There has been a lot of buzz recently about the new developments that are going to be coming to Westlake in the very near future. I have had a number of people ask me about whats going on with the developments (there are two new developments). The two developments are called Granada and Westlake Entrada. The town of Westlake has posted a very informative PDF on its webpage which covers everything regarding these two new developments. The Granada development is described as:
“located at the northeast corner of Davis and Dove Roads and extends northward to the southeast corner of Solana Boulevard…Granada…is comprised of 84 lots for custom homes in the $1.2 million and above range. Granada will be a gated community with significant amenities, including extensive open space with privately maintained, but publicly accessible trails. These trails will be located outside the subdivision’s walls and will connect with the Town’s existing trail system. When Granada’s trails are completed, our residents will be able to walk, run, or cycle from Terra Bella to Westlake Academy.”
The report then goes on to describe the Westlake Entrada development in quite a bit of detail. To sum it up here, Westlake Entrada will be a mixed-use development, bringing both residential and commercial growth to the town of Westlake. It is very important to both the city and the developer that Entrada remains a true mixed-use development,
“In order to achieve a mixed-use type development, the owner requested, and was granted, zoning to add residential and entertainment uses to the zoning to which he was already entitled. As a total package, this is proposed as a mixed-use planned development that will blend a wide range of various uses including offices, governmental, retail, restaurants, business services, medical services, entertainment establishments, and conference center type meeting space with residential uses.”
I have a feeling that both of these developments will be incredibly successful, but if I had to choose between the two, I would go with Westlake Entrada hands down. The little developer inside me has loved the idea of creating/developing mixed-use developments not too dissimilar from Westlake Entrada ever since the huge amount of time spent in the library researching urban sprawl for my urban planning and policy/city administration courses at OU (BOOMER SOONER). Currently in the DFW Metroplex there are not very many mixed-use developments like this, which is a shame. I do believe that the trend is finally starting to move more towards mixed-use developments, as land becomes more scarce and more expensive, this is going to become the most viable option financially for developers, as well as the most economical for local governments and their tax base.
The entire development will follow a very strict set of rules and regulations in order to ensure the city and its residents that a certain style and design aesthetic will be created and maintained by all future residents or tenets. The plan for Westlake Entrada is to create something based on a European village with everything sharing a common architectural theme which has been adopted from the Spanish-Texan missions, essentially it will be Spanish themed architecture/style. When I think of a Spanish-Texas mission, my mind immediately (just like everyone else) thinks of the Alamo. But I am sure this is just one small example and there will actually be a much wider range of looks and styles so that the entire development does not end up being too homogenous and boring. However, until construction is well under way, there is no way of knowing for sure. Based on the developers prior work, I am sure it will come out beautifully in the end.
The current plan for Westlake Entrada calls for 322 residences which will sell VERY quickly. Not only are these going to be amazing homes located within one of the most premier communities in the entire DFW area, within walking distance of great shopping, dining, and entertainment, but they will also allow enrollment at one of the most highly sought after schools in the state.
I have included in this post a few things that I found to be the most interesting information I was able to glean from the report on the Westlake website. If you are looking for any additional information, or you are interested in what I left out, you can follow the link I have provided to a PDF version of the report. Or you can just head on over to the Westlake city webpage and explore it on your own.
And one more thing before I say goodbye, as I am sure everyone is wanting to know – When will these places be built, and when can we start building our new home in these communities? Giving a firm date for when developments will be ready is always tricky. There are so many different moving parts to a large project like this that things almost always get pushed back. Whether it is the bureaucratic red-tape, shortages of materials, workers going on strike, issues with financing, and on and on it goes…So now that you know this answer is most likely going to change, I feel comfortable telling everyone that based on the official report from the City of Westlake: Granada should be able to start selling lots and builders should be able to begin getting permits and starting construction sometime in 2014, Westlake Entrada on the other hand could be much sooner than Granada, assuming everything continues according to plan and there are no more delays, then there is a good chance we can expect a first phase sometime during the first quarter of 2014!
All you folks that have been waiting for a new opportunity in Westlake to present itself, here it is! Two opportunities, both of them coming pretty soon. If you want to guarantee yourself as one of the first homeowners in either one of these developments, I would tell you to start preparing now! Work on getting everything taken care of that you need to ensure your ability to buy a lot and build a new home. If you have to sell, start talking with a few different Realtor’s so you can have a good idea of what you can sell for, and how long it will take. At first it looks like the only opportunities are going to be for you to build a custom home. This takes time, on larger more expensive homes like the ones that will be built in these developments, you need to plan on the entire building process taking up to two years, and creating a plan on when to sell, where to live temporarily, etc…If any of my readers know that this is something they would like to do, or just want to discuss their available options, please give me a call or send me an email and I will help you in anyway possible.
Thanks for reading everyone, and take care!
LINK TO REPORT: http://tx-westlake.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/605
LINK TO CITY OF WESTLAKE: http://www.westlake-tx.org/