Mueller Homes For Sale
Up until the late 1990s, before the existence of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Austin was served by the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport – a cozy little tract on the eastern edge of a fast growing city. When Austin’s airport transitioned to ABIA, the repurposing of the 700-acre Mueller site of the past became an important part of Austin’s future.
The City of Austin and the Catellus Development Group, with input from surrounding communities, presented an award-winning master plan for the centrally located site, just two miles from the University of Texas, and three miles from downtown Austin. Mueller’s development plan, now well underway, is for a mixed use urban village. Common to all the Mueller homes is an emphasis on community. To this end, garages are located in the back of residences and accessed by alleyways, all homes have front porches, and all streets have sidewalks.
The vision of Mueller as a place where residents get to know each other is evident even in its early stages today, with its pedestrian-friendly streets, trails, parks, and open spaces. When visiting Mueller, you will see people walking, biking, talking, and enjoying the space. Choices in housing are many, and specifically selected to encourage diversity. There are (income qualifying) affordable homes, chic apartments and condos, row houses, live-work houses, and traditional yard homes.
Mueller homes are constructed by several different builders. There are also custom homes, which help add some architectural interest. Mueller presents a few unique opportunities for potential residents. First off is the ability to purchase a newly built home and stay in central Austin. The existence of the Mueller neighborhood has even encouraged development slightly outside its borders, with newly built homes popping up in perimeter areas.
Another big selling point are the green spaces, interconnected trails, and parks. Austinites love their active lifestyles, and Mueller caters to this in a big way. Walking the loop trail around Lake Park, you will encounter an interactive playscape, open-air amphitheater, wildlife inhabitants of the lake, and the 70-year old Browning Hangar – an historic part of Austin’s aviation history – which now houses an array of food trucks helping to keep Austin weird.
The trails at Lake Park interconnect with those at the Northwest Greenway behind Dell Children’s Medical Center, and the Southwest Greenway with its sensory gardens and metal sculptures. At its completion, Mueller will have a hike and bike trail loop that clocks in at about 5 miles.
In the center of it all, stands the old Robert Mueller air traffic control tower. After much rallying by the nearby communities, the historic control tower was restored to its original 1960s splendor, and will remain on the site for all to enjoy.
The Mueller neighborhood is bordered to the southwest by Airport Blvd., to the north by E. 51st Street, to the east by Manor Rd., and to the west by IH-35. Mueller’s current residents are served by Maplewood Elementary, Kealing Middle School, and McCallum High School. As Mueller grows, the list of schools will expand to other area schools.
Also, the Mueller master plan calls for a new on-site elementary school. Retail areas serving Mueller include a shopping area at the northeast corner of the site (IH-35 and E. 51st Street) anchored by several major retailers including Best Buy, Home Depot, Petsmart, Old Navy, and others, restaurants, banks, and service-based businesses.
The nearest grocery stores are HEB at Hancock Center (41st and Red River) or Fiesta (38th St. & IH-35). In 2013, a new, ?rst-of-its-kind HEB green store is planned for Mueller at the corner of 51st Street and Berkman Dr. Other businesses on site include the Austin Film Society, Austin Studios, the University of Texas Health Research Campus, and the Dell Children’s Medical Center.