A sustainable suburb is taking shape east of downtown Austin. Called Whisper Valley, the 2,000-acre master-planned community will be home to 7,500 single and multi-family homes and more than two million square feet of commercial space when completed, according to Curbed Austin.
All homes in the development will include Nest thermostats and smart home sensors to monitor and reduce energy use and rooftop solar panels as well as an underground geothermal well connected to every building will cut heating and cooling costs. Those features should help homeowners save between $150-$300 on their energy bills every month.
The community will also include a 600-acre park and trail system and community farm that will allow residents to grow their own produce.
Best of all, the homes built by Pacesetter Homes and Avi Homes are affordable: Prices start at $190,000.
Curbed Austin says that the first owners should begin moving in just in time for summer (no better time to give those solar panels a workout). The development will also eventually include a sustainable technology learning center that shows the behind-the-scenes things that make the suburb eco-friendly.
This isn’t the only eco-friendly community in the works—an entirely solar-powered community is under construction in Fort Myers. There also are sustainable communities in Seattle, Denver, and Atlanta.