Goodnight Development Breaks Ground in Southeast Austin

September 13, 2016 by Kate Harrington

A new 700-acre, mixed-use development in southeast Austin has broken ground on its first phase.

Goodnight, which borders Onion Creek Metropolitan Park and Slaughter Lane east of I-35, is planned to bring the principals of dense, urbanist design to a suburban development. While it’s taking shape outside the Central Austin core, it will incorporate new urbanist elements like dense streets, neighborhood parks, and less-than-sprawling homes. The development is named after the Goodnight family, which has owned the former ranch land since the 1960’s.

Once it’s built out, Goodnight will include 3,500 homes, 226,000 square feet of commercial and office space, and two public schools. Development is expected to take 10 to 15 years.

The first phase, which broke ground at the end of August, will include:

  • 58 single-family homes from Centerra Homes ranging from 1,500 to 2,200 square feet on 37-foot lots. Homes starting from the $240,000s.
  • 46 single-family homes from M/I Homes ranging from 1,700 to 2,700 square feet on 45-foot lots. Homes starting from the $260,000s.
  • 9 duplexes (comprised of 18 units) from AVI Homes on 55-foot lots. Units starting from the $220,000s.
  • Additionally, AVI Homes will build an approximately 90-unit townhome complex. Project construction will begin in 2017 on affordably priced two and three bedroom units designed for first time or move-up home buyers.
  • 35-acres of community trails and expansive green space, designed and developed by TBG Partners. Green space is planned to range from pocket parks to a park district, which will fund the redevelopment of the Onion Creek Metropolitan Park that borders Goodnight. Plans for that redevelopment, set to begin in 2018, include 30 acres of a designated great lawn area.


Austin Goodnight Ranch, a collaboration between members of the Goodnight family and Benchmark Development, is overseeing the development.

“We’re honored to bring the Goodnight family’s vision to life by creating a thoughtfully designed community that will accommodate the growing needs of the Central Texas area,” says Myra Goepp, Benchmark Development vice president. “Our hope is that Goodnight can naturally mature into a walkable center of attention and activity for Austinites of all ages.”

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Written by Kate Harrington

Kate is a former reporter, most recently for the Austin Business Journal, where she covered real estate, economic development and transportation. Since 2010 she has been running Thumbtack Communications. Thumbtack provides writing, editing and marketing services. Before moving to Austin in 2002 Kate lived in her native New England, which she still visits often to escape the Texas heat.