$1 Billion Master Planned Development for Rowlett, Texas

Published on Landscape Online, June, 30th, 2017

Lifescapes International Selected to Design Landscaping

Kent Donahue and Wilks Development are bringing “beachfront” property to the Dallas suburbs.

The Lake Ray Hubbard region of Rowlett, Texas (pop. 56,199), about 20 miles northeast of Dallas, is the site for “Bayside,” a $1 billion, 262-acre master-planned residential (3,000 units) and office development that will include a 700-room resort hotel, restaurants, retail and a 1,000 slip marina. Landscape architecture firm Lifescapes International of Newport Beach, Calif., is slated to design the landscape.

Large man-made lagoons with crystal clear turquoise waters seem to be the next big thing, and Bayside will include the first such lagoon for Texas. Crystal Lagoon of Miami is the company behind this phenomenon, and reports working on “more than 600 projects in different stages of development or negotiation in 60 countries.” The Bayside lagoon will include a water front zip-line, electric boats and small cruisers for sailing, a FlowRider surf machine and day beds in the water. The 8-acre lagoon will dwarf the football field long Bellagio style fountain, which will have 250 water nozzles, 29 fire nozzles and two laser-projected video mist screens. Bayside will also offer 25 acres of parks, over four miles of lakefront trails, an open-air trolley, a variety of retail rooftop gardens and “beach zones” (private cabanas, swim-up bars and floating fire pits).

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