If Plano is an economic engine for employment, in the words of its Mayor Harry LaRosiliere, then housing cannot be far behind. And not just the kind of housing that Plano has traditionally been known for – sprawling single-family neighborhoods that have raised and nurtured some of the brightest talent in the country.
Maybe we can call it Housing 3.0.
“Plano 3.0 signifies the new era of our city,” says Harry LaRosiliere, his model for describing the growth of his city. “In the '80s we were a bedroom community, and in the '90s we were known as a big suburb. Today we are our own city, and we compete on a global stage for businesses, and individuals or families looking for a home.”
Now, it’s Plano’s turn to look upward, literally, with one of the most innovative urban residential high rises in the region, the first luxury condominium project north of the Dallas LBJ corridor.
Enter Windrose Tower, a stunning keystone highrise located one block west of the tollway on Headquarters Drive in the $ 2 billion Legacy West development that stretches from Legacy Drive Northward to the Sam Rayburn Tollway. Here Windrose Tower is changing the face of North Texas with an employment center movement led by companies like JP Morgan Chase and Toyota, FritoLay, JC Penney, Liberty Mutual, Beal Bank, FedEx Office, and more.
About 18,000 new jobs are en route to Legacy West in the next three years. In fact, you can fill up AT&T Stadium twice with the number of people coming to work in Plano.
“Our new campus will make it easier for our employees to collaborate in providing outstanding service and solutions to customers and clients around the world,” Chase spokesman Greg Hassell told Steve Brown at The Dallas Morning News.
It’s how they will live, and where they will live, that will shift the culture of traditional luxury living in this area. At one time, high-density development was shunned because we had enough room to spread out. Now consumers are demanding mixed-use living, less commuting, and a city environment as soon as they walk outside of their home.
That’s Housing 3.0, and Windrose Tower is the embodiment of it — luxury high-rise living in the center of the Legacy corridor.
“An important keystone of the plan for our community is to have a luxury highrise condominium which will be the choice of highend living for the thousands of executives and professionals employed in Legacy West,” said Fehmi Karahan, Legacy West developer. “The demand for the residences at Windrose Tower is unprecedented, and we have yet to break ground.”
Residents coming here to work at Legacy will be migrating from cities that have already embraced this living style.
Windrose Tower will anchor the northern end of the 12-acre, mixed-use corridor as an $82 million Renaissance Hotel anchors the southern end. The result is a high-end retail, restaurant, office, and green space-focused neighborhood.
Homeowners will never have to leave the glamorous bubble to eat, shop, work, or sleep.
Top restaurants announced for Legacy West include True Food Kitchen and Tommy Bahama Island — a combination store, restaurant and bar. Lombardi family-favored restaurants of Taverna, Bistro 31, and Toulouse will all be here. New on the horizon: Shake Shack — a hamburger restaurant that New Yorkers line up for, with its first Dallas clone down at McKinney and Olive, with more top brand steakhouses and eateries on the drawing board.
Windrose Tower developers Jim Duggan, Ted Bradford, Mark Bradford, Ron Gafford, and LJ Erickson have the lead the charge for this sleek, timeless highrise envisioned for Legacy West.
With pre-sales beginning late Spring 2016, the building will consist of 24 stories with an initial offering of 85 to 95 condos ranging from 1,300 to 11,000 square feet.
The pre-sale campaign for this ground-breaking high-rise — the only luxury condo development built north of LBJ since the 1980s-era Bonaventure at Keller Springs and Addison Circle — has been spearheaded exclusively by Al Coker and Fernando Gonzalez of Al Coker & Associates. The marketing and brokerage firm will open its new sales center in May of 2016, conveniently located at 7800 N. Dallas Parkway, Suite 156. It's at Headquarters and the Tollway, just across from the site of Windrose Tower, and will include full-size vignettes of units, allowing you to step inside the spaces that will be drenched in high-end finishes and custom details. The estimated completion date for the residences will be in the fourth quarter of 2018.
The interior spaces offer a modern take on classic high-rise living. Envision custom designed European cabinetry framing Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, all complemented by quartz countertops with waterfall edging and slab backsplashes. Hardwood floors flow throughout the light-filled spaces with views unobstructed by glass balcony railings on terrace balconies featuring built-in fireplaces encased by warm limestone, creating a harmonious marriage between indoor and outdoor living spaces. The serene bathrooms add the finishing touches to such elegant appointments, featuring floating bathtubs with frameless glass showers surrounded by natural stone.
The contemporary style building offers luxurious amenities such as valet parking, concierge services, a state of the art fitness center, and an amenity deck where a resort-styled saltwater pool boasts cabanas and a heated spa.
Windrose will also offer residents additional storage rooms perfect for bike storage where residents can tune their wheels and take advantage of Plano's dedicated bike paths and more than five acres of green space just outside their front door.
You can take advantage of all that in addition to the owners’ lounge, which sports a full catering kitchen and bar. You can host friends and family in one of the many well-appointed guest suites, and later enjoy a few relaxing hours in the library pub, lobby lounge or golf lounge where technology invites residents to perfect their golf swing regardless of weather.
Need meeting space to work from home? Check. There’s even a boardroom. And we didn’t forget your furry friend(s) — Windrose Tower will also have an outdoor sheltered dog run and dog wash area.
The architect is the renown Dallas-based firm, GDA, whose best-known projects include the Vendome, The Residences at the Stoneleigh, Museum Tower, 1900 McKinney, the Heights at Park Lane, The Ashton, and more.
Besides Windrose Tower, Legacy West will also include 127 single-family residential homes by Scott Felder Homes. The area is famously close to DFW Regional Airport, Love Field, The Shops at Willow Bend, and Stonebriar Mall.