Blakefield to Develop 2,200-Acre Master-Planned Community Near Austin, Texas

by Katie Sloan

Austin, Texas — The Travis County Commissioners Court has approved Blakefield LLC’s plans to develop Thomas Ranch, a 2,200-acre master-planned community off Highway 71 and Paleface Ranch Road in Western Travis County near Austin.

The community will be situated around the shoreline along the Pedernales River. Thomas Ranch will include approximately 3,300 single-family homes; apartments; a marketplace of shops, entertainment venues and restaurants; a resort hotel and spa; a town square; and community gardens.

The property includes five ecosystems, direct access to Lake Travis, natural creeks and miles of nature trails. An extensive network of walking, jogging and hiking trails will connect the areas. Overall, approximately one third of the development — 700 acres — is reserved for parks and trails.

Construction on the community’s infrastructure is scheduled to begin in 2018, with single-family homes following in 2019.  Each section will be built in four to five phases over the course of 15 to 20 years, according to the developers.

Blakefield is the lead developer of the project and is partnering with Dannenbaum Engneering, Sherwood Engineers, SWCA Environmental Consultants, Kimley Horn, Ten Eyke Landscape Architects and Integra Group.

Blakefield LLC is a Wilmette, Illinois-based developer of large-scale mixed-use and master-planned real estate projects.

— Nellie Day

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