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The ideas behind the ideas, and what pictures don’t show.

Welcome to our blog, where we share all the things that inspire, motivate, and define us.

8 Key Principles for Successful Master Planned Communities

Since opening our doors in Austin in 1982, RVi has been involved in designing many types of master planned communities. In retrospect, we’ve weathered the ups and the downs of a sometimes volatile real estate market and we’ve seen residential development trends come and go.  We’ve also observed that a number of the planning principles... Read Full Post

Vibrant Mixed-Use Community Planned for Central Texas Growth Corridor

Located midway between Austin and San Antonio in an area poised for substantial growth, plans for the 2,430-acre mixed-use Veramendi community are moving full speed ahead. The community will feature over 5,000 homes on 1.7 miles of Guadalupe River frontage in New Braunfels, with parks, greenbelts, and trails.  Developer ASA Properties also plans for 380 acres of non-residential uses,... Read Full Post

Reunion Ranch Moving Forward

Dirt is starting to turn at the long-anticipated Reunion Ranch community in Dripping Springs. Taylor Morrison recently acquired the 524-acre master planned community and secured a Development Agreement from the City in March. RVi developed the land plan for Reunion Ranch and was retained by Taylor Morrison to provide landscape architecture services, including park planning and design... Read Full Post

Chris Lalich Volunteering to Help Central Texas Families

This month, RVi’s own Chris Lalich began involvement with the Family Care Expansion project at Texas Baptist Children’s Home (TBCH).  Together with Newland Communities and Ryland Homes, RVi will help design and build new housing at TBCH’s campus in Round Rock, Texas. Texas Baptist Children’s Home’s Family Care program provides homes for single mothers and their children.  During their... Read Full Post

Crystal Falls West Poised for Growth

Earlier this month, Leander City Council unanimously approved plans for 2,000 acres of new development in the Crystal Falls West community.  This decision paves the way for additional design work to begin soon on the project, which RVi has been involved with since 2010. The newly-approved development will include a mix of single and multi-family... Read Full Post

ULI Spring Council Forum Recap

Fresh off his trip to Charlotte, NC for the Spring Council Forum, we sat down with Bob Richardson to get a renewed perspective on the residential community market. Bob is a member of the ULI Community Development Council, which focuses on master planned community developments. “One of the recurring themes I have been hearing is how important a community’s website is... Read Full Post

Client Profile: Curtis Davidson

This month, we sat down with RVi client Curtis Davidson of Cadence Development to discuss his firm’s unique business model and how they have successfully adjusted their core services to take advantage of the changing real estate market. Curtis has led many successful development ventures in Austin and throughout the United States – from the... Read Full Post

Mueller Gardens in the Spotlight

This month, RVi’s work at the Mueller Development was featured on KLRU’s Central Texas Gardener program. During the segment, RVi Landscape Architect Chris Lalich described the story behind the prairie restoration effort at Mueller, as well as the native demonstration gardens that have been embraced by visitors and residents alike. Chris has been involved in... Read Full Post