Australian Tesla Town project is the real deal, houses for sale

yarrabend solar panels tesla powerwalls
Want to live in a sustainable community? If you can get a visa and afford the price, you can sign on the line now at Yarrabend, a development just outside Melbourne, Australia, according to Electrek. The planned community by the Glenvill development company is powered by solar energy and every home comes standard with Tesla Powerwalls to store and dispense electrical energy.

Yarrabend isn’t just a developer’s graphical excursion. Sixty homes are already built of a planned 2,500 in a suburban area 6.5km (5.3 miles) northeast of Melbourne (just off the M3 if you’re in the area). The homes range in price from 1.48 to 2.1 million Australian dollars ($1.12 to $1.59 million U.S.) and will all be architecturally designed.

Yarrabend will have the highest Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) rating from the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) and will “be one of the most environmentally sustainable developments in Australia,” said UDIA chief executive Danni Addison.

“Some areas that are a standout include water reduction of 43 percent, landfill reduced by 80 percent and the potential to reduce energy use by 34 percent,” Addison continued. ” The Powerwalls, combined with solar panels, will mean that future residents will be able to benefit in a variety of ways, including dramatically smaller power bills and knowing that the majority of their energy usage is coming from a clean and renewable source.”

The amenities in Yarrabend, some existing today and others planned, include extensive health and wellness facilities, curated food retailers within the development, designer boutiques, an arts and culture district for exhibits and workshops, and a complimentary technology concierge service to help with Wi-Fi, smart home connectivity, and even entertainment systems.

The community will also feature gardens, playgrounds, riverside trails (by the Yarra River), bike paths, rooftop terraces, and an elevated park and walking path called The Paper Trail. Close proximity to rail transportation, a full range of schools, and existing retail and commercial areas in the Melbourne suburbs differentiate Yarrabend from other planned community developments, which are often situated in less developed areas.

Solar energy and home power storage systems so far are usually single homeowner installations. As possibly the first major development designed around sustainability that includes the use of solar power with home batteries, Yarrabend could serve as a model for a later communities in other parts of the world. Perhaps this is what Elon Musk was thinking of when he proposed that Tesla buy SolarCity.

Cars

How autonomous ridesharing will reshape our cars, cities, and lives

Ridesharing is a growing phenomenon, and it’s closely linked with developments in autonomous and connectivity technology. In the coming decades, shared mobility will even change the way cities around the world develop.
Mobile

Apple says Group FaceTime will not be part of initial launch of iOS 12

At this year's Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple unveiled its latest operating system, iOS 12. From app updates to group FaceTime, ARKit 2.0, and more, here are all the new features in iOS 12.
Emerging Tech

Georgia is paving the way for a high-tech, sustainable highway

A consortium of government, corporate, and non-profit entities have come together to build a “smart” highway in Georgia. See how this 18-mile route is setting an example for future constructions.
Cars

Amazon makes it simpler for infotainment developers to integrate Alexa Auto

Amazon has released a software development kit that makes it easier for developers to integrate Alexa Auto into an in-car infotainment system. The list of Alexa-compatible cars should greatly increase in the next few years.
Smart Home

White-hat Chinese hackers turn Alexa into a spy, briefly

A team of Chinese researchers revealed this week that they were able to use a cracked Amazon Echo to exploit a series of Alexa interface flaws to take control over an unteuched Echo running on the same network.
Smart Home

Get the support you deserve at work in one of the best office chairs

Sitting at the office all day can be tough on more than just your back. Check out our picks for the best office chairs, whether you're in the market for something basic or a bit more luxurious.
Emerging Tech

Be a master of your own ever-changing ‘galaxy’ with this kinetic wall art

Art Machine is a stunning work of kinetic art that looks like a continuously swirling galaxy or turbulent weather formation viewed through a ship's porthole. Check it out in all its glory.
Smart Home

Amazon Dash-powered WePlenish smart pantry device orders snacks, coffee, more

A Florida-based startup has started taking pre-orders for its new smart pantry, the WePlenish Java Smart Container, which can automatically order snacks and coffee when supplies start to run low.
News

Airbnb wants to make it much easier for you to plan a trip with your buddies

Airbnb is planning a bunch of new features that'll make arranging trips with friends and family a much more collaborative experience. It includes a way to add co-travelers to a trip so you can more easily develop an itinerary.
Smart Home

Trulia enables homeseekers to know the neighborhood with a new app feature

Trulia Neighborhoods is taking a closer look at neighborhoods with a new digital experience, Trulia Neighborhoods, that aims to use multimedia to depict the local character of American communities.
Smart Home

The best dorm gadgets of 2018

Want to outfit your dorm or college apartment with only the best (and coolest) tech? Take a look at the best dorm gadgets for 2018, from excellent cooking gadgets to the latest phone tech - and everything in between.
Photography

The Nixplay Iris might just make digital picture frames cool again

The digital picture frame's popularity has fizzled because of time-consuming updates and low quality -- but can a Wi-Fi connected frame change that? The Nixplay Iris is an 8-inch smart digital picture frame that wireless updates photos.
Smart Home

Alexa goes to college as Saint Louis University puts an Echo in every dorm room

Smart speakers have been deployed on campus before but Saint Louis University is going all in by providing an Amazon Echo Dot to every on-campus living space on campus, totaling over 2,300 devices.
Smart Home

We’re lovin’ these toaster ovens that do way more than brown bread

Are you looking for a toaster oven that can make jerky or steam vegetables? Do you need a dedicated countertop appliance for making pizza? Fortunately, these toaster ovens provide a wide array of functionality.