Real Estate Prior Interests

Timing and location are everything in real estate. The real estate professionals of Jim Sowell Construction Company utilize their talent for timing in all their acquisitions, sales and development decisions. This ability has allowed the company not only to weather the seasons of real estate trends, but also to prosper and grow throughout the last four decades.

1970 | 1980 | 1990 | 21st Century | Fifth Decade

1970’s Completed Projects

Beginning in 1972, Jim Sowell Construction Company focused on custom-home building. Soon, the timing was right to specialize in lot development, primarily in an area between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas.

The company developed four subdivisions encompassing more than 419 lots. The success of this skill allowed the company to branch out and develop one commercial land project and a shopping center

List of Properties

Woodcanyon
Arlington, Texas
A custom 35-lot subdivision completed in 1974.
Country Green Addition
Arlington, Texas
A 75-lot subdivision completed in 1975.
Abrams Royal Square
Dallas, Texas
A 13,500-square-foot shopping center completed in 1977. Southland Corporation and Allstate Insurance were the national credit tenants.
Riverbend
Arlington, Texas
Completed in 1978, 76 custom lots developed and sold to home builders.
Woodcreek Addition
Arlington, Texas
In 1978, there was no development around Woodcreek, a single-family subdivision in north Arlington, Texas. But the timing was right. Indeed, five builders committed to purchase all 233 lots on the first day they were offered. While Jim Sowell Construction Company had debt-financed the entire subdivision of 72 acres, the first group of lots closed by the builders paid off the development loan.
Forest Lake Addition
Arlington, Texas
A 50-acre, multi-use tract developed for retail, hotel and apartment/condominium use in 1979. The addition has approximately 700 multi-family units, retail and a 237-room Holiday Inn.
In 1979, Jim Sowell Construction Company seized the moment to develop this 50-acre retail, hotel and multi-family tract in Arlington, Texas.

 

1980’s Completed Projects

This decade was one of growing diversity for the types of real estate in which Jim Sowell Construction Company participated. Activity spread from residential subdivisions to commercial and large mixed-use developments. The company developed 865 lots and 1,347 acres and was involved in the construction and sale of office buildings, shopping centers and apartments.

List of Properties

Bedford Meadows Addition
Bedford, Texas
Developed in 1981, this 86-acre, multi-use development includes 1,000 apartment units and a 120,000-square-foot shopping center.
Overland Plaza
Arlington, Texas
A 20,000-square-foot shopping center completed in late 1981. Tenants included Southland Corporation, Allstate Insurance and the U.S. Postal Service.
Fleetwood Square
Richardson, Texas
A 52,000-square-foot retail development completed in 1981.
One Arlington Centre
Arlington, Texas
A five-story, 60,000-square-foot office building completed in 1982.
Park Place
Arlington, Texas
An 80-acre, three-phase project consisting of 35 acres of multi-family tracts with more than 800 apartments and condominiums and 175 garden home lots developed in 1982. This project required a complex assemblage of approximately 100 landowners and rezoning to maximize its value.
Southridge Addition
Arlington, Texas
159 single-family lots developed in 1983.
Treepoint Addition
Arlington, Texas
An 80-acre, multi-family project with 1,400 units completed in 1983.
Towne Lake
Irving, Texas
647 acres developed in four phases in 1983, Towne Lake includes an Embassy Suites Hotel, retail, commercial, industrial and office development, multi-family units and zero-lot line sites. Towne Lake required a significant amount of flood plain reclamation, in addition to rezoning, moving over 2,000,000 cubic yards of dirt and activating a Flood Control District.
Spring Valley Shopping Center
Dallas, Texas
A 65,000-square-foot retail center, acquired in 1983, anchored by Tom Thumb grocery store.
Waterway Park
Arlington, Texas
A 400-acre, mixed-use development, including retail, mulit-family, zero-lot line, office and retail sites developed in 1984. True to its name, this 400-acre develoment gives residents an environment with lakes, creeks and canals.
Arlington Towne Centre
Arlington, Texas
Consists of 50,000 square feet of retail space completed in 1984.
4809 Cole Avenue
Dallas, Texas
A 60,000-square-foot, three-story, brick and glass office building with surface and underground parking completed in 1984.
Forestshire
Bedford, Texas
This 70-acre multi-use project, acquired in 1985, consists of custom single-family homes, office and retail.
Verandah Apartments
Arlington, Texas
538 units completed in 1985.
The Village At Cottonwood Creek
Coppell, Texas
In 1986, 188 acres were developed into multi- and single-family lots, townhouse and retail tract

 

1990’s Completed Projects

In the 1990’s, the potential for Jim Sowell Construction Company’s real estate activities reached full fruition. Having a depth of resources, the company was well positioned to prosper from the opportunities afforded by the banking and savings and loan crises, including capitalizing on dispositions made by the RTC, FDIC and financial institutions during this time. In this decade alone, the company purchased 2,694 developed and partially developed lots and 4,280 acres in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, Houston, San Antonio and Denver, Colorado. In addition, another 3,200 lots were developed or completed.

List of Properties

Westchester West
Grand Prairie, Texas
A 166-lot subdivision for volume builders to construct garden homes. 1990
Orion Park
Arlington, Texas
A 217-acre mixed-use development for retail, commercial and single-family uses. The entire tract of land was reclaimed from the flood plain by virtue of an extensive excavation and fill project. 1991.
Orion Park will welcome shops, businesses and families to its choice location in Arlington, Texas.
Oak Hills
Carrollton, Texas
A 189-lot subdivision with both traditional and garden home phases for mid-range builders. 1990
The Peninsula
Rowlett, Texas
A unique development with 173 traditional single-family lots and a redevelopment of duplex sites into 131 garden home lots for volume builders. 1991
Brookhaven Estates
Arlington, Texas
A subdivision of 66 single-family lots for volume builders. 1991
Summerfields
Fort Worth, Texas
A subdivision of 191 garden home lots for volume builders and 11 single-family lots for mid-range builders. 1991
Creek Crossing
Mesquite, Texas
Features 520 completed garden home and traditional single-family lots for volume builders. 1991>
The Timbers
Murphy, Texas
A 215-acre, mixed-use development in the highly respected Plano School District. It includes 560 large, single-family lots for custom and volume builders and a prime 18-acre retail/commercial corner tract. 1991
Creekview
Lewisville, Texas
A subdivision of 169 garden home lots for volume builders. 1991
Shadowlake
Houston, Texas
A 457-acre mixed-use development located on Westheimer Road. The community includes 867 single-family homes, including gated communities and a neighborhood surrounding a 65-acre lake. 80 acres have been developed into 1,686 apartments and 9.5 acres have been developed into nine retail and restaurant locations. This project consistently had one of the highest annual sales rates in Houston during its development phase. Shadowlake showcased Sowell & Co.’s abilities to recognize the right time and place for a major new project in Houston. As the Houston economy recovered from the Oil collapse of the 1980’s, Sowell & Co. acquired this project and created one of the first successful planned developments south of Westheimer Road. 1991
Tealwood
Mesquite, Texas
A 122-lot single-family subdivision for volume builders. 1992
Crystal Lake
Garland, Texas
112 lots for volume homebuilders featuring a man-made lake. 1992
Woods Of Brushy Creek
Austin, Texas
A 208-lot single-family development for mid-range builders. 1992
Woods Of Legend Oaks
Austin, Texas
119 lots for higher-end homes in the Legend Oaks area. 1992
Creek Crossing Section II
Mesquite, Texas
Phase II of Creek Crossing adds 332 lots for volume homebuilders. 1992
Southland Oaks
Austin, Texas
A 295-acre mixed-use development of single-family lots, ranging from 1-acre estate lots to garden-home sites in the high-growth area of southwest Austin. 1992
Autumn Run
San Antonio, Texas
A 261-lot, single-family subdivision, fully developed for volume builders. 1992
Eldridge Park
Houston, Texas
A 110-acre development of 478 lots for mid-range houses in northwest Houston. 1992
Woods Of Spring Creek
Richardson, Texas
A heavily wooded, 278-lot project for custom builders; developed in two phases. 1993The entry gate of rugged natural stone and brick sets the tone for the Woods of Spring Creek. White Rock Creek and the heavily wooded, natural land provide a setting for home sites in striking contrast to Richardson’s nearby Telecom Corridor.
Pierremont
Dallas, Texas
A 66-lot, high-density, in-town subdivision with full security features for semi-custom homebuilders. 1993
Woods At Crystal Falls
Austin, Texas
A 1,558-acre mixed-use development in the Leander area. Single-family and retail areas surround an 18-hole golf course and a new elementary school. 1993
Oaks At Sonterra
San Antonio, Texas
161 acres that include 563 medium- and high-end lots, adjacent to the Sonterra Country Club. 1993
Park Vistas
Denver, Colorado
139 lots in north Denver, developed for the Centex Corporation. 1993
Riverside
Arlington, Texas
A 162-acre land development bordering Riverside Golf Course containing 1,944 multi-family units built around a system of lakes. 1993
Castle Pines North
Denver, Colorado
Pro golfer Tom Weiskopf designed the 18-hole golf course that winds through this 785-acre, master- planned community in Douglas County, offering mid-range and high-end homes. 1994This upscale property capitalizes on front-range mountain views from its 18-hole, Weiskopf-designed golf course, The Ridge at Castle Pines.
Timbercreek
Lewisville, Texas
A 51-acre multi-family land development containing 1,100 units neighboring the Vista Ridge Mall. 1994
Barker Cypress
Houston, Texas
A 64-acre multi-use tract located on the northeast corner of Barker Cypress and F.M. 529 in the dynamic North Houston market. This project is currently home to Kohl’s , L.A. Fitness, and over 650 apartments. 1996
North Texas Medical Center
McKinney, Texas
Adjacent to the new $40 million HCA Hospital. This 70-acre development at the southwest corner of S.H. 121 and Highway 5 in McKinney, Texas contains a 125,000 SF medical office, a medical office condominium complex, and 300 units of apartment zoning. 1996
Westcreek
San Antonio, Texas
A 546-acre, multi-use tract adjacent to the Fiesta Texas amusement park. 1998
Mansfield Towne Crossing
Mansfield, Texas
A 159-acre, mixed-use development located at Hwy 287 and Debbie Lane in southwest Tarrant County. This project is the home for Super Target, Home Depot, many regional restaurants, and 900 apartments. 1999
Westwood Residential
In addition to its direct acquisition of land developments, in 1992, Sowell & Co. recognized that demographics and availability of rental housing were changing in the U.S. The company sensed the timing was right to enter into a partnership with an apartment development and construction company that focuses on luxury rental housing in America. The resulting partnership, Westwood Residential, has developed more than 6,820 multi-family units in Texas, Colorado, Arizona and California.
Crescent At Cherry Creek
Denver, Colorado
216 units.Colonnade At Willowbend
Plano, Texas
338 units.

Sweetwater Ranch

Richardson, Texas
312 units.

The Mirada Apartments

San Antonio, Texas
This attractive San Antonio property is one of the numerous upscale complexes developed by Westwood Residential. 252 units

Sonterra At Williams Centre

Tucson, Arizona
344 units.

Sonterra At Paradise Valley

Phoenix, Arizona
274 units.

Sonterra At Parkside

Dallas, Texas
298 units.

Cortesia At Parkside

Dallas, Texas
274 units.

Grand Centennial

Colorado Springs, Colorado
344 units.

Sonterra At Foothill Ranch

Orange County, California
300 units.

Grand Venetian

Irving (Las Colinas), Texas
514 units.

Cortesia At Rancho Santa Margarita

Rancho Santa Margarita, California
308 units.

Grand River Canyon

Colorado Springs, Colorado
440 units.

Rio Grande Ranch At Shadowlake

Houston, Texas
312 units.

Sonterra At Buckingham

Richardson, Texas
312 units.

Red River Ranch

Grand Prairie, Texas
336 units.

Keystone Ranch

Dallas, Texas
276 units.

San Paloma

Austin, Texas
510 units.

Austin Ranch

Austin, Texas
548 units.

 

21st Century Completed Projects

The future is here. As Jim Sowell Construction Company enters the new century, modern breakthroughs will change both communications and construction technologies. While the future promises tremendous growth, the eternal fundamentals of real estate development still apply – timing and location.

The future is built upon the foundation of the past. Through its proven track record for more than three decades of successfully teaming the synergy of timing and location, Jim Sowell Construction Company is poised to take advantage of the new opportunities and challenges that await the industry in the next century.

List of Properties

Villages At Maxwell Creek
Allen, Texas
64 acres that include 315 lots in one of the fastest growing segments of the Metroplex. 2002
Clear Creek Park
Pearland, Texas
A 45-acre development of 152 low-density, single-family lots, this project adjoins a 20-acre park and is located in one of the hottest single-family markets in the metro Houston area. 2002
Stewart Creek Estates
Frisco, Texas
A 60-acre development of 300 high-density, single-family lots, this project will provide the best housing value in this explosive market. 2003
Westbrook Lakes
Houston, Texas
An 80-acre development of 292 low and medium-density, single-family lots. This project incorporates a meandering water feature and is located in the desirable Cy-Fair Independent School District. One of the fastest selling communities in Sowell & Co. history, this project was delivered on 9/11/2001. In the face of an uncertain time in U.S. history, Sowell & Co. identified a project that was in high demand. 2004
Rhodes Landing
Harris County, Texas
A 38.5-acre development of 192 medium-density, single-family lots. This project is in the much-desired F.M. 2920 corridor. The project provides some of the best housing values in the Klein Independent School District. 2004
Beltway
Houston, Texas
This 23.5-acre parcel was purchased as an investment in 2003 and sold 16 months later to an investor. The property, located at the terminus of Tidwell Road and East Beltway 8, is now being developed as a commercial and multi-family site. 2005
Kenswick Glen
Houston, Texas
A 24-acre development of 143 medium-density lots. This project provides one of the best housing values in north Houston. 2006
Sierra Ranch
Houston, Texas
A 38-acre development of 197 medium density lots surrounding inside of the East Beltway. This community serves the expanding ship channel and refinery employment areas. 2006
Meadow Hill Run
Houston, Texas
A 46-acre development of 226 medium-density lots located in the F.M. 2920 corridor sub-market. This project has a lake amenity feature and a very desirable location in the Klein Independent School District. 2007
Middlecreek Village
Houston, Texas
A 28-acre development of 112 medium density lots surrounding a water feature. The community is located in the Klein ISD. 2007
The Estates at Creeks End
Harris County, Texas
A 35.3-acre development of 100 low-density lots in a secluded, gated community. This project is within walking distance of the elementary school and features two lakes as an amenity. 2007
Villages on Grant
Houston, Texas
A 46-acre development of 208 medium-density lots in the Cy-Fair Independent School District. This project features a five-acre amenity lake. 2007
 Parks at Walnut Bend
Pearland, Texas
A 65-acre development of 256 medium-density, single-family lots. This project is adjacent to Pearland’s Centennial Park and is one of the top growth markets in Houston. 2008
Fifth Decade Completed Projects
Audubon
Houston, Texas
A 35-acre development of 142 medium density lots in the acclaimed CyFair school district. This infill community is inside the West Beltway. 2010
Village Grove
Pearland, Texas
A 90-acre development of 270 medium and low-density lots. This project features some of the last medium-density lots in Pearland. 2010
Chambers Crossing
Baytown, Texas
This 443-acre parcel is served by the Union Pacific rail line that serves the new Bayport Ship Terminal and Port of Houston on Galveston Bay. The property has 2,185 feet of frontage along the east side of the rail line. Additionally the property has 1,900 feet of frontage along FM 565. This project was sold to an international industrial user in 2011 for a substantial gain. This project is near Walmart’s 4-million sf distribution center. This property was sold to one user, an international shipping company. 2011
Tower Garage
A 495 space multi level parking garage in the Dallas CBD, with additional 10,000 sf of ground level retail. As the Dallas CBD became a desirable urban living location, the demand for office space also returned. Tower garage was sold in 2013 to an adjacent office building, in need of additional parking. 2011
Wallisville
Baytown, Texas A 125-acre property at the northwest corner of Wallisville Rd. and Garth Rd. with 5.5 acres of commercial development and 119.5 acres of single family. Stripes convenience stores purchased a site in 2014 and Castle Rock Communities purchased the single family land in 2015.
The community is located in the Goose Creek school district. 2011
Highlands
Baytown, Texas A 43-acre development of 211 medium density lots. The community is located in the Goose Creek school district. 2005
Lockeridge Farms
Houston, Texas A 70-acre development of 188 medium-density lots with a water feature, playground, community pool and the site for a future elementary school. The community is located just south of The Woodlands in Montgomery County, in the Conroe Independent School District. 2005
Canterbury Park
Pearland, Texas A 171-acre development of 457 low-density lots in Houston’s latest sub-market. This community features two parks and a 35-acre lake. 2002
Terrace Brook
Houston, Texas A 105-acre development of 425 medium-density lots located inside Beltway 8 in the CY-Fair Independent School District. This project’s unique infill location has attracted significant market demand. 2004
Imperial Green
Houston, Texas A 97-acre development of 460 medium-density lots, situated just north of Beltway 8 and east of I-45. Imperial Green is the last significant development parcel in the acclaimed Spring Independent School District. 2004

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