Stress Less with Low-Maintenance Luxury at The Lawn by Hawkins-Welwood Homes

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It’s nice to know that when you buy a Hawkins-Welwood home, you’ve got founder John Hawkins himself thinking about your home after it’s done and built. We learned that when we checked in on The Lawn at Glen Abbey, Hawkins-Welwood’s luxury low-maintenance living in North Dallas. The CandysDirt Approved Builder came to mind when October’s tornadoes damaged and destroyed homes in Preston Hollow, leaving residents scrambling for residence.

And sure enough, that Sunday night John Hawkins was on the scene in Preston Hollow, where he’s built numerous residences over the company’s six decades. The next morning, the Hawkins-Welwood team began calling HW Homes owners to offer their help get windows replaced, homes dried out, and roof shingle repair underway.

As the weeks and months after the storm passed and regional attention started to wane, Hawkins-Welwood continued their support, helping with damage to fences, trees (oh those beautiful lost trees), and landscaping, and even helped homeowners file insurance claims and worked with adjusters.

That’s the kind of builder you get with a Hawkins-Welwood home and the reason why occupancy is bustling at The Lawn at Glen Abbey, located near Preston Road and Keller Springs Road near Bent Tree Country Club.

Candy Evans, in particular, is a big fan of The Lawn, built by Hawkins-Welwood Homes, because it delivers what many Baby Boomers and even some Millennials crave: the elegance and loaded living essentials of a luxury, custom-built home, plus freedom from maintaining a large property. Hawkins-Welwood’s other communities include The Metairie in Southlake, the Residence at the Stoneleigh, and homes in Preston Hollow and Park Cities.

This pristine collection of estates and luxury patio homes was developed on what was once the secluded ranch home of Clint Murchison Sr., a famed Texas oil magnate and philanthropist. It’s simply gorgeous land. Down a path of quaint street lights and mature trees, the first homes on Abbey Creek Way in The Lawn subdivision were built in 2016, many of them single-story soft contemporaries with striking architectural detail throughout. Of the 76 Hawkins-Welwood homes planned, less than a dozen lots remain.

A great example of Hawkins-Welwood homes at its best is the two-story, three-bedroom home at 19 Edge Hill. With high ceilings and designer finishes top to bottom, this 3,814-square-foot luxury home is priced at $1.2 million.

When you walk in, a large wood-rich study is to your left and the 12 x 17 dining room that opens to the kitchen and family room is to your right. Why include the specs of the dining room? Because if you’re downsizing from a large estate, you’ve got an estate-sized dining room table that’s coming with you.

Come into the kitchen for spacious and easy to navigate cooking. Finishes vary in each home, but this kitchen is equipped with white quartz countertops, designer fixtures, light-colored custom cabinetry, and a glossy herringbone backsplash. It has professional-grade stainless steel appliances including Wolf gas range, double oven, built-in microwave, built-in refrigerator/freezer, and dishwasher. The wine fridge is set below glass display cabinets and space for a coffee bar. Tall and wide cabinets in the island provide kitchen appliance storage for seldom-used appliances.

Over in the northwest corner of The Lawn sits 34 Elk Stone Drive, a brand-new 4,664-square-foot two-story on a private cul-de-sac that opens to the back greenway. With four bedrooms and four and half-baths, the traditional/transitional home is listed for $1.55 million.

The formal entryway is highlighted by an intricate tile design and grand staircase framing the study with an abundance of built-ins. The kitchen is luxurious too, with custom cabinetry, SubZero and Wolf Appliances, and white quartz countertops.

The kitchen, living, and dining room are all open with large windows and views of the two separate covered patios. The master bedroom has a grand walk-in closet full of shelves and drawers with the laundry room conveniently connected.

That’s the thing about the homes in The Lawn. They’re all smartly planned for low-maintenance living, both inside and out. A homeowner’s association takes care of all lawn maintenance as well as 24/7 guardhouse. Initial review HOA dues to The Lawn at Glen Abbey are $5,100 a year.

Inside, nearly all the homes feature downstairs master bedrooms, wide hallways, and two-stories that are wired for elevators. You won’t find a lot of step-down living rooms or tight-quarter bathrooms to get in and out of — all of these features were purposely planned so residents could make this their forever home.

To find out more about The Lawn at Glen Abbey, reach out to Kelly Ongena at 972-757-1870 or


Shelby Skrhak

Shelby is Associate Editor of, where she focuses on sponsored content, estate sales, and suburbs. She's a journalist and podcaster turned full-time freelance writer based in Plano. She comes to after running digital content and social media at SUCCESS magazine. She's a Lake Highlands native and graduate of UT-Dallas.

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