Exciting things are happening at Kissing Tree, San Marcos’ newest master planned community by Brookfield Residential. After officially opening its doors in October last year, the first residents are beginning to move in as homes are being completed.  This past month, Kissing Tree also celebrated the ribbon cutting for the extension of Centerpoint Road, which includes a new main entrance to the community.

The rolling topography of Kissing Tree was a major influence in the design of this community.  The Balcones Fault Line – which separates the Texas Coastal Plains from the Hill Country – runs alongside the site.  This geologic feature is responsible for not only the visible topography, but also the massive swaths of limestone beneath the surface.  The extension of Centerpoint Road involved a substantial excavation effort to carve out a path for the road.  The result is an impressive entry sequence that showcases the beautiful natural limestone that is synonymous with the Texas Hill Country.

Beyond the excavation effort for Centerpoint Road, the design team took the site’s topography a step further, expressing the presence of the Balcones Fault through the design of the community signage and its signature tunnel bridge.  RVi worked closely with contractor Weigelt Enterprises to create a unique limestone pattern for the bridge which visually simulates what is happening below the surface along the fault line.  This pattern is further integrated into the signage for the community.


Kissing Tree signature tunnel bridge


Kissing Tree community signage

Kissing Tree is situated on 1,338 acres just west of I-35 in San Marcos.  The community has been meticulously designed for active adults ages 55+, including a focus on health and wellbeing, exploration of the arts, and a touch of foodie culture.  Amenities include an indoor/outdoor pool, fitness center, 18-hole golf and 18-hole putting course, biergarten, community kitchen, amphitheater, dog park, and loads of activities including bocce ball, horseshoe pits, billiards, giant Jenga, corn hole, tennis courts, pickleball courts, and community fire pits.

RVi is proud to be providing planning and landscape architecture services for Kissing Tree.  Planning team members include Chris Crawford, Gene Lukow, and Noah Halbach.  The landscape architecture team includes Patrick Smith, Alan Mackey, and Wes Gentry.

To read more about how Kissing Tree got its unique name, check out our previous blog post.