When the Sol community, designed by innovative Austin firm KRDB as Austin’s first net-zero, single-family community, began construction in East Austin’s Johnston Terrace community, it seemed like it was a welcome approach to developing land fairly far from the center of Austin in a way that would address issues of affordability and displacement. The only thing that has changed in the intervening years is that the site of the planned development is no longer considered the hinterlands. Indeed, it’s now marketed as minutes from downtown, and its proximity to the Walnut Creek hike-and-bike trail is a bonus.
Most of the homes were designed in a modern/contemporary style that has proven classic rather than faddish, and open homes in the area usually sell quickly. This house’s features include polished concrete floors, solar panels, rain gutters with a water capture system, a well-appointed modern kitchen, an interior courtyard with shade sails and access via sliding-glass doors, and a two-car carport with storage and bike storage.
• 5917 Ventus Street [Redfin]