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02 March . 2021

The Schulte family finds a warm Texas welcome at Rancho Sienna

When the Schulte family moved to Rancho Sienna two years ago, these former Californians knew that Texans were very friendly, but they never imagined the kind of close friendships they would build with all the neighbors along their cul-de-sac street.

“Our cul-de-sac is very close to Vineyard Park, and that’s become our go-to spot for block parties, barbecues and other socials, at least once a month,” said Justin Schulte. “Our street has also become somewhat famous in Rancho Sienna for our holiday decorations. We celebrate everything from Halloween to Christmas, and we enjoy having neighbors walk over from all parts of Rancho Sienna to see the decorations.”

As a relative newcomer to Texas, Justin appreciates the special bond that new homeowners often form when they move in around the same time.

“After we moved from Southern California, we rented in Cedar Park for three years before we decided to buy our home,” he said. “Even though we had friends who lived in Rancho Sienna, we didn’t see ourselves living in the suburbs, but every time we visited, we found something new to appreciate about this community.”

The Schulte family includes wife and mom Jessica, and sons Jace, 3, and Jack, 18 months.

Justin and Jessica grew up in Orange County, and after a couple of visits to Texas, they started to think about moving here for good.

“We decided to go ahead and make the move before we had kids. We wanted a fresh new start, an adventure,” Justin says. 

A fifth-generation Californian, Justin now considers himself a proud naturalized Texan, with a thriving sales career at Arthrex, a global orthopedic medical device company.

“Texans in general are warm and friendly people who’ll look you in the eye when they talk to you. It didn’t take long for us to feel at home here,” he says.

The Schultes found the perfect new home in Rancho Sienna when Lennar opened a new section near Vineyard Park, and they couldn’t be happier about their neighbors.

“Our cul-de-sac is a real melting pot, with transplants from all over the country and every walk of life, from families with young kids to retirees,” Justin says. “Everyone is extra-warm. Since we all moved in around the same time, it’s been very easy to build a close feeling of community.”

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