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Rancho Sienna News

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04 March . 2016

Rancho Sienna wins “Master Planned Community of the Year” award from 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.

Often described as “the Oscars of residential real estate,” the publication’s 17th annual awards were presented in front of a sold-out crowd of more than 600 real estate professionals at the downtown Hilton Austin on March 4.

A panel of expert, independent judges pored over many entries from across the Austin region before awarding the  “MPC of the Year” honor to Rancho Sienna. Opened in 2014, the 550-acre community is located along Ronald Reagan Boulevard near S.H. 29, in the Liberty Hill Independent School District.

Judges were impressed by the Rancho Sienna master plan, which preserves more than 100 acres of Hill Country terrain for parks and trails. Rancho Sienna has already completed many of its planned amenities, including The Sienna House community center complex and Greenleaf Park. Big View Trail, opening in March, completes the community’s nearly 6 mile trail system, which meanders through scenic canyons and ravines, preserving views of dramatic rock outcroppings and large oaks for residents to enjoy.

Judges also noted the variety of new homes in Rancho Sienna, with leading homebuilders offering new homes priced from the $200,000s to $700,000s. Rancho Sienna worked closely with its builders to offer home plans that reinterpret traditional Hill Country architectural styles for modern living.

“We are very excited to accept this award because of the independent judging process. It confirms what more than 300 homebuyers have already decided – that Rancho Sienna is a great place to call home,” said Vaike O'Grady, marketing director for Newland in Austin, developer of Rancho Sienna.

O'Grady noted that Rancho Sienna is the third Newland community in Austin to win the ABJ’s “MPC of the Year” award in recent years. Falcon Pointe won the award in 2014, and Teravista earned it in 2013.

“Realtors and homebuilders play a pivotal role in Austin's economic boom, shaping the city's housing future and finding places to live for the hundreds of new residents moving here each month,” said ABJ editors as they announced the awards.

To read more insight about the award from the Austin Business Journal, please click here.