Brookfield Residential New Home Counselor Steve Chase witnessed the city of Austin transform from a charming small town to a bustling big city. After growing up in Plano, he wasted no time making his way to the Live Musical Capital of the World where he fell in love with the music scene and the vibrant mix of people. After a few weekends of experiencing the city with friends, he decided to plant roots in 1986 and never looked back.
“A lot of people complain how much Austin has changed over the years, but it hasn’t lost its different vibe that I enjoy so much,” said Steve. “I love the diversity in the fact that you have students, the tech world, hippies and more all calling the city home.”
Steve started working for Brookfield Residential (formerly Grand Haven Homes) in 2015 and currently leads sales efforts in the Bryson community in Leander. Bryson is conveniently located minutes away from the MetroRail but offers wide open spaces in the beautiful Hill Country. Running trails, biking trails, parks and pools make it a leading community for outdoor amenities.
Bryson’s full-time lifestyle director hosts monthly events for neighbors, including the popular Eats on the Street where homeowners bring their lawn chairs to enjoy live music, local food trucks, tasty microbrews and plenty of space for their kids to roam.
“My favorite thing about Bryson is the community aspect of it,” said Steve. “It’s small enough to have planned events where people can mix and mingle with their neighbors right outside their front doors.”
When Steve isn’t working at Bryson, you can find him listening to live music and running the streets of Austin...literally. A substitute coach of Austin’s Rogue Running, Steve is no stranger to the marathon world, completing an impressive eight marathons over a six-year period.
One of his most memorable feats was completing the 2013 Boston Marathon. Steve narrowly escaped the chaos and tragedy that unfolded that morning after he left the finish line to meet his wife at their hotel.
After completing several marathons in a short amount of time—including the 2016 Houston Marathon where he completed a personal record of 2:44:46—the 100-mile weeks and 4 a.m. wake-up calls became too much. That’s when Steve decided to dedicate his talents to help others in the local running community by becoming a pacer.
In 2016 Steve was chosen to be the Austin Gives Miles fundraiser for the Austin Marathon, where he started in last place and received a $2.60 donation for every runner he passed. The 2016 effort was fittingly dubbed The Chase Is On! Thanks to Steve’s efforts, along with matched funds from the Moody Foundation and friends donating along the way, the race resulted in more than $13,000 for local nonprofit Family Eldercare.
“The best aspect of The Chase Is On! was two-fold,” said Steve. “One was being able to help raise money to help seniors right here in Austin; the other was the support I received from local businesses, friends, family and other Rogue Runners in my effort to help raise money for each marathoner I passed that day.”
Whether you’re headed to Bryson to find your dream home or you’re a current resident, we hope you’ll stop by the Brookfield Residential model home to meet Steve Chase for yourself.