3D-printed homes for sale near Austin

Icon, Lennar teamed up on first large-scale 3D-home community in U.S.

Icon's Jason Ballard with rendering of 3D homes in Wolf Ranch community
Icon's Jason Ballard with rendering of 3D homes in Wolf Ranch community (Ballard via Twitter, Icon, Getty)

The first batch of homes in a 3D-printed development just outside of Austin are for sale.

Austin-based Icon, which has been at the forefront of the 3D-printed home dimension, teamed up with Lennar Homes on the project. It marks the first large-scale, 3D-printed residential development in the country, according to the developers, the Austin American-Statesman reported

The project is slated for 100 homes and will be part of the Wolf Ranch by Hillwood master-planned community in Georgetown, about 30 minutes north of Austin. Prices will range from $475,000 to $570,000, with floor plans ranging from 1,600 to 2,100 square feet and three- to four-bedroom options. That’s under $300 per square foot.

The development has gained heavy interest, particularly from people who want family-friendly housing in Georgetown and are interested in an innovative home, the outlet said. The project is a significant step for Icon as it transitions from printing dozens of homes to hundreds. 

“It’s quite a mindset shift for us as a company,” Conner Jenkins, who is overseeing operations for Icon on Wolf Ranch, told the outlet. 

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Icon, whose CEO is Jason Ballard, builds with Vulcan 3D-printing technology, which uses a cementitious material called Lavacrete, offering greater versatility, range, speed and cost efficiency compared to traditional construction methods.

Each 3D-printed home in the Wolf Ranch community will come with rooftop solar panels and smart home features, including a camera doorbell, Wi-Fi-enabled deadbolt and smart thermostat. The homes’ layouts are designed specifically for 3D printing, allowing flexible designs, curved walls, and integrated electrical wiring. 

Icon is also at the helm of a futuristic development in West Texas. The company has partnered with hotelier Liz Lambert on Sunday Homes, a 30- to 40-home complex in Marfa, with prices starting at $900,000 and designed to match its desert landscape. 

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