About 20 miles southwest of downtown Austin lies Caliterra, a brand-new home community that sits on 600 acres of rolling Texas countryside and along the banks of Onion Creek. Not only is this development a showcase of homes built by some of the best names in the business, it's also in touch with all the natural beauty that surrounds it.
But should you want to venture out of the community and into nearby Dripping Springs, you won't be at a loss for things to do. The Hill Country destination is home to everything from wineries and distilleries to a sculpture park and some legendary Texas barbecue.
Here are some attractions you can enjoy if you choose to call Caliterra home.
Whether wine connoisseur or vino newbie, you'll find plenty of tasting opportunities among Dripping Springs' highly rated wineries. A few of the big names include Fall Creek Vineyards, Duchman Family Winery, Hawks Shadow Estate Winery, Westcave Cellars Winery, and Solaro Estate Winery. Schedule a tour of the vineyards or pop into the tasting room to sip and sample award-winning vintages.
Drink up (again)
Wine not your thing? Luckily the area is also home to distilleries and a brewery. Popular vodka brand Deep Eddy calls Dripping Springs home, as do Bell Springs Whiskey and Treaty Oak Distilling Ranch. Pour a pint of Austin Lager, Later Days, Chupahopra, or Whoa-Mango at Twisted X Brewing Co., or stop in to the tasting room over the weekend for small-batch craft brews that are only available to try onsite.
While Mercer Street Dance Hall is currently closed (its new-and-improved venue is slated to open soon), Hudson's on Mercer is filling the live music void. The combination concert venue and music school brings in local, regional, and national acts while also providing 1,200 square feet of recording studio and lesson space. Not ready to lay down tracks just yet? Warm up your voice at the weekly karaoke nights.
Austin Zoo is only a short drive from Caliterra, making it easy to learn about the more than 350 rescued and rehabilitated animals that reside there. You can peek in on daily training and enrichment sessions and hear more about cougars, bears, tortoises, alligators, and primates from the trainers who care for them.
Shop 'til you drop
The immense Hill Country Galleria shopping mall can take care of your brand-name needs, but those seeking out one-of-a-kind antiques and handcrafted gifts should mark their calendars for the first Saturday of the month. At Wimberley Market Days, you can score everything from midcentury glassware to soy candles to nostalgic signs. Proceeds from the event go back to the community through nonprofit donations and scholarships.
If the more than 250 acres of lush green meadows, serene trails, and peaceful open spaces at Caliterra aren't enough to satisfy your nature cravings, the Hill Country has several other options. Founders Memorial Park, Dripping Springs Ranch Park, and Turkey Hollow all offer tranquil green space, while Bee Cave Sculpture Park displays permanent and rotating sculptures across its seven acres.
Homes at Caliterra range from $300,000 to $1.4 million and include access to family-friendly outdoor amenities (like the community garden and Adventure Club cabin), an onsite coffee shop, and the renowned Dripping Springs ISD. Phase two will include a resort-style pool, outdoor pavilion, and entertainment patios.
Visit the Caliterra website or contact the director of custom sales, Jeff Edgar, at 512-751-7309 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to arrange a visit.