A New Kind of Residential Development in Dallas

J.Just a few blocks from the Belmont Hotel and Sylvan Thirty in West Dallas, a new single-family project took shape during the pandemic – an impressive collection of minimalist, single-story houses with concrete facades, carefully designed courtyards, and corrugated iron roofs surrounded by trees. And although plans for haciendas were in the works well before the reality of the pandemic, the wellness-centric development could spark a new trend in post-Covid construction.

The new housing estate comes from a team of sustainability-oriented hits. There is Lake | Flato, the architecture firm behind environmentally conscious gems such as the Hotel San José in Austin and several AIA-award-winning residences. Anyone who has spent time in the courtyards of the Dallas Museum of Art or downtown Forty Five Ten is familiar with Hocker’s mindful Dallas landscaping. The two companies have teamed up for Haciendas with local interior designer Kathryn Nelson and Oaxaca Interests, who are the same group behind the development of Oak Cliff’s Sylvan Thirty.

“We had the advantage of working together before and thought we should use the same creative process for building housing – something different from anything else in town,” said Brent Jackson, president and founder of Oaxaca Interests.

The single-story hacienda comes in three home types, the smallest of which (1,500 to 1,850 square feet) starts at $ 550,000.

After the first houses have been completed, it is clear that they have achieved their goal. Far from the single-family homes Dallas might expect, the haciendas look almost simplistic in their minimalism, but great thought has been put into every square foot.

Real VOC-free paints and Greenguard Gold certified tile consolidation materials were used in the construction. Ultraviolet light air purification systems and inexpensive materials have been implemented in all homes. Native plants were selected that could withstand both the unforgiving heat of Dallas and extreme moments of rain, while residents’ driveways are a mix of concrete and decomposed granite, the latter of which will long-term protect the Trinity River.

But it’s the focus on indoor and outdoor living that makes the haciendas even more desirable given our present moment. “Yes, two months of the year it is extremely warm, but the other ten months are a real treat to be able to sit outside in Dallas,” says Jackson. “This indoor and outdoor experience is not only important for mental health, but with Covid-19, having that space is important too.”

Perhaps the best confirmation that they are into something special comes from interested buyers. In addition to empty nests and young doctors who want to live near the Medical District, another category has emerged: young professionals who grew up in West Dallas and now want to return.

“This is encouraging to see and frankly exciting for us,” says Jackson. “It is said that someone who really knows the area loves what becomes of it.”

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