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New Homebuilding: Dallas Is Revitalizing

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

It’s no overstatement to say that Dallas has blossomed in the past few years. New business, new residents, new commercial buildings, and new roadway projects have turned Dallas into a major growth hub.

The snag, however, lies in housing growth, particularly in the area surrounding the Trinity River. This is where the Trinity River Corridor Project is making this mighty greenway into a major recreation area. But it’s also where, especially south of the river, middle-income families aren’t staying around because there’s not enough good housing there.

Recently, the Dallas Morning news reported on this idea, saying that as more families leave the area, more tax dollars go with them. And as neighborhoods south of the Trinity get more vacant, there seems to be less motivation to build up new neighborhoods that can attract a stable base of residents.

The fact is, in order for Dallas to reach its potential, it needs some new housing in areas like that south of the Trinity. In other areas, such as West Dallas and North Oak Cliff, single-family development is setting the stage for revitalization. As the Morning News reported, an Austin-based developer plans to build 60 homes on a five-acre site near the Belmont Hotel, making it the first new home development proposed in West Dallas in years. The News calls the development “a potential game-changer for an area in which developers already have begun to build hundreds of rental apartment units.”

Nearby, the old 25-acre industrial tract on Singleton Boulevard near Sylvan Avenue is gearing up for hundreds of new apartments and some retail and single-family homes. Likewise, plans to build homes on the 22-acre site in North Oak Cliff at Colorado Boulevard and Fort Worth Avenue (where the Colorado Place apartments once stood) are turning North Oak Cliff and West Dallas into some of the hottest redevelopment property in Dallas.  And the effects can be huge ‒‒ new homes means new businesses, new amenities, and new neighborhoods that bustle with vibrancy.

Keep an eye on this end of town, big things are happening there.

Custom Home Builders: What to Look For

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Building your dream home takes more than knowing what looks nice and where it needs to go. And if you’re hiring someone to custom-build your home, you need to be aware of some things that will make your undertaking run smoothly and finish the way you want it to.

Make Sure They’re Licensed

It takes a lot of professionals to build a home ‒‒ carpenters, electricians, plumbers, you name it. And all of them need to know your vision and be able to see it through. But before you let anyone set to work on the home of your dreams, make sure that everyone involved in the construction is licensed and certified and can deliver all their projects up to code. This is probably the most critical decision you’ll make when selecting a custom home builder, because if your builder doesn’t have the proper certificates, licenses and permits, and if he fails to assure that all work is up to code, you could run into big problems with your local building and zoning department and see the cost of your dream project turn into a nightmare money pit. Fly-by-night builders are unfortunately common, and the last thing you want is a contractor who closes shop and leaves you half-finished and stuck looking for a new builder.

 

Make Sure They Do the Kind of Work You Want

It may sound painfully simple to advise this, but you definitely don’t want someone to design and build their version of your house when what they design and build generally is unappealing to you. If you’re looking for a Queen Ann style, you certainly wouldn’t want to hire a post-modernist builder. And if you fancy cutting-edge, green construction, you’ll not want to hire a Colonial traditionalist. Check out the builder’s completed projects and, if you can, talk to homeowners who’ve used them.

Know Your Budget

This also might sound simple and obvious, but you need to know your budget so that you can hire the best qualified builder in your price range. Know your spending plan and know how much you can afford in terms of wiggle room on the price. You’ll need your contractor to stay within this limit and still give you the home you want.

Be Prepared for Delays

One thing the modern world lacks is patience. But know that even the best builders with the best helpers doing the best work can experience delays. Sometimes materials needed for interior decorative work need to be back-ordered. Sometimes weather is so extreme that exterior construction has to wait. Don’t let little problems mount up, of course, but expect that your builder may run into a few glitches along the way. And try to remember ‒‒ once it’s built, it’ll be your dream home for as long as you live there.

Normandy Estates: A Plano Luxury Home Community

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

The Plano luxury market is brimming with amazing options for the luxury home buyer, and it’s no wonder, really. This upscale suburb of Dallas, which is ideally located just 19 miles north of the downtown Dallas area, boasts an impossibly high standard of living, excellent schools, and a booming economy. For everyone from families to city professionals, Plano is the place to be—and the luxury home market in Plano clearly reflects this.

Although there is an abundance of fantastic offerings of luxury homes in the Plano area, we have really come to adore Normandy Estates. Since it began development in 2008, this beautiful home community has become a highly desirable location in which to reside for Plano home buyers with the most discriminating of tastes.

Nature Abounds

The first thing you will notice when strolling through Normandy Estates is the wide open areas of land – more than 75 acres, in fact. From mature shade trees which gracefully arch over the winding creek to the picturesque, six-acre fishing pond with dock, where you can find families enjoying their free time on nearly every sunny day, Normandy Estates has managed to create not just a community, but a feeling; a feeling of quiet serenity, where you can leave the hustle and bustle of city life behind the moment you cross through the gated entrance.

Amenities Galore

The developer of Normandy Estates took the idea of a family community and kicked it up a notch by providing a plethora of envy-worthy amenities, such as a jogging trail, perfect for an early morning run or a late evening stroll; a fitness center, which offers up the best and most cutting-edge machines; an outdoor cooking area, which proves priceless when gathering for a community event or a family cookout; and a swimming pool and spa, a must-have for surviving the hot Texas summers.

Sitting and enjoying your surroundings in Normandy Estates is quite easy to do, whether from your private deck overlooking the sprawling green space or from the community pavilion area, which is surrounded by trellis-covered arbors, a sitting area, an outdoor fireplace, and an abundance of pristine landscaping.

Top Builders

Some of Texas’ best and most respected builders have put their mark on the exceptional real estate found throughout Normandy Estates. From Bentley Premier Builders to Mark Smith Custom Homes and Peckham Custom Builders, you can be certain that the real estate offerings of Normandy Estates are just as spectacular as the community in which they are built. The builders of Normandy Estates paid close attention to the Old World design of this home community, which includes estate homes, villas, and townhomes to suit nearly every type of luxury home buyer.

Normandy Estates feature 55 estate lots, 49 villa lots, and 37 townhomes. Estate homes range are priced from $1.5 million; villas are priced from $900,000; and townhomes are priced from $475,000. Lot sizes up to 1.77 acres are available.

 

Coppell New Home Communities

Friday, March 21st, 2014

What’s not to love about Coppell? This desirable community, located in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, offers easy access to the business and cultural districts of Dallas, all the while enjoying a serene, suburban feel.

With award-winning schools (both Coppell Middle School and Coppell High School have received recognition by the Texas Business and Education Coalition), a reputation for being one of the best places to do business, and an efficient infrastructure, it’s no wonder this Dallas suburb is becoming the place to be for everyone from city professionals to families and empty nesters.

As such, Coppell is experiencing an impressive rate of growth, as is evident from the many new home communities found here. Here are a few of our favorites:

Ridgecrest Estates

Ridgecrest Estates is a new Coppell home community that features single-family homes of many different floor plans and designs. Ridgecrest Estates, which is home to many affordable properties, enjoys an ideal location near the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Interstate 635, and the George Bush Turnpike. Families are certain to flock to Ridgecrest Estates, as it is served by the award-winning Coppell ISD.

Red Hawk

Red Hawk is one of Coppell’s newest communities which is currently developing new single-family homes. The homes of Red Hawk will be between 2,500 and 3,800 square feet in size, and all will be of the patio home design.  Red Hawk offers spacious patio homes for empty nesters, Dallas professionals, or families, and all of the homes in this community will be situated among mature trees. Red Hawk is conveniently located near both Dallas and Fort Worth, and a trip to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is just minutes away. All homes in Red Hawk will features a European carriage design.

Villas at Lake Vista

The Villas at Lake Vista is a new Coppell home community that features affordable homes and an enviable location. This townhome community provides low-maintenance, two-story living for the discriminating Coppell homeowner. Buyers of Villas at Lake Vista homes can expect a number of luxury features and amenities, as well as efficient floor plans and first-floor master suites. There will be four different floor plans from which to choose in this community.

The Villas at Lake Vista feature a number of community amenities, as well, including lovely landscaping throughout the community, as well as a resort-style swimming pool, which no doubt captures the interest of a wide variety of buyers, given the hot Texas summers. In addition to enjoying a prime location in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, this townhome community is also just minutes from a number of shopping centers, including Vista Ridge Mall, Vista Ridge Plaza, and CitiCenter, as well as a number of family attractions, including the Vista Ridge Athletic Center, Denton Creek, and Lake Vista.

Business professionals will also certainly enjoy the proximity of the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to this community, as well, as it just a short drive away. This community is ideal for the homeowner seeking luxury, maintenance-free living in the heart of Coppell.

Why New Homes are Selling Fast

Monday, May 20th, 2013

The real estate market has taken an interesting turn in the last year or so. New homes are going up everywhere, while existing Coppell home sales, although certainly rebounding nicely from the effects of the recession, just aren’t selling like new homes. In fact, take a turn or two onto any Dallas suburb street and you will likely see new homes popping up around you. Here’s why:

  • Interest rates are low, low, low – Most homebuyers are now able to buy more home for their money, thanks to low interest rates and exciting and attractive home loan programs. In other words, the buying power of most home buyers has increased significantly.
  • New home prices are reasonable – Many home builders have shifted their strategy regarding new home building. Just a few years ago, builders were putting up million-dollar homes faster than ever, while today’s new home communities are much more affordable and understated. Most homes these days are smaller than their pre-recession counterparts, and the bells and whistles have also gotten less “blingy” and more utilitarian. That means that buyers can now better afford new homes. If a new home is $250,000, and an existing home is in the same price range, it only makes sense that most buyers will head to the nearest home builder.
  • New homes allow buyers to take control – Unlike an existing home that already has the previous owner’s stamp on it, a new home allows the buyer to create a home that’s perfectly them. From the kitchen countertops to the color of the carpeting and the style of the faucets, new homes provide buyers with the luxury of designing and building a home that their stamp on it; not the previous owner’s stamp.
  • New home construction loans are better than ever – If you have the credit and income to back up a new home construction loan, then lenders are ready and willing to work with you. Some of today’s construction loans provide buyers with the flexibility they need to build a home and live in another home without going broke, which, of course, is very attractive to most home buyers.

Strategies and Questions for Finding a Home Builder

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Do you really know what you want in a home builder? If you are considering a new Denton home, then you must consider your home building choices. For most people, building a home is one of the largest financial decisions they will ever make, so finding a builder they can trust is essential.

If you want to find the best home builder for your Denton custom home project, then it pays to know which questions to ask and what to look for:

  • Being your search by gathering recommendations from friends and family members. You may also want to contact your local builders’ association, as they can provide you with a comprehensive list of qualified and licensed professionals.
  • Once you have compiled a list of builders and looked into their home building process and reputation, you will want to set up interviews and take the time to talk to them about their home building process. Come to the interview with a pad and pencil and plenty of questions. Here are some questions you may consider asking a home builder:
    • How long have you been in business? How long have you been building homes in the area?
    • What are your professional qualifications?
    • Have you been recognized by the industry for your work?
    • Do you belong to any professional associations?
    • Are you licensed and insured? Can you provide me with copies of these documents?
    • Can you provide me with a list of references of people for whom you have recently built their homes?
    • Can you meet my deadline? What is the average timeline for home building?
    • Will you use subcontractors? Have you worked with your subs for a long time? Are your subs insured and licensed?
    • Will I be able to contact the project manager throughout the process with questions? Will there always be someone available should I have questions?
    • Can I see a sample copy of your contract?
    • Can I see your home warranty contract? What does your home warranty cover?
    • After the interviews, review your notes and consider whether the builder was well-versed in all areas of the home building business. Consider whether you developed a good rapport with the home builder, and whether the builder seemed to have a clear understanding what you are trying to achieve.
    • Once you have found a builder, it is best to ask an attorney to read over the contract before signing.

McKinney’s Newest Development: Tucker Hill

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Southern Land Company has done it again with the beautiful community of Tucker Hill. Unlike other builders who tend to focus more on building homes and less on building communities, the Southern Land Company puts a great deal of thought and effort into making a community, not just another plan of homes. And the minute you step foot into Tucker Hill this becomes clear.

Tucker Hill, located in McKinney, has plenty going for it, and the premier McKinney location is just the beginning. Here are just a few of the reasons why Tucker Hill is sure to become McKinney’s next success story:

  • Tucker Hill enjoys a great location on the north side of U.S. 380, just north of Dallas, thereby providing professionals with an easy commute in and out of the city.
  • Tucker Hill is also ideally located near the cities of Plano and Frisco.
  • Tucker Hill is built around the concept of “new urbanism,” which means that it has a gorgeous, community feeling, including walking trails, open spaces and green preservation areas. There are also many mature trees sweeping through this community, thereby giving it a quiet, serene feeling.
  • There are plans to expand Tucker Hill to include a mixed-use town center, which will include an amenity center and a resort-style swimming pool for the residents.
  • Tucker Hills features a number of builders, thereby offering homeowners plenty of options for their homebuilding needs. The featured builders include: Darling Homes, David Weekly Homes, Flagstone Custom Homes and Tim Jackson Custom Homes.
  • Tucker Hill, like many of the other Southern Land communities, will enjoy a number of events for its residents, including outdoor concerts, spring and fall markets, movies, block parties, social organizations, and even exercise groups; all of which will be overseen by a full-time Activities Director.
  • All homes within Tucker Hill have “advanced infrastructure,” thereby allowing homeowners to enjoy the technical elements within their homes, including home theaters, sound systems and home networks.  All homes are high-speed Internet ready.
  • The Tucker Hill amenity center will include meeting spaces, a catering kitchen and a children’s play area, among others.
  • There are many areas of Tucker Hill that are focused on families, including stocked fishing ponds, playgrounds, parks and bike paths.

Coppell’s Custom Home Community of Alexander Court

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

We love Coppell for so many reasons. For starters, although it is nearly 15 square miles in size and home to nearly 40,000 people, it still manages to retain a small-town atmosphere. This dynamic city offers its residents the best of both worlds. Its services and amenities are varied and outstanding, yet it still manages to keep a cozy, quiet feeling, for which so many of today’s homeowners are seeking. From its exemplary schools to its beautiful parks and strong community atmosphere, Coppell has plenty going for it.

Many residents here also appreciate the ideal location of Coppell, as well, as it is just minutes from many of the area’s best attractions, including the Coppell Aquatic and Recreation Center, the Farmers Branch Historical Park, Six Flags Over Texas, the Dallas World Aquarium Zoological Gardens and the Fort Worth Zoo.

Just some of the fantastic parks of Coppell include: The Andrew Brown Community Park, the Denton Creek Park, the Allen Road Park, Grapevine Springs Park and Hunterwood Park. There are also plenty of yearly events that lend to Coppell’s small-town feeling, including: Oaktober Fest, the Spirit of Coppell July 4th Celebration and the Sweetheart Ball Dance.

One of the many reasons Coppell is growing so swiftly is because of the emergence of beautiful Coppell new home communities.  One of the many Coppell new home communities that caught our attention – and clearly the attention of many DFW residents—is Alexander Court.

This stunning community features many prestigious offerings, including more than 29 beautiful, custom home sites that range in size from one-third of an acre to three-quarters of an acre.  This community is built around a picturesque, spring-fed creek and beautiful, mature trees, thereby providing its residents with serene, comfortable surroundings. This home community is served by the highly regarded Coppell Independent School District, thereby making it a popular choice for Dallas families.

The new home community of Alexander Court also features:

  • A lovely brick and stone entrance
  • Creek-side and cul-de-sac lots
  • A strong homeowner’s association
  • Unique, custom-designed floor plans
  • A close proximity to Highway 121, Interstate 635 the George Bush Tollway
  • A close proximity to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport

Carrollton

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

If you want a new home, Carrollton should definitely be on your list! This dynamic city, comfortably situated in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, is just minutes from the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, thereby making it a popular place to call home for both Dallas and Fort Worth professionals.

In addition, Carrollton

The New Home Communities of Keller

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

There are plenty of Keller new homes from which to choose, thanks to the steady growth of this dynamic city.

Named by Money magazine as one of the