I like David Weekley - I lived in one of their new homes for five years, and of the countless families I've helped buy new homes, they're probably one of the easiest builders to deal with. So when the Springs at Walnut Creek opened three years back, I was keen to see the craftsmen style homes popping up - and the sales staff pointed out that they were an alternative to Mueller - closer to tech employers than downtown perhaps, but quality homes built to standards that exceed the energy efficiency requirements of Austin new builds.
Of course, at the time, these were the most expensive homes for sale in 78753 - North of Town, and on the least favored side of I35 near the infamous Rundberg area. But they were in a separate enclave and they were well thought out. So the sales progressed nicely, and every time we'd take a client there, another few homes would have popped up.
But now I see something interesting. There are several seasonal and timing factors, and the builder has four homes available to close by the end of the year. Is this a good time to try to capitalize on built stock? Maybe.
While I always thought that the Springs really was an enclave - separate and detached from a part of town that attracts bad press, another builder has hammered the point home by naming their nearby subdvision "Enclave at the Springs". So while David Weekley certainly have the first mover advantage when it comes to rejuvenating the zip code, rival Scott Felder have really taken the biscuit when it comes to branding.
So there's very local competition. The year is ending. The market is a little stalled and confused. If you're looking for an energy efficient new home with an easy commute to the tech corridor, or your family has two commutes - one to Round Rock and one to Austin, now might be a time to get an agent to start pounding away at the list prices for you at the Springs of Walnut Creek.