Trendmaker Homes, a unit of the TRI Pointe Group, recently entered the Central Texas market at Belterra, a 1,600-acre master-planned community in southwest Austin. The Houston-based builder is offering 38 single-family homes on 80-foot home sites in the Hays County project developed by Charlotte, N.C.-based Crescent Communities. Prices start in the $560,000s.

“We are excited to be a part of this award-winning development by Crescent Communities and to offer our unique style of homes and features for the booming Austin housing market,” says Terry Shuffler, vice president and general manager of Trendmaker Homes’ Austin division. “New residents will enjoy the convenience of having Austin nearby but will also experience majestic views, natural wildlife and the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country.”

Trendmaker’s home selections include eight floor plans with three elevations each, ranging in size from 3,397 square feet to 3,974 square feet. Targeting move-up family and empty-nester buyer groups, residents will enjoy one- and two-story homes with a minimum of four bathrooms, three to four bedrooms, up to three-car garages, casual dining areas that open into kitchens, game room and study, hidden storage areas, covered patios and optional outdoor kitchens. As part of Trendmaker’s LivingSmart program, every home is designed and independently certified to exceed local energy codes and enhanced with money-saving, energy-efficient features throughout.

Named the Austin Business Journal’s 2015 Master-Planned Community of the Year, Belterra offers more than 400 acres of open space and more than six miles of native and landscaped trails. Located about 25 miles southwest of downtown Austin, the community is part of the award-winning Dripping Springs School District (DSISD), ranked 7th in the top school districts of Texas.

While Belterra is Trendmaker Homes’ first grand opening in the Austin market, the company continues to strengthen its presence in the city and surrounding communities, says Shuffler. The builder acquired 29 lots for single family homes at the Crystal Falls development in Austin and is in the process of securing additional lots at Headwaters, a 1,035-acre development in Dripping Springs, Texas.

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