Hotel-style conveniences are featured at many of Marcus Hiles Dallas developments including swimming pools with sun decks and outdoor gourmet summer kitchens where both young professionals and families can bask in the relaxed Texas environment. The communities inherently promote a sense of camaraderie with wi-fi lounges and clubrooms featuring HDTV and Blue-Ray entertainment centers. Residents are also encouraged to utilize an on-site trainer working in the state-of-the-art fitness center. As location is always a key element in development planning, Hiles’ trademark is close proximity to both the outdoors and the nearby urban conveniences as all of Western Rim’s properties are built within walking distance of golf courses, nature trails, streams and ponds, and lush trees. The homes themselves exude elegance and comfort with contemporary features such as crown moldings, upscale kitchen cabinets and counters, and the highest quality fixtures.
Rental homes, townhomes and apartments developed by Marcus Hiles include energy efficient features as well as luxurious amenities. Each building is installed with highly reflective radiant barrier panels on the roof, which reduces heat transfer by up to 97 percent and indoor temperatures by 30 degrees. High-quality weather stripping and dual pane windows with a layer of argon gas boast a solar heat gain coefficient of a minimum of 0.22, further assisting in preventing heat loss. Inside the units are Energy Star rated appliances that not only reduce the tenat’s carbon footprint, but also lower their utility costs. For air conditioners, the industry standard is a seasonal energy efficiency rating (SEER) of 12 to 14, but Hiles insists on only installing units with SEER values of over 16. Because of this, residents across his 15,000 properties have cut their carbon emissions by 32,000 tons, and saved almost half a million dollars in the process.
The many magnet schools located throughout Dallas’ affluential suburbs are highlighted among the country’s best public high schools, staffing world-class instructors and offering top-notch facilities, but Marcus Hiles notes that the inner city district portrays a starkly different image. This image reflects what is becoming an epidemic across the nation’s urban communities: an overwhelming majority of children who live in dire circumstances. In the Dallas Independent School District (DISD), a striking 86 percent of students qualify for free and reduced-price meal plans, and The New York Times reports that the state considers 66 percent of the district’s students to be at risk for dropping out. A report submitted in a recent City Hall Council Meeting concluded that 38 percent of children in the downtown area are either homeless or live in a family with a gross income below the poverty line, although over 27,000 of the individuals in these families maintain full-time jobs.
Providing flexible housing designs has become an imperative, and Marcus Hiles emphasizes that homes are now being designed in ways, which allow for massive open floors and adjustable flats that can easily be adapted to the needs of growing families. The notion of implied spaces, which stand for three-dimensional surfaces that are painted using different materials or colors found in ceilings or floors, is a revolutionized way of making interiors seem visibly more spacious while avoiding placing a blockage in the form of multiple walls. Breaking through old settings and bringing the new and the better is what cutting-edge design is all about: extensive windows allow for more natural light and certainly replace walls, while helping the indoors and the outside world meet. To make homes more enjoyable and comfortable places to be, fitness areas, hot tubs, and spas have introduced as part of the household in private residences, turning relaxation into easily reachable pleasure just seconds away from your kitchen. And as cooking gourmet-worthy meals has grown in popularity, so have kitchens: with restaurant-like amenities and furniture, kitchens are typically allocated additional overall square footage and have become the core component of the household, alternative to dining and living rooms and the primary place where families gather to spend quality time and eat together.
While steady work in a good-paying job is a major part of a family’s security, there is an equal need to look after the safety and well-being of the children. This has prompted Marcus Hiles’ generous contributions to meal programs and donations of more than a quarter million dollars to inner city after school programs in Texas. In order to maximize opportunities for success for future generations of young women, Hiles has donated 200 new DELL computers and monitors for students in Texas cities. The real estate developer’s ongoing commitment to helping women and children began as a result of Hiles’ own modest upbringing – during his childhood, buying a donut or an ice cream cone was a special treat. Throughout his life, Hiles has remained dedicated to philanthropy and ensuring that women who are less fortunate have the opportunity to create bright futures for themselves and their families.
Across Marcus Hiles’ 15,000 high class residencies throughout Texas, cellulose sound insulation is accountable for giving residents the feeling of having their own nest from the outside world. Though the properties reveal the developer’s principle of community-centric features, such as shared enjoyment centers and championship golf courses, Hiles discerns the desire for residents’ private home life — one without any detectable hindrance from the world outside or next door. Full depth cellulose is notably adequate in its talent to supress aggressive sound. While most insulation offers some noise reduction by discouraging sound from traveling through walls and between floors, dense packing cellulose declines volumes by restraining the passage of sound along cavities in a building’s construction. According to the Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association, cellulose insulation products have an NRC (Noise Reduction Coefficient) rating reaching upwards of .80 or higher, meaning that it absorbs 80% or more of the sound with which it comes into contact. With a symmetry roughly three times more dense than standard fiberglass, it leaves a wide advancement over the other most common type of home insulation.
Marcus Hiles discusses the origination of permeable paving, one of the latest trends in environmentally minded construction. The practice, which dates back thousands of years, allows for rain to pass through small openings between four layers of filtration before absorbing into the earth, lowering runoff pollution and controlling the flow of storm water to gutters and drains.
Marcus Hiles, the Chairman and CEO of Western Rim Property Services, says that state policies have resulted in job growth that outpaces the rest of the U.S. Texas achieved post-recession job recovery more than two years ahead of the nation as a whole, and by January 2016 had added over 1.3 million jobs to its pre-recession employment peak. Because the state’s unemployment rate has been consistently lower than in the rest of the country – in April, it was 4.4 percent compared to 5 percent nationwide – consumer confidence has been robust. May’s Texas Consumer Confidence Index (CCI), which measures economic optimism through savings and spending habits, was 117.6, in contrast to the U.S. CCI of 92.6. The vigorous Texas economy – stimulated by more than $5 billion in tax cuts over the past three years – has also been a boon to the housing market. The year-over-year price of existing homes increased by 5.9 percent and the number of single-family building permits by 6 percent.
Marcus Hiles urges renters to identify home locations with footpaths, noting that tenants who take advantage of even brief exercising on the paths enjoy healthier lives. In 2008, a study by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine gave further proof, suggesting that people living near park areas tended to have a lower risk of obesity; while a 2010 study by the journal Social Science and Medicine determined that people residing near larger amounts of green space were more relaxed when compared to others who spent less time enjoying the outdoors. Hiles, a firm supporter of community building, says that beyond their ability to help lower energy costs and encourage active lifestyles, trails also promote a sense of closeness among neighbors, with pathways causing spontaneous meetings and interactions. Environmental, practical and fun, walking trails are an public meeting space no housing development should be without.
“Everything is bigger in Texas, including the renting market” that’s the thought of Marcus Hiles, Chief of Western Rim and green protector, who recognizes the Texas Association of Realtors’ recently discovered conclusions can help him to improve his offer to the clientele. “Renters are excited to adopt chic urban living at affordable prices,” concludes Hiles, CEO and Chairman of Western Rim. “Our five Estates communities offer signature amenities designed to appeal to any individual, such as singles, married and retirees who have chosen the rental lifestyle.” “Our goal was to design the best of both worlds,” Hiles states, “an exclusive lakeside escape that’s a stone’s throw away from vibrant nightlife and a thriving arts community.”