With the Hiking Club, Sweetwater residents can meet neighbors while exploring the community’s seven beautiful trails, along with activities in the surrounding Hill Country. The hikes are led by resident Rosemary Borthwick and her Australian Shepherd, Bonnie, who both love the outdoors.
Since relocating to Austin from Arizona in 2020, Shannon Worley has developed a strong following in Sweetwater and neighboring communities for her family portraits. Life is also picture-perfect for the rest of the family, with their two kids thriving at Lake Travis ISD’s Rough Hollow Elementary.
One of Austin’s newest startups is Neighborhood Squirrel, founded by 10-year-old Sweetwater resident Ethan Kuhr (center). With the help of classmates Cason and Everett, this new business is really cleaning up and teaching these good friends life lessons about work and friendship.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!”
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.
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.
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.