Part I: “Each home in Quail Hollow will be its OWN country club.”
We’ve told you how Westlake is now considered the most exclusive and expensive suburb of Dallas. With a median home price of $2 million, Westlake has become one of the most sought after DFW neighborhoods to live or to build a wonderful dream home.
Westlake is beautiful, loaded with stunning luxury homes, but there is still a lick of open God’s country around you. You can buy 360 degree views of gentle hills, lakes, trees, with an occasional longhorn roaming along the pasture.
You can even say, hey, this is just like Austin.
But nowhere does that very product — wide open lots teaming with nature — come together in finer fashion than in a fresh new development, located conveniently right across the street from Vaquero Country Club on Dove Road right off 114.
This new neighborhood is named Quail Hollow, and it is simply fantastic. Lots are flying off the shelves. Physicians, fund managers, a few Rangers players and even Toyota execs are buying.
Located in the town of Westlake, but in the Southlake/Carroll school district, Quail Hollow is just now popping up on the radar screen of people seeking a luxuriously calm, relaxing life style in a quiet, wooded neighborhood.
With only 92 homes lovingly nestled on 188 wooded acres, Quail Hollow is a truly one-of-a-kind property for the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
The sellers really loved their land and chose to work with a very caring local developer to make Quail Hollow the world class neighborhood they envisioned. After being approached by numerous developers, they finally agreed to sell to Bryan Elliott, a Southlake resident who lives just down the street on Dove Road.
Bryan’s vision for Quail Hollow is that of a very special enclave of architecturally correct, magnificent homes, whether a large Formal French estate, a California transitional, or an intimate English cottage.
Bryan says, “We want Quail Hollow to mirror some of the well known neighborhoods around the country such as Beverly Hills or Houston’s River Oaks, where the homes as a whole aren’t just houses, but works of art.”
You can build a variety of styles, says Bryan, but the details, materials, and craftsmanship must be impeccable.
To take Quail Hollow to yet another level of fine, welcoming architecture, Bryan has retained the services of one of the country’s finest architects to design the entry and gatehouse. Dallas-based Robert Trown has designed homes for clients in California, Oregon, Aspen, New York, Florida, Texas, England, France, the Caribbean and Fiji, to name a few locations. When Grady Yates of Sharif-Munir Custom Homes — one of five carefully culled home builders chosen to build at Quail Hollow, and the builder of Trown’s personal Dallas home — brought Robert to the property, this is what he had to say:
“Quail Hollow is a world class development covered with trees, and rolling topography that allows homes to nestle into their sites,” says Robert. “The outcome, if the home is designed and sited correctly, will create a natural romance with the land, very much like we see in mountain homes in communities such as Martis Camp in Tahoe, Vail and Aspen.”
Speaking of Aspen, while Robert normally does the interior design for his homeowners as well as the house plan, he did create a wonderful Alpine manor for Joseph Luter III (Smithfield Foods) that landed in Architectural Digest. The interiors were done by none other than our own Laura Hunt.
FYI: don’t run to look up Robert Trown’s website. His firm doesn’t have one, because he doesn’t need one. Most of his clients (there are plenty) come via referral.
Back to the development. Here’s the amazing part about Quail Hollow. The streets aren’t even going to be completed until early 2017, but the sales are already incredible. Of the 92 home sites, 55 are already under contract. Yes, 55 and likely 56 by the time we publish this. In fact, phase one, totaling 34 lots sold out in 10 days!
“To have this velocity of sales so early on, when the streets aren’t even complete, is almost unheard of,” says Grady Yates. “We’re thankful at Sharif-Munir that Bryan Elliott asked us to be a part of this very special neighborhood.”
I went out to Quail Hollow with Grady in June, right after I got back from Jackson Hole, and got the same feeling Trown mention, the “romance with the land.” You are out in the country, away from the madness, under the stars, tons of trees, all in a very private setting. Yet with Davis Blvd. and Highway 114 close by, you aren’t far from all that D/FW has to offer.
The home sites we toured range from 1 to 3 acres. The lots run from $700k to well over 2 million. Homes will start in the $2.8 range, and run up well over $20 million. Several homeowners are combining lots to create even more beauty and privacy.
Troy George, and his Southlake-based partner Lucy Noonan, are marketing the property.
“It’s going to feel more private and peaceful than Vaquero,” says Troy. “Because Quail Hollow lots are larger on average, you will get true estates, with much more open space between homes.”
There won’t be a community club amenity center at Quail Hollow, as there is at Vaquero. Instead, most homeowners here will create their own custom amenity center in their backyard, for the utmost in privacy. As one builder put it, each home in Quail Hollow will be its OWN country club.
Interesting aside regarding the name Quail Hollow: You probably won’t find one quail on the land. The previous owners liked the name “Quail Hollow”, so loads of quail were trucked in over the years. They all flew away. But the name stuck, and Bryan Elliott kept the name out of respect for the previous land owner. (I’ll be doing a follow up piece on the history of Quail Hollow and the sellers. Stay very tuned.)
Quite a few recognizable names have already put down deposits on home sites. While you’d know them immediately, the developer has requested that their privacy be protected as much as possible. We’ll see how long that lasts.
So there you go my wonderful readers. Trees, hills, lakes, large estate home sites, incredibly designed entry and guardhouse, privacy. Quail Hollow offers it all except, of course, the Quail.
The sellers are retaining their 8,000 square foot luxury cabin made of whole trees from British Columbia. It took 23 flatbed trucks to deliver the main house logs. Perhaps someday that could be a development clubhouse? More coming up on the sellers in Part II.
For a private tour, please contact Troy George at 817-308-4170 or Lucy Noonan at 817-913-3611. You can also click right here. To discuss building the home of your dreams or any aspect of the homebuilding process at Quail Hollow, please contact Grady Yates at Sharif-Munir. His phone number is 214-502-7668.