Archive for November, 2011

Announcing The Arbor at Lawler Park in Frisco

Posted by    |    November 28th, 2011 at 11:27 pm

The Arbor Lawler Park Entrance Richwoods in Frisco is and will be the most sought after community to date in North Dallas, but across the street from the North entry gate of Richwoods, an ultra luxurious community called The Arbor at Lawler Park is moving dirt.

The northern portion of the 800 plus acres owned by Roger Lawler will be a dual product community with Estate homes and smaller garden-style homes. This is ideal for this location.
The Arbor at Lawler Park will be 3 phases for a total of 145 lots. These lots will be around 65 feet wide by 120 feet deep. The builders will be Darling Homes and Highland Homes. The Arbor section will be closer to Coit.

At the Eastern side of the Arbors plans are for a beautiful amenity center with pool and splash park.

I am very familiar with both builders and from my experience the product that they will build will range from 2,000 to 4,000 square feet. Also with the prices of finished lots in Frisco being extremely high, I am guessing the pricing will start in the $300′s and go as high as $550 depending on upgrades.

It will be a great compliment to Richwoods with a little different style of privacy due to the number of homes and layout of the community.
Regardless, living in The Arbor at Lawler Park will be one amazing lifestyle!

-Brad Holden is a Real Estate Expert in Frisco for Holden New Homes focusing primarily on Richwoods, Austin Ridge, The Arbor at Lawler Park, The Crossing at Arbor Park and Craig Ranch. Brad also has a Real Estate Channel on YouPlusDallas where both New Homes and Communities are featured.

Direct: (469) 733-2723                 E-Mail: b@holdennewhomes.com

When Asked Where They’d Like to Live, Many Americans Said: “Dallas.”

Posted by    |    November 24th, 2011 at 5:15 am

According to the latest Harris Interactive poll, when asked, “If you could live in or near any city in the country except the one you live in or nearest to now, which city would you choose?” a whole bunch of folks responded: “Dallas.”

Matter of fact, after not even making the list of Top 15 would-be destination cities last year, we’re all the way up to No. 4 on the list — behind only New York City, San Diego and Seattle.

Read more at the Dallas Observer.

Voters come out in favor of smart growth measures

Posted by    |    November 24th, 2011 at 5:15 am

In this month’s elections, voters across the country proved once again that measures like transit, infrastructure, and downtown redevelopment have strong support across the board.

This was certainly true in Durham County, N.C. which approved a half-cent sale tax increase to improve bus services and support future commuter and light rail projects. Gov. Parris Glendening, President of Smart Growth America’s Leadership Institute, recently spoke in Durham in support of the measure, which passed 60%-40%.

Durham’s not alone – dozens of towns and cities also voted to support smart growth strategies. Read the rest of the article at Smart Growth America to see how other measures fared in the elections.

Temporary uses can enliven city neighborhoods

Posted by    |    November 24th, 2011 at 5:15 am

Imagine you have a long-vacant storefront or empty lot in your neighborhood. What if, just for a few months, it could become a plant nursery, a food garden, a beer garden, a sculpture garden, a playground, a clothing boutique or a tiny movie theater?

These small, temporary projects have the ability to revitalize vacant spaces, enliven neighborhoods, and provide small entrepreneurs a way test out their ideas with relatively small capital investments. This is what’s called “temporary urbanism” and shows how we can put vacant space back into productive use, even if only temporarily.

Last weekend the National Building Museum held a panel discussion on temporary urbanism around the world. Office of Planning Director Harriet Tregoning and DC Councilmember Tommy Wells discussed what DC can do.

One theme became clear: our regulatory structure and business practices are very good at accommodating permanent enterprises, but when it comes to temporary uses, we apply the same licensing burdens, lease agreements, and review processes that are unsuitable for projects that may only last 4 weeks.

Read more at Greater Greater Washington

ULI’s Tom Toomey on Important Changes to Real Estate

Posted by    |    November 24th, 2011 at 5:15 am



Why cities should dismantle highways

Posted by    |    November 24th, 2011 at 5:15 am

Cities across the United States are struggling with a common problem.

No, not the economy. (Although that’s a good guess.)

It’s the car.

In the last 50 years, American cities have embraced the private car with abandon, constructing highways and byways that encircled them, divided them and changed their very nature forever.

Make no mistake; the car and the infrastructure to support it has been tremendously helpful. It is impossible to think of driving through a town as dense as New York or as sprawling as Los Angeles without multi-lane express roads. You’d have to clear your schedule for the day just to make it from one end to the other.

But it’s the “with abandon” part that’s the problem. Cars are part of the solution, yes, but they are not the only solution. And that’s precisely the challenge city officials face today as they attempt to develop vibrant cities in the face of generations-old car culture, according to Next American City editor at large Diana Lind.

Of course, one example –

  • Dallas, where the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park mitigates a major freeway dividing the city’s downtown and uptown districts.

Read more at SmartPlanet

DFW Commercial Real Estate Trends: The Next 20 Years

Posted by    |    November 22nd, 2011 at 5:15 am

The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century, a book by futurist George Friedman, was the inspiration behind the topic of a recent panel discussion hosted by BlackAcre48, a commercial real estate networking group serving all DFW ClubCorp Properties. Moderated by Dan Anderson, director of business development for ICI Construction, the panel included Susan Arledge, president and CEO of Arledge Partners; Frank Bliss, president of Cooper and Stebbins; Jason Cherry, executive vice president of Dalcan Cos., Rick Medinis, principal and executive vice president of NAI Robert Lynn, and Ricky Novak, CEO of 1031 Exchange Advisors.

Read more at DRealPoints

Dallas area sports teams are major economic draw

Posted by    |    November 22nd, 2011 at 5:15 am

When Donnie Nelson unveiled the Dallas Mavericks    Dallas Mavericks Latest from The Business Journals Mark Cuban to release .99 e-book about businessBiggest losers in NBA lockout are FedExForum employeesDallas Stars may gain from NBA’s problems Follow this company ‘ NBA Championship trophy, there was a bit of a gasp in the ballroom at the Belo Mansion on Tuesday.

But to the general manager and president of basketball operations of the Mavs, the trophy represents more than a win — it represents economic growth in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

Read more at the Dallas Business Journal

DFW ranks 4th nationally in number of large businesses

Posted by    |    November 22nd, 2011 at 5:15 am

When it comes to business in the Dallas-Fort Worth, you can have it small, medium or large.

Last week we reported that DFW ranked seventh nationally in the number of small businesses. When it comes to large businesses, DFW scores even higher.

According to an analysis by On Numbers of U.S. Census Bureau data from 2009, the latest year available, Dallas-Fort Worth ranks fourth in the number of large businesses with 464 companies that have more than 500 workers.

Read more at the Dallas Business Journal

Texans Rate Immigration Top State Concern, Economy Top U.S. Problem

Posted by    |    November 22nd, 2011 at 5:15 am

Many Texans believe the biggest issues facing the country are different than those facing Texas. That’s the result of a statewide poll conducted by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune. KERA’s Shelley Kofler takes a look.

Texas voters identified the economy and unemployment as the most important problems facing the country, but said in Texas immigration is the biggest concern.

That comes as Governor Rick Perry’s presidential campaign has attracted scrutiny of immigration and border policies in Texas.

Read more at KERA.com