Cambridge Uses Big House Design

Cambridge Uses Big House Design SAN ANTONIO, TX - Cambridge Development Group of Houston, is pleased to announce the opening of The Preserve on Fredericksburg, the newest, one-of-a-kind, upscale, apartment community in northwest San Antonio. The project is located at 10422 Huebner Road near the intersection of Fredericksburg and Huebner Roads. The opening for the clubhouse is scheduled for November 30th with the first building then ready for occupancy on December 15, 2009.

The Preserve's very name speaks to the tireless dedication of the development team in preserving the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country. Resembling more of a high-end, single-family neighborhood rather than an apartment complex, The Preserve utilizes the copyrighted, award-winning "Big House" design by Dallas-based Humphreys & Partners Architects, pioneers of the concept that is changing the face of multi-family dwellings across the country.

The Preserve is Cambridge Development's latest development and follows the highly successful Boardwalk at Town Center in the Woodlands, Texas, completed last year. Other contractors collaborating on The Preserve include general contractor, CF Jordan Construction out of Dallas, Jacobs Engineering from of San Antonio and landscape architect, Jacobs of Austin. Leasing and on-site property management services are provided by The Lynd Company of San Antonio. USAA Real Estate Company has provided the capital for the project.

"We are privileged to bring this innovative concept to San Antonio," said Ron Lightfoot, President of Cambridge Development Group of Houston. "We are certain that the project, which is like none other in San Antonio, will be extremely well received."

The "Big House" design integrates the private parking garages into the buildings and provides tenants with direct access to their units. Additionally, The Preserve integrates many elements of single family residences such as standing seam metal roofs, Texas native rough-cut stone and board and batten exteriors. Similar designs have made their way to other competitive markets such as Houston, Dallas, Hilton Head, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, and Phoenix. The concept reaches out to individuals who are "renters-by-choice" and who desire the advantages of home ownership without the mortgage and also the ability to live in a tranquil locale with access to urban conveniences.

"The Big House Design is one that we began in 1994 in Dallas and now there are several hundred across the U.S.," said Mark Humphreys, President of Humphreys and Partners Architects, LLC. "I will say however, that I expect The Preserve to be one of the very best of the developments we have been involved with because of the attention to detail taken by Cambridge Development."

Thirty-five buildings spanning 25 acres will house 10 or 14 units each, mostly with either one or two-car direct-access garages. The Preserve will offer 376 apartments featuring 16 "Texas Grand" and "San Antonian" floor plans that range from 724 to 1,260 square feet. One and two-bedroom floor plans such as Primrose, Sycamore and Spanish Oak, all underline nature and a respect for the environment as key components of the design.

The extensive amenity package includes 9' ceilings along with some vaulted, trimmed fireplaces, built-in computer stations, washers and dryers in every unit, oversized tubs and spacious walk-in closets. Units include ample square footage, normally found in a house, and all are constructed with maximum luxury, comfort and efficiency in mind. Other upgrades typical of custom home appointments, such as granite counter tops and gourmet kitchens with 42" Shaker-style cabinetry also are a part of the amenity package.

Residents will be able to take advantage of a sophisticated but comfortable clubhouse complete with a trophy room, a 900 square-foot workout facility, a business center, gourmet kitchen and conference room. Outdoor amenities include controlled access, a two-level beach-style pool with a waterfall and oversized Jacuzzi, an outside fire place, a California kitchen, cabana and two dog parks.

"We are very proud of the design and integrity of this project and its location," says Ron Lightfoot. "It should be well received based on the neighborhood feel, low density, rain catchment, friendly dog parks and the overall thought that went into making The Preserve on Fredericksburg a project that San Antonians can be very proud of."

The development team's "Go-Green" approach speaks to every detail of the community, from energy efficient windows and Energy Star-rated appliances to eco-friendly water conservation. The owners also are evaluating future sites for charging stations in 2010 for the electric cars of the future. Indigenous Texas-native landscaping covers the property, which sits adjacent to a green belt and walking trail with benches, tables and lighted areas. The Preserve also is the only apartment complex in San Antonio with a uniquely Hill Country cistern "water catchment" system that provides irrigation to some common areas. Another unique community feature includes visiting master gardener who will be available to instruct residents of the benefits of sustainable farming on an on-site garden.

Cambridge Development Group, based in Houston, is a diversified real estate company that has developed over 5,000 apartments and 2.5 million square feet of office throughout Texas and Florida. Organized back in 1976, its principals share a common belief that a thorough hands on approach to every detail is important in each development.
Source: Cambridge Development Group

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