KTGY Unveils Designs for Brookfield’s Kissing Tree MP


April 3, 2017

55+, 3,200-home community is between San Antonio and Austin in Texas Hill Country.

KTGY Architecture + Planning in Los Angeles has created three new-home designs for Brookfield Residential PropertiesKissing Tree master plan in San Marcos, Tex. The 55+, 3,200-home community is located on 1,332 acres in Central Texas, halfway between San Antonio and Austin in the heart of the Texas Hill Country.

“We designed the Colby, Emerson and Clarkson plans to appeal to a wide variety of 55+ consumer preferences,” said Manny Gonzalez, FAIA, LEED AP, managing principal of KTGY’s Los Angeles office and head of the firm’s 55+ studio. “Home buyers have lots of options at Kissing Tree — not only on the inside of the home, but also what they want their home to look like on the outside.”

Brookfield's Clarkson Regent contemporary by KTGY.Brookfield’s Clarkson Regent contemporary by KTGY.

The Colby, Emerson and Clarkson homes offer spacious floor plans from 1,850 square feet to 2,957 square feet. Home prices will range from approximately $275,000 to $500,000.

KTGY designed five distinct architectural styles: Modern Farmhouse, Texas Hill Country, Contemporary, Santa Barbara and Traditional. Additionally, each architectural style offers exterior options. “You won’t find the typical ‘salad dressing’ variety of architecture here (ie., French, Italian and Ranch)!,” said Gonzalez.

The homes blend great looking exteriors with Universal Design and enhanced living spaces on the inside, notes Gonzalez. “Buyers can personalize their new home to fit their needs and lifestyle like adding an expanded cover patio, a den or study or a Casita for entertaining, as guest quarters, home office or hobby room.”

The Clarkson Regent floor plan.The Clarkson Regent floor plan.

Gonzalez noted that the laundry room has been moved from its traditional location at the entry point from the garage to a more useful location adjacent to the master suite closet or dressing area. This accomplishes two things: it creates an “owner’s entry” into the home with only one door to go through that can also feature a drop zone to lay down keys, mail and cell phone often with a recharging station. Since the home is generally occupied by only the 55+ owners, having the laundry room adjacent to the master suite allows for the opportunity to provide a “horizontal laundry chute” so that the owners don’t have to lug the only real laundry they generate through the house to the old laundry room location anymore.

“Active adults are excited about the Kissing Tree community,” said Edjuan Bailey, vice president of marketing at Brookfield Residential Texas. “So far, we have welcomed visitors from all over the country, including Maui, Boston, Los Angeles and many other cities across Texas. And, we are just getting started. Our golf course and many other amenities will open later this year.”

Kissing Tree was designed to change the way baby boomers envision the next phase of their lives, including retirement. The community will feature not only a collection of indoor and outdoor amenities at the community’s social focal point, called The Mix, but it will also include an 18-hole golf course, an 18-hole putting course and a state-of-the-art golf clubhouse. Hundreds of acres will be reserved for parks, trails and green space.

Kissing Tree’s community amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, tennis courts, pickleball courts, bocce ball, indoor and outdoor pool, and a Texas BBQ pit for grilling. Upon completion, there will 15 miles of trails for hiking and biking.

“We have enjoyed working with KTGY Architecture + Planning on Brookfield Residential’s first baby boomer-centric new home community,” Scott Turner, general manager of Kissing Tree, said. “Together, we collaborated to deliver thoughtful designs specifically geared to the 55+ community, and we think our residents will genuinely feel at home. Our visitor numbers have been tremendous at Kissing Tree. Since the community opening, more than 300 prospects have signed up for the reservation program to select their lot and home site.”