Hillwood Communities, with partner Realty Capital, has broken ground on Harvest, a 1,000-acre mixed-use development that spans Northlake and Argyle at Interstate 35W and FM 407, near its Alliance project in North Fort Worth.
About 3,000 single-family homes are planned, ranging in price from $200,000 to more than $400,000. The first phase will consist of 323 homes, built by David Weekley, MHI, and Highland Homes.
The historic Faught House, built in 1882, is undergoing a restoration and will be used as a community center.
Harvest is the first Hillwood development based on the company’s “LiveSmart” design principles: Sense of community, technology, healthy living, environmental stewardship, and education and enrichment. Partners include Atmos, Verizon, Coserv, Environments for Living, and Premier Communities.
The goal is to provide residents with a long-lasting, livable, walkable community, said Fred Balda, President of Hillwood Communities. “The idea is to protect and enhance the site’s rural character while introducing smart design principles that ensure quality, low-impact living,” he said.
For example, an onsite farmer will grow organic, farm-to-table produce at Harvest’s community farm. Rocky Tassione and his wife, Celeste, have been providing locally grown microgreens, specialty lettuces, vegetable specialties and herbs for the Dallas-Fort Worth restaurant and grocer trade since 1997. Tassione will also teach residents and the community how to grow their own produce.
“Harvest represents a page out of the lifestyle that many Denton County families are rooted in,” said Ross Perot Jr., chairman of Hillwood, in a statement. “Urban agrarianism is a fresh approach to modern life that reaps the rewards of sustainability, healthy living, and a grassroots community in a rural setting.”
Hillwood’s news release quotes Randal W. Jackson, a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Community Development Council, who says agriculture is the new golf course: “We are looking at communities with recreational space, edible landscapes, community-supported agriculture, possibilities for volunteerism. There’s a whole new vision for how communities might mature—more like the way a small community might have developed into a small town on its own in the past.”