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, especially during the Texas Hill Country’s dog days of summer. 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.
“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.
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 onU.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, stopping by the Sweetwater Club on the first and third Wednesday mornings of every month, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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. With its two gravel tracks, the old stagecoach route is easily distinguishable from the one-lane rustic trails that meander throughout Sweetwater, part of an overall community trail system that will ultimately extend for 10 miles.
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!
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.
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.
With more than four decades of experience, Newland Communities commitment to green and sustainable development has rightfully earned them the honors of representing Green Home Builder magazine’s Developer of the Year.
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.
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.
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 Communities.
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.
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.
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.
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