Southstar Communities recognizes that every family and homeowner has different desires for the lifestyles they choose to pursue. And this is precisely why we go to great lengths to offer so many unique and varied locations. If horseback riding is an interest of yours, discover what Southstar Communities can offer you.
Horseback Magazine recently recognized the 9 Best Horse Communities and two of Southstar Communities' properties made the list. Saddle Creek Forest in Magnolia, Texas and King Oaks in Bryan College Station, Texas are considered among the very best in Horseback's vast circulation area. Below is an excerpt from the article, Buying the Perfect Pasture for Your Horse (and a Place to Lay Your Head Too) published in their July 2009 issue. For information on additional horse properties developed by Southstar Communities, click here.
In 1983, Dallas socialite Myron K. Martin purchased 212 acres of the Double M Ranch including a house from Dallas oilman Bob Franklin. Franklin had used the property as a weekend polo getaway for him and his friends including Prince Albert of Monaco, who scored his first goal at the ranch. At that time, the property was known as Clearfork Ranch.
“I was looking for a place where I could go on the weekends,” she said. “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 it already had a house, two barns, a pool and tennis court. It basically had everything I wanted and I fell in love with it immediately.”
Before becoming the master-planned community it is today, The Bridges was the polo playground for Texas oilman Bob Franklin. Franklin, owner of Costa Resources in West Texas, purchased the Gunter property in the ’70s and titled it Clearfork Ranch.
Bob joined Willow Bend Polo Club in Dallas, which was founded by Brinker International’s Norman Brinker, and wanted a place to practice his new interest in polo. Clearfork Ranch quickly became his weekend polo getaway where he could entertain friends including Prince Albert, son of Grace Kelly and now ruler of Monaco. Prince Albert is rumored to have scored his first goal on the property.