

 

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Beekeeping in Hays County

 

Honey is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the benefit of bees. But these tiny pollinators are responsible for a variety of food products we enjoy such as blueberries, almonds, and tomatoes. 

 

Then there are the wildflowers. The Texas Hill Country is home to some of the most beautiful wildflower species on the planet, and bees play a HUGE role in this. Despite bees being crucial to our local and global ecosystems, all is not right in the world of bees and several factors ranging from habitat loss to pollution, disease, and invasive species (murder hornets, no thank you!) threaten our native bee populations. 

 

The good news is that Hays County residents can take action to help save the bees in several ways. 

 

Join the Hays County Beekeepers

 

Beekeeping can be an incredibly rewarding hobby and a pretty good way to ensure you’ll never have to buy honey from the grocery store ever again! The easiest way to get involved is to stop by one of the Hays County Beekeepers’ meetings. The group meets every third Tuesday of the month at Suds Monkey Brewing in Austin and has a Q&A session for beekeeping newbies from 6:30 to 7 PM. 

 

This beekeeping 101 session before the regular meeting gives curious newcomers a chance to ask about everything from how honey harvesting works to how to relocate swarms. 

 

Adding Pollinator-Friendly Plants to Your Yard

 

While Crosswinds isn’t zoned for agriculture and beekeeping, residents can still be a friend to bees. One of the best ways to do so is to plant flowering and pollinator-friendly plants in your yard. Bees are drawn to a wide variety of flowers, shrubs, and trees, and by planting even just a few of these in your Crosswinds home’s yard, you’ll be providing bees with a sanctuary and resource for food. 

 

Reduce Your Use of Harmful Pesticides

 

Now that you have your gardening gloves on and are ready to plant some bee-friendly plants, we need to talk about pesticides. Science has caught up with our use of pesticides and it’s not good for bees. Pesticides that fall in the sub-group of neonicotinoids can be incredibly harmful to bees, inhibiting their ability to reproduce and ultimately leading to smaller and smaller bee populations. 

 

If you’re going to use a pesticide in your garden, do a little research beforehand to ensure it doesn’t fall under the neonicotinoid grouping of pesticides. The bees will thank you!

 

Come Out for National Honey Bee Day

 

The Kyle Parks and Recreation Department is all about bees and will be honoring the food-producing insects as part of National Honey Bee Day on August 20th. 

 

The public is invited out to Mary Kyle Hartson Park from 10 AM until 2 PM to learn all about bees from local naturalists. The first 100 attendees will also get a free hanging flower basket. 

 

Now that you know all the buzz when it comes to beekeeping in Hays County, all that’s left to do is prep your yard to become a bee haven. 

 

If you’d like to find your dream home, complete with a dream yard then contact the Crosswinds team today. 

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Drone Company Chooses Kyle, TX for Winter Training Site

To no one’s surprise, the city of Kyle is attracting more and more businesses in 2022. Companies love the favorable regulatory environment in Texas, the weather, the people, the cost of living, and the beautiful, historical towns and cities.

Ranitzo is yet another company that discovered Kyle as the ideal location to conduct business. Ranitzo is an Iowa-based drone developer that’s on the cutting edge of the agricultural drone industry, and they recently chose Kyle Texas’ Public Safety Training Center for their winter training operations.

Rantizo’s agricultural drones are the future of large-scale farming and land management in the U.S. These drones are designed to spray liquid or dry solutions onto crops, such as fertilizers, crop seeds, insects, and more. Because this is a newer concept, the technology is still in its developmental stages. Agriculture drone companies are still in the process of overcoming regulatory, technological, and training obstacles to bring drone tech to the forefront of farming, and moving their training program to Kyle is a great step forward for Rantizo.

The Public Safety Training Center in Kyle is a perfect option for Rantizo. Although the training center is best known for its tactical driving school and drone training for law enforcement, the administration at the training center is looking to land more commercial training programs with the successful launch of Rantizo’s winter training program.

Why Kyle is the perfect location:

There are 3 major reasons that a drone developer like Rantizo chose Kyle.

First, it solves the problem of drone complications with cold weather. Drones don’t like the cold. Cold temperatures reduce chemical activity in the Lipo batteries used in drones, and in extreme cold conditions, drones might shut down mid-flight. Considering that each of Rantizo’s T30 drones retail at over $50,000, that’s something they want to avoid.

Rantizo’s HQ in Iowa has temps that are consistently below zero during winter. Training in those temps is impossible (not to mention unpleasant for trainees and trainers alike). But for a majority of the winter months in Kyle, TX have highs in the 60’s and lows in the 40’s. Drone trainers don’t have to worry about fatal shutdowns or reduced battery life, which increases efficiency and  

Second, Kyle, TX already has flight envelopes in place at the training center and clear regulatory guidelines for drone flight. You can’t just fly drones anywhere…the FAA determines what is safe and what isn’t, and they’ve cleared Kyle’s facility for flight training. This solves a big problem for Rantizo.

Third is Kyle itself. The city is located close to two international airports, making it easy for company travel. Plus, it’s a fun city to visit or live in. Kyle is growing and with an average age of 32, it has great offerings for young to middle-aged employees during downtime between training sessions. 

More Growth To Come for Kyle

Like we mentioned above, Kyle is growing fast. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Kyle, TX grew from 39,857 to 42,706, and its median household income grew from $74,826 to $79,348.

We can only expect this trend to continue as companies like Rantizo take advantage of the incentives and benefits that Kyle offers. 

What will drive the growth trend even further is the fact that it’s also relatively easy to get people to relocate to the Austin, TX area. Its beautiful landscapes, perfect weather, and cost of living are all attractive to employees, and this is especially true in Kyle.

If you’re relocating to the Austin area like so many others these days, it’s worth taking a look at Crosswinds in Kyle, TX. Our community has beautiful, affordable homes with vibrant amenities and lifestyles that are built around your needs and wants.

Reach out to Crosswinds today to find out more about how to take advantage of this unique opportunity for you and your family.