The Bridges at Preston Crossings was recently featured in the Star Community Newspapers in an article written by Kim Nguyen. The following is a reprint of the full story, Homebuyers flock to North Texas community. Or visit Star Community Newspapers for the online version.
As the Dallas North Tollway continues to expand north, Southstar Communities has already anticipated the growth and turned its famed property into a natural haven for owners. Once a private getaway for Dallas’ elite, Bluegreen’s The Bridges at Preston Crossings is attracting residents with its boundless lifestyle away from city noise and congestion. Built on the legendary Double M Ranch, The Bridges is poised in the heart of growth, between the Dallas North Tollway and U.S. 75 in Gunter, Texas.
The ranch, previously owned by Dallas socialite Myron Martin, holds a large piece of rich, North Texas history and gives a glimpse into why The Bridges is becoming so popular.
Double M Ranch has hosted many dignitaries and celebrities, including Larry Hagman, Brooks & Dunn and Prince Albert of Monaco, as well as two prestigious Dallas Cattle Baron’s Balls and polo matches attended by Dallas magnates and European royalty.
Martin purchased the ranch in 1983, then known as Clearfork Ranch, from Dallas oilman Bob Franklin and used it as a personal getaway. She noted that it was close enough to the Dallas area, but far enough to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
“I was looking for a place where I could go on the weekends. I had a friend in real estate and I told her I just want something north, but that’s close enough to Dallas where I could go up there for the day and come home. My friend found Bob Franklin’s property and I fell in love with it immediately,” she said. “I think [The Bridges] will really appeal to people as a home away from the city. That’s why I wanted it. I hear people are getting out of Frisco, McKinney and Plano because taxes are going so high and more and more people are moving north.”
As a Bluegreen Community, The Bridges takes a unique approach in transforming the 1,583-acre former horse ranch into a master-planned, custom home community with one-third to one-acre homesites.
“Bluegreen takes great pride in preserving the history and integrity of each property we develop,” Bluegreen Senior Vice President Stephen Davis said. “We make sure that each homesite retains its inherent beauty, whether that’s dozens of oak trees, a creek along the back or a view of the water or golf course. We work around the natural terrain of the property.”
The community boasts a semi-private Fred Couples’ Signature Golf Course, a 17-acre equestrian center with boarding stables, 11 miles of riding and walking trails, a 24-acre lake and seven community parks. The Bridges is also located near renowned fishing, boating and recreational sites, including Lake Ray Roberts and Lake Texoma.
“We wanted to design a community that really creates a lifestyle for family memories,” Davis said. “The Bridges is that place where you visited as a kid and never wanted to leave. You can fish, canoe, ride horses or golf – all in your backyard. It has something for everyone, so you can come home and just relax away from the world.”
Veteran golf manager Rocky Hambric recently moved into his home at The Bridges.
“We chose The Bridges because it provided the best combination of living in the country with all the amenities of living in the city,” he said.
With two young boys, Hambric and his wife were looking for a weekend home that provided “plenty of room to grow and give the boys room to run around and be boys,” away from the congestion in central Dallas.
“We were looking for something very specific,” Hambric said. “We wanted something with a grove of trees and preferably a creek. They took us out [to view various homesites], listened to what we were looking for and were very accommodating. It was a very easy transaction.”
That customer service, variety and flexibility are some of the biggest draws for The Bridges at Preston Crossings.
“The Bridges is a master-planned community, but it’s not the everyday community people are used to,” said Dennis Jones, The Bridges sales manager.
Homeowners have the flexibility to use any custom builder they choose and there is no timeframe to begin building.
“A large percentage of our land is bought during the pre-development stage to take advantage of our lowest prices,” Jones said. “That’s why now is the best time to purchase because you can buy land in our newest areas before the streets go in and you can build when you are ready.”
The Bridges’ homesites offer a variety of landscapes, ranging from heavily wooded, creek-front, golf views and water views. The community opened its newest neighborhood, Timber Creek, last week.
“We have a lot of variety right now, so if someone wants tons of trees, we have it. If they want to look out over the golf course or water, they can do that,” he said. “That’s the great thing about buying land - you have the freedom to cater the site how you want and really design the home of your dreams.”
Families at The Bridges also will be able to reap the benefits of Exemplary-rated Gunter ISD schools and the welcoming Gunter community.
Gunter Mayor Mark Millar is looking forward to seeing the positive growth to the city as more and more families make the move to The Bridges.
“The Bridges will bring a whole new dynamic to Gunter,” he said. “It will quadruple the number of homes in Gunter, which will help bring in more retail associated with family housing. And we hope that this will be the first step to more growth.”
Millar and Gunter city leaders are excited about the growth, knowing it will help further establish the town.
“The Bridges has a great golf club and golf course and is a great place to live. We hope people will make it a permanent home to help Gunter grow,” Millar said. “It’s proximity to the North Dallas corridor and Highway 75 and Preston Road makes Gunter far enough out in the country, but close enough to the city.”
Its convenient location, variety of amenities and friendly community makes The Bridges at Preston Crossings the ideal place for a permanent or weekend getaway.
“I loved that ranch for all those years. It’s just so peaceful there. You don’t know there’s anything going on in the world,” Martin said. “It was a true pleasure and I have friends that really miss it. So, I just tell them to go buy land at The Bridges now!”
For more information on The Bridges at Preston Crossings, call 1-800-956-4764 or visit www.bridgestexas.com