Shout it out: Whisper Valley named Austin's best new community
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Whisper Valley, a zero-energy capable community in East Austin, has been named Best New Community by The Homebuilder Association of Greater Austin.
The award honors builders and developers who made significant contributions in residential real estate in 2017.
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.
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.
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.
Whisper Valley features 700 acres of green space, a health club, geothermal heated resort-style pool and high-tech Google Fiber and Nest products for all of 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 right to their doorsteps.