This is the time of year when many people love to create homemade entrees and desserts for family and friends. In this blog, several Rancho Sienna residents share their favorite recipes. Some are family traditions, while others are recently discovered. All are delicious.
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.
Meet Phil and Kendra Traina and their kids, Daphne and Philip. Moving to Rancho Sienna from the Bay Area of California, they’ve found a great new life where everyone in the family has made many new friends.
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.
The Liberty Hill Independent School District has earned an A accountability rating from the Texas Education Agency, and all of the Liberty Hill ISD schools serving Rancho Sienna earned the highest possible campus ratings.
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.
The Texas Hill Country surrounding Rancho Sienna is home to more than 50 wineries, each with a distinct personality, terroir and style of winemaking. They make for an easy day trip, especially during annual events like the Christmas Wine Affair.
Newland Communities, developer of Rancho Sienna, is proud to be a sponsor of the 11th Annual Children in Nature Awards Dinner. Coming up Sept. 20, it honors recipients who have worked to connect children with nature.
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.
At Rancho Sienna, it’s an annual tradition to celebrate the end of summer and the start of a new year in our highly regarded Liberty Hill ISD schools with our Back To School Splash Bash. See the fun in photos.
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.
Everybody loves eating outside because it combines three of our favorite things – food, friends and nature. With these 5 tips, it’s easy to enjoy summer get-togethers at Rancho Sienna’s Outdoor Dining Room or any al fresco spot, even in the daytime.
If you’re always looking for family-friendly activities in the Austin area, check out “Exploring Austin with Kids.” This book by Austin mom Annette Lucksinger has the scoop on 100 attractions and 25 annual events, so you’ll never run out of ideas for kid-pleasing things to do.
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.
In July and August, Rancho Sienna residents will enjoy some classic summer activities, like a pool party and an ice cream social, before they say “farewell” to the season with the annual Back To School Splash Bash.
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.
Most real estate experts and homeowners agree that schools have an effect on property values, but exactly how much value is added by highly rated public schools? Our infographic summarizes research findings from several respected organizations.
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.
Rancho Sienna residents will meet at Sienna House on the morning of Saturday, June 2 to celebrate National Trails Day with self-guided hikes through approximately five miles of trails in the community.
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.
Throughout Rancho Sienna's parks and common areas, beautiful native plants such as Texas Redbuds and Copper Canyon Daisies thrive on native soil and rainfall. That makes for an easy-to-maintain landscape that conserves water and preserves the land's natural character.
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.
"Family friendly entertainment doesn’t get any better than this.” The motto for Georgetown’s Red Poppy Festival says it all. From live music and a Kids Fun Zone, to a riotously red parade and antique car show, see what’s in store at this free event.
Sharing life with a dog brings many health benefits, such as less stress. All it takes to make your four-legged friend happy is love, and maybe a regular trip to the dog park. See Rancho Sienna’s popular dog destination in our new video.
In April, Rancho Sienna residents will taste some fine wines, get up close and personal with reptiles, and buy and sell treasures at the Community Garage Sale. See what it’s like to live in this active community.
"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.
Talk about a “grape” location. Lennar is now selling in a new Rancho Sienna neighborhood next to Vineyard Park, offering grapevines, olive trees and a unique wine barrel sculpture. Lennar’s model home opens in summer, but now’s the perfect time to harvest your favorite homesite.
Gardening is a great way to inspire kids to disconnect from their screens and dig into a healthier and happier childhood. With Rancho Sienna opening a new community garden soon, now’s a great time to learn more about the benefits of getting kids to grow their own veggies.
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.
No longer small rectangles, kitchen islands have evolved into table-sized magnets for family togetherness. With curvy shapes, multiple levels and beautiful tops, these islands further erase the lines between kitchens and family rooms.
In March, Rancho Sienna residents will enjoy a special St. Patrick’s Day edition of the Third Thursday Thirsty Social, plus the annual Community Garage Sale. See what it’s like to live in this active community.
From a solar charging station and a 10,000-gallon cistern, to architecture and landscaping designed to save water, here are 10 things Rancho Sienna is doing to have a lighter footprint on its beautiful Hill Country environment.
The outdoor living areas in Rancho Sienna’s fully furnished model homes are filled with creative ideas for transforming patios, porches and courtyards into spaces where you’ll want to linger for hours.
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.
With three daughters, the Botkins family wanted to live in the highly regarded Liberty Hill Independent School District. When they visited Rancho Sienna and discovered the community’s parks and trails, it was love at first sight.
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.
With the prevalence of social media, texting and other modern technologies, it’s never been more important to know where the kids are and what they’re up to. Thankfully, these popular apps help make modern parenting a little easier.
The grand opening of Rancho Sienna Elementary School in August was the highlight of 2017 for many residents, and there were many more exciting developments and activities this year. Here’s a quick look back.
The holidays are a very special time in the Texas Hill Country, whether you’ve got kids or grandkids, or it’s just the two of you. Here’s a sampling of our top picks for holiday fun near Rancho Sienna.
With the opening of Liberty Hill ISD's Rancho Sienna Elementary School coming up in August, a second school has been announced for Rancho Sienna. Primrose School at Rancho Sienna is expected to begin construction of its new 12,500-square-foot school this year, with an opening planned for spring 2018.
Interested in a new low-maintenance garden home with beautiful Hill Country views and yard maintenance provided year-round? Check out Sitterle Homes’ brand-new model in Rancho Sienna (opening soon), along with several quick move-in homes ready this summer.
Children at Risk, a statewide nonprofit children’s advocacy group, has released its annual school rankings for 2017, and the results include high marks for the highly regarded Liberty Hill Independent School District schools serving Rancho Sienna.
Since before it was popular to do so, Newland Communities has always looked for ways to protect and restore the land we develop, preserving or improving areas of natural topography and integrating them within the community plan itself.
Whether it’s working in the garden or observing the annual migration patterns of birds, bats and butterflies, it’s always a good month to enjoy the beautiful natural diversity of the Texas Hill Country. Helpful tips inside.
Rancho Sienna loves its four-legged residents, who enjoy taking their family members out for a spin on the trails, or to play at the popular dog park. For fun a little further afield, there are a number of dog-loving businesses near Rancho Sienna.
In less than seven years, the Culinary Arts Program at Liberty Hill High Schoolhas established itself as a model for the industry, according to a glowing profile of this popular program in theLiberty Hill Independent.
Located in the heart of Cedar Park, at Brushy Creek Road and Parmer Lane, Brushy Creek Park is a 90-acre natural oasis with features including a 38-acre lake, a labyrinth, nature trail and wildlife observation area.
See what fun is just around the bend! Check out these fun local activities for residents of all ages happening all over the local area! From the annual Pecan Street Festival and Austin Fashion Week in Austin to the annual Pioneer Day in Round Rock, there's much to keep you busy.
Rancho Sienna has added another leading homebuilder to its team: Pulte Homes, ranked as the nation’s third-largest homebuilder by Professional Builder magazine. Pulte is now selling new homes priced from the low $200,000s.
When Liberty Hill ISD opens its new Rancho Sienna Elementary School in August, it will showcase some of the newest and most successful ideas in primary education, including collaborative learning, makerspaces and student-enabled technology.
Melanie Bowman, the new principal of Rancho Sienna Elementary School, is already a well-known and well-liked educator in the Liberty Hill Independent School District, having served as principal of Liberty Hill Elementary School for the past two years.
Located in a new neighborhood across the street from Rancho Sienna Elementary School, Chesmar Homes’ newest model home in this award-winning community will get an A+ for location when it opens this spring.
Rancho Sienna has partnered with Austin-based Families in Nature (FiN) to develop programs and activities that will help residents spend more time exploring the 100+ acres of parks and trails in the community.
There are lots of things to love about Rancho Sienna, and the team of friendly community representatives at the Sienna House is one of the best sources of information on what it’s like to live here. After all, many of them are Rancho Sienna residents themselves, or live in the surrounding area.
When it opens next August, Rancho Sienna Elementary School will look true to its Hill Country roots, with a rugged limestone exterior, a welcoming canopy, metal siding, and a pitched standing-seam metal roof.
The Sienna House is more than a place where neighbors come together for fun events and activities throughout the year, and where home shoppers can find community information. It's also a place where you can see original paintings created by Hill Country artists, including an award-winning artist who lives right in the community.
Usually, Rancho Sienna does everything we can to make sure residents never want to leave. But in the case of a family of six Mallard ducklings who recently took up residence in the community, it was decided they would be happier...
The holidays are a very special time in the Texas Hill Country, whether you’ve got kids or grandkids, or it’s just the two of you. Here’s a sampling of our top picks for holiday fun near Rancho Sienna.
Every year, Rancho Sienna residents fall into autumn at the annual Harvest Festival. It’s also a great time for future residents to discover the neighborly lifestyle and awesome amenities and new-home choices offered here.
The City of Georgetown has begun the design and construction process for 525-acre Garey Park, located in a scenic Hill Country setting on FM 2243 along the San Gabriel River, approximately 5 miles from Rancho Sienna.
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.
Located only about 26 miles from Rancho Sienna via FM 1431, the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge was created in 1992 to preserve the primary habitat of the endangered golden-cheeked warbler and black-capped vireo, and the refuge hosts 245 species of birds overall.
After the Liberty Hill Independent School District officially broke ground for Rancho Sienna Elementary School on Wednesday, September 14, this new $29 million school will soon start going vertical, but one of its most innovative features will be underground.
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.
Whether you have two legs or four, it's nice to find a shady spot to get out of the hot summer sun. Thanks in part to a $1,400 donation, the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter will build its fourth shade canopy for dogs to rest and play under.
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.
Construction of the new Rancho Sienna Elementary School is scheduled to begin in late June or early July, following the successful passage of the Liberty Hill Independent School District's $35 million bond package on Saturday.
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.
With Capital Metro's Leander Station located approximately 5 miles from Rancho Sienna, residents can enjoy comfortable, friendly and reliable rail and bus service to Downtown Austin, the University of Texas and Lakeline Station.
Liberty Hill is known for its friendly hometown atmosphere, highly regarded schools and down-home restaurants like Dahlia Café. But did you know that Liberty Hill also has a cultural jewel that would make any big city envious?
The county seat of Williamson County, Georgetown is home to the oldest university in Texas, Southwestern University, founded in 1840. Just about 10 miles from Rancho Sienna, Georgetown has a charming downtown listed on the National Register of Historic Places—and thus begins our list.
A new trail that lives up to its name, Big View Trail offers big views of some of the most spectacular Hill Country scenery found in Rancho Sienna. Starting from its trailhead at The Sienna House, this approximate 1.5-mile trail meanders through rugged ravines, past dramatic rock outcroppings, and through stands of old live oaks.
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.
Join Rancho Sienna on Saturday, April 16, as the community celebrates its annual Spring Into Rancho Sienna weekend. The weekend will kick-off on Saturday, April 16 starting at 9 am with the Rancho Rescue Run on Big View Trail, an approximately 1.5 mile run/walk benefiting the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter.
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.
The Rancho Reader is the official resident newsletter of Rancho Sienna. Published bi-monthly, this publication features various community development news, event information, as well as profiles of residents, titled "Faces of Rancho Sienna".
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....
Beautiful neighborhoods of Hill County-inspired homes are enhanced by a unique community parks and trails system winding through 100+ acres of open space. Yet Rancho Sienna is just 15 miles from employment centers near Cedar Park, Leander and Georgetown, and 29 miles from downtown Austin.
It seems like only yesterday, but it’s been over a year since Rancho Sienna celebrated its grand opening, with a big Harvest Festival showcasing the community’s brand-new Model Home Village and new amenities including The Sienna House and Sienna Trail Park.
Now open, Overlook Park is the perfect place to look up at the stars glowing in the Hill Country sky over Rancho Sienna. This new park won't be hard to find: just look for the glowing sidewalk along Via de Sienna Boulevard.
Benefiting two of Austin's worthiest children's charities, the 2015 Benefit Home in Rancho Sienna is not only filled with love. It's also filled with great design features like a rustic limestone kitchen island, granite countertops.
The Liberty Hill Independent School District has entered into an agreement to acquire a 12-acre site in the Rancho Sienna community from its developer, Newland Communities, with the goal of opening a new elementary school on the site as early as 2017.
Of all the great homes now available in Rancho Sienna, one is pretty special. It’s the 2015 Benefit Home for the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin, and the majority of its sale proceeds will benefit...
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.