As the housing development across the street from the University of Dallas opens to the public, it has already attracted an array of residents, most without connections to the UD community.
Meritage Homes began construction on the Enclave at Northgate in January 2017 on the property formerly owned by UD and lovingly dubbed the “PDK Woods.”
This May, the gated community had its grand opening with its first model home, and nearly half of the neighborhood’s houses have already been sold. Eight families have moved in, according to Mina Sharma, a sales counselor for the Enclave.
The Enclave could be completely sold out by the summer of 2019, according to Mitch Howell, another sales counselor.
Construction is halfway complete, according to Sharma.
The one and two-story houses have three to four bedrooms, two to four bathrooms, two-car garages and many smart home amenities. They are relatively box-shaped, and red, tan or brown in color. Every street and house has been developed in a grid, typical of many suburban areas.
UD students, however, have been quick to comment that the houses aren’t exactly architectural marvels.
“It is a pity to walk past the place where people used to play music and talk and see that it has been replaced with cookie cutter houses,” said Virginia Misko, a senior history major, remarking on the former use of the area as a gathering place for students in the evenings.
Some interested homebuyers are connected to the university, including faculty, administrators and even students, said Howell.
Philosophy professor Dr. Catherine Nolan was one of those interested homebuyers. She and her family are presently living in the condos across the street from the school. Unfortunately, the costs of the houses are outside of her price range.
“We’re still thinking of moving, and would like to stay close to campus, but we’ll probably end up finding a place somewhat further away,” Nolan wrote.
Houses are being sold at prices ranging from $350k-$420k, according to Howell.
Sharma did mention that there was a slight discount to the homes for university-affiliated buyers, but she could not give out an exact number at this time.
Some students and their parents are searching for nearby, alternative housing to the University Condominiums or Tower Village Apartments.
“My uncles and parents [have been] interested in buying a house [in the Enclave] and renting it out to students or family members attending UD,” said Ella Sullivan, a junior politics major whose family has been connected to the school since her parents and other family members attended in the 1990s and early 2000s.
“The houses are really nice, and I’m sure many students would prefer it to the living options currently available to them, if it’s affordable,” Sullivan added.
“The location itself is the key to the attraction of [the housing development],” said Howell.
The property and the university are situated near the crossroads of Loop 12, State Hwy 114, I-35E and I-635. The company hopes to attract buyers who work anywhere in the DFW area.
It is only a matter of time before campus life will be directly affected by UD’s new neighboring residents.
“The neighborhood attracts young professionals and empty nesters from Las Colinas, the medical center, and downtown Dallas,” Howell said. “While the community is not necessarily designed for [UD associated homebuyers], we’d certainly love to have them.”