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Watermere at Southlake
by Nelson Thibodeaux
Updated 05/25/13 06:53:58 PM   

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July 16, 2006 Southlake 
Ever thought about living in a resort community but didn't want to move from the area?  Well, in about 18 months you'll be able to live and own your own home in a 30 acre, $95 million resort, in Southlake.

Sally Vann, Sales Director points out 30,000 Sq Ft Clubhouse that will be built in the center of the resort.

With an anticipated official ground breaking this fall and a move-in date of late 2007 or early 2008 a massive new complex will rise out of a field once owned by Joyce Owen of Southlake on Southlake Boulevard.  This complex will be unlike any other residential community in northeast Tarrant County.  

The new development describes itself as follows; "Life at Watermere is truly care-free -- leaving plenty of time to enjoy all the amenities and services the community has to offer. Not only is all exterior home maintenance taken care of (no more raking, mowing or painting), you also enjoy housekeeping and linen services and full service, restaurant-style meal selections."

Sally Vann, the Sales Director said that Watermere is reserved for those homeowners who are "62 years of age or better."  The best sites and views located in Watermere are already up for sale according to Sally.   Sally offers condo units from $250,000 to $450,000 and Villas from $450,000 to $650,000.  She explained the project offers a great resort type lifestyle with the advantages of home ownership.

Tracey Lux points out the community will provide beauty and security behind a gated entry.

The life style planned for Watermere is one that offers "active adults" home ownership and a long list of amenities. The condo fees include 24 meals a month, weekly housekeeping services, scheduled transportation, cable or satellite TV, emergency response system and home maintenance.

The amenities planned for the community include, a full-time lifestyle director, Indoor pool, concierge service, fitness classes, wellness center, spa, restaurant, coffee bar, numerous scheduled social recreational and educational events, travel planning and travel club membership, scheduled transportation,
salon, media/theater room, convenience store, club room (cards, games), library with Internet access, memberís lounge and bank service with ATM. 

The project is being developed by local investors, Richard Simmons, Craig Spaulding and Scott Simmons under the private company banner of Southbay Partners. Richard Simmons has been building and developing real estate for the past 20 years throughout the United States, with an emphasis on single and multi-family developments.  Craig Spaulding has been in the real estate development business for the past 20 years and as a former vice president with The Prudential Realty Group in their Houston, Dallas and Miami offices, he has been involved in developing office, hotel and industrial properties.

Scott Simmons has been in the architectural design and construction management business for the past 20 years where he has worked for HKS Architects in Dallas, one of the leading architectural firms in the US, as well as Trammell Crow Company and David Weekly Homes, where he became the Area Manager specializing in residential home design and building. In 1991, Scott established his own luxury homebuilding company in the Southlake, Colleyville and Grapevine areas. 

Richard Simmons, Craig Spaulding, Scott Simmons

The condos feature homes from a cozy 1,000 sq ft to 2,000 sq.ft, 3 bedroom units.  There are a number of floor plans to select from and the homes are built with the feel and look of classic custom homes.

The villas also come in multiple floor plans ranging from 2,000 sq ft. to 3,000 sq. ft. with attached two car garages.  Both the condos and villas feature full gourmet kitchens with built-in refrigerator, self-cleaning range, microwave oven and custom cabinets with choice of color and style and offer custom a standard finish that will include granite countertops in all kitchens and baths.  Upgrade features will also be available during construction process

Sally Vann, Sales Director, says she expects that 1/3 of the condos will be sold prior to ground breaking.  "The condos offer some great views of this development that will be in harmony with nature," Sally explained.
Available to assist potential homeowners to understand all the advantages and nuances of Watermere, Sales Director Sally Vann has 24 years experience in working in the senior living regional market.  Sally explained that Watermere is a facility for "active adults" in contrast to senior living centers that are classified as "assisted living."   "The type of independent life style our residents exhibit is one reason we located in Southlake," explained Sally. "The 'healthcare mode' in our case provides classic residences and custom home quality. Watermere is an upscale development built in an upscale community providing a prestigious address for our residents."

The plans include 152 luxury condos in two multi-story buildings and 85 prestigious villas.  Taking into consideration the needs of the target market, the project will also include a separate assisted living area.  "We know that residents in this age range also may have the need to find a home for an elderly parent.  We will provide our residents a "first right" to reserve from 100 units known as Watermere Isle, an assisted living area.  This is simply another way to help make sure our residences have the opportunity to complete enjoy their experience living on the Watermere campus," explained Sally.
Sally said that buyers can reserve their preferred location by placing $1,000 in escrow and she will be happy to meet and discuss the details.

Sally also said that the Watermere team is fanning out in the area to get the word out about Watermere.  She said that they would appreciate the opportunity to speak to organizations in northeast Tarrant County. To contact Sally to arrange a meeting and tour or talk to her about an opportunity to speak to your organization, she can be reached at 817.748.4000. 

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