Modern Home Builder - Winter 2016 - Volume 2 - 140
Hines - Somerset Green
A Single Vision
The Somerset Green master-planned
residential community is unique within
Houston's urban core. BY JIM HARRIS
When it comes to new housing, urban environments are
Somerset Green is a master-planned development near Houston's urban core.
" We're very proud of the unique nature
of this community. "
typically associated with high-rise apartment or condominium
buildings located on small footprints of land within dense surroundings. When developer Hines purchased the parcel of land in
the heart of Houston that houses the Somerset Green project in
August 2013, however, the company had something else in mind.
"Our vision is that we wanted to buy a tract large enough that
we could build a master-planned community inside the city, which
is rare, particularly with this type of product," says Brian Stidham,
a construction manager for the international real estate firm. "We
wanted to take a master-planned community idea and make it
work in a dense urban environment while still having enough space
and scale to create a single vision for the property."
The first phase of 250 lots in the 46-acre development was completed in June 2015. The entire project, which will be comprised
of 560 homes, will be completed in 2017.
Somerset Green is within minutes of downtown Houston and is
also near the city's Memorial Park and Galleria shopping development for the convenience of residents.
The gated community is drawing interest from a wide age range,
from young professionals working within the city's urban core who
don't want long commutes to empty-nesters attracted to an active
urban lifestyle. In addition to homes, the community will include
an amenity center with a swimming pool and entertainment space,
walkable streetscapes, gardens and dog parks.
"We're very proud of the unique nature of this community,"
Stidham says. "We are offering a high-quality option for buyers and
residents alike that is truly unlike anything available in this area."
HINES - SOMERSET GREEN
Location: Houston /
Scope of work: Master-planned residential development
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Hines is the master-planner and is building all of the infrastructure
for the community. The developer hired an architectural planning
firm to develop a set of guidelines builders follow when designing homes in Somerset Green. Every home plan is reviewed by
a Somerset Green architectural review board. The predominant
architectural theme within the development is European, specifically the Regency, Normandy and Georgian styles, Stidham says.
To build the homes in Somerset Green, Hines contracted with