If you forgot Dallas’ torrential weekend rains, Monday’s return certainly brought those memories … flooding back.

What’s up with that?  It’s not like rain is something new to Dallas.  Sure, depending on whether your beliefs are fact- or fiction-based, climate change may be making rains heavier, but we’ve always had deluge-type rain (when we’re not in drought).

So why does this city flood like it’s never seen a drop of water? Why do we have to repeat, “turn around, don’t drown” and mean it when the water is coming up to the running board of the SUV? There are many reasons, some just mother nature, some brought on by neglect and — shocker — our city’s indifference to infrastructure.

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The Villas at Garrett Avenue

An artist rendering of a dining room/kitchen area in a townhome at The Villas at Garrett Avenue, a new David Weekley development located in Knox-Henderson. All renderings: David Weekley Homes

One of Dallas’ hottest neighborhoods is getting a new, upscale townhome development.

Houston-based David Weekley Homes is building The Villas at Garrett Avenue in Knox-Henderson, with 22 townhomes at built-out and three available floorplans. The first closing slated for August and prices will start at $399,000.

Knox-Henderson is a highly desirable part in Dallas, and for good reason. Situated on both sides of Central Expressway and only a few miles from downtown, getting where you want to go is a snap. The neighborhood has great walkability, with boutique shopping, home furnishing stores, loads of restaurants (including Kent Rathbun’s always amazing Abacus), relaxed bars, and other retail. Knox-Henderson is located right next to Highland Park and a short distance from Mockingbird Station, Northpark Mall, and White Rock Lake.

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Artist rendering of the Villas of Lake Highlands. Photo: David Weekley Homes

Artist rendering of Villas of Lake Highlands. All photos: David Weekley Homes

Houston-based David Weekley Homes is building their second community in East Dallas, with five houses ready for move-in this summer.

Villas of Lake Highlands will be a private gated community of detached, single-family houses near White Rock Lake at E. Northwest Highway and Plano Road. At build-out, the development will have 80 houses.

Prices start at $410,000 and the houses range in size from 2,308 to 2,904 square feet with five different floorplans. All will be built on 32-foot home sites.

Villas of Lake Highlands

 

HOA fees will be $1,450 per year, with a $300 capitalization fee at time of purchase. Community amenities will include include a dog park and swimming pool.

The area is zoned for Richardson ISD, with assigned schools Lake Highlands Elementary School, Lake Highlands Middle School, Lake Highlands Freshman Core, and Lake Highlands High School.

Here’s a quick look at the five houses available this summer.

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Dallas has built several new structures using public-private funding partnerships, but are we neglecting our infrastructure for more sexy expenditures?

Dallas has built several new structures using public-private funding partnerships, but are we neglecting our infrastructure for more sexy expenditures?

I went to to the same New Cities Summit that Economist blogger “A.B.” went to, but I had a much different takeaway. Maybe that’s because I live here, or because I’m jaded, or because I’ve seen how Dallas works, but I can’t do much more than give a slow nod to the blogger’s “Prime Time” post on the magazine’s Schumpeter blog.

You see, and I pretty much spelled it out in my post dissecting and recapping the “Dallas: A Case Study” panel from the first day of the summit. Here’s what A.B. gleaned from that session:

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