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By Tim Andrews | Home Owner in 97013

Buying A Modern Home in Austin, Texas – Tim Andrews, Realtor – 512-765-5883

June 13th, 2013

Been dreaming of buying a modern home in Austin, Texas? If you have, you’ve come to the right place. Austin is literally exploding with exciting new modern homes, especially in the HOT East Austin area. Known as the 7th “Hippest Hipster Neighborhood“, East Austin has a little something for everyone and is literally the most affordable close-in neighborhood to downtown. But, as the east side grows in popularity, prices have begun to increase dramatically.

Buying A Modern Home in Austin, Texas

Austin median sales pricesEven with this price increase, East Austin remains a relative bargain if you want to be close to a vibrant and ever changing bar, music, arts and retail scene. So much development is occurring here that it is literally hard to keep up with the pace of it, even as an East Austin resident, Realtor, modern home owner and Modern Home Specialist, myself.

If East Austin isn’t where you want to be, don’t fret – there are modern homes of all shapes, sizes and budgets available throughout Austin, including many very affordable condo and townhome options.

Contact me today if you’re considering buying a modern home in Austin, Texas

So, how should you begin the process of buying a modern home in Austin, Texas? If you’re new to town, my best advice is to seek out a knowledgeable Realtor who can take you on a detailed tour of the city, showing you the various neighborhoods and amenities within each one. As a modern home specialist, for example, I continually comb the entire city for newly listed and constructed modern homes and always have this list available, free for my clients. Current Austin residents can benefit from working with a well-versed Realtor who can show them the best available inventory and connect them with architects and builders who specialize in this area.

Austin’s Modern Home Designers & Builders

Newcastle-6156In East Austin, Newcastle Homes has been one of the most successful and prolific infill builders of semi to full custom modern homes for more than 10 years (I own one myself!). Newcastle Homes frequently works on projects in conjunction with some of the most innovative and thoughtful architects in Austin, such as Francois Levy, who places a premium on important aspects of design, such as solar orientation. Proper solar orientation plays a big role in heating and air conditioning expenses, especially here under the hot Texas sun. Solar orientation can also have impacts on the lifespans of interior finishes and furnishings, as harmful UV rays can wreak havoc on floor coverings, upholstery, etc. Other respected designers in the area are isARK Studio and the venerable Dick Clark Architecture, to name just a few.

Other local builders are also cashing-in on the modern home craze here in Austin. Wes Peoples Homes is currently building an enclave of bright modern homes in Edgewick with prices starting in the $170k range. These efficient designs are located in a gated South Austin community with easy access to all of what people love about Austin, such as the famous South Congress Avenue (SoCo) shopping & entertainment district. MX3 is another builder that has been especially active (they are building 3 new homes within a stone’s throw of mine), with designs that are perhaps a bit more tame in comparison with some of the others in town. While they have focused heavily on the east side as well, I have noted their homes in various locations throughout the city.

Modern Homes are my passion. I love seeing the new and creative designs, uses of materials, and how, when done well, they can add so much to neighborhoods throughout the city. Even better – you don’t have to be a millionaire to own one (although those homes are out there, if that’s what you want!) I’ve just scratched the surface here. For more information and a free list of available modern homes you can buy right now, call me at 512-765-5883, email me at timsellsaustin@gmail.com or visit me online at www.modernaustinhomes.com.

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