24 October . 2018
Rancho Sienna celebrates 5 years of growth
It seems hard to believe, but it’s already been five years since Newland purchased Rancho Sienna. In 2013, Rancho Sienna was a 500-acre community in the earliest stages of development by its previous owner, with only a few dozen homes built and no amenities constructed.
At that time, Bill Meyer, now senior vice president of Newland’s Austin Division, was quoted in July, 2013 in the Community Impact newspaper: “We jumped at the chance to acquire this property. The scenic beauty of the land and the strategic location on Ronald Reagan Boulevard, combined with the strong fundamentals of the Austin economy, make this an exciting opportunity to create a premier master-planned community.”
Fast-forward to 2018, and Rancho Sienna has indeed become one of the most successful master-planned communities in Central Texas, winning “Community of the Year” awards from the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin and the Austin Business Journal several times.
Immediately after its purchase of Rancho Sienna, Newland began creating a master-planned vision that has unfolded over the past five years.
It began with a re-grand opening celebration in 2014, showcasing the Sienna House amenity center and Sienna Trail Park. The grand opening also debuted a new model home village, signaling Newland’s commitment to offering a wide variety of home styles and price ranges by some of the nation’s leading homebuilders.
In the years that followed, Newland kept its promise of creating more than 100 acres of parks, trails and natural open spaces at Rancho Sienna, adding Greenleaf Park, the Bark’N Park dog park, Overlook Park, the Outdoor Dining Room and Vineyard Park, among others. The trail system grew along with the community, expanding to three connected loops covering nearly 5 miles.
Newland worked closely with the Liberty Hill Independent School District to provide an ideal site for Rancho Sienna Elementary School, which opened in 2017. Newland also planned a preschool and daycare site across the street from the school, now occupied by Primrose School of Rancho Sienna.
Because resident activities are a way of life in Newland communities throughout the nation, Rancho Sienna created annual traditions such as the Harvest Festival, which recently held its fifth annual celebration. Smaller activities such as Third Thursday Socials have helped to create a strong network of friendships and camaraderie throughout the community.
Today, Rancho Sienna is about halfway through its master plan to provide homes for 1,527 families, meaning there are at least a few more years of growth and progress ahead.
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