Memorable, Emotional Day at Vintage Oaks: The Read Family is Finally Home

This past Wednesday, September 29, 2010, community members gathered for a memorable day at Vintage Oaks at the Vineyard. Senior Airman Colton Read and his wife Jessica were presented with a 1.17 acre lot and the promise of a mortgage-free home in the Bluegreen Community as a gift from numerous companies involved with Operation FINALLY HOME.
It was a particularly emotional day as the Read’s were presented with this amazing gift which was truly a collaborative effort from all that were involved. Presenting the gift was a team of donors led by Dan Wallrath, founder and president of Operation FINALLY HOME. Mayor Bruce Boyer of New Braunfels told the audience that the town has a “long and deep tradition” of honoring members of the armed services. “This is a community of traditional American values.”
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The Bridges at Preston Crossings Breaks Ground on Homes For Wounded War Veterans

This past Saturday, the Bridges at Preston Crossings proudly broke ground on two new homes for wounded war veterans and their families. The recipient families were joined by Southstar Communities' president and CEO, Dan Koscher, as well as other business donors who are helping to provide the homes through Operation FINALLY HOME.

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Operation FINALLY HOME Recipients, Sergeant Levi and Katie Wilson, Thank Southstar Communities

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Groundbreaking for Operation FINALLY HOME

Please join us on Saturday, September 25 for a groundbreaking ceremony to honor the families of two war heroes and participate in a day of fun. Festivities will begin at 10 a.m. at The Bridges at Preston Crossings and will end at 4 p.m. Activities include horseback riding, fishing and a bounce house. Also, guests will get a chance to see Acme Brick’s “Baby Clay,” the world’s largest brick certified by the Guinness World Records, weighing in at 9,300 pounds and measuring 116 inches long.

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Meet Former NFL Player Bill Bates!

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

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The Bridges at Preston Crossings Welcomes Two Iraqi War Veterans

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Southstar Communities Providing Homes to War Heroes

Southstar Communities is pleased to announce our participation in Operation FINALLY HOME, an organization that honors wounded and disabled veterans as well as widows of fallen soldiers with new homes. Please join us for a celebration ceremony with leaders from the city of Gunter to honor two veterans and their families who will receive an estate lot at The Bridges at Preston Crossings and a new home designed by RDGS Architects and built by Classic Custom Homes.

The first two families to be honored include war heroes Sergeant First Class Alan Hornaday and his wife, Sheila, as well as Sergeant Levi Wilson, Jr. and his wife, Katie. Sergeant First Class Hornaday is a veteran of the U.S. Army who sustained injuries in Baghdad in 2004 and Sergeant Wilson is a U.S. Army veteran who was also injured in Iraq in early 2008. Southstar Communities will continue this initiative in Spring 2011 when three more veterans and their families will also be honored with lots and new homes at The Bridges.

Event Details:

WHEN: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: The Bridges Golf Club at The Bridges at Preston Crossings, 2400 Fred Couples Drive, Gunter, Texas 75078.

Guests will have the opportunity to meet with these inspiring families as well as past program recipients. Attendees will be treated to lunch and tours of the property including the golf course and equestrian center. To RSVP for the ceremony, e-mail

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View Our "Building Your Dream Home" Seminar

This past Saturday our Lake Ridge at Joe Pool Lake community hosted a Build on Your Lot seminar to discuss valuable money saving tips and insights when building your dream home. The standing room only event featured an expert panel of architects and builders. Guests were treated to lunch, great conversation and tours of the property. Stay tuned for more free workshops and seminars! To watch the event, click here.

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Reminder: Build on Your Lot Seminar

Don't forget to attend this free seminar tomorrow, July 31st at 10:30 a.m. at our Lake Ridge at Joe Pool Lake community in Cedar Hill, TX (right outside of Dallas) to answer your questions on building your perfect, yet affordable dream home.

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Build Your Dream Home Affordably

Have you always wanted to buy that perfect stretch of land and build your dream home but thought it would be too expensive? Well, here is some good news! You can actually purchase land and build a custom home for the same price as purchasing a spec home.

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