Winter arrived in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex a few weeks early. Though the first day of winter technically isn’t until Saturday, December 21st, a nasty winter storm blew in this past Thursday. What a storm it was! The icy weather and freezing temperatures turned RED HAWK into a winter wonderland for several days. Just in time for Christmas!
Christmas lights and decorations were installed in RED HAWK a couple weeks ago, making our ice storm nights beautiful and oh so Christmasy. All that was missing was a sleigh ride and hot chocolate.
With winter arriving to the area, here are a few tips to keep your house safe and warm during our crazy winter moments:
- If you have a pool, make sure you keep it running throughout nights when the temperatures drop below freezing. This will prevent any exposed pipes from freezing as well as the pump itself.
- Detach all water hoses from the exterior of your house. Again, this protects your plumbing from freezing.
- Watering landscaping before a freezing night can prevent your plants from freezing…as long as temperatures are only supposed to be freezing at night.
- Change the rotation on your ceiling fans to clockwise. This will push the warm air on your ceiling and/or second floor down to the first floor, which will give your heater a little break.
- If you decide to travel during wintertime and a winter storm is expected, open the cabinet doors under your sinks. This will help keep your plumbing pipes warm during extreme or prolonged freezing temperatures. In addition, never turn your heater off when traveling during the winter. Just lower the temperature setting to the 50s to prevent it from running regularly.
- If you have a fire sprinkler system installed in your home, keep a careful eye on it during extreme freezing temperatures. Make sure your heater is left on when traveling and open closet and pantry doors to make sure the plumbing running above your ceiling stays warm. Fire sprinkler systems have a bad reputation for freezing and breaking pipes during especially cold spells.
Bundle up and stay warm during this winter weather. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year (maybe not for building but definitely for making memories with family)!
These days there are new types of housing popping up everywhere. Some are called zero-lot line homes. Some are patio homes. Some are garden homes. Then, of course, there are condos and townhomes. What’s the difference between them all? And, which one is being built in RED HAWK?
Let’s see if we can break down the basic differences:
CONDOS :: Condos are probably the least common type of property ownership in the Dallas area. They are typically reserved for the more urban areas of Dallas and Ft. Worth, and thereby encourage walking access to nearby restaurants, grocery stores, and retail stores. A condo owner buys only the interior living space of the condo; they do not own any portion of the land underneath the building. Benefits of owning a condo include low maintenance property (there are no weeds to pull), access to resort-like amenities like fitness clubs and swimming pools, and an increased feeling of safety. Negatives are high association fees required each month and a condo owner’s limited ability to make decisions regarding the entire building (after all, the condo owner is just one of many that get to vote for building decisions).
ZERO-LOT LINE HOMES :: Zero-lot line is a term that encompasses several types of housing. This term is being used with greater regularity these days but its meaning can vary quite a bit. In its most basic form, a zero-lot line home is any home that is built at (or very close to) the property line. Townhomes, patio homes, and garden homes are all considered zero-lot line homes. At the same time, a larger-sized single family home can also qualify as a zero-lot line home if it is built along the property line. Zero-lot line homes provide for little to no yard, which reduces the overall maintenance of the property.
TOWNHOMES :: Townhomes are typically clusters of attached homes. In the Dallas area, there are often 3-5 townhomes attached to create one larger building. Townhomes usually have 2 or 3 stories and sometimes include a small private backyard. Advantages of townhomes include low maintenance, small yards, and HOA-managed common areas within the community (which sometimes includes a pool, fitness center, or walking trails). Disadvantages are shared walls between homes (think noisy neighbors and lack of privacy), often they are multistory, and resale value is sometimes an issue.
PATIO/GARDEN HOMES :: The terms “patio home” and “garden home” can typically be used interchangeably. These are zero-lot line homes that are detached. These homes have private yards, sometimes at the rear of the home and sometimes at the side of the home. These are the types of homes being built in RED HAWK. Because these are zero-lot line homes, there is very little space separating two homes. In RED HAWK, there is approximately ten feet between homes. The outside wall of one home also serves as the “fence” for its neighbor.
Patio homes provide a unique home experience for buyers. They are smaller homes on smaller lots, which allows for true home ownership (as opposed to a condo) but with a low-maintenance lifestyle. At the same time, they are detached homes which provides increased privacy that townhomes and condos can’t offer. Patio homes can be single or multi-story homes, making them flexible to meet the owner’s needs. And, in RED HAWK, our patio homes are part of an HOA, which provides services to further encourage a low maintenance lifestyle.
Condos, townhomes, zero-lot line homes, garden homes and patio homes are just some of the housing options available to empty nesters and those looking to downsize. Hopefully this clears up some of the confusion and helps you determine the best type of housing for your needs.
It’s a good time to buy a house — a really good time to buy. Bloomberg released an article last week (click here to read the full article) describing the building boom in Texas. It’s bigger than anticipated.
So, what does a big housing boom mean and how does it affect you, the home buyer?
1. A big housing boom is great for the Texas economy. The housing boom has been brought on by an ever-expanding population and continued increases in employment, much of which is due to relocating businesses. Texas is a great place to be economically-speaking.
2. A housing boom causes a reduction in the supply side of housing. Bloomberg reports that in the Dallas area there is a 2.8-month supply of inventory houses, which is about half of equilibrium between sellers and buyers.
3. Home prices are on the increase. According to Bloomberg, “existing-home prices in Dallas and Houston are rising faster than at any time since the oil boom of the 1980s.” This is great for current home owners looking to sell. It is also a big incentive for those looking to buy a new home; now is the time to buy before prices increase further.
4. Mortgage interest rates have increased in recent months to help balance out the supply-demand issue in Texas housing. Rather than slow down the buying side, buyers have picked up the pace thinking they need to buy now before interest rates rise again.
The bottomline is that now is the time to buy. With an increased demand for housing and mortgage rates on the rise, this is a great time to upgrade the quality of your home. You will likely be able to sell your existing home quickly and you will save for years to come with interest rates in the 4% range, all while improving the quality of your life with a new home.
Come see RED HAWK. Lots are going quickly, but we still have several options for you!
Holmes Builders has opened its RED HAWK model home! This spectacular home features 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, online Professional Kitchen, Great Room, Study and spacious Laundry Room — all in 3100 SF.
The Holmes model has a Country French theme. Stone, stucco and an authentic green-grey slate roof have been designed to whisk you away to the Mediterranean. The Courtyard is the centerpiece of the home. The Great Room, Kitchen, Master Suite and Casita enjoy excellent views of the Courtyard’s lush landscaping and peaceful fountain.
Coupled with the stunning exterior is a unique floor plan. Upon opening the front door of this model home, one enters the Courtyard. To the right is the Casita, a detached bed and bath house — ideal for longterm guests, an older child or even an exercise room. To the left is the main house, which features two bedrooms, two baths and an open floor plan. The covered Veranda and fireplace complete the Courtyard.
Holmes Builders has a reputation for building unique luxury homes. Their new model home is no exception! Exceptional design details can be found in each room – hand-hewn beams in the Great Room, a steel hood at the Kitchen, and knotty white oak cabinetry in the Master Bath. Every element of this home is well-thought and eye-catching.
The Holmes Builders model home is fully-furnished and open daily for public viewing. It is located in RED HAWK at 122 Blackburn Drive. Come see this Holmes masterpiece.
As native oaks and cedar elm bud with bright green branches, RED HAWK, a new in-town residential community takes shape. The trees and Spring season seem to welcome the completion of Coppell’s newest neighborhood. Streets are now completed along with an impressive stacked stone wall that gracefully winds its way around the development. The development sign announcing RED HAWK also was erected recently. Exclusive builders, Holmes Builders and Cambridge Homes, have put the final touches on their model home designs and construction will begin soon. However, there are already twelve lots reserved by anxious home buyers. With this much activity, homes will move quickly. Interested home buyers are encouraged to contact the builders as soon as possible for their select lot. Landscaping is set to begin shortly around the wall and perimeter of the new community.
This exciting concept in patio living is a first for the area. Residents will have walkable access to a variety of city parks and retail centers. There is even a local Starbuck’s located within walking distance. Builders promise a variety of home styles inspired by celebrated international flavor but with the latest conveniences and detail. These homes feature stunning patio yards and attractive outside living areas. It is sure to become one of the most preferred neighborhoods within the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex.
Watch for more NEWS soon!
The long anticipated RED HAWK quickly nears completion with several lots already reserved by anxious new home buyers. Coppell’s newest neighborhood is actually a first for the city. RED HAWK is a distinctive in-town community with patio home residences within a stylish location. Streets are now completed along with a gorgeous stone wall that surrounds RED HAWK. Within the next few weeks, exclusive builders, Holmes Builders and Cambridge Homes begin construction on new home models as well as new residences for several buyers. Model homes will be available for tours beginning in July and August. However, interested home buyers are encouraged to contact the builders as soon as possible. Landscaping is set to begin shortly throughout the new community.
The City of Coppell is excited over this new concept in living. For the first time in the city’s history, residents will live in an urban-style neighborhood with walkable convenience to parks, retailers, coffee shops and farmer’s market. Residents will enjoy provided front lawn care and a wide variety of home styles and custom interiors. Each home features dynamic patio yards and attractive outside living areas. Prospective residents seeking convenience, attractive homes, easy care, innovation and unlimited options, are recommended to contact the builders to discuss the possibilities.