Santa Rita Ranch Neighborhood Guide: Where Should You Live in Santa Rita Ranch?
Rarely do residential developments feature a perfect combination of location, planning, and execution, as does the master-planned community of Santa Rita Ranch in the city of Liberty Hill, Texas. Just over 30 miles north of downtown Austin, this prime Hill Country property is close to big city conveniences, yet far enough away to remain true to its rural ranchland roots.
The great outdoors is well-represented in every direction. Recreational activities abound at nearby Lake Travis and the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. Just 10 miles away, outside of Georgetown, are numerous parks along the banks of the San Gabriel River, and Bastrop State Park is only an hour away.
However, the true attraction of buying a home in Santa Rita Ranch is what’s within the community itself. The list of resort-like neighborhood amenities is extensive, including multiple swimming pools, waterslides, and splash parks next to state-of-the-art fitness centers and social spaces. Numerous parks, playgrounds, and paved hike and bike trails are also found throughout the different sections of The Ranch, with each neighborhood offering unique homes and well-executed lifestyle amenities. So, saddle up and join us as we explore everything that Santa Rita Ranch offers.
Just inside the Elizabeth Park Boulevard entrance off Ronald Reagan Boulevard is the Tierra Rosa neighborhood, sometimes referred to as Santa Rita Ranch North. The first impression visitors have of this part of the community is provided by the Ranch House information and amenity center, with its resort-quality swimming pools and water park, state-of-the-art fitness facility, and inviting green spaces.
The Tierra Rosa neighborhood also features numerous parks, nature trails, catch-and-release fishing ponds, and even a dedicated off-leash play area for resident pups.
The new construction homes for sale in this section of Santa Rita Ranch represent a mix of styles, sizes, and price ranges from several well-respected builders. Companies like Scott Felder, Highland Homes, Lennar, Perry Homes, and Empire Communities build here. Properties in Tierra Rosa generally start from the $500s, with some of the larger homes on 90-foot lots priced from the $800s.
Plenty of quick move-in homes are available in Tierra Rosa, and builders' models are located just past the Ranch House information center.
Nestled in the northwest corner of the Tierra Rosa section of Santa Rita Ranch is the gated community of Ventana. Residents in this lock-and-leave section of the community enjoy all of the amenities Santa Rita Ranch has to offer.
It's just a short stroll to the Ranch House amenity center's swimming pools and splash park, Happy's Wellness Barn, and the dedicated dog park. Elsewhere, Ventana residents have easy access to the hike and bike trails connecting with the plentiful parks and green space throughout Santa Rita Ranch.
New construction garden homes behind the gates of the Ventana neighborhood are typically single-story floorplans ranging from 1,500 to 2,800 square feet, starting from the $500s. Builders in this section include Scott Felder and Sitterle Homes.
What are Garden Homes?
Garden homes in the Ventana neighborhood of Santa Rita Ranch feature spacious, wrap-around yards with lots of low-maintenance outdoor space. There's enough room outside for flower gardens and landscaping, with plenty of space left for grilling and chilling with the neighbors.
Entering the side entrance of the typical Ventana garden home reveals a wide-open floorplan, perfect for entertaining, while the oversized, floor-to-ceiling windows fill the interior with natural light. The garden homes in this section of Santa Rita Ranch are also designed for a true lock-and-leave lifestyle.
What are Lock and Leave Homes?
"Lock and leave" living is best described as having a relatively smaller home with automation and amenities that provide residents significant freedom from maintenance responsibilities. For example, owners of lock-and-leave properties in the gated Ventana neighborhood of Santa Rita Ranch enjoy lawn maintenance included in their monthly HOA fees. No matter how long residents are gone, they can rest easy knowing their home will be well-cared for in their absence.
As its name suggests, the South section of Santa Rita Ranch is located in the southern reaches of the community. Following Santa Rita Boulevard into the neighborhood from the main entrance leads visitors to The Hub at The Green.
This world-class activity center is a gathering place for residents who enjoy amenities like the resort-style swimming pool, BBQ Barn, and family clubhouse. Nearby, a splash pad, playground areas, sand volleyball, and multi-use sports courts offer fun for everyone. Best of all, everything here is within walking distance of the homes in the South section, with paved pathways connecting neighbors with their favorite things to do.
Builders in the South neighborhood of Santa Rita Ranch include Castlerock Communities, Coventry Homes, Prominence, Pulte, and Westin Homes. Floorplans in this section typically range from around 1,500 to more than 3,700 square feet, with prices starting in the $300s.
Santa Rita Ranch Townhomes by Prominence Homes
Tucked in behind Santa Rita Elementary School in the South neighborhood of the Ranch are the Townhomes by Prominence. Residents of these Santa Rita Ranch townhomes enjoy a short walk to all the fun and activities at The Hub at The Green, just across the street from the school. Elsewhere in the neighborhood are plenty of parks and green spaces, connected by a few miles of paved sidewalks and hike and bike trails.
Homebuyers interested in these Santa Rita Ranch townhomes will find several single-story and two-story floorplans to choose from. Most feature two-car garages with three-bed, two-bath configurations. Living space ranges from just under 1,400 square feet to more than 1,900 square feet, with prices from the $300s.
Regency 55+ Community
At the top of the Santa Rita Ranch map is the community's active adult section, designed exclusively for homeowners ages 55 and older. While residents of the Regency 55+ neighborhood have access to all the Santa Rita Ranch amenities and activities available throughout the community, they enjoy exclusive use of Regency's private clubhouse, swimming pools, and sports courts.
Toll Brothers' builders offer several floorplans in the Regency neighborhood, ranging from 1,600 square feet to 3,500 square feet. Various bedroom, bath, and garage configurations are available, priced from the $400s. Several well-appointed quick move-in models are also available for folks who can't wait to start living the Santa Rita Ranch lifestyle.
The community's newest addition is on the east side of Ronald Reagan Boulevard, just across the street from the entrance to the Santa Rita Ranch South section. The Homestead neighborhood sits within easy walking distance of Liberty Hill ISD's Santa Rita Middle School. It's also convenient to all community activity centers and outdoor recreation opportunities The Ranch has to offer.
Builders in the Homestead section include Castlerock Communities, Coventry, Highland, Pulte, Perry, Scott Felder, Toll Brothers, and Westin Homes. Model homes for most of these builders in the neighborhood are open daily. Homebuyers can choose from a wide variety of styles and sizes, with plans ranging from 1,200 square-foot homes on cozy lots to 3,600 square-foot estates set on more oversized homesites. Prices in the Homestead neighborhood generally run from the $400s to the $900s.
The Estates at Terra del Sol
With its own entrance off of County Road 260, the Estates at Terra del Sol section is an enclave of luxury homes set on half-acre lots in the southwest corner of The Ranch. Residents of the Terra del Sol neighborhood have convenient access to all amenities and activities throughout the Santa Rita Ranch development, including multiple community centers, swimming pools, pocket parks, and playground areas.
Texas Hill Country builder Giddens Homes offers several different floorplans and options for custom estate homes in Terra del Sol. Plenty of luxury features are front and center in Giddens' home design, including eight-foot tall doors, granite countertops with travertine backsplashes, custom cabinets, and more. Energy-efficient home features like special windows, roof decking, and HVAC systems are also included in every home. New construction homes in the Estates at Terra Del Sol start at 3,000 square feet with prices from a million and up.
Near the northwest corner of Santa Rita Ranch is the Saddleback neighborhood. This section of the community backs up to several hundred acres of undeveloped natural areas, with Sows Creek meandering along the neighborhood's southern border. In addition to the abundance of outdoor activities available in this section of The Ranch, Saddleback residents enjoy the swimming pools, playgrounds, and multiple amenity centers found throughout the rest of the community.
Pulte Homes has built on more than 200 homesites in Saddleback, with lots ranging in size from 40 to 60 feet wide. Model homes are open daily for prospective homeowners to experience Pulte's distinctive floor plans and innovative customization options.
Ranch Style Living in Liberty Hill, Texas
Those living in Santa Rita Ranch enjoy fun in the sun with multiple swimming pools, splash pads, and over-the-top waterparks, while several community centers provide unparalleled amenities and social gathering spaces for residents. The Ranch is also home to miles of nature trails connecting its many parks and playgrounds with the community's different neighborhoods.
Homes in Santa Rita Ranch represent a wide variety of styles, sizes, and price ranges. Prospective homebuyers can choose from lock-and-leave garden homes and unique townhome properties to spacious luxury homes on estate-size lots. The Ranch has hundreds of single-family homes from some of the area's top builders; there's even a neighborhood reserved for active adults age 55 and older.
Come explore what life can be like in one of the best master-planned communities around Austin.
Is Santa Rita Ranch the next place you'll call home? Call The RealFX Group at (512) 956-7390 to contact an experienced local real estate agent and let us help you discover your new home in Santa Rita Ranch today.
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