The History of Teravista

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Have you ever wondered what Teravista used to be like? You may have already known where homes stand today was once agricultural lands belonging to the Caldwell Family. In 1860, banker T.J. Caldwell built the now Caldwell/Palm House we know today as The Ranch House on Teravista Club Drive. Cedar used in the foundation, rafters and the floor joists were cut from the trees on the property; and likewise, the rock for the walls was quarried from the grounds and the lime was made on-site. Six generations of his family called this two-story beauty their home.

In 1967, it was then later purchased by an Austin banker and neighbor John Nash who reinforced the foundation and other structural elements and added a large porch to the front of the historical home. When the Caldwell/Palm house was taken over by Newland Communities (Teravista master developer) in 2006 they repaired the caving roof and ceiling and made further improvements to the interior and exterior without sacrificing the original look of the 19th century home.

During the Civil War, it the Caldwell/Palm house was used as a make-shift hospital and received it Texas Historical Commission marker in 1967.

With all the new, modern construction we’ve seen pop up around town, it’s nice to have a bit of history preserved in our own backyard.

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Source photos: Williamson County Historical Commission

 

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Jason Taylor, Realty Austin REALTOR® and Founder of Austin Homes & Ranch, is a Teravista resident and avid supporter of his community.  Together with his team, Jason publishes the popular neighborhood newsletter Teravista Today.  His strong communication skills and enthusiasm combined with a deep knowledge of local real estate has helped him establish an exceptional professional reputation. Read more about Jason.

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