The Downs of Hillcrest is the site of the 1988 Symphony Showhouse and for the first time in the Show-house history, two new custom built homes will be featured. The two Symphony Showhouses are being constructed by James Darnell & Sons with design by Graphic + Design + Group and Bob Thompson & Associates with design by Peterson Designs. The homes will be open April 23 for 23 days of viewing by the public; this year over 25,000 visitors are expected.
Described as one of the most beautiful and important residential enclaves in the area, The Downs of Hillcrest is the result of a remarkable plan to redefine and redevelop an already established neighborhood into an extraordinary private community. The site is secluded between the prestigious Hillcrest and Preston Roads, just south of LBJ. The ambitious Downs plan included the removal of the 41 existing homes, of which 32% were relocated to other areas of the city. The main priority was to preserve the dense cluster of trees that have matured over the last half century and to retain the natural beauty and ambiance of the site. Throughout the entire transition period, the developers have chosen to transplant rather than remove the majority of the trees, and they recently accomplished what is said to be the largest transplant known by moving a 175-ton tree with two 150-ton cranes. The 50 year old, 50 foot tree is now thriving in its new location next to Down; Lake less than 800 feet from its original setting. Each of the 172 lots being offered average 10,000 square feet and have been artistically plotted to capture the elegance and beauty of the gently sloping terrain. The lots accommodate the dense foliage which is being supplemented with hundreds of native Texas live oaks and colorful seasonal blooming shrubs and plants for a park like setting. To add to the gracious elegance, an extensive waterscape has been added with the development of four lakes and ponds, dramatic cascading waterfalls and waterways edged with imported Colorado boulders. Over 9,000 gallons of water per minute will flow over these boulders.
In keeping with the elegance of The Downs, each of the homesites will border on a waterscape or common garden area. With over 30% of the property dedicated to common landscaped settings, every exclusive custom residence, approved by the architectural review committee, will be assured extraordinary views and privacy. The Downs will also feature, for its residents, private tennis courts, lighted walking paths, terraced pavilions, and 24-hour security patrol and monitoring systems.