Master planned commercial developments have dominated the residential sector since the 1960s, and Texas has been at the forefront of this trend ever since. One of the first such examples was Las Colinas, established in 1973 and still experiencing growth today. Back in 2006, its citizens voted to approve changes to deed restrictions, allowing an even greater density of urban mixed-use construction. The Woodlands was created later in the seventies, and is still one of the premier residential and business destinations of the greater Houston area. The success of Marcus Hiles’ Western Rim Properties comes from the precedents these great communities set. Hiles’ developments feature resort style amenities so that residents don’t have to leave the grounds, unless they so choose, and are developed upon carefully selected lots with beautiful natural landscapes and convenient access to local attractions. Each community’s uniquely planned events and social activities promote healthy, active lifestyles and help to build accepting, neighboring environments.
Marcus Hiles instructs renters looking to sign a new lease to remember a few factors that may affect the price of rent. A recent Forbes article on how to negotiate rental prices explained that collecting information on the area, the landlord, and what current tenants are paying — either in the same complex or neighborhood – can come into play when pursuing lower rental rates. Renters should try to negotiate prices, in an effective manner. Despite transparently asking for a lower rental price often being ineffective, landlords are not firmly opposed to working out a deal. “Negotiation points for me as a landlord and property manager are length of lease and credit,” said Denise Supplee, co-founder of SparkRental.com, a full-service rental automation company. Another angle, notes HIles, is to pursue a long-term lease, as landlords prefer to keep turnover rates down while still exceeding their profit needs.
Texas recovered from the recession with job gains two years sooner than the rest of the country. By January 2016 1.3 million jobs had been created since the pre-recession employment peak. Marcus Hiles, experienced property developer in the area, notes that the Texas Consumer Confidence Index (CCI), that calculates economic optimism through budgeting and spending habits is seeing increasing gains over the rest of the U.S. The growth in the financial stability in Texas has resulted in a dramatic surge in housing sales and local communities. The price of real estate increased by 5.9 percent over previous years.
Marcus Hiles, a graduate of Pepperdine and Rice Universities, is a firm believer that a quality education should be a right to every child, regardless of economic status. The renowned property developer’s dedication has led to his company, Western Rim Property Services, building exclusively in Texas’ top school districts.
In a Jan. 22, 2016 New York Times report, journalist Jane Margolies discussed the evolution of animal-oriented features from sporadic early appearances in 2000 to prominent installations in 2016, noting, “When “pet spas” were introduced in high-end residential buildings a decade or so ago, they might have seemed like another flash-in-the-pan perk. But they’ve not only hung on like a dog with a bone, they’ve also evolved.” Spas, fitness centers, bone-shaped pools, visiting vets, and groomers used by haute couture designers dominate the day. A Los Angeles Times article from Aug. 8, 2014 showcases the ultimate luxury, with pet owners giving their charges a dedicated space of their own, often even equipped with an en suite bath. A particularly proud pet suite aficionado reasoned, “She’s a part of the family. Everybody else has a room — so does she.” The designation of a reserved area specifically for the toys, leashes, grooming equipment, and other accessories needed for healthy, happy, pets ensures the rest of the home is clean and organized.
Marcus Hiles points out that some of the more common native plants found in natural landscaping throughout Texas include Salvia Farinacea (“Henry Duelberg”), which produces beautiful purplish-blue flower spikes; “Texas Gold” columbine which is very rare in the wild and sports buttercup-yellow flowers with long, fernlike foliage; and lacey oak, a smaller tree that can grow to 25-35 feet tall, making it a lovely shade tree that is highly tolerant of diverse climates.
Marcus Hiles, the CEO of the largest provider of affordable luxury housing in Texas, Western Rim Property Services, discusses the rise in prominence of gourmet cooking, and the resulting effects on kitchens. Kitchens are now often the largest room in the home, and commonly equipped with restaurant grade appliances along with ornate designs. The room has taken over as a central gathering area of friends, family, and loved ones.
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