Frisco Real Estate | Grand Park
Grand Park and the Canals at Grand Park
Anybody looking for homes for sale in Frisco, TX will undoubtably come across three developments of note — The Canals at Grand Park, Grand Park, and Park West (Frisco Parks and Rec Master Plan). What makes these worth considering over other Frisco real estate options?
The temptation is to say “planning,” but there are many master planned communities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to choose from. A better choice is “diversity.” Not economic or ethnic diversity. This is more “diversity of thought” that separates The Canals at Grand Park, Grand Park, and Park West from other developments and gives families looking for new homes in Frisco or evaluating Frisco real estate differentiating options to consider.
The Canals at Grand Park, Park West, and Grand Park are all in various stages of development, with Grand Park having been delayed while Frisco received a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit for Stewart Creek.
Grand Park is a future 350-acre centerpiece park with a festival green area, a children’s play area, and a retail and office component west of the lake.
The Canals at Grand Park
The Canals at Grand Park is a 152-acre diverse development with 16.2 acres of open space. Part of its diversity includes the type of housing included in the development. Of the 1,974 units total there are:
• Manor homes: 43 (from the $550s, 2,500 - 4,800 Sq. Ft., builder: Drees Homes)
• Estate homes: 73 (from the $600’s, 4,000 - 5,500+ Sq. Ft., builder: Southgate Homes)
• Town homes: 235 (from the $300s, 1,700-2,500 Sq. Ft., builder: CB Jeni Homes)
• Flats (see below): 949
• Village homes (see below): 84
• Senior living (see below): 495
Park West is 34 acres with 435 units total, including 115 single-family homes and 320 apartment units. The development also includes restaurant space with patios backing to a large water feet — about 30,000 square feet.
Together, the projects are designed around open space and water features and are attractive to families searching for new homes in Frisco, TX or contemplating Frisco real estate because of the diversity of housing types: multifamily apartments, flats, town homes, small and large single-family homes, and senior living.
During the planning phase, developers came up with the idea of incorporating housing for multiple generations in one development, which they believed was lacking in Frisco.
Larger homes on larger lots are aimed at families, while smaller town homes may appeal to empty nesters, young adults without children, and seniors.
The senior living component, Watermere at Frisco, is attractive to families searching homes for sale in Frisco, TX and examining Frisco real estate options because a multigenerational community makes it much easier to keep relatives close by, if needed.
In essence, no matter what stages of life a family finds itself in, there is a diversity of housing options to choose from in a single, planned community that’s integrated with appropriately-designed amenities.
Diversity also means a dizzying array of architectural styles. The Canals at Grand Park is not intended to look “cookie cutter,” which is often the case of many new home developments in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Families looking for homes for sale in Frisco, TX and sizing up Frisco real estate options can choose from:
• Victorian Revival: influenced by the Gothic Revival, Folk Victorian, Stick and Queen Anne Victorian homes in the Texas Hill Country; features steeply pitched roofs, elegant gables and wrap-around porches with ornamental railings.
• European Romantic: begins with Medieval Renaissance architecture and a bit of Tudor styling (16th and 17th centuries); features steeply pitched gables, arched doorways, intricate patterns of brick and stone, and multi-paned windows.
• French Eclectic: is just that — a home with a fanciful French accent, including symmetrical and asymmetrical forms, steeply sloped hipped roofs, flared eaves, multi-paned windows, and Juliette “balconettes.”
• Classical Revival: is a study of Classical Greek and Roman structures with elegant columns, pediments, symmetry, proportion and composition and represent simplicity, dignity, monumentality and purity of design.
• Craftsman: early 20th Century homes from the arts and crafts movement that celebrate clean lines, natural materials, balanced composition and inviting front porches.
• Prairie Style: uniquely American architectural style (think Frank Lloyd Wright) with strong horizontal lines, low-pitched roofs, wide overhanging eaves and open and airy floor plans.
• Texana Farmhouse: blends the simplicity of Folk Victorian and the sensibility of east Texas and Louisiana vernacular home; features steeply pitched gables, Texas limestone and clean lines.
• Mediterranean: reflects the relaxed lifestyle found in villas along the coasts of Italy, Spain, and France, with red tiled roofs, courtyards, archways, columns and large great rooms.
• Gulf Coastal: is a mix of cultural influences, including Spanish, French, Dutch and Caribbean with gables, shutters, spacious open floor plans and porches.
• Modern: has elements of modernist 1900s architecture and a splash of 21st century smart design with clean lines, open concepts and simple design.
• Ecodwell: utilize natural materials, glass elements and design to bring nature into the home with expansive views, environmentally responsive building, open floor plans, and sustainable and green features that elevate the modern approach.
The developments also offer a variety of town homes and flats for the true urban living experience, which is increasingly popular among young professionals looking at new homes in Frisco, TX or checking into Frisco’s varied real estate options.
The Kathryn offers studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and town home floor plans, including vaulted ceilings, modern lighting and comfortable up-to-date layouts. Select the space that fits one’s lifestyle.
Features that may be attractive to young professionals and small families looking at homes for sale in Frisco, TX and evaluating Frisco real estate include an overwhelming sense of community throughout the development. Community and entertainment features and amenities include:
• Relaxing library
• Communal coffee bar and lounge
• Conference Room
• Bike and pedestrian friendly community
• Electric car charging stations
• Access to Founders Hall community center
• Dine-in gourmet islands
Frisco, being the vibrant up-and-coming city it is, is attracting not only families from all over Texas and the U.S. but also phenomenal development beginning in the early 2000s (Frisco schools, Frisco Superdrome, Frisco Sports Complex, Dr Pepper Ballpark, Dr Pepper StarCenter, Toyota Stadium, Stonebriar Centre) to today’s $5 Billion Mile mega developments (The Star in Frisco, The Gate, Wade Park, and Frisco Station).
With development comes people looking to buy new homes in Frisco, TX or evaluating Frisco real estate options to see what works best for their families, which increasingly includes not just mom and dad and the kids but also an aging relative or two.
This is where The Watermere at Frisco Retirement Living comes into play. The Watermere allows families to pursue senior living on their terms — mom and dad and the kids live in a major or estate home, grandma and grandpa live in a senior community that offers everything from social opportunities to specialized assisted care, memory care, and senior health and rehabilitation services. These are readily available, but residents only pay for what they want and use, not for availability.
Lastly, diversity in The Canals at Grand Park, Park West, and Grand Park is also defined by “mobility.” The communities are designed with:
• An interconnected street grid network that disperses traffic and ease walking
• A grid network that makes it easy and safe to walk between goods and services
• Walkable communities expand transportation options by making pedestrian activity actually possible (Texas cities are not known for their walk-friendly environments)
• Streetscapes are designed to better serve not only pedestrians but runners, bicyclists, transit riders
These include pedestrian-scaled lighting, well-marked crossings, protection from the elements, direct connections to destinations in a relatively compact area, facilities with benches, attractive places to gather or rest such as plazas and visually interesting elements to enjoy along the way.
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