Sneak peek at the HGTV Smart House in Zilker Park

It could be yours for free.

AUSTIN -- There's a brand new home in Zilker Park that won't cost you anything. Each year, HGTV builds and furnishes a "Smart Home" to be given away to a lucky sweepstakes winner. Last year, HGTV gave away a charming, high-tech home in Nashville. This year, it's a 2,300-square-foot house in Zilker Park.

Austin was at the top of HGTV's list for many reasons, says Jack Thomasson, an HGTV professional house planner.

"You can't find a city with a better combination of emerging technologies, exciting nightlife, great food and a welcoming culture that attracts more and more people each year," Thomasson explains. "To be able to build this new home in a thriving neighborhood close to downtown Austin puts it in the center of everything 'smart' that the city has to offer."

The three-bedroom, three-bath modern farmhouse was constructed by Austin builder Riverside Homes and is designated as an "Austin Energy Green Building." An open concept kitchen and living space is surrounded by windows designed with special features meant for blocking sunlight and reducing heat, while still giving plenty of natural light. Upstairs features even more windows and multiple skylights that operate remotely, plus a vaulted media loft. Importantly, there's a wet bar in the master bedroom.

Head to CultureMap Austin to read the rest of the story.

Go here to learn how to enter the sweepstakes.


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