Best of the Best
Eco-friendly East Austin home community cements its status with major award
When you build a community as impressive as Whisper Valley, it's only a matter of time before the accolades start rolling in. The zero-energy capable, master-planned community located in East Austin recently won the title of Best New Community from The Homebuilder Association of Greater Austin. The award honors builders and developers who made significant contributions in residential real estate in 2017.
"Industry awards validate our team's efforts to create a groundbreaking community in Austin that is affordable, healthy, and environmentally sensitive for our homeowners" says Douglas Gilliland, president of Whisper Valley's developer, Taurus of Texas. "Whisper Valley is a game-changer for homebuyers who want to live an eco-friendly lifestyle in every aspect of their home, and do it affordably."
Homes in Whisper Valley start from the low $200s to $400s and feature local builders Avi Homes and Pacesetter Homes, the latter of which is now offering duplex and triplex options. The 2,062-acre mixed-use development consists of residential neighborhoods and planned retail, neighborhood services, restaurants, and commercial buildings.
All Whisper Valley homes include solar panels to generate electricity, pre-wiring for a garage-mounted electric-vehicle (EV) charging station, and a Bosch geothermal heating and cooling system that saves up to 65 percent on typical monthly energy consumption. The entire community is also connected by an innovative geothermal loop field to maximize efficiency and achieve zero-energy capable homes. And that's not all: The homes also meet the carbon-neutral standard promoted by the City of Austin for new construction homes, and each qualifies for an average federal tax credit of $7,000-$10,000.
As a community, Whisper Valley offers 700 acres of green space, a health club, geothermal heated resort-style pool, and high-tech Google Fiber and Nest products for all its homeowners. In the future, there will be two school sites, a transportation hub, and a fire station. A partnership with Lettuce Network allows residents to participate in onsite organic farming, with delivery of the fresh produce coming right to their doorsteps.
Whisper Valley is located just east of SH-130 at FM 973 and Braker Lane, 20 minutes from downtown Austin. The community is just 10-20 minutes from Google, Dell, and Samsung corporate campuses, and 10 minutes from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
To learn more about Pacesetter’s move-in ready duplex and triplex designs, call 512-997-5612 or visit the model home at 16504 Moonlit Path. To learn more about Avi Homes, call 512-766-2692 or visit its model at 16520 Moonlit Path.