Marcus Hiles, as the CEO of Western Rim Property Services, as filled the demand for affordable luxury living options since 1990. His company manages over 15,000 residential rental townhomes and apartments across the state of Texas. Due to Hiles’ desire to create communities in all of his business ventures, the property developer’s homes are designed to include beautiful natural landscapes, premier gyms, day spas and recreational centers.
In a Jan. 22, 2016 New York Times article, Jane Margolies explained the evolution of animal-oriented features from sporadic early appearances in 2000 to prolific installations in 2016, noting, “When “pet spas” were introduced in high-end residential buildings a decade or so ago, they might have seemed like another flash-in-the-pan perk. But they’ve not only hung on like a dog with a bone, they’ve also evolved.” Spas, treadmills, bone-shaped pools, visiting vets, and groomers used by haute couture designers rule the day. Marcus Hiles notes a Los Angeles Times article from Aug. 8, 2014 highlights the ultimate trend, with pet parents giving their charges a special space of their own, often even equipped with an en suite bath. One proud pet suite aficionado reasoned, “She’s a part of the family. Everybody else has a room — so does she.” The designation of a complete suite to the toys, leashes, grooming equipment, and other accessories needed for healthy, happy, pets keeps the rest of the home clean and organized.
When natural landscaping is properly used on a piece of property, it should require very minimal effort to maintain unlike other options that require pesticides, fertilizers, or excess watering. Native flora and fauna have evolved and adapted to a region’s conditions over thousands of years, making them the preferred choice for sustainability, especially over a lawn. If properly planted, they should survive both winter cold and summer heat, and resist pests and diseases while flourishing without soil amendments. Perhaps the most visible benefit in using natural landscaping is the attraction of butterflies, birds, pollinators and other natural wildlife.