Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a priority list for purchasing a home?
Homes are currently available without a wait list. Each builder is keeping a list for persons interested in purchasing a home at Mueller. Please contact each builder individually for more information. You can also visit Mueller Central or register online to receive general updates.
Can I purchase a lot without a home or can I use my own homebuilder?
Home lots are not available for direct purchase at Mueller. Catellus will select a variety of homebuilders to construct all home types in all phases of residential development including custom homes which may be designed by a homebuyer with a Mueller custom home builder.
What are the qualifications for affordable housing?
For-sale affordable properties currently serve households at or below 80% MFI (median family income) and for-rent affordable properties currently serve households at or below 60% MFI (median family income). Visit our Affordable Housing page for more information.
Where and when can I see the home designs?
All floor plans, home designs and more accurate pricing information are available through each builder. More information can also be found in the Homes Section of this Web site.
What are the price ranges?
Homes are priced from the low to mid $100,000's for income-qualified homebuyers through the $1,000,000's, depending on the builder and availability. At least 25% of all planned housing (for-rent and for-sale) will be affordable to buyers who income qualify according to the guidelines of the City of Austin.
Who are the builders at Mueller?
A number of national and local builders are participating in different residential phases at Mueller. A list of current and past builders can be found on our builder page.
Does Mueller have a preferred real estate agency?
No, there is not a preferred real estate agency for the Mueller community. Any questions about realtor services can be directed to the Austin Board of Realtors.
Is there a property owners association at Mueller?
Yes. Mueller has established a unique property owners’ association (POA) that includes homeowners, commercial property owners, and retailers. Dues to the POA help sustain Mueller’s public spaces and community facilities including parks, trails, pools, playscapes and streetscapes without competing with other neighborhoods for limited city resources. The POA model also provides Mueller owners and residents with tools for problem-solving and resolving disputes. Over time, Mueller residents and owners will serve as community-elected representatives to govern the association. To view the Mueller community covenants, visit the Homes page or the City of Austin.
What kinds of homes are included in the community plan?
Along with mixed-use apartment and condominium complexes, there are five main types of homes: Yard Houses, Row Houses, and Garden Court Houses (each included in the first phase of residential), as well as Mueller Houses (large homes containing five individual units) and live-work style Shop Houses.
Open Space, Parks and Recreation
Will the parks within the community be open to the public?
Mueller's parks will be open to the public. The community is designed with parks around its perimeter, allowing easy public access without interference with neighborhood activities.
What other opportunities for recreation are included in the community plan?
In addition to the parks and bike trails, each neighborhood within Mueller will have a neighborhood park and/or an amenity center. This could include waterscapes such as swimming pools, pool houses, splash pools or other water play features.
How much of Mueller is dedicated to parks and open space?
Approximately 20 percent or 140 acres of the Mueller community is dedicated to parks and open space. These spaces include approximately 5 miles of bicycling/pedestrian trails.
Are there opportunities for private education in the area?
Hope Lutheran School, Kamico Academy, The Griffin School, Concordia Academy and St. Francis School are a few of the private institutions in the Mueller area. You can visit www.austinprivateschools.com for more information on these schools.
What preschool and daycare services are available in the area?
Preschool and daycare centers near Mueller include: Child Craft Schools, Gethsemane Lutheran Children's Ministry, Growing Tree, Hope Lutheran Church Kindergarten & Day School, Memorial United Methodist Church, The Montessori Center, St. Francis School, St. George's Episcopal Day School, St. James Episcopal School and Texas Head Start Association. Stepping Stone School is currently located on the Dell Children's Medical Center campus and will move to a permanent home in the future.
What public schools serve the Mueller community?
Mueller’s residents are currently served by Maplewood Elementary, Kealing Middle School, McCallum High School, Blanton Elementary, Pearce Middle School and Reagan High School, all within Austin ISD. As Mueller grows, other nearby schools will also likely serve Mueller students, including Ridgetop and Lee elementaries, Webb Middle School and LBJ High School. Additionally, the Mueller master plan includes a site for a future school. For more information about public schools serving the Mueller area, contact Austin ISD directly.
What kinds of businesses will be located at Mueller?
Current businesses in Mueller retail center can be found on the Regional Retail page. The future town center will include a lively mix of destination and neighborhood businesses, including restaurants, entertainment, shops and services, Mueller’s live-work shop houses will also be home to many small businesses with their owners living above their shops. Mixed-use residential buildings at Mueller will feature ground-floor office and retail. Mueller is a major employment center for Austin, with more than 4 million square feet of office and commercial space. See the Businesses at Mueller page for tenants.
What utilities serve Mueller?
Most utilities in Austin, including electricity, water, and sanitation, are provided by the City of Austin. Texas Gas Service is the local natural gas provider. Telecommunications providers include AT&T, Grande Communications and Time Warner Cable, Mueller’s preferred telecom provider.
Where will the energy for Mueller come from?
Austin Energy - www.austinenergy.com - is Austin’s publicly owned utility.
Where are the nearest medical services?
Besides the Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, Mueller will be home to several medical office buildings, which will include a wide range of medical services as well as pediatric specialties serving the hospital. Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas is the closest hospital, located in Mueller. Other nearby medical facilities include St. David’s Hospital and University Medical Center Brackenridge.
What retail will be available to the community?
Mueller includes a lively retail component, with both national chains and locally-owned businesses serving the community. Retail clusters at Mueller include the regional retail center at I-35 and 51st Street, the future Mueller Town Center and other neighborhood businesses throughout the development.
Where is the nearest grocery store?
The nearest grocery stores are HEB in the Hancock Shopping Center on I-35 and 41st Street and Fiesta Mart in the Delwood Shopping Center at I-35 and 38th Street. Opening in 2013, a brand new HEB will be the focal point of the future Market District. Construction will begin in late 2012.
What public transit serves the community?
Bus routes are in place throughout Austin including Mueller. The community will also be linked to the future commuter rail station at Martin Luther King and Airport Blvd. Mueller's infrastructure is designed with the ability to adapt to new modes of public transit, such as rail or rapid bus with little to no construction and limited costs.
Do any airport operations remain at Mueller?
While no airport operations remain at Mueller, the historic Browning Hangar and control tower will remain as landmarks.
How close are fire and police services?
A fire station is located off Airport Blvd. across from the Lake Park pond. The Austin Police Department headquarters is located just a few miles away on I-35 and 8th Street, and the department's Central East substation is located southeast of Mueller on Springdale Road.
What measures are being taken to offset the “urban heat island” effect?
Several measures will be taken to reduce the "urban heat island" effect. We are working to compact the building footprint, minimize parking, stack buildings over parking, and maximize pervious walkways, drives, etc. We will plant over 15,000 trees to shade structures and pavement and may possibly use green roofs. We are also using porous and pervious trails, light colored paving materials and heat efficient roofs. You can read more about these measures and their effects in the Mueller Green Resources Guide.
What measure will be taken during construction to protect the environment and conserve resources?
Conservation has been an important part of all decisions regarding Mueller. Catellus has recycled the concrete from miles of runways, saved 500 pecan trees to transplant into the development and relocated two 60-year-old oak trees from the future town center to the Lake Park entrance to the community.
Will all the buildings (residential and commercial) at Mueller include green design?
Every single Mueller building, both residential, retail and commercial will meet standards for green building established by the Austin Energy Green Building Program and the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED certification. Click here for more information.
Is Mueller designed in accordance with “new urbanist” principles?
Mueller's walkable, pedestrian-friendly land plan and mixed-use development pattern follow "new urbanist" principles. Transportation options include auto, bicycle and pedestrian connectivity with bus and future rail transit. More dense development allows for 20 percent of Mueller’s 711 acres to be dedicated parks and open space. More info can be found in the Design Guidelines.
How will they be used?
Feasibility studies are being performed on both structures to determine their highest and best future uses. Suggestions have been made for everything from a community center, to a museum, to a restaurant.
Will any of the historic airport buildings be refurbished?
Both the Browning Hangar next to Mueller Central and control tower are being restored and refurbished for potential reuse. (Mueller Central itself is also an adapted airport building, the former general aviation terminal.)