ARLINGTON — A cluster of high-end brick homes is coming to an area city leaders have fought to protect for its natural beauty.A developer is planning a 40-home, gated subdivision in southwest Arlington near the citys award-winning Tierra Verde Golf Club. Eden Village, north of Eden Road and west of U.S. Highway 287, is to feature homes from $250,000 up, as well as green spaces and such amenities as walking trails and a dog-friendly park, designed to complement the nearby golf course. The Arlington City Council unanimously approved subdivision developer Nathan Watsons plan at its Sept. 3 meeting.With the average price expected to be $280,000, Eden Village homes will cost about $100,000 apiece more than single-family homes in the surrounding area, said Jim Maibach, the developers zoning consultant. The community will have smaller lots and amenities, including tree-lined sidewalks, that should appeal to seniors seeking a high-end, secure neighborhood, Maibach said.A lot of people hitting in their 50s and 60s dont want big pieces of land to take care of. They want a quality home that has two or three bedrooms and large open spaces, and they want a secure, gated community, Maibach said. They also want shade, amenities and trees. They want to get out and walk around their neighborhood and feel like they are not going to be mowed down by a car.The 9-acre heavily treed plot, near the entrance to the Martin Luther King Jr. Sports Complex and Tierra Verde, is largely undeveloped and has been owned by an Arlington family since the 1950s. The developer asked the city to rezone the property for more homes per acre than is currently allowed in the area. Eden Village will have 4.39 homes per acre compared with the 2.5 homes per acre required under the Village on the Green at Tierra Verde Overlay District standards set by the city, according to a staff report. Those standards would have allowed for only 22 homes with much larger lots.The Village on the Green overlay was written from the idea that you would be developing 20 or 40 acres, said Maibach, adding that Watsons proposed infill housing development is only 258 feet wide and about 1,500 feet long. This is half that size. It was long and narrow. You had immediate limitations. Watson, who is also planning a 23-lot subdivision called Twin Creeks West in north Mansfield, said home construction at Eden Village could begin as early as next summer. Other amenities planned for the subdivision, which will have a homeowners association, include wrought-iron fences, decorated wooden garage doors, a gazebo, an outdoor fire pit, a cabana and walking trails that will eventually connect with the Sublett Creek Linear Park, Maibach said.The council took steps in the past to protect development in the area near the golf course.In 2006, the council approved the Village on the Green at Tierra Verde overlay, a special set of zoning rules to restrict the types of homes and businesses that are built on 1,600 acres of mostly undeveloped land near the golf course. Tierra Verde is the first golf course in Texas and the first municipal course in the world to be certified as an Audubon Signature Sanctuary, according to its website.Two years later, the city denied a natural gas drilling pad site proposed by XTO Energy because it would hamper high-end development. Eden Village is about 700 feet away from the Overcoming Faith drilling site on the south side of Eden Road. This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.
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