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A Trendsetting Active Community Concept
All of these titles listed from Leslie’s career are earned during his real estate career that began in 1989. You don’t earn those titles without doing trendsetting things every once in a while—that much is obvious. However, his company, Heritage Homes, is in the second phase of finishing a project, The Ranch at The Wilds, which is trendsetting through and through. Introducing private courtyards, low maintenance living, lock and leave lifestyle, universal design and amenities.
About Tyrone Leslie
Tyrone Leslie, President and Owner of Heritage Homes & Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Premier Properties, has been ND Builder of the Year, Life Delegate for the National Association of Home Builders, FMWF Chamber Entrepreneur of the Year, and the Home Builder Association of Fargo- Moorhead President!
Did You Know?
Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in America and The Ranch at The Wilds has two courts!
The Ranch at The Wilds
The best times in your life, from being a child running around the neighborhood, to a young adult starting college, you are enjoying the journey of life. Unfortunately, as we age, it can be harder and harder to find the activities, let alone a whole community, that allows us to live life to the fullest.
That best describes The Ranch at The Wilds, an active adult community in West Fargo, built for, but not restricted to, the 55+ age group—the first of its kind. Complete with a 3,000-square-foot private clubhouse, walking path, 24’x46′ pool, fitness center, golf simulator, and two pickleball courts—it offers a place for those that are looking for life’s most fulfilling moments.
In the clubhouse, the crown jewel of the space, residents have access to— and the ability to rent out—a space for entertaining that includes a fully-finished kitchen with all of the latest appliances. The space also hosts roughly four events per year that are put on by Leslie and his team.
“Today’s clients and the active adult community are looking for more,” Leslie said. “Whereas 10 years ago, The Ranch would not have happened. We are really proud of what we have included—the pickleball courts, the beautiful pond, featuring a spectacular fountain, walking path, and all of the exterior amenities are lit up at night, which our homeowners absolutely love.”
Included alongside those physical amenities is access to a wellness coach, Russ Drake, who will work with you to accommodate your needs.
“He understands the client awfully well,” Leslie said. “He really wants to get in your head so he can understand what makes you tick. He really works to understand how your body works, what your lifestyle is like, and then accommodates a program to suit you.”
In order to bring the project, which is still accepting new buildouts for the time being, to life, Leslie leveraged a multitude of resources, working with Epcon Communities, learning from his Builder 20 Group—a group consisting of 20 builder companies from around the country that get together twice a year—as well as the National Association of Home Builders.
“It’s all about educating yourself,” Leslie said. “By hearing what’s happening in another part of the country, you can better understand what is going to be happening here soon. That helps you stay ahead of the curve.”
Give the People What They Want!
The U.S. active adult community was valued at over $560 billion in 2021. There is no question that people want what is offered at The Ranch at The Wilds!
Individuals choosing to build at The Ranch at The Wilds will have eight different floor plans to choose from, including the option to have either a side or rear private courtyard space. However, the level of personalization does not end there.
“We listen to what each homeowner wants in their home, how they live day in and day out. We follow four areas when it comes to personalizing a home, storage, entertaining, de-stressing and flexible living.,” Leslie said.
“Our team designs, imagines and inspires our homeowners. But as a builder, that’s on us to have that conversation with that particular homeowner.”
Whether you are a grandparent that hosts your hockey-playing grandchildren often and need a place for them to put their sweaty equipment or you entertain and want to be able to interact with your guests while cooking in the kitchen, Leslie promises that Heritage Homes can make that happen.
8 Trends Tyrone Leslie is Seeing in Homes Today
1. Entertainment Areas
“It is more than just a TV on the wall inside a sheetrock detail these days. Listen to the homeowner’s needs and how they entertain their guests to come up with WOW factors for this space in their home. You can incorporate sheetrock arches by Red River Drywall, natural wood slats by woodpanelwalls.com, or custom built-in shelving by Mill Creek Custom Cabinets, wall murals by your favorite wallpaper company—the possibilities are endless.”
2. Fireplace Details
“Trends have changed from having a traditional fireplace and mantel. We are inspiring our homeowners with creative thought and design, doing unique natural wood elements by Grain Designs or Dakota Timber of Fargo, or even better yet, from a family’s old barn! Hebron Brick of Fargo can help add to the variety of stone and brick selections (traditional brick is coming back). Custom-built mantels are also something fun to do with your favorite finish carpenter.”
3. Multi-Purpose Shelving
“Floating shelves are great for accentuating areas with artwork, photos, and more! Great finds for these can also be found at Grain Designs or Dakota Timber of Fargo. You can also sometimes find unique pieces online at theoldmill.com or even your local box store can sometimes have some great finds.”
“A couple of other great local companies you can utilize to maximize your shelving are JL Shelving of Moorhead and Smart Spaces of Fargo. Both of these businesses can help customize all the shelving for your organizational needs.”
“The latest trends in homebuilding include adding detailing to staircases. In most homes, when you go up a staircase, the look can be pretty standard. However, we can really beautify this area of the home. From a U-shaped staircase with a beautiful wood feature wall at the top or a stone-featured wall with indirect lighting to show off an art piece, the possibilities are endless!”
5. Ceiling Elements
“At Heritage Homes, we like to call the ceiling a fifth wall! Homeowners tend to ignore their calling and don’t see them as an opportunity for a conversation starter, but it can be! By adding natural wood by D&M Industries in Moorhead or reclaimed wood by Dakota Timber of Fargo, custom paint or even a different texture through Red River Drywall in Horace, you can really add an extra dimension to your home. To top it all off, you can show this dimension off with accent lighting from JDP Electric.”
6. Kitchen Backsplash
“Backsplashes will always be an element in the kitchen that a homeowner will start with when matching the rest of their kitchen together. The market has been trending towards personalized hood detailing over the stove. Some great local options for this include custom builds by Mill Creek Custom Cabinets of Moorhead. For ceramic tile features, Floor To Ceiling of Fargo is a grat option. And, if quartz is what you are looking for, Spauling Stone will help you continue the quartz from the countertop to the backsplash for a nice clean look.”
7. Bathroom Design
“From installing steam showers, custom-tiled detailing, heated tile flooring, and soaking tubs to relax in and to make your own private oasis. Check out Ferguson Enterprises’ showroom for some great inspiration.”
“Of course, technology is an ever-growing and evolving industry. Samsung has smart appliances that can outfit the entire kitchen. Smart homes are sweeping the nation. Some of the top-of-the-line refrigerators are including details like extra drawer space and with the press of one button you can see your entire fridge and everything in it from the convenience of your phone.”
In The Blood
The Leslie family name has been instrumental to the real estate and hospitality industries in Our communities. From office buildings, hotels, developments, restaurants and of course real estate, their passion for these projects have been profound!