Starwood

Realtors get really excited when they get a listing in Starwood, the gated community in Frisco just north of Lebanon Road and west of the Dallas North Tollway. It’s gorgeous, exclusive, and the homes always shine.

So it was no surprise when Jennifer Menon with William Davis Realty reached out to us last week bursting with excitement about her new about-to-be posted listing at 6000 Hackberry Court — it’s a prime example of the livable elegance you can find in Starwood.

Livable elegance? That’s just fancy talk for “this house is super nice but you also won’t find yourself holding your breath every time your kindergartener wanders through with a popsicle.”

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Frisco Economic Development President Ron Patterson talked all things PGA relocation with a room full of Frisco Realtors at Hollyhock, a Newland community that is adjacent to the PGA site (Photo by Bethany Erickson).

Realtors and Frisco residents packed their questions and their curiosity Wednesday when they attended a breakfast discussion about the PGA Headquarters and what that would mean for the area.

Held at Hollyhock, a Newland community that is adjacent to the PGA site, Frisco Economic Development President Ron Patterson gave a brief history of how Frisco went from a town with no mall and few stoplights to the bustling suburb known now as “Sports City USA.”

“I can remember back when we were trying to get a mall,” Patterson told the standing room only crowd. “There was no toll road, either.”

And from that, city leaders began to plan — deliberately, he said.

“It was intentional, we thought about what is it we can do to set ourselves apart,” he said. “Sports came in to play.”

In those days, city hall was a much smaller building, and that discussion eventually spilled onto a whiteboard — with a baseball diamond drawn on it.

“That was the genesis for the Roughriders coming here,” Patterson said.

Nowadays, the pitch is about Frisco’s ability to put businesses and citizens within a days drive of many major hubs, thanks to its central location. (more…)

Don’t let the quaint exterior of this Frisco home fool you into thinking this is a small house. This DR Horton-built home at 7920 Southmark Drive is long and narrow, but it’s a huge two-story with four bedrooms and three full baths coming in at 2,635 square feet. It’d be a perfect home for a family with kids, perfectly situated at Preston and Rolater in Frisco, the city most recently named the best city in Texas for families.

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I am fully on board with the $80 billion driverless car industry. Last weekend, I was almost creamed by a speeding black Mercedes whose driver ignored the stop sign at Park Lane and Douglas in Old Preston Hollow. (There are four.) Fortunately, I waited and thusly avoided a wreck. I also spent 2 hours on the Dallas North Tollway last week coming south between Frankfort and Keller Springs at about 5 pm. Two hours! Accidents (human error) are what create traffic jams and gridlock, and accidents happen because mortals drive cars. Let technology do it, and the errors will be greatly reduced.

Of course, Wall Street is thinking money. $285 billion:

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. predicts that robo-taxis will help the ride-hailing and -sharing business grow from $5 billion in revenue today to $285 billion by 2030. There are grand hopes for this business. Without drivers, operating margins could be in the 20 percent range, more than twice what carmakers generate right now. If that kind of growth and profit come to pass—very big ifs—it would be almost three times what GM makes in a year. And that doesn’t begin to count the money to be made in delivery.

So I was thrilled to be invited to Frisco on Monday to test-drive ride in the first self-driving car service in America, a pilot public partnership that will put driverless passenger vans on Frisco roads come July. A California startup called Drive.ai — at HALL Park all this week — will travel between fixed points in an area devoted to retail, entertainment and offices at HALL Park and the Star in Frisco. The pilot program, which will operate on public roads, is slated to run for six months. An expansion is planned to Frisco Station.

A host of Frisco dignitaries and developers and of course Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney, a Realtor with The Associates, were on hand to celebrate with a press conference and then driving riding demos. The biggest takeaway: this is a brilliant PR move to not only collect AI data (keep reading, I explain) but to get people more comfortable with the driverless car concept. As TexasMonthly.com pointed out, “Starting in Frisco is likely to give Drive.ai enough data for how suburban North Texas drivers operate that they’ll be able to spread out across the region. That’s no small deal when you’re talking about the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the country, and makes the Frisco test an effective pilot program for how autonomous cars are likely to roll out across North Texas.”

“Today definitely marks a mobility milestone for our entire region, said Jeff. “It also gets us closer to achieving one of our council’s ‘Top Ten’ goals, which is to improve traffic throughout Frisco, one of the fastest growing cities in the country.”

Drive.ai is headquartered in Mountain View, Ca. in Silicon Valley. The company has raised more than $60 million, has more than 100 employees, and was founded by graduate students out of Stanford University’s Artificial Intelligence Lab. Andrew Ng, who spoke at the presser, said he studied at Carnegie Mellon, which is where a lot of driverless car talent has been hatched.

“We are ready to work with governments and businesses to solve their transportation needs,” Sameep Tandon, co-founder and CEO of Drive.ai., said in a press release. “Working with the city of Frisco and Frisco Transportation Management Association, this pilot program will take people to the places they want to go and transform the way they experience transportation.” 

The service works through a smartphone application that lets users hail complimentary, on-demand rides, just as you would an Uber. The big convenience will be for lunch patrons who don’t want to get in their car and park. I’d like to see them try one out from say, Valley View Mall to Legacy. 

I have so many questions, and I got some answers.

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It’s not surprising that this 3,000-plus-square-foot Frisco Colonial for under $400,000 went under contract after just two days on the market. Not only does this red brick colonial at 10306 Mallory Drive have plenty of room — and four HUGE bedrooms — it checks all the boxes with an optional HOA in this sought-after neighborhood, great Frisco schools in walking distance, and easy commuter access in the “sweet spot” of Collin County.

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If you’ve always loved the underground house at 2001 N. Buckner Blvd., you may soon have the chance to build your very own. A developer based in India has proposed a cluster of earth-sheltered homes just like this earth-friendly East Dallas landmark. A prerequisite of ownership, however, is a lawnmower. At least that’s our bet. 

According to an NBC (Channel 5) report, the developer, Total Environment, wants to build 122 houses on 23 acres, with the other half of the 55-acre development remaining mostly wild, with hike and bike trails for residents. The homes will be priced in line with Dallas’ first underground house, which was marketed back in 2014 for $870,000. Each home in the Frisco development will run around $900,000.

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From Staff Reports

As of the first week of December, the Frisco office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has moved into the Hall Park Office Building at 3211 Internet Blvd., Suite 150, in Frisco, Texas. Opened in 1998, the Frisco office was formerly located at 7410 Preston Rd., Suite 115, in Frisco, Texas.

“Since 1998, the Frisco office has provided customers the broad range of services today’s homebuyers and sellers have come to expect from Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage,” says Frank Obringer, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Dallas/Fort Worth. “We are excited to continue to offer these services in our new location in the Hall Park Office Building.”

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Wowzers. The Cowboys have sold their last membership in the Cowboys Club up in Frisco. They started sales last month — a $250 deposit for suites running $4500 for the initiation and then $395. a month to get you into exclusive bars, dining options, fitness facilities, a terrace and rooftop pool all overlooking the Dallas Cowboys practice fields and corporate meeting spaces.

I repeat, not actually playing a game, that happens in Arlington. I mean The Star in Frisco — the Dallas Cowboys headquarters and practice facility — which will be completed by fall.

The Star in Frisco is part of Frisco’s $5 Billion Mile, proposed and planned real estate investment and development plans for projects totaling $5.4 billion within a one mile-long stretch of roadway along the Dallas North Tollway.

If you want in now, you have to get on the waiting list, and hope someone who bought in drops out.

“We knew that we had created something special but to see all of our memberships snapped up so quickly points to the deep relationship we’ve built with our fans in the area and across the country,” said Chad Estis, the Cowboys’ executive vice president of business operations, in a statement.

And I cannot help but think of the jobs just this club alone will create up in Frisco. Too bad we cannot turn the Cotton Bowl into a year-round practice field for a local team…imagine the possibilities!