DailyMail.com can share the first glimpse of Snailbrook, the Texas utopia Elon Musk is creating for his SpaceX and Boring employees.
The city is taking shape on the outskirts of Austin, where Musk is also building factories for SpaceX and Boring, after pulling out of California.
Photos obtained by DailyMail.com show a full sports court and outdoor gym.
There are small houses where the staff of the companies will be able to live for $800 a month, well below the high rates of the local market.
Welcome to Snailbrook! DailyMail.com can share the first look at Snailbrook, Elon Musk’s Texas utopia for Space X and Boring workers. The town has homes for families, a recreational sports center and factories where they will work
Snailbrook was described last week as nothing more than Musk’s idea. These images show that it’s on its way to becoming a full community for Musk staff.
Snailbrook sits amid green pastures on the outskirts of Austin, which has quickly become one of the most desirable places to live in the US.
Boring’s vast Snailbrook site, where Musk’s workers will work, develops tunneling systems. Snailbrook is inspired by his wish for them to build tunnels that will dig faster than snails.
It was revealed last week that top brass at Boring Co., Musk’s tunneling operation, had discussed incorporating their own town into Bastrop County.
Musk could not only provide cheap housing for his employees, but it would allow the mogul to set regulations and help grease the wheels for his ambitious construction projects.
Its Austin-area employees, which include staff at Boring, electric car maker Tesla and its space exploration firm, SpaceX, would ideally live in the new homes located on thousands of acres of farmland along the Colorado River.
Musk, his ex-girlfriend Grimes, Kanye West and the rapper’s architect have had multiple discussions over the past year over the design of the city, sources told The Wall Street Journal.
Settling in: Musk, shown in April of last year, left California for Texas for good, withdrawing millions of dollars from the state.
There are several three-bedroom properties in Snailbrook, which Musk plans to rent to his staff for $800 a month, a highly competitive rate for the area.
The Boring Company is Musk’s tunneling business that he intends to use to develop transportation networks beneath American cities.
SpaceX is expected to use another gigantic headquarters at Snailbrook. Musk has consulted with his ex-girlfriend and Kanye West – whose own plans for the communities failed – about his project.
Signs hanging around the community date the city’s founding to 2021. Musk left California for Texas in the same year in a protest over taxes and labor costs.
Bastrop County has yet to receive any applications from Musk to incorporate the city. This would require at least 201 residents and the approval of a county judge.
Musk opened his new Tesla factory called Giga Texas in April of last year. The sprawling plant that stretches across 2,500 acres in Travis County, outside of Austin, is billed as the manufacturing center for the Model Y and the future home of the Cybertruck.
In neighboring Bastrop County, his Boring tunneling company is building a new warehouse, while SpaceX is building a 12-acre facility. Snailbrook’s proposed ‘utopia’ for his employees is just half a mile up the road.
Snailbrook takes its name from Boring’s mascot, a snail named Gary, a reference to the SpongeBob cartoon character of the same name.
Photos uploaded to Facebook by locals show hanging signs reading: ‘Welcome. Snailbrook, TX, est. 2021.’
The site already includes several mobile homes, a swimming pool, an outdoor recreation area and a gym.
Children’s slides and trampolines in the backyards of some of the houses, which share a carport. The community is surrounded by wire fences.
An aerial view of the Boring Company headquarters site at Snailbrook. Musk moved the company to Texas last year after raising $675 million in financing.
The community pool and sports court at Snailbrook where residents and their families can relax. There is also a small putting green and a play area.
He is looking! Surveillance cameras are scattered along wire fences, festooned with fake leaves, in the rural community.
Musk is said to have planned to put 110 houses on the site, with warehouses or factories for two of his companies.
While Musk is putting down roots in Texas, he has agreed to move Tesla’s headquarters to California.
Musk, 51, moved Tesla to Austin, Texas, in the fall of 2021 because of tax breaks, cheaper labor costs and a battle between him and local health officials.
Questions remain about how Gov. Gavin Newsom was able to lure the automaker back to California, a state he has been vocally critical of since leaving.
He has called it a haven from overregulation, overtaxes and accused state leaders of complacency.
During a press conference alongside California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, the couple announced that Tesla would be returning to California, raising suspicions of generous tax cuts.