This past weekend, we attended the Tour of Homes at the Kingsbridge community in McLendon-Chisholm just south of Rockwall. No, we aren’t planning to move. This was a charity event (benefiting the Rockwall YMCA) and the houses are in the $1.5 million range. We wanted to get some ideas for things to do to our house and just see what’s out there for that amount of money.
The community itself is somewhat out in the country and not on the big lake. It’s a gated community with a manned gatehouse and has a couple of small private lakes as well as a large community center. The homes were very nice bricks ranging from about 5000 to 7000 square feet. The models were built by five different builders. Exterior styles were very similar; interior styles ranged from English countryside to French chateau to almost medieval. Here are some photos of the exteriors.
Yep, I said there were five builders represented and there are only four shown above. That’s because at the house built by Paul Regan Custom Homes, someone (Mr. Regan? I don’t know, as he didn’t introduce himself) came over and asked me not to take pictures. At all the other homes, the folks in charge smiled and even pointed out features to take pictures of, but for whatever reason this one company didn’t want photos taken of theirs so I obliged.
As you’d expect with high dollar houses, these homes included some very high-end features such as grand entryways and great rooms.
All had full outdoor kitchens, covered patios and pools, as well as game rooms and theater-style media rooms.
Master bathrooms were elaborate, some with his and hers walk-in closets and all with spa tubs and large tiled showers.
Some of the homes had exercise rooms, and all had studies or libraries.
One even had a full fledged wine cellar (several had small wine niches).
Kitchens were spectacular and three of them had the same granite that we have in our kitchen, which made me feel in good company.
All of the homes were impressive. Local restaurants and coffee shops were giving away samples in the kitchens, and we may also have found a new favorite local restaurant – although it’s not open yet. Most places were serving cookies, coffee, etc. but Tulum Biztro went all out. They had crab cakes that smelled so good, you wanted to buy the house just because of that. And they tasted as good as they smelled; these were some of the best crab cakes I’ve ever eaten, and I’ve eaten a lot of crab cakes, including those at the Mansion. The restaurant will open in November in the Rockwall square, and we definitely plan to check out the full menu then.
All in all, it was a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon and if anyone is in the market for a fancy house out in the country near Rockwall, you should definitely take a drive out Hwy 205 to Kingsbridge or visit their website.