Fall is a magical season in Austin and the Texas Hill Country near Sweetwater, where cooler weather brings us out to enjoy live music, pumpkin patches, classic cars, nature hikes and much more. Here are our top picks for fall events and festivals near Sweetwater. Most are free and family-friendly!
One of two new Sweetwater model homes by Taylor Morrison, the Merlot is an open one-story plan with a three-car garage and flexible options including a gameroom, study and extra bedrooms. From the outdoor living area (and its breathtaking view) to the trendy tilework in the kitchen and master bath, our blog walks you through our 8 favorite features in the Merlot.
Bee Creek Trail, Sweetwater’s newest trail, follows a scenic ridge along natural Bee Creek. The trailhead is near the Overlook Club, so you can plunge into one of the two swimming pools or simply relax in the shade after your hike.
One of two new Sweetwater model homes by Taylor Morrison, the Alabaster is a spacious 1.5-story plan with incredible views and plenty of flexible options, including two home offices and an upstairs gameroom with a covered balcony. Our blog walks you through our 8 favorite features in the Alabaster.
The Ellingwood model home by M/I Homes is one of the newest model homes in Sweetwater. From the grand foyer to the thoughtful mud room entry, there’s a lot to love in this spacious four-bedroom plan. Here are our top 10 favorite features.
Highly regarded for academics and athletics, the Lake Travis Independent School District serving Sweetwater’s K-12 students scores high in rankings from Niche, US News and other organizations. We rounded up some of the latest rankings for 2021 for our blog.
Sweetwater’s Lifestyle Coordinator kept the fun going throughout the pandemic in 2020, planning safe events that were virtual and socially distanced. For 2021, there are some exciting spring events on the calendar.
Texas Snake Education classes are some of the most popular resident events at Sweetwater, so we asked Austin Reptile Service owner Tim Cole for some advice on identifying harmless and beneficial local snakes, and what do to if you see one.
Getting organized is always one of the top three New Year’s resolutions, with benefits including reducing anxiety and boosting energy. For advice on how to get started, meet Sweetwater’s resident organizing expert, Brooke MacTaggart, co-founder of Austin’s Momma Method Personal Organizing.
Moving from Oregon to Austin to be closer to their first grandchild, Teri and Bob Shamlian found the perfect new home in Sweetwater. One must-have was a three-car garage to accommodate Teri’s glass art studio.
One of Sweetwater’s earliest residents, Adriana Smith, started crafting gentle artisanal soaps just for her family. By popular demand, her passion grew into Austin’s Wild Thistle Soap Co., now offering a wide variety of all-natural body and home products.
To help with adoption expenses for their first child, Sweetwater residents Cassie and Colin Bauer are selling their handmade Adirondack chairs. Priced $275 each, or $500 for a pair, they’re the perfect way to enjoy Sweetwater’s scenic Hill Country environment.
Rita Brandin now leads development of Sweetwater and our Austin sister communities, Rancho Sienna and Teravista. With over 30 years of real estate experience, including 14 years with Newland, Rita made many work and personal visits to Austin over the years. She’s excited about living here and becoming part of the Greater Austin community.
Moving to Austin for new job opportunities, Alysa and Mark McGrane chose Sweetwater because the surrounding Hill Country reminded them of Southern California. Since moving in, they have quickly immersed themselves in Sweetwater’s active social life.
Sweetwater is proud to be part of the highly regarded Lake Travis Independent School District, ranked A+ for academics by Niche. Sweetwater’s youngest students attend brand-new Rough Hollow Elementary, located less than 3 miles from the community.
Having lived in places as diverse as Europe, New York and California, the Gavriel family could have lived anywhere in the world once they decided to look for a new home. Here’s why they chose Austin – and Sweetwater.
Austin is the best real estate market in Texas for buying a new home, and the Capital City ranks third nationwide among large cities, according to a study from WalletHub. It’s one of the newest kudos for Austin, which has also reigned as Best Place to Live in the U.S. for three years in a row.
Niche’s 2020 school rankings are out, and Lake Travis Independent School District ranks No. 3 among 26 school districts in the Austin area. Lake Travis High School is also one of the region’s top high schools.
Sweetwater’s newest neighborhood offers scenic view homesites for new homes priced from the low $400,000s to $600,000s by Chesmar, Perry and Westin. Chesmar and Perry have just opened fully furnished model homes in Llano Terrace, with Westin’s model opening this summer.
When Casey and Leticia Monroe started thinking about moving from Brownsville to Austin, schools were their number one priority. Careful research led them to Lake Travis ISD, and Sweetwater’s beautiful Hill Country environment convinced them to make their “forever home” here.
With interest rates at record lows, homebuyers who feel confident economically can invest in a new home and save substantially on monthly payments. We recommend talking to a professional real estate agent about taking advantage of this opportunity.
Ideas for multigenerational living are showcased in one of Sweetwater’s newest model homes, the Afton II by Village Builders. This model home is located in Madrone Ridge, offering a lifestyle as unique as this innovative home design.
After Sandy Miller and her husband moved to Sweetwater, they were soon followed by their daughter, and later by Sandy’s mother. Today, there are four generations of this family living in Sweetwater, and they are building a new home customized for their unique living situation.
Enjoying spring wildflowers is one of our favorite things to do at Sweetwater. From bluebonnets to buttercups, here’s a visual guide to the most common varieties of wildflowers you can find blooming in our parks and along our trails.
For 2020, our floorcast sees five main trends in flooring for new homes. These include realistic wood-look flooring in ceramic, laminate and other easy-care materials, along with new choices in waterproof flooring, textured looks and personalized patterns.
For 2020, consumers are tiring of stark grays and looking for colors that delight the senses. Blue is the easiest possible entry point from the world of neutrals to the world of color, so maybe that’s why blues are all the rage for this year’s Color of the Year selections from leading paint companies and color experts.
Jennifer Tate and Kevin Gilligan happily traded the stars of L.A. for the real stars twinkling above Sweetwater, finding a new home they could have never afforded in California. They’ve also found new careers, and a backyard for their dog, Lady.
Shannon and Tyler Mangin moved to Sweetwater in 2014, making them two of our earliest residents. Over the years, they’ve seen Sweetwater grow with the addition of new trails and amenities such as the fitness center at the Sweetwater Club. The latest thing they’re excited about is the Overlook Club, offering swimming and socializing with scenic Hill Country views.
If you’ve ever planted a tree, you might enjoy the story of how Sweetwater’s 33-foot-tall Red Oak tree was installed in its new home atop Hilltop Park. The process was so painstaking, it won an award from the Texas Nursery & Landscape Association.
If you see a wildflower along a highway, thank Lady Bird Johnson, a former First Lady who helped passed laws to beautify highways and protect parks and rivers throughout the nation. Nowhere is Mrs. Johnson’s legacy more visible than Central Texas, where three of her largest accomplishments have transformed Austin and the Texas Hill Country.
We all enjoy a good bucket list, so why should our dogs be left out? Our Canine Bucket List has 7 ideas for fun with your pooch, from local dog parks to dog-friendly restaurants and bakeries. We also include three ideas for living your best canine life right here in Sweetwater.
The annual Sweetwater Holiday Market happens on Sat., Dec. 7, from 10-2 at the Sweetwater Club. It’s a great opportunity to find unique handmade gifts from Sweetwater residents and other Austin and Hill Country vendors. Door prizes donated by vendors will be given out during market hours.
There are literally millions of twinkling lights to enjoy near Sweetwater during the holiday season. To make sure you don’t miss a thing, here’s our guide to holiday highlights in Austin, Lakeway and the Hill Country.
People with dogs enjoy a 24% reduction for death from any cause, says a new report published in an American Heart Association journal. As a dog-loving community, with over 700 acres devoted to parks, trails and natural open spacs, Sweetwater welcomes this encouraging news.
The Wall Street Journal has officially crowned Austin as the nation’s hottest job market, and many of LinkedIn’s Top Companies have major expansion plans in Texas’ Capital City. Find out who’s growing and who’s hiring on Austin’s tech-heavy list of top employers.
Fall is a special time of year in Austin and the Hill Country around Sweetwater. To get the most fun out of fall, check out 10 of our favorite annual events. From wine and racecars for grownups, to boos and pumpkins for the kids, there’s something for every member of the family to love.
If you’re thinking about relocating to Austin, here are 10 things to help you get the lay of our land. You may already know that Austin is a booming tech hub and the Live Music Capital of the World, but there are also some recent claims to fame in here that might surprise you.
Opening in early 2020, Sweetwater’s first preschool, KLA Schools of Sweetwater, will offer a unique learning environment inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy. It will be the first preschool in the Austin area to offer this approach, which invites children to actively participate in their own education.
Created especially for the laidback lifestyle of Sweetwater’s new Madrone Ridge neighborhood, Village Builders’ new Legacy Series focuses on easy entertaining, outdoor living, smart technology and more. A grand opening for three fully furnished model homes is coming up in November.
Niche has released its 2020 school ratings, and the highly regarded Lake Travis Independent School District serving Sweetwater scored an A+, ranking as the No. 1 Best School District for Athletes in the Austin Area, and the No. 2 overall Best School District in Travis County.
Meet the Nelson family, who sought higher ground in Austin after Hurricane Harvey struck Houston in 2017. With two young children, the sterling reputation of Lake Travis ISD drew them to Sweetwater, where they’ve made many new friends and enjoyed numerous community events since moving in.
Texas has welcomed nearly a million former Californians in the past decade, with many moving to Austin. To help Golden State transplants learn more about the Lone Star State, we’ve created this guide to explain kolaches, the Silicon Hills, why we’re willing to wait in line four hours for barbecue, and much more.
Students head back to the highly regarded Lake Travis ISD schools serving Sweetwater on August 14. From enrollment information to after school programs, our blog has all the links you need in one convenient place.
Grandparents across the U.S. are moving closer to their grandchildren, and Austin is the No. 2 “Baby Chaser” city in the nation, according to Meyers Research. Communities like Sweetwater are adding new low-maintenance home choices to give Baby Chasers exactly what they’re looking for.
Rated from easy to difficult, Sweetwater’s 5 trails meander through canyons and ridges amid a beautiful Hill Country environment. These trails are part of a growing system that already extends for more than 10 miles.
Texas is “a place of outsized ambition and out-of-the-box thinking,” says one tech company CEO who relocated from Los Angeles to Austin and plans to double his company’s headcount this year. This is just one example of the tech boom that is transforming Austin.
“I wish I’d known that before….” is something we often say to ourselves, especially after making a major purchase or decision. If you’re thinking about buying a home, here are 10 things you’ll be glad you knew in advance – from myths about finance to avoiding neighborhood regret.
Westin Homes, our Builder of the Month, is known for grand rotunda foyers with spiral staircases, a signature feature in many of its plans, including its Carter III model home in Sweetwater. But as our blog explains, this builder also pays attention to many small details that make everyday living effortless and enjoyable.
The average interest rate for a 30-year mortgage recently fell below 4%, prompting the financial advice website Bankrate to call it an “unexpected gift” for borrowers. Low interest rates are just part of an overall positive outlook for today’s homebuyers.
Austin is the most dog-friendly city in Texas, and one of the top 10 dog-friendliest cities in the United States. Find out why this is true, and why Sweetwater is one of Austin’s best communities for dogs.
Proud native Texans, the Franklins say they’ve never discovered a place that’s more beautiful and convenient to live in as Sweetwater. “Drive out of Sweetwater and turn right, and you head to the city. Turn left, and you drive right into the Hill Country,” they say. “It’s fabulous!”
From easy to challenging, Sweetwater’s 5 trails each have a distinct personality. One thing they all have in common is spectacular Hill Country scenery. What Sweetwater trail fits you best? Take our fun quiz to find out.
From the HOA to the title company, lots of players get involved when you buy a new home. Your builder sales consultant and real estate agent will usually handle most of the interactions, but it’s still a good idea to know who’s who and who does what.
Chesmar Homes, our builder of the month, is known for creating valued-filled homes that blend open indoor and outdoor living areas with a modern approach to Hill Country design. Their fully furnished model home in Sweetwater, the Ryder, is a great example of the Chesmar style.
Dog people are fitter people, and Sweetwater is a great community for dogs and their people to de-stress, build healthier hearts and forge stronger bonds, amid beautiful Hill Country parks, trails and natural open spaces.
Sweetwater is home to an 800-year-old Texas Madrone tree that’s easy to visit along Pedernales Summit Parkway, our main thoroughfare. Discover this tree, and find out where to get your own Texas Madrone tree to plant.
From low interest rates to affordable new choices, 2019 is shaping up to be a great year to buy a new home at Sweetwater, whether it’s your first new home, or your ultimate dream home. Here are 5 reasons to discover what Sweetwater has to offer.
Sometimes we get the feeling we’d like a change of scenery, but how do you know when it’s really time to move? Here are 8 signs to think about, from feeling like you need more space, to wanting better schools for the kids.
If you’re looking for a fun activity with a focus on nature, check out these upcoming and ongoing events from Sweetwater’s natural partners, including the Wildflower Center, Round Rock Honey, Austin Pets Alive! and Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin.
Today’s homebuyers want home storage amenities such as walk-in pantries and oversized laundry rooms, along with energy-saving features, according to a survey from the National Association of Home Builders. See how Sweetwater’s best-in-class builders are on point with what buyers want.
New research is suggesting that just 15 minutes a day of jogging or other exercise can improve your mood and help prevent depression. That’s great news if you live at Sweetwater, where you can enjoy miles of trails and work out at the Sweetwater Club.
Pulte’s rooftop balcony in their Nelson model home was included in a recent webinar of top housing design trends from DesignLens, the building industry’s largest online library of photo tours for model homes and master-planned communities.
April is a spectacular month for wildflowers in Austin and the Hill Country, and 2019 is shaping up to be one of the best years in recent memory. To help you find the bluebonnets and other beautiful wildflowers, we’ve scouted out these hotspots in Austin and the Hill Country.
Relocating from California, Lindsey and Steffen have been surprised to find so many out-of-state transplants also newly arrived at Sweetwater. As a family who loves the outdoors, it didn’t take long for them embrace Sweetwater’s beautiful Hill Country environment.
Some 17 million kids head off to college each year, according to the AARP, but an empty nest doesn’t have to mean at empty life. In fact, it can be the start of an exciting new chapter in life. Here are 6 ways to get started.
From schools and recreation, to activities that will help newcomers feel right at home, here are 5 ways master-planned communities like Sweetwater are checking all the boxes for young families looking for a new home.
Sweetwater’s great location makes it easy to enjoy the many diverse activities that make Austin such a great place to live. From parks and museums, to bats and wildflowers, here are our Top 10 picks for fun activities that every member of the family will love.
“Anything that looks like the work of a detail-obsessed artisan will be right at home in 2019,” predicts Realtor.com. With its nature-inspired design details, Chesmar’s Ryder model home in Sweetwater is right on trend.
Two recent studies rank Austin as one of the least stressed and most active cities in Texas and the U.S. Another study confirms the health benefits of living amid green space. That’s great news for residents of Sweetwater, who enjoy 750 acres of parks, trails and natural open space.
Several leading paint companies have announced their 2019 Colors of the Year, signaling trends we can expect to see in everything from walls to accessories. Several of the colors capture the natural Hill Country beauty surrounding Sweetwater.
One of the most exciting parts about building a new home is getting to choose all the features you’ve always wanted. With a little advance planning, you can enjoy your new home for many years to come by making it ready to age in place.
A new Outdoor Learning Center is creating hands-on learning opportunities for students in all grade levels at West Cypress Hills Elementary, one of the highly regarded Lake Travis ISD schools serving Sweetwater.
From lakes and swimming holes, to parks and wineries, Sweetwater is close to many Austin and Hill Country attractions. Lakeway is one of the most popular destinations, and here’s our list of the Top 10 things to do in this scenic Lake Travis town.
If you’re planning a move to Austin, our relocation guide has some great resources to help you choose the right community, get organized and packed, and find info on local schools and other priorities. We even list all the reasons to love Austin – as if you need them.
It’s said that one of the best ways to find out if a community is right for you is to talk to some current residents. At Sweetwater, we’ve made it easy to feel our community vibe, with video interviews featuring real residents.
Dog showers are one of 10 interior design trends the experts at Realtor.com think we’ll see everywhere in 2019. We’re ahead of the trend at Sweetwater, where one of our beautifully decorated model homes already includes a convenient dog shower.
Over and over, Sweetwater residents tell us that they love their neighbors. For most of us, being a great neighbor comes naturally, but who can’t use a helpful reminder? Here are four ways to be a good neighbor wherever you live.
Whether they come from across Austin or across the country, a growing number of residents are moving to Sweetwater, a leading new home master-planned community in Austin and the Hill Country. Here are the Top 10 reasons that Sweetwater residents love where they live.
If you’re feeling stressed, check out these relaxing home plans at Sweetwater. From spa-like master baths to elevated patios, they’re filled with features that will make you say relax and say “Ahhhhh.”
“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.
Today’s independent-minded empty nesters are choosing new homes ranging from high-rises to ranches. And a growing number are choosing master-planned communities like Sweetwater, where they can enjoy a winning combination of amenities, activities, property protections and more.
The cozy outdoor fireplace at the Sweetwater Club got us thinking about the ways to enjoy a warm fire this season, whether it’s heading over to the Club, or relaxing in your own backyard. Here are the top 6 ideas we found.
With treats and activities for residents and visitors of all ages, Sweetwater’s Fall Festival has become a cherished annual tradition. See photos from the 2018 edition of this family-friendly celebration.
For homebuyers who prefer one-story floor plans, Sweetwater offers many single-level homes plans to be built, ranging from more than 1,600 to over 3,200 square feet. Several of our fully furnished model homes and many quick move-in homes also feature one-story designs.
What’s your idea of entertaining? Whether it’s an outdoor cookout, movie night or a formal dinner, we have the perfect home plan for that at Sweetwater. See 5 perfect plans for all kinds of entertaining.
From music to nature, there are so many reasons Millennials love Austin, we created this interactive animation to combine facts, photos and polls. Cast your vote for your favorite wildflower, show your love for UT-Austin and more.
Sweetwater is a trail-lover’s paradise, with 5 distinct trails meandering along ridges, canyons and scenic creek crossings. In the first of a series, we profile of one of our most-loved trails, Maidenhair Trail.
What does a HOA, or Home Owners Association, do? Why is it a good idea to have one? In this blog, we demystify the role of HOAs and explain how they help create a vibrant lifestyle and protect home investment in new and established communities.
The Texas Hill Country surrounding Sweetwater 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.
It’s hard to imagine a library making a list of the world’s 100 greatest places, alongside natural wonders and archaeological treasures. But the Austin Central Library, built around a sunny six-story atrium, is a library like no other. And it’s easy to visit from Sweetwater.
Sweetwater is proud to be home to the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin’s 2019 Benefit Home, now being built by Chesmar Homes on a homesite donated by Newland. Proceeds will benefit HomeAid Austin, working to provide housing for today’s homeless.
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.
There are so many great things about living in Austin and the Texas Hill Country, including the fact that we’re located along one of the main migratory routes for Monarch butterflies. October is prime time for Monarch watching in Sweetwater and the surrounding Texas Hill Country.
Successful custom homes are the result of meticulous planning, quality craftsmanship, and a thoughtful infusion of personal style. If this is the first time you've considered building a custom home, let us share a few tips we've learned to make your homebuilding experience an easier one.
From running the trails to working out at the fitness center, Sweetwater residents enjoy many ways to keep fit right in their own community. For even more, the new Hill Country Indoor health and athletics club has opened less than 5 miles away.
Niche has released its 2019 school rankings, and the Lake Travis Independent School District serving Sweetwater ranks the No. 2 Best School District in Austin. Each of the Lake Travis campuses zoned to Sweetwater is also highly rated.
With open floor plans more popular than ever, builders are getting creative in providing storage spaces to keep clutter at bay. See 6 innovative ways builders are adding storage spaces that are out of sight and easy to utilize.
Sweetwater is proud to a partner of Austin Pets Alive!, a pioneering organization devoted to saving the lives of pets that would otherwise be euthanized in shelters. So far, they have saved more than 50,000 cats and dogs, including many who found their forever homes here in Sweetwater.
Sweetwater residents enjoy more than 700 acres of parks, trails and natural open spaces right inside their community. They also enjoy quick and easy access to many nearby natural treasures, from swimming holes to state parks.
Sweetwater is home to about 750,000 honeybees, so you might say that every month here is honey month. But September is an extra-sweet time of the year, as we join bee-lovers across the U.S.A. to celebrate National Honey Month.
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 Sweetwater’s homebuilders are designing new homes for the way people live today.
Encouraging locals to enjoy Austin’s kid-friendly attractions has become a family project for Annette Lucksinger, her kids and husband. She shares some of their favorite things to do, including several near Sweetwater.
Pulte’s new Nelson model home in Sweetwater is filled with great features, including an open family gathering area, a flex room and a covered patio. But don’t take our word for it. See this model home for yourself with our 3D virtual tour.
The Lake Travis Independent School District has earned an A accountability rating from the Texas Education Agency, and all of the Lake Travis ISD schools serving Sweetwater earned the highest possible campus ratings.
Some myths are great, but others need to be debunked, especially if they keep you from achieving an important life goal, like buying your first home. Let our quiz help you learn the facts and get on the road to homeownership.
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.
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.
From miles of trails to new homes with dog-friendly features, Sweetwater really puts out the “welcome” mat for dogs. And for the growing number of homebuyers who consider dogs a big part of the family, that’s great news.
Whether you want to get away with the kids, the girls, or even by yourself, we’ve rounded some great Hill Country day trip ideas. They’re close enough to Sweetwater that you can get a leisurely start in the morning, and be home in time for a relaxing evening.
Priced from the low $300,000s, all new Pulte homes in Sweetwater are wired and ready for the latest smart technologies, which have been shown to reduce energy costs, improve security and increase resale appeal.
Serving Sweetwater students in grades 6-8, Lake Travis Middle School has earned a spot on the prestigious Texas Honor Roll, which recognizes schools for high levels of academic achievement and other metrics of providing a quality education.
Sweetwater is only a few miles away from all kinds of grocery stores and restaurants, and for even more convenience, a growing number of companies are offering home delivery or curbside pickup for groceries, prepared foods and other goods.
Sure, it’s hot outside, but fortunately for those of us who love spending time outdoors, the Texas Hill Country surrounding Sweetwater offers many cool attractions, from crystal-clear swimming holes to fascinating caverns.
The 10-acre Sweetwater Club is the active social hub of Sweetwater, especially during summer, when residents enjoy cooling off in the two-tiered swimming pool and frolicking in the splash pad. Experience it now with our 3D virtual tour.
Lock in a great interest rate. Settle in before school starts. Live green and save green. These are just a few of our Top 10 reasons to buy a new Sweetwater home that you can start loving right away. See them all in our blog.
This is a great time to enjoy the many recreational opportunities the Texas Hill Country has to offer. Our Hill Country Guide has a collection of articles about places where you can plunge into a refreshing swimming hole, tube down a crystal clear river, kayak on a lake and more.
MUDs, or Municipal Utility Districts, are as much a part of life in Texas as boots and beer, but many newly arrived residents don’t know much about them. Ditto for many lifelong Texans as well. Let our infographic take the mystery out of MUDs for you.
Pulte, the nation’s third-largest homebuilder on the Housing Giants list, has now opened its fully furnished model home in one of Sweetwater’s newest neighborhoods. Pulte offers new homes priced from the low $300,000s in Sweetwater.
Sweetwater is joining the American Hiking Society to celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 2. Residents will meet at the Sunset Pavilion for a morning hike along the community’s scenic trail system.
Coventry and M/I Homes have a limited number of final opportunities in Sweetwater. That’s great news for anyone looking for a new home they can move into quickly, in time to enjoy a full summer of recreation at the Sweetwater Club and other amenities.
The Texas Hill Country is a popular place for retirement and pre-retirement living, with Austin and other Hill Country cities ranking high on Forbes’ 25 Best Places to Retire List. See how Forbes crunched the numbers, and see our insider’s guide on what makes life great here.
Open floor plans offer advantages for many types of families and lifestyles, but they may not be the best layout for everyone. Check our checklist on the pros and cons of open floor plan living, and see some stunning open floor plans offered at Sweetwater.
Bee Cave is more than just an interesting name. It’s also an A+ place to live and raise a family, according to the 2018 rankings from Niche. Find out why this city near Sweetwater gets high marks for schools, safety, and friendliness for families, Millennials and other groups.
What's the difference between buying a new home now, while interest rates are still near historic lows, or waiting until next year, when they are expected to rise? As our new infographic shows, the difference in your monthly payment could add up to the equivalent of college tuition.
As parents know, SAT scores are a quick and effective way to gauge how well a school prepares students for college. The latest data shows that Lake Travis High School is doing a great job, one of only 6 Austin area high schools on a new statewide list.
With Hill Country style architecture that embraces rustic stone, spacious front porches, metal roof accents and other traditional architectural details, Sweetwater’s new homes are designed in harmony with the community’s beautiful Hill Country environment.
What will the kids do this summer? Sweetwater has partnered with Kidventure to offer 9 summer camp sessions that provide unique adventures for promote fun, learning and development. It all takes place right in the community, at the 10-acre Sweetwater Club.
Hundreds of visitors enjoyed the Sweetwater Wildflower Festival last weekend, and there’s still time to enjoy an above-average wildflower season throughout the Texas Hill Country. But hurry – the bluebonnets, Indian paintbrushes and other Texas beauties won’t last much longer.
Personal finance is the biggest source of stress and anxiety for 62% of Americans, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are five great books that can demystify the topic and put you and your book club friends on the road to financial freedom.
A sand volleyball court is the newest addition to the 10-acre Sweetwater Club. With these 10 fun facts about the sport, you’ll be the smartest person playing, especially if you do some pancakes, kongs and Filipino bombs.
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.
Houzz has identified 22 interior design trends that experts expect to grow stronger in 2018. Here are seven trends you can see right now at Sweetwater – one for each of our seven beautifully decorated model homes.
Hill Country gardening experts agree that container gardening is a perfect fit for the region’s rocky soils and our busy lifestyles. Sweetwater residents have an extra advantage when it comes to growing fresh veggies.
To help homebuyers choose the best Austin area school district for their family, we’ve gathered the latest data on the Lake Travis Independent School District from the Texas Education Agency, Niche, Great Schools and other respected sources. Bottom line: Lake Travis ISD is a top school district.
With the wildflowers in bloom and the weather just perfect, spring is the perfect time to enjoy a day trip in the Texas Hill Country. From wine to wildlife, here are 5 day trip ideas everyone in the family will love.
You probably wouldn’t buy a used smart phone, so why settle for a used home that doesn’t have the technology and other advantages of today’s new homes? Here are 7 leading reasons why new is better than used.
Sweetwater residents have a sweet deal when it comes to fun and fine dining near the community. That’s especially true for Valentine’s Day, when many nearby restaurants offer special menus. See our top picks for romantic dining, close to home.
The votes are in for the top three nearby restaurants loved by Sweetwater residents. From a classic seafood and oyster bar, to a down-home Texas icehouse, the results are as fun and diverse as Sweetwater itself.
Whether they come from across Austin or across the country, a growing number of residents are moving to Sweetwater, attracted by highly regarded schools, the opportunity to live close to nature, neighborly events and more. Here are the Top 10 reasons that Sweetwater residents love where they live.
With enhanced home search capability, virtual reality tours, in-depth area news and much more, Sweetwater’s new website has been thoughtfully designed for the 90% of homebuyers who rely on the Internet for their home search.
There are plenty of gift guides out there this time of year, and many of them are very good. But how many of them are devoted to gift-worthy goods and experience that celebrate Austin and the Hill Country?
The “purple room phenomenon” is just one reason home buyers and sellers should strongly consider using the services of a professional Realtor. We offer 5 lists with a total of 36 reasons why Realtors are so valuable.
Shopping for a new home can be exciting, but can also be overwhelming. In Sweetwater, we want to make it easy to choose the right floor plan. You can search, view and compare floor plans with our homefinder tool.
It’s great when family and friends visit for the holidays, and there’s no need to stress about keeping everyone entertained. With tips on everything from restaurants and shopping, to nature and entertainment, our Area Guide will help make sure there’s never a dull moment.
Connecting kids with nature has benefits ranging from increased mental acuity to decreased obesity and depression. Plus, it’s a lot of fun. Here’s how living in a nature-rich community like Sweetwater can help make kids happier.
On Saturday, Nov. 11, Sweetwater’s Fall Festival will offer food trucks, live music, kids’ activities and prizes. It will also be a great time to discover 30+ new homes available for quick move-in at Sweetwater.
Fall is a great time for trail exercise, especially if you live in a community like Sweetwater, with miles of scenic trails just footsteps from home. Here are some tips to help runners and walkers get the most out of trails everywhere.
While Sweetwater’s youngest residents head back to highly regarded Lake Travis ISD schools, older residents can explore lifelong learning from prestigious institutions including The University of Texas.
The Sweetwater trails are spectacular and they are even better when you hike them with your closest companion. With over 700 acres to explore, you will want to make sure that you and your dog are prepared. Here are some of our top tips when exploring the hiking trails in Sweetwater with your dog.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 inside Westin's new fully furnished model home, the Carter III.
Chesmar and Westin have opened two new model homes in Sweetwater, showcasing some of the stunning Hill Country views offered in the Stone Creek neighborhood. Both of these new models feature expansive outdoor living areas.
Spring is a beautiful time to drive up to The Summit, an exclusive estate home enclave atop one of the highest points in Sweetwater. With an elevation of 1,235 feet – one of the highest points in Travis County – The Summit is limited to only 30 estate homesites for sale within a gated entrance.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. It's the 12 Annual Bat Fest on Saturday, August 20, from 4 p.m. to midnight.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Sweetwater is home to residents of all ages, including one that’s estimated to be 800 years old. The oldest living being in Sweetwater is a rare Texas Madrone tree, located along the trail that follows Pedernales Summit Parkway, the community’s main thoroughfare.
Stagecoach trail preserves part of Sweetwater's rich history. Among the miles of trails already completed in Sweetwater, there is a preserved section of the old stagecoach route that used to run between Austin and Llano in the late 1800s.
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!
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.
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.
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!
The Sweetwatear Club's pool has been called one of the nation's best, but for something different, try a classic Texas swimming hole - like Hamilton Pool located minutes from Sweetwater. There are several more that made the "10 Best" that are pretty close as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.