Plaza Retail Looking East Along State Street

Less than a decade ago, “transit-oriented development” was a buzzword you couldn’t escape. It was heralded by DART Rail boosters as a way to make mass transit and greater urban density more palatable and accessible. Since then we haven’t seen much in the way of successful transit-oriented development, as even Mockingbird Station — the project that was touted as a model for such building concepts — has had ups and downs.

But with more people moving to Dallas, and many of them coming from areas where mass transit is a way of life, not just a talking point, transit-oriented development is resurfacing, too.

In fact, a completely new development slated for a 186-acre tract adjacent to the Bush Turnpike DART Rail station and straddling Plano Road. Developer KDC has dubbed the project “CityLine” as it sits between both Richardson and Plano.

State Farm has already signed on to lease 1.5 million square feet inside its three office towers, which will total 2.3 million square feet in the project’s initial phase. There will be 92,000 square feet of retail as well as 3,925 multi-family housing units.

According to Walkable DFW’s Patrick Kennedy, the success of this development is as yet unclear, especially considering that this project “has changed hands several times already,” he said via Twitter. The big winner, according to him, will be downtown Plano.

You can read the buzzword-laden press release in full below. Do you think that this project is the kind of “new urbanism” that will make suburbs more sustainable?

KDC ANNOUNCES PROJECT NAME AND PLANS FOR INITIAL PHASE OF 186- ACRE TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT IN RICHARDSON, TEXAS 

Newly named “CityLine” development to feature hotel, retail, multi-family, fitness,

medical and office space 

RICHARDSON, Texas – (October 24, 2013)  – Developer KDC today announced plans for the initial phase of its transit-oriented development located on 186 acres in Richardson, Texas.  The company also announced the name of the development: CityLine. 

“The name CityLine was a natural choice as the development is on the border of two great cities: Richardson and Plano,” said KDC’s Walt Mountford.  “It’s adjacent to DART’s existing light rail station and is also surrounded by key highways and two major thoroughfares.  CityLine will be an instant city with a true urban environment.”

The $600 million, 2.3 million-square-foot initial phase of CityLine is slated for completion in early 2015.  It includes KDC’s property west of Plano Road and adjacent to the DART light rail station.  Project specifics include dense urban restaurant, retail and entertainment space; a contemporary 150-room select service hotel; 520 new urbanism multi-family residential units; an 18,000-square-foot wellness and fitness facility; a 41,000-square-foot medical office building; and a 3.5-acre park with trails, all woven within the recently announced 1.5 million square feet of office towers leased by State Farm. 

“CityLine has been a team sport, and KDC has been fortunate to work with great designers and development partners to create an outstanding place for the community,” said Steve Van Amburgh, KDC’s CEO.  “I can’t think of another development that, upon opening, will completely integrate over 1.5 million square feet of office with retail, restaurant, entertainment, multi-family, medical, fitness, and hospitality uses into an exciting experience for all who live in DFW.”

The focal point of the initial phase will be CityLine Plaza, a centrally located urban plaza designed by Office of James Burnett (OJB), the landscape architect of Dallas’ signature Klyde Warren Park.  Framing CityLine Plaza, fronting Plano Road, and located along State Street will be more than 92,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and entertainment space.  KDC has selected Dallas-based Retail Street Advisors to start pre-leasing and marketing.

“KDC and its design team have created a truly compelling urban environment that will attract a dynamic mix of dining and entertainment options,” said Aaron Stephenson of Retail Street Advisors.  “State Street and CityLine Plaza are oriented and scaled specifically for pedestrians to encourage sidewalk and patio activity and to promote community interaction and gathering throughout the day.”

Buildings that incorporate several uses are central to the CityLine master plan. Restaurant, retail and entertainment spaces are integrated into the base of the office towers, the multi-family residential, and the hotel, allowing CityLine Plaza and both sides of State Street to be surrounded by activity.  The master plan also focuses on creating a walkable, pedestrian-friendly environment, while providing easy access for vehicles and ample parking in the 7,700 spaces within CityLine parking garages.

In July, KDC broke ground on the project and announced State Farm will lease 1.5 million square feet in three office towers. The Class A office buildings consist of a 13-story tower, 15-story tower and 21-story tower.  Each tower is situated on a five-level parking structure along with ground floor retail space.

KDC acquired the land for the Richardson master-planned project in December 2012.  The project, adjacent to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s (DART) Bush Turnpike Station on its Red Line, will be a transit-oriented development on the east and west sides of Plano Road. The east side includes the 147.5 acres of land on the north side of Renner Road, between Plano Road and Wyndham Lane.  The west side includes 38.5 acres of land south of President George Bush Turnpike between Plano Road and the DART light rail tracks.  

At full build-out, the $1.5 billion CityLine project will contain approximately six million square feet of office space, two hotels, 3,925 multi-family residential units, 300,000 square feet of grocery, restaurant, entertainment and retail space, and three parks.

Corgan is the State Farm office architect and Omniplan is the CityLine retail architect and master planner.  Kimley-Horn is the civil engineer and OJB is the landscape architect.

2401 misty Haven poolI see the salt water pool behind this house and I GET ALL MISTY EYED! 2401 Misty Haven has more than 3500 square feet, four bedrooms, three baths, built in 1981 which was a very good year and the year my daughter was born. But the owners have taken this brick 1980’s contemporary on a third acre to a whole new level by pouring more than $250,000 in upgrades and improvements into her: contemporary landscaping, hardwoods & high quality speakers, new custom cabinetry in kitchen & baths, Viking appliances, Miele built-in coffeemaker, gorgeous rare granites, 16 seer HVAC, new ductwork, low E windows, R38 insulation, LED lighting thru out, commercial grade guttering, flagstone decking, a built-in grill, and a full putting green.2401 Misty Haven porch

But what you have to see is the back yard and salt-water resort-style swimming pool. I mean, let’s face it, almost everyone in Dallas with a home priced over $500,000 has a swimming pool. This one has been renovated & automated with 2011 equipment, with a gorgeous blue-tiled elevated wall and water feature plus spa. Oh if that isn’t enough, the home is on a greenbelt in Plano with fields and a pond nearby. I am ga-ga over the master bath in this home and love how it opens onto the patio and pool area, a feature usually seen in million dollar plus homes. The kitchen is not too shabby at all and kind of feel like this house is a poster child for what every 1980’s era home should and could be. It’s like if there were a beauty contest of 1980’s era homes, this home would be crowned Miss America.

2401 Misty Haven ext 2401 Misty Haven LR 2401 Misty Haven music 2401 Misty Haven LR1 2401 Misty Haven FR 2401 Misty Haven kitchen 2401 Misty Haven bfast 2401 Misty Haven master 2401 Misty Haven master bath 2 2401 Misty Haven master bath 2401 Misty Haven bath Now here’s the shocker. This house is priced at $599,000. I’m telling you, it’s enough to make Barbara Corcoran fly her NYC coop. You know what? If I worked in New York I’d buy this house and freaking commute — cheaper and totally worth it!2401 Misty Haven pool 2

Foxtail Front

You guys, if you’re looking for a place to settle with your young charges before the school year starts, your deadline is fast approaching. If you’ve been Googling, searching, pointing, and clicking and you still can’t decide, let me do the work for you. Over at LocalDwelling.com, these hard-working agents have found the balm for your home search in a lovely two-story family home in Plano.

Foxtail Entry

Foxtail Family Foxtail Kitchen

At 4005  Foxtail you’ll find a five-bedroom, three-bath house that is move-in ready. Located in the Preston Meadows subdivision right off of Coit Road, this home feeds into Plano ISD schools, including the high-rating Plano West High School. It’s more than 3,200 square feet and priced at $2,600 a month — a bargain if you were planning to send your kids to private campuses.

Pets are allowed, too, and the home comes with a refrigerator included. The backyard is a good size, with two two different patios and a great little lawn. The kitchen comes with great appliances, and the master suite is a great size for a little retreat.

Want to snag this great rental? Contact Alma Alden with LocalDwelling.com.

Foxtail Master Foxtail Master Bath Foxtail Patio Foxtail backyard

6508 Old Gate Front

Of course there’s no minimum bid in place for this gorgeous 14,000-square-foot mansion in Plano’s Kings Gate community. Originally purchased for $6.5 million, 6508 Old Gate Roadis an incredible property on more than two gorgeous acres could go for sky-high prices considering our brisk luxury market.

6508 Old Gate

 

It’s definitely a runner-up in my book to the three properties Candy featured in her CultureMap Dallas column on Gatsby-esque mansions Daisy Buchanan would die for. With five bedrooms and five and one half baths, this room is great for large families who want room to move around and plenty of privacy, too. This house has tons of fabulous wood and stone trim, and a backyard that is amazingly opulent. Perfect for a flap in the Roaring ’20s.

6508 old gate cellar

While it’s no Champ d’Or, this auction could fetch a pretty penny and some interesting buyer, I’m sure. How much do you think this Plano mansion will go for?

6508 Old Gate Front

Of course there’s no minimum bid in place for this gorgeous 14,000-square-foot mansion in Plano’s Kings Gate community. Originally purchased for $6.5 million, 6508 Old Gate Roadis an incredible property on more than two gorgeous acres could go for sky-high prices considering our brisk luxury market.

6508 Old Gate

 

It’s definitely a runner-up in my book to the three properties Candy featured in her CultureMap Dallas column on Gatsby-esque mansions Daisy Buchanan would die for. With five bedrooms and five and one half baths, this room is great for large families who want room to move around and plenty of privacy, too. This house has tons of fabulous wood and stone trim, and a backyard that is amazingly opulent. Perfect for a flap in the Roaring ’20s.

6508 old gate cellar

While it’s no Champ d’Or, this auction could fetch a pretty penny and some interesting buyer, I’m sure. How much do you think this Plano mansion will go for?

3513 Plymouth Front

So, if you want a fabulous home with great details in Plano, you really have to keep your eyes peeled. Sometimes all of the tract homes start to look exactly the same inside and out, and you might forget that you want a home that is both accessible and distinctive (that is what you want, right?).

3513 Plymouth Dining

And I think 3513 Plymouth Drive, a 1983 traditional priced at $269,900, hits the sweet spot. It has four bedrooms, three baths, a three-car garage, and a backyard that was built for entertaining. It’s marketed by Lori Ward of Keller Williams Realty.

3513 Plymouth Kitchen

This house has tons of great updates, including granite counters and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, which really complements the vaulted ceilings, making the kitchen feel a bit more spacious and let in a lot more light.

3513 Plymouth Den

Totaling 2,750 square feet, this house has plenty of room for a family. The den has tall ceilings, but you’ll want to see what your paintbrush can do to all of the wood paneling. Of course, you’ll never dream of taking a paintbrush to that gorgeous peek-through stone fireplace.

3513 Plymouth Master

There is a lot of wallpaper and brass in this home, but that’s the price of admission when you’re talking about a house built in the 1980s. I think, given the home’s location and its price, that upgrading the fixtures and putting little sweat equity in will pay off big time.

3513 Plymouth Master Bath

One place where you don’t have to do anything is the backyard. This house has a pool and spa, and it also has brand new Kool-Ply decking, perfect for the hot summer ahead!

3513 Plymouth Backyard

 

2044 Hawken Front

We know Plano is hot, thanks to top-selling Ebby Realtor Cindy O’Gorman. But what if you’re not quite ready to commit to a new home to the north? Well, you can always rent before you commit!

2044 Hawken Dining

If that sounds like a good idea to you, then check out this great two-story traditional at 2044 Hawken Drive in Plano. Located just south of Legacy Drive and east of Custer Road,  this home is close to shopping, parks, and great schools — three things Plano is known for.

2044 Hawken Living

This home is a total of 2,100 square feet with three bedrooms, two and a half baths, two living areas, and fresh paint. There’s an eat-in kitchen, two-car garage, plenty of windows, and hardwood floors.

2044 Hawken Kitchen

The master suite is downstairs and features a five-piece bath, as well as large closets. That’s perfect for a family just wanting to get the lay of the land. And it’s only $1,650 a month, which is a great rate and pretty comparable to what you’d pay per month for a similar home in this area.

Hawken Master Bath

Upstairs there are two more bedrooms and a bonus area, perfect for storing toys or even a home office.

2044 Hawken Bonus Room

Does this look like the home for you? Contact Jason Lucas at Local Dwelling.

Look at this! 6621 Muirfield Circle in Plano, only $690,000 for 4591 square feet on a one-half acre lot right on the Prestonwood Country Club golf course! Lewisville schools, two story atrium living area, granite floors, walls of glass overlooking the greens, custom kitchen — I’m not too crazy about that color of wood, are you? These are definitely tall ceilings, but the bedrooms do not look drafty or oversized, and there are four of them plus a library/study. The outdoor living area features a kitchen, waterfall, firepit, and oodles of views of that golf course. Plenty of room for a pool if you are so inclined. Built in 1997, which makes her what, 14 years old?