Wes Peoples Homes LLC has joined the planned Solms Landing community in an effort to bring more affordable homes to New Braunfels.

Solms Landing, a 98-acre master-planned development, is located east of I-35 in the Creekside area near Resolute Health Hospital and Buc-ees.

Once complete, the project is anticipated to include more than 200 single-family homes, 188 housing units for residents over the age of 55 and 455 multifamily homes, according to the project developer, James Mahan.

In April, Chupik Properties and Design broke ground on a neighborhood that will consist of 60 single-family homes priced in the mid- to high $400,000s.

Development on an additional 117 homes priced in the $200,000 range is anticipated to begin late this summer, said Wes Peoples, president and founder of Wes Peoples Homes LLC.

Wes Peoples Homes LLC is an Austin-based developer that has worked on several projects throughout Central Texas.

The homes will be modeled after the homes under construction in the Mueller Airport Redevelopment project, Peoples said, with a few homes grouped around a central courtyard.

“It is created to create a sense of community,” Peoples said. “The houses themselves are meant to be for retirees, empty nesters or young couples, and we are trying to get them at a price point where they can be affordable.”

Peoples anticipates the homes to range from 875-1,375 square feet, and each property will be equipped with remote technology to allow owners to control locks, air conditioning and more while away from home.

The New Braunfels City Council granted approval for future homeowners to open their properties for short-term rentals should they choose to do so, Peoples said, which will benefit property owners that use their house as a second home and are not full-time residents.

During the coronavirus pandemic, Peoples said his team saw the need for additional space that is conducive to working or learning from home and will offer options for owners to create designated work spaces.

“Each one of these homes, besides the main home itself, has an auxiliary building out in the backyard. ... They can upgrade it to turn it into a Zoom room,” Peoples said. “It gives them the opportunity to live in an area ... that has all these benefits with restaurants and entertainment ... but also gets them a minute or two away from I-35.”

Construction on the first home is slated to begin by the end of the year, Peoples said, and the company is eyeing a second location in New Braunfels for a similar project.