Tony Visconti on Selecting the Right New Home Lot

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Can you picture it?

A majestic Mediterranean with off-white stucco and a terracotta tile roof.
An Austin stone transitional with dramatic front balcony and double wrought iron doors.
Or perhaps, an Italian Renaissance crafted with architectural excellence.

Try becoming the yellow Street View icon guy on Google, stand here at the front of this prime residential lot, and picture your future home.

For 27 years, Bella Custom Homes has been crafting beautifully appointed homes with stunning architecture in Dallas’ most prominent neighborhoods.

Bella Custom can build your dream home here on one of two remaining lots in Frisco’s exclusive Starwood neighborhood. With more than three-fourths of an acre and no one backing up to you, Bella Custom president Tony Visconti can tell you confidently this lot at 5309 Buena Vista is a great find for $895,000.

Tony Visconti

Does almost $1 million for land in Frisco seem high? This is CandysDirt here. We’ll give you the straight dirt. When we say Visconti’s Bella Custom Homes is a CandysDirt Best Builder, it means we’ve vetted them and trust them. That means you can trust them to steer you right.

“We can build on one of our lots, or we can help clients select their own,” says Visconti, a third generation builder and Graduate Master Builder. “We’ll show them the difference in various lots and how that affects the bottom line.”

But selecting the right lot isn’t about finding the best deal on land. An unimproved lot with challenging slopes, drainage, or soil are additional costs you need to factor in.

“You might think you’re getting a good deal on the lot, but there are many factors to consider that can have significant increase to the cost of improving the lot,” Visconti says. “Topography, expansive soil, retaining walls, additional piers, etc., all of this adds to the overall cost of your project and now all of the sudden that less expensive lot may not be the one for you. We always suggest having your builder there to help you select the right lot for you and your budget.  That’s not to say that you shouldn’t build on a sloped lot with amazing views. You just need someone who has considerable experience with developing and building on topography lots.  They do create the opportunity for incredible views and intimate areas for outdoor entertaining.”  

Stacy Brotemarkle

“While topography lots do have more expense to improve them, they do give you the rare opportunity for destinations in your own backyard. It’s an opportunity for a real resort feel in your own oasis, right here at home,” says Stacy Brotemarkle, Bella Custom Vice President. “We have 27 years specializing in topography lots, those with steep slopes, and lots with expansive soil. The vast experience we have working with Dallas-area topography makes the difference.”

Visconti adds, “I’d say we’re known for building some of the most beautiful homes in Dallas, but also building luxury homes on extreme topography with a dramatic result.”

Reach out to Tony at 214-232-3690 or tony@bellacustomhomes.com.

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Shelby Skrhak

Shelby is Associate Editor of CandysDirt.com, 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 CandysDirt.com 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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  1. jerry l johnson says

    Former Builder/Client Randy Hughes once told me that he always looked for the ‘odd’ lot to build on . Lot shape , topography , tree location , and existing structures all make for designing ‘outside the box’ . No ‘cookie cutter’ McMansions allowed .

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