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Jimmy Jacobs and Taylor Morrison top Austin homebuilders list

Source: Austin Business Journal by Patricia Rogers, Sarah Drake

Date: Monday, August 20, 2012, 1:54pm 

Georgetown-based Jimmy Jacobs Custom Homes and Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Taylor Morrison Homes top the biggest homebuilders in Austin list.

The list, published in the Aug. 17 print issue of the Austin Business Journal, is ranked by 2011 new-home sales volume, and is split into two categories: custom builders and volume builders.

Click the image to see the top five in each category.

Jimmy Jacobs, which lists homes in five Austin-area subdivisions, moved up one spot to lead the custom builders category. Taylor Morrison, which was not ranked on the list last year, took the top spot in the volume builders section. It lists homes in 11 Austin-area subdivisions, includingSteiner Ranch.

But data from Metrostudy pegs a different company as the top volume builder in Austin.

Fort Worth-based D.R. Horton Inc., which would not submit information for the list, is the top-selling local volume builder, according to Eldon Rude, manager of operations for Metrostudy in Austin. According to Metrostudy data, the builder had 15.4 percent of market share for the 12 months ending June 30.

The top five homebuilders in the custom category are all headquartered in the Austin area, while the top five in the volume category are spread across California, Arizona, Florida, and Kentucky.

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The Springs at Walnut Creek

Perhaps the secret to knowing the best homebuilders in Austin is simply finding out how many of the builder’s employees own a home built by their company?

When I am talking with a sales counselor and they tell me they live in the neighborhood or that they live in a particular floor plan,  it’s just natural to take a much deeper interest. It’s just such a strong statement. Best closing line I have ever heard, actually. You know it’s good when you’re not even there to consider a new home purchase and you start thinking Hmm. This is obviously a great builder. Must be a good neighborhood too. Wonder what the school district is? She knows all the neighbors, must be good people.  That is exactly what I was thinking last week when I had the pleasure of meeting a David Weekley employee who was about to move into her home in The Springs at Walnut Creek. I can see why too!

These are not your everyday run of the mill homes. They are chalk full of style and personality. They have a hip, urban, modern feel to them.  I was shocked to hear the price. These homes are affordable and they have character. They start in the low $200s.  If you want a larger home in The Springs at Walnut Creek, you can get a 2,800+ square feet, 4-5 bedroom, and you can still stay in the mid to high $200s. For a brand new home, right by Dell, right by all the shopping at Tech Ridge, right by Walnut Springs Park- that is pretty incredible. And, on a side note, if you have not been on the hike and bike trail in Walnut Springs Park, it is a very nice scenic day hike.

From the David Weekley website:

David Weekley Homes is excited to build our award-winning homes in The Springs at Walnut Creek. Located just minutes from downtown Austin, with easy access to I-35 and Yager Ln., this great community features new, urban one- and two-story detached homes, with a floor plan to fit any lifestyle! Here, you’ll also enjoy:

  • Floor plans ranging from 1,700 to 2,800 square feet
  • Access to 19 beautifully treed acres of parkland, including Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
  • Convenience to the shops at Tech Ridge – grocery store, restaurants, shopping and entertainment
  • Pflugerville ISD schools

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Builders now onsite at Sweetwater

The highly anticipated Sweetwater community is now open! Here is an email Sweetwater just sent out with more information.
Sweetwater Office Buildings

Sweetwater: Open for Business

We know you are eager for information about what’s available at Sweetwater, so we wanted to let you know that some of our builders are opening temporary sales offices on site now, rather than waiting until their models are completed.

If you come out to Sweetwater this weekend, you’ll find representatives of Coventry Homes and David Weekley Homes here, ready to discuss your home needs and show you their Sweetwater plans.

Or you can call any of our builders at anytime to schedule an appointment:

Ashton Woods Homes: (512) 296-1590

Coventry Homes:  (512) 574-3103

David Weekley Homes: (512) 821-8818

Ryland Homes: (512) 565-7401

Taylor Morrison: (512) 554-5198

It’s a great time to talk to our builders because all of them are offering special pre-construction prices.

You’ll find Sweetwater on Hwy 71, five minutes west of Ranch Road 620.

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Versante Villas and Townhomes by Ashton Woods in Austin

While sitting at the stoplight on hwy 620 and Boulder Lane, I’ve always admired the architectural design of the Vesante Canyon Townhomes and Villas by Ashton Woods. The gated entrance reminds me of pulling into an exclusive Santa Barbara beach community. Last week, I had some extra time so I thought I’d take a quick spin around. When I got to the end of the street I saw a couple admiring the view. It made me pause as well. Wow. I had no idea. The view from most of these villas and town homes is pretty incredible! It’s what the marketing folks like to call a “hill country view.” In fact, most of the homes back right up to the Balcones Canyonland Preserve. I was definitely impressed by the look and feel of the whole community, so much so, that I decided to “bug” the onsite sale representative. I peeked my head in shyly and was greeted with a warm sincere smile and a handshake. Lisa and I dove right into conversation and I had a ball talking with her. She took me across the street to see the clubhouse and I am so glad she did. The pictures online do not do it justice! This resort style complex has a ton of ambiance.  There is an exercise room, a poker table, an outdoor fireplace, a full kitchen, and a large beautiful party room. I can see a lot of memories being made with friends and family in this great space, right off the pool. I kept thinking to myself how nice it would be to have guests over and entertain them here rather than have to clean my house twice. I also kept thinking about how covenant it would be to have both my front and backyard taken care of by the HOA. The whole simple living, low maintenance lifestyle certainly has a huge appeal, especially in these busy times.

When I drove away that day, I genuinely felt excited to tell people about this community…and about Ashton Woods. When Lisa spoke about the company and the people she worked for she lit up! Her attitude was absolutely contagious. It’s always nice to hear about a homebuilder who treats their employees like gold…most likely means they treat their local Realtors and home buyers pretty darn good too!

Prices start in the mid to high $200s. Check out their website for more details.

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Mueller in South Austin is set for quantum leap in growth this year

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According to an article today in the Austin American Statesman “Projects [in Mueller] totaling about $250 million are set to break ground in 2012, said Greg Weaver, who has overseen redevelopment since before construction started in 2005 on the 700-acre site that once was home to Austin’s municipal airport.

The new development will include Mueller’s first grocery store and hotel, along with more housing, a new hospital wing and facilities for a nonprofit theater and a performing arts center.

Taken together, the projects mean 2012 will be pivotal for Mueller, the largest public-private venture in Austin’s history.

For Weaver, the progress is “a great testament to the economy and what’s going on in Austin.”

“I think Central Texas is doing far better than almost anywhere in the country,” said Weaver, executive vice president of Catellus Development Corp., which the city tapped in 2002 for Mueller’s ambitious transformation. “There’s a lot of pent-up demand.”

Read more of the article here:

Mueller set for quantum leap in growth this year

Photo Source: statesman.com via Homebuilding on Pinterest

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