Jay Basantkumar was accompanying a friend who was house-hunting in October 2013, when he became intrigued.
“Holy cow!” he told his friend as they drove through Lakeside, “I didn’t know this kind of place existed.”
It didn’t seem to matter that Basantkumar and his family of four were happily situated in a 4,300-square-foot home in Trophy Club.
The landscape in Phase II of Lakeside’s single-family area looks familiar to Alan and Elizabeth Lineberger.
“When we first visited in January,” Alan said, “there wasn’t much out here except for the models and a few homes under construction. Just like Phase II looks now.”
The Linebergers were eager to return to Texas after a job promotion had taken the couple from Houston to San Diego.
“We love to walk around the neighborhood,” explained Roland Shepard of his strolls around Lakeside with wife Lynn, “but we usually don’t get very far before we start talking with neighbors.”
The Shepards’ painted yellow brick villa sits on Northwood just off Surrey and faces a triangular park that is nearly completely enclosed with new homes.
“It’s really looking like a neighborhood now,” said Shepard, who was the first homebuyer to sign a contract on a Darling villa at Lakeside in August 2013. “It’s come a long way in just a year.
The excitement over the single-family lots at Lakeside DFW continues to grow.
Together, the three home builders — American Legend, Darling, and Normandy — have sold 40 lots (as of the last week of January 2014).
That’s one-third of the 119 lots in Phase I. All of them sold prior to having a full complement of model homes open. (While the Normandy and American Legend models have been open for a month or more, Darling only expects to open their model home by the end of February).
The sales pace prompted lot developer JBGL Communities to move forward with Phase II, a 14.8-acre tract that will offer an additional 70 home sites. Completion of the lots is expected in the Fall of 2014.
Even though the Normandy Homes model home won’t be completely furnished until around Thanksgiving, Henry Morales has already sold a lot.
Some people know a good thing when they see it.
“My clients have spent 17 years in Carrollton and wanted a new home in a neighborhood with a community feel,” said June Ferbstein of Keller-Williams, referring to the empty-nesters who purchased the first Normandy lot.
The long-anticipated news has broken. Sales of lots at Lakeside have begun, starting with those for the 30-foot villas by Darling.
“Darling Homes has done a superb job of developing a new line of villa homes that embraces the Lakeside lifestyle,” said town planner Dan Quinto of Roaring Brook Development Corp.