By: Katie Agness
“The community is expanding daily, and our estimated build-out could take 15 years,” says Ed Horne, developer for Santa Rita Ranch. “If you are looking for first-class amenities and lifestyle, Santa Rita Ranch leads the pack. The vision of Santa Rita Ranch is to bring the best in luxury lifestyle amenities and we will continue to bring on more each year.”
Santa Rita Ranch residents can enjoy amenities like two-story water slides, outside dining and lounging at the Ranch House pool, state-of-the-art exercise equipment and classes at Happy’s Wellness Barn, or live music, yoga classes and food trucks at The Green Play Park. Throughout the community, miles of hike and bike trails offer additional ways for residents to live an active and healthy lifestyle.
Even with its robust amenity offerings, Santa Rita Ranch has plans to expand further and develop. “We plan to bring multiple amenity centers into the community, all designed with a different purpose and theme, bringing a wide variety of activities to our residents,” Horne says. “We also have a Director of Fun, who plans and hosts a year-round calendar of events to ensure they fully utilize the amenities and live a unique lifestyle. There is something for every age group and interest. It’s all about fun and connectivity.”
Located in the Reagan Corridor of Williamson County, the fifth fastest growing county in Texas, Santa Rita Ranch is within a 15-minute drive to Georgetown, Leander, Liberty Hill and Cedar Park. The area is emerging as a significant employment corridor with supporting businesses, restaurants, entertainment, schools, medical facilities and more. “Santa Rita Ranch sits at the epicenter of this growth,” Horne says. “Within our community alone, a new fire station is under construction and we have land dedicated to new schools for both Liberty Hill and Georgetown, as well as almost 20 acres of commercial tracks that will bring retail and businesses.”
Because of Santa Rita Ranch’s proximity to Austin, expanding surroundings and diverse amenity offerings, the community attracts a variety of residents, from young families to active seniors. “You’ll find a mix of every age and stage of life,” Horne says. “Our amenities are designed to pair with our residents and connect lives. We have many families who now have three generations all living in Santa Rita Ranch, and in a home that was just what they were looking for.”
To cater to their residents’ home style preferences and needs, Santa Rita Ranch has 12 builders who offer a total of 15 different product lines. Homebuyers can expect to see an array of home offerings include 1-story homes, 2-story homes, high ceilings, interior finishing options, energy efficient and environmentally friendly products, outdoor living spaces, large kitchens, and more.
“We have an amazing line up of top builders in the industry. This year, we opened two new model home parks and brought on five new builders,” Horne says. “Prices range from under $200k, which is hard to find anywhere in the area up to around $700k. With so many options, you’ll find an abundance of plans to fit almost any lifestyle and needs list.”
This year, Santa Rita Ranch received the Grand Max Award for Master Planned Community of the Year by the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin, along with five additional industry awards, and named the Master Planned Community of the Year by the Austin Business Journal. Developer Ed Horne was awarded Developer of the Year in 2017 by the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin.
Much of Santa Rita Ranch’s success is embodied in its “Ranch Code,” a set of values the community uses to measure every decision. Elements of the Ranch Code include: learn from the land, enjoy family bonds, live active and healthy, get to know your neighbors, take pride in your work, be kind and respectful and have fun along the way.
“What other master planned community can you name that has a set of values? Our dedication to the Ranch Code serves as our compass to stay true to the vision,” Horne says. “You see the Ranch Code in everything that is on the ground, and you feel it when you visit. It’s inspiring to see it at work.”
Horne continues, “Santa Rita Ranch is a community that places value on an active and healthy lifestyle, living a life inspired, and staying close to the basic,” he says. “It’s a place close to everything you need, and when you pull in the driveway, it’s everything you want.” RL