Loraloma will sit on a private, waterfront enclave of the 2,200-acre Thomas Ranch masterplan and offer a collection of modern residences. The private community will be anchored by an 18-hole championship golf course designed by the celebrated Scottish architect David McLay-Kidd of DMK Golf Designs.
Loraloma—whose name translates as “lore of the hills”—is pioneering a new way of living outside Austin, Texas that is focused on respecting the natural beauty of the land and redefining the priorities of life today. Areté Collective and its sales team, IMI Worldwide Properties, are leading the charge.
Perched upon the high hills where the Colorado and Pedernales Rivers meet, Loraloma will sit on a private, waterfront enclave of the 2,200-acre Thomas Ranch masterplan and offer a collection of modern residences ranging from two- to five-bedroom turnkey cottages, villas and estates, and a selection of custom homesites. The lifestyle at Loraloma will cultivate a deeper engagement of place through golf, fitness, wellness, culinary arts, and nature-based experiences that establish Loraloma as the most amenitized master-planned development in Texas and one of the most in the United States.
“As a project developed and delivered by designers, Loraloma is telling a new story of luxury,” said Rebecca Buchan, Co-Founder & CEO of Areté Collective. “At Loraloma, our future residents are making more than a purchase—they’re choosing an uncompromised way of living. The architects and land planners of Areté are delivering timeless, ecologically sensitive designs that celebrate the natural beauty of the Hill Country and channel the cultural allure of Austin.”
Woven into the wild beauty of the Texas Hill Country, Loraloma has safeguarded more than 50% of its community to serve as open space that creates protected views for each homesite. Homes will be situated along two miles of river frontage with more than 40 miles of winding trails and bike paths throughout Thomas Ranch, aimed to immerse residents in a wellness-oriented, nature-based lifestyle.
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.
The course will be joined by three distinct club experiences: the golf house, the cliffside clubhouse and the riverfront amenities. The golf house will carry the course’s momentum off the links, with a dedicated pro shop, restaurant and bar, and player’s lounge, while the cliffside clubhouse will offer an all-encompassing experience with several pools, a spa, wellness and fitness center, tennis and pickleball courts, elevated restaurants, and a kid’s club encouraging intentional play.
Situated along the water’s edge, the riverfront amenities will celebrate Loraloma’s position with floating docs, cabanas, and a multitude of water activities. From private hunting and fishing tours, to trail rides, water sports, and more, residents will be supported by a specialized outdoor adventures team that caters to families year-round.
The epicenter for life at Loraloma will be Limestone Gulch, a coveted location between shaded parks and curated amenities. Limestone Gulch will revolve around quintessential Hill Country living with swimming holes and fishing ponds, a communal farm, a recreation barn, an outdoor amphitheater, a dance hall, and a tap house.
Additional community plans include a dynamic equestrian center, as well as a 40+ acre resort site, with sweeping panoramic views, to house a forthcoming, five-star boutique hotel.
A showcase of “Ecological Modernism,” an Areté-coined design style, Loraloma is developed and delivered by designers. Bolstered by a team who brings more than three decades of experience creating some of the most sought-after private residential communities in the United States and Mexico, Areté Collective is a forward-thinking group of experts spanning all fields from design, development and hospitality to marketing and financial management. Since the company’s inception, the team has set out to conceptualize and construct communities that emphasize the preservation of open spaces while detailing beautiful design within the built environment—an idea showcased through Loraloma and Thomas Ranch.