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Summer Honey Harvest ‘Lookin’ Sweet’ at Sweetwater

6/8/2017 12:00:00 AM

As Sweetwater prepares for its second annual honey harvest this summer, all signs are pointing to a bountiful increase over last year, when Sweetwater first became home to six hives of apis mellifera honeybees.

“The nectar flow is really on, and the bees are in strong honey buildup mode,” said Konrad Bouffard, owner of Round Rock Honey, which is managing the hives in partnership with Sweetwater.

Tags: Community Amenities

Sweetwater schools get straight A’s in 2017 Children at Risk report

6/7/2017 12:00:00 AM

Children at Risk has released its annual school rankings for 2017, and all of the Lake Travis Independent School District schools serving Sweetwater have received grades of A or better.

Tags: Schools

From Trails to Cocktails, the Top 6 Reasons You’ll Love Living in Sweetwater

6/1/2017 12:00:00 AM

Close to both Austin and the Hill Country, Sweetwater offers many reasons why you’ll never want to leave the community once you discover your new Austin home here. Our community has many attractions including green-built houses that have floor plans that let you live the way you want.

Tags: Austin homes,Sweetwater Living,Lake Travis Independent School District,Hill Country,Sweetwater Club

Austin Nabs Top Spot on U.S. News Best Places to Live List

5/30/2017 12:00:00 AM

Austin Texas has grabbed the No. 1 spot on U.S. News & World Report’s 100 Best Places to Live in the USA list for 2017.  To come up with the rankings, U.S. News analyzed 100 U.S. metro areas based on quality of life, the job market, the value of living there and people’s desire to live there.

“About 50 people move to Austin every day, drawn to the Texas capital's music, outdoor spaces and cultural institutions,” the magazine writes. 

Tags: Austin,Austin Texas,Austin homes,U.S. News Best Places to Live,Fastest-growing cities,Lake Travis I.S.D. schools

Celebrate May with these Hill Country Festivals

5/1/2017 12:00:00 AM

May is a magical month in the Texas Hill Country, combining the last hurrah of spring with a heady hint of summertime fun and freedom. Here’s a list of our Top 6 picks for Hill Country festivals near Sweetwater. Enjoy!

Tags: Area Highlights/Events

Chesmar’s new Ryder model has something for everyone – including Fido

4/25/2017 12:00:00 AM

Now open in the Stone Creek neighborhood, Chesmar’s new one-story Ryder model has great features for every member of the family, including Fido. The room-sized outdoor living area has a fireplace, making it the perfect place to sit and enjoy the scenic views available from many homesites in Stone Creek, where prices start in the $370,000s.

 

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Tags: Builders,Model Homes

Sweetwater campout with movie and S'mores set for Saturday, April 29

4/24/2017 12:00:00 AM

This weekend, Sweetwater residents will get a chance to enjoy camping with a few extra frills, without ever leaving the community.

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Tags: Community Activities,Community Association,Events

Sweetwater Wildflower Festival raises $1,500 for Austin Pets Alive!

4/18/2017 12:00:00 AM

 

Along with providing lots of fun and learning for hundreds of residents and visitors, the 4th annual Sweetwater Wildflower Festival raised $1,500 in cash and hundreds of dollars worth of supplies for Austin Pets Alive!, which maintains innovative programs designed to save the pets most at risk for euthanasia.

Tags: Community Activities,Area Highlights/Events,Community Association,Events,Newland Communities

Sweetwater Easter Egg-stravaganza set for Sat., April 15

4/13/2017 12:00:00 AM

 

 

April is a festive month for Sweetwater residents. This Saturday, April 15 – one week after the Wildflower Festival – Sweetwater residents will celebrate Easter with the community’s annual Easter Egg-stravaganza.

 

Tags: Holiday,Community Activities,Area Highlights/Events,Community Association,Events,Newland Communities

Breathtaking rotunda foyer with spiral staircase highlights new Westin model in Sweetwater

4/11/2017 12:00:00 AM

We’ve blogged about the stunning views from many homesites in Sweetwater’s Stone Creek neighborhood, where Chesmar and Westin offer new homes from the $370,000s.

The views from inside can be just as spectacular, especially when you step through the front door of Westin’s new fully furnished model home, the Carter III.

 

Tags: Builders,Model Homes

Perfect day, peak blooms forecast for Sweetwater Wildflower Festival on Saturday, April 8

4/7/2017 12:00:00 AM

 

With the bluebonnets and other wildflowers at peak, and with beautiful spring weather forecast for Saturday, all systems are “go” for a perfect day at the 4th annual Sweetwater Wildflower Festival!

Come join us on Saturday, April 8 from 11-3 for food, live music, fun and acres of wildflowers that have flourished through Sweetwater’s partnership with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

 

Tags: Builders,Community Activities,Area Highlights/Events,Events,Model Homes,Newland Communities,Community Amenities

Sweetwater Wildflower Festival spotlights Austin Pets Alive!

4/4/2017 12:00:00 AM

For the second year, the Sweetwater Wildflower Festival will spotlight one of Austin’s most unique animal rescue groups, Austin Pets Alive!

Described as “not your average animal shelter,” Austin Pets Alive! maintains innovative programs designed to save the animals most at risk for euthanasia.

Along with fun, food and lots of wildflowers, you can meet some lovable, adoptable dogs from Austin Pets Alive at the 4th annual Sweetwater Wildflower Festival, this Saturday, April 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tags: Builders,Community Activities,Area Highlights/Events,Events

New Chesmar model showcases homes from $299,990

3/21/2017 12:00:00 AM

Featuring a unique floor plan with the study in the back, Chesmar’s one-story Alexis model represents some of the most attainably priced homes available in Sweetwater.

 

 

Tags: Model Homes,Newland Communities,Builders

New Chesmar, Westin models have stunning views

3/14/2017 12:00:00 AM

New Chesmar, Westin models have stunning views

Tags: Model Homes,Newland Communities,Builders

Sweetwater now selling estate homesites with expansive views in The Summit

3/7/2017 12:00:00 AM

 

Spring is a beautiful time to drive up to The Summit, an exclusive estate home enclave atop one of the highest points in Sweetwater, and enjoy 20-mile Hill Country views.  With an elevation of 1,235 feet – making it one of the highest points anywhere in Travis County – The Summit is limited to only 30 estate homesites on a single cul-de-sac street. The only point of entry is located 300 feet below, at the gate-guarded entrance to Sweetwater’s prestigious Davenport Summit custom home neighborhood.

Tags: Custom Homes,Builders

March Events

3/3/2017 12:00:00 AM

Spring is in the air in Sweetwater!!!

Tags: Community Activities,Events

Lakeway hospital growing, thriving as part of Baylor Scott & White system

2/23/2017 12:00:00 AM

 

Located just five miles from Sweetwater’s main entrance, Lakeway Regional Medical Center has new signs bearing its new name: Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Lakeway. This state-of-the-art hospital also has a bright new future, as part of Texas’ largest not-for-profit health system.

Tags: Area Highlights/Events

Sweetwater’s dark skies ideal for viewing Nat Geo’s 2017 Top Sky events

2/10/2017 12:00:00 AM

National Geographic has come up with its list of “Top 7 Must-See Sky Events for 2017,” culminating with the Geminid meteor shower in December. Sweetwater’s dark skies policy, abundance of natural space and Hill Country location make it an ideal place to enjoy these awesome astronomical events.

Tags: Parks and Trails,Community Activities,Area Highlights/Events

Austin nabs No. 1 spot on Best Places to Live List

2/9/2017 12:00:00 AM

Austin has grabbed the No. 1 spot on U.S. News & World Report’s 100 Best Places to Live in the USA list for 2017.

Tags: Schools,Parks and Trails

Birds of Prey Spectacular Event - February 18th

2/7/2017 12:00:00 AM

 

Join us on February 18th from 3-5 PM, as the Families in Nature group brings out some truly spectacular feathered friends.  Come learn about various birds of prey that are native to our Hill Country area. 

Tags: Events

Lake Travis ISD ranks as No. 2 school district in Austin metro for 2017

1/30/2017 12:00:00 AM

With an overall grade of A+, the Lake Travis Independent School District ranks as the No. 2 Best School District in the Austin region for 2017, according to a new analysis from Niche.com, a national review website.

Tags: Schools

January Resident Events

12/27/2016 12:00:00 AM

We are kicking off the New Year with some exciting resident events!  Join us for a geocaching hike and a star party with Families in Nature this month.  The men will gather for an evening of poker and pizza on the 20th!

 

Tags: Events

Lake Travis Cavs win sixth championship in historic season

12/19/2016 12:00:00 AM

The Lake Travis High School Cavaliers brought home an early Christmas present for the entire community, when they won the first Class 6A football title in the school’s history.

 

Tags: Schools

Exciting lineup of Families in Nature events planned for Sweetwater

11/3/2016 12:00:00 AM

Sweetwater has an exciting lineup of nature-focused activities coming up in the next few months, as part of our partnership with Austin’s Families in Nature, an affiliate of the Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin (CiNCA).

Tags: Events,Parks and Trails

Love books? Visit the Bookmobile at Sweetwater

11/1/2016 12:00:00 AM

 

The Lake Travis Community Library is less than 5 miles from Sweetwater, but now there’s an even easier way to get your book fix. The Lake Travis Community Library Bookmobile is a regular visitor to Sweetwater, stopping by the Sweetwater Club on the first and third Wednesday mornings of every month, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Tags: Community Activities

Sweetwater residents can hit miles of Hill Country trails at home

10/31/2016 12:00:00 AM

From National Take a Hike Day in November, to National Trails Day in June, it’s always a perfect day to find a trail and take Sierra Club founder John Muir’s advice that, “the clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”

 

Sweetwater residents enjoy miles of trails preserving spectacular Hill Country scenery right at home, as part of nearly 700 acres devoted to parks, trails, recreational amenities and natural open spaces in the community.

 

Tags: Parks and Trails

November Resident Events

10/27/2016 12:00:00 AM

November Resident Events

Tags: Events,Holiday

20 mile views atop Sweetwater's highest point

10/25/2016 12:00:00 AM

Sweetwater has completed an exclusive enclave of oversize estate home sites perched at a lofty elevation of 1,235 feet, offering spectacular 20-mile views of the surrounding Hill Country and of the 700 acres of dramatic canyons, creeks and natural open space within the community.

Tags: Custom Homes

Keeping Austin Weird – a newcomers guide to Austin’s weirdness

10/6/2016 12:00:00 AM

Many reports show Austin as one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, but no way is Austin sacrificing its weird, quirky culture to the altar of economic growth.

Tags: Area Highlights/Events

Adventures near Sweetwater

10/3/2016 12:00:00 AM

With more than 700 acres of parks, trails and natural open spaces, Sweetwater offers residents plenty of possibilities to explore scenic Hill Country canyons and waterfalls, wonder at the night sky, and enjoy active events without ever leaving the community.

 

When residents want to experience the scenic Texas Hill Country surrounding Sweetwater, they’ll find nearly limitless opportunities.

 

Here’s just one idea: take a thrilling zipline tour through the treetops at Cypress Valley Canopy Tours, then savor the experience at Stone House Vineyard. Both are located in nearby Spicewood, approximately 15 miles from Sweetwater.

 

Tags: Area Highlights/Events

Families in Nature Hike

10/1/2016 12:00:00 AM

Come join the Families in Nature Club for a hike right here in Sweetwater on Saturday, October 15th at 9 AM.  We will be exploring the trails and canyons with our neighbors and friends.  Residents of all ages are welcome!  We will meet at clubhouse at 9 AM.  See you there!

Tags: Parks and Trails,Events

October Resident Events

9/30/2016 12:00:00 AM

As the weather cools down, the events heat up in Sweetwater!  Join us for the Great Movie Night, Family Nature Hike or Sweetwater Fall Festival during the month of October.

Tags: Events

6 reasons Sweetwater families love Lake Travis ISD

9/7/2016 12:00:00 AM

Cheering on the Lake Travis Cavs is a way of life here. Dig a little deeper, and it’s easy to see that team spirit is just one thing to love about Lake Travis ISD. Here are six more reasons families are so happy about Sweetwater’s schools.

Tags: Schools

September Resident Events

8/25/2016 12:00:00 AM

Come out in September to our tailgating block parties or take a photography class in the Sweetwater Club! If you are new to Sweetwater, then we also have a brunch to help you meet new neighbors.  Enjoy the sweet life!

Tags: Events

Love bats? 12th Annual Bat Fest set for August 20 in Downtown Austin

8/12/2016 12:00:00 AM

We love to highlight the many Hill Country events and attractions near Sweetwater, and now we’re calling attention to a bat-tastic event coming to the heart of Downtown Austin. (Thanks to Sweetwater’s prime location, that’s only 22 miles away!) It’s the 12 Annual Bat Fest on Saturday, August 20, from 4 p.m. to midnight. The hours are perfect for beating the heat, but most importantly for celebrating the emergence of 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats from beneath the Congress Avenue bridge over Lady Bird Lake.

Tags: Area Highlights/Events

August Resident Events

8/1/2016 12:00:00 AM

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Sweetwater partners with CiNCA to get kids outdoors

7/19/2016 12:00:00 AM

 

Sweetwater has formed a partnership with the Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin (CiNCA) to develop programs and activities to encourage Sweetwater families to spend more time outdoors.

 

“With more than half of its 1,400 acres devoted to nature, Sweetwater is the perfect partner to demonstrate that development and the environment can co-exist, and that it’s possible to create communities where healthy children are a priority,” said Ryan Spencer, manager of the CiNCA program.

 

Tags: Events,Parks and Trails

Zen out at Austin’s Zilker Park

7/15/2016 12:00:00 AM

 

Rightfully considered the crown jewel of Austin’s excellent park system, Zilker Metropolitan Park sits just across Lady Bird Lake (formerly known as Town Lake) from the city’s dynamic downtown skyline.

 

This 351-acre urban oasis offers a multitude of attractions and activities, but none is more famous or beloved than Barton Springs Pool. Covering three acres, this manmade pool is fed by a natural spring that keeps the pristine water at a constant 68-degree temperature.

Tags: Parks and Trails,Area Highlights/Events

Reimers Ranch Park has activities for all to enjoy

7/14/2016 12:00:00 AM

Located in Dripping Springs only 15 miles from Sweetwater, the 2,427-acre Reimers Ranch Park is the largest park acquisition in the history of Travis County, with nearly three miles of frontage along the Pedernales River.

Tags: Parks and Trails,Area Highlights/Events

Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center teaches kids a lifelong love of nature

7/8/2016 12:00:00 AM

Located near Sweetwater, the Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center is dedicated to inspiring people to develop a lifelong practice of enjoying and protecting nature through educational programs, collaborative alliances, and conservation of its beautiful 75-acre preserve.

 

Tags: Area Highlights/Events

Fall in love with Pedernales Falls State Park

7/7/2016 12:00:00 AM

Just 30 miles west of Austin, Pedernales Falls State Park is a 5,212-acre Hill Country paradise that is best known for the scenic overlook at its north end.

 

Here, the river drops 50 feet in elevation over a distance of 3,000 feet, creating dramatic waterfalls over tilted, layered stair steps of limestone that date back 300 million years.

Tags: Parks and Trails,Area Highlights/Events

July Resident Events

7/2/2016 12:00:00 AM

Tags: Events,Community Activities

Get enchanted at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

7/1/2016 12:00:00 AM

Located just 16 miles north of Fredericksburg, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area has cast its spell on human visitors for more than 12,000 years. Spanish conquistadors arrived in the 1700s, and the era of modern day explorers began in 1978, when this massive pink granite dome became a state natural area.

Tags: Parks and Trails

Barton Springs Pool, Austin’s crown jewel

6/20/2016 12:00:00 AM

Barton Springs Pool, Austin’s crown jewel, offers year ‘round swimming

 

Sometimes called the “soul of Austin” – and definitely one of the city’s crown jewels – Barton Springs Pool is a three-acre manmade pool fed by natural underground springs originating from the Edwards Aquifer.

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Krause Springs offers Hill Country swimming and camping

6/20/2016 12:00:00 AM

Listed on the National Registry of Historic Sites, Krause Springs is filled with beautiful Hill Country scenery, including a breathtaking waterfall, a secluded grotto, rugged boulders and bluffs, towering trees and lush landscaping.

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Jacob's Well offers cool 68-degree swimming in a beautiful Hill Country setting

6/20/2016 12:00:00 AM

Jacob’s Well offers cool 68-degree swimming in a beautiful Hill Country setting

 

Located just north of Wimberley, the Jacob’s Well Natural Area is one of the most magnificent natural gems of the Texas Hill Country. The first natural preserve owned by Hays County, this beloved swimming spot forms the headwaters of Cypress Creek.

 

Jacob’s Well is actually an artesian spring, with crystal-clear water naturally pushed forth from the Trinity Aquifer, which lies roughly 140 feet below the surface. Surrounded by rugged layered limestone cliffs and a heavily wooded bank, Jacob’s Well offers enchanting beauty along with a cool average summer temperature of 68 degrees.

Tags: Area Highlights/Events

Guadalupe and Comal rivers offer cool, crystal-clear Hill Country fun

6/20/2016 12:00:00 AM

Ask any Texan about enjoying the Guadalupe, and they’ll probably immediately talk about tubing, whitewater rafting, canoeing and kayaking.  With tranquil currents and a constant 72-degree temperature, the Comal offers a gentler experience than the rapid-rich Guadalupe, which it joins downstream.

Tags: Area Highlights/Events

June Resident Events

5/28/2016 12:00:00 AM

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Perry Homes Moves In to New Model Home

5/25/2016 12:00:00 AM

Sweetwater is happy to annouce the opening of a new model by Perry Homes!

Tags: Model Homes,Builders

Outdoor living with a view

5/23/2016 12:00:00 AM

Sweetwater devotes 700 acres, or roughly half of its overall residential acreage, to parks, trails and natural open spaces. That means many homesites in all price ranges can overlook a canyon, ridge or greenbelt.

 

As these photos from some of our recent model homes show, this abundance of natural scenery can make for some breathtaking views from both indoor and outdoor living areas.

 

Tags: Community Amenities,Parks and Trails

Sky's the limit at Sweetwater's new stargazing park

5/13/2016 12:00:00 AM

Stargazing is such a popular activity at Sweetwater that the community is creating a new park designed especially for enjoying the Hill Country’s dazzling night sky.

 

Perched atop one of the highest ridges in Sweetwater, the new park will open in Fall 2016. It will be accessible by the trail system along Pedernales Summit Parkway, and from the greenbelt in the Hillcrest neighborhood.

Tags: Parks and Trails,Community Amenities

Sweetwater’s new fitness center to include inspiring views

5/13/2016 12:00:00 AM

Opening Summer 2017, Sweetwater’s new fitness center will offer residents some of the newest aerobic fitness and weight training machines. It will also offer inspiring views of one of the community’s most scenic canyons, providing an extra shot of inspiration for a great workout.

Tags: Community Amenities

Sweetwater's 3rd Annual Wildflower Festival was a big hit!

5/10/2016 12:00:00 AM

Sweetwater’s wildflowers are taking a well-deserved summer vacation after blooming their hearts out for the community’s third annual Sweetwater Wildflower Festival in late April.

Tags: Events

The buzz: Sweetwater sets up six community honeybee hives

5/3/2016 12:00:00 AM

It's the first day on the job for the bees of Sweetwater, and they're up and at it early! With all of the windflowers and open space, we think they will be very happy here. Thanks to our partners at Round Rock Honey for coming out and getting them set up yesterday!

Tags: Community Amenities

May Resident Events

5/2/2016 12:00:00 AM

Come out as the weather warms up to try one of our newest fitness classes - water aerobics now offered every Wednesday!

Tags: Events

If a Tree Could Talk

4/30/2016 12:00:00 AM

Sweetwater preserves 800-year-old Texas Madrone tree

Tags: Parks and Trails,Community Amenities

Somethings A' Buzz in Sweetwater

4/15/2016 12:00:00 AM

Honeybees Make Life Sweeter in Sweetwater!

Learn about our bees and find out how much honey they can produce.  Why have a Rough Life, when you can have a Sweet Life instead?

Tags: Community Amenities

Sweetwater Sunsets are Spectacular

4/6/2016 12:00:00 AM

Life here is about pool parties in the hills, friendly neighbors, and catching up with family while catching a sunset.  Check out a time lapse video of a recent sunset.

Tags: Community Amenities

April Resident Events in Sweetwater

4/1/2016 12:00:00 AM

Tags: Events

Lake Travis High School ranks 4th on list of Austin’s best public high schools

3/24/2016 12:00:00 AM

 

Lake Travis High School, the recently expanded and renovated Lake Travis ISD high school serving all of Sweetwater, ranks fourth on a new list of Austin’s best public high schools.

Tags: Schools

10 Incredible Reasons People are Moving to Sweetwater

3/23/2016 12:00:00 AM

10 Incredible Reasons Why People are Moving to Sweetwater - Come discover for yourself why "A Climb is More Than a Climb!" 

Tags: Community Amenities,Parks and Trails,Model Homes,Builders,Schools,Community Activities

The History of Sweetwater

3/12/2016 12:00:00 AM

Stagecoach trail preserves part of Sweetwater’s rich history

Tags: Community Amenities

Sweetwater Waterfall

3/9/2016 12:00:00 AM

Our canyons are home to waterfalls!  Any normal day at Sweetwater, you can hear the sounds of nature.  Birds chirping, a slow trickle of water flowing and the wind blowing through our canyons.  After a good rain, mother nature delivers her best gifts.  Check out this video!

Tags: Parks and Trails,Community Amenities

Austin, TX - Ranked #2 on Best Places to Live List

3/2/2016 12:00:00 AM

Austin, TX - Ranked #2 on Best Places to Live List

U.S. News and World Report's list of best places to live revealed Austin as the #2 location in the United States. 

Tags: Area Highlights/Events

Dark Skies & Bright Stars in Sweetwater

3/1/2016 12:00:00 AM

Sweetwater’s “Dark Sky Policy” means just that – you won’t find any streetlights other than on our main road through the community.  For additional light, you must look up.  Look up toward the full moon, the big, bright stars and a clear Texas sky.  Keep your eyes focused upward long enough, and it’s very possible you will see a shooting star. 

Tags: Community Amenities

March Resident Events in Sweetwater

3/1/2016 12:00:00 AM

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Coventry Leap Into Savings Sales Event

2/12/2016 12:00:00 AM

For a limited time, all Coventry new home buyers will receive 50% off options and upgrades at the design center when purchasing a home Feb 12-29th, 2016!  Visit the homefinder tool for all plans and immediately available homes. 

Tags: Builders

Wildflower Festival Call for Vendors

2/5/2016 12:00:00 AM

The Wildflowers are coming!  The Wildflowers are coming!  Save the date - April 23rd, 2016 for the Sweetwater Wildflower Festival benefiting Austin Pets Alive!  See more for vendor opportunities.

Tags: Events

February Resident Events in Sweetwater

2/1/2016 12:00:00 AM

From Cupid's Cocktail Night to Xtreme Teen Night - events are ramping up in Sweetwater!  Residents can log into SweetwaterLife.com to register and see the full line up of events! 

 

Tags: Events

Newland earns Developer of the Year

1/23/2016 12:00:00 AM

Tags: Newland Communities

50 Most Famous People From Texas

1/5/2016 12:00:00 AM

50 Most Famous People From Texas

Whether you were born in Texas or not, there is no denying the amount of Texas Pride in our great state.  And those who come to Texas find themselves not wanting to leave - celebrities included. 

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7 Reasons Why Buying a New Home Makes Sense

1/2/2016 12:00:00 AM

1. Personalize Your Home

Structural choices: additional bedrooms, home offices, dens, extended patios, casitas, and more. Design choices: cabinets, countertops, appliances, flooring, luxurious bathrooms and more.

Tags: Newland Communities

Fun is job one for Sweetwater’s Lifestyle Coordinator

12/10/2015 12:00:00 AM

Fun is job one for Sweetwater’s Lifestyle Coordinator

With six years of experience as an eighth-grade teacher, a love of sports and two small kids of her own, Sweetwater resident Bess Ouahidi has the perfect background for her job as Sweetwater’s Lifestyle Coordinator.

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4 Pet-friendly Home Tips

11/12/2015 12:00:00 AM

 

We would all do anything for our furry kids, but they can provide challenges to our way of living from time to time. Here are a few quick and easy ways to achieve harmony with your pets!

Tags: Helpful Tips

Ten Steps to Select the Right Home Builder

11/10/2015 12:00:00 AM

Selecting the right builder for your needs is easy with these 10 steps.

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Outdoors in the Texas Hill Country

11/5/2015 12:00:00 AM

Living in Sweetwater means that you not only see the bright stars at night, but are able to experience all of the things that the Texas Hill Country offers outdoors in the daytime.  Check out the list of top things to do outdoors in the Texas Hill Country.

Tags: Parks and Trails,Holiday,Community Activities

5 Must-do's When Moving Into a New Home

10/13/2015 12:00:00 AM

Moving is exciting, but it’s also work. Here are 5 tips to make your transition a happy one.

Tags: Custom Homes

Top 10 Reasons Buyers Prefer New Homes

10/7/2015 12:00:00 AM

Today's new homes offer more benefits than ever before. Here's a quick list of the Top 10 reasons why so many home buyers prefer new homes to used houses:

1) Design Your Dream Home Your Way: Why settle for someone else's choices when you can select your favorite cabinets, countertops, appliances, carpets and flooring? While you're at it, you can choose gorgeous bath and kitchen fixtures, lighting and other options that you lov. Yur new home will reflect your style, not someone else's taste.

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5 Ways to Sell Your Home Faster

9/24/2015 12:00:00 AM

Moving is exciting, but it's also work.  Here are 5 tips from HGTV.com to make your transition a happy one.

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Barbecue: A Texas Love Story

9/12/2015 12:00:00 AM

Texas is known for its BBQ and we have plenty of it to choose from.  Whether attending a block party with your neighbors, grilling out at the Sweetwater Club or venturing out to the local area BBQ joints - one thing is for sure, Texas Loves Barbecue!

Tags: Community Activities

Things to Do With Kids in the Texas Hill Country

9/4/2015 12:00:00 AM

 

We think living in the Texas Hill Country is great, but don't take our word for it. Check out this kid-friendly list of best things to see and do near Sweetwater.

Tags: Parks and Trails,Area Highlights/Events,Holiday

10 Best Swimming Holes in Central Texas

8/11/2015 12:00:00 AM

Hamilton Pool is on the "10 Best Swimming Holes in Central Texas" List

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Why Choose Newland? Recognition of Excellence

8/7/2015 12:00:00 AM

Why Choose Newland Communities?

The company you keep matters, especially when it comes to sharing the most precious aspects of life - the places and spaces you call home and the people you call neighbors.

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Highland Lakes of Central Texas

8/6/2015 12:00:00 AM

All of our residents agree that the recreation and outdoor opportunities are endless in the Hill Country - boating, kayaking, fishing, swimming, rafting and tubing are among the most popular things to do. We found this article courtesy of About Travel that explains the Highland Lakes of Central Texas.

Tags: Parks and Trails,Area Highlights/Events

Best Day Trips from Austin

7/31/2015 12:00:00 AM

Sometimes you just need a quick get away.  Check out these Best Day Trips from Austin. Stop at one of the local Texas Hill Country wineries or breweries.

 

Tags: Area Highlights/Events,Parks and Trails

With 25 Grand Slam, home shoppers can win prizes totaling $25,000

7/9/2015 12:00:00 AM



In early September, there will be a big party at Dell Diamond with drawings for five prizes totaling $25,000 – and odds likely to be much better than playing the lottery. There’s only one way to enter.

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Sweetwater pool chosen as one of top 17 pools in the nation

7/9/2015 12:00:00 AM

Builder Online, an industry news website for home builders and developers, recently released an article that features 17 stand-out community pools across the country. Sweetwater’s pool snagged a spot in the list along with five other communities developed by Newland Communities.

Tags: Community Amenities

Introducing Sweetwater's new model by Coventry Homes

6/15/2015 12:00:00 AM

Here is a look inside one of Sweetwater's new model homes in Hillcrest by Coventry Homes.

Tags: Model Homes

Best of the Texas Hill Country

6/10/2015 12:00:00 AM

Wine Harvest Tours made the list of "Best of the Texas Hill Country".  See what else is on the list.

 

 

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Checklist for Prepping Your Home for Sale

5/21/2015 12:00:00 AM

Of course you want your home to sell fast and bring top dollar. Here’s a rundown of friendly reminders on prepping your house into a welcoming and marketable home.

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Sweetwater model home grand opening on Saturday May 9th

5/7/2015 12:00:00 AM

Located in a beautiful Hill Country setting near Lake Travis and the Hill Country Galleria, Sweetwater has a sweet deal for visitors during its model home grand opening and “Open House” event this weekend.

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Coventry Homes wins ABJ's Production Builder of the Year

3/16/2015 12:00:00 AM

Congratulations to one of our Sweetwater builders, Coventry Homes, who has been named "Production Builder of the Year" in the Austin Business Journal's 2015 Residential Real Estate Awards.

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Open Floor Plans: The Way We Live Today

3/14/2015 12:00:00 AM

The kitchen has open sight lines to the family room, breakfast nook and patio. The master bedroom offers privacy in a quiet corner of the home.

As you plan your new home, one of the most important decisions is selecting the floor plan. The arrangement of rooms, the flow from one room to another and the use of space help determine the feel of your new home.

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M/I opens Model Home

12/18/2014 12:00:00 AM

We are happy to announce that our newest builder, M/I Homes, has completed its beautifully furnished model home.

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Santa visits Sweetwater

12/10/2014 12:00:00 AM

On Sunday, December 7th, Sweetwater residents gathered at the Sweetwater Club to decorate cookies and meet with Santa. There was a great turnout for this fun event!

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Sweetwater Holiday Market

12/8/2014 12:00:00 AM

On Friday, December 5th, the first annual Sweetwater Holiday Market was held, allowing residents to showcase some of their goods and services.

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The Sweet SPOT Corral is now open in Sweetwater

10/31/2014 12:00:00 AM

Sweetwater's four-legged friends are making good use of their new half-acre, leash-free dog park -- the Sweet SPOT Corral.

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Sweetwater Fall Festival

10/28/2014 12:00:00 AM

Sweetwater hosted its annual Fall Festival for residents on Sunday, October 19th at the Sweetwater Club.

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M/I Homes now selling in Sweetwater

10/16/2014 12:00:00 AM

M/I Homes has opened sales in Sweetwater from a cool Airstream trailer parked in our newest neighborhood, Hillcrest.

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Photo tour of River Oaks flagship model home

9/29/2014 12:00:00 AM

The new River Oaks flagship model home is located in our gated Davenport Summit neighborhood.

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Sweetwater welcomes new Lake Travis Middle School to the neighborhood

8/8/2014 12:00:00 AM

The latest aerial photo of Sweetwater shows the new Lake Travis Middle School finishing completion and ready to open in a couple of weeks for the 2014-15 school year.

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New elementary school set to open for Sweetwater students

8/8/2014 12:00:00 AM

The 2014-15 school year will open in two weeks with a brand new elementary school, West Cypress Hills, for Sweetwater families to attend.

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River Oaks Model Home Grand Opening

7/14/2014 12:00:00 AM

The model home grand opening will take place on Saturday, July 19th from noon to 5pm.  There will be a catered dessert bar, pastry demonstrations, and cupcake decorating for the kids.  Tour the brand new model and register for prize drawings as well.

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Austin Business Journal reports strong Austin economy

6/30/2014 12:00:00 AM

In a recent article posted by the Austin Business Journal, Austin economy led the entire nation in growth of gross metro product in 2013 and is expected to stay on top through 2020.

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Sweetwater is featured in news story on natural gas vs propane

6/19/2014 12:00:00 AM

There's been a lot of buzz lately about natural gas vs propane, especially in the Lake Travis area.  Not all master-planned communities are equal when it comes to energy costs.

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Chesmar Model Home Grand Opening in Sweetwater

6/11/2014 12:00:00 AM

The model home Grand Opening will take place on Saturday, June 14th and Sunday, June 15th, from noon to 5.  There will be wine tasting, catered snacks, and face painting for the kids.  Tour the brand new model and register for prize drawings.

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M/I to feature homes in Hillcrest village from the $400s

5/19/2014 12:00:00 AM

Sweetwater has announced that M/I Homes will join the roster of builders in Sweetwater.

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Sweetwater residents featured on New Home Source TV

5/16/2014 12:00:00 AM

Hear from one of our Sweetwater families, the Gutt's, who speak of their home building experience with David Weekley and during their relocation from Minnesota.

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Latest Sweetwater aerial photo shows growth

5/1/2014 12:00:00 AM

The latest aerial photo of Sweetwater shows the continuing growth of our community and immediate surrounding area of Western Travis County.

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Sweetwater Named Best Master-Planned Community

4/8/2014 12:00:00 AM

Sweetwater received the top community award, "Best Overall Community (Over 300 Units)," at the 2014 Sales and Marketing (MAX) Excellence Awards annual event gala held Saturday, April 5, at the Hyatt Regency Austin.

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2014 Sweetwater Wildflower Festival

3/31/2014 12:00:00 AM

Thanks to everyone for coming out to the Sweetwater Wildflower Festival.  We had over 1,500 visitors join us for a fun-filled day of food truck fare, sports, model home tours and concerts on the events lawn.

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Ryland Homes adds 4 new home plans in Sweetwater

3/8/2014 12:00:00 AM

Last Saturday's Austin American-Statesman highlights Ryland Homes which officially kicked off the sale of 4 new home plans in Sweetwater.

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River Oaks Homes by Centerra to build in Sweetwater

2/11/2014 12:00:00 AM

Sweetwater announced the newest addition to its homebuilding family, River Oaks Homes by Centerra. River Oaks will offer luxury Tuscan and Hill Country Modern home plans in the gated Davenport Summit neighborhood in Sweetwater with pricing expected to start in the mid $500s.

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Sweetwater adds Chesmar Homes to its builder roster

2/4/2014 12:00:00 AM

Sweetwater has announced that Chesmar Homes is being added to its current roster of six home builders.

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New Sweetwater aerial shows future school, neighborhood villages and club

1/29/2014 12:00:00 AM

This is our latest aerial photo taken of Sweetwater, which shows the exciting progress that is being made in and around our community.

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Sweetwater drives natural gas to western Travis County

1/10/2014 12:00:00 AM

Texas Gas Service has just completed a 2 1/2 year process to bring a natural gas pipeline out to Western Travis County. Sweetwater was the driving force behind this extension. 

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Austin ranked #1 best-performing city for jobs

12/26/2013 12:00:00 AM

Austin receives yet another number 1 ranking for "2013 Best-Performing Cities Where Jobs are Created and Maintained," according to the 2013 Milken Institute Best-Performing Cities Index, which ranks U.S. metropolitan areas by how well they are creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth.

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Austin homes sales hit seven-year high

12/23/2013 12:00:00 AM

The strength of the Austin housing market and a positive outlook for 2014 is noted in the recent report released by the Austin Board of Realtors.

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Breakfast with Santa in Sweetwater

12/17/2013 12:00:00 AM

View photos from Breakfast with Santa, Saturday, December 14th. Families enjoyed breakfast, live music, and a chance to talk to Santa.

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Sweetwater Wins Three National Awards

12/6/2013 12:00:00 AM

Sweetwater has been recognized by the National Association of Home Builders with top marketing awards for its Welcome Center, for radio advertising, and for a special promotion.

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Austin is Tops for Entrepreneurs

9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM

By now, we Austinites have become a bit blasé about all of the national accolades we receive. We’re No. 1 for this and No. 1 for that. Gee thanks, but we’ve got no wall space left to hang the plaques.

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Sweetwater Club pool now open!

8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM

The gorgeous resort-style pool at the Sweetwater Club is now open.

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CVS Coming Soon

8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM

Sweetwater residents enjoy super-convenient shopping in the Galleria area—just 5 minutes away.

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Pre-Opening Party at Playground

8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM

Though it's not yet officially open, the playground at the Sweetwater Club was the site of an impromptu neighborhood party last night.

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Sweetwater Club Pool is Almost Ready

8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM

The lower pool is filled. The middle pool and shallow beach-entry area are filling up fast. The splash pad is done. 

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Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Partners with Sweetwater

7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM

We are proud partners with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in protecting the native plants and grasses here in Sweetwater.

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Introducing Sweetwater's First Residents

7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM

The Chavez family are the first Sweetwater residents.

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Sweetwater Welcome Center Worth a Visit

7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM

Sweetwater's overall plan is illustrated in this scale model located at the Welcome Center, which is a great stop for anyone looking in the neighborhood.

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Austin: Bloomberg's No. 1 Boomtown

5/16/2013 12:00:00 AM

Bloomberg.com ranks Austin our fastest growing boomtown in America.

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Drees Model Home is Now Open in Sweetwater

4/16/2013 12:00:00 AM

Come out to Sweetwater soon to tour the gorgeous new model from Drees Custom Homes

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Models by Ryland Homes are Now Open at Sweetwater

2/21/2013 12:00:00 AM

Both of the beautiful new models by Ryland Homes are now open at Sweetwater.  Come out to visit them soon.  You'll find them in our Highland Lakes neighborhood.

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Austin Again Tops Forbes' Fastest-Growing Cities List

12/19/2012 12:00:00 AM

For the third year in a row, Forbes magazine ranks Austin as the nation's fastest growing city.

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Austin Among Nation’s Healthiest Housing Markets

12/19/2012 12:00:00 AM

Austin is one of the healthiest housing markets in the country.  That's according to a new study by Trulia, the real estate tracking website.  Trulia ranks Austin as the fifth best city nationwide for home ownership.

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High Over Sweetwater

10/23/2012 12:00:00 AM

This photo, taken last week, has us pretty excited about the way Sweetwater is shaping up. To orient yourself, that’s Hwy 71 the bottom of the picture and the view is to the south.

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Bloomberg Businessweek Ranks Austin Number 8 Best City

10/10/2012 12:00:00 AM

Eighth place isn't always that great.  But it is when that's where Austin ranks on the Bloomberg Businessweek list of America's 50 Best Cities.

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Coventry Model Home Awarded LEED Certification

9/28/2012 12:00:00 AM

A representative of the U.S. Green Building Council today formally presented LEED certification to the Coventry Homes model home at Sweetwater.

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A Very Good Time to Buy New Homes in Austin

9/18/2012 12:00:00 AM

Austin is the second best place in the country to buy a new home these days.  That is among the findings of a recent study by Realtor.com, Forbes magazine reports.

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Ryland Plans Now Available on Homefinder

9/3/2012 12:00:00 AM

Ryland Homes has unveiled 11 plans for new homes in Sweetwater’s Highland Lakes neighborhood.  Prices for these Ryland homes start in the $250s.

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Construction Begins on Sweetwater's New Welcome Center

8/20/2012 12:00:00 AM

That’s the new Welcome Center going up at Sweetwater. It’s on Pedernales Summit Parkway, just inside the entrance. We expect to have it open by the holiday shopping season.

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More Austin Families Are Seeking Single-Story Homes

8/8/2012 12:00:00 AM

Builder sales representatives at Sweetwater, the new master-planned community in the Austin area, are seeing a trend: growing preference among Austin new home buyers for single-story plans.

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Austin Business Journal Recaps Noteable Accolades

7/31/2012 12:00:00 AM

Austin shows up on so many “best of” lists that it’s hard to keep track of them all.  Colin Pope, editor of the Austin Business Journal, gave us a pretty comprehensive recap, though, in a recent column.

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Indoor Sports Complex Planned Near Sweetwater

5/30/2012 12:00:00 AM

Sweetwater residents will have plenty of sports opportunities right at home at the community’s Sweetwater Club.  For athletes looking for even more, there will also soon be a new indoor sports complex five minutes away, adjacent to the Backyard outdoor music venue in Bee Cave.

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Sweetwater Students Assigned to Serene Hills Elementary

5/27/2012 12:00:00 AM

The school board of Lake Travis Independent School District last week changed the elementary school assignment for students living in Sweetwater to Serene Hills Elementary School.

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Sweetwater’s Wildflowers

5/25/2012 12:00:00 AM

Sweetwater is awash with wildflowers.  Come out this weekend and take a look.

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Drees Custom Homes to Build in Sweetwater

5/11/2012 12:00:00 AM

Sweetwater has announced that Drees Custom Homes will join the roster of builders in the community’s initial neighborhoods.

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Austin area’s job and population growth are substantially boosting demand for housing

4/2/2012 12:00:00 AM

Addressing the Austin chapter of the Urban Land Institute, Eldon Rude of Metrostudy said the area’s job and population growth are substantially boosting demand for housing.

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Sweetwater's Builders Open for Business

3/23/2012 12:00:00 AM

Home buyers are so eager for information about what’s available at Sweetwater that most of our builders are opening temporary sales offices on site now, rather than waiting until their models are completed.

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David Weekley's First Home at Sweetwater Under Construction

3/14/2012 12:00:00 AM

The photograph above might not look like much, but it sure got us excited.  This week, these David Weekley Homes construction workers are getting ready to pour the slab on the first home to be built at Sweetwater.

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The Story Behind the Name Sweetwater

3/2/2012 12:00:00 AM

To us, Sweetwater isn’t just a pretty name. It’s a responsibility. To live up to it, we’re building water conservation and water quality into the very foundations of the community.

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Five Home Builders Announced for Sweetwater

2/24/2012 12:00:00 AM

The developer of the 1,400-acre Sweetwater master-planned community in the Lake Travis area, has announced five home builders for the community’s initial villages.

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Sweetwater Area Schools Awarded Exemplary

2/2/2012 12:00:00 AM

Once again, the Lake Travis ISD schools serving Sweetwater have received top marks for academic performance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

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Worth the Wait - Introducing Sweetwater

1/26/2012 12:00:00 AM

Our website is coming soon and so is Sweetwater, the new master-planned community in western Travis County.

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