Spring is the year’s most active season for snakes, so we asked Tim Cole, owner of Austin Reptile Service in Georgetown, for some advice on identifying harmless and beneficial local snakes, and what do to if you see one.
The Watson family was drawn to Rancho Sienna by the academic excellence and small-town character of the Liberty Hill Independent School District. Their daughter, Piper, is now thriving at the community’s own Rancho Sienna Elementary School.
“Moving to Rancho Sienna is one of the best decisions we ever made,” says Brian Chappius, who moved here with his wife and two daughters in 2015. Brian loves to photograph the natural beauty around his home, when not busy with his daughters’ athletic activities at the highly regarded Liberty Hill ISD schools serving Rancho Sienna.
Rita Brandin now leads development of Rancho Sienna and our Austin sister communities, Sweetwater and Teravista. With over 30 years of real estate experience, including 14 years with Newland, Rita made many work and personal visits to Austin over the years. She’s excited about living here and becoming part of the Greater Austin community.
On the weekends of Oct. 17-18 and Oct. 24-25, the Fall Tour of Homes will unlock the doors for self-guided tours of more than 20 new homes available for quick move-in, at prices from the high $200,000s to the $600,000s.
Self-guided tours are now offered by several Rancho Sienna homebuilders, along with Facetime showings and virtual tours of model homes and available inventory homes. These are just a few of the ways our builders are making it safer and more convenient to shop for a new home.
Austin is the best real estate market in Texas for buying a new home, and the Capital City ranks third nationwide among large cities, according to a study from WalletHub. It’s one of the newest kudos for Austin, which has also reigned as Best Place to Live in the U.S. for three years in a row.
Austin’s population recently passed the 1 million mark, with a growing number of newcomers relocating from the East and West coasts for affordable homes and room to spread out. To mark this demographic milestone, we look at where Austinites live and work.
Austin is America’s No. 2 Most Pet-Friendly City in a report from WalletHub. At Rancho Sienna, we love pets, with more than 100 acres of parks, trails and natural open spaces, including our tail-wagging Bark’N Park.
With interest rates at record lows, homebuyers who feel confident economically can invest in a new home and save substantially on monthly payments. We recommend talking to a professional real estate agent about taking advantage of this opportunity.
Everyone knows about SXSW, but there are plenty of other fun, family friendly festivals around Austin, Georgetown and the Hill Country this spring, where you won’t have to fight the crowds and parking. Here’s our list of our area events to enjoy from March through May.
Tech giants including Facebook, Google, Indeed and Vrbo are increasingly using a “multioffice” strategy, leasing up entire high-rises in downtown Austin, The Domain and elsewhere to offer options to their employees. Meanwhile, Apple’s north Austin mega campus could open as early as late 2021. Our blog has some of the latest updates about where Austin works today and tomorrow.
Spring is almost here, and we have the wildflower forecast from Richard Fadal, Austin’s Green Gardener. Richard also works with Rancho Sienna to nurture wildflowers along our main thoroughfare, Via De Sienna Boulevard. See which wildflowers we can expect to see soon at our blog.
If you see a wildflower along a highway, thank Lady Bird Johnson, a former First Lady who helped passed laws to beautify highways and protect parks and rivers throughout the nation. Nowhere is Mrs. Johnson’s legacy more visible than Central Texas, where three of her largest accomplishments have transformed Austin and the Texas Hill Country.
After selling Chesmar homes in another Newland community in the Austin area for nearly four years, Rachael Baine is excited to be in Rancho Sienna, which is continuing Newland’s legacy of sustainable, award-winning development in Central Texas.
So you’re getting close to buying a new home – congratulations! After finding the perfect community, builder and home, your next question might be: what kind of new home loan is right for me? Our blog post explains the three most common types of loans.
Dee and Richard Scheppler moved to Austin from Denver to be closer to their two grandkids. Soon after arriving, Dee started selling Perry homes in Rancho Sienna, and recently the couple has moved into their own new home here.
We all enjoy a good bucket list, so why should our dogs be left out? Our Canine Bucket List has 10 ideas for fun with your pooch, from local dog parks to dog-friendly restaurants and bars. We also include two ideas for living your best canine life right here in Rancho Sienna.
Created especially for Rancho Sienna’s laidback lifestyle, Village Builders’ new Havergate Collection focuses on easy entertaining, outdoor living, smart technology and more. This exciting new design collection is showcased in the one-story Eppright model home, now open.
North Austin is one of the fastest-growing areas within the entire Austin metro region, thanks to an influx of technology companies, new roadways and some of the most affordable new homes in Central Texas. Exactly where is North Austin, and what are the opportunities for living there? Our Neighborhood Guide offers an easy explanation and an overview of the options.
The Bond family discovered Rancho Sienna by accident while they were driving around and looking for a community with more amenities than their old Leander neighborhood. Four years later, they’re very happy they made the wrong turn.
Do some holiday shopping at Rancho Sienna on Sat., Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and help raise funds for a new digital reading curriculum at Rancho Sienna Elementary School. More than 60 vendors, including many Rancho residents, will be offering unique handmade items. Photos with Santa, food trucks, face painting and raffle prizes will add to the festivities.
With more than 50,000 students, the world-class University of Texas at Austin is central to Austin’s identity as a hip intellectual center. But look at little deeper, and you’ll find at least six more thriving public colleges and universities contributing to higher education in the Austin area.
There are literally millions of twinkling lights to enjoy near Rancho Sienna during the holiday season, plus fun activities and classic performances. To make sure you don’t miss a thing, here’s our guide to holiday fun in Georgetown, Austin and the Hill Country.
If you’re thinking about relocating to Austin, here are 10 things to help you get the lay of our land. You may already know that Austin is a booming tech hub and the Live Music Capital of the World, but there are also some recent claims to fame in here that might surprise you.
People with dogs enjoy a 24% reduction for death from any cause, says a new report published in an American Heart Association journal. As a dog-loving community, with amenities like the Bark’N Park and miles of trails, Rancho Sienna welcomes this encouraging news.
Soar into the wild blue yonder near Rancho Sienna with the first annual Liberty Hill Hot Air Balloon Festival on Saturday, Oct. 19. With a morning fun run and balloon launch, and an evening dance and balloon glow, this daylong festival is like two events in one.
Fall is a special time of year in Austin and the Hill Country around Rancho Sienna. To get the most fun out of fall, check out 10 of our favorite annual events, including our very own Rancho Sienna Harvest Fest. From wine and racecars for grownups, to boos and pumpkins for the kids, there’s something for every member of the family to love.
It’s no accident that you see so many homes with big majestic trees in the front yards at Rancho Sienna, or why our streets curve gently around so many trees. See how we work to save as many of our beautiful trees as possible in our Hill Country community.
From an underground winery built into a hillside, to a tasty food truck roundup and fresh farmer’s market, here are 6 fun things to do in Liberty Hill, a quaint small town with a big personality, located near Rancho Sienna.
Grandparents across the U.S. are moving closer to their grandchildren, and Austin is the No. 2 “Baby Chaser” city in the nation, according to Meyers Research. Communities like Rancho Sienna are adding new low-maintenance home choices to give Baby Chasers exactly what they’re looking for.
Students head back to the highly regarded Liberty Hill ISD schools serving Rancho Sienna on August 14. From enrollment information to after school programs, our blog has all the links you need in one convenient place.
We’re proud that Rancho Sienna’s website has been awarded as Austin’s best community website. We’re even prouder of the many features our website has to help homebuyers, from virtual tours to relocation resources. Here are the top 10.
“The back-to-the-city trend has reversed,” said a leading demographer in a Wall Street Journal report on how young homebuyers are flocking to the suburbs for a better lifestyle and affordably priced homes. Georgetown, the 7th fastest-growing city in the U.S. and home to thriving communities like Rancho Sienna, is a prime example of this trend.
Say “goodbye” to rent increases and “hello” to building equity and upgrading your lifestyle when you declare your independence from renting. Here are 15 tips to help you get started, and to transform mystery and misconceptions about the home buying process into knowledge and power.
Texas is “a place of outsized ambition and out-of-the-box thinking,” says one tech company CEO who relocated from Los Angeles to Austin and plans to double his company’s headcount this year. This is just one example of the tech boom that is transforming Austin.
Yes, there is a “round rock” in Round Rock, and it’s located in Brushy Creek along the historic Chisholm Trail cattle drive route. While proud of its history, today’s Round Rock is about much more than cattle, and there’s plenty to do and see in this fast-growing town.
The average interest rate for a 30-year mortgage recently fell below 4%, prompting the financial advice website Bankrate to call it an “unexpected gift” for borrowers. Low interest rates are just part of an overall positive outlook for today’s homebuyers.
Austin beat out well-known brewing capitals like Munich and Portland to be named the world’s No. 1 beer destination by VinePair, a drinks magazine. Austin is also rising as a go-to city for foodies. See what’s brewing and cooking in our blog.
With summer here, we’ve expanded our list of the top things to enjoy in Georgetown with some refreshing activities to beat the heat. From swimming holes and Broadway musicals, to Hill Country wines and beers, there’s something for every member of the family to enjoy this summer in Georgetown.
Talk about variety. Perry Homes, our Rancho Sienna Builder of the Month, showcases two fully furnished model homes and offers 23 home plans on three sizes of homesites, with prices from the $320,000s to $560,000s.
Sometimes we get the feeling we’d like a change of scenery, but how do you know when it’s really time to move? Here are 8 signs to think about, from feeling like you need more space, to wanting better schools for the kids.
In the Meyers Millennial Desirability Index, Austin ranks a very respectable No. 3 among all U.S. cities with the most appeal to Millennials born between 1980 and 2000. Ranked strictly by the “fun index,” Austin outshines all other cities.
As our very first park, Sienna Park & Trail introduced our vision for a nature-focused community with 100+ acres of parks, trails and natural open space. Sienna Park & Trail is still one of our most popular places to jog, fish, swing from a tree, and stop to smell the wildflowers.
With communities like Rancho Sienna offering new homes priced from the low $200,000s, the Austin metro area ranks No. 1 in Texas and No. 14 in the U.S. for first-time homebuyers, according to a report from Bankrate.com.
Rancho Sienna resident created her online store CoralFeather in 2017 to offer quality, everyday products to help people live greener and healthier lives. In this interview, she shares some easy ideas for getting started.
Having a picnic is fun, and it can also offer some important health benefits, such as relieving stress, bonding with family and friends, and building healthy eating habits. There are many great places to enjoy a picnic in Rancho Sienna. Here are our top five.
April is a spectacular month for wildflowers in Austin and Georgetown, and 2019 is shaping up to be one of the best years in recent memory. To help you find the bluebonnets and other beautiful wildflowers, we’ve scouted out these hotspots in Austin and Georgetown.
Located across from Rancho Sienna Elementary School, Overlook Park does double duty as a park and outdoor classroom by day. At night, it’s an ideal place to explore the night sky and the stars above Rancho Sienna.
Rancho Sienna’s great location makes it easy to enjoy the many diverse activities that make Austin such a great place for kids to live. From parks and museums, to bats and wildflowers, here are our Top 10 picks for fun activities that every member of the family will love.
Some myths are great, but others need to be debunked, especially if they keep you from achieving an important life goal, like buying your first home. Let our quiz help you learn the facts and get on the road to homeownership.
Austin tops national lists for its quality of life and tech-driven economy. With its strong appeal to newcomers, Austin offers many communities to choose from. But how do you find the perfect community – the one that feels like “home”? Here are 5 things to consider.
The cost to rent an apartment rose more in Austin than any other major Texas city last year. With Rancho Sienna offering new homes priced from the low $200,000s, 2019 is looking like a great year to stop renting and start owning.
Dog people are fitter people, and Rancho Sienna is a great community for dogs and their people to de-stress, build healthier hearts and forge stronger bonds, amid 100+ acres of beautiful Hill Country parks, trails and natural open spaces.
If you’re looking for a new home, the Rancho Sienna Tour of Homes from March 16-31 will be a great time to tour more than 40 showcase homes and 7 fully furnished model homes from 8 leading homebuilders. Food and giveaways will make the tour even more exciting.
Two recent studies rank Austin as one of the least stressed and most active cities in Texas and the U.S. Another study confirms the health benefits of living amid green space. That’s great news for residents of Rancho Sienna, who enjoy 100+ acres of parks, trails and natural open space.
Austin’s stature as America’s No. 1 boom town got a huge boost in late 2018, with Apple’s announcement that it will create a new $1 billion campus with space for 15,000 employees. Here’s what we know so far.
Finding a community where you feel a sense of belonging can be a tricky thing, but not at Rancho Sienna. Meet some residents who say they’ve made more new friends here immediately than they did in many years in their old neighborhoods.
Part of approximately five miles of trails at Rancho Sienna, Big View Trail lives up to its name, with stunning Hill Country vistas, and fun along the way as it leads to some of the community’s most popular amenities.
It’s hard to imagine a library making a list of the world’s 100 greatest places, alongside natural wonders and archaeological treasures. But the Austin Central Library, built around a sunny six-story atrium, is a library like no other. And it’s easy to visit from Rancho Sienna.
Austin and Georgetown are great places to raise kids, and a new study ranks Austin as the No. 1 city in Texas to retire in. That makes Rancho Sienna a great place to live close to the grandkids, so you can spoil them all the time. Here are the top 5 ways.
Meet James and Christina Morgan, who scaled down from a 47-acre ranch to a new home in Rancho Sienna’s low-maintenance neighborhood. Their “lock and leave” lifestyle is perfect for enjoying more time with their kids and grandkids.
A growing number of Rancho Sienna residents are moving here to be closer to family members including in-laws and grandkids. With a variety of home styles and amenities designed to appeal to family members of all generations, Rancho Sienna makes being together easy.
“Neighborhood regret” is a real thing experienced by more than one-third of recent homebuyers, according to a recent study from Trulia. Here are 4 ways can avoid wishing they had chosen a different neighborhood.
Austin ranks high on a list of '5 Cities Millennials are Flocking To,' thanks to relatively affordable home prices and a strong economy. Learn why Rancho Sienna is a popular choice among Millennial homebuyers.
The Texas Hill Country surrounding Rancho Sienna is home to more than 50 wineries, each with a distinct personality, terroir and style of winemaking. They make for an easy day trip, especially during annual events like the Christmas Wine Affair.
Newland Communities, developer of Rancho Sienna, is proud to be a sponsor of the 11th Annual Children in Nature Awards Dinner. Coming up Sept. 20, it honors recipients who have worked to connect children with nature.
If you’re always looking for family-friendly activities in the Austin area, check out “Exploring Austin with Kids.” This book by Austin mom Annette Lucksinger has the scoop on 100 attractions and 25 annual events, so you’ll never run out of ideas for kid-pleasing things to do.
What advantages do master-planned communities (MPCs) offer over smaller subdivisions? From lifestyle amenities to property values, here are 5 reasons why an MPC might be a better choice for your next home.
Native to the Mediterranean region, lavender has gained a strong foothold in the Texas Hill Country in recent years. That’s great for anyone wanting to enjoy a fun day trip to nearby lavender farms, and to take advantage of lavender’s many benefits.
Our “Grown in the Hill Country” series explores some of the local crops that give this area its unique flavor. In this blog, we celebrate peach season in the Hill Country, a juicy time from mid-May through mid-August.
Rancho Sienna residents will meet at Sienna House on the morning of Saturday, June 2 to celebrate National Trails Day with self-guided hikes through approximately five miles of trails in the community.
Summer is the perfect season for exploring the Texas Hill Country surrounding Rancho Sienna. To help you focus on the closest options, we’ve rounded up some popular blogs from our “Get Outside” series.
Throughout Rancho Sienna's parks and common areas, beautiful native plants such as Texas Redbuds and Copper Canyon Daisies thrive on native soil and rainfall. That makes for an easy-to-maintain landscape that conserves water and preserves the land's natural character.
"Family friendly entertainment doesn’t get any better than this.” The motto for Georgetown’s Red Poppy Festival says it all. From live music and a Kids Fun Zone, to a riotously red parade and antique car show, see what’s in store at this free event.
"The people are friendly and the views of the Hill Country are beautiful," says Rancho Sienna resident Lauren Devore. Her nest is empty, but she's closer to family and has plans for an exciting new business venture.
Visitors from other parts of Texas and the U.S. gladly travel long distances to enjoy the Hill Country. For those of us who already live here, the area’s treasures are only a day trip away. Here are seven ideas for enjoying the natural and cultural attractions in our own backyard.
The votes have been tallied for the Best of Georgetown, and the winners are…Rancho Sienna residents. That’s because Rancho Sienna is close to so many great restaurants, shops, entertainment spots and services that are truly the “best.” See the list.
Unplugging from technology and replugging into nature has real mental and physical benefits. With more than 100 acres of parks and trails, Rancho Sienna offers many ways for residents to unplug and connect to nature.
With the prevalence of social media, texting and other modern technologies, it’s never been more important to know where the kids are and what they’re up to. Thankfully, these popular apps help make modern parenting a little easier.
The holidays are a very special time in the Texas Hill Country, whether you’ve got kids or grandkids, or it’s just the two of you. Here’s a sampling of our top picks for holiday fun near Rancho Sienna.
Rancho Sienna loves its four-legged residents, who enjoy taking their family members out for a spin on the trails, or to play at the popular dog park. For fun a little further afield, there are a number of dog-loving businesses near Rancho Sienna.
Located in the heart of Cedar Park, at Brushy Creek Road and Parmer Lane, Brushy Creek Park is a 90-acre natural oasis with features including a 38-acre lake, a labyrinth, nature trail and wildlife observation area.
The holidays are a very special time in the Texas Hill Country, whether you’ve got kids or grandkids, or it’s just the two of you. Here’s a sampling of our top picks for holiday fun near Rancho Sienna.
The City of Georgetown has begun the design and construction process for 525-acre Garey Park, located in a scenic Hill Country setting on FM 2243 along the San Gabriel River, approximately 5 miles from Rancho Sienna.
Located only about 26 miles from Rancho Sienna via FM 1431, the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge was created in 1992 to preserve the primary habitat of the endangered golden-cheeked warbler and black-capped vireo, and the refuge hosts 245 species of birds overall.
One of the fastest-growing small cities in Texas, Cedar Park was called Running Brushy and Bruggerhoff before it got its present name in 1887.Whatever you call it, Cedar Park offers culture, adventure, history and great dining just a few miles from Rancho Sienna.
Located smack in the middle of growing cities such as Cedar Park, Georgetown, Leander, and Round Rock, Rancho Sienna offers residents many nearby destinations for shopping, dining, fun and more. Here are our Top 10 picks for great places that are already open or coming soon.
With Capital Metro's Leander Station located approximately 5 miles from Rancho Sienna, residents can enjoy comfortable, friendly and reliable rail and bus service to Downtown Austin, the University of Texas and Lakeline Station.
Liberty Hill is known for its friendly hometown atmosphere, highly regarded schools and down-home restaurants like Dahlia Café. But did you know that Liberty Hill also has a cultural jewel that would make any big city envious?
The county seat of Williamson County, Georgetown is home to the oldest university in Texas, Southwestern University, founded in 1840. Just about 10 miles from Rancho Sienna, Georgetown has a charming downtown listed on the National Register of Historic Places—and thus begins our list.
Few towns of any size have as many fun associations with their names as Leander. Founded in 1882, Leander was named in honor of Leander “Catfish” Brown, a railroad official responsible for completing the Austin...