In a Jan. 22, 2016 New York Times article, Jane Margolies discussed the evolution of animal-oriented amenities from their sporadic early appearances in 2000 to prolific features in 2016, noting, “When “pet spas” were introduced in high-end residential buildings a decade or so ago, they might have seemed like another flash-in-the-pan perk. But they’ve not only hung on like a dog with a bone, they’ve also evolved.” Dog parks, bone-shaped pools, visiting vets, and groomers used by haute couture designers drive the market. A Los Angeles Times article from Aug. 8, 2014 highlights the ultimate trend, with pet parents giving their charges a special space of their own, often even equipped with an en suite bath. Marcus Hiles notes one proud pet suite aficionado, who reasoned, “She’s a part of the family. Everybody else has a room — so does she.” The reserving of a private suite for the toys, leashes, grooming equipment, and other accessories needed for healthy, happy, animals keeps the rest of the home clean and organized.
A few of the more popular native plants in Texas natural landscaping are the Salvia Farinacea (“Henry Duelberg”), which produces gorgeous purplish-blue flower barbs; “Texas Gold” columbine, which is very rare in the wild and sports buttercup-yellow blossoms with long, fernlike foliage; and lacey oak, a smaller tree that grows to 25-35 feet in height and is a lovely shade tree that is highly tolerant of diverse environments, notes Marcus Hiles.
Marcus Hiles discusses barrier breaking cutting edge designs including giant, wall-replacing floor to ceiling windows. These modern windows allow for large amounts of natural light and seamlessly blend nature with indoor, making relaxation easier to achieve and the home a more desirable place to be in.
Decreasing energy costs is on the minds of many homebuyers and prospective renters, and developer Marcus Hiles suggests locating properties with central air conditioners that have a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) of 16 or above. The Department of Energy requires the newest air conditioners to have a 13 to 14 SEER rating (depending on the type of system) but for residents, the higher the SEER, the more efficient the unit. “Compared to a 15-year-old home or apartment with a 10 SEER unit, this will cut your air conditioning bill by 60 percent,” Hiles notes. Western Rim Property Services, which he founded in 1990, has been a consistent leader in air conditioner efficiency and delivers more than $424,000 in energy savings to their community members per year. ““In five years, they’ll have collectively saved over $6 million. Over the next decade, we’ll lesson carbon dioxide emissions by 327,000 tons.”
Hiles counsels renters in search of properties to pay attention to the amenities that will make a difference in their lives. “Families should focus on areas with top-notch school districts, while golfers can seek out developments near championship courses,” he advises. Hiles believes that everyone should search for communities that have easy access to bucolic beauty, such as greenbelts, parks, and preserves. Most importantly, prospective tenants should look beyond Dallas’ city limits to areas with lower population density.
Growing the tree canopy of Dallas is part of Western Rim’s plan to develop sustainable communities throughout the area. Marcus D. Hiles, Founder and CEO, is known for planting more than 2,500 trees each year. His communities are surrounded by parks, trails, and common green recreation areas, which generate oxygen and remove toxins from the urban jungle’s air. Hiles considers this a benefit above and beyond the view. Additionally, high efficiency heating and cooling units are maximized by the added greenery, which reduces costs to the renter and further meets conservation expectations.
The U.S. exceeded $166 billion in capital investments last year, a ten percent jump from 2014. Nearly a third of the proceeds came from the state of Texas. Dallas based real estate investor Marcus Hiles believes his state has not only proven its potential for sustained long-term economic growth, but has become vital to the success of the American economy. Hiles, the Chairman and CEO of Western Rim Properties, has spent over thirty years studying market tendencies in the pursuit of making profitable, strategic property acquisitions.
Marcus Hiles has observed that architectural trends are extending outdoors and towards designs that boast low maintenance and high style. The demand for open-air spaces that are sustainable and reduce costs is being satisfied through eco-friendly, conservation-minded processes like rainwater/graywater harvesting and permeable pavement. Rainwater harvesting utilizes a rooftop collection system that redirects moisture from the air into well storage to be treated and repurposed on-site. Graywater takes previously used domestic wastewater and recirculates it around the home and property for rest rooms and other non-drinking purposes, cutting the need for sterilization and fresh water. The seemingly new idea of permeable paving actually dates back thousands of years to the time when people first built roads by putting stones in beds over the ground. The process allows rain to pass through small openings between four layers of filtration (paving material, gravel, fabric, sand) before being absorbed by the dirt below. This lowers runoff and pollution, manages the flow of storm water running into gutters and drains, maintains local groundwater supplies, and can even provide a skid resistant surface for walkways, patios and driveways. There are many attractive designs and looks for permeable pavement, often incorporating crushed stone, brick, and recycled concrete.
Water, and especially heated water, is a significant source of emissions in most first-world countries, with over ten gallons used per person per day. Marcus Hiles encourages residents to take shorter, cooler showers, cut back on baths, and turn off the faucet when brushing or shaving as simple conservation techniques for those interested in cutting emissions. By installing low flow showerheads and toilets, residents can make an even more serious impact.
A sense of privacy is one of the greatest luxuries of the 21st century. In each of the quality rental homes, townhomes, and apartments developed by Marcus Hiles and Western Rim Property Services, residents experience the solace of a quiet living environment. Among the multitude of high-end conveniences Hiles offers in his communities, one of the most sought-after amenities cannot be seen out in the open, yet its effects are unmistakable: the peace of knowing your home is treated with full depth cellulose sound insulation.