For a property investor who has seen as much success as Marcus Hiles, Dallas’ savviest real estate developer has a surprisingly simple business plan: find out what customers want and then exceed their expectations. Western Rim’s properties are always designed with the highest quality materials and feature what most builders consider an upgrade as their standard. Hiles provides a superior level of class and style to his residential living communities, appealing to those with a taste for modern and exquisite design as well as any who enjoy beautiful natural surroundings and the conveniences of modern urban living. Western Rim has demonstrated a continued commitment to keeping their developments environmentally friendly while still managing to deliver posh communities with breath-taking views, in the most sought after school districts.
Flexibility is an increasingly important concept, and Marcus Hiles notes that homes are now being built with open floor plans and adaptable rooms easily adjusted to accommodate new arrivals for growing families. The concept of implied spaces, areas of the home identified by different materials or colors found in ceilings or floors, is a contemporary way to make interiors appear more spacious while avoiding traditional obstructions like multiple walls. Breaking through barriers is what cutting-edge residential design is all about: large windows allowing for extra natural light and replacing walls outright and helping to blend the indoors with the outside world. In line with making homes more desirable places to be, hot tubs, fitness areas and spas have been appearing in private residences more frequently, making relaxation and fitness a breeze. With the popularity of cooking gourmet-worthy meals, kitchens with restaurant-grade appliances and furniture like islands are being allotted additional overall square footage, and become the social center of the house, overtaking dining and living rooms as the place families come together.
Marcus Hiles advocates that homebuyers and apartment renters locate properties that have central air conditioners with a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) of 16 or above. Although the Department of Energy requires the newest air conditioners to have a 13 to 14 SEER rating – depending on the type of system – the higher the number, the better. “Compared to a 15-year-old home or apartment with a 10 SEER unit, this will cut your air conditioning bill by 60 percent,” he notes. Hiles’ Western Rim Properties is a leader in air conditioner efficiency, delivering more than $424,000 in energy savings to community members each year. “In five years, they’ll have collectively saved over $6 million,” he marvels. “Plus, over the next decade, we’ll lesson carbon dioxide emissions by 327,000 tons.”
Hiles’ environmental promise extends far beyond the doors of the residences he builds. His company’s smart tree-planting initiatives further the volume of a community’s tree canopy to surpass pre-development levels. “Each of the 3,000 trees we planted last year sequesters over 45 pounds of carbon dioxide and pollutants while releasing oxygen,” he notes. At the same time, Hiles works to safeguard existing arboreal treasures, such as the hundreds of 100-year-old oak trees that grow rich in a designed park next to one Western Rim site. Marcus Hiles envisions environmental responsibility as a win for both community members and the planet. “Our bold goal is to lessen carbon emissions by more than 500,000 metric tons over the next decade,” he asserts. “In the process, we’ll deliver energy savings to our residents and create sustainable, livable communities.”