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ALSO INSIDE: 14 WELCOME LETTER 18 A DAY IN THE LIFE AT CORDILLERA RANCH 26 RANCH SCENE 28 MEMBER TRADITIONS 29 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 32 STAFF PROFILE: DAVID BAKER 44 GOLF: MEN’S AND SENIOR CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP 46 WEST END RENO WRAP-UP 48 MEET AMY! 54 LIVE MUSIC AT THE POOL! 56 FROM WINE AND BEYOND ... 64 IT’S SAFETY FIRST AT CORDILLERA RANCH WITH BERGHEIM VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT 66 ENSURING SUCCESS FOR THE DESIGN AND BUILD PROCESS 68 DREAM HOMES 74 REAL ESTATE
FOR KIDS’ SAKE! Gary and Valerie Simmons are paying it forward and dedicating their time and experience for causes benefiting the health and well-being of children after local organizations, including the March of Dimes, saved the lives of their premature twins.
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WELCOME In these times of divisiveness, reading this issue’s feature story will surely make you feel better about the world we live in — especially our little corner of it. For me, one word came to mind… philanthropy. Of all the definitions, meanings and translations, the most poignant I found is perhaps the simplest — The love of humanity. This issue’s focus on the Simmons family could easily be a case study. They don’t just “talk the talk,” they definitely “walk the walk” in their personal and professional lives. From the examples set for their own children to the impact they’ve made on the many organizations, charities, government agencies and corporations they’ve touched, the Simmons family exemplifies a resounding theme that we see within our Cordillera Ranch resident family… helping and serving others. Surprising a fellow resident who is under the weather with a homemade meal. Providing assistance with transportation to medical appointments. Donating time via service, mentoring or personal assistance to the many worthy, local causes and charities. And, of course, financial contributions. All are philanthropic means by which our Cordillera Ranch residents, property owners and members step up to make our world a better place. Be proud of our community. It’s special to have so many like-minded individuals and families such as the Simmons’ in our presence. More unites us than divides us. As our immediate and surrounding area continues to grow, keep paying it forward so that others learn the Cordillera way.
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MEMBER TRADITIONS The Main Dining Room and Twin Sister’s Lounge provide spectacular settings for special occasions, cocktails, entertaining guests and enjoying family dinners. To-Go orders are available by calling the Club receptionist. C-STAR RANCH MENU
SIGNATURE DINING MENU
Available in the Main Dining Room & Twin Sister’s Lounge Tuesday-Thursday, 11:00am to 9:00pm Friday-Saturday, 11:00am to 10:00pm Sunday, 11:00am to 8:00pm
Available in the Main Dining Room & Twin Sister’s Lounge Thursday, 5:00pm to 9:00pm Friday-Saturday, 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Available in the Main Dining Room – Saturday-Sunday, 9:00am to 2:00pm Twin Sister’s Lounge – Saturday-Sunday, 11:00am to 2:00pm
Every Wednesday we draw a member’s name from our membership roster. If that person or anyone in their immediate family is in the main Clubhouse at the time of the drawing, they will be awarded the current Club credit. $50 is added to the next week’s drawing if the winner is not present.
Our Prime Rib Buffet is the perfect accompaniment for Jeffrey’s wine picks of the week. Sample new wines to purchase and enjoy that evening or to take home.
CORDILLERA RANCH’S SIGNATURE DINING MENU
The Club’s culinary team has updated the Signature Dining menu to reflect seasonal products prepared and presented in a higher level of cuisine to deliver an unparalleled fine dining experience.
This elegant dining experience features live music from 6:30 to 9:30pm along with our chef’s finest creations, including a fresh catch of seasonal fish options. Advance reservations are strongly suggested.
Remember when Mom used to cook Sunday family meals? We do! Join us at The Club for some home-style cookin’! $15.95++ for adults and $8.95++ for children ages 10 and under, from 11:00am to 8:00pm.
POOLSIDE DINING MENU Available at the Swim Club Beginning May 18 Tuesdays-Sundays, Noon to 8:00pm
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EVENTS Every Thursday in July and August Men’s Night Out Time: 5:30pm Shotgun Entry Fee: $10 Format changes each Thursday.
Every Friday in July Live Music at the Pool
Time: 5:00 to 8:00pm Location: Poolside Bring your entire family out for three hours of live music by the pool! We will have drinks and dinner specials available.
July 4 :: Patriot Partnership
Time: 9:30am Shotgun Format: Net BB of Twosome Teams: 2 Members or 1 Member with 1 Guest Member Entry Fee: $75 Guest Entry Fee: $145 Includes food, prizes and tee gift.
July 4 :: Red, White & Blue Pool Party
Bring the whole family to our 4th of July pool party celebration! We’ll have games for the kids, an incredible Independence Day-themed buffet and our fabulous DJ to play all of your favorite summer tunes. (With some fun cocktails to enjoy!)
July 20 :: Crossfire
Time: 2:30 Shotgun with lunch before round and heavy apps after play. Entry Fee: $65 per person New event to the golf calendar! Crossfire is a “cross country” event. Example of a hole may be 17 approach to 11 green. The professional staff will create 10 unique holes spread across the golf course. Sign up individually and the professional staff will create teams with: 2 “A” Players, 2 “B” Players and 2 “C” Players. The event is open to all Golf Members and is a great opportunity to meet new people.
July 20 :: Taste of Spain Wine Event
Time: 6:30 to 9:00pm Come try assorted Tapas with traditional and “Cordillera” Paella. We will be serving an assortment of indigenous wines to complement the flavors of Spanish cuisine. Let the summer heat take you to Spain without flying away!
August 6–9 Saddles & Splashes Camp
Time: 9:30am to 2:00pm Ages: 7 + Fee: $320 This is a horse camp that will beat the summer heat! We will start each morning at the Equestrian Center, riding and learning basic horsemanship. After lunch, we will head to the pool for water games and fun. Lunch is included. Contact the Equestrian Center at 936.556.1295
August 6-9 Cooking Camp
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm Ages: 8-12 Fee: $145 This hands-on cooking experience will focus on preparing delicious food and plating presentation, all taught by a knowledgeable chef. Throughout the week we will learn how to make different dishes and how to create beautiful presentations that will capture the eye! All cooking materials will be provided. Contact the Recreation Center at 830.446.2711
August 22 :: Tor Wine Dinner
Time: 6:30 to 9:30pm Location: Cabana Dining Room Join us for an intimate dinner featuring Tor Wines. Executive Chef Isaac Cantu and his culinary team will craft a custom menu to pair with these remarkable wines.
POOL HOURS June 7 - August 25
All pool amenities will be available, including lifeguards, towel service, and poolside food and beverage service from 12:00 to 8:00pm, with the exception of Mondays, and Tuesdays following holiday weekends.
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The pool will be fully operational from 12:00 to 8:00pm, including lifeguards, towel service, and poolside food and beverage service.
July 23-26 Creatively Crafty Art Camp
Time: 12:30 to 4:30pm Ages: 6-10 Fee: $200 We will be learning unique art techniques while creating masterpieces using different mediums throughout the week. Each day, boys and girls will be experiencing something new and fun! There will be opportunities for your crafty artist to work on individual projects and to collaborate on group projects. All materials are provided. Contact the Recreation Center at 830.446.2711
July 27 :: Huneus Wine Dinner
Time: 6:30 to 9:30pm Location: Cabana Dining Room Join us for an intimate dinner featuring Flowers/ Faust/ Quintessa Wines. Executive Chef Isaac Cantu and his culinary team will craft a custom menu to pair with these remarkable wines.
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HOMETOWN: Monticello, Minnesota HOW DID YOU BECOME EMPLOYED AT CORDILLERA RANCH? I heard about the opportunity at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch in the midst of working in yet another blistering Minnesota winter. After several interviews and a brief visit to the property, I knew immediately this establishment would be a perfect fit, both professionally and personally. WHAT PAST WORK HISTORY PREPARED YOU FOR THE CLUBS? I must say that most of my past work history has all been in or around this industry. I have been working at several Top 100 Golf Clubs for about ten years now. Always being the jack-of-alltrades type of guy, I was utilized by many different departments to ensure customer service stayed at the highest level. It gave me a more well-rounded knowledge of how to thrive in the golf club environment — to keep members smiling with not only consistency but spontaneity as well. WHAT MAKES YOUR COLLEAGUES AN ASSET TO THE CLUBS? This might be the easiest question to answer. I say that because each and every single day since I’ve been here, I see what lacked at the previous clubs I worked at. Plain and simple. We care about our members’ overall experiences. The team leaders here are second to none. When you see us walking around these halls with a smile on our faces, that isn’t fake. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST REWARDING PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE? There are many to choose from but the one that keeps my confidence up is simply and truly getting to know the members. The little details that normally go unnoticed and underappreciated are what drive me to make their experience better. It’s all about the little things. Stop by and get to know me! WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST PROFESSIONAL CHALLENGE? This is a tough one. I guess it’s been a lot of moving around the country and being away from my family — my nieces and nephew are growing up so fast. Plus, developing long-standing friendships and then not being around. Time sure does fly. WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT WORKING AT CORDILLERA RANCH? That can be summed up in three categories. The people. The food. The weather. No more shoveling snow or scraping windshields for me! I couldn’t be more excited about that.
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WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES AND INTERESTS? I’m quite the sports nerd both statistically and historically. I did play collegiate baseball and I will admit that was my first love as a child. My love for the game of golf actually derived from its etiquette, not just hitting greens and fairways. But that all started after I hung up my cleats for the last time. FAVORITE QUOTE OR MOTTO? I live by a lot of clichés to be honest, but there is one quote that still rings in my ear every, single day. A complete stranger took a common negatively connotative adage and turned it into a positive statement. As I was talking with him about my future plans he said, “Hey kid. Don’t quit your day-dream.” Not day-job. A simple turn of phrase from a stranger still has me inspired to this day. ANYTHING THAT WOULD SURPRISE OTHERS ABOUT YOURSELF? The fact that at a restaurant I’ll never order the same thing twice. Even if it doesn’t work out and the food is terrible, I’m happy with my decision. Variety is the spice of life! Also, most people don’t know that I’m part of a growing business with my brotherin-law making artistically unique and playable baseball bats.
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High school and University of Oklahoma sweethearts Valerie and Gary Simmons had their first son, Adam, in 1994. Another son, Zach, was born in 2002. In between the boys there were miraculous fraternal twins, Ben and Micah, born in 1999. Their delivery by emergency C-section prematurely at 26 weeks gestation would be a fight for life. Weighing in at just one and a half pounds each, they faced formidable odds with only a 25 percent chance of surviving and a profound risk of permanent brain damage. CordilleraRanchLiving.com | 39
Valerie, who has a Bachelor of Science in Communications Disorders and a Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology, knew well the kinds of challenges that could be ahead for the twins. Throughout her career, she has worked with children whose disabilities were related to their births. Thankfully, those fears were not realized. Surfactant therapy dramatically reduced the amount of time they needed on ventilators and the significant chance of lung or brain damage. The wonder medication, developed through funding by the March of Dimes, saved their lives and led the way to full recovery. Valerie praises the organization, “Thanks to March of Dimes research, our twins have no adverse effects even though they were born 14 weeks early. The nonprofit focuses on the health of mother and child, believing every baby deserves the best possible start.” It was 77 days before the twins were able to go home but March of Dimes provided ongoing resources, support and guidance. In gratitude of the hope and help they received through the March of Dimes, the Simmons became an Ambassador Family and dedicated volunteers over the years with Valerie and Gary chairing the March for Babies Signature Chef event and twice co-chairing the Celebrity Chef event, and Valerie as a lobbyist to the Texas legislature — a role she continues as needed. Gary has served on the March of Dimes’ board of directors. Regarding the importance of the organization’s efforts, Valerie shares her insight, “Currently the research is focused on preventing and treating prematurity. Ten percent of children are born too early. These children are especially at risk for respiratory issues and cerebral palsy. Because I have worked with children with special needs for my entire career, I am especially interested in advocating for them.” In her 20 years as an Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center employee, Valerie has seen how impactful education and assistance can be. “We go into homes of children with special needs and teach the family to facilitate the best possible function for the child. In this way, children receive intervention early in their lives while their brains are still malleable, and families are empowered with tools to continue intervention in a natural environment, so the children are often able to achieve normal function. In my practice, I have had a large number of kids with autism. The Center for Disease Control estimates that as many as 1 in 60 children can be diagnosed on the autism spectrum.” In addition to her related work and support of the March of Dimes, Valerie has provided her time and energies to a remarkable number of San Antonio and Ardmore, Oklahoma organizations focused on children and community. In leadership capacities, she has served as a trustee of the Oak Hall Episcopal School, The YWCA, as a board Education Advisor for the First United Methodist Church, and a court-appointed special advocate. Valerie has supported the children’s schools with her service on the Boerne High School Advisory Board for CTE and Cotillion Board. She currently serves as board member of the Autism Community Network.
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Gary holds a BS in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration, and has worked at Valero his entire career where he is Senior Vice President of Supply, International Operations and Systems Optimization. He has chaired the Valero Texas Open which collectively has raised millions of dollars for children’s charities, and has given his time and leadership to many charitable organizations including serving on boards of the Alamo Bowl, San Antonio Zoo, Any Baby Can and the Boy Scouts. Gary has also consulted as an advisor to the president at the University of Texas at San Antonio and is a member of the Engineering Advisory Board. As much as they’ve done for the benefit of others, they have been very active with their children’s lives. “We have been very kid focused. I’m sure we have participated in every kind of activity! Gary and I have coached sports and taught Sunday School. We have had kids in art, music, soccer, tennis, swimming, track, golf, football, cheerleading, dance, baseball, basketball, etc.,” says Valerie. The Simmons children are now third generation Sooners. Zach, a junior at Champion High School, hopes to attend OU following the lead of his parents and siblings. Adam has a BS from The University of Texas and is currently in law school at OU. Ben is studying Construction Science/Architecture while twin Micah is majoring in Community Health/Pre-med where she is active in charitable works. Her studies and volunteering are inspired by her personal journey says Micah, “I volunteer with the Expressive Movement Initiative organization at OU. Weekly, I and other teachers meet at the J.D. McCarty Center to teach children, ages 3 – 18, three dances each semester. All the kids
have different developmental disabilities. In my first semester I worked with a three-year-old girl with cerebral palsy. She couldn’t move her own arms or legs but loved being involved and wanted us to do the motions for her. In my second semester I worked as a support staff member and helped organize the recital and fundraisers to buy the kids shoes, t shirts and costumes. Being a preemie did influence my choice to pursue a medical degree. So many doctors, nurses and countless other people worked together to help me grow without ever really knowing who I was or what I would become. They just wanted me and Ben to grow. I want to help other peoples’ babies do the same!” At home, the family enjoys everything about the Cordillera Ranch lifestyle. “We all love the Ranch because we love hiking, fishing, kayaking and shooting. The boys all play golf and Zach enjoys the tennis activities,” says Valerie. Travel is a family passion and has afforded Gary many opportunities to enjoy his hobby of photography. “My favorite subjects continue to be our children and our travels,” he says. Together the Simmons have vacationed in France, England, Ireland, Italy, Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, Tanzania and China. Gary adds, “We would love to visit all seven continents someday!” With a new second home in Winter Park, Colorado, Valerie hopes it will become a family tradition where everyone can gather to ski, hike and fish. There’s even room for the family to grow. “We have built two large bunk rooms for future grandchildren! Sooner born and Sooner bred!”
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We definitely can feel that summer is officially here, and several of our golf members have left for cooler temperatures. Our golf calendar was very full leading into the summer monthsâ€Ś. but Mother Nature had other plans! Our Ladies Ranch Round Up Member-Guest had to be postponed until later in the year. The event was scheduled to take place May 7-9, but on May 5 we made the difficult decision to postpone the event. However, it proved to be the correct decision. The golf course and practice park never opened on May 8, which was to be the first day of the Ranch Round Up. May 9 started off pretty good but by 1:30pm we had heavy rain again that led to course closure. The Ranch Round Up has been rescheduled for October 15-17. This is the week after the Menâ€™s C-Star; the course will be perfect condition for this event. Happy Golfing! Daren Johnson, PGA
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MEN’S AND SENIOR CLUB
Our Men’s and Senior Club Championship was a great success! We added several new Flights to the event which I believe helped increase our participation. Jeff Eldridge and his team did a fantastic job prepping the course for the event, but the weather once again played a factor. The Men’s Championship Flight had to battle constant 20 mph winds throughout their 1st round. Saturday’s forecast brought us more rain, but the membership buckled down and grinded out their rounds. In the Championship Flight, Phil Earnest defended his reign as Club Champion. Phil fired rounds of 79-76-77 and held off a hard-charging Chris Hill, 80-78-74. With Chris’ solid play in the final round, he was able force a sudden death. After both players made par on the 10th hole, they moved to hole #11. Unfortunately, Chris’ second shot found the water and Phil safely hit the green and made par on 11 to defend his title. In the Senior Club Championship, John Long got off to a very hot start. He fired a career best at Cordillera Ranch with 2 under par 70. John had a large 8 shot lead over his next closest competitor, Ron Trevino. Ron played two very solid rounds of 78-75, but John’s lead was just a little large to overcome. John played very conservative golf in the second round and won the Senior Club Championship by 2 strokes. THE WINNERS OF THE President’s Flight: Senior Flight II: Super Senior Flight: Golden Bear Flight:
FLIGHTS WERE: Shane Riley Steve Stroud David Cottrell Mac Northington
John Long Senior Club Champion
Steve Stroud - Senior Flight II Championn and Mike Wickless - Net Flight II Champion
David Cottrell Super Senior Champion
Ron Trevino Senior Club Champion Runner-Up
Congratulations to all our winners and thank you for helping make the 2019 Club Championship a success!
NEW EVENT TO THE CALENDAR! Crossfire – July 20 Crossfire is a “cross country” event. An example of a hole may be 17 approach to 11 green. The professional staff will create 10 unique holes spread across the golf course. Sign up individually and the professional staff will create teams with: 2 “A” Players, 2 “B” Players and 2 “C” Players. The event is open to all Golf Members and is a great opportunity to meet new people. Shotgun start at 2:30pm with lunch before round, with heavy apps after play.
Chris Hill - Club Champion Runner-Up and Phil Earnest - 2019 Club Champion
Mac Northington Golden Bear Champion
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WEST END RENO
WRAP-UP By Jeff Eldridge :: Photos by Nick Menger
As you can see from the photos, grassing of the west end of the Practice Park is complete! The new area features two new 4,500-square-foot greens â€” one for pitching and chipping and one for practice putting. The chipping green is contoured to accept shots from several angles and distances, including shots from the 1,400-square-foot practice bunker. Contours on the practice green are much more subtle to allow for several areas of practice putting. The complex also features two teeing areas â€” one next to the building which is reserved for use with the Golf Performance Center and the other farther south which is for general usage. The Golf Performance Center tee is 2,500 square feet in size, while the main tee measures a generous 17,000 square feet. All areas are designed and grassed to mimic areas on the golf course. The tees are grassed in Zeon Zoysia to match the tees and fairways and the greens are Bent grass just like the greens on the course. The bunker is constructed like the other golf course bunkers and includes the same white sand shipped in from California. Customized water and fertilizer inputs have ensured a successful July opening of the teeing surfaces, and the greens are scheduled to open this winter. As final touches are added to the Golf Performance Center, this fantastic amenity for members and their guests will provide a wonderful area to practice both indoors and out.
Jeff Eldridge, CGCS, is the Director of Agronomy at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at jeldridge@ cordilleraranch.com or 830.336.9179.
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The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch Spa Services welcomes Amy Steinwald, the newest spa professional to join the team. Amy’s passion for health and wellness began when she graduated from college with a BA in Dance Movement Therapy. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist and a Certified Thai Bodyworker, along with certifications in other massage modalities. Amy uses a multi-dimensional approach with years of experience and education to assist her massage clients move toward a pain-free and active lifestyle. These modalities include Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Stretching, Range of Motion, Cupping Therapy and Craniosacral Therapy. Originally born and raised in North Dakota, Amy recently relocated to Texas by way of Chicago. She has been married to her wonderful husband for 11 years and they have a 7-year-old son.
AVAILABILITY: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday
TYPES OF MASSAGE: Deep Tissue – The use of deep strokes to stretch the muscle. Therapeutic – Deep massage for releasing knots, muscle spasms and acute tension, Therapeutic massage restores the body’s integrity with long lasting results and includes Cupping, Myofascial and Neuromuscular techniques. Medical Massage – A results-oriented therapy, Medical massage works toward resolving specific conditions that a physician has diagnosed. Thai Bodywork – On the massage table, this massage combines stretching and body movements to loosen muscles and release tension. Craniosacral Therapy – Helps to improve the functioning of the nervous system, relieving pain and improving mobility.
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Amy looks forward to her journey with Cordillera Ranch and is ready to help members live a better and healthier life! To schedule an appointment with Amy, call 773.218.9816.
THE NEW FITNESS CENTER IS OPEN… and there’s something for everyone By Shane Reynolds :: Photography by Chris Mendiola
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A wall of windowed doors faces east, looking out towards the beautiful 18 green. Itâ€™s not a bad way to get your reps in or cool down after a great workout. The new facility was renovated to address a growing Club membership and accommodate all ages and fitness levels within a more functional training space. As a result, new equipment was carefully selected to facilitate the best strength and cardio workouts for all demographics. We understand that a well-designed fitness center should have a space set aside for functional training â€” exercises that allow individuals to perform the activities of daily life more easily and without injuries. Functional training is a hot trend for both young adults and those over 50. Millennials gravitate toward vigorous activities using gear such as infinity ropes, heavy bags, pull-up
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bars and jump targets. For seniors, functional training means lighter activity using dumbbells, stability balls, balance boards and the like. People 60 and over are not into the fad aspect of fitness and wellness. They’re looking for functionality, ease of use, safety and time efficiency. And finally, It was also important to determine not only the right mix of equipment but the right amount so as to minimize wait times. The Fitness Center now provides six Precor treadmills, four
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Precor AMT’s, three Precor ellipticals, three Precor recumbent bikes, one Precor upright bike, two Peloton® upright bikes, one Intenza Escalante stairclimber, ten pieces of Precor selectorized strength equipment, a Precor Smith machine, a Precor FTS glide multi-functional trainer, a Power Plate®, a Scifit® upper body machine, a Precor rower and the biggest piece of equipment that will probably become a favorite — the Precor Queenax® , a unique functional and suspended bodyweight training system. There is also a free weight area with multiple benches and mirrored walls, dumbbell racks, an arc stretch trainer, an InBody body composition analyzer and several additional wall-mounted TV’s. Equipment choice, room size, program offerings — a lot of consideration went into creating a fitness facility that pays off for members. I encourage you to visit the new Fitness Center. Our new Fitness and Wellness Director, Jane Riley, is there to greet members and provide instruction for all of the new equipment. Shane Reynolds is the Director of Recreation at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at email@example.com or 210.616.6051.
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CORDILLERA RANCH Relax and Rejuvenate The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch Spa Services invite you to relax and rejuvenate with an array of services including massage therapy, facials, manicures, pedicures and personal training. Jane Riley Fitness and Wellness Director 808.212.8119
Kelly Vizzone Yoga Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor 210.442.9061
Tammera Aranda Esthetician and Masseuse 817.909.2152
Michael Reyes Personal Trainer 210.392.3519
Amanda Rebollar Masseuse 773.701.1797
Natalie Sales Group Exercise Instructor 956.455.3145
Amy Steinwald Masseuse 773.218.9816
Kevin Durio Personal Trainer 214.232.8603
Kris Cracknell Pilates Instructor 210.860.7322
Kelsey Grudle The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch Recreation Supervisor 830.446.2711
For more information about the state-of-the-art fitness facility and spa services, please call 830.336.9000 and visit
LIVE MUSIC at the Pool! Friday Nights :: 5:00 to 8:00pm
Kick off the weekend by spending Friday nights relaxing poolside, sipping on summer cocktails and enjoying live music by our favorite country singers. Families will have a great time playing in the pool, or escape to the adults-only, negative-edge pool with poolside service from our team. Or, just grab a lounge chair and kick back. Along with the live music, dine on a weekly, chef-inspired entree or the featured fresh catch. If you prefer a lighter dish, chef-recommended appetizers are available. Wine Specialist Jeff Cohen will present a poolside wine to sample and select wine pairings for each featured dish. For the kids, the poolside menu is casual and tasty. So, join us poolside every Friday night for delicious food, cool cocktails and great fun for all ages. Graham House is the Clubhouse and Lodging Manager at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 830.336.9164.
CELLAR CLUB John Trant from Italics did a fantastic job going through all of the wines that were coming from Coombsville, one of the newest AVA’s (American Viticultural Areas). He walked us through the beginnings of the Martin’s (Proprietors) journey from humble South Texas grapefruit farmers to the largest grapefruit farmers to finally buying their land in Napa. Their wines are rich and sumptuous with a silky-smooth finish. Chef Isaac and his team again knocked the food out of the park! The events that are up and coming will be our anBy Jeffrey Cohen nual Taste of Spain and Paella night on July 20th. We will have wines from all over Spain to pair with the culinary delights. They will range from the Mediterranean coast of Rias Baixas and go inland to the fabulous Ribera del Duero and all the way to the east to Priorat. The following week on the 27th of July, we will be featuring the wines of Augustin Huneeus, which consist of Quintessa, Flowers, Faust, Benton-Lane, Leviathan, and Illumination. This will certainly be an incredible wine dinner and most definitely will be sold out, so please, as soon as you see the email for the wine dinner, make your reservation. The same is true with the wine dinner on August 22nd. TOR Vineyards is the vineyard of Tor Kenward. In the process of setting up his vineyard and learning for three decades about his land, Tor mentored under some of the finest minds that Napa Valley has ever had — Robert Mondavi, Andre Tchelistcheff, Warren Winiarski, Ed Sbragia and Maynard Amerine. Tor’s principal wine maker today is Jeff Ames who has spent Summer is here and the pool is in full operation so we time learning from many of the great winemakers. Tor Vinehave some new items to quench your thirst as well as tantalize yards also houses one of the world’s 52 Masters of Wine in your palates. Matt Deller. Do not miss this one!!! Firstly, we have brought in some Hard Seltzers which have Lastly, just a reminder to tell you of the benefits of the been very well received. There are many flavors available that Cellar Club. will rotate all summer. We have also brought in Guns & Oil American Lager which will surely run out each week due to its popularity. For the Oenophiles (Wine Lovers), and back by popular demand, we will be offering Moët Ice by the bottle and Whispering Angel Rosè by the glass! As Independence Day approaches, you can be thinking about the Adult Capri Sun beverages which will be handed out in the early afternoon on the 4th of July. We will have the representative from Western Son Vodka sampling out a collection of their exceptional flavors. They have amassed a tremendous amount of press and are quickly climbing up the ranks in quantity sold. There is truly something for everybody at the pool this summer! I am thankful to say that the attendance at our recent wine dinners has been on a gradual climb and has built up quite a momentum.
From Wine and Beyond…
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WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF WINES! Whether you are a wine aficionado, a novice wanting to explore and learn more about wine, or simply, like most of us, someone who just loves to drink wine… the Cellar Club at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch is here for you. The Cellar Club offers exclusive preferred benefits to our Members who desire a well-rounded wine experience. Our mission is to create a Club community of wine enthusiasts along with the convenience of purchasing wines direct from the Club’s Pre-sale Wine Shop (In order to comply with TABC regulations, the retail selling of wine is located in the Club’s Tennis Center). Competitive retail pricing is offered on all wines sold in the Wine Shop, however, additional preferred pricing is offered exclusively to Cellar Club Members. Cellar Club Members benefit from our Club’s purchasing power to access incredible deals on some of the best wines available. CELLAR CLUB MEMBERS BENEFITS: • 20% off Club Wine List Inventory • 20% off Wine Dinners • New release tastings • Preferred pricing at our Pre-sale Wine Shop • Exclusive access to incredible vendor deals • Access to Highly Allocated Wines • Private consultations to help fill your home wine cellar Happy traveling to all and I’ll see you at the Club! Jeffrey Cohen is the Wine Specialist for The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at email@example.com.
HIT THE TRAILS By Shane Reynolds :: Photography by Kelsey Grudle
“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” — John Muir The nature trail system at Cordillera Ranch is a wonderful resource for walking and horseback riding. The landscape varies from season to season, as does the trail surface, and there are sections that connect to the parks on the Ranch. Walking the trails provides great exercise and offers an opportunity to expand your Hill Country flora and fauna knowledge. GUIDED HIKES IN THE FALL. Keep an eye on the fall calendar at the Club as we are planning on offering some guided hikes on the Ranch’s nature
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trail system. We’ve invited a few local naturalists to lead these interpretive hikes where participants will learn about the history and the natural environment of the area. Prior to hitting the trails, the guides will share information about the German, Indian and Prehistoric history of the land that is now Cordillera Ranch and the surrounding area. Throughout each guided hike, participants will also learn about the assortment of trees, grasses, shrubs, mammals, birds, insects, rocks and more that make up the ecologically diverse landscape of the Texas Hill Country.
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HOW TO PREPARE FOR A HIKE ON YOUR OWN. As with any outdoor outing in Texas, itâ€™s wise to check the weather in advance and dress accordingly. Sturdy walking shoes are a must â€” flip flops are not a good choice for hiking the trails. Bring water and wear sun protection. Remember: Take only pictures and leave only footprints!
and continues west through Spring Creek Park and on to the Equestrian Center. 2) The Rio Cordillera Trail starts at Cordillera Trace then follows Falcon Point to our southern community boundary to the Swede Creek and Guadalupe River Parks and continues east to the FM 3351 gate. 3) The Springs of Cordillera Ranch Trail can be accessed via the new Springs Sports Park on the east side of FM 3351 where parking is available. Explore the newest areas of our community and view the future of Cordillera Ranch through The Springs and down through Panther Creek Park.
MAP IT OUT. There are over 10 miles of trails on the Ranch, divided into three main sections: Cordillera Trace Trail, Rio Cordillera Trail and The Springs Trail. Each trail provides a chance to explore different areas of the Ranch, and include varied elevations, terrain, water features and distances. Pedestrian, equestrian and non-motorized bike access are the only allowed activities on the trail system. Many of our equestrian residents utilize the Cordillera Trace Trail system between the Equestrian Center and Spring Creek, so always be aware that you might encounter horses and riders.
Trails are maintained on a regular basis by the POA. The park and trail map is available at the POA office in the new Visitors Center complex at 28 Cordillera Trace near the Highway 46 entrance to the community. You can also download this map at www.cordilleraranch.com/amenities.
1) The Cordillera Trace Trail winds its way through the original 4,200 acres. Starting at Pavilion Park (parking and restroom), it meanders through the Park Ridge area, crosses Cordillera Trace
Shane Reynolds is the Director of Recreation at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210.616.6051.
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LUXURY AT THE
LODGES By Brianna Botine
We are excited to announce that The Lodges at Cordillera Ranch are scheduled to open in August! Privately nestled right in the heart of the Ranch, these rooms are designed for convenience with a specific focus on luxury, comfort and relaxation. The Lodges will be available to all Cordillera Ranch members and their guests, as well as guests of the Club and the Real Estate team. The first building to open will have six rooms consisting of four Luxury Suites and two Luxury Rooms. The second building, which is under construction, will have four Luxury Rooms and a Common area that overlooks hole #3. Each room promises to ensure an exquisite stay with our premium collection of bedding and linens, Club-made aromatherapy and custom in-room packages to
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make their stay an experience only Cordillera Ranch can provide. Just a short golf cart ride away from the Clubhouse, your guests will be able to meet you for a round of golf on our Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, enjoy a chef-inspired gourmet dinner in the Club dining room, or take in the serenity of the beautiful Texas Hill Country on the Twin Sisters Patio. Lodging reservation requests can be made one of three ways: on the clubsofcordilleraranch.com website under “THE LODGES,” the Club’s Mobile App under “LODGING RESERVATIONS” or by contacting the Lodging Concierge, Brianna Botine, at 830.336.9177 or email@example.com.
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Four Luxury Suites and Two Luxury Rooms
LODGING OVERVIEW: Is there a deposit to reserve a room? There is no deposit required to reserve a room. What is the longest stay in which a guest can reserve a room? Members are allowed to reserve a room as long as needed. This includes the member’s extended family. Guests of the Club and the Real Estate team are allowed to stay a maximum of 10 nights per year. How far in advance can a guest reserve a room? Reservations can be made as far out as needed. The only exception at this time is the CStar Tournament weekend. What time is Check-In? Check-in is 3:00pm. We will do our best to accommodate early check-in when available, upon request. What time is Check-out? Check-out is 12:00pm. We will do our best to accommodate late check-out when available, upon request. What is the cancellation policy? Any room cancellations made within 24 hours of the day of check-in will be responsible for the entire stay.
LUXURY SUITES • One King Bed and One Queen Size Sleeper Sofa • Living Room • Complimentary Personal Golf Cart • Private Patio • Complimentary WIFI • Standing Shower • Personal Care Products • Luxury Bedding
LUXURY ROOMS • One King Bed • Complimentary Personal Golf Cart • Private Patio • Complimentary WIFI • Standing Shower • Personal Care Products • Luxury Bedding
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IT’S SAFETY FIRST AT CORDILLERA RANCH
with Bergheim Volunteer Fire Department By Julie Catalano :: Photography by Kelsey Grudle
Exciting safety improvements are happening at Cordillera Ranch with the help of the Bergheim Volunteer Fire Department (BVFD), starting with a brand-new pumper/tender truck on order and scheduled for delivery in the fall. “The Insurance Services Office (ISO) requires Bergheim VFD to have three class A pumper fire engines to serve the fire load of the 56 square mile area that we cover,” says Adam Hawkins, BVFD fire chief. “This new truck will give us the third.” The department received a $200,000 grant from the Texas Forest Service to help pay for the new fire engine. In addition, finishing touches are being put on a new satellite station off of Cordillera Trace toward Kreutzberg in the area of Crested Butte. Among other improvements, “It needs a slab put in to support the weight of a full fire truck,” says Hawkins. With the new truck and new station, “Every response area of the Bergheim VFD will be within five road miles of a fire station,” he adds, thus fulfilling the objective of the ISO of three stations and three engines: the main station outside the main entrance gate of Cordillera Ranch, the satellite near the FM3351 Cordillera Ranch gate, and the new satellite on the west side of Cordillera Ranch. Residents might also notice a number of new black hydrant-like structures appearing in the eastern portion of Cordillera Ranch along Rio Cordillera and other side streets off of it. “Those are flush valves, not fire hydrants,” explains Hawkins. “They look and function the
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same way as regular hydrants but are called flush valves and painted black because they do not meet the minimum fire flow requirements of a fire hydrant.” Red fire hydrants have to meet and maintain a certain flow rate of GPM (gallons per minute) and water pressure. Still, the new flush valves, being installed by the Cordillera Ranch POA, with the help of the developer, will be a huge improvement to the BFVD’s ability to fight fires, says Hawkins, and will help the department operate more efficiently. “As firefighters we recognize that these black flush valves are water sources that we can hook up our equipment to and can fill our brush trucks or engines from it.” From there, firefighters then employ their standard water shuttle operations to move that water to the area of the fire. “We’re really excited about this and appreciate the initiative and work that the developer and the Cordillera Ranch POA are putting into adding this safety enhancement to the community,” says Hawkins. “It will save us from having to drive four or five more miles round trip to a more distant water source when every minute counts.” For residents wondering if or how any of this affects their homeowner insurance rates, that remains to be seen. The ISO reviews and analyzes fire departments across the country and assigns Public Protection Classification (PPC) ratings from 1 (best) to 10 (worst). “Right now, we are at an ISO rating of 4/10,” says Hawkins. “Once we get the new engine and get all the engines in place at their respective locations, we will bring the ISO out and they will re-rate us.” Generally, the better the rating the lower the premium; however, that can vary among insurance companies as not all insurance companies use these ratings. Residents should check with their insurance companies when writing or renewing their homeowner’s policy. The new engine arriving at year-end joins seven other vehicles, for a total of eight in the BVFD fleet: • “First-out” pumper/tender dual purpose truck — an engine with watercarrying capabilities. This is Engine 31.
• Straight Class A engine with watercarrying capacity of 1,250 gallons and a 1,250 GPM pump. • Tender truck whose full function is to be a tender. • Two brush trucks for grass fires; also first responder vehicles to assist EMS on medical runs. • Squad truck as first responder vehicle. • Command truck that attends every incident; also used as first responder vehicle for medical. • New pumper/tender scheduled for delivery in Fall 2019. This will be Engine 33. Celebrating their 10th Anniversary this year, Bergheim VFD is the first responder to fire and emergency calls in eastern Kendall County. A $200,000 grant from the Texas Forest Service will pay for about one-third of the new pumper/tender, and
fundraising efforts have already begun for the remaining approximately $400,000, not counting the additional $100,000 for truck equipment and firefighter gear. The department plans to embark on a virtual capital campaign (no brick-andmortar fundraising event this time) with a mailout, newsletters and other information on how to get involved. For more information on the Bergheim VFD, including helpful FAQs, go to www.bergheimvfd.org.
REMINDER FROM BVFD FIRE CHIEF ADAM HAWKINS TO THE CORDILLERA RANCH COMMUNITY: “In case of medical emergencies, do not contact the Bergheim VFD or drive to the unmanned main station. That will cause a delay in getting help. Please call 911.”
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for the Design and Build Process By Sara Garcia One of the advantages of living in a covenant-controlled community is that there are rules in place to help protect property values. The Cordillera Ranch Property Owners Association (CRPOA) is tasked with making sure standards are met and the Conditions, Covenants and Restrictions (CCRâ€™s) and the Design Guidelines followed. The Architectural Review Committee (ARC), more specifically, has the responsibility to ensure compliance when it comes to new construction or alteration of a property or any existing structure(s) in the community and will work collaboratively for the best outcome for both the property owner and the community.
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The ARC works on reviewing a wide variety of projects including new home construction, remodel projects, renovations and the addition of secondary buildings such as garages, casitas, cabanas and workshops. In addition, the ARC also reviews landscape plans, pools and fences and any other property improvements. The CRPOA office should be the first point of contact when property owners think of the aforementioned. It can provide all the information property owners need to get started. Separate Design Guidelines exist for the Ranch Community, Clubs Village and The Springs and outline basic requirements and expectations of the review process. Each property owner should carefully review the Design Guidelines and CCRâ€™s when considering a construction project or alteration to their property. The Design Guidelines also provide checklists and exhibits which specifically list the items needed to complete the submittal. All of these documents are located on the CRPOA website at www.cordilleraranchpoa.com. One important aspect is the CRPOA review and approval of custom builders who are allowed to work in Cordillera Ranch. Each custom builder must meet specific minimum qualifications and standards in order to be approved to build. A company resume, proper insurance, a list of prior homes constructed and business and financial references are all required. We also have
specific requirements for Architects and Designers who prepare the plans for the owners. Once the builder and architect/designer have been approved, it’s time for what is typically a three-step design/construction approval process. Upon the CRPOA receiving all the proper documents and fees, a site meeting (Step 1) can be scheduled so the ARC, property owner, builder and architect/designer can collectively assess planning and expectations. This first step identifies location of the building setbacks, impact on trees and native vegetation, surrounding homes and neighbor privacy and allows for input related to the features and benefits of the property like the view and impact on the community as a whole. A complete set of architectural plans is required to initiate Step 2, the Preliminary Design Meeting. This allows the ARC to review compliance with Step 1 and on paper, determine if projects are placed within the allowed building envelope, review the architecture for minimum requirements, confirm compliance with the Design Guidelines and offer guidance to the builder, architect/ designer and owner. The Final Meeting (Step 3) usually confirms any previously requested changes to the project. All three meetings, or steps, require the builder and architect/designer to be present. This allows the ARC to directly communicate required changes to everyone involved and provides for a more seamless and expedited process. The Design Guidelines were originally created to help preserve the Hill Country atmosphere and set standards of construction in keeping with the vision to provide the best luxury home community in the region and protect property/home values. Although the guidelines have evolved over time, the vision for homes and the community has remained constant. The results are evident as Cordillera Ranch continues to be one of the most desirable luxury custom home communities in the region. This can be credited to the diligence of the developer, governing documents, the Property Owners Association and the Architectural Review Committee. Please consult the CCR’s and Design Guidelines, this article is merely intended to summarize some of the highlights of the ARC process and is not in any way a comprehensive set of covenants or design guidelines.
ARC THINGS TO KNOW • The ARC meets on Tuesday afternoons to review plans; all plan submittals must be submitted with all completed documentation, exhibits, required fees and deposits at least 8 business days in advance in order to be on an ARC meeting agenda. Failure to properly submit any of the required documentation will prevent the ARC from reviewing the proposed project. • The design must be done by an Architect, licensed by the State of Texas, or a Designer, registered with the Texas or American Institute of Building Designers. The Architect or Designer must be approved by the ARC. Before designing ANY improvements, require that your Architect and Designer review and understand the Design Guidelines and CCR’s. • The published Design Guidelines provide general information and direction. Please note that there are separate Design Guidelines for the Ranch Community, Clubs Village and the Springs of Cordillera Ranch so please make sure to refer to the one that applies to your property. • The property owner is ultimately responsible for the compliance with design and construction requirements in the Design Guidelines and CCR’s, regardless of whether a third-party is hired to perform those services. • Submitting plans to ARC for approval that include elements not in compliance with the Design Guidelines and CCR’s will likely delay the approval process. • Under no circumstance may construction of any kind (including site clearing) begin without explicit written approval from the CRPOA. • Construction fencing is required on all projects to ensure construction traffic on the site is contained to specific areas so that the majority of the lot’s native vegetation is not disturbed. Failure to maintain construction fencing or failure to ensure the native vegetative preserve remains undisturbed will result in fines to the property owner. • Construction activity is allowed Monday through Friday between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., no work on Sunday or holidays, unless approved in writing by the ARC.
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TODD GLOWKA BUILDER
DREAM HOMES By Dan R. Goddard :: Photography by Lauren Keller
“We build dreams, one home at a time,” sums up Todd Glowka Builder’s philosophy.
Focused on building custom homes in northern San Antonio, Boerne and the surrounding Texas Hill Country, award-winning Todd Glowka Builder specializes in estate lots, private ranches and golf course communities. Emphasizing constant communication and teamwork between client and builder, from concept to completion, Todd Glowka’s team of professional architects, structural engineers, designers, interior decorators, title companies and mortgage companies ensure the highest-quality construction of your dream home. “I started my business in 2002 after spending two years as
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a vice president of a custom home building firm in Austin,” Glowka says. “My business grew strictly from word of mouth. I decided to focus on the luxury high-end market because of the challenges presented in building a luxury home versus production-type homes.” He holds certifications from the National Association of Home Builders as a certified Master Builder, Graduate Builder and Green Builder. Glowka is the client’s first point of contact, and oversees all quality control and quality assurance that adheres to the design requirements. “I have built in Cordillera Ranch for the last 20 years,” Glowka
says. “As a result, I am familiar with the way things work and progress within the Ranch.” Preferred Builders are approved to build custom homes in Cordillera Ranch based on their reputation, experience building high-end custom homes and references from satisfied customers. A Preferred Builder ensures the best resale value, trust, highest-quality craftsmanship, knowledge of the Cordillera Ranch Covenants and having the right people to do the best quality work. “We offer a full concierge service where we assist in the design phase of the project in an effort to help control costs and
give the clients ultimately exactly what they are looking for,” Glowka says. He is a solution-focused and versatile professional accustomed to leading and directing employees and subcontractors in the planning and execution of large-scale residential projects and custom renovations. “The Hill Country is special because of the type of buyers it attracts,” Glowka says. “This part of Texas tends to attract those seeking luxury residences that are often extremely custom in nature.” His approach to the construction process combines features from both construction management and
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traditional general contracting. Glowka knows that it takes a careful balance of ideas, creativity, communication and organization to make your dream home a reality. Based on his experience, he’s developed a custom home building process that’s both highly productive and much less stressful. “As a true custom home builder, we don’t stick to a particular style of house, per say, however, we do tend to focus more on the projects that involve Hill Country and Hill Country Modern along with Farmhouse and Mediterranean,” Glowka says. For example, Glowka has a Texas Hill Country Contemporary masterpiece nestled on 13.3 acres in Cordillera Ranch featuring 5,881-square-feet of living space and more than 8,800-square-feet of total covered space. Clean, contemporary lines are mixed with traditional Texas Hill Country finishes. The open kitchen/dining/living combo rooms have soaring ceilings, which are highlighted by massive timbers, not to mention three linear-styled contemporary fireplaces and a full bar. The study utilizes oversized barn doors to allow additional privacy for the
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homeowner. Outdoors, a fully equipped kitchen overlooks an exquisitely designed custom pool. The exterior is professionally landscaped to create the perfect finishing touches for the ideal “Life in the Texas Hill Country.” “We bring a myriad of expertise to any style the client selects,” Glowka says. “At the end of the day as a custom homebuilder, we are asked to build all styles of houses and we focus
on using the highest quality of materials and labor available, ensuring that our houses come out with exceptional quality.” To that end, a state-of-the-art estate nestled on 14.4 acres of private property spans 11,087 square feet — including impressive, climate-controlled garages — and is a true example of exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail. Intricate woodwork and cut stone, both inside and out, pairs with one-of-a-
kind archways and ceiling treatments in every room. “I feel that true Texas Hill County tends to be a timeless architectural style, however, things are changing very fast in this industry in the Hill Country and we value ourselves on the fact that we have to stay abreast of architectural styles, technologies and in tune with what the client is seeking,” Glowka says. Another of Glowka’s modern marvels resides on one of the highest elevations in Cordillera Ranch. This residence offers the finest in modern finishes, infused with elements of steel and limestone. A state-of-the-art home automation system with Lutron Lighting Control and Creston Audio Video provides the ultimate entertainers’ paradise. The Todd Glowka Builder brand offers cutting-edge technology throughout the house. “As the first Certified Green Builder in San Antonio, sustainability and green building practices are extremely important elements that we take into consideration when pricing out our homes,” Glowka says. His staff handles everything — not just the construction
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“At the end of the day as a custom homebuilder, we are asked to build all styles of houses and we focus on using the highest quality of materials and labor available, ensuring that our houses come out with exceptional quality.” — Todd Glowka
services, but the internal/external details including: unique flooring options, artistic electrical fixtures, welcoming fireplaces and energy-efficient windows that look like a work of art. Glowka believes that it takes extraordinary people to build extraordinary homes, but he feels his staff is just the right size — large enough to provide clients with experts in each aspect of a home’s development, yet small enough for everyone to be on a first-name basis. Dave Herber, project manager, has more than 40 years of experience in the luxury market and Chase Glowka, estimator and bid coordinator, although new to the industry, grew up with Todd in the business and has been on job sites for the last 15 years. Project administrator and office manager Jeanne Burgess has more than 14 years of experience in the residential construction industry, while project manager Mike Jones has more than 20. The Todd Glowka Builder brand is known for its meticulous attention to detail, appreciation of architectural design and maintaining the highest standards of quality. “Our belief is that our client’s custom luxury home should be beautiful, functional and original,” Glowka says. “We listen to our client’s needs and wants, and create an environment where those dreams are truly reflected in the final product. We are personally and genuinely involved with our clients throughout the entire construction experience, providing exceptional residential construction.” TODD GLOWKA BUILDER, INC.
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We chose Todd Glowka for our builder as he was upfront about everything… Todd was also the most detailed builder we have
ever experienced, and everything had to be perfect or it would be fixed. I was out of the country for five months while Todd was building for us, and he would send me up-dates constantly. When I returned, everything was on schedule and to perfection.
You can be assured of quality and satisfaction as he is one of the best in the business!” – ADAM & SARAH CLEMENTS, HOMEOWNERS
Todd Glowka is a Certified Graduate Master Builder and Certified Master Builder as well as a Certified Green Builder by the National Association of Home Builders. With almost two decades of luxury residential experience, he is a solution-focused professional, accustomed to leading and directing employees and subcontractors in the planning and execution of large-scale residential projects and custom renovations. As his clients’ first point of contact, Todd oversees all quality control and is highly skilled in resolving project obstacles, managing construction schedules and adhering to design requirements.
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46 LEDGESTONE TRAIL $1,330,000
3,702 Square Feet
An inviting grand foyer provides an option to retreat to the luxurious Master Suite or proceed into the expansive living space. The vast great room features a fireplace focal wall, wood beams and wall of windows to maximize natural light. The gourmet kitchen steals the show with a premium appliance package, custom cabinetry and sophisticated modern finishes. Other areas include four bedrooms, each with ensuite bath and walk-in closet, a flex room, a large pantry and a utility room. The Master Suite features a luxurious spa-like bathroom with his and her vanities and a freestanding tub. This Modern Farmhouse combines a rustic feel with an industrial vibe and showcases the sleek elegance of modern design to create an inviting space you’ll love to call home. • Authentic Farmhouse character with sophisticated modern finishes • Grand open concept great room with a vaulted beam ceiling • Spa-like Master Suite • Flex room with barn doors
• Spacious mud and utility areas • Outdoor kitchen • Master Full Golf Membership Available
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107 LEGACY POINTE $1,397,000
3,707 Square Feet
Classic Hill Country architecture defines this beautiful custom home. Quality features and finishes throughout include high ceilings, rustic beams, interior stone walls and creative custom cabinetry. The superb kitchen showcases a lineup of Viking® appliances. The outdoor living areas include covered summer kitchen and dining spaces with an adjacent fireplace, and a gorgeous water feature and panoramic Hill Country views complement the privacy that abounds on this 4.9-acre, privately gated and fenced property. A detached garage provides additional space for a workshop. • • • • • •
3 bedrooms/3.5 baths/3 car garage End of cul-de-sac privacy Great horse property potential Adjacent to miles of walking/riding trails Close proximity to Swede and Guadalupe River Parks Backs up to large generational ranch
137 RIVERWOOD $839,000
4,203 Square Feet
Nestled on 2.37 heavily wooded acres, this 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath home features dual living and dining areas, two fireplaces, an outdoor kitchen, a game room and private study, a gourmet kitchen, master suite and a secondary guest suite downstairs. Situated on a gorgeous estate, this home has central water and utilities and the option to purchase a Master Full Golf Membership. • Classic Hill Country design • Central water and utilities • Short walk to Swede and Guadalupe River Parks • 4 bedrooms/3.5 baths/3 car garage • Spa and outdoor kitchen • Mature oak trees • Master Full Golf Membership Available
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199 RIVERWOOD $1,850,000
4,844 Square Feet
The ultimate Guadalupe River frontage and Hill Country view home! Arrive home to classic, timeless architecture. Enjoy panoramic views and abundant natural light through walls of windows from virtually every living area including the great room, dining, kitchen, breakfast, office and master bedroom suite. Timber and stone floors complement cabinets and window woodwork as they rise to meet rough-hewn beams and high ceilings. The kitchen provides for any gourmet’s needs. Oversized owner’s quarters include an office, sitting area, bath, his/her closets and dressing area. Getting to the river is half the fun as easy water access awaits. The cypress-lined river bank provides a beautiful canopy for watching the river run by or casting a line into crystal clear waters, and boulder outcroppings are perfect for diving and a rope swing. • • • • •
25 AUGUSTA $2,295,000
4 bedroom/3.5 baths/3 car garage 2.92-acre view and river estate Fourth bedroom nice for game or media Stunning cut stone fireplace façades Large secondary bedrooms with en-suite baths
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7,300 Square Feet
Model shown by appt.
This sprawling Stadler Custom Home has sweeping views of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and Hill Country beyond. It includes a fabulous kitchen with everything for the culinary enthusiast, and a spa-like master wing with a luxurious bath, enlarged changing areas, fitness room, coffee bar and private study. A media/game room, golf simulator, elevator, large guest suite and spacious secondary bedrooms complete this special home. Outdoor ambiance includes multiple decks and patios, a beach entry pool, cascading waterfall and putting green. • 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, 1 powder room, 1 pool bath • 3 separate garages with additional golf car garage • Two-sided salt water aquarium • Electronic/audio/visual home automation • Three fireplaces • Oversized corner lot • Master Full Golf Membership Available
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Ranch and river view lower patio Covered outdoor living with fireplace Fire pit with sitting area Adjacent 2.76-acre lot available Master Full Golf Membership Available
10 ALBERI LANE $1,999,000
4,854 Square Feet
This beautiful villa has it all! Located on the third hole of the award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, enjoy panoramic Texas Hill Country views and the closest living to The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. An open floor plan and great room concept includes a dream kitchen with eat-at bar, over-sized secondary bedrooms — each with its own bath, and additional rooms that include a bar, game room and media/den. Outdoor living showcases the golf course and long Hill Country views, multiple patios, a waterfall, fire pit and large artificial putting green with pitching tees. • • • • • •
4 bedrooms/4.5 baths/2+ car garage Private drive seclusion Walled courtyard Architecture by Roy Braswell Lock-and-leave convenience Whole home generator
5 DI LUSSO DRIVE $999,000
2,730 Square Feet
Rarely available and highly desired! Travertine floors, wood beams, high ceilings, a neutral color palette, granite counters and custom cabinetry are highlighted in this open floor plan that includes living, breakfast and kitchen areas. Outdoor living spaces feature a spacious front courtyard, covered patios and Hill Country views of beautiful Texas sunrises and sunsets. The luxurious master suite opens to a private covered patio. Conveniently located near The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch with easy access via the Di Lusso private cart path. Adjacent Lodges at Cordillera Ranch will provide additional accommodations. • • • • • •
Lock-and-leave convenience Grounds maintenance included Tuscan-inspired design Single-story living… No steps Easy Joe Klar Road gate access Master Limited Golf Membership Available
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52 OAKLAND HILLS $3,250,000
6,885 Square Feet
Perhaps the most meticulously styled home in Cordillera Ranch, this Clubs Village estate rises above the fifth hole of the golf course for views of seven holes, Hill Country vistas and the Guadalupe River valley. Stately exterior features include a flat tile roof, rock with stucco accents and copper roof accents. Multiple patios open up walled courtyards with brick pavers leading to gardens, a water wall fountain and spa-like pool. The finest of finishes inside include furnituregrade walnut floors, cabinets, doors, beams and staircase; stone counters and floors of French limestone, marble and travertine; Grohe fixtures and professional grade appliances; and countless other details identifiable to a discerning eye. • • • • • •
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4 bedrooms/4 full and 3 half baths/3 car garage• • Oversized 2nd bedrooms with Walled circular driveway en-suite baths 10,000-gallon rain harvesting tank • Two living areas, kitchen, dining, Elevator for easy second story access study and master suite, Four fireplaces plus exercise, laundry, 2nd office, Master Full Golf Membership Available garden and craft rooms
4,837 Square Feet
This distinguished design from the award-winning team of Garner Homes and J. Terrian Designs is to be built to achieve the best of what Cordillera Ranch has to offer: dramatic views of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, closeness to Cordillera Ranch’s Clubhouse and isolation from the chaos of city living. The plan has 4,837 square feet of living space and 621 square feet of outdoor living space to take best advantage of the views and environment that this lot produces. The home has both traditional Italian and modern Hill Country elements including a large and inviting floor plan with four bedrooms, four-and-one-half bathrooms (including an attached Casita), a study, large kitchen, working pantry and oversized game room, complete with a wet bar. • Gourmet kitchen • Climate controlled wine storage • Outdoor kitchen • Design details: Tile roof, high ceilings, timber beams, interior stone accent walls, designer details throughout • Centralized utilities (water, sewer, propane) • Hand-scraped wood and natural stone floors throughout • Large windows and doors flood the home with natural light • Landscaping package ($50,000 allowance) • Pool allowance of $100,000 • Master Full Golf Membership Available
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224 GREYSTONE CIRCLE $775,000
3,231 Square Feet
This custom home on nearly 5 secluded acres is surrounded by mature oaks. Privacy is enhanced with a gated entry and ranch fencing. Defined by Hill Country architecture, quality features in this 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath home include high ceilings, rustic beams, custom cabinetry and beautifully stained concrete and wood flooring. A wall of windows in the Great Room looks out on an inviting outdoor living space with a gorgeous pool and water feature, fire pit and pergola, and a spacious kitchen and dining area. • • • • • •
3 bedrooms/2.5 baths Gorgeous, mature oak trees 4.9-acre estate lot Spacious outdoor living area Stunning landscaping Hill Country Architecture
139 PARK RIDGE $2,495,000
6,847 Square Feet
This 38.23-acre Equestrian Estate is in the heart of Cordillera Ranch but a private gated entry with lush and mature landscaping and pastures provides unsurpassed privacy! The sprawling main home is 6,847 square feet with grand living and dining rooms, a great room with a fireplace, chef’s kitchen, owner’s wing, private study, exercise room, ceiling treatments and new interior paint. A three-bedroom guest home is 3,160 square feet and includes dual living and dining rooms and a chef’s island kitchen. Outside, grand porches overlook a park-like setting with a pool, spa and water features. • • • • • •
Largest parcel of land offered in Cordillera Ranch Exquisite Equestrian Estate Adjacent access to miles of nature trails for horseback riding Dramatic abundance of Live Oak trees Convenient location to front gate and The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch Ag exemption per Kendall County Appraisal District
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Cordillera Ranch Realty Homes for Sale 1 - 46 Ledgestone Trail 2 - 107 Legacy Pointe 3 - 137 Riverwood 4 - 199 Riverwood 5 - 25 Augusta 6 - 10 Alberi Lane 7 - 5 Di Lusso Drive 8 - 52 Oakland Hills 9 - Lot 13 Oakland Hills 10 - 224 Greystone Circle 11 - 139 Park Ridge
1499 S. Main Street
Next to the Dog & Pony Grill
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28 Cordillera Trace Boerne, TX 78006
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