Category Archives: Energy Efficient Building

Meritage Homes Offers Energy Efficient Homes at Tribute Ranch, Northwest San Antonio

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Home buyers in San Antonio now have more options for affordable, energy efficient homes with Meritage Homes new community of Tribute Ranch, a neighborhood of 140 single family homes in northwest San Antonio.  Homes in this neighborhood are available from approximately 1400 to 2800 square feet, single or two story, from 3 to 5 bedrooms with prices currently starting from the high $190,000s. Home buyers at Tribute Ranch have the choice of nine different floor plans with a choice of different elevations to select their ideal home.

Meritage is one of the leading energy efficient home builders in San Antonio, offering energy saving features such as spray foam insulation, Low-E windows, minimum 15-SEER HVAC, compact fluorescent and LED lighting, and low to zero VOC materials included as standard. Additional included features of homes at Tribute Ranch include granite countertops and recessed lighting in the kitchen, built in pest control system, 2 car garage with opener and M.Connected Home™ Home Automation Suite. The home automation suite offers home buyers security and peace of mind through the ability to monitor and control the home thermostat, lighting, garage door, door locks and a video doorbell.

Located outside of Loop 1604 off FM1560, between Culebra and Shaenfield roads, Tribute Ranch is convenient to local destinations for shopping, dining and recreation including HEB-Plus, Alamo Ranch Shopping Center, Shops at La Cantera, The Rim, Government Canyon State Natural Area and Six Flags Fiesta Texas. The community also has easy access to San Antonio downtown and other areas via Charles Anderson Loop 1604, Loop 410 and Highway 151.

TRIBUTE RANCH  Schools: **
Tribute Ranch is located within Northside Independent School District

  • Elementary – Kay Franklin Elementary School
  • Middle – Dr. John Folks Middle School
  • High School – Harlan High School

**School assignments may vary. Please contact the school district to verify.

For more information about homes in Tribute Ranch and any other San Antonio Real Estate needs contact Trudy Edwards at (210) 595-9801. Sign up at my website, to receive information about homes for sale.


Alon Estates Offers Luxury, Location and Wooded Home Sites

Toll Brothers Alon Estates FoyerAlon Estates offers a rare opportunity to build your dream home in an upscale gated community in north central San Antonio within Loop 1604. Alon Estates offers beautiful wooded home sites and greenbelt lots, offering a secluded park like atmosphere for its residents.

Shopping, dining and recreation are all within walking distance, including HEB and Starbucks at Alon Town Shopping Center and many other fine retailers and conveniences close by.

Also within walking distance of the community are the Sheldon Vex Theatre, the Jewish Community Center and the 311 acre Phil Hardberger Park which features a 1.5 acre dog park, a playground, basketball courts and walking and bike trails. Alon Estates is also convenient to world class medical facilities at the South Texas Medical Center and is within easy access to major highways such as Loop 410, IH10, 1604 and 281.

At Alon Estates homes are available from three of San Antonio’s most prestigious and reputable builders, Toll Brothers, Sitterle and Rialto Homes.

Toll Brothers homes at Alon Estates feature magnificent kitchens, elegant bathrooms and sumptuous baths. Some of the outstanding features included as standard include stainless steel KitchenAid® appliances including range, microwave and dishwasher, granite countertops, tile backsplashes and 42” cabinets. The elegant master bathrooms include as standard a soaker tub, separate shower and his and her vanities with granite countertops and under mount sinks.

The Toll Brothers Homes at Alon Estates are the “Toll Green environmentally friendly product”, featuring high efficiency 14 SEER air conditioning units, radiant barrier sheathing in the attic and Low-E vinyl windows. Available in a wide choice of architectural styles including traditional, Mission, Mediterranean and Tuscan with floor plans ranging from 2243 square feet to 4225 square feet.

Sitterle Homes at Alon Estates feature award winning floor plans with an abundance of elevations and structural options, including dramatic high ceilings, luxurious foyers, architectural niches, and arches, magnificent kitchens and elegant bathrooms. Some of the outstanding features included as standard in Sitterle Homes at Alon Estates include granite countertops, 42” upper cabinets, tile backsplash and stainless steel Whirlpool appliances in the kitchen. Sitterle Homes at Alon Estates are High Performance Homes energy efficient homes offering energy savings with TRANE® 15 SEER air conditioning units, open-cell foam insulation, R-6 duct work, and Vinyl Low-E windows.

At Alon Estates Rialto Homes offers their Executive Series and Platinum Series of “Mediterranean-Tuscan” elevations, with exceptional architectural features that include courtyards, rotundas, spiral staircases with wrought iron balustrades, side entry garages and 3 car garages. A selection of notable features that are standard in both the Executive and Platinum series of Rialto Homes at Alon Estates include gourmet kitchens with granite counter tops, ceramic tile backsplash, 42” cabinets, 36” stainless steel gas cook tops with five burners, two 30” built in double ovens with a true convection oven and a built in microwave.  Also standard are luxurious master baths with granite countertops, under mount sinks, a 42” jetted tub, a separate shower and separate enclosed water closets.

Rialto Homes at Alon Estates are Energy Star certified and feature energy saving features such as Carrier SEER 14 A/C units, with R-6 insulated flex ducts, Vinyl Low-E windows, a tankless water heater for endless hot water (per plan) and radiant barrier roof decking. Rialto Homes offers a wide selection of elegant floor plans on 45’ and 55’ wide lots, ranging from 2358 square feet to just over 3900 square feet.

If you would like more information about this community, homes available to buy now or how to build the home of your dreams in Alon Estates, contact Trudy Edwards of KELLER WILLIAMS Realty Heritage at or (210) 595-9801.

Prospect Creek at Kinder Ranch Offers Luxury and Energy Efficiency

Prospect Creek at Kinder Ranch

Sitterle Homes is building High Performance new homes in Prospect Creek at Kinder Ranch, San Antonio


Kinder Ranch is a master planned community in the foothills of the Texas Hill Country. Located north of San Antonio, off of State Highway 281 and Borgfield Road, this gated community currently includes Willis Ranch, Prospect Creek and Prospect Creek Estates.When complete, the community will have a Junior Olympic swimming pool, a playground, sports court, walking trails and a soccer field. The community is in the Comal County Independent School District and is currently served by Kinder Ranch Elementary School, Spring Branch Middle School and Smithson Valley High School. A middle school and high school are both planned for construction within the community.

Sitterle Homes in Prospect Creek at Kinder Ranch – Sitterle Homes, is currently building its luxurious, Vintage Series homes in Prospect Creek at Kinder Ranch on 55’ or 65’ wide lots with floor plans ranging from 1852 square feet to just over 3400 square feet with prices starting at $230,000.
In addition to elegant architecture, quality materials and craftsmanship, Sitterle’s High Performance Homes offer many energy efficiency features such as open cell sprayed foam insulation in the attic space, a TRANE 15 SEER rate Air Conditioner, a High Efficiency gas furnace and Low-E windows.

David Weekley Homes in Prospect Creek at Kinder Ranch – Energy efficiency is also a key feature of David Weekley’s EnergySaver Homes at Prospect Creek at Kinder Ranch. Incorporating advanced framing techniques to create R-19 insulated exterior walls, R-38 and R-22 batt insulation in the ceiling, with a TRANE 16 SEER and natural gas furnace and LoE windows, all David Weekley Homes at Prospect Creek at Kinder Ranch will be Energy Star® certified and receive a HERS® Index rating for estimated energy usage.

David Weekley is currently offering a wide selection of one story and two story homes at Prospect Creek at Kinder Ranch, with floor plans from 1785 to just over 3000 square feet priced from the $230,000s.

Both David Weekley and Sitterle homes offer floor plans that can be customized with your selection of desired features including media room, children’s retreat, sunroom and 3 car garages.

If you are looking to build or buy an energy efficient new home in the San Antonio area, and would like more information about San Antonio communities and the home buying process, contact Trudy Edwards, for additional home buyer resources.

Energy Efficient New Homes at Triana

Hill country views, wooded home sites, acres of greenbelts and wildlife preserves and a superb selection of energy efficient homes await homebuyers at Triana, a new home community located in Helotes, off Bandera Road, about 4.5 miles west of Charles Anderson Loop 1604.

At Triana home buyers have the choice of 55’, 65’ or 80’ lots. Many of the lots in the community also back onto greenbelt land, offering owners additional privacy and views of mature trees behind the home.

Homes in Triana are being built by three of San Antonio’s leading green home builders, David Weekley Homes, Sitterle Homes and Ryland Homes.

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David Weekley is building its EnergySaver™ Homes on 55’ and 65’ wide lots at Triana. These homes average a 65 on the HERS index. The HERS Index s a scoring system that compares the relative energy efficiency of different homes. The lower a home’s HERS index, the more energy efficient it is. David Weekley Homes was recently named as the leading green home builder in San Antonio by the San Antonio Business Journal, based on the number of green homes built in 2011.

David Weekley Homes and Ryland Homes are offering energy usage guarantees to buyers of their new homes at Triana. Based on analysis of construction and building envelope leakage the home’s energy usage is estimated and guaranteed within the guidelines of the program.

Ryland Homes has been building energy efficient homes since 1999 by utilizing blown cellulose insulation in the walls, Low-E windows and high efficiency A/C units in combination with MERV filters. At Triana, Ryland and David Weekley homes are installing 16 SEER A/C units. Ryland Homes is building three series of homes at Triana – The Enclave on 55’ lots, The Executive on 65’ lots and The Estates series on 80’ lots.

Sitterle Homes is building its Heritage Series homes on 80’ lots at Triana. Sitterle Homes was named the third leading green home builder in San Antonio by the San Antonio Business Journal based on the number of green homes built in 2011. Sitterle Homes is building High Performance Homes at Triana, complete with include sprayed foam insulation in exterior walls and the attic, Tyvek house sheathing and 15 SEER Trane A/C units. The Sitterle Heritage series of homes offers granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen as standard and an abundance of elevations and structural options.

Triana is in the well regarded Northside Independent School District and is served by Garcia Middle School and O’Connor High School.  Younger residents will be able to attend the brand new Los Reyes Elementary school, located just outside the community’s gate, which opens in August 2012.

Residents at Triana will also be able to enjoy the community amenity center with a park, playground and swimming pool.

If you would like more information about this community, homes available to buy now or how to build the home of your dreams in Triana, contact Trudy Edwards of KELLER WILLIAMS Realty Heritage at or (210) 595-9801.

Parade of Homes at The Dominion 2012

Each year the Greater San Antonio Builders Association hosts the Parade of Homes where builders showcase their artistry in architecture, design and craftsmanship and the latest in trends in home appliances, lighting, state of the art technology, landscaping and home services.

The 2012 Parade of Homes was recently showcased at The Dominion, in Andalucia at The Dominion and Aragon at The Dominion. The Parade of Homes was open to the public and hundreds of people took advantage of the opportunity to tour these luxurious dream homes that would easily grace the pages of Architectural Digest. The Parade of Homes is always a great opportunity for potential home buyers to see the finest homes at the leading edge of home building and design available in San Antonio.


Builders featured at this year’s Parade of Homes –

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Design trends showcased at this year’s Parade of Homes included mixtures of textures and materials, transitional blends of traditional elegance and clean contemporary lines and home features such as outdoor living areas, spa-like master baths, wine rooms, caterer’s kitchens and home automation systems. Many of the builders are also utilizing the latest in green building trends and techniques such as Energy Star® appliances, spray foam insulation, blown in cellulose insulation, 15-SEER air conditioning units, tankless water heaters, low-E vinyl windows and other energy efficient materials to increase the to increase energy efficiency of the home.

The Dominion is one of San Antonio’s premier luxury home communities, nestled in The Texas Hill Country, yet just twenty minutes from downtown San Antonio. The amenities at The Dominion include a grand entrance, 24-Hour guard and The Dominion Country Club, which features an aquatic center, tennis courts, club house, and world class golf course that hosts the annual PGA Senior gold events. The community has 600 homes that range in size from garden homes to estates.

If you would like to learn more about the homes and lifestyle opportunities available at The Dominion, or are interested in purchasing a new home at any other San Antonio community contact Trudy Edwards of Legend Realty Group, KELLER WILLIAMS Realty Heritage at or (210) 595-9801.

Solar Home Community Opens in Northwest San Antonio

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Meritage Homes just opened a new community of new construction homes where solar panels and energy efficient construction comes as standard. The community of Providence is a gated community of 40 homes, tucked away in a quiet area of northwest San Antonio with easy access to South Texas Medical Center, Interstate Highway 10 and recreation areas such as the Leon Vista Trailhead and OP Schnabel Park.

What is so exciting about this community is that the Meritage built homes will have solar panels installed as standard. Not only are they installing solar panels as standard, but instead of installing regular Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, which only convert about 15% of the solar energy into power, Meritage Homes is installing the revolutionary Echo Solar System which is reported to be 50% efficient.  The Echo solar system is more efficient because it uses the solar panels to both generate electricity and capture the thermal energy.

These energy efficient Meritage Homes at Providence also include, spray foam insulation throughout the exterior walls and the attic, providing a tight building envelope. WaterSense efficient fixtures and dual flush toilets help to reduce your water consumption by 50%. Low-E vinyl windows help to keep the sun’s heat from coming into the home and ENERGY STAR® appliances also contribute to reducing the home’s overall energy consumption.

Notable Standard Features at Providence Include:

  • Echo Solar System
  • Solar Water Heater with 120 Gallon Tank
  • Spray Foam Insulation
  • Dual Flush Toilets
  • Taexx built-in Pest Control System
  • PEX®Plumbing
  • 14 SEER Air conditioning System
  • Low-E Windows
  • Energy Star® appliances

Homes being built in this community are available in 7 different floor plans which range from a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1515 square foot one story all the way to a 5 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2797 square foot two story plan.

If you are interested in buying a home in Providence, or would like to learn more about buying a new home in San Antonio, please do not hesitate to contact me at or (210) 595-9801 to discuss your home buying needs.

Trudy Edwards, REALTOR® , Legend Realty Group, KELLER WILLIAMS Realty Heritage 2338 N. Loop 1604 W., Ste. 120 San Antonio, TX 78248