WICHITA, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--WaterWalk Hotel Apartments, Jack DeBoer’s fifth national brand, announced today the groundbreaking of WaterWalk Las Colinas. Las Colinas will be the second of multiple Texas locations. Located in a prime location adjacent to DFW Airport at George Bush Turnpike and West Royal Lane, WaterWalk Las Colinas is a franchised property owned by a group of Wichita investors led by Allan Dunne, owner and manager of Dunne Investments and Dunne Property Company. The Law Company is the general contractor on the project, and LK Architecture is the architect; both companies are Wichita-based. The Dunne group has committed to developing 10 to 15 additional WaterWalk franchises over the next few years.
WaterWalk Hotel Apartments was created by entrepreneur Jack DeBoer, the founder of Residence Inn, Summerfield Suites, Candlewood Suites, and Value Place/Woodspring. WaterWalk’s first property in Wichita, Kansas opened in November 2014 and has produced exceptional results in its first two full years of operation.
“The Dunne group’s commitment to developing 10 to 15 WaterWalk properties over the next few years is evidence that WaterWalk is an attractive opportunity for investors to add strong assets to their real estate portfolios,” said David Redfern, president of WaterWalk International. “We’re starting our third year of business in a heightened state of activity with new franchisees coming on board, property openings in Denver and San Antonio, and seven additional properties starting construction from now through year-end.”
“Breaking ground on WaterWalk Las Colinas couldn’t have come soon enough,” said Allan Dunne. “With the thriving business sector and Class-A dense employment in the Las Colinas submarket, the demand is high for a WaterWalk. In about 12 months, corporate travelers will have an enhanced option with the space, amenities, and service they have yet to experience anywhere else. WaterWalk’s unique concept and commitment to nationwide growth, coupled with our expertise and strength in real estate investment and development and our successful track record throughout 15 years of business bodes well for a mutually successful relationship between WaterWalk and our group.”
WaterWalk’s hybrid hotel and corporate lodging concept mirror a similar popular model well-known in Europe. This model provides added space typically seen in apartment homes with the combination of hotel services and offers an array of upscale amenities and features. The furnished and semi-furnished suites include full-sized appliances in a modern kitchen, full-sized, in-suite washer/dryer, high-speed Internet, DirecTV with 300 channels and DVR, fitness center, bike storage and outdoor spaces with a fire pit and a relaxation pool. The full-service option also includes housekeeping and free, customized breakfast delivered weekly to each suite.
Companies using WaterWalk for their corporate housing needs will find an added level of convenience and quality compared to other corporate housing facilities, including a national sales team and full support staff that are available on-site 24-hours a day for any guest needs, increased flexibility in lengths of stay, and premier safety and security measures. WaterWalk’s Wichita location has drawn corporate lodging rentals from many Fortune 1000 companies. Lodging Magazine recognized WaterWalk as an industry innovator in 2016 for being “vastly different” than typical hotel or apartment products.
About Dunne Investments, Inc. & Dunne Property Company, LLC
Dunne Investments and Dunne Property Company, are private, family-owned businesses based in Wichita, Kansas. The company’s focus is on real estate investment and development throughout the country, as well as crude oil and natural gas exploration and production investment primarily in the mid-continent region. Dunne Investments owns or manages real estate in Kansas, Arizona and Oklahoma City with energy holdings in Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Alaska’s North Slope. The company is also an investor in several alternative investment categories including venture capital, private equity, and private note investments. For more information, visit www.dunneinvestments.com or call (316) 210-3441.
Headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, WaterWalk combines the most appealing features of an upscale extended-stay hotel with the lifestyle of apartment living. Guests may choose to stay a day, a week, a month, a year, or longer with one all-inclusive bill for utilities, DirecTV with 300 channels and premium channels, DVR, Internet, phone, gym facility and 24/7 concierge services. With the full-service package, guests enjoy fully-furnished accommodations, housekeeping, and complimentary, breakfast delivered to the suite. WaterWalk is the fifth national brand started by Jack DeBoer, including Residence Inn, Summerfield Suites, Candlewood Suites, and Value Place/Woodspring. For more information, visit www.waterwalk.com or call (316) 201-1899.