There are many different React starter projects, but as far as I've seen, the all seem to over-complicate the process. This project starts simple and you can make it as complicated as you wish. The folder structure and the initial app render is completed for your convenience.c
npm install react-now
copy files from node modules into your project root
Download the zip from the Github repo at https://github.com/3stacks/react-boilerplate
gulp for the default task which builds the app to the build directory.
gulp watch to watch files
That's about it.
Change the build path at line 9 if you want to call the build folder dist or something like that.