You’ve probably read all the stats about Mueller – lots of parks, lots of commercial real estate, lots of different housing types, and a public private partnership between the City and the Master Developer – Catellus. What does it all mean if you want to buy a home in Mueller?
First, there’s nothing else like it in Austin. Green homes with a variety of rating schemes and scores (all are at least 3 star in Austin Energy’s Green Building Program). Extremely close to UT and Downtown. A variety of different price points (including market rate homes from $200,000 on up), and a Children’s Hospital just down the street.
Second, demand is pretty high – that’s why after a brief slowdown, the project is going full bore again – after 221 homes slated started in 2012 and finished for the most part by the end of 2013, there will be a huge new release of homes in 2014. It also means some home sales happen off MLS, and that’s why I set up a separate website to capture all of the housing opportunities – new homes, off market listings, and of course, homes listed for sale at Mueller, which you can see below.
The other thing is that Mueller is a master planned community based around new urbanism. What this means in practice is that there’s a departure from the typical car-dependent commuter design. The homes all have parking of course, but the aim is to bring transit in (there’s space for a street car), and for the area to be walkable. The Town Center is one example of a destination within the neighborhood itself, with an Alamo Drafthouse for example. There are swathes of green space and parks too, and a HEB grocery store with its satellite of typical food and services.
The neighborhood has homes for all budgets (except for the excluded range of $200,000 – $300,000 which will hopefully be addressed soon). It’s a different way of life, and worth exploring.