By Katie Agness
Located in Liberty Hill, Clearwater Ranch is a master-planned community that offers residents quality homes in a scenic environment, all with proximity to Austin. “Homeowners that move to the beautiful acreage community of Clearwater Ranch experience wide-open spaces without giving up big city conveniences,” says William R. Hinckley, president of The Lookout Group, the developer of Clearwater Ranch.
The recent expansion of the 183-A toll road has helped propel Liberty Hill’s growth. “Living in Liberty Hill gives you have access to Liberty Hill ISD’s highly rated schools, and you are close to Austin, major employers, great shopping, restaurants and excellent medical facilities,” Hinckley says. “The expansion of the 183-A toll road was a game changer for Liberty Hill, and it is now a true rural boomtown with local conveniences being added daily and exemplary schools just moments away.”
However, Hinckley says the community is still able to maintain its history and charm. “Liberty Hill is growing at a pretty frenetic pace, but is taking steps to protect its sense of place and history,” he says. “This is evident in the old downtown area that is enjoying a renaissance of sorts.”
Over 20 years ago, The Lookout Group purchased Drennan Ranch, a 600-acre bull pasture, and the land has since been developed into Clearwater Ranch. “The owners wanted to wait until Liberty Hill was ripe and ready for a community with high-level deed restrictions and executive housing before launching Clearwater,” Hinckley says.
Today, Clearwater Ranch is in the process of its third phase of development and has 35 sites available for presale. “There are two more phases in Clearwater Ranch with extensive creek frontage sites on both Bear and Lackey Creeks,” Hinckley says. “A new Liberty Hill Fire Station will also be built in the community this year to lower insurance premiums and provide for immediate health and safety response times.”
Residents are able to purchase 1-acre homesites from three select builders: Sitterle Homes, Giddens Homes and Drees Homes. “To ensure quality and cohesiveness, Sitterle, Giddens and Drees make up our developer-controlled group of select custom builders,” Hinckley says. “All homes must be wide-body in design, with a minimum of 65-foot slabs, which is appropriate for an estate setting. There are no front-loading, two-car garages or unsightly solid board fencing allowed, and we always have 100 percent first floor masonry on all new homes and underground utilities.”
Clearwater Ranch offers home styles, amenities and conveniences that cater to a variety of homebuyers. “We have a lot of families due to the top-rated Liberty Hill ISD schools, as well as retirees or empty nesters wanting to get out of the city,” Hinckley says. “Our community has common areas, the Creekside park and a playscape area for residents to enjoy.”
Through quality homebuilders, comprehensive deed restrictions and a professionally managed homeowners association, Clearwater Ranch is able to preserve and grow property values long into the future, ensuring value for its residents. “There is not a better value in Central Texas than Clearwater Ranch,” Hinckley says. “Here you can enjoy a larger home on an estate lot for the same price as a traditional lot in the typical Austin area subdivision.” RL