When I first met Bob Hoebeke of Hoebeke Builders, Inc.  and he explained what he planned to do in his new Farmer’s Branch development, I said, “Bob, you are re-creating Seaside in North Texas without the Beach!”

Little did I know, Seaside and Watercolor are exactly what he had in mind, only for North Texas.

Seaside and WaterColor are two coveted vacation home communities on Florida’s Gulf Coast that are hugely popular with Texans. Seaside, the original, is a poster child, master-planned community along Highway 30-A in the Florida panhandle, a 28.5 mile corridor that hugs the Gulf of Mexico coastline in Northwest Florida’s Walton County. The area takes you back in time to the days when Florida was just a sleepy sand and water state. Here is where the cottages of Seaside were born, planting a standard-setting imprint upon New Urbanism. Consumers snatched up beachy homes and white picket fences, but also completely walkable communities where cars were parked, locked (didn’t have to be) and families could walk to everything.

Beach towns were the first inspiration for strolling urbanism, because what do you do most at the beach? Walk!

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There are many reasons why Hoebeke Properties LLC selected Branch Crossing in Farmers Branch to develop Hoebeke’s homestead plus four additional development lots, but proximity to community amenities was chief among them! 

“Start with an old estate on a beautiful creek surrounded by Farmers Branch’s Historical Park, add a bird sanctuary, rose gardens, a four-acre park complete with interactive children’s playground, and million dollar homes right down the street, bingo,” says Bob Hoebeke, “that’s Branch Crossing.”

Branch Crossing in Farmers Branch is the hottest neighborhood of this sleepy community that borders Dallas just north of LBJ/635 off Marsh Lane. It comprises a pocket of post World War II homes that are quickly changing hands, many torn down outright, thanks to the City’s incredible builder/developer economic incentives. Yes, while other municipalities underwrite businesses, Farmers Branch underwrites homeowners — stay tuned!

Homes in the area have enjoyed the rising tide of real estate values across DFW and are now touching the $900,000 mark, for many reasons.

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