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Toby and Ginger Barnes

Toby and I searched the Texas Hill Country from San Marcos to Kerrville and San Antonio to Burnet to find the perfect retirement home. Our requirements were pretty simple: 1) close to our son in Katy, Texas, 2) acreage to accommodate a horse, 3) a studio large enough to house my longarm quilting machine, 4) remote yet close enough to civilization (airport, fabric store, medical facilities) and 5) a good area to walk dogs. We found all that and more in our dream property in Cordillera Ranch. Our home met all our requirements and was situated in lush gardens with lovely courtyards. Little did we know, the best was yet to come!
While we were familiar with the amenities of Cordillera Ranch, we learned the value of the community. We have made fast friends at Wine Socials, met great folks walking dogs, and enjoy Guadalupe River kayaking and tubing. So far, we have experienced all of The Clubs except Tennis, and it’s on our list! We have joined an inclusive neighborhood where people embrace having fun and caring for each other. The community we didn’t expect has been a great surprise!
The life we lead at Cordillera Ranch is an interesting yet different pace from our 30+ year careers in the aerospace industry. During my career, I developed, delivered and operated weapons, fighter planes, bombers, the International Space Station, the Space Shuttle and Space Launch System rocket. Toby worked on many of the same projects in technology and configuration management.
We have enjoyed sharing our little piece of heaven with visitors. I call it “The Rocket B Ranch” in a nod to my career, and Toby calls it “The Rock-It B Ranch” in a nod to his musical proclivities. You may call it either, and many call it “Paradise.” I couldn’t agree more!


Richard and Karen Jackson

We have been Cordillera Ranch residents since January, 2020, moving from Clear Lake, Texas where we spent our careers supporting NASA’s human spaceflight mission. Richard was a Flight Director for Space Shuttle operations before moving to industry supporting NASA programs. I worked my entire career in Mission Operations supporting both the Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs.

We both love the Texas Hill Country and wanted to retire here in a community with a golf course. After our tour of Cordillera Ranch, we knew we had found our new home. Cordillera had a great golf course, but offered so much more than golf. The Clubs provided a range of activities that addressed our other interests and hobbies — it was the perfect fit — a beautiful setting for our new home as well as all of the amenities.

We are both golfers so we are enjoying all aspects of golf here at the Ranch including the CWGA, the MGA and Couples golf.  We have also participated in other activities including wine dinners, fitness, shooting and Gold Rush. We are looking forward to kayaking the Guadalupe and trying out Pickle Ball. What we are enjoying the most, however, is the new friendships we have developed and the welcoming environment at The Clubs.    

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