We have been drooling over the Lawn at Glen Abbey now for about a year, long enough for the good folks at Hawkins-Welwood to finish up another astonishingly gorgeous home for us to consider as the perfect “downsizer” specimen. Bonus brownie points: it’s 4099 square feet of luxury living. The master and study are on the first floor, giving you a second bedroom option, with two bedrooms and a game room up. 

This home is located towards the rear of the leafy community, and backs up to a large green-way. That’s right, you will have the perception of a golf-course-size lawn without one bit of the upkeep.  (The actual lot for this home is 45 by 127.)

What do most downsizing baby Boomers want in a home? John Hawkins would know: a focus on first floor living and all the amenities they are used to in the larger estates they are shedding. Just not the yard, exterior maintenance, and please, not too much house.


I have always been a fan of Glen Abbey, that gated, pristine collection of luxury estates developed on what was once the secluded ranch home of Clint Murchison Sr., a famed Texas oil magnate and philanthropist. Cowboys connection: Clint Murchison was the father of Dallas Cowboys co-founder Clint Murchison Jr. Glen Abbey was created on the land sold to former Dallas Mayor Robert Folsom by Lupe Murchison, widow of John Murchison, Clint Jr.’s brother and co-founder of the Dallas Cowboys. Originally 100 luxury lots, Hawkins-Welwood Homes built 60 of the 100 amazing homes there. 

That land, once part of the famed Murchison ranch, is now Glen Abbey. And Glen Abbey has a sister property right next door,  that retains all the luxury of those magnificent mansion spreads, but offer far more manageable home ownership options.

It’s called The Lawn at Glen Abbey. The Lawn at Glen Abbey began construction of homes in 2016. It may very well be my next forever home.