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.
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.
It’s peach season in the Texas Hill Country, which makes for some fun day trips to nearby Fredericksburg and Stonewall, the self-proclaimed Peach Capital of Texas. Take the kids for a family-friendly pick-your-own adventure, or make it a grown-up outing by including some visits to the area’s many wineries.
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.
From family togetherness to convenient entertaining, 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 over the life of a 30-year mortgage.
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.
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.
Austin ranks No. 1 on a growing number of lists, from “best places to live” to “most creative cities.” Beyond the data, the reasons we love Austin are practically limitless, and some are as weird as our beloved city itself. Find your favorite reason to love Austin in our infographic, or tell us your own.
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, 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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. (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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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