April 13, 2013

The Book: Dream Home

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ARE YOU IN THE MARKET TO BUY A NEW HOME? Are you a real estate agent or builder whose clients need help in buying their new home? Do you wish there was one simple guide that helps you through the process of buying a home and explains everything from the key players in the housing business to interior design choices and architectural styles? DREAM HOME is that guide. It provides home buyers with insightful commentary on the American housing industry and turns readers into more informed real estate consumers.

This book will help you:

  • learn about the process of making and marketing houses
  • understand how selecting options for your home is a major cost factor
  • consider the impact of styles and themes on the identity of your home
  • communicate what you want instead of automatically accepting what you are offered
September 7, 2014

Similar Choices, Different Prices.

Hanqi Li

 

I started the research by investigating the projects that I happened to discover last year. When I started to put them in list , I found it interesting to choose entry-level houses in these housing projects. Between these samples I can make comparison.

 

01“Brookmere” in Woodland Hills.

Address: 9004 Tall sky Trce , 6.4 miles from UT

Builder: Centex

Price: $167,990

Features: 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms (with optional 4th bedroom)

Floor Area:1,709 sq ft

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It is a low-end housing in east Austin — across the river from the Bergstrom Airport. It has normal layout for a single-story house. The price is below $100 per sq ft, and the floor area is ideal for a family just started their life. The garage can be changed into the 4th bedroom and a study.

 

02 “Garden Court Houses – Affordable”
Address: 1917 Zach Scott Street, 4 miles from UT

Builder: David Weekly Homes

Price: $193,990

Features: 2-3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms, 2 car.

Floor Area: 1,317 sq ft

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Smaller than the first house, the Garden Court Houses is a part of Mueller project. Houses share a common yard, and garage is on the back of the house. It is more expensive and only 2 bedrooms by default, but considering its convenience in transportation and nearby environments and fashionable commence area, it is still a good choice for young family. 

 

03 “Tisdale” in Crestview
Address:1012 Sugaree Avenue , 4 miles from UT

Builder: D.R.Horton

Price: $336,500

Features: 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms, optional balcony, 2 car

Area: 1,287 sq ft.

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Is it really worthwhile to pay such a fortune for such a narrow house? Crestview is a developed area, and it is close to the downtown,  so it requires a much higher price for the similar solution as the previous two. Anyway, it is the bad case in my research. The lot is so narrow so that the first floor’s living area doesn’t have enough light.

 

04“The Richcreek” in Crestview
Address: 1012 Sugaree Avenue, 4 miles from UT

Builder: D.R.Horton

Price: $456,700 Features: 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms, garage can be turned into study, 2 car.

Floor Area: 1,787 sq ft

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Being more spacious than previous choice, this home has a price for a much better house in farther suburban area. But crestview has very developed group of supermarkets and restaurants. And it is close to highway. Maybe this will compensate?

 

Conclusion: Location plays a very important role in the price of homes. But the idea of picking “location” may be influenced by people’s preconcert of a certain neighborhood. In my case, all 3 neighborhood are nearly equally convenient for daily life and are all close to the downtown, however the price of home are dramatically different.

 

And, sorry for submitting this result late.

 

September 3, 2014

American Home – Assignment #1-Single family homes (Jooyoung Kim)

SANTA RITA RANCH

(http://santaritaranchaustin.com/downloads/Santa-Rita-Ranch-Brochure.pdf)

Location : 101 Norcia Loop, Liberty Hill, TX 78642

The site is little bit far from Austin, around 30 miles away and it takes 37 minutes by car. However the town is really huge and I think it is worth to look through it.

Santa Rita Ranch features a total of nine distinct villages spanning 3,100 rolling acres. Including 6,000 + homes, 38 acre town center with restaurants, shipping and daily services, 135 acres of hike and bike trails, sports fields, swimming in the north San Gabriel River, 70+ acres of land for future elementary and middle schools. There are 2 school districts recognized for excellence,

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Builder I: CASTLEROCK (8 types of plan: one or two-story home)

Price: From the $193,000 – $260,000

Sqft: from  1,651 -2,959 sqft

Bed/Bath: from 3 bed, 2 bath – 4 bed 2.5 bath

Village: Santa Rita Ranch South

Description: CastleRock Communities is a Texas Regional Home Builder. Creating fans by providing unsurpassed customer service is the heartbeat of this organization. CastleRock’s vast floor plan selection, high quality finishes, and superior attention to detail has made CastleRock one of the fastest growing builders in the U.S. over the last 10 years.

Address: 105 Norcia Loop, Georgetown, TX 78627

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Website: www.C-rock.com

Contact: Fred Loden
512.253.7316
floden@c-rock.com

 

Builder II: WILSHIRE HOMES

Price: From the $200′s – $250′s

Sqft: from  2090 – 3255 sqft

Bed/Bath: from 3 bed/ 2 bath – 5 bed/3 bath

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Village: Santa Rita Ranch South

Description: As Central Texas’ largest private homebuilding company, Wilshire Homes offers classic architectural detailing, high-end features and spacious living areas, and allows you to live your dreams. Wilshire Homes will design your home “Built Around You” to fit your needs and lifestyle.

Address: 104 Norcia Loop, Liberty Hill, TX 78642

Website: www.Wilshire-Homes.com

Contact:
Tamara Mortiz
512.253.7321
tmoritz@mhinc.com
Dave Freeman
512.655.9563
dfreeman@mhinc.com

 

 

Builder III: HIGHLAND HOMES

Price: From the $260’s – $360’s

Village: Santa Rita Ranch South

Description: Highland Homes was founded in 1985 and remains a family-owned, Texas-based company dedicated to providing the best possible homebuilding and home buying experience. There are words that describe a Highland Home, but the way it feels when you walk through the door is more difficult to capture.

Address: 109 Norcia Loop, Liberty Hill, TX 78642

Website: www.HighlandHomes.com

Contact:
Erin Bonham
512.253.7323
ebonham@hhomesltd.com

 

 

Builder IV: WILSHIRE HOMES

Price: From the $240′s – $300′s

Village: Santa Rita Ranch South

Description: As Central Texas’ largest private homebuilding company, Wilshire Homes offers classic architectural detailing, high-end features and spacious living areas, and allows you to live your dreams. Wilshire Homes will design your home “Built Around You” to fit your needs and lifestyle.

Address: 108 Norcia Loop, Liberty Hill, TX 78642

Website: www.Wilshire-Homes.com

Contact:

Tamara Mortiz
512.253.7321
tmoritz@mhinc.com
Dave Freeman
512.655.9563
dfreeman@mhinc.com

 

 

The current builders within Santa Rita Ranch South are CastleRock, Highland Homes and Wilshire Homes with new homes priced from the $190′s to $360′s.

Tour: four fully-furnished model homes

September 3, 2014

Austin Dream Homes

Dream Homes

September 3, 2014

Austin Homes in Sprawling Communities

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1. Taylor Morrison - Homes Inspired by You

Taylor Morrison is a large building company over a century old and with communities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, and Texas. In the Lone Star State they build in the Houston and Austin areas, while in the latter building exclusively in the periphery of the city. Their website emphasizes their commitment to quality and high levels of experience far more than any claims to environmental responsibility, although that information is also available if you look for it.

I became interested in their newest community in the Austin area. Their Ladera community in Bee Cave is about 17 miles directly west of UT and is known for its stunning views of the Texas hill country. Schools are in close proximity as is some higher-end shopping centers and restaurants and even some well-kept parks. I speak from experience however, in stating that these attractions are limited and eventually you find yourself yearning for the attractions of central Austin but dreading the difficult drive. Nevertheless, the homes are attractive. Here are the details of the cheapest one in the development.

‘Bristol’ at 4017 Vinalopo Dr

2,082 Sq. Ft   |   3 Bed   |   2.5 Bath   |   3 Garage   |   1 Story

$441,570

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The Bristol honestly seems like a lot of money for not a lot of home. Rooms are advertised as ‘spacious’ but at 10′x11′ I would use a different term for them. I also don’t like the cramped entry space and having to walk through the kitchen to reach the rest of the house. Taylor Morrison does give some nice interactive floor plans with some extra options but regardless in this case you are paying mostly for location and garage space for the cars you’ll need to get around for everything.

Only one home is listed as ‘ready now’ in the Ladera development so visits are unlikely but it is a helpful point of comparison.

 

2. Castle Rock Communities – Your Home is Your Castle

Operating in Austin, Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio, Castle Rock is a company with over 50 years of experience. Their website relies heavily on phrases such as ‘sense of community’, ‘family tradition’, ‘precious children’, ‘customer service’, and ‘peace of mind’. None of those words describe their homes at all, which makes one wonder if they are avoiding the subject.

‘Guadalupe’ at 1064 Zeus Circle

Eagle Ridge community   |   Round Rock, TX

2,032 Sq. Ft   |   4 Bed   |   2 Bath   |   2 Garage   |   2 Story

$207,106

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Although far less luxurious than the homes from Taylor Morrison, the homes in the Eagle Ridge community offer the same square footage as our first example for less than half the price. They are also more conveniently located in Round Rock, a city that is growing fast and nationally recognized as one of the country’s most livable cities. Although ‘suburbia at its best’ might not be the best slogan, residents here would be much closer to the jobs and leisure opportunities of a bigger city and Round Rock itself might not be far from developing its own attractive identity.

Homes here are priced competitively and apparently selling fast. Nevertheless, a visit to one or several of Castle Rock’s homes might be easily arranged and the drive along I35 should take much less time than driving out to Bee Cave.

 

3. Ryland Homes

Ryland Homes is the 6th largest homebuilder in the United States and has 45 years of experience. They build homes at a wide range of prices. Of the three examples here shown this website is the one that most emphasized environmental considerations as part of their process, although I am still not impressed.

I was interested here in homes in Cedar Park because it is another large suburb to Austin with a good school system and the convenience of having a major highway (183) leading right to it, as opposed to areas like Lakeway and Bee Cave that rely on 620, 2222, 290, and 71. This advantage is certainly notable when considering Austin area traffic but it is still not the most convenient of locations if you work in Austin proper. This particular community, The Bluffs at Twin Creeks, has homes at over half a million dollars and includes private amenities such as a club house, tennis courts, rec center, and golf course.

The only house available immediately is shown below

‘Malibu B’ at 3203 Sky Ridge Lane

3,941 Sq Ft   |   5 Bed   |   4.5 Bath   |   3 Garage   |   2 Story

$689,990

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This large home is better laid out than the other two examples, and has a price to match the quality. Again here you really are paying a lot for location, but since Cedar Park is large enough to support a wider variety of businesses, you might be working close to your homes and schools. Ryland has also done well here by developing an energy conservation index against which all of their homes are measured. This particular home scored a 66, with 0 being best, 150 being the worst, and 100 being a typical new home. It is still difficult to tell from their website if their ‘HERS Index’ is more a legitimate attempt at energy use accountability or simply part of their marketing strategy.

September 3, 2014

Homes by Area and Income

For my home development search purposes, I decided to take a look at several different areas, along with different restrictions, such as surrounding amenities (if any) and the price/expected income needed to actually live in one of these homes.

Mueller Lake – Standard Pacific Homes

My first search led me to the Mueller Lake area, which is slightly north east of the University of Texas. These homes claimed to be “Green” homes and New Urbanist community design … lots of sidewalks, alleys, parks and bike trails make this a walkable community that is wonderful to live in.”

 

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These homes were the cheapest offered. Although the price seemed high to me, it was relatively normal for the area, which was surrounded by businesses, near a school and children’s hospital, and only a couple miles from the University and downtown.

Priced from: $499,420

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Square Footage: 2,100 – 2,201 sq. ft.

Bedrooms: 4

Baths: 3.5

Garage spaces: 2

 

 

While the website was easy to navigate, there weren’t any options to look at floor plan layouts, which was a turn-off as it left valuable information out of reach. However, the company did emphasize on a factor not many others do: affordability.

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Floors: 2

Square Footage: 1,145 – 1,175 sq. ft.

Bedrooms: 2

Baths: 2.5

Garage spaces: 1

Even offering a mortgage calculator on their website, Standard Pacific Homes proves to cover almost all bases. Unfortunately no floor plans were found, not even when redirected to the actual Mueller Community website. In fact that only seemed to make one’s search go full circle, as it lead back to the Standard Pacific Homes website.

It seems the only way to actually gather information is to call their real estate agents, which makes their site a little less than completely useful.

 

Crestview – DR Horton

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My second search led me to the Crestview area, where DR Horton had established a housing development. Having lived in a DR Horton home myself back in my home town, this piqued my interest. I decided to stay within the same price range as my first search and see what this company could offer.

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The homes on the DR Horton website were categorized by “design”, which basically meant room arrangement and exterior facade look. Most of these involved a garage-dominated faced, with the front entrance to the side and sometimes not even visible directly from the front. The Mullen was the home I found closest to the previous price ranges.

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Floors: 2

Square Footage: 1,753 sq. ft.

Bedrooms: 3

Baths: 2.

Garage spaces: 2

 

Floor Plans:

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DR Horton also placed an interactive map on the neighborhood, which allows one to single out certain area info, such as grocery stores, schools, hospitals, night life, rec centers, restaurants, post offices and even shopping locations. It also lists the closest elementary, middle and high schools, the perfect clincher for a family looking to move into a new home.

Although it may not be equipped with a mortgage calculator like Standard Pacific Homes, the DR Horton website gives all the preliminary information that a buyer could ask for. The only thing missing in both websites are interior pictures, which can help entice the sale for a buyer. Regardless, it still shows price range, home description, floor plans, and information about the area that can be seen on an actual map, instead of just wording like “in the heart of Austin” or “close to many amenities and businesses”.

Both developers ultimately require a site visit to their office in order to view their interior layout and design, which is understandable as most of these usually have a model home ready and equipped in the same neighborhood the office is located in.

 

 

September 2, 2014

Something for Everyone

As I was searching for custom built homes in the Austin area I decided to start focusing on communities that had specific amenities geared towards neighborhood gatherings. As I began narrowing down my search I stumbled upon Northwoods at Avery Ranch. I think this community is interesting because it contains 274 homes, which are divided up into certain “neighborhoods” that are actually each built by different companies. This provides a unique community because it truly offers something for everyone’s needs with a range of sizes and prices yet they all share one communal area.

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The Estates built by Drees Custom Homes

Number of homes: 66

Lot Size: 70’x130’

Floorplans: 12

Square Feet: 2870 to 4790, one and two story

Bedrooms: 4-6

Bathrooms: 3.5-5

Garage: 2-3

Price Range: From the $440s to $570s

 

The Manors built by Standard Pacific Homes

Number of homes: 74

Lot Size: 60’x120’

Floorplans: 8

Square Feet: 2680 to 3500, one and two story

Bedrooms: 4-6

Bathrooms: 2.5-5

Garage: 2-3

Price Range: From the high $330s

 

The Cottages built by Grand Haven Homes

Number of homes: 42

Lot Size: Condo Regime

Floorplans: 6

Square Feet: 1330 to1760, one and two story

Bedrooms: 2-3

Bathrooms: 2-2.5

Garage: 1

Price Range: From the mid $200s

 

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The Heights built by Scott Felder Homes

Number of homes: 46

Lot Size: 50’x115’

Floorplans: 8

Square Feet: 1881 to 3,000+, one and two story

Bedrooms: 3-5

Bathrooms: 2-4

Garage: 2-3

Price Range: From the $340s

 

The Heights built by David Weekley Homes

Number of homes: 46

Lot Size: 50’x115’

Floorplans: 7

Square Feet: 2146 to 3,000+, one and two story

Bedrooms: 3-6

Bathrooms: 2-4.5

Garage: 2-3

Price Range: From the $340s

There are certainly many other communities similar to this one. Another one I found interesting was Circle C in South Austin. This is a similar concept but on a much larger scale. The builders for this master planned community are KB Homes, Standard Pacific, JD Hunt, and Streetman Homes.

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Homes in this area seem to be a bit higher. For example this 4 bedroom, 4892 square foot house is currently pending at $600,000.

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September 2, 2014

Green Building in Austin Homes

My cousin works at Dell Children’s up in the Mueller Development off of Airport Boulevard, and while I have been to his work multiple times, I have never looked into the residential community situated behind all of the retail and commercial buildings. I took this assignment as a chance to explore the Mueller community and take it as a departure point for possible other developments in the Austin area that also focus on green building and sustainability.
Model of Mueller Community

Mueller is in an ideal location 2 miles north of campus and only 3 miles north of downtown Austin. The community promotes compact and higher density development that is compatible with the surrounding single family home neighborhood. More than just houses, Mueller creates an entire community including a broad range of homes as well as a place to shop, dine, and exercise. The hope is that Mueller will be the model for responsible urban development and growth in the city of Austin. A set of goals is listed for developers to strive towards in order to reach maximum potential: economic development, East Austin Revitalization, compatibility with surrounding neighborhoods, diversity and affordability, sustainability, and new urbanism.
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There are a variety of different floor plans that match to a variety of different lifestyles and prices. There are several developers involved in the community (The Muskin Company, Streetman Homes, David Weekly Homes) that are also involved in other building projects around Austin. The main types of single family homes range from 1,076 sqft in the smallest Garden House to 3,200 sqft in the largest Yard House. Mueller is intended to be home to 13,000 residents and to support a large work force as well. Of the homes built in the community, 25% of them are involved in an affordable homes plan. I found this one of the most interesting aspects in the development, not so much because they have an affordable homes plan, but the fact that the affordable homes are integrated into the development and look like any other home. This brings demographics of people together that would not normally interact and adds to the diversity Mueller developers wish to accomplish.
A row of Garden Homes in Mueller

The other two developments are similar to Mueller in their regard to green building and sustainability. PSW is a well known developer in the Austin area. They are known well for being able to develop land that was thought built out. Their new Spicewood development is a prime example of this. This is a new development situated in the Northwest Hills in Austin, in an older and established neighborhood. The 13 homes will be nestled into the mature trees on site, and homes will be designed to connect to the outdoors. Like Mueller, PSW focuses on building urban living environments that have a positive impact on the surrounding community and support high density developments.
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The Spicewood development has five different floor plans ranging from three to five bedrooms and three to four bathrooms. The size of these homes is similar to Mueller, but they start larger (2,100 sqft – 3,400 sqft). The starting price for these homes is $629,000 and goes up to $979,000. Homes are set up with solar panels and there are rain gardens through out the site. They are for sale now, and will be ready for move in 2015.
Renderings of houses in the Spicewood PSW development

The other PSW site is Villa Court, a completed development in South Austin close to Ben White off of 1st street. Like the Spicewood community, this development is only 13 homes. The houses are situated around a central park and circle with private yards facing away from the center. The yards are enclosed with fences as well as vegetation to give a more secluded feel to the homes. Like other PSW properties, the houses maximize communal indoor and outdoor living spaces and isolate the bedrooms to the upper level or a separate portion of the house. All houses were awarded 5 stars under the Austin Energy Green Building Program. Seven of the houses have solar panels, and the central space acts as a rain garden.
One of the houses in the Villa Court development

These homes are smaller as well as less expensive, starting price was $259,000. The homes are 2-3 bedrooms and 2-3 bathrooms ranging from 1,395 sqft to 1,761 sqft. All of these homes are currently sold, so visiting is not likely.

September 2, 2014

South Austin Homes

For my home search, I set a budget of $250K to see what I could find in Austin.  Two bedroom / 1.5 baths as the minimum.  As for location, I wanted to keep my search in the South Austin area for these main reasons:

  • proximity to the airport
  • close link to downtown Austin
  • connection with highways to Houston and San Antonio / San Marcos
  • easy access to grocery stores, shopping, and South Austin dining

The majority of the houses in my budget had a huge emphasis on the garage. Often times, I’d find myself wondering where the front door to the house was because the garage door was so dominant.  Unless I increased my budget or went with an older home (20+ years), I was stuck with the garage being front and center.  Ultimately, I decided on two new homes with front garages that I would like to visit.

 

1. KB Home – McKinney Heights

First, the KB Home website was extremely easy to use.  It catered to all the choices a home-buyer would want to see (floor plans, amenities, proximity to schools/shopping/etc), and the interface was clean and legible.

This home was well under my budget of $250K.  It’s located east of I-35, in between Slaughter and William Cannon Drive.

  • $178,995
  • 1601 SF
  • 3 Bed / 2.5 Bath
  • 2 car garage

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The house comes in 4 different elevation options (the two above were the ones I liked best).

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The layout is very open visually, but it could be difficult to fit certain furniture into the space.  The entry also opens up directly into the living area, which makes it feel more like an apartment and less like a home.  The second floor uses every square foot for bedrooms and baths.  While the space is nice, the circulation feels cramped and offers little transition spaces from bedroom to bathroom, especially between the 2 regular bedrooms and their shared bath.  However, KB homes does offer some room for customization with amenities – even if it is very minimal in terms of changing the space.

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I liked the map displaying all the schools and dining locations near the home site.  The home area is also close to parks and a golf course.

 

1. Pulte Homes - Woodmere at Hollow – Slaughter Creek

The Pulte Homes website wasn’t as easy to use as the KB interface, it was still manageable.

This home was a little over my budget of $250K, but I felt that the home was worth the slightly higher cost.  This home is slightly larger than the first, but it has the same bed/bath ratio.  It’s located west of I-35, just south of Slaughter.

  • $260,990
  • 1903 SF
  • 3 Bed / 2.5 Bath
  • 2 car garage

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I liked the entrance to this house because the front porch and the garage seemed more equal than many of the other houses I viewed.  By recessing the front entry from the garage, you gain shade and an area for a small front porch.

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The living area for this house is much better than the KB home version.  The space feels more open and flexible for different types of furniture.  The ceiling detailing emphasizes each space without drawing a wall between them.

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The front entry is also pulled back from the living area.  This provides a good transition zone into the home.  There are lots of windows in each room.  Additionally, the second floor provides a much better hierarchy of space than the KB home.  The loft/bedroom option is nice for a work space and/or additional room for guests.

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Pulte Homes also offers options for this home design.  These options are more spatial and less about adding amenities (such as a fireplace).  Shown below, the Master Bath has plenty of room for two people.

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Overall, both of these houses fit the location and my budget.  However, I would choose the Pulte Home as my first choice.  The space, light, layout, details, and the slight edge on location is worth the extra money.

September 2, 2014

American Homes in Austin

American Home Assignment 1

September 2, 2014

Master-Planned Popularity

 

While researching builder homes in the Austin area, I became curious about the popularity of these homes and home sites; how their popularity compared to each other on a larger scale and what might be contributing factors to this popularity. I discovered two master-planned communities in the Austin area that were in the top 50 most popular master-planned communities in the country in 2013. 

 

Community: Crystal Falls 

Location: 1001 Crystal Falls Parkway Leander, TX 78641

Builders: Bellaheim Homes, Giddens Homes, Jimmy Jacobs Custom Homes

Price Point: $200,000 – $700,000

Size: 2500sf – 5000 sf 

Crystal Falls ranked 27th in popularity in the US in 2013 with 305 homes sold. It is located north of Austin in Leander, and boasts

“5,000 acres of Hill Country bliss. Crystal Falls is the last untouched landscape of true Hill Country living in Austin’s booming northwest corridor. A community where the stories of hard scrabbled cattlemen, homesteaders and Indians thrive and seep into every corner.”

 It is apparent from the website a vast array of amenities a connection to nature and a family-oriented community are at the cornerstone of this communities appeal. Some of the amenities include kids events, parks, playgrounds, book clubs, wine clubs, golf groups, greenbelts,  an on site community school, a fishing lake, volleyball, disc golf, and picnic areas with grills. 

As far as homes there are 4 main home sites: Grand Mesa, The Highlands, The Fairways, and Cap Rock. Within these 4 sites homes range from the 200,000′s to the upper 600,000′s. 

On the higher end Grand Mesa offers homes on 1-3 acre lots from the 460′s to 630′s ranging from 3bed/2bath 2971sf to 5bed/4.5bath 4792sf

  

 

Community: Terra Vista  

Location: 4211 Teravista Club Drive  |  Round Rock, TX  78664

Builders: Milestone and Partners in Building

Price Point: $200,000 – $700,000

Size: 2500sf – 5000 sf 

Terra Vista ranked 37th in the US in 2013 with 249 homes sold.  This community located between Round Rock and Georgetown

offers a variety of builders and award-winning golf and recreation as well as nearby education and medical centers, shopping and entertainment.

Whether it’s your first home or your last, the Teravista community offers a rich community life that you will be proud of–one that Settles for Everything.

This community, like Crystal Falls, is not short on amenities offering  a residents club which is described as the “center of the social and sporting life” a kids library, pool, fitness complex, playscape, basketball courts, and golf club. 

On the low end a 3bed/2bath 1750sf home is priced in the mid $200,000′s

 

As with both of these communities, from the perspective of their advertisement, amenities and a wide range of price and size options seem to be a driving force in each of their popularity, as well as the idea that these are family oriented communities. 

 

 -Anna Roe

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