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22 August . 2017

Turner family excited to build the first custom home in The Summit at Sweetwater


As the first family to build in The Summit, the Turners are as excited about Sweetwater’s strong sense of community as they are about the 20-mile Hill Country views from their home site.

“Our daughters already have friends living in Sweetwater,” said Marcus Turner. “While there are only about 30 homesites in The Summit, it was a huge deal for us to be part of a larger community with amenities like the Sweetwater Club and events throughout the year.”

The Turners also loved the fact that they were able to select their favorite home site in The Summit and bring in their own custom builder.

They had previously established a relationship with Duffin Custom Homes of Dripping Springs, and Duffin has just started construction on their home, which should be ready by next spring.

The family is working with builder Teresa Duffin to craft a sprawling one-story ranch home with a casita. Overall, the home will include about 5,800 square feet, with an inspired and modern design featuring white stucco, black trim, and pops of color such as double front doors in an aqua hue.

The landscaping will emphasize Texas succulents, along with a large oak tree that will be preserved on the home site.

The Turner family loves to spend time outside, and their new Sweetwater home will include a large outdoor living area with a screened porch, a swimming pool, and a rooftop deck for relaxing in the evening and enjoying the view.

Their backyard faces west, offering stunning Hill Country views of rolling hills and steep canyons, with a glimpse of Lake Travis Junior High in the distance.

“The view is absolutely gorgeous,” said Marcus. “We looked all over this area when we decided to build a new home, and there’s nothing like Sweetwater for the value, the views and the amenities.”

Marcus is the owner of Austin-based Enola Labs, a software architecture/engineering company focusing on innovation, cloud enablement and health tech. His wife, Hadra, is owner of Monarch Marketing & Sales, a rep agency focusing on selling interior and exterior cabinetry.

They have two daughters, and the oldest starts kindergarten this year at West Cypress Hills Elementary School, one of the highly regarded Lake Travis ISD schools serving Sweetwater.

The Turners had previously lived in downtown Austin in Bouldin Creek.   After they had kids, they moved to the Lakeway area for the schools, with the intention of building a custom home.

Now that they have found their ideal community and home site at Sweetwater, the family plans to put down deep roots.

“We see this as a 15-year house for us, and we believe that this is an area that will retain its value,” Marcus said. “We are also planning ahead with the casita, which will have about 1,100 square feet. For now, it will be a residence for our nanny/nutritionist, and later it can be a nice home for my mother.”

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 home sites 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.

Home sites are 110 feet wide, and from 150 to 190 feet deep, and some are even larger.  In addition to offering panoramic Hill Country views, many home sites are wooded with oak trees.

Home site prices in the first phase range from the low $200,000s to mid $300,000s.

With a beautiful Hill Country location only 22 miles from Downtown Austin and 5 miles from the Hill Country Galleria, Sweetwater has an award-winning master plan that devotes half of its 1,400 acres to parks, trails and natural open space.

Residents of The Summit enjoy amenities including The Sweetwater Club, offering a resort-style pool, a sprawling Hill Country style clubhouse, sports fields, an amphitheater and more. A new fitness center will open at The Sweetwater Club in 2017.

Sweetwater also has 10 miles of trails meandering along dramatic canyons, ridges, creeks and waterfalls. The community’s Lifestyle Director creates year ‘round activities for residents of all ages, along with annual events such as the Sweetwater Wildflower Festival.

Learn more about The Summit, including the overall site plan and available home sites.

tags: Custom Homes