Community of Tomorrow

Austin's new affordable, eco-friendly development will be the largest ever

Austin's new affordable, eco-friendly development will be largest ever

Whisper Valley house rendering
Homes in Whisper Valley will come with Google Fiber high-speed internet capability, geothermal heat pumps, a solar thermal energy system, and more. Homes by Avi, Texas/Facebook

Homes in the country’s largest “net zero ready” housing community — about three miles south of Manor — will be ready for their first occupants this summer.

Douglas Gilliland, president of Taurus of Texas, developer of the Whisper Valley project, says the first 30 or so homes are under construction and will be finished in June or July. The builders are Pacesetter Homes and Avi Homes.

“We have waiting lists and lots of interest,” Gilliland tells CultureMap, “but no contracts will be signed until houses get further along in the construction process.”

Aside from Whisper Valley homes being “energy neutral,” meaning they produce enough renewable energy to meet their own energy needs, they’re moderately priced. Homes are available from the $190,000s to the $300,000s. By comparison, the median home price in the Austin metro area was $287,000 in February.

The first phase of the 2,063-acre, master-planned community features 237 single-family homes and townhomes. Once completed, Whisper Valley will comprise more than 7,500 homes and apartments, over 2 million square feet of retail and commercial space, and 700 acres of parkland.

Gilliland says it’ll take 10 years to complete the $2 billion project, which is along State Highway 130 in eastern Travis County. It’s about 17 miles east of downtown Austin.

Every home at Whisper Valley will come with Google Fiber high-speed internet capability, energy-efficient Bosch kitchen appliances, geothermal heat pumps, a solar thermal energy system, and Nest smart home technology.

“We know Austin homebuyers are savvy. Whisper Valley offers the community of tomorrow, today. It’s a blueprint for a better lifestyle committed to sustainability, affordability, and cutting-edge technology,” Gilliland says.