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Not Far From San Antonio and Austin in the Pretty Texas Hill Country, Boerne Has a Rich German Heritage and a Touristy Creekside Downtown
Boerne (pronounced "Bernie") is an inviting town about 30 miles northwest of San Antonio and 95 miles southwest of Austin in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Settled by German free thinkers, it retains an independent attitude along with many of its original structures.
The town plays up its German heritage, and the cute downtown, nestled along the banks cypress-lined Cibolo Creek, has an eclectic mix of specialty shops, art galleries, antique stores, wine bars and a brewhaus, making it a popular weekend shopping and tourist destination. The Main Plaza features a gazebo and fountain and is home to the Berges Fest, a three day celebration of Boerne's German roots. Boerne also hosts the Kendall County Fair, a Harvest Moon Festival and the Boerne Market Days. The Cibolo Nature Center includes a boardwalk, hiking trails and four distinct ecosystems spread across 100 acres. The dining scene is made up of national chains and locally owned eateries. The Main Plaza is only one of 10 city parks.
Housing includes many new gated communities in addition to historic structures.
Population: 20,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 40%
Cost of Living: 25% above the national average
Median Home Price: $550,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s, 90s and even low-100s. Winter temperatures are in the 30s, 40s and 50s. On average, the area receives 30 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but North Central Baptist Hospital is 18 miles away in San Antonio and accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited By Joint Commission? No, but North Central Baptist Hospital is 18 miles away in San Antonio and accepts Medicare patients.
Public Transit: No
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes
College Educated: 38%
Is Texas Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Notes: Nightlife is non-existent. Although Boerne does not have a hospital, it does have a freestanding emergency room. The population has boomed by 75% during the last decade, and home prices have decreased 11% since last year.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
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