The Hipster’s Guide to New Homes

These New-Home Communities in Music Festival Cities are Cool and Affordable

The great room in this new home at Highmark by Meritage Homes in Austin has a retro look with celestial glass chandelier, clear molded plastic dining seats and olive-colored accents throughout the open floor plan.

A new home in the Highmark community in Austin has a retro vibe with celestial glass chandelier and olive accents throughout the open floor plan. By Meritage Homes.

Do you live the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle and live, eat and breathe music? Then you might be a hipster.

And if you’re a hipster, you are likely an attendee of the many music festivals around the country. As you visit the cities that host these festivals, have you often found yourself swooning, because you would love to experience these types of cities all year round?

We have good news, because you can buy a new home in many rock ‘n’ roll cities! A new home means freedom to rock every weekday and weekend and the freedom to host family and friends when it’s festival time. Here’s what you should know about newly built homes and how they can enhance your hipster lifestyle:

1) Austin — SXSW, Austin City Limits Festival (ACL) and So Many More

Why try to find reasonable accommodations for SXSW, ACL and other music festivals that are as close to Sixth Street, the East Side, Rainey Street or South Austin when you can live, work and play in the Live Music Capital of the World? Austin is home to several homebuilders, both large and small, and they build for a variety of budgets. You can purchase a new single-family residence or you can buy a condo or townhome that’s deep in the entertainment scene that Austin has to offer. Think of it: you can host family and friends during ACL or some Norwegian metal band looking for a place to stay during SXSW if you had your own home in Texas’ capital city.

The Highmark by Meritage Homes is a gated community of 50 condos surrounded by trees and close to some of Austin’s most popular entertainment districts. And, since these homes are new, you don’t have to worry about major renovations and can put that cash toward more important things, like concert tickets, vinyl and gourmet ramen.

                                                                                 This spacious kitchen in the Anniversary 16763A plan by Freedom Homes has stylish touches, like a farmhouse sink and blonde wood cabinets.

2) New Orleans — Voodoo Music Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest

NOLA is such a vibrant city, even without the music festivals. The food, the live music of all kinds, the people, the architecture — all of this combines to create a unique and fun city that is diverse, yet has a feeling all its own. New Orleans is an affordable city with many distinct neighborhoods. Cafes, bars, amazing restaurants, casinos and voodoo await. And those beignets!

If you don’t quite want to live in The French Quarter, but still want to be close to the action, you can purchase a newly built manufactured home. Doing so will allow you to place your new home on a lot in the ideal area for you. Freedom Homes brings this independence with its Anniversary 16763A Plan, a three-bedroom, two-bath home with more than 1,200 sq. ft. of living space. Could you imagine making your best version of shrimp gumbo in this kitchen? Nom nom nom.

                                                                                            This new home’s living room is accented by an exposed brick wall. By D.R. Horton Homes at Hacienda Pointe in Indio, CA.

3) Indio, Calif. — Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

The first time I headed out to Coachella in 2004, Indio, Calif., felt like the younger cousin to Palm Springs. That’s no longer the case, as Coachella has brought some exposure to the area and there’s lots more to do once the Empire Polo Club grounds settle down each spring. And, while Palm Springs might be out of your budget (hello, mid-century modern million dollar homes!), Indio is still quite affordable for those who want to live the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle.

                                                                                            Grey walls with wood paneling, a tray ceiling and lots of windows makes an already spacious owners suite feel even bigger. A new home in The Estates of Brookmere by William Lyon Homes in Matteson, Ill.

4) Chicago – Lollapalooza, Pitchfork Music Festival, North Coast Music Festival and So Much More

If you want music festivals and live music all year long, Chicago is a killer choice! Aside from the great music scene and tons of music venues like Lincoln Hall, there’s lots of great food, art and entertainment. The fun you’ll have is more than enough to compensate for the chilly winter months and when it’s spring and summer, you’ll enjoy the weather.

Living in Chicago’s new-home community of The Estates of Brookmere by CalAtlantic Homes in Matteson, Ill., is the best of both worlds, because let’s face it; even the biggest hipsters need to rest every once in a while. Just 23 miles south of downtown, residents are close enough to enjoy Chicago’s nightlife without make a journey and are in a quaint community where they can escape. Homes in the community are energy efficient, which means residents can be eco-conscious without having to think about it too much and they save money on energy costs. Which means more money to spend on sampling the best craft beers in town.

                                                                                            A light green and gray modern mountain cottage exterior with vinyl siding and stone is a unique look. Rendering of a new home at Avion at Denver Connection by William Lyon Homes.

5) Denver – Riot Fest, Underground Music Showcase, Upcoming Superfly Productions Festival

Denver is seeing a renaissance, which means whoever moves here will have so much to do. An active music scene, craft breweries, shopping, dining are just a few things that make Denver attractive. And then there’s the nature. So much nature. If your jam is outdoorsy stuff, you will swoon in Miles High City and it’s not because of the weed haze or altitude. Denver is a beautiful, fun place to be, aside from the lively music scene.

While Denver is seeing a real estate boom and rising home prices, there are still affordable homes to be found. In the new-home community of Avion at Denver Connection by William Lyons Homes, you’ll be bothered to even leave the community. Contemporary architecture ensures homes are anything but boring and residents have the option of single-family homes or townhomes, if a smaller floor plan is wanted. There’s lots of parks and green space, including a dog park for your furry friends. Located between downtown and Denver International Airport, residents of Avion at Denver are in the center of it all.

Ready to rock ‘n’ roll on the regular? Search NewHomeSource for new homes in your favorite hipster city.

Patricia L. Garcia is an award-winning journalist and former content manager for NewHomeSource. You can find her on Google+.

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