To keep up with Austin’s accelerating job and population growth, real estate developers are working at a fast clip to build houses, townhouses and condos throughout the metro area. In fact, 2018 was the second biggest year for new home construction in Central Texas since 2006, ranking sixth for total housing units permitted in the first six months of 2018. Most feel this building boom won’t be slowing down anytime soon. According to the Austin American-Statesman, scores of projects are slated to bring thousands of new homes, along with additional commercial and retail development in the area.
If you’re in the market for a new home — whether you currently call Austin home, are moving from another part of Texas or are a transplant from another state or country — the following is just a small sampling of the many great communities for new homes in Austin to consider.
Carmel (Pflugerville, TX): starting at $200,000
Located in the city of Pflugerville, Carmel is an 800-acre community located between Austin and Round Rock. House hunters can enjoy open concept floor plans with 1596 to 3646 square feet, including garden homes. Residents can commute to Austin and surrounding areas with easy access to I-35, TX-45 and TX-130. In the works are numerous amenities that’ll be available for residents of Carmel, including a community pool, playground, soccer fields, basketball courts and a community pavilion.
Double Eagle Ranch (Bastrop, TX): starting at 300,000
This new home community features oversized farmhouse style homes with energy-efficient touches throughout. Choose from floor plans ranging from 1,802 to 2,644 square feet. Perfect for the outdoorsy types, its close proximity to the 47-acre green located on the Colorado River is your gateway to Austin’s mesmerizing landscape. Conveniently located near Hwy 71 and Loop 130, it offers direct access to downtown Austin.
Edgewater (Cedar Park, TX): $250,000
This gated area is located in Cedar Park off of US 183, and provides easy access to Round Rock, Austin and other surrounding areas and attractions. It features open floor plans with houses that range from 1,056 to 3,096 square feet. Edgewater offers plenty of amenities and activities for all ages and is ideal for those seeking a home where all lawn care service and landscaping is provided.
Oaks at San Gabriel (Georgetown, TX): starting at $260,000
This 400-acre new home development is a short car ride to the center of downtown Austin and Round Rock and offers plenty of options for all. Nature-lovers will be in awe of the acres of scenic open space, beautiful nature trails and the picturesque San Gabriel River. It’s also conveniently located near many of Texas’s largest employers, hospitals and universities. Enjoy a French country architectural style with spacious, open concept floor plans ranging from 1,596 to 3,899 square feet.
Siena (Round Rock, TX): starting at $240,000
Inspired by the natural beauty of Hill Country in Central Texas, Siena features native stone and plants throughout and many amenities including hiking trails, a community pool and beautiful views. Floor plans range from 1,596 to 3,899 square feet.
The Enclave at Covered Bridge (Southwest Austin, TX): starting at $410,000
Located in the heart of Southwest Austin, the Enclave at Covered Bridge is in close proximity to major employers, shopping, roadways and schools, making it the perfect community for many. Offering Hill Country views, its location near Oak Hill and Southwest Parkway allows easy access to nearby dining and entertainment in downtown Austin. Home plans start at 1,933 and go up to 3,899 square feet.
Wildhorse Ranch (East Austin, TX): starting at $240,000
Wildhorse Ranch provides homeowners with the best of both worlds: it’s located within minutes from Austin, but is situated on 1,500 acres of rolling, spacious hills. Enjoy venturing out to the 20 miles of scenic hiking and biking trails nearby. Homes feature a contemporary architectural style, and upscale layouts range from 1597 to 2923 square feet.
Deerbrooke (Leander, TX): starting at $220,000
This 300-acre community offers access to hiking and biking trails in nearby parks, golf courses and the relaxed feel of the Hill Country. As one of the fastest growing communities in the surrounding area, Leander is close to some of the biggest attractions in Texas Hill Country. Enjoy shopping at the Lakeline Mall and Round Rock Premium Outlets and visiting Lake Travis and the Inner Space Caverns. The country feel of this community is perfectly balanced with contemporary architecture ranging in size from 1,350 to 2,199 square feet.
Canopy at Hudson Bend (Hudson Bend, TX): starting at $399,990
This gated, new home community features contemporary multi-level designs ranging in size from 1,822 – 3,200 square feet. Take advantage of beautiful sunsets over Lake Travis each evening from the privacy of your own home as well as living in close proximity to the lake for boating, fishing or jet skiing. Excellent HOA services allow you to enjoy stress-free living in this quiet, peaceful community.
Fairview Heights (Northeast Austin): starting at $209,000
Fairview Heights is ideal for those seeking a home close to work centers, including some of the industry’s leading tech companies. Exceptional dining options, shopping and Austin’s vibrant nightlife are never too far thanks to easy access to Hwy 290, Hwy 183, IH 35 and SH 130. Select homes that range in size from 1,200 to 2,722 square feet.
Lago Vista (Lago Vista, TX): starting at $190,000
This charming community is the perfect place for many. With homes starting at $190,000 homeowners can enjoy living in a high-quality new home, offered at one of the lowest price points in the Austin area. Sitting along the north shore of Lake Travis, Lago Vista offers ample shopping, dining options and other activities the entire family can enjoy. Homes feature “soft, contemporary architecture” and range in size from 1,556 to 2,038 square feet.
Saratoga Farms (Elgin, TX): starting at $179,990
Located 25 miles east of Austin, Elgin has a small town feel and is great for buyers searching for an exceptional value, convenience and quality new home construction. With an affordable starting price point of $179,990, houses come in one- and two-story floor plans, ranging in size from 1,104 to 2,154 square feet.
Highpointe (Dripping Springs, TX): starting at $420,990
Enjoy resort-style amenities without leaving home in this 740-acre gated community located in the Texas Hill Country of Dripping Springs. Luxurious homes are situated on acres of beautiful open space and feature impressive amenities such as four pools, a two-story gym, aerobics studio, sport courts, soccer and baseball fields, miles of hike and bike trails and Hill Country views. Homes range in size from 2,285 to 5,181 square feet.
Saratoga Hills (Dripping Springs, TX): starting at $499,990)
This quiet, gated enclave is the perfect place for homeowners to take advantage of open spaces with a backdrop of rolling hills. Exceptionally designed homes are situated on 1.5 acres and range in size from 2,575 to 5,181 square feet.
Whisper Valley, (Manor, TX): starting at $290,000
Eco-conscious house hunters take note! This 2,066-acre community is truly unique in that it’s the first neighborhood to introduce geothermal heating and cooling and solar panels in each home. This translates to single-digit utility bills! It’s a community for all ages, boasting such amenities as community gardens with available farm to table delivery, an amenity center with pool and fitness room and so much more. In addition, a 600-acre park is in the works that’ll have hiking and bicycle trails that’ll connect with the larger park system in Austin.
Whether you crave the city bustle or need a secluded oasis, there’s a community of new homes throughout Austin and the surrounding areas that fits your budget and lifestyle and Habitat Hunters is here to help. Contact us to learn more about the many exciting new homes in Austin.