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If everything’s bigger in Texas, that should include our homes, right? Well, a new study shows homes in the Lone Star State are among the biggest in the country — but not the biggest.

Texas appears at No. 11 on American Home Shield’s list of the states with the biggest houses. In Texas, the average home is 2,170 square feet, well behind top-ranked Utah (2,800 square feet).

But don’t despair, fellow Texans. Six Texas cities, including San Antonio, land on American Home Shield’s list of the top 20 major cities for home size. This list looks at average home sizes in the country’s 50 largest cities.

After reviewing more than 500,000 U.S. home listings from Zillow, American Home Shield concluded that San Antonio's average home boasts 2,002 square feet, ranking No. 17 in the nation and No. 5 among large cities in Texas.

The Texas cities on the list are:

  • No. 5 Fort Worth, 2,255 square feet
  • No. 7 Austin, 2,081 square feet
  • No. 11 Houston, 2,041 square feet
  • No. 16 El Paso, 2,004 square feet
  • No. 17 San Antonio, 2,002 square feet
  • No. 20 Dallas, 1,930 square feet

In case you were wondering, the big city with the biggest houses is Colorado Springs, Colorado (2,760 square feet), while the tiniest houses are in Honolulu, Hawaii (825 square feet).

“Several factors can dictate how large the average home is in a certain state or city,” says American Home Shield, which sells home warranties. “One of the primary factors is the age of the housing stock. American homes have gotten larger over time; states with a higher percentage of new homes tend to have larger homes on average.”

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NFL legend Terry Bradshaw's ranch at Texas-Oklahoma border listed for $22.5 million

Celebrity listing

An Oklahoma ranch around 70 miles north of Dallas-Fort Worth that’s owned by NFL Hall of Famer and Fox Sports analyst Terry Bradshaw is back on the market for $22.5 million.

Bernard Uechtritz, owner of Dallas-based real estate agency Icon Global Group, says the 744-acre ranch was relisted after a deal with a would-be buyer fell through. Cancellation of the purchase followed a series of contract extensions, along with repeated assurances from the potential buyer and their representatives that the deal would close, according to Uechtritz. It’s unknown how much that buyer was willing to pay for the ranch.

Over the years, Uechtritz and Bradshaw have been “inundated” by inquiries about selling the ranch, where the E! reality TV series The Bradshaw Bunch was filmed, according to an Icon Global news release.

Terry Bradshaw ranch The E! reality TV series The Bradshaw Bunch was filmed here.Photo courtesy of Icon Global

Bradshaw says in the news release that he and his wife, Tammy, are “sad to leave this great big ranch and our wonderful home, which has been our idyllic retreat of so many years; however, it is time that we slowed down a little, freeing us up to travel more, as well as enjoy new grandchildren, family, and other interests.”

The Bradshaws now live on a smaller farm in Texas where they continue to operate their Quarter Horse breeding business. In conjunction with the sale of the ranch, the Bradshaws are selling 150 Quarter Horses at an October 22 auction.

Terry Bradshaw ranch The ranch sits on 744 acres.Photo courtesy of Icon Global

The ranch, just east of Thackerville, Oklahoma, and a few miles west of the Texas-Oklahoma border, will keep operating until the new owner takes over. The property, overlooking the Red River, sits within the boundaries of the Chickasaw Nation, which is home to the massive WinStar World Casino and Resort.

“The property and facilities are a turnkey-ready proposition for a major equestrian player in the horse business, or continued use as a cattle or private recreational ranch,” Uechtritz says.

Highlights of the ranch include:

  • Rustic 8,600-square-foot home with six bedrooms, six bathrooms, two half-bathrooms, and four fireplaces
  • 2,600-square-foot manager’s house
  • Four-bedroom bunkhouse
  • Outdoor patio encompassing about 1,000 square feet, with a full kitchen, bar, fireplace, hot sauna, and fire pit
  • Eight lakes and ponds
  • Outdoor pool
  • Two-story doghouse made of stone
  • 12-stall stallion barn
  • 20-stall show barn
  • 50-stall mare barn with a laboratory, breeding facility, office, and covered arena
  • 20-stall barn for weaning horses
  • Hay barn
  • Show-pig barn

The property has been on and off the market for a number of years. At various times, it’s been priced at $11.9 million, $10.8 million, $10.6 million, and $9.9 million, according to media reports.

Terry Bradshaw The Bradshaws are selling 150 Quarter Horses at an October 22 auction.Photo courtesy of Icon Global

As quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970s and ’80s, Bradshaw led the team to four Super Bowl victories and twice clinched Super Bowl MVP honors. The Louisiana native, who celebrated his 74th birthday earlier this month, retired from pro football in 1984 after a 14-year stint with the Steelers and then joined CBS Sports as a football analyst. He’s been a Fox Sports football analyst since 1994.

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San Antonio home prices rise and sales fall in latest real estate report

Real Estate Report

San Antonio home prices went one way, while sales went the other in July 2022. The latest report from SABOR shows a 15 percent year-over-year increase in the area's median home price; meanwhile, there was a 15 percent year-over-year decrease in home sales.

In July, the San Antonio median home price clocked in at $341,600. The average area home price hit $389,486, up 12 percent from a year ago, but down from the all-time high of $405,891, which was recorded in June.

“Though the average and median price of a home continues to rise, this is the fourth month in a row we are seeing a decrease in home sales,” said Tracie Hasslocher, SABOR chairman, in a release.

“3,333 homes were sold in July, a decrease of 15 percent from July 2021. To close the month, there were 5,114 new listings and 9,068 active listings, both an increase from last year. However, there was a 12 percent decrease in pending sales.”

According to data provided by SABOR, the San Antonio trends mirror the Texas market as a whole. Home sales across the state dropped 15.4 percent last month, compared to July 2021, while the average home price grew 10 percent and the median home price climbed almost 13 percent.

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San Antonio ranks No. 5 among best bang-for-your-buck housing markets

alamo city bargain

In today’s home market, buyers are looking to get the most house for the lowest price. It turns out that in this regard, the San Antonio area delivers one of the biggest bangs for the buck.

A new ranking from residential real estate platform Home Bay puts San Antonio at No. 5 among the country's 50 biggest metros on the "most bang for the buck" meter. The ranking is based on the median price per square foot for a new single-family home.

In 2021, the typical 2,036-square-foot new home in the San Antonio area cost $349,900, or $172 per square foot, according to Home Bay.

“Examining price per square foot is more important than in the past because housing prices are also outpacing income,” Home Bay says.

Two other Texas metros join Houston in the “most bang for the buck” category:

  • No. 3 Houston, with a median price of $167 per square foot for a new 2,185-square-foot new home, costing $359,995.
  • No. 8 Dallas-Fort Worth, with a median price of $186 per square foot for a new 2,145-square-foot home, costing $399,950.

Memphis, Tennessee, tops the “most bang for the buck” list, with a median price of $92 per square foot. Across the U.S., the median price per square foot stands at $169.

Also in the Home Bay report, Houston appears at No. 5 for the median size of a new single-family home (2,158 square feet at the end of 2021). Two other Texas metros make the top 10 in this category: No. 6 Dallas-Fort Worth (2,145 square feet) and No. 8 Austin (2,100 square feet).

Memphis also leads this list, at 2,630 square feet for the median size of a new single-family home.

Home Bay used data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Realtor.com to come up with its rankings.

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San Antonio home with private cave explores the market at $875,000

Going batty

Forget the man cave. Someone is about to become the new owner of a San Antonio-area home with its own Batman-worthy grotto.

Originally listed in July at $950,000, the home now has a pending offer after the price was slashed by $75,000 to $875,000. Aside from the four-bedroom, three-bathroom, 2,745-square-foot home, the property features a cave discovered in 2004 when the current owners were clearing the more than two-and-a-half-acre homesite. The home — at 24811 Creek Loop in the gated Seven Hills Ranch neighborhood, just north of Garden Ridge — was completed in 2006.

According to listing agent Lori Largen of JB Goodwin Realtors in Schertz, the owners’ cave adventure began after they noticed significant bursts of cool air were shooting up from a 1-inch-diamater hole in the ground. They later stumbled upon a second hole about three feet away and figured something must be lurking below the surface.

Subsequent tests conducted by geologists from Natural Bridge Caverns and St. Mary’s University, both in the San Antonio area, confirmed the existence of a cave.

Seven years later, in 2011, workers with a pool excavation company dug a six-foot-deep hole (the current entrance into the cave) where the blow holes were found. At that time, the entryway for a three- to four-foot-high, 15-foot tunnel was located.

In 2016, workers with an excavation company made the tunnel walkable by drilling through five feet of rock and connecting that tunnel to a 20-foot tunnel nearby, leading to the seven-foot-by-seven-foot upper room of the cave. The cave’s main room measures about 30 by 26 feet and contains nine-foot-tall formations. It’s suspected that a third room is located in the cave.

The most unusual formation in the cave is a floor-to-ceiling, curtain-like formation known as a parachute shield. In Texas, this kind of formation is thought to exist only in this cave and Natural Bridge Caverns. Other formations in the private cave include stalactites and stalagmites.

Caves in the area range from 100,000 to 2 million years old. The private cave, along with Natural Bridge Caverns and Bracken Cave Preserve — a 1,521-acre site north of Garden Ridge that’s home to the world’s largest bat colony — were formed by a collapse triggered when the ground shifted. Bats once inhabited the private cave.

Largen says the homeowners are “amateur geologists” who have taken advantage of the cave for “their own geological enjoyment.” They’re selling the property so they can move out of state and be closer to their daughter and grandchildren, she says.

While the cave is the star of the property — earning a coveted spot on the popular Zillow Gone Wild account on Instagram — Largen notes that more than 110 oak, magnolia, and mountain laurel trees stand on the fenced-in site. A huge Nature Conservancy-protected site surrounds the home.

“It’s like living in your own park-like setting,” Largen says.

The cave’s main room measures about 30 by 26 feet and contains nine-foot-tall formations.

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The cave’s main room measures about 30 by 26 feet and contains nine-foot-tall formations.
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The stars at night are big and bright at stunning $18.5 million Nueces River ranch

down by the river

A gorgeous riverfront property northwest of Uvalde just flowed onto the market. Listed for $18.5 million by Foster Farm & Ranch, a Texas-based team of land specialists and real estate agents led by veteran broker Chad Foster, the Nineteen Mile Ranch spans nearly 8,500 acres.

Located 19 miles outside Uvalde, the ranch features crystal clear waters, a spring-fed swimming hole, and free range exotic animals, including aoudad and axis deer. Add to these a plethora of mature trees, extreme changes in topography, and an entire mile of highway frontage for easy access, and the property is a recreational paradise.

Nineteen Mile is named after a long, seasonal creek running through the northern portion of the property. Lined with limestone ridges and bluffs, the creek contains large trees, brush cover, and unobstructed panoramic views. Along the rich and fertile Nueces River Basin and Nineteen Mile Creek, mature pecan trees, live oaks, and desert willows are common.

The river is the centerpiece of the property, with an entire mile of picturesque frontage on the Nueces forming the western-most boundary of the ranch. The Nueces River is known for its warm waters, limestone cliffs, and plentiful fishing, and there are several other river access points throughout the property.

A crystalline cool water spring also heads along Nineteen Mile Creek, where it meets the Nueces River. In certain areas, it's upwards of eight feet deep and 15 feet wide. This spring flows for approximately one-quarter mile through the western portion of the ranch: Mostly rock bottomed and shaded by large trees, it's an ideal location for relaxing, swimming and fishing.

Throughout the property, the land is also topographically diverse, with elevations ranging from 1,100 feet along the river bottom to 1,700 feet at the highest peaks. Peppered with remnants of cooking fires from ancient Native American campsites, another unique aspect of the Nineteen Mile Ranch lies in its history. The area’s flowing supply of fresh water, native vegetation, and wildlife made it an ideal camping location for traveling Indigenous populations, and stone arrowheads, spear points, blade fragments, and other handmade tools can be found throughout the ranch to this day.

“There’s also this fantastic grove of piñon pine trees at Nineteen Mile,” said Scott King, the current owner of the ranch. “And that’s not something you see very often in this part of Texas, so I was very intrigued. That was one of the many unique features that swayed my decision to purchase the ranch almost a decade ago. But now, our family is continuing to grow and we’re all moving in different directions. It’s time we let someone else enjoy all the Texas beauty Nineteen Mile has to offer.”

In order to conserve the scenic open space of this vast property, a carefully planned conservation easement was placed on the property in 2007, with the easement holder being the city of San Antonio.

The ranch was also recently improved with the addition of a limestone rock lodge, situated on a picturesque ridge just above the Nueces River overlooking a manicured meadow full of large trees and native grasses. Built on a high bank overlooking a large pecan grove in spring, the lodge has three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and an open kitchen and living space with a rock fireplace.

“With the Nueces River frontage, flowing clear water live spring, limestone lodge, excellent location, subsurface water and the generous mineral conveyance, this ranch is a bargain, “said Chad Foster, founder of Foster Farm & Ranch Real Estate. “For those in the market for a top tier property in this part of Texas area, this ranch deserves your immediate attention.”

The stars at night (clap, clap, clap, clap), are big and bright.

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The stars at night (clap, clap, clap, clap), are big and bright.
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Legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers heat up San Antonio with 2023 tour stop

one hot minute

One of alternative rock's most legendary acts is headed to San Antonio on their highly anticipated North American tour next year. Red Hot Chili Peppers will play the Alamodome on Wednesday, May 17, 2023.

Kicking off in Vancouver, British Columbia on March 29, RHCP will also stop in Houston's Minute Maid Park on Thursday, May 25 to close out the North American leg of the tour before heading to Europe. Effortlessly hip modern rock band The Strokes will support the Chili Peppers on both Texas stops, along with talented bassist-vocalist Thundercat.

Tickets go on sale at 10 am Friday, December 9 online. Other supporting acts along the way include Iggy Pop, The Roots, The Mars Volta, St. Vincent, City and Colour, and King Princess.

Touring in support of their two No. 1 studio albums released in 2022, Unlimited Love and Return of the Dream Canteen, the Chili Peppers have played sold-out shows in London, Paris, Los Angeles, and more with notable artists such as A$AP Rocky, Anderson.Paak, Beck, and HAIM.

The first rock band in 17 years to score two No. 1 albums in one year, the band has been red-hot on the Billboard charts and at the MTV Video Music Awards, where they received the Global Icon Award and brought the house down with a performance of the No. 1 single “Black Summer,'' which also won the award for Best Rock Video.

Fronted by the impossibly chiseled and ageless (he's 60!) Anthony Kiedis, the Chili Peppers formed in 1983. Unabashedly proud of their LA roots, the band burst onto the scene with early singles such as "Higher Ground" and "Give It Away," both showcases of bassist Flea's slappin', funk-fueled basslines.

Throughout the peak of alternative music in the '90s, the band saw tragedy, personnel changes at guitar, and reinventions — Kiedes' rap-singing, Flea's bass grooves, and singalong choruses all constants over the decades.

While many '90s alt-rock acts fizzled, the Chili Peppers stayed relevant; the band boasts two anthemic singles with more than 1 billion streams — "Californication" and "Under the Bridge" — and more than 25 million followers on Spotify.

Expect this show to be packed with Gen Xers and new fans for what promises to be one hot minute.

Red Hot Chili Peppers 2023 tour dates:

  • Wednesday, March 29 – Vancouver – BC Place
  • Saturday, April 1 – Las Vegas – Allegiant Stadium
  • Thursday, April 6 – Fargo, North Dakota – FargoDome
  • Saturday, April 8 – Minneapolis – US Bank Stadium
  • Friday, April 14 – Syracuse, New York – JMA Wireless Dome
  • Friday, May 12 – San Diego – Snap Dragon Stadium
  • Sunday, May 14 – Phoenix – State Farm Stadium
  • Wednesday, May 17 – San Antonio – Alamodome
  • Friday, May 19 – Gulf Shores, Alabama – Hangout Music Festival
  • Thursday, May 25 – Houston – Minute Maid Park

Texas-based 3D printing company tapped by NASA to build on the moon

To infinity and beyond

An Austin-based builder of 3D-printed homes, ICON, is making one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind by signing a $57 million contract with NASA to build on the moon.

According to a release from ICON, the Texas company will soon venture into a new frontier of space dimensions. The contract, announced on November 29, was awarded to the company under NASA's Phase III Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. This program allows ICON to use the $57 million award to build their Olympus system, which adds to previous construction done by both NASA and the Department of Defense for exploration of the moon and beyond.

"ICON’s Olympus system is intended to be a multi-purpose construction system primarily using local lunar and Martian resources as building materials to further the efforts of NASA as well as commercial organizations to establish a sustained lunar presence," the release stated.

The project will work in conjunction with NASA's Artemis program, which launched its first rocket in 50 years on November 15. ICON will work with the program to:

  • Use lunar regolith samples brought back from Apollo missions, in addition to other regolith simulants, to see their mechanical behavior in lunar gravity.
  • Bring advanced hardware and software into space through a lunar gravity simulation flight.
  • Create results to inform future lunar construction approaches for the space community.
  • Establish critical infrastructure necessary for a sustainable lunar economy and habitation.

“The final deliverable of this contract will be humanity’s first construction on another world, and that is going to be a pretty special achievement," said Jason Ballard, ICON co-founder and CEO.

"It's a construction system we call Olympus system that will allow us to use the local materials of the moon to build all the elements of infrastructure necessary for a lunar outpost and ultimately a moon base ... launch and landing pads, roadways, habitats, you name it, all the things on the moon," said Ballard.

He added that they hope to start building on the moon by 2026, starting with a launch and landing pad.

In addition to the grant, ICON was awarded a subcontract in 2021 to support NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate to create the world's first and only simulated 3D-printed Mars surface habitat. Called Mars Dune Alpha, it is located at NASA's Johnson Space Center and is assisting in long-duration science missions.

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6 things to know in San Antonio food right now: New beer garden quietly opens

New You Can Eat

Editor's note: We get it. It can be difficult to keep up with the fast pace of San Antonio's restaurant and bar scene. We have you covered with our regular roundup of essential food news.

Openings

The owners of Gold Feather have unofficially untapped a new venture, LadyBird Beer Garden. Although official channels are keeping details mum, a Facebook page run by landlords VLA Real Estate spilled the beans on the November 25 opening. In addition to serving craft beer, the concept at 447 W. Hildebrand Ave has a full kitchen, bar, and a small patio for enjoying the mild December weather.

Months after coyly announcing a second location, Elotitos Corn Bar sprouted a new Government Hill location on December 3. The snack shop is well known for its aguas frescas and elotes flights, offering the street food staple in various flavors. The new outpost is open Monday through Saturday, 3-9 pm.

Following the recent San Antonio expansion of Oregon-based Dutch Bros Coffee, another out-of-towner is gaining some local buzz. According to Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation records, Arkansas franchise 7 Brew Coffee is brewing its first Alamo City location at 4825 Walzem Rd. Barring delays, the project will be completed in May 2023.

Pop-up concept Rose Hip Coffee has found a permanent home at 116 W. Olmos Dr. in Olmos Park. The broadened Rose Hip Market combines caffeine with boutique retail, offering everything from kid's clothes to ready-to-eat sandwiches and salads. The playful equestrian wallpaper might make it a can't-miss selfie spot.

Other news and notes

A new cocktail conference will lift San Antonio's spirits in January. The Culinaria-hosted Third Coast Cocktail Summit will feature seminars, tastings, dinners, and tipsy soirées during its five-day run from January 10-14. All-access passes are now available for $250 for industry and $500 for general admission at the nonprofit's website.

In other booze news, Kinsman's Brandy Alexander Tour is back in full swing for the holiday season. Dorćol Distilling's annual celebration of the famous desert cocktail has drafted 14 spots to offer the renowned desert cocktail this year, including several newcomers like Allora, Bar Loretta, Double Standard, Ladino, and Sojourn Trading Co. A full list of participants can be found here.