Saturday, March 8, 2014

Summerlin's Newest Homes Offer Homebuyers New Perks

New home construction in Summerlin includes the Villa Trieste neighborhood, by Pulte Homes, where homes come standard with solar panel roof tiles and result in incredibly low power bills for residents.

Buying a new home in Summerlin means investing in a home with the latest and most energy efficient construction and appliances available on the market. But while purchasing an older home may appear more cost-effective upfront, experts say buying new doesn’t just mean modern features, it means long-term cost benefits. It’s just another perk homeowners can add to the list of amenities when living in southern Nevada’s premier master-planned community. 

“Energy building codes are stricter today than they were 10 years ago,” said Annette Bubak, president of Nevada Energy Star Partners- Green Alliance and the Nevada builder manager at SolarCity. “So the standard home built today is the equivalent of the original Energy Star rated homes built 10 years ago. Technology has caught up to today’s demand, and with 90 percent of all homebuyers making energy efficiency a high priority, it is evident people are getting the message that buying new is the smart thing to do. Plus, today’s energy efficient homes help create a buffer from utility rate hikes in the future.” 

New homes in Summerlin include the state’s first ENERGY STAR certified neighborhood, Villa Trieste, by Pulte Homes. The few remaining new homes in this neighborhood located just west of the 215 beltway opposite the developing Shops at Summerlin include solar panel roof tiles and tank-less water heaters. Homeowners there boast of double digit power bills and even receive refunds for their low energy usage in the winter. 

Other new neighborhoods, like Woodside Homes’ Cresta del Sol in The Mesa village and the Andorra neighborhood in The Paseos, come standard with ENERGY STAR certified appliances, treated windows that reduce heat and UV ray transmission, radiant barrier roof sheathing and energy saving plumbing. The ten floor plans offered in these two neighborhoods start in the mid to high $300,000s. 

Richmond American Homes’ five Amado Crest floor plans in The Mesa come standard with energy efficient features including programmable thermostats, radiant roof barriers and high-efficiency water heaters. These homes, which offer up to six bedrooms, also start in the mid $300,000s. 

“We know that buying a new, energy efficient home is economically smart now and in the future,” said Danielle Bisterfeldt, director of marketing for Summerlin. “But in addition to the economic advantages, new home construction gives buyers the opportunity to customize their home inside and out.” 

While home builders begin with as many as five floor plans, home buyers are able to select from a variety of options to personalize and customize the plan they choose. These options are built into the home up front instead of adding them later for considerably more cost. Examples include energy saving upgrades like solar panels offered in Summerlin neighborhoods developed by Pulte Homes and Woodside Homes, extra rooms and bathrooms and aesthetic upgrades including cabinet front kitchen appliances. Most importantly, new homes come with warranties, meet stricter building codes and reduce the need for immediate repairs and remodeling.