Upscale neighborhoods mix location, laid-back vibe

The whole town is either right on Lewisville Lake or just minutes away.

Ask any real estate professional what makes a property truly remarkable, and you’ll likely get the same cliché you’ve heard for years: Location, location, location. But that’s exactly what makes Little Elm such a unique community in North Texas.

Situated on majestic Lewisville Lake, much of the town enjoys waterfront access and sensational views. And for those just beyond the lake’s tranquil shores, access is never more than a few minutes away.

“We’re trying to get this whole area to be where people want to both visit and live. All our home values have gone way up recently, and there are so many people who visit Little Elm that tell us they want to live in Little Elm,” said Jason Laumer, director of development services.

“If there’s one thing we really do right, it’s with the residents, between customer service, improving transportation and access to the lake, people really like that. There are some days I just go sit on the patio at the Tap House, soak up some sun and watch people wakeboard. It’s a really relaxing environment when you get used to that speed.”

Yet despite the laid-back vibe of Little Elm, its proximity to bridges and freeways provides easy access to the bigger cities of Frisco, Plano, Denton and Dallas and all they have to offer.

“All cities say it, but we really try to keep the small-town feel,” Laumer said. “If people have questions, we give them answers. If they have an issue with something, we work to correct it. And that goes a long way.”

Little Elm has many established neighborhoods and subdivisions, including Sunset Pointe, a gated community with stately homes. Similarly, Valencia on the Lake has several floor plan options and community amenities that include tennis courts and a pool. A full-service restaurant is also planned. Both neighborhoods have model homes open, and many residences are available for quick move-in once the building of each is complete.

One of the most highly visible developments recently broke ground across El Dorado Parkway from the lakefront district, home to Hula Hut and Hydrous Wake Park. This proximity to the beach will give residents of the Palladium Little Elm development wonderful views of the lake from many of the more than 200 urban-living-style apartments on 7 acres that will be highlighted by a pocket park, a swimming pool and a community clubhouse. Because this is a mixed-use development, visitors will enjoy retail stores and restaurants, too, including one with a great rooftop bar.

“We were really trying to get something different,” Laumer said, pointing to the architectural renderings. “The buildings are all very colorful, so it’s a little like you’re at the beach.”

The first phase of the Palladium is schedule to open next spring — just in time for enjoying the actual beach just steps away.