Progressive design. Low-impact living. Harmony with nature. Streamlined front porches.
This new neighborhood of 82 architect-designed homes just north of LBJ and off Abrams isn’t for everybody — people who love security gates and tract mansions probably should move along.
To reach Urban Commons, pass a glut of aging apartment buildings, turn from the LBJ-635 service road onto Forest Star then Wilding Way.
That’s when you realize “something’s happening here,” says developer Diane Cheatham. “Once it’s a little greener, and we plant the 23 redwood trees in the common area — this place will be unlike anything in Dallas.”
As if on cue, a skein of geese that roost on the nearby Richland College campus fly over.
Urban Commons features 1,200- to 2,800-square-foot single-family dwellings by architect/builder teams arranged in clusters around professionally maintained common areas. In a departure from typical home ownership, buyers can rent a nearby garage with storage. Those rental fees will help fund the overall property’s homeowner association expenses, Cheatham says.
Water harvested from natural sources on site will be used for landscape irrigation. Cheatham and crew rewilded 10 acres of overgrown brush rather than tearing something down or contributing to sprawl, they say.
That’s on brand for Cheatham, the founder of Urban Reserve, a similar infill subdivision built a few miles south. Until recently, Cheatham resided there, in ZIP code 75243’s priciest property.