George Washington Carver was quoted as saying, “education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” Marcus Hiles, the Dallas-based real estate developer and Founder of Western Rim, agrees, believing that education is certainly the foundation for one’s success in all aspects of their life. Hiles always encourages suburban living for families preferring the best educational opportunities available. Consistently, suburban schools perform higher than urban schools in regards to test scores and graduation rates, and a study conducted by America’s Promise and noted by the New York Times elaborated that “the average high school graduation rate in the nation’s 50 largest cities was 53 percent, compared with 71 percent in the suburbs.”
When Marcus Hiles first launched Western Rim Property Services in the 1980s, he discovered an opportunity to appeal to the then-ignored luxury rental segment of the Texas real estate market. Driven by a vision for affordable luxury living, he desired to build in suburbs that were located near the state’s largest urban centers. Riding a wave of unprecedented population growth and changing trends in home ownership, Hiles’s plan for expansion revolutionized and completely modernized the housing market around the Lone Star State’s most popular urban centers. By offering resort-style amenities to an ever-rising number of renters, his unique concept continues to attract those seeking to enjoy city life without ever moving downtown. With its open spaces and incredible natural scenery, highly rated schools and nearby fine dining, entertainment and shopping, Marcus Hiles fully supports future suburban developments.
Asked about the top city for tech startups in the country, you may think of the San Francisco Bay area or Silicon Valley. But surprisingly, the top spot is Austin, Texas. On top of decades as a music mecca – the international South by Southwest Festival happens here every year – Austin has been the most rapidly growing tech town in the U.S. for many years, with more than 147 companies securing about $1 billion in funding in 2015 alone. Along with fresh entrepreneurs, big players like Amazon, Google, and Facebook have also opened offices in town. Meeting the increased housing demand in the area is real estate developer Marcus Hiles, whose vision of luxurious, ecologically-minded, but affordable, rental homes for the thriving new professional class is seen through more than 15,000 residential units that his company, Western Rim Property Services, has developed throughout Texas, in the cities of Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth.