Beginning in the 1960s, master planned commercial developments have dominated the residential sector, and the Lone Star State has been at the forefront of the movement. Las Colinas, developed in 1973, was one of the first examples of this type of development, and still experiences growth to this day. In 2006, the community’s residents voted to approve changes to deed restrictions, making way for an even greater density of urban mixed-use development. Also in the 1970s, The Woodlands was built, a concept that still stands as one of the premier residential and business destinations in the Houston area. The success of Marcus Hiles’ company is derived from the precedents his great communities set. Western Rim’s developments offer resort style amenities making it possible for their tenants to never leave the grounds, if they so choose, and are built upon carefully selected plots of land that highlight beautiful natural landscapes and convenient access to nearby cities. Each property’s unique planned community events and activities promote healthy, active lifestyles and foster accepting, friendly environments.
Flexibility has become crucial to real estate design, and Marcus Hiles describes how properties are being built with open floor plans and flexible rooms that can be adjusted simply to accommodate new arrivals for growing families. The concept of indirect spaces—areas recognized by changes in building resources or colors found in ceilings or floors—is a common way to make interiors seem larger while sidestepping traditional obstructions like multiple walls. In order to make properties more desirable spaces to be, hot tubs, fitness areas and spas have been added to private residences, making relaxation and fitness easier than ever.
Highly acclaimed Texas property investor Marcus Hiles perceives what people in the present seek when choosing a new property. Although, one vital piece probably remains off most people’s schedule and lists of must-have amenities: walking pathways. Hiles suggests building hunters to be on the look of recreational pathways throughout the site of the place. A 2008 study by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine gives further proof, suggesting that people who live near park areas tend to have a lower risk of obesity; while a 2010 study by the journal Social Science and Medicine found that people who reside near larger amounts of green space were more relaxed as compared to others who spent less time outdoors.
At first glance, Dallas doesn’t appear to have many commonalities with New York and Los Angeles beyond ranking among the ten largest cities in the U.S. However, Texas real estate developer Marcus Hiles claims, “When you dig a little deeper, it turns out that all three locales have more renters than homeowners.” Its not just Dallas, all across the country, Americans are increasingly choosing the renter’s lifestyle over home ownership. Contrary to common beliefs, homeowners’ housing expenditures far exceed that paid by renters, making the rental lifestyle with added amenities, even more attractive.
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