Area Attractions

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.  

Events Family Fun

Family Fun at the Kyle Founders Day Parade

Crosswinds in Kyle, TX just loves being a part of such a wonderful town. In just a couple of weeks, we’ll be celebrating the founding of our great town with the Kyle Founders Day Parade. Here’s a little more info about this fun event and a brief history of our beloved Kyle, Texas.


Kyle Founders Day Parade
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History of Kyle, TX

In 1880, the town of Kyle was founded by nearby settlers from the communities of Blanco and Mountain City. A man by the name of Fergus Kyle and the family of David Moore donated 200 acres of land for a town site located where the International and Great Northern Railroad connected Austin to San Antonio. The first lots were sold some time in October, which is now why every October we have the Kyle Founders Day Parade!

About the Kyle Founders Day Parade

When: Saturday, October 14
Where: Downtown Kyle
What Time: 10:00 AM

Every year the parade has a theme, and this year the theme is “Bringing It Home To Kyle.” The Kyle Founders Day Parade will start at Gregg-Clarke Park and then head east on Center Street. Once they pass through downtown, they’ll end at the Mary Kyle Hartson City Square Park’s Gazebo. For a good view of the parade as it passes by, your best bet is to simple be on either side of Center Street between the start and end points. At the end of the parade, we will all gather around a birthday cake and sing “Happy Birthday” to our beloved little town.

While there are tons of fun things to do in Kyle, we hope that the Kyle Founders Day Parade is at the top of your list. Come enjoy the spirit of our town, and see why we love calling Kyle home. If you’d like to call this town home too, contact Crosswinds in Kyle, TX to learn about some of the most beautiful new homes near Austin.


Meritage Homes Showcases Single Story Floorplans in Crosswinds

Whether you’re a young family looking for your first home or an empty nester couple looking to downsize, then you’ll certainly want to take a look at the wonderful single story floorplans available from Meritage Homes. While they also offers beautiful two-story homes, we wanted to focus specifically on their single story offerings on the blog today. To help you make the most informed homebuying decision, Crosswinds in Kyle, TX is going to give you a quick breakdown of the benefits of single story floorplans and what Meritage Homes offers in Crosswinds.

Meritage Homes single story floorplans

How You Benefit from Single Story Floorplans

While there are many great benefits to owning a two-story home, young families and empty nesters can get a lot out of a one-story design. Not only will your energy costs be lower, but you also won’t have to worry about going up and down the stairs to maintain a space that you might not need. And, you won’t have to worry about child-proofing another section of your home. Best of all, the single story floorplans offered by Meritage Homes are quite spacious.

About Meritage Homes

Meritage Homes has continuously exceeded the ENERGY STAR requirements for energy efficiency by including ENERGY STAR appliances and programmable thermostats. On average, their homes have a HERS score of 61, whereas most new homes score a 100. This means Meritage homes use less energy and save homeowners more money. As if their energy efficiency wasn’t enough, Meritage Homes has also made great strides towards home automation with the M. Connected Home Automation Suite, and they’ve received numerous accolades.

Meritage Homes’ Single Story Floorplans Available at Crosswinds

Building on our 50’ lots, Meritage Homes is offering 5 exceptional single story floorplans for Crosswinds in Kyle, TX. The single story floorplans range from the 1,409 square foot, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom The Milano floorplan to the 2,155 square foot, 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom The Hudson floorplan. They currently have quick move-in single story homes available with their floorplans The Victoria and The Somerset.

If you’d like to know more about the single story floorplans available through Meritage Homes or our other builders, contact Crosswinds in Kyle, TX today! We’d love to give you a tour of the community and help you find your dream home.

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Inventory: Meritage Homes in Crosswinds

While our master-planned community has a few exceptional homebuilders, we wanted to focus specifically on Meritage Homes and their beautiful new homes at Crosswinds in Kyle, TX.

Energy-Efficient Living

Meritage Homes has continuously exceeded the ENERGY STAR requirements for energy efficiency by including ENERGY STAR appliances and programmable thermostats. They were the first national homebuilder to make every one of their homes 100% ENERGY STAR certified. On average, Meritage homes have a HERS score of 61, whereas most new homes score a 100. This means Meritage homes use less energy and save homeowners more money. Other optional innovations include solar energy systems, LED Lighting and Fixtures and more.

Home Automation

With Meritage Homes, the future is here! All to-be-built homes now come standard with the M. Connected Home Automation Suite. This includes a video doorbell, smart door lock, lighting controls, advanced thermostat and a smart garage door.

Meritage Homes’ Achievements

Every year since 2013, Meritage Homes has won a huge ENERGY STAR award: Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence. They were also the first homebuilder to build a Full Environmental Protection Agency Certified Home, as well as the first NET ZERO Production Builder.

Meritage Homes in Crosswinds 50’ Lots

Meritage Homes builds beautiful homes on the 50’ lots in our master-planned community. They’re offering 10 great floorplans ranging from the one-story, 1,409 square foot, 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom Milano floorplan to the two-story, 2,866-square-foot, 5-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom Genova floorplan. The homes range from low to mid-$200s. As of July 25th, there are five quick move-in homes available:

208 Tailwind Drive

Meritage Homes 208 Tailwind Drive

  • The Venice floorplan
  • 2 stories
  • 2,233 square feet
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2.5 bathrooms
  • $267,990
  • Available: Now

123 Tailwind Drive

Meritage Homes 123 Tailwind Drive

  • The Napoli floorplan
  • 2 stories
  • 1,832 square feet
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • $249,990
  • Available: Now

113 Tailwind Drive

Meritage Homes 113 Tailwind Drive

  • The Victoria floorplan
  • 1 story
  • 1,700 square feet
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • $263,009
  • Available: November

135 Tailwind Drive

Meritage Homes 135 Tailwind Drive

  • The Somerset floorplan
  • 1 story
  • 1,900 square feet
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • $267,990
  • Available in October

190 Tailwind Drive

Meritage Homes 190 Tailwind Drive

  • The Napoli floorplan
  • 2 stories
  • 1,832 square feet
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • $254,990
  • Available: Now

Check Meritage Homes’ website daily for updates on available inventory.

Crosswinds in Kyle, TX is excited to have Meritage Homes as one of our homebuilders. If you’d like to learn more about our master-planned community and all the great things going on, contact us today, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Upcoming June Events Near Kyle

While there’s plenty to do in the Lone Star state’s capital, there are also plenty of fun things to do near Austin. Our master-planned community is located in a very active area filled with great events! Here are some of the major June events happening near Crosswinds in Kyle, TX.

events near kyle

Kyle Market Days

When: Saturday, June 10
Where: Historic City Square Park
What Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Every month from April – September, the city of Kyle hosts Kyle Market Days, and each month has a unique theme and partner. For June, the theme is “Summer Time,” and the partner is Home Depot Kyle. Make sure to come by and check out all the great art, crafts, food and live music from fellow Kyle-ites.

Family Adventure Day

When: Saturday, June 10
Where: Cabela’s Buda
What Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

So if you aren’t really feeling like going out to Kyle Market Days, head over to Buda for Family Adventure Day at Cabela’s! During this event near our master-planned community, kids and their parents can come to learn about fishing, shooting and archery. Whether you know what you’re doing with a bow and arrow or not, it’s sure to be a fun day for the whole family.

ATX Television Festival

When: Thursday, June 8 – Sunday, June 11
Where: Downtown Austin
What Time: Various times

Going into its sixth year, the ATX Television Festival is just like a regular film festival, but with TV shows. Guests will get to see premieres of new seasons, series and cult favorites. Go and meet some of the geniuses behind your favorite shows and get a chance to ask them questions yourself!

Keep Austin Weird Fest & 5K

When: Saturday, June 24
Where: Downtown Austin
What Time: Starts at 4:00 PM

The iconic city with the iconic motto is at it again. The Keep Austin Weird Fest & 5K is an all-out celebration of all the things that make Austin so… weird! Don’t take the idea of a 5K too seriously, because this one holds the unofficial title of “slowest 5K you will ever run.” You won’t have much of a chance to get in the zone with 15 fun stops along the route.

When it comes to Crosswinds in Kyle, TX, fun and good times are always within reach. Add these great June events to your calendar, and don’t forget about Father’s Day on June 18! We hope everyone has a great kickoff to summer, and if you’d like to learn more about our new master-planned community, contact us today.


Homebuilder Highlight: Pacesetter Homes

When we were choosing who would build our new homes near Austin, we had a lot of builders to choose from. We handpicked three exceptional homebuilders. Today, we want to shine the spotlight on one homebuilder in particular – Pacesetter Homes. Here are some things to know about this great homebuilder and what they’re doing at Crosswinds in Kyle, TX.

Pacesetter Homes

Built to a Higher Standard

Getting their start in 2007, Pacesetter Homes is a part of the QUALICO development and communities brand. They have a reputation for creating amazing homes that are built to seamlessly fit into every homeowner’s lifestyle. They aren’t one of those homebuilders that try to build as many homes as quickly as possible. Pacesetter Homes takes the time to ensure that every one of their new homes meets their high standards.

Homebuilder Accolades

We aren’t the only ones that recognize Pacesetter Homes’ exceptional building. They’ve won numerous accolades and awards for their product design. In 2015 and 2016, they swept the HBA MAX Awards for best product design for $100,000 – $149,999, $150,000 – $199,999 and $200,000 – $249,999.

Dedication to Customer Service

Aside from their exceptional quality, one of the main reasons we chose Pacesetter Homes to build in our community was their dedication to providing a positive homebuying experience. Their friendly staff is always there to answer any questions you may have before, during or even after buying one of their new homes near Austin.

Pacesetter Homes at Crosswinds in Kyle, TX

The homes that Pacesetter Homes is building in our master-planned community will sit on 40’ and 50’ home lots and will be ideal for young families that are looking for their first home or even empty nesters that are looking to downsize for easier home maintenance. In their Craftsman Collection, they will be offering four base floor plans, and in their offering nine base floor plans in their Craftsman Plus Collection. Their homes start from the $200s and range from the 1,252 square foot Thatcher floor plan to the 3,117 square foot Haskell floor plan.

If you’re starting to search for homes near Austin, take a look at the Pacesetter Homes available in our master-planned community! You can contact Crosswinds in Kyle, TX today for more information about all of our homebuilders and our wonderful community.

Area Attractions

Two Wheel Brewing in Buda Now Open Near Crosswinds

Crosswinds Kyle, TX
(Image via twowheelbrewing.com)

Calling all beer lovers! We’re beyond excited to announce that a brewery has opened up near our master-planned community in Buda. While Crosswinds is in Kyle, TX, Two Wheel Brewing Company is just a quick 10-minute drive from our new homes near Austin! Here’s what you should know about this new craft beer company.

The Cold Brews

To kickstart this brewery’s entrance into the world of craft beer, Two Wheel Brewing currently serves four beers – Budaful Blonde Ale, Twin Creeks Pale Ale, Amber German-Style Altbier and Brakeman Bitter English-Style Pale Ale. But that’s not all! The brewery plans to release even more craft brews, so you can expect to see seasonal varieties!

The Men Behind Two Wheel

There are just three men bringing these delicious beers to Buda. The first is the head brewer and founder, Marc Woffenden, who started his beer crafting career 10 years ago thanks to getting a homebrew kit for Christmas. He then went on to study brewing science and engineering at American Brewers Guild Brewing School. Next up is Dennis Howell, who also went to the American Brewers Guild Brewing School and has years of experience crafting tasty brews in Upstate New York breweries. Finally, there’s Douglas Korte, who keeps track of the business and also gets to have the best job someone in a brewery could have – quality testing. That means he’s the lucky guy that gets to taste all the beer to make sure it’s as good as it’s supposed to be.

Plan a Trip to Two Wheel

Since they are still so new, Two Wheel Brewing Company is only currently open on Fridays from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. However, they are expected to extend those hours to more days very soon! You can keep up with all that’s going on by following their Facebook page.

Have you always wanted to live close to a brewery? If so, then you’re in luck! Our master-planned community of Crosswinds in Kyle, TX is less than 10 miles away from Two Wheel. To learn more about our new homes near Austin, contact Crosswinds today.


Crosswinds is an Official Sponsor of the 2017 Buda Wiener Dog Race

Crosswinds Kyle TX

Every year Buda, Texas, the unlikely Wiener Dog Capital of the Lone Star State, puts on their annual County Fair and Wiener Dog Races! This will be their 20th year and our master-planned community is a sponsor this year! Here are some of the things you can expect from this family fun event.

20th Annual Buda Wiener Dog Races

This great event is basically a weekend-long overload of adorable dogs, family fun, live music and more!

When: Saturday, April 29 – Sunday, April 30
Where: Buda City Park
What Time: Saturday – 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM & Sunday – 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM 

As for the actual races, you can register your wiener dog or mixed breed dachshund the day of the race or register online. The Central Texas Dachshund Rescue is hosting the event and Crosswinds in Kyle, TX is excited about being a sponsor this year.

Best Dressed Dog Contest

Just because your dog doesn’t have any dachshund in them, that doesn’t mean you can’t bring them along for all the fun! They don’t have to race, because they can still participate in the best-dressed dog contest as well as the opening pet parade!

If you want to win the best-dressed dog contest, we’d recommend making sure your pooch is all decked out from nose to tail. Throw on a little hat, maybe even some stylish shoes, and you’ll give the other dogs a run for their bones.

Food, Food and More Tasty Food

Finally, no great Texas festival would be complete without food! Not only will there be local vendors selling some tasty morsels, there will also be a bake-off, barbecue cook-off and chili cook-off. Don’t miss out on your chance to dig into some of the most delicious eats in the Hill Country.

Our new homes in Kyle, TX are just a short drive from Buda and all the fun events the city puts on. If you’d like to learn more about our master-planned community, contact Crosswinds today!


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Homebuilder Highlight: Meritage Homes

Meritage Homes

When it comes to new homes near Austin, Texas, there are a few exceptional homebuilders that can help make your dream home a reality. Meritage Homes is one of those builders, and they’re building new homes at Crosswinds in Kyle, TX. Here are some things you should know about this exceptional homebuilder.

Over 30 Years of Distinctive Home Designs

In their 31-year history, Meritage Homes has built over 100,000 immaculate homes. Through the decades they’ve maintained their high reputation of distinctive homebuilding styles, quality construction and a positive customer experience. Regardless of what type of floorplan you’re looking for, Meritage Homes has a new home that’s perfect for you at Crosswinds in Kyle, TX!

Energy-Efficient Living at its Finest

Meritage Homes has paved the way in terms of energy-efficient homes. The index used to determine a home’s energy efficiency is called HERS (Home Energy Rating System), and the lower the score, the more energy-efficient the home is. Most new homes score a 100, whereas, Meritage Homes has built homes that rank as low as 61. This means all of their new homes near Austin, Texas are not only going to help homeowners decrease their carbon footprint, but also save them money!

Homebuilder Accolades

While a lot of builders can boast about building energy-efficient homes, Meritage Homes is one of the very few that can say they’ve been an ENERGY STARÒ Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence since 2013! That’s just one of their many accolades. Take a look at all of their achievements and see why their such a favored builder.

Meritage Homes at Crosswinds

Crosswinds in Kyle, TX is beyond excited to have Meritage Homes building in our master-planned community. This coveted builder offers 10 amazing floorplans for homebuyers at Crosswinds to choose from. They range from the 1,409 square foot, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom Milano floorplan to the ultra-spacious 2,866 square foot, 5 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom Genova floorplan.

If you’re getting ready to buy a home, come take a tour of Meritage Homes’ new homes near Austin, Texas. Our master-planned community is just a short drive from the Texas capital! Contact Crosswinds in Kyle, TX today!

Area Attractions Events Family Fun

3 St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations Near Kyle, TX

Kyle Texas, master-planned community, Crosswinds Kyle TX

(Image via fadoirishpub.com)

With St. Patrick’s Day just a couple of weeks away, it’s time to start making plans for how you’re going to celebrate! If you’re in Kyle, Texas, there are plenty of fun festivities that’ll be happening all around our master-planned community! To help you find the best celebrations, Crosswinds in Kyle, TX is sharing a list of the 3 best St. Patrick’s Day events near Kyle, Texas.

1. St. Patrick’s Day Austin

The biggest blow out of green and gold and Irish spirit in Austin, the city’s St. Patrick’s Day festival is quite the spectacle. Head out to Pioneer Farms in Austin from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm to enjoy all they have to offer. There will be plenty of live music and other fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

2. St. Patrick’s Day at The Dog & Duck Pub

If you’re looking for some Irish fun before and after the city event, head over to The Dog & Duck Pub from 9:00 am to midnight to hear live music, watch traditional Irish dancing and even a comedy show! They’ll also be serving fish & chips and pints all day.

3. St. Patrick’s Day at Fado Irish Pub

Shutting down West 4th Street and pitching tents for bands, beers and other spirits, Fado Irish Pub knows how to throw a St. Patrick’s Day celebration! This festival is sure to make you go green with Irish spirit as you celebrate the Austin way. This Saint Patrick’s Day celebration is serving as fundraising to help children battling cancer. Get your tickets to this event today!

These three events are sure to help your St. Paddy’s Day be a cheery one! If you’d like to know more about our master-planned community near Austin, contact Crosswinds in Kyle, TX today!