When discussing the top city for tech startups in the U.S., most people look to the San Francisco Bay area or Silicon Valley. But surprisingly, they need to head south- the biggest hub is Austin, Texas. In addition to a long-standing reputation as a music mecca – the international South by Southwest Festival takes place here every year – Austin has been the fastest growing tech town in the country for several years now, with more than 147 startups securing almost $1 billion in funding in 2015. Along with hotshot entrepreneurs, giants like Amazon, Google, and Facebook have set up roots in town. To meet the increased demand for housing in the area, real estate developer Marcus Hiles has brought his vision of upscale, ecologically-minded, yet affordable, homes for the burgeoning new professional class. Across the state, Hiles’ company Western Rim Property Services has built more than 15,000 residential units, in cities such as Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth.