Watercolor, Seaside and Rosemary Beach on a Texas Lake
Introducing Long Cove, inspired by and modeled after the popular Florida destinations Watercolor and Seaside, is located on posh Cedar Creek Lake in Texas, just over an hour outside of Dallas. The location makes it a convenient retreat for city dwellers all over North Texas to come unwind and relax, but not miss an ounce of the of the good life. Long Cove truly offers a luxury getaway, while promoting an unplugged, relaxing family-oriented experience.
The lakefront property is a full-service luxury retreat, yielding itself to a lifestyle many come to look for in a second-home. Amenities at Long Cove include boat valet, marina and concierge, lakefront swim club, fishing and canoeing pond, driving range, biking trails, outdoor gathering spaces and fire pits, tennis courts, fitness center, amphitheater and more. The property offers custom second homes, which can be built-to-suit, accommodating the unique needs of each resident. Long Cove also offers special land plots for waterside cottages, lakefront homes and family compounds, which can all be constructed and finished to your heart’s desire. Love Cove’s floating docks and boat valet service allows lake access all summer.
Long Cove was created by Dallas real estate developer, Don McNamara, who has invested in notable projects, such as Cityplace and West Village in Uptown. As a long-time resident of Cedar Creek Lake himself, McNamara spent 10 years planning the perfect, family-friendly lake community.
The Long Cove project architect, John Boyd, a DFW resident, implemented a new style of architecture on this special development. He calls it “Texas Lakefront Architecture,” and believes it is a style completely new to the region. He is an expert on architectural and interior design, and his work focuses on creating spaces that facilitate and encourage family “together time.”
“My hope is that Long Cove gives families a one-of-a-kind chance to enjoy Cedar Creek Lake in the way that my friends and family have for years now,” says Don McNamara, developer of Long Cove and president and CEO of Hampstead Holdings, the developer. “This development represents a personal passion for me, and I’m thrilled to be able to introduce Long Cove to families in Dallas who are searching for that quick, convenient getaway that can be their go-to place for getting back to the basics of family life.”
By car, homeowners enter a gated community, then proceed down a two-mile entry road winding through forest and meadows, passing by fishing ponds and over a 100-year-old one-way iron bridge. The wooded surroundings offer a sense of privacy and seclusion, which combined with the on-site concierge service, makes owning a lake home far less of a chore, which is a basic premise of the development.
The Waterside Cottages are turn-key lakefront homes, offered in different floor plans and a “low country meets Hill country” architectural style –with customized finishes and the “Seaside” look: pastel clapboard, beach house classic made of faux cedar shakes. Custom homes are available in one of five styles: craftsman, rustic shingle, low country, ranch, Austin stone and Hill Country contemporary. The lakefront lots feature up to 150 feet of shoreline and are sized between 1/2 acre to 1 acre, while the waterfront Family Compound properties are sized to accommodate multiple structures, with up to 470 whopping feet of shoreline and up to 2.5 acres per lot.
Beyond the shores of Cedar Creek, in the piney woods, a regulation-sized sports field encourages quick football, rugby, tennis or soccer games. There is also a PGA quality driving range and short golf game practice area where the family can get away to swing the clubs without feeling the pressure to play a full 18 holes of golf.
Neighboring Cedar Creek marinas like popular Cherokee Landing Resort provide a number of boat rental options including luxurious pontoon boats for cruising and ski boats for more active families. The marina’s owners Hugh and Charlotte Roberts are friendly and very knowledgeable long time Cedar Creek residents. Ask them for the best fishing areas and where the most scenic parts of the lake are good for sunset cruising.
“Every consideration has been taken in the design of the Long Cove development and in the combination of amenities we offer. It’s all about putting the right ingredients in place to make for a phenomenal family experience,” said Chris Kelsey, Long Cove president. “Long Cove is unlike any other lakefront residential community in Texas, trading the traditional private golf community feel for a new idea – a luxury getaway that redefines quality family time.”