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Complaint Review: Highland Homes

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  • Submitted: Thu, July 15, 2004
  • Updated: Sat, August 14, 2004

  • Reported By:little elm Texas
Highland Homes
12850 Hillcrest Suite 200 Dallas, Texas U.S.A.

Highland Homes ripoff shady dishonest deceptive misrepresenations Dallas Texas

*Consumer Comment: This is a good Red Flag to Take Heed to

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My family and I were being transfered to the great state of Texas. On several trips down to Texas we searched for homes, ending up in Little Elm.

We looked at a Highland home that was already finished and liked it very much. We returned to the sales office to ask questions regarding the house and the neighborhood. We specifically asked about the main road running through the neighborhood, El Dorado Parkway.

The sales representative told us that it was a neighborhood road that would give us another entrance into the neighborhood. We assumed that the representative was honest and truthful. That day we signed the contract on our new home.

We moved in July of 2003. In December of 2003 information came with our water bill that El Dorado Parkway would connect Highway I35 to the Dallas Tollway. And our neigborhood is between I35 and the tollway. This major corridor is called The Lewisville Lake Corridor Project.

This roadway is considered a highway. It is referred to as a significant thoroughfare and principal arterial. It is estimated to have between 35,000 and 45,000 cars a day in 2008 when the bridge over the Lewisville Lake is opened.

Highland Homes knew about the roadway and the purpose of it. They knew because John Baker, the developer of the subdivision, knew it. Mr. Baker built section 7 of the roadway,(the part of the road that runs through the neighborhood).

Highland Homes was deceptive and misrepresented the purpose of the roadway. They lied when we asked about El Dorado. We would have not purchased our home knowing that our children would be up against such traffic and noise and not able to access the amenity center safely.

The flow of traffic has already changed in our little town. Before the traffic went around the neighborhood and now a section of the old road has been removed, all traffic going through Little Elm comes through the middle of our neighborhood.

Leaving our amenity center of one side of El Dorado Parkway, and over 60% of the homes on the other side of El Dorado. Making it almost impossible to ride bikes or walk to the pool or playground.

Highland Homes has refused to meet with our committee of homeowners to discuss solutions to noise pollution, traffic and safety issues. Why won't they meet with us? Do you think their lawyers have something to do with that decision? Mr. Baker also refuses to meet with us along with the other builders, Landstar and Drees.

We went to the city of Little Elm for help. We asked the Town Council to call them and urge them to start a dicussion regarding solutions of our problems. Even after the Town Manager of Little Elm called they still refuse to meet with us.

Highland Homes has no regard for us, they deceived us and took our money. We are left with a house next to a highway that we can't sell. AND THEY DON'T CARE!

They took from us, our right to make informed safe decisions for our family. Do not buy a home from Highland, they are deceptive and dishonest!

Deborah
little elm, Texas
U.S.A.

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#1 Consumer Comment

This is a good Red Flag to Take Heed to

AUTHOR: Pamela - (U.S.A.)

You have no idea how grateful I am for your post! We live in Texas and we are looking at homes to buy right now. Our situation would have been just as yours turned out. Augh! Bless your hearts.

Kimball Hill Homes and Lennar homes have an incredible development in Rowlett, Texas. The homes are unbelievable and the neighborhoods are great. The problem is they will eventually run George Bush freeway (190) right past this neighborhood. Of course we didn't hear this from the builder. We heard it from a friend who decided NOT to buy out there.

We do not know exactly where 190 will go, but the development is about 2 blocks from the neighborhood entrance right now. It looks far from the road right now because it's only a two-way street with modest traffic. But should they widen it and make it a highway it will greatly encroach RIGHT into this neighborhood we were looking to buy into. What a MESS that would have been to move into our supposed dream house and have to deal with that!

Again, thanks so much for sharing this. I feel so awful for what has happened to you and your precious family. We loved this house so much that we even contemplated the choices. Thanks so much for making us wake up to the realities of living right next to a highway! I will be contacting the builder again and I want ANSWERS about exactly WHERE 190 will be. Shouldn't the city have proposed plans I can find to get these answers in case I cannot get the truth from the builder?

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated as we found out our last DREAM house had a GUN range that operated 365 days a year right behind the neighboring woods. The people in that neighborhood had to deal with gun shot sounds from 10 am to 8 PM all YEAR. Thanks to talking with HONEST neighbors there, and then driving to the gun range and asking about hours, we found all this out.

Rowlett also had builders who developed in new areas KNOWING a future development in that area was also a sewage treatment plant! The smell is unbearable to drive by, can't imagine having to LIVE there. Augh. Those poor people.

Garland and Rowlett also sold many homes at premium prices while the city was building 190 through those areas and NEVER told the new home owners that 190 would be a TOLL road. The city of course made it a tollway AFTER they raised our taxes 3 times to build this portion of the highway. Meanwhile, the new homeowners never budgeted for the toll cost they have to pay now just to get to use that NEW highway that enhanced them to buy in those areas.

Good grief, do any of these builders have a conscious of where they build or is it asking too much not to be put next to toxic pollution, danger and unbearable noise?

Isn't the city responsible to make SURE tax payers KNOW a road they are asked millions for will also cost them in YEARS of tolls BEFORE they approve it? There has to be some laws that protect buyers from these unfathomable scams. Enough is enough. We have to be ever vigilant to protect our families and pocketbooks.
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