Bordeaux Lake Highlands

Prices for homes in the future “Bordeaux at Lake Highlands” residential development will start around $650,000, says Mark Dann of Highland Classic Homes, who is building on three to six of the development’s 37 lots. The homes will range from 3,000 to 4,000 square feet, he says. The average lot size is 60-feet by 125-feet, but “some lots are pretty deep,” Dann says, including a 16,000-square-foot lot at the top of one of the cul-de-sacs.

“These lots are detached single-family homes, not zero lots, and they’re typical compared to a lot of other Lake Highlands lots,” Dann says.

Builders have committed to almost all of the lots, Dann says. They will pre-sell the lots, then build. Dann says he has received several phone calls already, and is “kind-of surprised,” but “there’s a good market now in Lake Highlands.”

He believes the Bordeaux will appeal to a similar demographic as the families who bought homes in the White Rock Place addition at Walnut Hill-Audelia. Dann built six homes in that development, and all of the buyers are families with young children, he says.

“It’s like one big playground in there — 35 kids we [the builders] counted,” Dann says. “The oldest is in high school, and it drops really fast after that.”

White Rock Place is zoned to White Rock Elementary, and the Bordeaux is zoned to another great elementary school, Merriman Park, Dann says.

The Bordeaux will have two entrances, one on Skillman and one on Church, and will appear gated but won’t be because the streets are public, Dann says. It will include retaining walls between some lots because of the corner’s topography, he says, and he believes there will be upgrades to the walkways, lighting and landscaping similar to the changes along Walnut Hill near the White Rock Place addition.

Work to clear the land already has begun, and asbestos abatement at the former North Dallas Community Assembly of God Church is in progress, Dann says. Efforts will be made to save as many trees as possible on the undeveloped land, but as dense as the foliage seems, many of them are considered “junk” trees and “are not saveable anyway,” he says. Developer and neighborhood resident Stephen Davis of MasterPlan Development will be required by the city to replace trees that are lost, according to the mitigation requirements established by the city’s arborists. The replacement trees might not necessarily be planted in the Bordeaux, Dann says, but he expects the lots to have trees at the backs and sides, and perhaps in the front, too.