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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 our Bark’N Park and trails, Rancho Sienna is heaven for dogs and their people. In hot months, however, you’ll want to make sure your best friend stays safe and healthy. Here are some common-sense tips from the ASCPA.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kids who walk or ride their bikes to school have higher academic performance and lower stress and obesity levels, research has found. At Rancho Sienna, it's easy for kids to get these benefits, thanks to a trail system that connects all neighborhoods to Rancho Sienna Elementary.
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.
"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.
The electric car charging station at the Sienna House is a small but meaningful symbol of Rancho Sienna’s commitment to sustainable development. If you just need to charge your phone, you can do that too.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Whether they come from across Austin or across the country, a growing number of new residents are moving to Rancho Sienna. Here are 10 incredible reasons why happy homeowners are choosing Rancho Sienna, recently named Austin’s Best Overall Community by the Austin Business Journal.
One-of-a-kind amenities like an outdoor dining room under the trees, a stargazing park with a glow-in-the-dark sidewalk, and miles of Hill Country trails helped Rancho Sienna win the "Master Planned Community of the Year" award from the Austin Business Journal.
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.