Austin is a great community for countless reasons. Each year, hundreds of people are drawn to the area by the booming job market, the strong economy, the dynamic nightlife, and the many things to do.
As more and more people move to Austin, developers are rising to the challenge and are building new housing communities. Depending on your needs, it is possible to invest in a stylish, urban condo or an expansive, suburban family home. But is living in a new home for everyone? Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of buying a new home in Austin.
Over the past fifty years, there have been some major developments in home building technology that contribute to more energy efficient homes. New homes take advantage of these improvements in ways that older homes often couldn’t.
Windows are a great example of this. Windows in old homes tend to feature single-pane designs and can be quite drafty. New windows usually feature two panes and sometimes include gas between the two panes that inhibits temperature transfer. For homeowners, this means windows that keep the cold out in the winter and keep the cool inside throughout the summer.
Some of the newest homes in Austin are not only energy efficient, they have incredible smart designs. Thermostats can be controlled from your cellphone, or ones like the Nest will learn your schedule and program themselves. Other smart features include door locks, blinds, and wifi controlled plug-ins. All of these devices contribute to a convenient, modern lifestyle.
Many new houses in Austin belong to master-planned communities.
These well thought out neighborhoods often include walking trails, community parks, centrally located schools, and retail centers. For residents of these communities, this can be incredibly convenient. Families with school-aged children will find that schools are within walking distance. Likewise, all of your daily amenities are a short walk away. Clubhouses, community pools, and golf courses are other perks that many new communities include.
As a home ages, it’s natural that some aspects will become damaged or will simply need to be replaced. Homeowners of old houses need to be vigilant about maintaining their home. If you are the kind of homeowner who loves weekend projects like repainting the deck, updating the kitchen faucets, or replacing outdated flooring, maintaining home isn’t a burden, but if you aren’t inclined towards that sort of work, it can be a real chore.
In a recently built house, everything is new, and maintenance can be pretty minimal because most things do not need to be replaced. If you want to embark on renovations to update a specific feature, you can choose to do so, rather than being forced to do so.
New homes may be sleek and modern, but not every buyer wants that aesthetic. Some buyers love that many old homes are one-of-a-kind, usually featuring designs that are very different than the homes surrounding them.
Often, in many newer developments, the houses can have a lot of similarities. Older homes tend to have more character and tend to belong to communities that have more personality.
If you are the kind of person who loves towering oak trees and dense cedar hedges, you could be disappointed by a newer community. Young neighborhoods have young flora. Trees need many years to grow into maturity. There are plenty of hedges, bushes, and saplings that will grow beautifully in Austin’s mild climate, but if you are hoping to be surrounded by twenty-foot oaks, you will want to choose an older community.
A new community isn’t built overnight. It can take months or even years for a development to reach completion. For a homeowner this might mean many months of watching and listening to construction equipment build the houses around you. If you are someone who works a nine-to-five job, this might not be a problem for you because you will be out of your home for the majority of the hours of work, but if you are a stay-at-home parent or you work from your home, this might be an annoyance.
If you are choosing to move into a new community, consider the stage of development carefully. Is your neighborhood only a few weeks away from completion, or is it still in the early period of building?