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Tranquility of a Small Town and the Excitement of a Big City
Apr 1, 2015, 6:00 pm
Katie Brown

For those seeking the tranquility of a small town with the excitement of a larger city, Clearwater Ranch is a new community conveniently located 30 miles northwest of Austin in Liberty Hill.  Owned and developed by the Lookout Development Group, Clearwater Ranch features spacious lot sizes where homeowners can create their own unique, personalized properties from a select group of builders.

“Clearwater Ranch is an all estate community with custom homes scaled for a larger acreage setting,” says Bill Hinckley, president of the Lookout Development Group.  “No homesite is smaller than an acre and many are much larger.  Compared to many other master-planned communities, Clearwater Ranch homes are wider in design and not what you would find on the typical subdivision lot.”

Within the Clearwater Ranch community residents can choose from a select group of builders that includes Giddens Homes, Sitterle Homes, and Drees Custom Homes.  “All of our builders have designed architecture that is specific to the lot setting in this community, so the homes are unique to the property and not just a typical production home on a larger lot,” Hinckley says.

When it comes to choosing the right Clearwater Ranch home, Hinckley says the possibilities are endless.  Not only does the community boast a variety of lot sizes and views, but each of the three builders offers a variety of distinct home designs and options for homeowners to choose from.

“Realtors love the fact that we have some homes for immediate move-in as well as homes that are completely customizable by the buyer,” Hinckley says.  “Clearwater Ranch has something for virtually every buyer, but on a larger home site.”

Throughout the community residents can enjoy the great outdoors with a spacious 12-acre park with playground, lengthy nature trails and an abundance of dense greenery.  “Many of our homesites are on heavily wooded lots, and some properties have views of the creek,” Hinckley says.  “The street scenes are artful, and the common areas are as nice as any master-planned community in Austin.  Clearwater Ranch has polish, which can be rare in large acreage communities.

Currently the largest demographic living in Clearwater Ranch is families with children who are attracted to the community’s value and convenient location to Liberty Hill Independent School District.  “The resounding comment that I hear from residents is, ‘Why would we buy a smaller home on the traditional neighborhood lot when we can get more on an acre at Clearwater Ranch?  The kids have room to roam here, and we get more home for the money spent,’” Hinckley says.  “ People are blown away by the new Liberty Hill High School down the street, as it looks more like a college campus that a high school.”

While the community’s rural feel is attractive to buyers looking for a calmer, more tranquil lifestyle, its close proximity to Austin and the new 183A Toll Road makes it easy for commuters travelling into the city for work.  Additionally the city of Liberty Hill continues to open new businesses, retail, and commercial properties.  “Clearwater Ranch offers a great quality of life to raise a family in the shadow of the big city,” Hinckley says.

Lookout Development Group, which owns and develops the Clearwater Ranch community, has been the largest developer in the Liberty Hill area for nearly 20 years.  Other Lookout Group communities include Austin’s Crystal Falls and the upcoming Esperanza community in San Antonio.

In addition to its large lot sizes, spanning views, and great school districts; Hinckley notes that one of Clearwater Ranch’s main differences is the experience of its developers.  “No other developer has delivered more high-acreage communities in Central Texas than the Lookout Group,” he says.  “Clearwater Ranch benefits from Lookout’s vast experience in delivering a community that will grow in property value though elaborate covenants and deed restrictions, strong HOA governance, and an artful approach to the street scene and home elevations.”

Originally published in April issue, page 25.

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