If asked where the top city for tech startups may be, most would guess the San Francisco Bay area or Silicon Valley. Surprisingly, however, the correct answer is Austin, Texas, which in addition to decades as a music mecca – the international South by Southwest Festival takes place here each year – has been the fastest growing tech town in the country for several years running. More than 147 Austin startups securing almost $1 billion in funding in 2015. Along with fresh entrepreneurs, industry giants like Amazon, Google, and Facebook now have offices in town. Meeting the increased housing demand in the area is real estate developer Marcus Hiles, whose dream of upscale, ecologically-minded, yet affordable, homes for the growing professional class is coming to fruitiion through more than 15,000 residential units that his company, Western Rim Property Services, has built throughout the Lone Star State, in cities such as Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth.