Building Homes for Heroes

All photos: Building Homes for Heroes

U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Randy Nantz joined the military shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, at the age of 33. He wanted to join and serve his country before he reached the maximum age limit for army enlisted recruits at 35.

A father of two young children at the time, Sgt. Nantz quickly rose through the ranks, becoming a member of the prestigious United States Army Special Forces, also known as the Green Berets, at age 39.

In 2006, his team was on a routine reconnaissance mission in Iraq when their Humvee was struck by an explosive device. Sgt. Nantz suffered third-degree burns throughout his body and nerve damage in both legs. His left leg would later be amputated.

He underwent surgery in Iraq, and was transported to the San Antonio Military Medical Center, where he spent 35 days in the ICU burn unit, and underwent additional surgeries, including the amputation.

Building Homes for Heroes, a national nonprofit organization that builds and modifies homes, and gifts them mortgage-free to wounded veterans and their families, will be building a home for Sgt. Nantz in Argyle, a city in Denton County with about 3,200 residents.

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dfw open houses

The home at 3805 Country Club Dr. in Flower Mound is one of four we’re featuring in this week’s open house roundup.

The weekend after Christmas is not prime real estate shopping time, so this weekend could be your opportunity to visit some lovely properties on the market without fighting crowds. It’s slim pickings for open houses, but we found four that range in price from $500K to $1.695 million in neighborhoods around North Texas.

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The Villas at Garrett Avenue

An artist rendering of a dining room/kitchen area in a townhome at The Villas at Garrett Avenue, a new David Weekley development located in Knox-Henderson. All renderings: David Weekley Homes

One of Dallas’ hottest neighborhoods is getting a new, upscale townhome development.

Houston-based David Weekley Homes is building The Villas at Garrett Avenue in Knox-Henderson, with 22 townhomes at built-out and three available floorplans. The first closing slated for August and prices will start at $399,000.

Knox-Henderson is a highly desirable part in Dallas, and for good reason. Situated on both sides of Central Expressway and only a few miles from downtown, getting where you want to go is a snap. The neighborhood has great walkability, with boutique shopping, home furnishing stores, loads of restaurants (including Kent Rathbun’s always amazing Abacus), relaxed bars, and other retail. Knox-Henderson is located right next to Highland Park and a short distance from Mockingbird Station, Northpark Mall, and White Rock Lake.

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One of Photo: Darling Homes

One of Larry Corson’s projects with Wilbow Corp. for 2015 is the Hunters Glen development in Flower Mound, with houses from Darling Homes (pictured above) and American Legend Homes. Photo: Darling Homes

Larry Corson is a key player in real estate investment and development in North Texas. Throughout his 30-year career, he has focused largely on residential developments and was recently named co-president of Wilbow Corporation, a privately held Dallas-based residential property developer.

Corson has guided the strategic acquisition of new properties throughout DFW, particularly in suburbs like Southlake, Colleyville, Flower Mound, Roanoke, Keller, McKinney, and Prosper. For example, as a director at Cooper & Stebbins, Corson led the development of the Garden District, a successful luxury enclave located in the Southlake Town Square area.

We sat down with Corson to get his insights on development in North Texas, the housing market, and his big projects for 2015.

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Artist rendering of the Villas of Lake Highlands. Photo: David Weekley Homes

Artist rendering of Villas of Lake Highlands. All photos: David Weekley Homes

Houston-based David Weekley Homes is building their second community in East Dallas, with five houses ready for move-in this summer.

Villas of Lake Highlands will be a private gated community of detached, single-family houses near White Rock Lake at E. Northwest Highway and Plano Road. At build-out, the development will have 80 houses.

Prices start at $410,000 and the houses range in size from 2,308 to 2,904 square feet with five different floorplans. All will be built on 32-foot home sites.

Villas of Lake Highlands

 

HOA fees will be $1,450 per year, with a $300 capitalization fee at time of purchase. Community amenities will include include a dog park and swimming pool.

The area is zoned for Richardson ISD, with assigned schools Lake Highlands Elementary School, Lake Highlands Middle School, Lake Highlands Freshman Core, and Lake Highlands High School.

Here’s a quick look at the five houses available this summer.

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Photo courtesy Craig Ranch

Photo courtesy Craig Ranch

Developer David Craig was in the right place at the right time when he bought the first tracts of land for Craig Ranch 15 years ago, north of State Highway 121 in McKinney.

With northward expansion of the population and careful planning by Craig for the mixed-use development, the 2,200-acre planned community has been hugely successful, with 2,359 houses, more than 1,000 apartment homes, retail, and commercial space. It is one of the largest developments in Collin County and more than 9,000 people call Craig Ranch home; in January, it enters the final phases of residential build-out.

For Craig, that means plans to build a final 1,434 houses and more than 3,000 apartment homes over the next 28 months. Builders will be Ashton Woods Homes, Beazer Homes, Darling Homes, David Weekley Homes, Landon Homes, and Megatel, with houses ranging in price from $300,000 to more than $600,000. Craig’s partner in the development is VanTrust Real Estate.

“This final phase of residential construction in Craig Ranch is timed perfectly with the strong housing demand in the area,” David Craig, founder and developer of Craig Ranch, told GlobeSt.com. “We expect to have 20,000 residents when this next generation of homes is complete in about five years.” Jump to read more!

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