Williamson Co. community to add 1,450 homes

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by SHANNON MURRAY / KVUE NEWS and Photojournalist DENNIS THOMAS

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Posted on July 19, 2013 at 10:37 PM

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas -- Business is booming in Williamson County's housing market. The latest proof sits on Ronald Reagan Boulevard near Highway 29. The new development, Rancho Siena, sits in an unincorporated area in between Leander, Georgetown and Liberty Hill.

Rancho Siena will offer more than 1,450 homes; 100 are already on the ground.

"I can't even begin to imagine how large it will become," said new resident Mike Atchley. "What I know from three weeks -- I really love it. I've met a few of the neighbors."

Atchley is not new to Williamson County. He's lived in the area since 1978.

"I've seen the splurge of Round Rock. Cedar Park, when I moved here, was just a name. Now it's exploded," Atchley said.

"It's a great place to raise a family, a good school district, close to employment centers in northwest Austin," said Bill Meyer, general manager with Newland Communities.

Meyer says they've acquired 500 acres to include homes, a daycare, and a new school as part of the Liberty Hill school district. In fact, the superintendent is already a resident.

"The superintendent was one of the first buyers out here," Meyer claimed. "We've been in ongoing communications with them, so we're excited about the potential school site out here. He knows he's going to need more schools out here with the growth that's coming."

The development will also have a swimming pool, fitness center, and trails overlooking the canyons and rolling hills.

"We're excited to have a community that has a natural landscape to start with that we can work with, instead of trying to create it," Meyer said.

"We like the location, being kind of out in the country a little bit before it all builds up," Atchley said.

It won't be long. "For sale" signs are up, and construction will continue over the next seven to 10 years.

The development will be similar to Falcon Pointe in Pflugerville and Teravista in Round Rock. At Rancho Siena, homes will be anywhere from 1,600 square feet to more than 4,000. They're priced in the $200,000s.

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