Marcus Hiles has over 15,000 upmarket residences throughout Texas, and cellulose sound insulation is responsible for giving renters the feeling of having their own hideaway from the outside world at each one. While the properties exhibit the developer’s vision of community-centric features like shared recreation centers and championship golf courses, Hiles did not neglect the need for residents’ private home life—one without any audible interference from the world outside or next door. Full depth cellulose is especially effective in its ability to prevent intrusive sound. While most insulation provides some noise reduction by inhibiting sound from traveling through walls and between floors, these dense packing cellulose weakens volumes by limiting the passage of sound along cavities in a building’s structure. According to the Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association, cellulose insulation products have an NRC (Noise Reduction Coefficient) rating ranging upwards of .80 or higher, meaning that it absorbs 80% or more of the sound with which it comes into contact. Comprised to be roughly three times more dense than standard fiberglass, it provides a vast improvement over the other most common type of home insulation.
Marcus Hiles’ Western Rim has created breathtaking communities in the northern suburbs of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex that have given apartment seekers an abundance of upmarket choices. Located in regions that take full advantage of Texas’s captivating countryside, the Estates, Towers and Mansions brand properties are all within a short drive of downtown Dallas, providing the best of both city and quiet life. Built with the priority of delivering effortless comfort, the Estates 3Eighty in Aubrey contains its own park, trail and pet-friendly, off-leash dog run. All of the one- to four- bedroom apartments are expanded with outdoor living spaces and reserved covered parking. Residents enjoy access to a resort-style swimming pool, modern fitness center and private trainer. For the ultimate convenience, there’s even a Starbucks café onsite.
Hiles’ sage advice comes from expertise in building rental properties that embody luxury living. “When renters choose to live in communities that align with their lifestyles, they achieve a greater work-life balance,” he states. That equilibrium is particularly important given that a third of apartment dwellers are between the ages of 30 and 44 – the prime of their careers – and another 30 percent are between 45 and 64 years old. Hiles’ ability to design apartments that deliver resort-like amenities while maintaining an enviable commute distance ensures that Dallas will continue to trend toward renting over home ownership.
The trend towards renting instead of pursuing home ownership is on the rise for countless Millennials and other generations, increasing the need for high-quality homes. Many of these residents see units as a long-term solution rather than temporary living. According to the National Multi-Housing Council, 14 percent of the population in Texas are renters with that number expected to grow. In metro areas, the percentage is often much higher. Approximately 41 percent of the population in Houston are renters, while the number in Austin is 35 percent with San Antonio at 24 percent. As Marcus Hiles notes, “The American dream is now not owning a home but renting an apartment.” Hiles set out to create these homes in the best locations and near the top schools, ensuring the finest amenities within the complex and surrounding it.