With soaring housing demand in the last five years, master-planned communities have popped up in and outside of Austin, offering viable housing options for today’s homebuyers. While a master-planned community has traditionally been thought of as a “development” or a “cookie-cutter” home, it has broken away from preconceived notions and has increased in popularity due to a variety of included amenities and benefits, compared to buying an older home. There is no doubt that right now is the best time to buy a home in a master-planned community. Not convinced it’s a good choice yet?
Here are four benefits of buying in a master-planned community:
You’re getting a custom home.
Forget the days of buying “as-is” or negotiating for repairs and replacements. Homes in a master-planned community are custom built. From selecting a floor plan and appliance upgrades, to choosing flooring and paint colors, you can essentially design your home inside and out. Many homes in a master-planned community have one and two-story options, roofing and landscaping choices, and a wide selection of lighting, bathroom, and kitchen fixtures. Plus! The home and many of the products and appliances are under warranty.
You have access to amenities.
Master-planned communities are designed so residents can live, work, and play. Needless to say, they have their perks, which typically include community fitness centers, resort-style pools, dog parks, and nature trails. Travisso, for example, has over 9,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor recreational space, which includes a clubhouse and pavilion. Residents have access to the amenities above, plus a children’s splashpad, two tennis courts, recreational fields, and hike and bike trails.
It’s better for your health and the environment.
A 2016 survey of homebuyers from each generation found that Energy Star® appliances were the most requested in a new home. So, it’s no surprise that new homes in a master-planned community keep energy and cost savings in mind. Along with Energy Star appliances, windows and doors are draft-free, and state-of-the-art insulation and ventilation relieve utility bills—a plus in Austin! In addition, building materials like paints and coatings, and carpeting and cabinetry have low VOCs. Furthermore, the air conditioning system uses environmentally-friendly coolants.
That’s two-fold. New homes are built up to code, which means the electrical circuit breaker is nothing to be concerned with like it would be in an older home. Many homes also have upgraded garage systems set up with infrared beams that stop if a tricycle or child is in the driveway.
Master-planned communities are also safer than traditional neighborhoods. Because of the community feel, neighbors look out for neighbors, and because they’re behind gated communities, security is high. Master-planned communities also don’t have the traffic that open neighborhoods have, reducing the amount of safety concerns.
Ready to buy in a master-planned community?
Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or looking for your next home in Austin, consider one of the many master-planned communities in the Austin-area. With an increasing inventory priced in every range and a multitude of amenities and benefits, you’ll be glad you invested in a new home within a new community.
Consider Travisso, a master-planned community with breathtaking views, natural scenery, and outstanding amenities. Travisso is located near northwest Austin’s high tech employment center, within the acclaimed Leander school district, and 30 minutes from Downtown.