February 10, 2016

Site visit


We are visiting Crestview today in  Austin. Not all production housing is cooky cutter stuff. I am taking the bus to the site.

January 27, 2016

Easton Park Master-Planned Community: Assignment 1 – Kristen Paige

Easton Park is a 1,500 acre urban master planned community just 12 minutes southeast of downtown. The community will include over 5,000 single-family and multifamily homes, an estimated 1.4 million square feet of retail space, and two million square feet of commercial space. Easton Park provides a neighborhood style of living connected by parks and state-of-the-art amenities. The community offers more than 300 acres of park/green space with 13.1 miles of trails and plans to plant over 10,000 trees. Bryant Park is the community’s founding neighborhood and will feature a large open green lawn for community activities, a hammock garden, life-size chess, food trucks, ping-pong tables and more. The second neighborhood to be established is Knob Hill and features a more natural design with trails, picnic areas, and a dog park. Other amenities to be featured in the Easton Park development include an outdoor amphitheater, community pools, community center, and a new elementary school.


easton park master plan

Easton Park will be made up of homes by seven different homebuilders starting in the mid $200s. The homebuilders consist of Brohn Homes, Buffington Homes, Highland Homes, Homes by AVI, Milestone Community Builders, and Pacesetter Homes.

Milestone Community Builders offer four different floor plans and a variety of interior finishes for homebuyers to choose from. Model home tours can be scheduled online at http://www.mymilestone.com/easton-park/index.php.

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6916 Cardinal Bloom

Floor Plan: Lambert

2,023 sqft.

2 floors

3 Bed / 2.5 Bath

Price: $317,229


Highland Homes offers ten 50ft lot home plans, eight 60ft lot home plans, and seven 70ft lot home plans.

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7225 Sienna Rouge Path

Glenhurst Model

1,843 sq. ft.

1 Story

3 Bed / 2 Bath

2 Car Garage



Brohn Homes offer at least nine different models to choose from. The model home is located at

7004 Cardinal Bloom Loop, Austin, TX 78744.

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7205 Brick Slope Path

2,071 sq. ft.

2 Story

3 Bed / 2.5 Bath



January 26, 2016


Assignment 1  ·  Gabe Tiberius Colombo


Solavera is a small, fifteen-home development located on Del Curto Rd in the South Lamar neighborhood, south of Oltorf St and east of Lamar Blvd. Developed by Meritage Homes, it is described as ‘a stunning community of 15 contemporary homes’ featuring ‘urban exteriors, modern interiors, energy-efficient features, and 2-car garages standard with every home. Enjoy one-of-a-kind homesites, serene, mature trees, a nearby park, and an incredible location.’ (http://www.meritagehomes.com/search/austin-tx/meritagehomes-solavera/)



Number of units   15

Address   2807 Del Curto Road
Austin, TX 78704

Tours Available   Mon: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm  /  Tues – Sat: 10:00am – 6:00pm  /  Sun: 12:00pm – 6:00pm


Site Plan



Example Home — SV26 (Residence J)


‘This stunning home features the master bedroom up with master sitting suite area, game room and study included. Beautiful interior upgrades and finishes, tankless water heater, 5.1 surround sound prewire, and more.’

Specifications   2,169 sq. ft., 3 bed, 2.5 bath, 2.0 story

Address   2807-J Del Curto Road, Austin, TX 78704

List Price   $699,954
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Additional Images

Solavera Living Room

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Interest for Further Research

Solavera represents a unique but important type of development — small-scale urban infill. These projects present a great opportunity for increasing density and housing stock within the existing urban fabric without consuming additional greenfield on the peripheries of urban areas, but they can also provide the detached-home living environment that many people, especially families, desire. Investigating and examining this particular site could provide insight into the merits and faults of such a paradigm, and if other examples in Austin were also examined, the various ways of approaching urban infill projects could be compared.

January 26, 2016

Assignment 01 Regional Survey- Sarah Calderon


Mueller is a 711-acre Planned Unit Development in the northeast-central portion of the city of Austin, Texas, USA. The project is in the process of long-term development on the former site of the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport, which was closed in 1999 upon the opening of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in southeast Austin, itself a civilian adaptation of Bergstrom Air Force Base after its closure in the early 1990s. Mueller is intended to be a pedestrian-oriented, interactive mixed-use community, and a model for responsible urban planning and development.

Mueller’s residential development is comprised of 4 different types of housing: yard houses, garden court houses, and row houses, and condominiums.

Mueller Yard Houses photo

Yard Houses: Traditional yet innovative detached single-family homes have inviting front porches that encourage relaxation, and garages that are served by rear alleys. Some homes also have the option of carriage houses (separate apartments) above the garages. Private yards are big enough for grilling and chilling.

Mueller Garden Court Houses photo

Garden Court Houses: A charming concept! A group of cottages are arranged around a central garden area, providing an instant sense of community. Open space is maximized; maintenance is minimized.

Mueller Row Houses photo

Row Houses: Distinctive townhomes inspired by the brownstones of the Northeast with our own Central Texas flair. The cozy front porch offers an inviting entry and the detached garage creates a private rear courtyard just right for that barbeque. Carefree living only minutes from downtown, their great range of sizes fits any urban lifestyle.


Yard Houses- Builders:

The Muskin Company
The Muskin Company will be building 3 Yard Houses.
Muskin Yard House Features:
Modern, farm house designs by Moore Tate Architects & Architect Steve Zagorski
2,675 – 3,000 square feet on 45’ & 55’ home sites
3-4 bedrooms / 2.5 – 4 baths
Some plans feature garage apartments
David Weekley Homes
David Weekley Homes will be building two different styles of Yard Homes, with a variety of architecture and stunning floorplans.
David Weekley Yard Home Features:
37’ by 90’ homesites and 45’ by 90’ homesites
Oversized corner homesites available
2,093 – 3,243 square feet
3 – 4 bedroom / 2.5 – 3 bath
EnergySaver Homes backed by the nationally-recognized Environments for Living Diamond Level Program Heating & Cooling Usage Guarantee
All homes will achieve Austin Energy Green Building 3-star rating

Streetman Homes
Streetman Homes has two 45’ Llano Plan Yard Homes available.
Streetman Yard House Features:
45’ home site
2,666 square feet
3-4 bedroom / 2.5 bath

Wes Peoples Homes
A collection of traditional Yard House homes will be constructed under the “Urban Homes by Wes Peoples” brand with a variety of traditional and contemporary designs. The first homes will be released for sale in December 2015 with completions in July 2016.
Wes Peoples Yard Home Features:
2,600 – 3,100 sq. ft.
Variety of contemporary exteriors with modern barn look
3 – 4 bedroom
Living room ceilings reaching 14 ft.
Tankless water heaters
Encapsulated attic to reduce radiant heating and energy bills

Standard Pacific Homes
Standard Pacific is building Yard Homes.
Standard Pacific Yard Home Features:
37’ by 90’ and 45’ by 90’ home sites
Oversized corner homesites for several floorplans
2,170 – 2,248 square feet
3 bedrooms
First-and second-level master options

Centerra Homes
Centerra Homes will be building 10 Yard Homes. They are now collecting an interest list for sales to begin in early 2016.
Centerra Yard Home Features:
37’ and 55’ homesites
Oversized corner homesites
2,302 – 3,582 square feet
5 bedrooms / 3.5-4.5 baths
One plan with garage apartment
Some plans with 2 master suites

Yard Houses- Standard Pacific: http://www.calatlantichomes.com/find-your-new-home/2-austin/7586-mueller-37s-yard-houses.html#floor-plans


Step into the Blakesley home and experience the perfect embodiment of modern design and efficiency in a traditional yard home. Carefully crafted to match the urban village style of the surrounding Mueller community, the Blakesley features nearly 2,200 square feet of living space in two stories and includes three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a gorgeous balcony, large family room, and a covered patio to the two-car garage.



The Aston plan is the modern expression of elegance and efficiency in a contemporary open concept yard home. Located in the heart of the dynamic urban village of Mueller, the Aston features an abundance of usable living space over two stories and includes three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a large living room, gourmet kitchen, dining room, upstairs loft, and an incredible flex room perfect for work, study or play.



January 26, 2016

Mueller Development Home Types : Assignment 1 Regional Survey – Claire Fontaine

Austin’s Mueller development offers four main types of homes for interested buyers: yard houses, garden court houses, row houses, and condominiums. Mueller is a relatively new urban development located on Austin’s northeast periphery and serves as an interesting case study for “alternative” suburban living. Mueller’s vision is to create a district that would be a model for responsible urban development – an alternative to land-consumptive and automobile-dependent development patterns throughout the region that could influence the form and pattern of growth within Austin. There exist several builders in the area presently:

  • David Weekley Homes
  • The Muskin Company
  • Streetman Homes
  • Wes Peoples Homes
  • Standard Pacific
  • Centerra Homes
  • Homes by Avi
  • Town Green Row Homes

These builders’ websites feature unbuilt plans for future home development along with current homes available on the market.

Homes by David Weekely Homes, Standard Pacific Homes, and Homes by Avi will be part of the Mueller Affordable Homes Program

Affordable Homes Program

Mueller will include all kinds of homes for people from all walks of life. Some 25 percent of the homes — more than 1,400 new houses, condos and apartments — are reserved specifically for households with lower than the area’s median incomes. This will make Mueller one of the largest communities offering affordable and workforce housing in Central Texas.

The Mueller Affordable Homes Program includes both for-sale and for-rent homes that are interspersed and fit right in with the rest of the Mueller community. In step with the City of Austin’s S.M.A.R.T. Housing™ Program, for-sale homes at Mueller are reserved for households making no more than 80% of the Median Family Income (MFI) for the City of Austin. For-rent homes are available to households making no more than 60% of Austin MFI.

Yard Houses

Traditional yet innovative, these detached single-family homes have inviting front porches that encourage relaxation. Each home includes a private backyard and two-car garages are served by rear alleys.

Example Listing:

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4112 Threadgill St. Austin, TX 78723

Price: $539,000

Fantastic 3/3 family-friendly yard home in popular Mueller neighborhood. This lovingly maintained home offers 3 bedrooms and a study, hand-scraped hickory hardwoods, custom lighting, solar shades and more. Gorgeous granite kitchen w/ large island/ breakfast bar & stainless appliances. Low utility bills with solar panels and energy efficient building! Front yard showcases easy to maintain and water-wise xeriscaping with native plants. Extra-spacious backyard with covered patio and garden.

Row Houses

Distinctive townhomes inspired by the brownstones of the Northeast with our own Central Texas flair. The cozy front porch offers an inviting entry and the detached garage creates a private rear courtyard just right for that barbeque. Carefree living only minutes from downtown, their great range of sizes fits any urban lifestyle. Offered in a range of sizes and product types, you’re sure to find one that’s just your style.

Example Listing:

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4248 Berkman Dr, Austin, TX

Beautiful row home in highly desired Mueller Development. Spacious, open floorplan with 10′ ceilings and kitchen open to family room. Floorplan boasts study downstairs and bedrooms upstairs. Granite countertops, “Ebony” maple cabinets, custom tile, and wood flooring throughout the downstairs. Square footage on tax record shows 1900 sq. ft.

Builder: David Weekley Homes

Price: $429,900

Status: Pending – Taking Backups – 104 days (104 days total)

Garden Houses

Garden Court Houses are a group of cottages are arranged around a central garden area, providing an instant sense of community. Open space is maximized; maintenance is minimized. A hybrid of the traditional Yard Homes and the Garden Court Homes, David Weekley’s Garden Homes overlook a fully landscaped courtyard and feature a quaint private side yard. Traditional, yet innovative, these detached single-family homes have inviting front entries and appealing cottage architecture. Each home includes a two-car garage served by rear alley

  • Example Listing:


3900 Threadgill #15

Builder: David Weekley

Price: $499,000

This Mueller Garden Home for sale is set apart from the others – in both resale and new inventory. It has a larger lot than a typical David Weekley Garden Home which means three very important things. It has two side yards. You have a fenced yard as it has a corner lot, and also a side yard between it and the nearest home. It has an island kitchen. Island kitchens are extremely popular for the additional food preparation and serving space, and also for the extra storage. This wider home has space for an island whereas many garden homes do not. The windows get more light as the home is on the end of the row. This isn’t something you notice until you go inside an internal unit. The extra light is significant and compliments the high ceilings to give an open feel with great sight lines.


Bergstrom Plan

  • Three story David Weekley Garden Home – Bergstrom Garden Plan
  • 2,087 square feet per builder
  • 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms
  • Bonus room with hard wood floors
  • Island kitchen not typical in this plan
  • Two side yards, detached home
  • Balcony and porch
  • Double garage with alley access

Call 512 215 4785 to schedule a tour

January 25, 2016

The beautiful and Exclusive Santa Rita Ranch and Sweet Water Developments in ATX – Austin Ablon Assignment 1

Santa Rita Ranch 

Santa Rita Ranch has move-in ready homes for the New Year. Our homes are perfectly sized for upsizing or downsizing. With exciting outdoor spaces, gourmet kitchens, garage workshops, space for entertaining – it’s all here. Located in the fastest growing corridor of the Northwest Austin area, these homes enjoy the best of small town charm and the beauty of the Texas Hill Country from every window.

There are trails for hiking and biking, a Jr. Olympic-size pool at the Ranch House, two 2-story water slides and more. Peruse our move-in ready homes now, stop by the Ranch House Welcome Center soon and let the fun begin!



Unit number unspecified


Mon – Sat 10am – 6pm
Sun 12pm – 6pm

175 Elizabeth Park Blvd.
Liberty Hill, TX 78642




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108 Prosa Lane


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309 Peggy dr.


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Sweet Water

5348 Pedernales Summit Pkwy, Austin, TX 78738

Unspecified Unit number

Unspecified visiting hours for model homes. Must reserve a time. Sweetwater is located approximately 20 miles from downtown Austin, and even closer to Austin’s famous “Silicon Hills” corridor of high-tech companies. Capturing the essence of the beautiful Texas Hill Country, Sweetwater devotes nearly half of its 1,400 acres to parks, trails, and natural open space, preserving verdant canyons and meandering creeks to create an active and connected community. Highly regarded local schools, shopping including the Hill Country Galleria, and the scenic chain of six Highland Lakes add to the appeal of the immediate surrounding area.



The Avalon:

One-Story | 4 Bed | 2 Bath | 3,059 Sq. Ft.
5700 Cherokee Draw Rd

sweet water avalon

The Colinas:

Two-Story | 5 Bed | 4.5 Bath | 4,532 Sq. Ft.
5912 Osceola Trail

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January 24, 2016

A look at Northwoods at Avery Ranch- Assignment 1 by Paula Nasta

Northwoods at Avery Ranch offers numerous housing sizes, styles and options with convenient access to both Downtown Austin and the Lakeline Mall. Located in Cedar Park just a few minutes walk from the Lakeline Cap Metro Train Station, residents of Northwoods can enjoy a relaxed commute to the city and the comforts of suburban living. The Lakeline Mall is just two miles away. Northwoods at Avery Ranch is a Green Community with wooded homesites available.

The community proudly offers numerous amenities including pools, splash pads, beaches, playgrounds and sports areas. Young families will appreciate access to Round Rock ISD schools.  The development includes homes by over 5 builders . Home sizes range from as little as 1300sf to over 3500 square feet.

The Cottages by Grand Haven Homes

In the Cottages, Grand Haven homes offer 6 models starting at $273,000.

Residence 1 by Grand Haven Homes at the Cottages.

Residence 1 by Grand Haven Homes at the Cottages.

Scott Felder Homes

The Lennox model elevation 3 by Scott Felder homes.

The Lennox model elevation 3 by Scott Felder homes.

Scott Felder Homes offer nine models at Northwoods. Their homes range from 1880 to 3600 square feet in one- and two-story houses.  Several models are available for quick move-in. Scott Felder Homes at Avery Ranch start at $374,990.



David Weekley Homes


The Kepley first floor plan by David Weekley .

David Weekley offers ten homes styles at Northwoods in the Groves section of the community. Home sizes range from 1900sf to 3600sf and prices start at $369,900.  Three to six bedroom plans are available.  Check out their website for virtual home tours of each model and to pick plan options in their floor plan generator. http://www.davidweekleyhomes.com/new-homes/tx/austin/austin/northwoods-at-avery-ranch#about

January 24, 2016

Assignment 01 Regional Survey – Josh Lamden

Another from D.R. Horton, the Crestview community features contemporary Urban styled homes conveniently located on North Lamar adjacent to the MetroRail Station, only 10 minutes from downtown.  The community offers “vibrant colors, energy conscious designs, and a unique urban street scene.”  Both easily customized homes as well as homes available for immediate move in are available.


Some examples include:

The Pasadena: Single Family Home, 1774 Square Feet. 3 bed, 2.5 bath, 2 story, 2 car garage.  Price varies/not available.

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The Delafield: Single Family Home, 1814 Square Feet. 3 bed, 2.5 bath, 2 story, 2 car garage. Price varies/not available.

Delafield 1Delafield 2Delafield Elevation

The Tisdale: Townhome/Condo, 1287 Square Feet. 3 bed, 2.5 bath, 2 story, 2 car garage. Price varies/not available.

Tisdale 1 Tisdale 2 Tisdale Elevation

The Lynwood: Townhome/Condo, 1132 Square Feet. 2 bed, 2.5 bath, 2 story, 2 car garage. $337,608.  $298/SF.

Lynwood Plan Lynwood

More research needed to gather prices on above units.


A more suburban option, Lennar Corporation is another of America’s leading home builders, “building homes for all stages of life: first home, move-up home, or a multi generational home.” Lennar offers 8 communities within the general Austin area, with homes ranging from $218,000 to $453,900, and communities with up to 17 available move in homes.


Communities & homes include:

Bradshaw Crossing/10409 Premier Park Street Austin, TX 78747

Clearwater: 1308 SF, 1 story, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, $224,900.  $171/SF.

Clearwater Plan Clearwater

Rough Hollow/116 Blue Clearing Way Austin, TX 78738

Edmonton: 2980 SF, 2 story, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, $436,900. $146/SF

Edmonton 1 Edmonton 2 Edmonton 3


Josh Lamden

January 23, 2016

Assignment 01 Regional Survey – Casey Tucker

D.R. Horton is the largest home builder in the country. The Express Homes division of D.R. Horton is tailored to entry level buyers with modestly priced homes. In the greater Austin area, Express Homes has 10 single-family home communities ranging from $100,000 – $250,000

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The Tiermo and Austin’s Colony communities are located in East Austin just East of 130, only a 30 min drive to downtown.

The homes in these communities range from $163,000 – $222,000

The following are some example of homes for sale in these communities:

The Crockett house design is a 1519 sq ft 4 bedroom/2 bath single story unit priced at $188,990.

Crockett Outside Crockett Inside


The Rusk house design is a 1769 sq ft 3 bedroom/2 bath single story unit priced at $197,990.

Rusk OutsideRusk Inside


The Patriot house design is a 2194 sq ft 4 bedroom/2.5 bath two story unit priced at $202,990.

Patriot OutsidePatriot Inside


The Rushmore house design is a 2142 sq ft 4 bedroom/2.5 bath two story unit priced at $185,990

Rushmore Outside 1Rushmore Outisde Inside



Casey Tucker

January 23, 2016

New Research for 2016

I’ve cleared last semester’s posting so we will a clear view of what is current in the Austin metropolitan region.  Looking forward to your submissions and your comments. Dr. Alofsin


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