The Brownstone blends the modern with Texas traditional styles


Imagine the look of 19th-century New England row houses carried out with traditional Texas materials and styling, and you’ll have the creative idea behind The Brownstone, which broke ground in June of 2011. Developing the concept for The Brownstone has not “been easy by any stretch of the imagination,” says developer Jeff Novak, but “the city has really been a champion of ours. . . . I’ve always felt like the city and the city council of Georgetown have been key in trying to get this thing done.” With the neighboring two-hundred room hotel deal in final negotiations, construction on the homes is well underway.

The Summit at River Park, situated on a 32-acre lot, is Georgetown’s first high-end mixed-use development. Overlooking San Gabriel River, The Summit is nestled beside a 62-acre park that includes 40 miles of paved trails connecting residents to downtown Georgetown, rivers, parks and historic Lake Georgetown. The development will feature retail and grocery shopping, specialty dining, a four-star hotel and conference center, medical services, upscale offices, a museum, an outdoor amphitheater, and 112 attached single-family homes—The Brownstone.

Prices are standard and include the amenities you’ll see when you visit the build-your-own-brownstone model. That means that you don’t need to purchase multiple upgrades to receive the same quality of home you’ll view when you tour the models. And you can always request the upgrades on your wish list! The fee-simple, bank-friendly model of ownership allows residents to “build their own house.” One look at the option-rich Web site makes homebuyers the masters of their home design destiny. In addition, each Brownstone homeowner not only receives the title deed to the structure itself but is also granted the land underneath and around the home, as opposed to solely the air inside of it.

The family-friendly development has begun to interest potential residents. “We’re seeing a greater number of interested people from all walks of life,” says Jeff. “Single women, as well as families, professionals, and retirees, can see the value in being part of a close-knit community such as ours.”

Each unit is equipped with a private elevator, high ceilings, gourmet kitchen, downstairs garage, private outdoor rooftop terrace, and hardwood floors. And to complete the ensemble, every home has its own view of the historic Georgetown countryside. The natural curvature of the land favors each row of homes with a slightly different elevation and thus with beautiful views. As if that weren’t tempting enough, the Brownstone is negotiating for resident access to the hotel fitness and pool facilities.

Don’t be put off by the vintage idea of attached dwellings. Just like their cousin, the custom-designed home, these two-story pads feature great open spaces where families can live large. The spacious interiors intentionally maximize light and living space and maintain open, connected living and dining areas. The exteriors are uniquely designed with stone, stucco, iron, and metal to create a harmonious blend among the individual units.

Jeff and Jack Novak, of Novak Brothers, LLC, specialize in building one-of-a-kind communities. The Novaks joined forces with NCARB-certified licensed architect Jim Cramer to create an unbeatable team of entrepreneurs with more than 45 years of combined business experience. Their impeccable business reputation and sensible visionary thinking are making the dream of The Brownstone a reality in Georgetown.

Get more information about The Brownstone and the Rivery Park development at

Model homes will be open for viewing this summer, and pre-purchasing has already begun. The Brownstone is currently taking refundable reservations.

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