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An interesting question recently came up from a Mueller neighbor:

Q: Will the fact that homes are being sold off the MLS have an affect on the availability of sales data, and therefore my tax appraisal?

A: This is a great question.  It is a common misconception that the Travis County Tax Appraisal District has access to sales data through the Multiple Listing Service, and that is the information they utilize to determine our property values.  This, in fact, is not the case – at least the part about them having unrestricted access to MLS data.

Texas is a non-disclosure state, meaning that home sales prices are not publicly recorded and therefore, accessible.  This includes the Tax Appraisal District.  So, unless folks in their office have their Real Estate license, and therefore the ability to access the MLS, sales prices are not readily available to them.  One of the ways they obtain their data is from homeowners who are protesting their property taxes and have been able to access sales data from a friendly Realtor.  All of the evidence that is presented to the Appraisal District is then added to their records seeming as though they have unrestricted access to these numbers.

So, back to the original question, the fact that homes are being sold off-MLS shouldn’t have a direct effect on appraised values if they don’t technically have access to this information anyway but we can present the evidence (particularly if it helps our case).  When protesting our taxes, we can present HUD Settlement Statements for sales that haven’t taken place through the MLS – this is actually a really common method for protesting in new home communities, like Mueller.  A majority of the sales through the builders never made it on to the MLS in the first place.  Similarly, off-MLS resale HUDs are also valid to use when protesting taxes – you just might have to do a little more digging to get this information!


Exciting times at Mueller Austin – more new homes in the pipeline!

Mueller development plans new 221-home section

By American-Statesman Staff | Monday, October 3, 2011, 11:01 AM

The Mueller development is ready for another expansion.

Catellus Development, the project’s master developer, said today that work is set to begin on another 221 single-family homes just east of the future Mueller town center. Work on roads, lots and utilities should begin this fall, with homes likely ready for move-in sometime in 2012, Catellus said.

The new project, which will include four homebuilders, will bring the number of homes in the Mueller development to more than 1,600. David Weekley Homes, Standard Pacific Homes and Streetman Homes will be among the homebuilders taking part, with a fourth to be announced in the next few months, Catellus said.

Situated on the site of the former Robert Mueller Municipal Airport, the Mueller development is a 700-plus acre master-planned new urbanist community. The development is projected to eventually have 5,500 single-family and multi-family homes, a mixed-use town center district and 4 million square feet of commercial space.


A new listing has hit the MLS in Mueller Austin, pictured here.  Some details about the Meritage 1902 Floor Plan at 4221 Threadgill Street:


  • Built by Meritage in 2009
  • 3-Star Green rating with Austin Energy Green Building Program
  • 3 bed/3 bath, 2001 sq. ft.d
  • Master and second bed & bath down
  • 2 living areas, 1 up 1 down
  • Formal dining room
  • Sits directly across from Garden Court 2
  • 20″ hard tile, hardwood floors & carpeting


Let me know if you’re interested in taking a look.  As a Mueller Austin Realtor, I am happy to show you the house and represent you as a buyer in the transaction at no cost to you 512.913.8643 or


The Pecan Street Project at Mueller Austin is a smart-grid demonstration project that is supported by a $10.4 million grant from the Department of Energy to “develop and test an integrated clean energy smart grid of tomorrow in the homes of today.”

One of their latest endeavors is to bring one hundred Chevrolet Volts, which run partly on electricity, to participants in the project, who will receive a significant rebate.  Researchers are interested in studying how car charging can be integrated with solar power.


There are homes for sale in Mueller Austin right now ranging from 550 sq. ft. and $149,000 all the way up to 3330 sq. ft. and $899,000.  Talk about an economically diverse community.  Some are resales, some are brand new construction.  If you’re interested in more information or taking a look at any of these homes, please contact your Mueller Austin Neighborhood Realtor, Hilary 913.8642

4 currently for sale

  • 2128 McCloskey $365,000, 1842 sq. ft., 3 bed/2.5 bath, David Weekley Willie Floor Plan.
  • 2208 Tom Miller $412,477, 2075 sq. ft., 4 bed/3 bath, Standard Pacific Moore Hill Floor Plan.
  • 4320 Scales $525,000, 2521 sq. ft., 3 bed/2 bath, Streetman Guadalupe Floor Plan.
  • 4016 Pinckney $559,000, 3023 sq. ft., 5 bed/4.5 bath including garage apartment, Standard Pacific Andrews Floor Plan.

1 currently for sale

  • 3900 Threadgill #9 $325,716, 1622 sq. ft., 2 bed/2.5 bath, David Weekley Stanfield Floor Plan

10 Affordable & 3 Market Rate for sale

  • AFFORDABLE UNITS: Simond $157 – $162,000, must qualify for the program (you can find General Eligibility Guidelines here); 1271 – 1333 sq. ft., 2 bed/bath
  • MARKET RATE UNITS: Simond $288,315+, 2001 – 2009 sq. ft., 2 bed/2bath

2 currently for sale

  • 1324 Robert Browning #108 $149,000, 551 sq. ft. 1 bed/1 bath
  • 1324 Robert Browning #304 $264,900, 992 sq. ft., 2 bed/2 bath

2 currently for sale

  • 4301 Mattie $795,776, 3275 sq. ft., 4 bed/4 bath + 3 living areas.  This is a new David Weekley Mueller Estate Home and is currently under construction
  • 4229 Camacho $899,000, 3300 sq. ft., 3 bed/3 bath + 2 living areas.  Now a resale, this home was built by Durrett Interests as part of the Parade of Homes 2009




Floor plans have been finalized.  Building specifications are in.  And, I have a really cool virtual walk-through of the space so you can get a feel for the flow of the floor plan and some of the features of the homes.  Here are some screen shots to give you an idea.  Let me know if you’re interested in taking a look and I’d be happy to share with you.

The quality and finish-out of the homes will be like what you see in Muskin’s work on the custom homes on Camacho.  Seriously.  I’m talking high-end, high- quality construction.  Metal roof; custom cedar accents, including garage doors. Downstairs the floors will be stained concrete and upstairs they will be wood. Cedar barn doors in master bedroom and bath; frameless glass shower door in master bath; custom built-ins in mud room; the list goes on.

You will also have the ability to customize much of the space if you get in early enough in the process – cabinets, back splash, tiling in bathrooms and kitchen, stain color of concrete flooring, type of wood floors, lighting, hardware etc. In addition to the cool design aspects of the homes, they’re also going to be super-Green, with a 5-Star rating and LEED Certified.  You will have the option to build your home solar-ready, making the installation of panels a breeze.

The two end units are priced at $420,000 and the middle unit is $400,000.

With only three of these, this project is really special.  It’s exciting to bring new design aspects to Mueller, helping to keep the neighborhood interesting and exciting.

Contact me if you would like to check out the virtual tour and with any other questions you might have, Hilary Herrin 512.913.8642


A yard home has recently come on the market in Mueller at 2128 McCloskey Street.  It is ‘For Sale By Owner,’ meaning that the sellers are not utilizing a Real Estate Agent and representing themselves in the transaction.  Here are some stats on the house:

  • List Price $365,000
  • 3 beds/2.5 baths
  • 1842 square feet
  • 3-star Green
  • 2-story home with Master on the main level
  • David Weekley’s ‘Willie’ floor plan

David Weekley used to have 2 model homes in Mueller, one right next to the other; this is the same floor plan as that second model at 1921 Zach Scott Street, which sold last year.

This house is not listed on the MLS, but the owners may be contracting someone to do so in the near future.  Regardless, as Realtor in Mueller Austin, I am able to show the house and represent a buyer in the transaction.  Contact me with any interest or questions: Hilary 913.8642


Catellus announced today that HEB will indeed be opening their greenest, most sustainable store in Mueller in 2013.  From the Austin-American Statesman moments after the big announcement:

H-E-B plans first-of-its-kind store at Mueller


It looks like Catellus will finally be making the much-awaited announcement about what Grocery Store will be coming to Mueller, in the Market District at the corner of 51st Street and Berkman Drive.  Yes, seriously.  For those of you who won’t be able to make it, I’ll be sure to give you an update right here, with the latest and greatest.

From the Horse’s Mouth (Catellus):

We’ve Got Some Juicy News to SharePlease join Catellus Development, master developer of Mueller, for a fruit-filled celebration as we unveil the grocer that will anchor the upcoming Mueller Market District at 51st Street and Berkman Drive.

The brief announcement will take place on the patio of Mueller Central overlooking beautiful Lake Park.

Hope to see you there!

Date Wednesday, August 31, 2001

Time 10:30 AM Sharp

Location Mueller Central 4550 Mueller Blvd. Austin, TX 78723



Alan Muskin will be building THREE TOWNHOMES at Threadgill and Antone, that I am lucky enough to sell for him.  Muskin has built homes in both Garden Courts in Mueller (not to be confused with the David Weekley Garden Homes), as well as a number of the custom homes on Camacho Street.  Details on these new townhomes are rather limited right now, but here’s the skinny so far:

–       Homes are being designed by Michael Hsu

–       5-Star Green Rating

–       LEED Certified (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design)

–       3 bedrooms/2.5 baths

–       Around 1900 sq. ft.

–       Clean, modern interior design and selections

–       Open flow between indoor & outdoor space

–       Price range will hover around $400,000

–       Construction to begin in October 2011

Above is a preliminary elevation of the homes to give you a taste.  Of course, everything is subject to change until the details of the project are finalized.  In the coming weeks, I will have floor plans to share as well as details on interior finish out.  In the meantime, feel free to contact me with any questions Hilary Herrin 913.8642