Sustainable urban living in Dallas is available now just minutes from downtown. Experience environmentally friendly, modern homes in a Dallas community devoted to minimizing urban environmental impact.
Frank Lloyd Wright was the first to design a contemporary home built in the midst of a nature sanctuary. That was a long time ago. Today in Dallas, contemporary design is once again paying homage to virgin land, with new twists.
At Urban Reserve, 50 modernist homes by award-winning architects are to be situated on 13 acres of rolling, wooded land. Here, the sustainable urban homes are energy efficient with low impact on the environment, and the land is self-sustainable. Noted builder Diane Cheatham of Urban Edge Developers is the driving force and final arbiter behind this planned urban Dallas community.
David Nichols and Travis Mathews, both with the Mathews Nichols Group, are representing these modern Dallas properties. Mr. Nichols answers questions about the project, where seven collection homes are available priced from $669,000 to $1,349,000 and additional, varying-sized lots range from $150,000 to $384,700.
Q: First, talk about the site chosen for Urban Reserve.
A: Diane Cheatham, the cutting-edge Dallas builder, looked long and hard before finding previously undeveloped land, private yet convenient to urban living. The selected site is a greenbelt facing White Rock Creek and directly accessing the creek's trail. It is south of Forest Lane, just four miles north of White Rock Lake, and close to North Central Expressway, Dallas Area Rapid Transit light-rail, Greenville Avenue, Presbyterian Hospital and Medical City.
Q: These modernist homes are all to be architecturally significant. Please talk about the architects.
A: The project to promote sustainable urban living in Dallas is a special one, and the architects are all among the top environmental designers out there. First, each of six award-winning architects has designed a collection home that is to be sited on a pre-chosen lot. The architects are Russell Buchanan, Max Levy, Hanrahan Meyers, Dan Shipley, Vince Snyder and Kieran Timberlake, who designed two.
There is a select group of preferred architects from which homeowners can choose for houses on the remaining lots. In addition to those mentioned, they include, among others, Birnbaum Magadini, Gary Cunningham, Lionel Morrison, Frank Welch and Ron Wommack.
Q: Urban Reserve is sustainable and low-impact. What does that mean?
A: The community is self-sustainable because rainwater is harvested and stored in ponds to provide an irrigation system. And the actual process of building these homes will have a low impact on the environment. Most urban living in Dallas is confined to lofts and highrise buildings, but this model creates a Dallas community that is essentially a neighborhood of homes that all have relatively low footprints in terms of environmental impact. This gives families a strong option for sustainable living in a safe and open setting.
Q: There is a strong focus on nature in this development – discuss the landscaping throughout.
A: The project's homeowners association will maintain – with care – the front landscaping of each home. Common areas include two green spaces, ponds with lily pads and plantings of native Texas trees. This Dallas community marks a new venture for urban living in Dallas.
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