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Former NFL Player Bill Bates will be onsite at our property, The Sanctuary at Joe Pool Lake, this Wednesday, September 1st from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. He will be raffling off autographed footballs, photographs and two suite tickets to a Dallas Cowboys game. All attendees will receive a one-day only savings on new one-acre lots in The Sanctuary, a luxurious lakeside retreat on the shores of Joe Pool Lake in Cedar Hill, Texas (right outside of Dallas). Also, homebuilders who attend and begin building within the next six months will receive one-day incentives from Austin Custom Homes, Bill Bates' own building company. For more information, please visit www.lakehomesites.com.
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Weeks of feverish lobbying and passionate pleas came to a dramatic end last week, when the Gunter City Council, which had been inundated by Gunterites fervent about keeping the family values for which Gunter is known in place instead of welcoming smoke stacks and a veritable parade of trucks, voted 3–1 against bringing a concrete batch plant to the city. Rodman Industries and Arbuckle Aggregates, who had planned to build on a 138-acre piece of land just off Highway 289, had previously been shut down in its efforts to build a similar plant in next-door-neighbor Celina.
Gunter is a city of approximately 1,500 residents that lies directly in the path of growth along the Dallas North Tollway. Home to The Bridges, an upscale golf and equestrian masterplan from Southstar Communities, Gunter boasts one of the only exemplary school districts in North Texas, and was voted one of the Best Small Towns To Live In by D Magazine.
Forbes.com just released its latest report on the Best Housing Markets in the country. Three Texas markets top list primarily because of jobs stability, which drives housing stability.
Strong industries have bolstered some of the cities on list: The energy sector has kept jobs flowing into Texas oil town Houston, and that effect trickles into Dallas and Austin (which is also buoyed by technology jobs). A good job market means the housing outlook will stay strong. Houston home prices are expected to rise 1.2% by next year; it's one of only four of the markets we ranked where prices won't continue to slide, according to Moody's Economy.com.
Don’t Miss the Biggest Wine Event of the Year!
|If you’ve never experienced a Grape Stomp, now’s the time! If you’re a fan of good food, great wine, friends, fun and great hill country scenery and weather, the Great Grape Stomp is for you! Want to sample award-winning wines from the Texas wine country? How about meeting local master vintners and learning more about why Texas is becoming known for world-class wines? All while you sample gourmet food, enjoy local music and make new friends – while helping local charities? There’s nothing like the Great Grape Stomp!
THE STOMP: The event itself harks back to the days when wine was pressed by – you guessed it – stomping. Though nowadays we rely on machinery to perfectly press juice from grapes, there’s nothing like experiencing the old-school method of stomping. Back in the day, the best “stompers” were prized by wineries, and the grape season would often end with festivals, where local villagers would compete to see who could produce the most juice, along with feasting, fellowship, and hopes for a great vintage.
At The Great Grape Stomp, you’ll compete in two-person teams. One person, the Stomper, stands inside a short wine barrel and stomps the grapes. The other person, the Swabber, stands outside the barrel and catches the juice in the bucket provided. The Swabber may also reach inside the barrel to ensure a free flow of juice out the drain spout. The winner? The team that gets the most juice – measured by weight – from their grapes. Winners receive a trophy, local wines, and a year’s worth of bragging rights.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE? Anyone 12 and older! It’s fun for the whole family. Just remember: stomping is hard work, as you’ll be smashing grapes with your feet for a ten minute heat! In between heats, there’s plenty to keep everyone excited, with local delicacies, a full lunch, plenty of wines to sample, and local entertainment by Jazz Blues and Diamonds.
WHERE IS THE EVENT HELD? Like last year’s event, the Great Grape Stomp returns to Vintage Oaks at the Vineyard. The Stomp will be hosted in our grand Piazza, a Tuscan-inspired villa with a stunning pool and fountains, plenty of shady seating, and a remarkable design that seamlessly blends classic Italian architecture with a homey, hill country aesthetic. All atop a breeze-kissed hill-country ridge with endless vistas all around, free parking and event transportation, and room for all.
Vintage Oaks is a master-planned community offering acreage homesites in the heart of the wine country, right in New Braunfels. Homeowners at Vintage Oaks can choose from a wide variety of homesites, including hilltop views and deeply wooded land, while they enjoy country-club style amenities and plenty of space. Best of all, you can choose your own homebuilder, and build whenever you want to. You can buy land now while pricing is low, and take your time planning your hill country dream lifestyle! We hope you’ll take a moment to explore this amazing community – we can’t wait to welcome you to the Second Annual Great Grape Stomp!