Just off the Katy Trail and inside Highland Park — perhaps the sweetest location there is — is where Robert Elliott Custom Homes is building The Mondara. The condo development, which includes 39 expertly laid out units over three stories and two phases is more than half-way sold, with 22 of the units under contract.
The two buildings, which surround a courtyard and are set back from the curb by a semi-circular driveway, continue the trend we’re seeing with the Robert Elliott Custom Homes’ most recent builds — a bright white facade punctuated by large, dark-paned windows and sharply pitched rooflines. It looks like something you’d spot in Alys Beach, all white and gleaming with the kind of presence that causes envy among competitors.
It’s the epitome of what architect David Stocker of Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro calls “transitional” style.
“It is a youthful but restrained style of architecture. It respects the past but also says things can be different,” Stocker said. “We use traditional plaster, traditional slate, and traditional classical details around doorways, but use modern whites, simple modern forms, and the modern feel of steel windows and doors.”
“We don’t see that there has to be a hard line that separates traditional and modern architecture,” Stocker added. “Both have wonderful traits and we meld them together.”
And inside, the details continue to amaze. CandysDirt.com got an exclusive advance tour of the property while craftsmen were still fitting the space with Robert Elliott Custom Homes’ signature features. Jump to see more!
“I’ve worked on a lot of condo units, but this is definitely one of my favorites,” said project manager Jenny Leporis during our exclusive preview tour. “It’s the size, the spaciousness, and how everything is arranged that makes every room so well lit.”
Right from when you walk in the doors of the model unit at Mondara, you notice the careful combination of finishes and scale. You’re greeted with gorgeous chevron hardwoods in the foyer, textured tile in the hall bath, bright white walls, cool gray cabinets in the kitchen, and sleek stone surrounding the fireplace.
As you’d expect, every fixture and finish is worthy of a shelter magazine spread, with Ann Sacks tile in “antique mirror” on the kitchen backsplash, a Sub Zero/Wolf appliance package, and a sculpted Victoria + Albert tub in the master bath. The 10-foot ceilings in the model highlight the full-height steel windows and French doors that open to the terrace, but if you want something more dramatic, the third floor is where it’s at, with vaulted ceilings that make the great room feel more like a grand room.
The master bath has some stunning details, including a wall clad in wood, a floating vanity, and a separate shower, all of which allow continuous views of the cool limestone floors. And while most condo developers treat closets like an afterthought, the storage spaces inside units at Mondara are completely customizable, allowing buyers to tweak the layout to make it Carrie Bradshaw-worthy.
Of course, you have to be wondering where you’ll park, right? Well, thanks to brilliant forethought, the fully secured parking garage is underground, allowing for full use of the property without the eyesore of cars everywhere. Leporis notes that the property will be fully gated and will have direct access to the Katy Trail, which abuts the property. While there’s no pool or clubhouse, there is a guest suite. And because it’s inside Highland Park, you’ll have access to Highland Park ISD schools and the town’s expertly trained police and fire department.
Units inside Mondara range from approximately 2,200 to 3,000 square feet and start at about $900,000 and top out at around $2.2 million. HOA fees will range between 35 to 45 cents-per-square-foot and will include 24/7 concierge.
For a closer look, check out the CandysDirt.com facebook page tomorrow, April 14, at 10 a.m. as we broadcast live with the developer, Robert Elliott.