The Estates exclusive rental communities are gated and deliver urban-style all-elevator access to every unit, along with lavish outdoor and community spaces. Each community has a resort-style swimming pool and tanning deck, on-demand concierge service, and high-tech fitness facility. The Estate brand’s richly appointed apartments and townhomes, combined with resort-style amenities, beckon a wide range of renters from millennials, young families, empty nesters, and retirees who are choosing a long-term rental lifestyle over home ownership. “Our tenants appreciate the exclusivity that the Estates brand provides as well as the flexibility that goes hand in hand with renting,” said visionary Marcus Hiles. “Our mission is to continue to deliver luxurious retreats that our residents can call home.”
Real estate developer and charitable donor Marcus Hiles was an early advocate for the inclusion of pets in today’s rental marketplace. In anticipation of market demand, Hiles incorporated pampering amenities for domestic animals into upscale communities designed and created by his Dallas-based company Western Rim Property Services. Hiles notes that the trend will continue well into the future. Studies noted in prominent publications reinforce the growing demand for acceptance of dogs and cats, illustrated by a March 15, 2012 Adweek article illuminating 2010 census numbers. 43 million households noted having four-footed roommates, while only 38 million households have children. An article in the Jan. 2, 2014 Wall Street Journal stated, “People in their 20s and 30s right now are less likely to have a family and more likely to have a pet,” furthering the demand for dog- and cat-friendly rental units.
“In diversifying our lawn plantings, we help to improve the existing wildlife habitat as well as reduce neighborhood displeasures like lawnmower noise, air and water pollution and yard waste,” says Marcus Hiles Dallas developer. “It is certainly a selling point for many customers who recognize what living in a dehydrated state such as Texas means and who prefer to live in harmony with their environment.” Every design by his company reflects this pro-environmental philosophy with additional elements like programmable thermostats, energy-efficient roofing and windows along with other high-tech tools. The abundant use of native trees helps to further cool the buildings. Western Rim Property Services planted more than 3,000 trees last year among its upmarket homes in the Dallas, Austin, Houston and San Antonio suburbs.