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Park Cities Architecture, McKinney's Easy Pace - Tucker Hill Releases Plans and Pricing Park Cities Architecture, McKinney's Easy Pace - Tucker Hill Releases Plans and Pricing

Tucker Hill, located on 800 acres along the Highway 380 corridor in McKinney, announced the long-awaited release of plans and pricing in February.

Tucker Hill's charm and identity have roots in traditional, yet innovative design. Its developer, Southern Land Company, has forged a reputation for blending the character of America's most historic places - think Georgetown, Charleston, Savannah and the Park Cities - with the modern convenience and necessities of today's buyer. At the core of this development philosophy is the unification of design, architecture, and horticulture. Southern Land has found that these three elements help transform the typical into the extraordinary.

The name Tucker Hill derived from John Tucker - one of the first land owners in Collin County, Texas. With an initial purchase of 317 acres, back in the 19th century, John Tucker began a growth trend in this part of the Lone Star state that is just now hitting its full stride in 2008. And communities like Tucker Hill are leading the charge. The property will eventually contain more than 2,100 homes, ranging in price from $350,000 to more than $1 million. Amenities will include parks, resident clubs, trail systems and a commercial village.

Presently, four builders will be operating within Tucker Hill: Southern Land Company Homebuilding and Darling Homes will construct the majority of the market homes while specialists Flagstone Custom Homes and Tim Jackson Custom Homes will focus on larger product geared more to the custom buyer.

In January 2008, Tucker Hill's Founders Square was adorned with its signature piece of artwork - a 13,000 pound fountain that stands at the center of the square. Symbolically, it stands as the community's icon - a six-ton commitment to building a neighborhood that is sustainable for generations upon generations to come. In each Southern Land neighborhood, accessible common space for gathering and socializing is a large part of the overall plan, and artwork such as the fountain provides an incentive to get outside and look around. It's a destination for kids to play, and adults to relax. The community is designed around a pedestrian's habits, not an SUV's, and Southern Land wants people on the street to feel safe and comfortable moving around - whether on foot or bike. Walkability is another cornerstone of sustainable living, and Tucker Hill designers have taken great pains to ensure that the homeowners' traveling experience on foot is rewarding.

And all of those front porches? Well, they're for sitting; not sweeping. Tucker Hill is about living in a neighborhood, and for that to be a rewarding lifestyle, people have got to meet their neighbors. Think of the porch as a new stage for homeowners to play out their lives in the company of friends and family. It's a lot easier than you might think.

Another element to Tucker Hill is its close proximity to all that the Dallas metroplex has to offer, with little of the headache and logistical complexity associated with navigating a major city in the throws of urban sprawl. The City of McKinney's leadership and the Southern Land Company development team still appreciate the natural beauty of the landscape and terrain, so they are working to preserve rather than pave it. The upside for Tucker Hill residents? They can shop, dine, and entertain themselves in one of the country's largest cities, and then retreat effortlessly and safely up the new Tollway extension, straight to their front porch.

Tucker Hill's sales center opened in late 2007. Its model homes are well underway and will be ready for touring in late March 2008. In addition, the community will host the Spring 2008 Parade of Homes for the North Texas market, from May 17 - June 8. It's going to be a Parade unlike any other, with activities and workshops planned for visitors, as well as some of the finest homebuilding and design craftsmanship ever to be displayed in Collin County.

Just like John Tucker all those years ago, Southern Land Company began with a small but very clear vision. And the vision continues to grow each and every day. For more information about Tucker Hill, please contact the Discovery Center at 214-544-7550, or visit online at www.tuckerhilltx.com.