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Old 06-04-2017, 05:58 PM
 
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Hello All. After an exhaustive search for a new location to move to, my husband and I have decided to check out New Braunfels, TX and the immediate area. However, I have read the numerous horror stories about building homes in Texas on top of the clay soil, which then can cause problems with foundations shifting and cracking. We are planning on buying new construction (already built), so how can we make sure we don't buy a future expensive problem? Since we are not from the area, we know nothing about the local builders and/or what land to purchase if we decide to build from scratch. I know it is better to stay west of I-35, but New Braunfels is pretty much on I-35. We were all ready to make a trip there to check the area out, but now we aren't so sure. Any guidance will be appreciated.
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Old 06-04-2017, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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There's no way to say that your house will never shift, east, west, north or south in South and Central Texas. It sounds like you've never been to New Braunfels. What is it about the area that has you set on it?
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Old 06-04-2017, 06:35 PM
 
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We have lived in the southeastern U.S. in several different states and want to move west, but not into the "desert" west. We want a new construction home with some "room" from our neighbors but can still get to shopping, restaurants, etc. within a few miles. We like the climate and the fact that we can still travel to a large city like San Antonio (international airport, hospitals, etc.) if need be. I have researched other mid sized towns in this part of Texas, and for various reasons, don't think any of them would be as good a fit as New Braunfels--mostly that they don't have the retail available that we want.
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Old 06-04-2017, 09:31 PM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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If you go west of 35, you'll more likely be on bedrock. We're east of 35, but watched our home being built with a good slab, so we're not concerned. But like I said - to the west, you'll mostly be on bedrock. Just get a good home inspection.
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Old 06-10-2017, 05:31 AM
 
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We have lived in the southeastern U.S. in several different states and want to move west, but not into the "desert" west. We want a new construction home with some "room" from our neighbors but can still get to shopping, restaurants, etc. within a few miles. We like the climate and the fact that we can still travel to a large city like San Antonio (international airport, hospitals, etc.) if need be. I have researched other mid sized towns in this part of Texas, and for various reasons, don't think any of them would be as good a fit as New Braunfels--mostly that they don't have the retail available that we want.
Population wise, New Braunfels may still be 'mid sized'... traffic wise, it's a big city. Wasn't built for the explosive growth of recent years. You might look a bit south toward Seguin, or somewhere between Seguin and San Marcos. Seguin is starting to grow a little, but it's slow.
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Old 06-11-2017, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Stone Oak, San Antonio
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If you think that New Braunfels is a traffic hell now, see what it could look like post-Vermendi.
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The rule of thumb is that I-35 sits roughly on the Balcones fault line. Anything south of the fault line is going to generally be sandy and clay and contain shifting soils. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balcones_Fault

Anything north of the fault is mostly embedded rock and isn't shifting any way shape or form.
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