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28 May . 2019

Meet the residents: The Franklin family felt “called by the hills”

Meet Sweetwater residents Reese and Melany Franklin and their five-year-old son, Conor. When they first moved to the Austin area, they looked all over and ended up settling on the south side. But as Melany explains, “The hills kept calling us back to the west side.” Read why this young family is happy they listened to the call of the hills – and Sweetwater.

  • Welcome to Sweetwater! Where are you from originally?

We’re native Texans, y’all! Reese is from Houston, Melany is from Dallas, and Conor was born right here in Austin

  • How did you come to live at Sweetwater?

When we first relocated to Austin, we landed in this general area and fell in love with it. We ended up building in Buda, but the hills kept calling us back to the west side. We looked at all the communities in the area, and we felt like Sweetwater fit our family best. We returned several times over about a year to be sure we wanted to live here, and we finally closed on our house in March 2018.

  • What’s your favorite thing about the community?

It’s so hard to pick one favorite thing, because we love so many things about Sweetwater. We do love that there are so many families with kids the same age as our son. He starts kindergarten at West Cypress Hills Elementary next year.

  • Tell us about your family.

Reese is a third generation Aggie, Melany loves to cook and entertain at our house, and Conor is a five-year-old obsessed with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

  • What would you tell someone considering a move to Sweetwater?

The amenities, the HOA, the neighbors, the hills – it’s all here. Stop looking.

  • What’s your favorite local place to go out on a date?

We like to try a new place every time we go out, but we have been to The League several times.

  • What has surprised you about living here? 

We didn’t realize how perfect the location is. When you turn right out of Sweetwater, you head to the city. Turn left, and you drive right into the Hill Country. It’s fabulous!

  • Can you share something very few people know about you?

Once a month, Melany organizes a Mom’s Night Out for the community.

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