Frequently Asked Questions
What is Kissing Tree?
Kissing Tree is a distinctly Texan 55+ community, carved into the foothills of the Texas Hill Country. Kissing Tree was designed to change the way baby boomers envision retirement, with a unique collection of amenities and homes that create an opportunity for legendary living everyday. Here neighbors say every day feels like a Saturday and every night feels like a Friday. The Mix is the 20-acre amenity campus where it all comes together including the social building, Independence Hall, the biergarten with live music, two-story fitness center, indoor lap loop, resort-style pool, cabanas, picklball courts, bocce ball courts, an 18-hole golf course and 9-hole putting course; and hundreds of acres of green space including parks and trails. Discover more about our one-of-a-kind amenities.
How many homes will be in the community?
Kissing Tree is a master planned community with an estimated 3,000 homes at the completion of the project. We currently offer three unique home styles including our traditional homes, the cottage collection and paired villas. All together there are 19 floor plans to choose from and a variety of architecturally distinct exteriors, which work together to create an eclectic and diverse community streetscape. The community will have several different neighborhoods with each section including approximately 150 homes. We anticipate the community will develop over approximately 12 to 15 years before completion.
Does everyone who lives there have to be 55? Are non-adults (18 and younger) allowed to live at Kissing Tree?
The primary occupant of the home is required to be 55 years old or older, however, the homes additional occupants may be 19 years or older. Guests 18 years old and younger are invited to stay at the community for 45 days out of the year. Within these 45 days, only 30 days may be a consecutive stay.
What is there to do at Kissing Tree?
Kissing Tree’s 20-acre amenity campus, The Mix, opened in 2017 with 8 pickleball courts, 6 bocceball courts, horseshoe pits, golf driving range, short game practice area, putting greens, hiking and biking trails and much more. Independence Hall is the community’s social building which includes a demonstration kitchen, community classroom, billiards, indoor and outdoor bar, live-music stage, food truck, fire pits and a biergarten. Golfers, both novices and seasoned, can play the 18-hole putting course and semi-private 18-hole golf course, which has been featured in 55Places.com, Golf Course Architecture, The Dallas Morning News, Golf Course Industry Magazine and the Houston Chronicle. In early 2020, the indoor lap pool completed construction. During the summer of 2020 we’ll open the resort pool and two-story fitness center.
An on-site activities director facilitates more than 100 clubs, and a variety of events and activities for residents.
Will there be sidewalks? Proper street lighting?
Surrounding the traditional homes, sidewalks line the main boulevards along with bike/cart lanes in the street. The Villas share the closest proximity to The Mix and include connected trails and sprawling centralized parks surrounding water-side and golf course homesites.
The entire community allows for dark skies so that you can see the big Texas stars at night. This is created by providing bollard lighting on many of the trails, however, street lights are limited to the main boulevards and intersections.
How much space is designated as natural/nature spaces?
There will be 18 miles of scenic hike and bike trails. The trails will eventually intersect with the Purgatory Creek trail system in Hays County. The dynamic system will give residents access to the current Purgatory trail which leads all the way into downtown San Marcos and beyond. The Purgatory trail system is public, however, trails leading into resident areas will be marked as Kissing Tree resident only trails.
Where is the closest medical facility?
State-of-the-art medical providers are located a short distance away including Central Texas Medical Center, Live Oak Walk-in Care, Seton Medical Center Hays, Christus Santa Rosa Hospital, and Resolute Health Hospital.
Will the houses have fences? Any restrictions on fencing front or back yards?
Yes, Kissing Tree Villages will have their own fencing guidelines. Fencing guidelines, along with exterior design guidelines may be found in the community’s governing documents. Final submittals will be reviewed by the HOA architecture committee.
Do you have to use specific lenders?
While you may use the lender of your choice, below are some we have worked with and prefer at Kissing Tree.
Benchmark Mortgage –Zoe Ann Heep –512-784-6451
Amegy Bank –Doug Snyder –512-633-5357
Mortgage Banker -Kristin Carroll -512-637-9901
Find out more at www.kissingtreehoa.com. To anticipate your maintenance needs, we offer three unique maintenance opportunities within our community. The Traditional neighborhood HOA is currently $215 per month and includes access to the The Mix, 24/7 guarded security, landscape maintenance of common areas, staff and maintenance of the facility. The Cottage and Villa HOAs are designed for low maintenance living with included lawn services for a higher monthly fee. Although we do not anticipate the monthly assessment to increase more than what inflation dictates, it is not a fixed rate.
What are the fees/dues for activities? How is it billed?
Activities are programed through our HOA with the direction of our residents and Lifestyle Director, Kevin Wilson. Many activities are free to residents, and programs are often resident-led with no fee. Specific activities may be organized by the HOA and additional expenses will be covered by a ticket price for the event. Lifestyle events will be billed through a resident-only online portal and payment can be taken at the front desk of the social building.
What's the tax rate in San Marcos?
The tax rate is subject to change. It's important to confirm the most accurate information with the City and County.
City of San Marcos $0.6139 / $100
Hays County $0.4450 / $100
San Marcos ISD $1.4141 / $100
Kissing Tree Golf Club?
The Kissing Tree Golf Club is semi-private with priority tee times and discounted rates provided to residents. The course is now open to the public with discounts given to San Marcos residents and those 55 and better. The golf green fees are not included with the purchase of the home or HOA fees. To learn more about golf fees, visit KissingTreeGolfClub.com.