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19 April . 2021

See the big oak tree that sold the Jabali family on their new home in Rancho Sienna

Though they both grew up in Houston, Jessica and Jahon Jabali knew they wanted to live in Austin when they decided to move back to Texas from California, where they had lived for 11 years.

“We wanted to move back to Texas so our kids could be closer to their grandparents. We’ve always loved Austin and the Hill Country vibe, and this is exactly where we wanted to be,” says Jessica, who graduated from the University of Texas at Austin.

When they started their new home search, they felt an immediate connection to Rancho Sienna the first time they drove into the community.

“We looked at each other and thought, this is the place,” Jessica recalls. “We loved the hills, the trails, the green trees and the nature all around.”

Wanting a new home that was ready to move into, the Jabalis looked at a completed Tri Pointe home. When they saw the large Live Oak tree that had been preserved in the backyard, they knew it was going to be theirs.

“Living in California, we had no yard, so once we saw the huge backyard with that gorgeous oak tree, we fell in love,” Jessica says.

Since moving in, the Jabalis have enhanced their backyard with a tree swing, a firepit, play structures for the kids, a garden, and festive string lights.

“We absolutely love hanging out back there,” Jessica says. “The back of our house is filled with windows, so we feel like we’re outside all the time. Our home is light and bright, and all the other homes backing up to us have large trees in their yards, so we look out and see so much green.”

Since they moved to Rancho Sienna in 2018, the Jabali family has grown to include three children, now ages 6, 3 and nine months.

Their oldest child started kindergarten last fall. While the family appreciates the reputation of Liberty Hill ISD’s Rancho Sienna Elementary, they opted for the Dual Language Program at Liberty Hill Elementary.

Jessica, who is certified as a special education teacher, took a leave of absence to stay home with the children, but she looks forward to returning to teaching in the future. Jahon works from home as creative director for a pharmaceutical communications company based in California.

The family has also grown to appreciate their neighbors and the entire Rancho Sienna community in the relatively short time they’ve lived here. “That has definitely been a bonus for us,” Jessica says.

Learn more about how Rancho Sienna works with our builders to preserve large trees like the one that makes the Jabali’s home so special.