Urban Commons Community in Lake Highlands Is a Sophisticated Taste in Modern | Candy’s Dirt

Looking for more information on the origins of Urban Commons? Local real estate website Candy’s Dirt recently interviewed Diane Cheatham, our developer, and discussed the vision that led to the development, its ultra-modern feel and Cheatham’s love of Lake Highlands. 

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Diane Cheatham will admit her new modern Urban Commons community in Lake Highlands isn’t for everyone. The developer responsible for the award-winning Urban Reserve has designs on a new section of Northeast Dallas at LBJ and Abrams Road — a low-impact sustainable community with high design.

She assembled an impressive lineup of architects and master planners for the Urban Commons community of 83 single-family homes — among the notable, Bang Dang and Rizwan Faruqui of Far+Dang, who will design 46 homes. A boxy row of five Far+Dang-designed homes greets visitors as they enter the community from Forest Star Drive, located on the LBJ access road behind an existing self-storage business. Construction at 130 Wilding Way has been underway and the first group of homes are nearly complete.

CandysDirt.com recently sat down with Diane Cheatham to learn more about the project:

CandysDirt: You describe the new Urban Commons as a commons-based master plan based on the Dutch Woonerf concept. What is a commons-based community?

Cheatham: “A commons community has homes that front a common area. Here the common area is 40 feet wide, where there’ll be picnic tables and places to connect. Actually, we’ve got more land devoted to common areas than we have lots. Each group of homes will be called a commons and named for a color in nature like walnut, redwood, rust, and olive.”