Who We Are

(& Are Not)

We Are Housemakers

We build handsome ready-made homes in lovable South Austin neighborhoods. Moore-Tate is known for distinctive and timeless design, admired for lasting quality in construction, and a durable reputation for quality built over 10 years and more than 110 homes.

Our team. The backbones of construction are our skilled crafts and trades who build together and stay together. We are local--from banking and title work to legal and accounting, building supplies to cabinetry, and our commitment to philanthropy, we keep things close to home. Moore-Tate is owned and operated by women.

Repeat customers. About ten percent of our 100-plus homeowners are repeat buyers who chose a Moore-Tate home again. We can put you in touch with them to get the skinny on that since they tell our story better than we can tell it.

We build where we live. It’s a short commute. We live just down the street. Our home buyers are also neighbors.

A good name. Reputation takes much longer to build than a house or two. After 11 years and 100-plus homes, we have earned the confidence of our homeowners who kindly send their friends and neighbors our way.

We Are Not.

Not mean. And, we do not do business with or vote for mean people. Ever. Period.

Not north. Look for Moore-Tate only in Austin and south of Lady Bird Lake. (We like the peeps up north just fine…they’re just not in our ‘hood).

Not architects or builders for private clients looking to build custom homes.

Where We Give

“Kindness is one way of overpowering differences. Caring more and giving more is just the beginning.”

- Dawn Moore
"Our gratitude goes to the 200-plus workers and vendors whose crafts build each Moore-Tate home. And, we certainly give thanks to those who sell them and to families who buy our homes. Without them all during this year, our strongest to date, charitable giving would not be possible. Our hearts and reliable statistics tell us that food insecurity and the lack of housing and childcare make women and children the hardest hit at this time. And so, we have directed half of our charitable giving--$15,000 from our $30,000 total this year--to do a bit more to help women and children. The Women’s Fund of the Austin Community Foundation and Women United of United Way Capital Area ensure that our philanthropy is both multiplied and wisely used for local women and children in poverty who most need support.” -Dawn and Kerry
  •  The Women’s Fund, Austin Community Foundation
  •  Women United, The United Way for Greater Austin
  •  Preservation Austin
  •  Paramount Theatre
  •  National Park Foundation
  •  The Long Center
  •  Leadership Austin
  •  KUT National Public Radio
  •  Keep Austin Fed
  •  Breast Cancer-The Mamma Jamma Ride
  •  American Heart Association
  •  Austin Pets Alive
  •  Austin Animal Center
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“Why bunt?”

- Kerry Tate

"In the simplest of terms, space can become a lovely place by knowing what to leave out."

- Dawn Moore

Kerry Tate

Kerry is a longtime Austin entrepreneur with an itch for civic service. She co-founded Moore-Tate after 16 years at the helm as owner of TateAustin, an established communications firm on Congress Avenue. As a community leader, Kerry served as Chairman of the Austin Community Foundation, the Austin Chamber and Leadership Austin. She currently serves the Women’s Fund of ACF, the Mayor’s Better Austin Foundation, and the Mueller Foundation.

Dawn Moore

Dawn’s experience spans 22 years and designing more than 500 homes. Prior to starting Moore-Tate in 2009, she worked with respected firms Bernbaum Magadini in Dallas and Ryan Street & Associates in Austin. After attending the University of Houston School of Architecture, her internship was under the tutelage of Emily Little in Austin. (Random tidbit: Dawn was a Street & Smith All America basketball player, too).

Crisp. Classic. Cool.