The Court at Chapel Downs: New Builds Coming to Established NW Dallas ‘Hood

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Just off the phone with Al Coker of Al Coker & Associates, who is marketing an exciting new property in, get this: residential northwest Dallas. 

I have not seen them (thank you, rain) but they seem like the perfect answer to what so many downsizing Baby Boomers want: smaller private homes with some yards, privacy, warm contemporary styling, and lock and leave potential so we can get out of Dodge whenever. Just had this convo with Margie Harris and Stephanie Pinkston from Allie Beth Allman at lunch Wednesday: Margie said so many more homes in Park Cities and Preston Hollow would hit the market if owners had somewhere to go.

Al Coker
Margie Harris & Stephanie Pinkston

This development seems to fit the bill of what she was talking about!

The Court at Chapel Downs is a limited collection of twelve modern-inspired performance homes, and the official ground breaking takes place today, Friday the 23rd, in the am though no builder in his or her right mind will start a project until the ground is a bit drier.

The Court at Chapel Downs will even deliver its first three units mid September, 2018, so about eight months from now. I am loving the sleek bathrooms.

Where did the developer find this dirt?

The homes are located just off Webb Chapel Road, between Royal lane and Walnut Hill. They recycled a huge lot on the Northaven Trail — hey you can get to MY house! — that once housed the Chapel Downs swim club. Chapel Downs is a residential neighborhood in northwest Dallas near Webbs Chapel and Royal Lanes where the majority of homes are traditional or ranch style single-family built between 1961 and 1973. This area, like Park Forest to the north, and Sparkman, is getting a lot of push from the spillover of Midway Hollow, which is now sprouting $1.2 million plus spec homes and more than $300K for dirt. You can find five bedrooms and four baths in some of these props, sizes 1827 to 3800 square feet with prices from $365,000 to $445,000, and many of the older ones of course need updating. 

The Court at Chapel Downs is all brand spanking new.

“These are not zero lots, they have a yard, many are C-shaped,” said Al Coker, president of Al Coker & Associates. “With one side facing the backside. We have two models with the master bedrooms down.” 

Pricing is below $800K: $689,000 to $789,000 from ground up, new start.

The homes have been designed by Marek Architecture, Dallas, with a focus on open, light-filled spaces with tasteful appointments and intelligent features. They say every home “will be a performance home.” 

There is also the mature, tree-lined neighborhood around, and easy access to the Northaven Trail. Lest we forget the bond money that has funded the Northaven Trail for expansion and will be a connector to the White Rock Trail on the east,  Irving’s Campion Trail on the west. 

This area is going to be bicycle heaven.

The three available floor plans range in size from 2,899 square feet to 3,014 square feet on two floors, includes master bedrooms on the ground floor, sleek kitchens outfitted with Bosch appliances, and intimate landscaped yards. Every home will be finished in a timeless design that meets a modern aesthetic with intelligence.

Marketing and sales of the twelve homes is being handled by Al Coker Homes, the single-family home division of Al Coker & Associates. Architects are Marek Architecture, Dallas, and construction will be handled by Crimson Building Company.

“The Court at Chapel Downs homes offers true performance living and are value engineered to produce a modern, energy efficient structure,” says Al. “We are meeting the demand for single-family residences in a terrific neighborhood designed for today’s homebuyers.”

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Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature, and, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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  1. A. B. says

    It looks great but I’m working with several Park Cities empty nesters and none of them will consder moving west of Marsh (or really Lenel), much less west of WC. I’ve sold to plenty of young families over there and they love it but the Bubble mentality is hard to overcome.

        • mmCandy Evans says

          Well Doug what would you rather see in its place? I am offering you a guest post right here on (I know you can write!) I think to have kept the property as is was not going to happen unless you personally wrote the check for the church or school. I believe in “nurtured development”, my term for you cannot say no the everything, you cannot say yes to everything. And you have to consider financial realities. In case you haven’t noticed, there is a Mayoral election going on and both candidates want to increase density to increase the tax base. The was the whole point of a study called Forward Dallas. Of course you do not want to intrude on existing neighborhoods, but you also cannot keep everything the same. And I am leery of “privacy concerns” because sometimes those are exaggerated. In your case, I came to a zoning meeting late (because I had another commitment) and talked to a few people coming out. The consensus was that the project was reasonable to the majority of the neighborhood. One couple “walked out in a huff” — was that you? Because of time constraints we have never met, and I’d still like to do that. I am curious as to why you wanted to keep the alignment of the lots the same, and probably have to see it to understand. Don’t blame you for wanting to limit construction time: I live next door to a 3-year home project that, when combined with our road repair, has driven me crazy. As for the project down the street, Chapel Downs: I think the original developer failed to market it well, or at all, and $700K homes are a stretch for the neighborhood. But you have to be realistic about building costs.

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