517 Alta - Our Featured Home of the Month

¡Viva Fiesta! The San Antonio Fiesta famous Pooch Parade is on April 28! (Parade route through the Alamo Heights neighborhood. So Adorable!) Watch from your front yard and invite friends and family!

In the heart of Alamo Heights, our featured home of the month has so much to offer! Located at 517 Alta, this Modern Spanish Revival home has everything you could want and more! It features 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, and 3,702 square feet of living space. With an open floor plan, gourmet kitchen and family room, and stunning pool courtyard, it is ideal for entertaining! This home also features hardwood floors, Redondo tile, and a detached 2-car garage, as well as our signature trim details, and a superior location. Ready to make the move? We’re offering an immediate move in March date so you can be ready for Fiesta in San Antonio!

This home has many unique features, including a covered brick patio and outdoor kitchen, pool with fountain wall, and a sun-lit study with built in custom cabinetry, library lights, and a stunning chandelier. The custom designed front door, detailed façade and full masonry fireplace with a cut stone mantle gives 517 Alta a modern and luxurious feel.

The kitchen features a sea pearl quartzite island with a thick mitered edge and white custom cabinets. The large pantry and Thermador professional range appliance package will be sure to catch your eye! The adjacent dining room and vaulted-beam family room are perfect for entertaining and everyday living.

The home also features a lovely master suite on the first floor that includes a custom built walk-in closet with in shelf lighting, and a luxurious bathroom with a spa shower and tub. Custom tile work is carried throughout master bath.

On the second floor you’ll find a spacious den and three in-suite bedrooms and baths. Each bedroom features a beautiful view of the surrounding neighborhood.

This beautiful home is in walking distance to the neighborhood swimming pool, dog park and baseball fields. The City of Alamo Heights is conveniently located near the Alamo Quarry Shopping Center, Olmos Park, Brackenridge Park, Terrell Hills, and Lincoln Heights. Additionally, this neighborhood is only three miles from the San Antonio International Airport and U.S. 281, and minutes from the police and fire department. Alamo Heights is located in the Alamo Heights Independent School District which is committed to providing a rich, comprehensive experience for children in grades PK-12. There are also many other private school options including St Luke’s Episcopal School, San Antonio Academy, Saint Mary’s Hall and Keystone Academy. Minutes from Central Market and HEB Grocery store, McNay Art Museum, Witte Museum and The Pearl Brewery entertainment area, the options are endless!

517 Alta is located in one of the oldest and most beautiful neighborhoods in San Antonio. Alta Street is bisected by the beautiful La Jara park boulevard which is shaded by heritage oak trees, the winding Hondondo Creek trails and Olmos Basin parks.

Move in by spring and enjoy everything that this home has to offer, including paths for walking and biking, spring baseball, the opening of Alamo Heights swimming pool and grill, the San Antonio Fiesta and the famous pooch parade on April 28th!

For more information on this home or building with Nic Abbey Luxury Homes, contact Lisa Nichols at 210-798-2272 or LNichols@NicAbbey.com .

Nic Abbey Luxury Homes is a new home builder in San Antonio, NC area, building new homes in the finest neighborhoods of San Antonio in Alamo Heights, Terrell Hills, Olmos Park and Hill Country Village. For more information, please visit www.nicabbey.com

Nic Abbey Featured in San Antonio Home and Golf Magazine

Don’t miss us on the cover of San Antonio Home and Golf magazine! 

203 Zambrano Rd

We recently put this stunning lot in the heart of Terrell Hills under contract and will be closing mid March. This is a fantastic lot with mature Oak trees in the front and on a great street. Don’t miss out on this opportunity as it won’t last long!

Nic Abbey Luxury Homes Supports the Girl Scouts Top Golf Fundraiser

Nic Abbey Luxury Homes is pleased to support the Girl Scout Topgolf Fundraiser this March 1, 2018. As a woman-owned business, we felt it was vital to become a TOP supporter of our local Girl Scout council to help girls succeed in school and life. We are thrilled to invest in this event which supports programs that build courage, confidence and character in future female leaders. Since 1924, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas (GSSWT) has been serving the San Antonio area and today serves more than 14,600 girl members across 21 counties. We hope you will join this event by visiting girlscouts-swtx.org/topgolf.

325 Cleveland Court – Our Featured Home of the Month

Allow us to introduce our new floor plan for 325 Cleveland Court. It has approximately 3500 square feet of living space, with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. The Cleveland Court is perfect for enjoying your beautiful surrounding in our open floorplan. It features a large open living area and kitchen, a downstairs spacious master suite and master bath and beautiful private study.

The Cleveland Court features a welcoming covered front porch, which leads into a stunning entry that opens to a private study and spacious living area. The kitchen has gorgeous custom designed cabinets and gleaming quartzite countertops, professional Thermador appliances and large kitchen island with seating. The dining area is open to kitchen and family room and is ideal for everyday dining as well as celebrations. The adjacent family room has beamed ceiling and wood burning fireplace and looks out to pool area and covered brick patio with expansive windows and sliding glass doors. Just down the hall is the spacious master suite, which includes a large walk-in custom built closet, a luxurious bath and shower and a double vanity. Upstairs, you’ll find two in suite bedrooms and baths with walk in closets.

The floor plan also includes a 2 car detached garage with covered walkway, separate laundry room conveniently located off back entry, large walk in pantry and beautiful powder room. The Cleveland Court floor plan has dozens of stunning Nic Abbey Luxury Home details that make it unique, like meticulous cabinetry, trim and carpentry, soaring ceilings, stunning outdoor living spaces and detailed exteriors with barrel tile roof, custom made front doors and covered porches.

Don’t miss out on this incredible floorplan located in the heart of Alamo Heights at 325 Cleveland Court. Walk to all of your favorite restaurants and coffee shops just around the corner. Convenience is the name of the game!

For more information on this home or building with Nic Abbey Luxury Homes, contact Lisa Nichols at 210-798-2272 or LNichols@NicAbbey.com .

Nic Abbey Luxury Homes is a new home builder in San Antonio, NC area, building new homes in the finest neighborhoods of San Antonio in Alamo Heights, Terrell Hills, Olmos Park and Hill Country Village. For more information, please visit www.nicabbey.com

Nic Abbey Luxury Homes Sponsors Running of the Mules

Register your family for the Running of the Mules 5k Run/Walk now! This inaugural Dash at Dusk will be a non-competitive race for the whole family to enjoy. Don't forget to set up your child's own "Sponsor a Runner" fundraising web page to earn prizes and purchase your "Proud Supporter" yard sign or spirit gear at our online store!

Taking place on April 7, 2018 at the Terrell Hills Playground, race day festivities start at 4:30 PM with a free Fun Run for your youngest family members, followed by the 5K Run/Walk at 5:00 PM and an after-party at 6:00 PM your kid won't want to miss. All proceeds go directly toward the specials programs (art, PE, and music) at Woodridge Elementary.

You can either sign-up online at https://runsignup.com/Race/TX/SanAntonio/TheRunningoftheMules or return the paper registration sent home in your child's folder. Prices go up on March 19, 2018 so don't delay!

Interested in becoming one of our Sponsors? Click Here Sponsorship Opportunities

Want to donate more? No amount is too small. Donate Here!

Contact us with any questions at runningofthemules@gmail.com.

Stunning New Lot Available on One of Terrell Hills Most Desirable Streets

New Properties From Nic Abbey!

San Antonio Business Journal Book of Lists Top Residential Builders 2017-2018

Once again we are honored to be included in the Business Journals Top Residential Builders! Moving up from #12 to #8 this year, we commit ourselves to outstanding design that stands the test of time. We thank all of our clients, vendors, and subcontractor’s for all of their support and we look forward to another great year here in San Antonio!

San Antonio Business Journal Book of Lists

We were honored to to be included on 4 lists this year in the San Antonio Business Journals 2016-2017 Book of Lists!  We were ranked as one of the Top Women Owned Firms, Fastest Growing Private Companies, Residential Builders and Private Companies ranked by gross local revenue!  Hard work and dedication to beautiful design and excellence for our clients is what has gotten us here and will keep us growing for years to come! 

Available Nic Abbey Spec Homes

We are very excited about our upcoming Nic Abbey Luxury Home, this beautiful home will be move in ready March 2018!  To view all the amazing custom features and floor plans visit our website at nicabbey.com.  Just think, this home could be all yours! 

2017 Charity Ball Association Rotogravure

Once again it is truly an honor to be able to help support and enhance the quality of life for children in the Bexar County.

San Antonio Scout Guide Interview with Lisa Nichols


If you’re planning for a spring project, renovation or addition, click on the above title link to read the complete interview on what Lisa Nichols had to say about innovative tips and trends for construction and design.

"The trend is still a more transitional architecture, which has been the case for a number of years. Nic Abbey Luxury Homes was one of the first to do this in the San Antonio Market, and this is also indicative of my personal style.

Your design-build team - that is the architect, builder and designer - are all folks who will collaborate together to speak to your personal style and specifications, as well as incorporating all space needs into the most efficient use of both your desired home square-footage and your lot square-footage.

We have found that this collaborative process has been one of the secrets to building beautiful homes of superior quality and timeless style, innovative design and unsurpassed value."


78209 Magazine Article

Ideas For Living: Trends In home Design

In this 78209 Magazine article, Lisa Nichols shares trends and ideas for that amazing kitchen everyone dreams of.  Follow the link below to read the complete article:

An open kitchen/great room is a desirable floor plan for many renovations and custom builds this year, not only for its entertaining factor, but also to incorporate trendy design elements to make the home feel customized. “Almost every kitchen we have designed and built this past year has had an open kitchen/great room floor plan,” explains Lisa Nichols, owner of Nic Abbey. “Design elements are being used to create that ‘wow factor,’ like statement ceilings that make you look up and vertical joint wood paneling of cabinetry or ceilings or both — a fun way to introduce detail into this space.” The concept of marrying modern and traditional design elements to reflect the modern family is a big trend to define the open kitchen/great room spaces into the “heart of the home” that families are seeking. “We are doing a lot of furniture-style cabinetry in the open kitchens,” says Nichols. “You could incorporate this idea by designing your island to resemble a beautiful piece of furniture by raising it on legs or adding intricate paneling on the sides.”


78209 Magazine Alfresco Dining

Fall for Alfresco Dining in '09


Lisa Nichols as quoted in the 78209 Magazine Oct 2015:

"Outdoor living spaces are simply an extension of the home, created to look and feel more like the inside of the home, while still maintaining an outdoor appeal," says Lisa Nichols, owner of Nic Abbey Luxury Homes.  "Full-scale outdoor kitchens with built-in gas grills, sinks, refrigerators, pizza ovens, pull-out trash bins and custom cabinets have been must-haves." Nichols' clients also spring for fire features for their aesthetic appeal and are turning to smart technology for a one-stop system to control lighting, audio systems, pools, fire pits and more.


Winner of three 2014 Summit Awards!

The Greater San Antonio Builders Association has named us the winner of three amazing awards at its annual 2014 Summit Awards. We won for Best Master Suite, Best Social Media and Best Sales Brochure. Pictured with our new Eagles is Brent Mathison, Construction Manager and Lisa Nichols.

Certified Graduate Builder Designation


Lisa Nichols has been named to a select group of home builders who have earned the Certified Graduate Builder (CGB) designation, identifying her as one of the industry's top professionals. Administered by the National Association of Home Builders, the CGB program is sponsored locally by Greater San Antonio Builders Association.

To earn the CGB designation, builders must successfully complete a curriculum that incorporates training by leading building industry practitioners and experts on a range of topics, including business management, emerging technologies and market trends. In addition, the builder must have at least two years’ experience in the industry.

After earning the CGB, program graduates are required to sign a code of ethics and maintain their designations by completing 12 hours of continuing education every three years. This CGB designation gives us the additional knowledge and training to better serve home buyers here in the San Antonio area.

For additional information about the CGB program, visit nahb.org/CGBinfo.

Winner of Two Prestigious 2013 Summit Awards

The Greater San Antonio Builders Association has named us the winner of two amazing awards at its annual Summit Awards. We won for Best Master Suite and Best Product Design, Custom: $1,500,000 – $2,000,000.

San Antonio Woman Magazine Article on Women In Business


"/ really Jove attending all of the selection meetings with our clients to help them marry all of the details together to build a beautiful and unique home. "



Years in the construction business: 28

How she got started in construction: "I started my business in 2002. We are a custom home building and remodeling company, and my job responsibilities include creating opportunities for our company in home building, remodeling and land acquisition. I also work with our clients on an individual basis from land procurement, home design and selections and construction to completion. I built my first house for my family because I could not find a home that met our needs. I was searching for a home that would cater to the way my husband and two children and I live. Throughout the process, I realized how much I enjoyed it from beginning to end and realized there is a need for homes designed to accommodate a modern family's needs." 

Nichols says the most rewarding part of this career is "creating beautiful homes for our amazing homeowners. Each home is completely original and is built with the finest building materials. Our attention to detail is unsurpassed in the market. 

"The most challenging part of my career is the way that home building is a very competitive business with a great deal of corporate and personal liability." 

Construction was traditionally considered a man's profession - how is that changing? "I have spent the last 25 years of my career in the male-dominated fields of home building and multifamily developments. A woman's point of view can be a benefit to families and helps to set me apart in this male-domi­nated industry. As a woman, I may see things and details in a different way than a man. My attention to all of the little details and my caring about the importance of client development really helps to set my company apart in this industry. I really love attending all of the selection meetings with our clients to help them marry all of the details together to build a beautiful and unique home."

She values the love and support of her husband, Mitch, whom she's been married to for more than 20 years, and their two chil­dren, a daughter, Embrey, who left for college this year, and son Mitchell, a junior at Alamo Heights High School. Mitch has worked in medical sales for most of his career. 

Nichols enjoys spending time with family and friends. and says she is also lucky to live in the same city as her parents, her sibling, nieces and nephews. "I also have many aunts, uncles and cousins who live in San Antonio, so holidays are always fun," she says. She also loves to travel, read, shop and eat Mexican food. 

She loves San Antonio because it is a great city in which to live and work. "San Antonio has grown into the seventh-largest city in the U.S. but has kept its unique small town feel and culture. I love that I can get to almost anywhere I need to go in less than 10 minutes," says Nichols.

San Antonio Express News—-Living Luxuriously Tips by Lisa Nichols

Living luxuriously is something we all dream about! Make sure to read this wonderful article from the San Antonio Express-News where Lisa Nichols helps to define luxury living and the most popular trends that we are seeing in the luxury custom home market in San Antonio.

Living Luxuriously

By Jennifer McInnis

Outdoor living, spacious kitchens with hidden storage, large master bathrooms and detailed finish outs are among the priorities for clients of Lisa Nichols, owner of Nic Abbey Luxury Homes."

She said buyers are focusing on outdoor living areas that join with family living spaces and include covered kitchens and stereo systems.

“They really are finishing these out as nice as interior rooms,” she said.

Examples include a variety of textures and surfaces, such as stone countertops, tile and brick flooring and other details such as gas lanterns.

Inside the home, kitchens that open to family rooms are still popular, Nichols said. More of her designs are including built-in coffee bars.

The trend of high ceilings has reversed, and people now want to lower them or are designing vaulted, wooden ceilings with custom beams. Overall, rooms have more layers of detail, such as paneling and arches. Custom cabinets and large pantries provide hidden storage for small appliances and bulk items.

“Most of the cabinets we're building now have pull-out shelves, large doors or spice racks,” Nichols said. “People are going more Zen, keeping the clutter out of the home.” 

Nichols said the trend is a more transitional, contemporary look with sleek chrome fixtures. The popularity of polished granite countertops is fading in lieu of textured surfaces, such as a more rugged leathered finish, or different counter materials, such as quartzite and quartz composites.

“People are becoming really educated about how durable that stuff is,” she said.

Backsplashes have become works of art made from hand-cut custom tile or stone. Vent hoods are custom built or made of copper and designed into the cabinetry. The trend is to lighten up the kitchen with windows and simple color schemes. “A lot of people are requesting floor-to-ceiling windows,” Nichols said. Additionally, her company is installing more large retractable glass doors that open the family room to an outdoor living space.

ManyMany new upscale houses have bars that open to the living or dining area, and they typically have wine refrigerators and ice machines.

With more focus on family rooms, formal dining rooms are going away. TVs are over almost every fireplace Nichols builds. Studies are becoming more of a sitting room because of laptops and mobile devices, and electrical outlets are hidden by screwless plates that are cleaner and sleeker.

Nichols is installing wireless sound systems and lighting control systems, such as Lutron, that are energy efficient and allow for lighting to be programmed to suit each room. For instance, it could set the scene programmed for a party with the touch of a button.

Next on the list is the master bedroom and bathroom with bigger his-and-her closets.

“Toilets, shower and tub areas may be shared, but vanities are separate,”

Nichols said.Homeowners want exercise rooms off the master bedroom, and they want windows to look out while they work out.

The laundry room is another area with lots of details in the design to keep everything in its place. For example, some utility rooms have folding space above front-load washers and dryers. Nichols has included deep sinks, space for an extra refrigerator, pet doors, dog-washing showers, under-counter lighting and even chandeliers.

Nichols starts the design process with her clients by having them fill out a questionnaire.

“It's 10 pages of detailed questions to understand their personality, how they live what's important to them,” she said.

Then, the home is designed specifically for what the owners.

“They want to make it special and unique to them,” she said. jmcinnis@express-news.net © 2016

San Antonio Magazine, A Home Of Her Own


What sort of house does a luxury home builder live in? Lisa Nichols is happy to show you

by Chris Warren

Lisa Nichols wants to clear something up. Yes, while the custom home building company that she founded in 202 is called Nic Abbey Luxury Homes By Lisa Nichols, she realizes those few little words can leave the wrong impression. "It is not a Lisa Nichols home," she says about the abodes she helps grow from mere ideas to actual structures, "These are our clients' dreams."  Turning those dreams into reality is no small feat, Nichols and her colleagues at Nic Abbey Luxury Homes handle every conceivable detail imaginable in the home building process, from the procurement of the best available lots to the design of the house to the actual construction. "We are very involved in all aspects of our houses, and we like that because it helps create the exact home to fit our clients needs," she says.  They work with an extensive list of architects, designers and decorators on a consistent basis, but when a client wants to include someone they haven't worked with before, Nichols says they're always open to working with new professionals, too.  "We love that."  But then there are homes that truly are Lisa Nichols homes, as in she and her family live there.  The latest can be found in Terrell Hills, just northeast of downtown.  How this elegant 5-bedroom, 5-and-a-half bath home came to be and the features it includes says a lot about Nichols and her company as well as current trends in the luxury home market.  In fact, Nichols' residence is a suitable enough showcase of how Nic Abbey Luxury Homes operates that she uses it as a model home and has already had hundreds of people come through for a look since moving there in November.  "It gives them a picture that a set of plans can't," she says.  Like much of the work she does for others, Nichols had to design her Terrell Hills house in a way that both meshed with the area and the actual lot.  Set in an established neighborhood, she was mindful that her ultra-modern structure shouldn't be as all visually jarring compared to her neighbors' homes.  She also knew that the lot - which lacks in width but has plenty of depth - would force her hand a bit when it came to placement of the garage, "With a smaller width, you need the garage in the back, because you want to see the front of the house in the front, not garages," says Nichols, who spent the first part of her career in the apartment management and development business, first in Dallas and then later with Embrey Partners, a San Antonio company her father founded. "House plans that we do are always specific to the lots."  Not surprisingly, Nichols' house has a style and features her own clients crave. "The trend for architecture is more transitional, with clean lines and a contemporary look," she says.  With light wood floors, light walls and ceilings and a mixture of marble and Redondo handmade tiles, the home has a bright, spacious feel that seems to invite the outdoors in.  There's plenty to lure people indoors - including a wine room, large pantry and coffee bar -- but what's outside always beckons. Not only is there a pool, the space features a sprawling patio, a chef's kitchen and serving bar, a fireplace and a TV.  There's even a balcony upstairs with views of downtown.  "outdoor living is very important to people," says Nichols, "I don't think I've built a home without a covered patio or built - in barbecue."  As pleasant and ideal as Nichols' house might seem, she readily admits she won't be there forever. "I always design for resale. I'm a builder," she says. The thrill she gets from shepherding projects from idea to the final nail is not one she's ready to deny herself. "I love every state of it."

San Antonio Express-News Healthy Life featuring Lisa Nichols


professional perspective Q & A

Work Matters

featuring Lisa Nichols

Custom Homebuilder

WHAT IS NIC ABBEY LUXURY HOMES? We are a custom homebuilding and remodeling company, which I started in 2002. I create opportunities for the company in homebuilding, remodeling and land acquisition. I also work with our clients on an individual basis, from land procurement, home design and selections to construction and completion. 

HOW DID YOU GET INTO THIS CAREER? I built my first house for my family because I could not find a home that met our family’s needs. I was searching for a home that would fit the way my husband, children and I lived in the everyday world. Throughout the process, I realized how much I enjoyed it from beginning to end and realized there is a need for a home designed to accommodate a modern family’s needs. 

WHAT MAJOR CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED IN YOUR BUSINESS AND HOW HAVE YOU HANDLED THEM? The economic downturn was a very di!cult few years for homebuilding. We had to diversify our product, increase our marketing budget and decrease our company overhead. But most importantly, we had to stand by our homes and our financial responsibilities to our lenders and vendors. With the improving economy, we have rebounded with our exceptional reputation among our customers and financial partners. 

WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED BEING A WOMAN IN A MALE-DOMINATED FIELD? I have spent the last 20 years of my career in the male-dominated fields of homebuilding and multifamily development. I think I have stopped noticing the challenges; it is just a way of life! A woman’s point of view can also be a benefit for families and helps to set me apart in this maledominated industry. You have to create your own opportunities in business and use the challenges of your industry for your benefit, or you will not be successful. 

WHAT IS MOST FULFILLING ABOUT YOUR JOB? Creating beautiful homes for our homeowners. Each home we build is completely original and built with the finest building materials. 

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY THE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? I enjoy the design and building process. It is great to work with our clients to create their dream home. 

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT IN YOUR JOB? Our excellent reputation in the homebuilding industry has been our biggest accomplishment. 

WHAT EDUCATION OR TRAINING IS REQUIRED FOR YOUR JOB? No education is required, but homebuilding is a very competitive business with a great deal of corporate and personal liability. Prior to starting my company, I worked for 15 years in many areas of real estate and construction. featuring Lisa Nichols Custom Homebuilder 

— compiled by jeanette mcnamee