Just outside Austin, Texas, perched in the high hills where the Pedernales and Colorado Rivers meet, a new story of luxury is being written. Within the Hill Country’s highly anticipated, master planned 2,200-acre Thomas Ranch sits 1,200-acre Loraloma, slated to be the most amenitized private community in Texas. With its name translating to “lore of the hills,” the intent to renew the relationship between land and people is at the heart of Loraloma’s purpose. Members enjoy the 18-hole David McLay-Kidd golf course—the first of his courses in the southern United States—alongside clubhouses, pools, riverfront amenities, wellness centers, and more open space than New York City’s Central Park. And because those in the know appreciate the area’s weather and wonderous topography, the community is designed with 40+ miles of hiking and biking trails and nearly 50% of open space throughout the wider Thomas Ranch. This is quintessential Hill Country living built for new generations.
Whether they prefer a more modern or timeless design, residents may choose from a collection of stunningly appointed homes ranging from two- to five-bedroom turnkey cottages, villas, and estates. Custom-built caliber, with the ease and construction pace of predetermined selections from award-winning architects and interior designers. Now that Loraloma is underway, Texas may not just claim that everything’s bigger here—but truly better.
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Excellence at Every Turn
One of the landmarks within Loraloma will be Limestone Gulch, a coveted location between shaded parks and curated amenities. The park will revolve around a “back to the basics” Hill Country lifestyle with swimming holes and fishing ponds, a communal farm, a recreation barn, an outdoor amphitheater, and a dance hall (with a tap house, of course)—all ideal spots to enjoy legendary lavender sunsets.
Additional community plans include both meditative and active parks, a dynamic equestrian center, and whimsical points of interest hidden throughout the community, as well as a 40+ acre resort site with panoramic views to house a forthcoming, five-star boutique hotel.
All this within the “15-minute city” of Thomas Ranch. A community envisioned to thoughtfully preserve the unique aspects of the Hill Country and establish vibrant new avenues for homeowners and neighbors to convene and connect. Plans include a buzzing—yet walkable—city center filled with restaurant patios built for margaritas, best-in-class retail, entertainment experiences, a cultural center, and convenient perks such as grocery stores, education, and specialized healthcare.
Let Nature Take Course
Loraloma will be anchored by an 18-hole championship golf course designed by the celebrated Scottish architect David McLay-Kidd of DMK Golf Designs, who has crafted famed courses such as Bandon Dunes and the Castle Course at St. Andrews. The course at Loraloma serves as McLay-Kidd’s first-ever in Texas, and will stay true to his low-impact, sustainable approach which brings the innate beauty of the land to the forefront.
Different by Design
Areté Collective, the vertically integrated development and design company behind Loraloma, is pioneering a new way of living that is focused on respecting the natural beauty of the land and redefining the priorities of life today. Unlike the common developer goal of maximizing the number of homes, Areté has safeguarded over 50% of this community to serve as open space which creates protected views for each homesite and a multitude of natural spaces for residents to enjoy.
“As a project developed and delivered by designers, Loraloma’s future residents are making more than a purchase—they’re choosing an uncompromised way of living,” said Rebecca Buchan, Co-Founder & CEO of Areté Collective. “The architects and land planners of Areté are delivering timeless, ecologically sensitive designs that celebrate the natural beauty of their surroundings and channel the cultural allure of Austin.”
Building on the ethos of preserving open spaces while detailing beautiful design within the built environment, Areté Collective’s signature “Ecological Modernism” design style will be apparent throughout the rolling hills of Loraloma. The community is guided by Areté Collective’s forward-thinking group of experts spanning all fields from design, development, and hospitality to marketing and financial management—with over three decades of expertise in creating some of the most sought-after private residential communities in the United States and Mexico.
The team at IMI Worldwide Properties is now accepting reservations for Loraloma’s exclusive Founder’s Offering, which will allow 25 families to select an estate, villa, cottage or custom homesite, all situated above the natural playground of Limestone Gulch. Founder’s Offering prices begin at $1.69 million for a homesite, and include three, four and five-bedroom floorplans.