This is the next phase of master-planned development at Preston Hollow Village, 42-acre multi-use development at the corner of Walnut Hill Lane and Central Expressway, we’ve all been waiting for — the Signature Collection at Preston Hollow Village.

Real estate professionals braved the cold and rainy weather to get their first look at floorplans and finishes for these brand new luxury homes earlier this week in anticipation of Saturday’s grand opening. Until now, the project has been kept under wraps, but agents, brokers, and really anyone that hears there is new luxury residential going up in Preston Hollow Village have been clamoring for info. Now’s their chance to jump in.

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Once you’ve shed the big home and freed yourself of the pool and lawn crews, where do you go? If Downtown is too far and Bishop Arts or Deep Ellum aren’t your scene, the new luxury homes being developed in Preston Hollow Village could be the answer.

The longtime Briggs Freeman Sothebys agent-turned-Sales Director with PowerPlay Texas, Nancy Holloway is now leading the charge at The Signature Collection at Preston Hollow Village, the bustling mixed-use community at Walnut Hill Lane and Central Expressway. Nancy gave CandysDirt.com the exclusive scoop on this next highly-anticipated residential phase of master-planned development.

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Preston Hollow Village, the thriving young mixed-use development at 75/Central Expressway and Walnut Hill Lane in North Dallas is adding another restaurant to its fabulous food line-up: Mesero. 

A Dallas favorite for upscale Mexican fare, Mesero will open its newest restaurant at 7859 Walnut Hill Lane in first quarter 2019.

Mesero joins Matchbox, Blue Sushi Saki Grill, Modern Market, Pak Pao Thai, Blatt Beer & Table and Cinco Taco. I have been to every one of those establishments and they all rock.

“Mesero is a great addition to Preston Hollow Village” said Leon Backes, CEO at Provident Realty Advisors. “Preston Hollow Village has become a destination for quality dining in Preston Hollow and the North Dallas area.”

The location is super convenient, and there is always parking — unlike Preston Center, sorry.

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I kind of feel like a proud mama whose baby is graduating from high school, with highest honors.

Preston Hollow Village celebrates its Grand Opening this Thursday, June 28th, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Festivities will take place in The Douglas, 7825 Firefall Way, Dallas, TX, 75230. You simply cannot miss the partying.

Preston Hollow Village is, of course, that dynamic and ever-growing mixed use live-work-play miracle center at the intersection of Walnut Hill Lane and Central Expressway, northwest corner. By the way, we learned at NAREE a week ago that one no longer says “shopping center.” You say simply “center”, reason being that’s what these new developments truly are: so very much more than shopping.

Probably you have been to the Trader Joes there, one of the first stores that opened about spring, 2015.

The $300 million plus masterpiece of Preston Hollow Village brought life and tons of tax revenue to one of the most significant corners in the city, and one of the largest infill tracts of land in the Southwest. And this all happened without a dime of taxpayer “economic incentives”. 

I recall, because I am so old,  the olden days when the 42 acres at Central and Walnut Hill were covered with the Willow Creek Apartments, 1960’s era garden style townhome units that had more than their share of fires and trouble. They did have pleasant ponds where we once freed a pet duck. RIP Tulip the duck. 

Walnut Hill Lane and 75 in 2009

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The Preston at Preston Hollow Village Residential is now open and move-in ready! With apartment homes ranging from 650-2500 square feet, The Preston depicts its own unique identity and amenities. Whether you are selling your family home for a smaller place in town, not to mention getting away from high property taxes, you are going to love this upscale home in the heart of Preston Hollow Village.

Did I say apartment? As in rent? As in no worries ever about outside maintenance, yard, bushes, pool chlorine levels, leaves in the gutters, paint, clogged commodes and kitchen sinks, parking your own car, and even lightbulbs: they change them for you! Hot damn!

The Preston is an apartment I would move to in a heartbeat — maybe sooner — because it has EVERYTHING!  (Keep reading to find out how you can get a preview of this property on Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m.!)

First of all: location, location, LOCATION! The northwest corner of Walnut Hill and Central first housed tony apartments that eventually became Class C, were torn down, and then the land sat idle during the Great Recession. Because I am old and I remember when the Class Cs were more like Bs, I knew the area had great potential: ponds and green space, but mostly that dynamic intersection. To me, quality of life is how quickly I can get to work or my grand-daughters out of my glorious home, and then get home again. And that intersection is solid gold for getting anywhere. 

Plus now, you have a true mixed-use community anchored by Trader Joes and ModernMarket, Pakpao Thai, Blue Sushi Saki Grill, Cinco Tacos, Frost Gelato, Matchbox Kitchen, and Blatt Beer & Table. That’s just the food offerings now. The six-phase master-planned community encompasses upscale shopping and dining, and will ultimately have six upscale residential neighborhoods featuring more than 1,300 homes. Preston Hollow Village complements the modern, on-the-move lifestyles of its residents: you and me. Everyone can walk to chic restaurants, a neighborhood grocery store, superior shopping and services and, in the near future, a three-acre park. There is even a Walgreens Community Pharmacy and a Frost Bank.

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Got myself over to Preston Hollow Village the other day, at the northwest corner of Central/75 and Walnut Hill Lane. Whenever I drive by that development I get happy. I’m happy because the stores are great, but happy also because it represents a new generation of progressive Dallas development. I still recall the old apartments that were once on this land, the fires, and then the fallow dirt that sat and SAT and wouldn’t even sell at auction during the depths of the recession in 2009. Wells Fargo acquired all of Wachovia’s bad assets, including this, and Wells ended up foreclosing on the property Wachovia had poured more than $40 million into. Kroenke Holdings bought the land in 2010 from the bank.

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To see the land full, vibrant, and loaded with shoppers as I did — I’m talking lines at Trader Joe’s! — is a huge accomplishment.

Another hot spot is Frost, the gelato store that serves up quintessential Italian gelato by Frost Italian gelato master Nazario Melchiondia. Though you might think wow, that’s nice for the eight months of the year when it’s steaming hot in Dallas, guess again. Frost serves up a HOT GELATO that is delish (you plop in one or more fave gelato flavors to steaming coffee) as well as hot chocolates. Perfect for our FROSTY weather but Frost gelato is also a great treat for anyone feeling under with the flu or a head cold. And talk about great holiday gifts, I picked up some gift certificates at Frost for my husband’s staff at nearby Presby Dallas. (Shhh, don’t tell!)

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What is it about a Friday night that makes you want to grab a glass of wine or a beer, and catch a simple meal somewhere in your jeans. Somewhere close. The last thing you want to do is turn on the Viking. That’s why I am so psyched to see Preston Hollow Village filling up with a variety of restaurants and eateries. There’s Blue Sushi Sake Grill, the second location in Texas, following the first in Fort Worth, Modmarket, the first Dallas branch of the Colorado-based chain, following Flower Mound, Plano and Southlake, and there’s Vertskebap, the Austin-based wraps concept. There’s Blatt Beer & Table, part of the Omaha, Nebraska-based Flagship Restaurant Group, and the first Blatt outside of Omaha. (Wonder if Warren Buffett eats there?) Flagship is also the owner of Blue Sushi Sake Grill. Blatt is a craft beer bar and restaurant with “elevated beer hall fare” and a Germanic twist: housemade sausages, burgers, chicken and waffles. This is the stuff hearty Midwesterners eat when the mercury dips below zero.

And the Thai restaurant Pakpao recently opened their second location (other than the Dallas Design District) next to Frost Gelato. We popped in Friday evening and found one of our son’s high school buds, Tea Acuff, working with owner Richard Ellman. I was curious why he chose this particular location to move into Preston Hollow — really, the location is NOT Preston Hollow, but we will let that slip because on Friday, it seemed half of Preston Hollow was there… listen up ye restauranteurs of Preston Center: a grocery store brings out the consumers:

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Update 1:54 pm: Heather Dubrow (wife of the Dr. Botched fame Dr. Terry Dubrow) will likely be the prototype for Cary Deubur. I love plastic surgeons’s wives — they benefit so much from their hubby’s talents! Kind of like ObGyn wives… I digress. I totally forgot another hot tip: the beautiful and brilliant Gina Ginsberg, ex of Scott who is a sharp businesswoman on her own and graduated Magna Cum Laude from SMU…

CandysDirt.com got a tip that the Ladies of Dallas, that is the Real Housewives of Dallas, were shooting some scenes over at Mod Market in Preston Hollow Village, Walnut Hill Lane and Central last week. Sources who saw it all — dang they snapped zero pictures — confirmed that two of the Real Housewives of Dallas are definitely the lovely Lee Anne Locken and Tiffany Hendra. They were for sure seen there filming. Source also thinks they saw Heidi Dillon, and MAYBE Stephanie Hollman. No word on whether my darling friend Cynthia Smoot was spotted, but the Dallas Observer thinks she is a shoo-in. Other possible Housewives (not confirmed by my source) is are Heather Dubrow and Cary Deubur, wife of Baylor plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Deuber, who live on Strait Lane north of Royal. The cast will be revealed next month.