At first glance, Dallas doesn’t appear to have many commonalities with New York and Los Angeles beyond ranking among the ten largest cities in the U.S. Yet, notes Texas real estate developer Marcus Hiles, “When you dig a little deeper, it turns out that all three locales have more renters than homeowners.” In fact, 55.9 percent of Dallas households live in rental housing. Across the country, Americans are increasingly choosing tenancy over home ownership, with the population of renters expected to grow by at least a half million each year through 2023. Contrary to common wisdom, homeowners’ housing expenditures far exceed that paid by renters. While the annual cost of rent may outpace total house payments for the year, buyers are saddled with maintenance expenses and higher utility payments — making the rental lifestyle even more attractive.
Environmental conservation is core to the philosophy of renowned Texas real estate developer Marcus Hiles. “Creating communities that work in harmony with nature and lessen humanity’s carbon footprint is a responsibility I embrace,” he notes. Hiles, Chairman and CEO of Western Rim Property Services, has adapted his philosophy and turn it into reality in over 15,000 high class rental townhomes and apartments in the Lone Star State. One key element of his eco-friendly building procedures is setting up appliances labeled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as ENERGY STAR. In 1992 when the program was launched, Americans’ ENERGY STAR usage has reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 283.2 million metric tons. With the average Texan paying $1,650 per year in electrical bills and another $400 annually for natural gas, energy efficient appliances mean utility savings of up to 50 percent.
In every community built and managed by Marcus Hiles throughout the Lone Star state, residents enjoy resort-style living and state-of-the-art conveniences. With rich wood and Italian marble flooring and cooling radiant barrier roofing in the attics of Western Rim’s Estates, Towers and Mansions brand properties, the luxe interiors and green construction go complement each other. The appealing design of extra-tall, dual pane windows complements their functionality: a layer of argon gas with a solar heat gain coefficient minimum of 0.22 reduces heat loss in colder months by as much as 75 percent, keeping cooling requirements down during summer. Energy bills are likewise controlled by highly effectual weather stripping; tight seals keep control of the temperatures set by programmable thermostats and HVAC systems, which use substantially less energy than standard thermal comfort units. Homes are also treated with cellulose sound insulation, giving residents protection from outside noise, diminishing volumes between walls and floors by 80 percent. Water-conserving irrigation systems feed opulent baths outfitted with jetted tubs and rainwater showerheads, while ENERGY STAR certified Whirlpool® brand stainless steel appliances provide stylish and sustainable options for the refined gourmet chef-quality kitchens.
The Mansions brand’s features extend beyond the beautifully designed indoors to the grounds of the communities themselves. Taking full advantage of Texas’s natural beauty, the Mansions are situated in rich countryside environments within easy reach of urban centers in Dallas / Fort Worth, Houston, New Braunfels, San Antonio, and Austin. Hiles notes that renters should inquire about on-site services before renting a unit. On the property of the Mansions, residents will be delighted to find most of their needs met without them having to leave the community, as they feature world-class concierge service. People leading an active lifestyle enjoy a fully equipped, 24/7 fitness centers with access to a personal trainer, expansive golf courses, relaxing hiking trails and resort style swimming pools. The Mansions brand properties also provide other amenities, including shared areas for entertaining friends such as social club rooms, outdoor kitchens and fireplace lounges. And if a professional opportunity requires an impromptu meeting, many properties contain business centers and an on-site Starbucks ready for the occasion. When considering a luxury residence, accept no less from a future home than what Marcus Hiles Mansions offer every tenant.