Green Home Inspiration: Austin's Agave Neighborhood

Green Home Inspiration: Austin's Agave Neighborhood

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Adrienne Breaux
Jul 31, 2008

With all the wonderful focus on being Green @ Home and simple ways to get green here at AT, I wanted to share a great neighborhood built on green (and modern!) sensibilities here in Austin. Whether you're thinking of buying a house in Austin or just want to see inspiring photos of Austin modern architecture, the Agave neighborhood has all the bases covered. More after the jump!

First dreamed up by Vicinia Development in 2005, the idea behind the Agave neighborhood of homes was to create a development entirely of affordable, energy-saving and green houses. The job was undertaken by seven Central Texan architects who brought their best to the table and have achieved beautiful residential architecture results that receive both Austin S.M.A.R.T. and Green Building designations.

The most surprising thing to me (besides the amazing fact that all these homes in one place are so eco-friendly) is how diverse the architecture is here. I admit, sometimes when all you see is a modern home here and there around different Austin neighborhoods, it's hard to remember them being all that different. But at Agave, you can really stand back and admire them all for their differences in shape, size, color, material--even orientation to the landscape.

Agave homes come equipped with green features such as 14 Seer HVAC with energy-efficient gas furnaces, tank-less hot water gas water heaters, low profile water saving commodes and fixtures, R-13 std Batt insulation in walls and R-30 Blown-in insulation in ceilings.

Potential future homeowners will have to take the fact that you can't quite walk to downtown (it's close, but not very close) into consideration before moving to the Agave neighborhood, but for the prices these amazing houses are going for (starting in the low $200s), it might be worth the wait to let the city come to you.

You can learn more about the Agave neighborhood on their website. Agave is located East of Highway 183 on Martin Luther King Blvd.

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