Are you looking for more in your next home than four walls and a roof? Do you want a sense of community and resort style amenities too? If you value the experience as much as you do the home, you’ll want to consider one of these great Austin area communities with the most enviable amenities available to residents. While you will have to travel a bit out of the city to find these great neighborhoods, once you get there you may never want to leave.
Located on the south shore of Lake Travis in the community of Lakeway, Rough Hollow offers residents direct lake access, sweeping hill country views and top notch amenities. Rough Hollow has it’s own yacht club and marina where residents can store their boats, enjoy concierge service, and dine at the on-site restaurant. They even offer complimentary stand up paddle board and kayak rentals to guests (I mean residents). The community also features a resort style pool complete with swim up bars and a lazy river. If you feel like enjoying yourself outside without getting wet there are tennis courts, soccer fields, a playscape, volleyball courts, a dog park and an amphitheater. There’s also a state of the art fitness center and a splash pad for the little ones. Speaking of kiddos, Rough Hollow feeds into one of the best school districts in the Austin area, Lake Travis ISD.
Head west of Austin to Dripping Springs to find Headwaters, another master-planned community with ample amenities. Headwaters embraces healthy living and accomplishes this by providing residents with a vast trail system, a fitness center with on-site work-out classes, an expansive sports field and multiple parks. The developers of Headwaters also wanted to create a strong sense of community among residents and created multiple spaces to assist with this task. There’s a large outdoor pavilion with seating and televisions as well as the HUB wi-fi cafe where residents can enjoy a cup of coffee or a meal with other residents.
Just east of Austin is the appropriately named Easton Park community. Located on 1,500 acres, there’s plenty of room for tons of lifestyle enhancing amenities. The Union is Easton’s Park 14,000 square foot amenity center featuring a club-style fitness facility, event space, and gaming room. Outside you will find bocce ball courts, outdoor fireplaces, jam stations and a huge pool. The Adventure West section of the community will feature an integrated trail system connecting residents to a community garden, amphitheater, playground, pavilion, a pond and a green space perfect for yoga, picnics and outdoor games. There will also be future commercial space in this section of Easton Park. Overall residents at Easton Park enjoy amazing amenities at an affordable price.
In Manor you can find Whisper Valley- Austin’s newest master-planned green community. Residents enjoy access to a huge 600 acre park, community gardens where you can grow and eat delicious produce, ample trails and pocket parks, and an on-site fitness center. There’s also a Google-powered discovery and amenity center, a geothermal heated pool, an activity room and electric car charging stations. It’s not just the amenities that are eco-friendly in Whisper Valley, homes in this community are zero-energy capable.
The Orchard Ridge community is located about 35 minutes north of Austin in Liberty Hill. This master-planned community also offers resort style amenities to its residents. The Activity Center is home to the community clubhouse, the courtyard, an outdoor pavilion with a fireplace and BBQ grills as well as the pool and splash pad. One of the visions for Orchard Ridge was to create garden spaces that residents can participate in and explore. Thus, Orchard Ridge offers community garden plots, and orchards throughout featuring fruit and nut trees. There is also an expansive fitness center available for resident use complete with strength training and cardio equipment. There are ample outdoor amenities at Orchard Ridge too. In this community you will find two neighborhood parks, two tot lots, an expansive play field, and soon there will be a dog park. Additionally, a trail network provides nearly two miles of paths for walking, hiking or biking.
Also located north of Austin, Rancho Sienna is a community full of amenities located in Georgetown. The Sienna House is the heart of the community; here you will find the fitness center which is open 24 hours a day and has tons of workout equipment plus classes for residents to enjoy. There’s also a basketball court if you feel like shooting some hoops. A large covered pavilion allows residents to gather year round. There’s a cozy wood-burning fireplace for keeping warm in the winter and a large fan for a cool breeze in the summer. The Sienna House also has a large grassy lawn for casual picnics, movie-nights, and summer concerts. The Sienna House pool offers something for everyone: dedicated lap lanes, water volleyball, a beach, and Ol’ Dumper who keeps the little ones entertained. Of course a master planned community in Austin wouldn’t be complete without a splash pad, and Rancho Sienna has not one but two splash pads for the kiddos. Don’t think Rancho Sienna forgot about the fur babies; they have dedicated dog parks for small and large breeds, and if your pup need more activity consider taking him for a hike along Big View Trail.
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Erika Rae Albert
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