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.
Rancho Sienna’s beautifully decorated model homes are filled with inspiring design ideas, from architectural details to easy-to-replicate decorating touches. Ravishingly random tile patterns and walls that say “wow” are among our 7 favorite design features. See them all.
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.
From the HOA to the title company, lots of players get involved when you buy a new home. Your builder sales consultant and real estate agent will usually handle most of the interactions, but it’s still a good idea to know who’s who and who does what.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What does a HOA, or Home Owners Association, do? Why is it a good idea to have one? In this blog, we demystify the role of HOAs and explain how they help create a vibrant lifestyle and protect property values in new and established communities.
Find the perfect new home in Austin during Rancho Sienna’s Tour of Homes, taking place three weekends starting March 16. Here are 10 ways to get the most out of the Tour of Homes and your visit to Rancho Sienna.
Empty nesters are a growing force in today's new home market, and builders are taking notice, designing plans that celebrate the opportunities that come at this stage of life. Here are 6 features from Sitterle's San Saba model home in Rancho Sienna that makes it perfect for empty nesters.
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.
Several leading paint companies have announced their 2019 Colors of the Year, signaling trends we can expect to see in everything from walls to accessories. Several of the colors capture the natural Hill Country beauty in and around Rancho Sienna.
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.
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.
Whether you're looking for your first new home, need more space for your growing family, or you're planning to scale down, check out the 6 most popular floor plans in Rancho Sienna. They're a perfect representation of the new-home variety in our Austin and Georgetown area master-planned community.
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.
It’s not often that a model home tour goes inside a warehouse, but this video includes a visit to Pulte’s Life Tested warehouse to show how their design process offers homebuyers more personalized choices in Rancho Sienna.
From connected appliances to whole-house Wi-Fi, builders today are offering an unlimited array of technologies. But it’s important to remember that it’s not so much about the technology, but the way it fits into our lives.
“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.
Lennar is now selling low-maintenance homes priced from the mid $200,000s in Rancho Sienna’s newest neighborhood, featuring pocket parks and a scenic pond. Front and back yard care is included, creating a low-maintenance lifestyle.
From 8-foot doors and 13-foot ceilings inside, to the covered patio and landscaped backyard outside, tour Perry’s Design 3435S model home in this video, and learn what sets Perry apart from other builders.
Finally, a study has confirmed what we all suspected: people spend much more time in family rooms and kitchens than in formal areas. See how Rancho Sienna’s homebuilders are designing new homes for the way people live today.
Rancho Sienna’s newest model home showcases stylish living from Perry Homes, in a great location near our newest park. We’re so excited, we’re spotlighting 5 more features we love from all of Rancho Sienna’s model homes.
Lock in a great interest rate. Settle in for the new year. Live green and save green. These are just a few of our Top 8 reasons to buy a new Rancho Sienna home that you can start loving right away. See them all in our blog.
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.
Perry Homes has opened its new Plan 2529 model home in Rancho Sienna to showcase its collection of homes priced from the low $300,000s. Take a video tour of this beautiful new model home, and see Perry homes available for quick move-in.
With a record number of Americans living in multigenerational households, Lennar has introduced its Giallo II “home within a home” plan in Rancho Sienna. With a complete and separate living suite, it’s essentially two homes under one roof.
Rancho Sienna offers low-maintenance garden homes with yard maintenance provided, so residents can enjoy a long vacation any time of the year. Here are some tips to get your home ready for an extended absence.
With Trendmaker offering several new homes with secret rooms in Rancho Sienna, we thought it would be a good time to explore the history of hidden rooms, and their timeless benefits for today’s new homes.
Today’s new homes offer the latest in energy efficiency technology, including guaranteed monthly heating and cooling usage, and home automation features that can control thermostats and other systems even when you’re not home.
With its sliding barn doors, shiplap paneling and rustic brick walls, Chesmar’s Owen model home in Rancho Sienna exudes the casual, cozy Farmhouse Chic style. Bring a little or a lot of this look into your own home with these tips.
Building a new home from the ground up isn’t just for buyers of custom homes. Builders in every price range offer the opportunity to select a home plan and homesite, and make personal choices for features and finishes. Here’s what to expect in 10 steps.
Ranked as the No. 1 “Best Place to Live” in the U.S. for two years in a row, Austin continues to attract many newcomers. If you’re new to the area, how do you find the best community in the best city? Our infographic has 5 tips.
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.
MUDs, or Municipal Utility Districts, aren’t the most fun or glamorous part of buying a new home, but in Texas, it’s important to understand what they do and how they’re paid for. Our infographic has some quick and easy answers.
As the celebrity carpenter on TLC’s “Trading Spaces” reality show, Brett Tutor knows a thing or two about home construction. He also knows how to unwind and enjoy nature, as his video tour of Rancho Sienna’s trail system shows.
When it opens this summer, Lennar’s new Giallo model home in Rancho Sienna will showcase the world’s first Wi-Fi Certified home, allowing homeowners to control lighting, front door locks, thermostats and much more simply by talking to Amazon Alexa.
This is a popular time of year for moving, and with these 9 tips from Realtor.com, you can enjoy a stress-free move and start enjoying your new community. We also have a 10th tip that makes it easy to fit right in at active, sociable communities like Rancho Sienna.
Everybody seems to be busy these days, but the good news is that today's floor plans are designed especially for busy lifestyles. Family-friendly features like drop zones can help everyone find their things and get out the door.
Shiplap walls, brick archways, and fun wall designs such as murals and oversized letters are just a few of our favorite features in Rancho Sienna’s model homes. Here are a few of our favorite features, plus a link where you can see many more.
Research shows where you live can have a great impact on your health, well-being and overall happiness. Welcome to Austin, which tops U.S. News’ “Best Places to Live” list for the second consecutive year.
Deciding to become a homeowner is a great investment in your financial future. To help you become more familiar with the monthly cost of homeownership, we’ve broken the mortgage payment down into its separate components. After you read our blog, you’ll be an expert on PITI, P&I, PMI and more.
Talk about a “grape” location. Lennar is now selling in a new Rancho Sienna neighborhood next to Vineyard Park, offering grapevines, olive trees and a unique wine barrel sculpture. Lennar’s model home opens in summer, but now’s the perfect time to harvest your favorite homesite.
No longer small rectangles, kitchen islands have evolved into table-sized magnets for family togetherness. With curvy shapes, multiple levels and beautiful tops, these islands further erase the lines between kitchens and family rooms.
The outdoor living areas in Rancho Sienna’s fully furnished model homes are filled with creative ideas for transforming patios, porches and courtyards into spaces where you’ll want to linger for hours.
The grand opening of Rancho Sienna Elementary School in August was the highlight of 2017 for many residents, and there were many more exciting developments and activities this year. Here’s a quick look back.
Interested in a new low-maintenance garden home with beautiful Hill Country views and yard maintenance provided year-round? Check out Sitterle Homes’ brand-new model in Rancho Sienna (opening soon), along with several quick move-in homes ready this summer.
Rancho Sienna has added another leading homebuilder to its team: Pulte Homes, ranked as the nation’s third-largest homebuilder by Professional Builder magazine. Pulte is now selling new homes priced from the low $200,000s.
When it opens in late November in Rancho Sienna, Chesmar’s new Owen model will showcase the popular farmhouse chic design trend, with eye-catching details like sliding barn doors between the master bedroom and the master bath, and exposed shiplap walls in the dining room.
Right as D.R. Horton opened its brand-new Bernhardt model in Rancho Sienna, the Liberty Hill Independent School District broke ground for the new Rancho Sienna Elementary School right across the street.
Perry Homes, one of the largest and most respected homebuilders in Texas, has joined the Rancho Sienna team and is offering new homes priced from the $410,000s to $500,000s in two neighborhoods. A pre-opening sales center is now...
Rancho Sienna is going to the dogs in 2016 – and that’s just one of several highlights in store for residents. The year ahead will also bring new trails, new homebuilders, new neighborhoods and more....
Rancho Sienna has a new homebuilder, CastleRock Communities, a Texas company known for its attention to detail and customer service. Prices range from the $220,000s to $270,000s. Sales are now underway, with an opening planned for July.