Asked about the top city for tech startups in the country, you may think of the San Francisco Bay area or Silicon Valley. But surprisingly, the top spot is Austin, Texas. On top of decades as a music mecca – the international South by Southwest Festival happens here every year – Austin has been the most rapidly growing tech town in the U.S. for many years, with more than 147 companies securing about $1 billion in funding in 2015 alone. Along with fresh entrepreneurs, big players like Amazon, Google, and Facebook have also opened offices in town. Meeting the increased housing demand in the area is real estate developer Marcus Hiles, whose vision of luxurious, ecologically-minded, but affordable, rental homes for the thriving new professional class is seen through more than 15,000 residential units that his company, Western Rim Property Services, has developed throughout Texas, in the cities of Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth.