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San Antonio: SouthStar Communities Draws Homebuilders to 600-Acre Vida in South Bexar

Feature Illustration: A bird’s-eye perspective of the concept for a zocalo style town center by SouthStar Communities that would be located just north of the campus center.

Posted: 8-24-2021

San Antonio (Bexar County) — New Braunfels-based SouthStar Communities has announced Lennar, Perry Homes, and Highland Homes will build single family houses in the VIDA community, a 600-acre master planned development off Interstate 410 and South Zarzamora Street.

VIDA is adjacent to the Texas A&M University-San Antonio campus. The VIDA master plan includes a housing mix of 4,000 residential units in a variety of single-family homes, apartments, townhomes, and student housing.

“The Southside continues to thrive and grow with large employers like Toyota, TJX, Texas A&M – San Antonio and soon Navistar, as well as mid-sized and small businesses in the community,” said Gretchen Howell, senior vice president SouthStar Communities. “Until now, entry-level homes were the only option in this area. We’re pleased to serve a market need in the first phase of VIDA, and add a variety of other housing types in the coming twelve months.”

Construction began on Phase 1 in February with site work and calls for 285 single family homes. Models are anticipated to open by the end of 2021 and homes will be available for move-in, in early 2022.

The full build-out of VIDA is anticipated to be completed in 10 to 12 years. Prices for single family homes are anticipated to start in the high $100,000s, with move-up homes starting in the low $300,000s.

“The vision for VIDA is to embrace the region’s arts, culture and tradition. We are excited to have Lennar, Perry Homes and Highland Homes building phase one. They are three of the most respected and quality home builders in Texas,” said Howell.

Perry Homes and Highland Homes will be introducing “move-up” homes, the first in the area. Howell explains the significance of the move-up homes as meeting a market need for larger homes that accommodate professionals who are presently commuting out of the area at the end of the workday.

“We love the spirit and energy of the Southside and look forward to joining the community,” said Chris Little, Perry Homes San Antonio City President . “We have worked with SouthStar Communities on several communities in Texas. We share a similar commitment to being good neighbors and good stewards of the community.”

“Highland Homes is excited to be joining Southstar Communities in the highly anticipated master-planned community of VIDA!” said Patty Spangler, Division President for Highland Homes.“We can’t wait to start construction on our model home and become active members of the Southside community.”

Lennar has been building quality, price-accessible homes for Southside families for nearly a generation. The highly awarded national homebuilder will be introducing a new exterior styling specifically for the VIDA community.

“Every community we enter is special and we are in it for the long-term – we have been in San Antonio, and particularly the Southside, for a long time,” said Brian Barron, Division President of Lennar San Antonio. “We take pride in doing the right things for the right reasons and making sure what we are doing will be a benefit to the entire community and the surrounding area. The Southside of San Antonio has unlimited potential and what the SouthStar team has planned for VIDA is special and we are excited to be a part of it.”

In addition to the diverse choice of housing, VIDA is planned for a dynamic town center featuring shops, restaurants and services immediately adjacent to Texas A&M University San Antonio. Campus and community will be connected by The Zócalo – a planned pedestrian plaza that will host events, festivals and be a central gathering space. Planning is also underway for the 25-acre Madla Greenway that bisects the property, which will host trails, seating areas, and public art installations.

“VIDA is adding an important housing category that has been missing and needed in Southside,” says Kristi Sutterfield, CEO of the Greater San Antonio Homebuilders Association. “This community is pioneering an important offering for the region, and an exciting new community for the greater San Antonio region.

VBX last reported on SouthStar Communities’ interest in the Texas A&M University-San Antonio market in this Nov. 11, 2019 article, when the TAMU System regents granted the New Braunfels company development rights to the area north of the campus.

Edited from a SouthStar Communities news release.

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