Only eight miles east of downtown Austin is a mixed-use development that's bringing a whole new meaning to the idea of eco-smart living.
The first of its kind, Whisper Valley is the largest sustainable master-planned community in the U.S. Set on a sprawling 2,062-acres (including more than 700 acres of green space) the East Austin community features impressive zero energy-capable homes, fantastic amenities, and onsite organic gardens. In the future, the community will include retail, restaurants, garden offices, and, of course, more of the most affordable and efficient new homes in Austin.
Phase 1 sales began in September 2017 and attracted tremendous interest and sales in this first-of-its-kind sustainable community. Likely because the homes are, well, pretty cool (and affordable, ranging from the low $200s to the $400s). The homes are connected to an innovative Geothermal loop field, or GeoGrid. The combination of energy savings from geothermal and energy production from the Texas sun through solar PV creates zero energy-capable homes and means far lower monthly utility bills than traditional new homes. And because there are no noisy outdoor compressors, they are quieter too — and provide better air quality.
Now, Phase II is under construction with plans to add 267 new home sites by this fall, plus some exciting new amenities — including new parks (even one for four-legged residents!), five new organic gardens, and an event lawn and performance space — starting this summer.
In honor of the new models' grand opening – and the addition of three new builders, for a total of five – May is chock-full of events and opportunities to tour model homes from Avi Homes, Buffington Homes, GFO Home, Pacesetter Homes, and AHA Dream Homes.
And get this: If you sign a contract for a new home before May 31, you get your pick from one of these three great buyer incentives: free homeowners association dues for one year; a free Nest security camera to integrate with the Nest suite of products already included in each home; or a free Whisper Lettuce trial subscription for fresh organic vegetables or meal kit deliveries to your home.
For more information or to schedule a tour, visit Whisper Valley's website, call 512-710-3799, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or, better yet, head out to one of these grand opening events happening every Saturday in May from 10 am-4 pm:
- May 4, High Tech Homes: See systems that generate water from air, solar energy monitoring systems in use, and Google Fiber programs and products.
- May 11, EcoSmart: Learn about Whisper Valley's zero-energy capable homes with geothermal heating and cooling, solar PV, smart home technology, and high performance appliances.
- May 18, Healthy Living: Visit the farm stand and craft booths and enjoy cooking demonstrations, yoga classes, and fitness events.
- May 25, First Time Homebuyers School: 10 am-noon. (Must register in advance, call 512-710-3799 to reserve a spot.)