Floor plan three in the Long Lake development. Photo: Scott Hogg

A rendering of residential floorplan three in the Long Lake development. All renderings courtesy of Scott Hogg

All eyes are on the fiery hot North Texas real estate market, even from 7,000 miles away: A luxury new housing and commercial development in Corinth is underway, backed by an entrepreneur based in Beijing, China.

The Long Lake development is located about 34 miles from downtown Dallas, in Denton County. This 107-acre enclave will have 91 acres dedicated to 99 single-family homes, ranging from $1.1 million to $3 million and up. In its center is a 15-acre lake, and commercial development is planned for later phases.

The development is backed by Lelege USA, a corporation focused on real estate development and management in DFW. It is owned and chaired by entrepreneur Long Zhang, who also owns Lelege Group (Beijing Capital Group Investment, Ltd.), a multibillion-dollar corporation headquartered in Beijing. Lelege Group is a diversified investment firm with worldwide branches engaging in real estate, mining, wealth management, high-tech IC foundry, pharmaceuticals, and cultural art collections. It has total assets of over $3 billion under management and nearly $2 billion in services and management.

“There is a lot of Chinese investment money moving in the U.S. and [Zhang] has looked in the hot real estate markets,” said Scott Hogg, Vice President of Investor Advisory Services, Virginia Cook, Realtors. “He found this property in Corinth up on the lake and had a vision of developing something where they could invest in million-dollar residences in the U.S.”

A rendering of floorplan eight in the Long Lake development.

A rendering of residential floorplan eight in the Long Lake development

Phase one is underway, with 11 lots for sale. The two builders currently working on the development are Ron Davis Custom Homes and Bella Vida Custom Homes. The project is slated for completion in early 2018.

“They will break ground on the property as soon as we get the first lot sold,” said Hogg. “We are marketing these homes and we have clients looking at Ron Davis and Bella Vita model homes that can be built in Corinth. Lelege has their own in-house builder, as well, with a group of architects and house renditions, and all of those come from Tsinghua University.”

Houses in the gated community will be offered in three ranges. At the top, with lot prices of $1.02 million and home prices of $3 million and up, the houses will be 9,200 square feet and larger on 3.93-acre lots. In the mid-range, lot prices will be $385,000 with houses priced $1.5 million and up, with 6,500 square feet of interior space on a 0.71-acre lot. The low-end of the range offers $230,000 lots and $1.1 million homes with 5,500 or more square feet sitting on half an acre.

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Tim Jackson Custom Homes' Maison d'Etoile won first place in the "Best Architectural Design - Traditional" category.

Tim Jackson Custom Homes’ Maison d’Etoile won first place in the “Best Architectural Design – Traditional” category.

As we told you last week, the Dallas Builders Association each year honors the work of its members, some of North Texas’ top building and remodeling talent, with an Oscars-like celebration of glamorous dress and beverage. They put on the Ritz for the annual ARC Awards ceremony.

And of course, half of those winners are my CandysDirt Best Builders! All CandysDirt.com-approved home builders are curated from a select group of home builders. Click here to see what they told us about the top building trends for 2015.

There are 50 categories, and the judges are top builders and designers from way outside of Texas. Well, except for Oklahoma.

The celebration, held this year at The Westin Galleria, was a blast. Tim Lansford of Luxury Homes of Texas was the emcee, and teased the heck out of  Tom Greico of Greico Modern Homes, (“BOOOO!”)  But not moi — Tom is another CandysDirt.com fave.

Turns out Tim is not just a home builder, he has his own radio show!

As we mentioned, for the second year in a row, Classic Urban Homes snagged Custom Builder of the Year title. Not too far behind was my man Tim Jackson Custom Homes, also nominated for best, who snagged Best Architectural Design $1 to $2 million. One of his entries was a palace he built called Maison d’Etoile for former Cowboys linebacker Bradie James. Bradie and his wife, Star, slipped in and dined with Tim and Leslie Jackson and watched the show. Other home builders extraordinaire who needed U-Hauls for their prize booty besides the aforementioned: Alford Homes, Desco Fine Homes, Cresswell Builders, our very own JLD Custom Homes, LRO Residential, Bauhaus Custom Homes and of course, Greico Modern Homes.

Desco Fine Homes won the award for "Best 'Other' Room" with their stunning beauty salon.

Desco Fine Homes won the award for “Best ‘Other’ Room” with their stunning beauty salon.

Now a little inside dirt on the photo above: this was a remodel, in Preston Hollow, by Desco Fine Homes. Took two years to complete. The lady of the house wanted a home beauty salon — they are all the rage, by the way — so Desco fashioned one above her master bathroom. Can you imagine waltzing up the stairs to get blown out? I am loving this new trend, and mind you we will be posting more on it!

Here are all the winners in all categories… and the photos. Drool away…

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3615 Amherst Fountain back

Rarely do you see a home take such fantastic advantage of a unique lot in such a special way as this luxurious transitional design from Stocker Hoestry Montenegro Architects does. Built by CandysDirt.com Approved Builder Tatum Brown Custom Homes from the finest materials, this is a home that feels so seamlessly integrated into the land that there is no beginning or end, just a timeless, elegant design that hugs one of the most sought-after spots on Turtle Creek — Culture Gulch.

When you fall for a home like this — and once you see the interiors staged by Cindy Musgrove of Blu Sky Living, you will fall hard — you want to make sure your financing is bombproof. There’s no better person to call than Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans, as she’ll make sure you get the right loan to make closing a breeze.

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Photo courtesy Craig Ranch

Photo courtesy Craig Ranch

Developer David Craig was in the right place at the right time when he bought the first tracts of land for Craig Ranch 15 years ago, north of State Highway 121 in McKinney.

With northward expansion of the population and careful planning by Craig for the mixed-use development, the 2,200-acre planned community has been hugely successful, with 2,359 houses, more than 1,000 apartment homes, retail, and commercial space. It is one of the largest developments in Collin County and more than 9,000 people call Craig Ranch home; in January, it enters the final phases of residential build-out.

For Craig, that means plans to build a final 1,434 houses and more than 3,000 apartment homes over the next 28 months. Builders will be Ashton Woods Homes, Beazer Homes, Darling Homes, David Weekley Homes, Landon Homes, and Megatel, with houses ranging in price from $300,000 to more than $600,000. Craig’s partner in the development is VanTrust Real Estate.

“This final phase of residential construction in Craig Ranch is timed perfectly with the strong housing demand in the area,” David Craig, founder and developer of Craig Ranch, told GlobeSt.com. “We expect to have 20,000 residents when this next generation of homes is complete in about five years.” Jump to read more!

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Another exquisite project recently completed by Bauhaus Custom Homes. (Photo credit: Bauhaus Custom Homes)

Another exquisite project recently completed by Bauhaus Custom Homes. (Photo: Bauhaus Custom Homes)

German native and President of Bauhaus Custom Homes, Marc Kleinmann, moved to the United States in 1996. His father was a real estate developer so the industry has been in his blood for quite a while.

Kleinmann took a hiatus from the housing/real estate industry, working in advertising for the first few years after immigrating to the US. He slowly returned by flipping a few houses at a time and eventually building spec houses. In 2007, during the economic downturn, he started Bauhaus Custom Homes.

“Downturns are good for any industry. It forces people to rethink and retool how they do things; they learn to do them more efficiently,” says Kleinmann. “Building a house is a team sport,” he continues. Bauhaus started out small but as the economy improved, it has taken on more projects and more staff to collaborate on home building projects from start to finish.

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3721 Beverly Drive will be on this year's New Friends New Life Home Tour.

3721 Beverly Drive will be on this year’s New Friends New Life Home Tour.

Last year’s New Friends New Life home tour was a wash thanks to horrible weather, but if you bought tickets to last year’s tour, you’ll be happy to know that you can use them this year to see an all-new slate of gorgeous mansions in the Park Cities.

Brooke Kilburn is the chair of this year’s tour, the organization’s 15th, with Pat Schenkel as the honorary chair. The tour will feature 3831 Windsor Lane, 3432 Southwestern Blvd., 3721 Beverly Drive (pictured), and a home on the gorgeous, winding Lakeside Drive in Highland Park from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23.

We are extremely excited about this tour, not only because it’s a fantastic cause and because we were sad to miss last year’s tour, but because some of these homes were built and remodeled by the best in the business. You can’t pass that kind of opportunity up. Seriously, this tour will be like walking through Pinterest. Sublime!

You can purchase tickets at the door or at one of these 10 Tom Thumbs for just $25. It all goes to New Friends New Life, a nonprofit dedicated to helping women and children escape the sex trade.

Find out more about the home tour and New Friends New Life on their website.

This kitchen boasts a built in coffee maker (Photo Credit: Tatum Brown Custom Homes)

This kitchen boasts plenty of sleek built-ins. (Photo: Tatum Brown Custom Homes)

Would you ever consider using unique, fun colored cabinets in your kitchen? If you’re a trendsetter and a client of Tatum Brown Custom Homes, you might.

“People are getting away from doing the all-white kitchens,” says Mark Danuser, President of Tatum Brown. “They are actually starting to use a lot more fun colors, like shades of taupe, champagne and grey.”

People are willing to use more non-traditional decor and finishes than in previous years, and Danuser attributes this to social media and the popularity of home improvement shows. He says his clients can now visualize things they might not have otherwise been able to imagine themselves, and because they can see what these ideas actually look like, they are more willing to go for it in their own homes, he said.

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Michael Turner 2013

Sure, when a builder or architect wants to show off their skills, you can sometimes end up with a structure that is beautiful but not very practical. For Michael Turner and his firm, Classic Urban Homes, they stay true to their motto: “Building for the way people really live.”

You can see that in his work, which has won numerous awards. Find out more about Turner and his firm, a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder, after the jump!

CandysDirt.com: Where are you from?
Michael Turner: I grew up in Arlington.

CD: How did you get into custom home construction?
Turner: Started working for a builder in high school and it just stuck.

CD: What project are you most proud of?
Turner: The “Serenity House” at 6720 Greenwich, a 4,238-square-foot modern home that won 8 ARC awards including best overall architecture and interior design. Designed in collaboration with WARE Architecture Studio, it was featured in the 2013 Dallas Modern Home Tour.

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CD: Where is home for you in Dallas?
Turner: I live near the Midway/Forest area.

CD: What’s your favorite neighborhood in Dallas to build in and why?
Turner: Bluffview, because it is an eclectic neighborhood and lends itself to more variety and not cookie-cutter homes.

CD: What materials or shapes evoke your signature style?
Turner: Clean lines, linear design, functional, uncluttered, liveable. Our tag line is: “Building for the way people really live.”™

CD: What was your most challenging/memorable project?
Turner: 6720 Greenwich, because of the amount of glass in the design and the steel substructure that was required.

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CD: From concept to completion, what is the fastest you have completed a project?
Turner: Six months (Editor’s Note: WOW!!!)

CD: How many projects reached completion last year?
Turner: Six.

CD: What have you learned about building that makes you so successful?
Turner: Always be responsive, respectful, and be there to answer any questions from clients to subcontractors. Having a good team in place to make things run smoothly.

CD: If you ever change careers for an encore you’ll…
Turner: Work in the medical field since it is recession proof.