By Katie Agness
For more than 25 years, Empire Communities has been building in integrated, master-planned communities throughout North America. Founded in 1993, Empire Communities is an industry leader, having built more than 12,000 new homes and high-rise condos across Southwestern Ontario, Canada and Texas.
“Our homebuyers choose to live in an Empire home because we build exceptional homes and communities,” says Alyssa Siers, senior marketing manager for Empire Communities, who oversees marketing for the Austin and San Antonio markets. “We offer stability to our customers and have a local team that helps them through the entire process.”
Empire Communities entered into the Austin and San Antonio markets in July 2018 through the acquisition of Centerra Homes. Currently, Empire is located in Austin-area developments such as Blackhawk in Pflugerville, Lakeside at Lake Georgetown, Goodnight Ranch in South Austin, Mueller in Austin, Plum Creek in Kyle, Santa Rita Ranch in Liberty Hill/Georgetown, Siena in Round Rock, Sweetwater in West Austin, Bellingham Meadows in Austin, Double Eagle Ranch in Cedar Creek and Summit in Round Rock.
“Additionally, we have plans to expand back into the Leander market, along with other projects in Pflugerville, Manor and San Marcos,” Siers says.
To cater to an array of homebuyers and their preferred styles, Empire Communities offers an assortment of options — from location to floorplan to design. “Our style of homes within Austin caters to a mixture of homebuyers, including first-time homebuyers, move-up buyers and empty nesters,” Siers says. “When it comes to design, Empire offers a mixture of styles such as Texas Hill Country, Modern Farmhouse and Traditional Neighborhood Development style homes. It’s extremely important for us to help customers through the entire process, which is why we have a Design Center for buyers to choose from a variety of selections available and are customizable.”
Empire Communities homes are also built with high-efficiency standards, including installing Media Air Filters for better indoor air quality and using LED bulbs, which give less heat and better light. “Our homes include high efficient HVAC equipment, plumbing fixtures and Rain Bird Sprinkler Heads,” Siers says. “By using less electricity and water and creating healthier indoor environments, we build homes that provide lasting value.”
In addition to providing value through home efficiency offerings, Empire Communities ensures all homes are structurally stable, green and high-quality. “At Empire Communities, we build our homes with trusses, offering additional stability and structure,” Siers says. “We also have a Quality Assurance Department that walks through the home in multiple stages, which improves our quality and reduces warranty issues post-closing.”
Over the past 25 years, Empire Communities has received over 100 industry awards, including six Builder of the Year Awards, 14 Green Builder of the Year Awards and 20 Green Awards. In 2018, Empire was proud to be the recipient of five coveted trophies at Houston’s Best PRISM Awards, being recognized in categories such as Product Design and Interior Merchandising for Model Homes. Most recently, Empire Communities was named a finalist for eight entries at the 2019 TAB Star Awards and one of three finalists to be considered for the Grand Award, Medium Volume Builder.
For homebuyers in the greater Austin area, Empire Communities’ long-standing history coupled with its commitment to building quality products has enabled it to become one of the area’s premier homebuilders. “At Empire Communities, we bring stability to our customers,” Siers says. “In the Austin market, almost every employee is local to Austin, which is rare for a Texas homebuilder. We operate in and manage the local Austin market with over 150 years of combined experience.” RL