Inventory Intel: From home tours by bike to amenity parks, master-planned communities respond to the ‘new normal’

by Kerrie Kennedy

Cross Creek Ranch announces socially distanced home tour 

Cross Creek Ranch in Fulshear will open to the public in October for a socially-distanced home tour complemented by electric bikes in order to cruise trails within the community.

Visitors on the Cross Creek Ranch Cruisin’ Home Tour will be given vouchers for free Pedego electric bike rentals as well as maps to model homes and signature amenities within the community.
Cross Creek Ranch boasts more than 45 miles of trails, including those along Flewellen Creek and other natural areas in the community. “There will be plenty of picturesque places along the way to stop and take a photo,” said Cross Creek Ranch Marketing Director Carrie Roehling in a press release.

Guests who register at a model home or online will be entered into a contest to win a Pedego electric bike, and those who redeem vouchers for the free rental will earn a second entry. In addition, Cross Creek Ranch will donate $10 to Family Hope for each rental voucher that is redeemed.

“This will be the third collaboration we’ve had with Family Hope this year, as we have tried to help them meet the surge in requests they’ve seen since the pandemic,” Roehling said.

 The largest non-profit agency exclusively serving northern Fort Bend County’s residents with medical assistance, food, rent and utility assistance, job searches, furniture and disaster relief, Family Hope has seen a 700 percent increase in clientele since March.

The organization was stationed at Cross Creek Ranch this summer to hand out free meals to hundreds of people. And in September, the community hosted a food drive to restock the organization’s pantry.

Priced from the $200,000s, Cross Creek Ranch, one of the nation’s top-selling master-planned communities, features home designs from a dozen different builders, onsite schools and a variety of amenities, including waterparks, pools, lakes, trails and a café.

Model homes will be open for touring 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Masks are required.

Bridgeland to unveil two new amenity parks

The Howard Hughes Corporation has created two new public outdoor spaces to encourage health and wellness for residents in award-winning, master-planned community Bridgeland.

The recently completed Live Oak Park features a custom pavilion with a patio area, swing benches and lounge chairs, along with ample play elements for children.

Celebration Park— slated for completion this November in the Parkland Square neighborhood — will feature a custom pavilion outfitted with tables, lounge seating and gas grills, plug-ins for food truck activations, a dog park, a deck area with ping pong tables and rain gardens highlighting Bridgeland’s commitment to environmental sustainability. 

“The addition of these parks fits into our overarching mission to utilize the environment to help promote outdoor activities which enhance health and wellness for those who live here,” said Howard Hughes Corporation VP of Master Planned Communities Heath Melton in a press release. “Future residents can expect that same vision to apply to Bridgeland as we continue to develop future aspects of the community.”

Bold Fox Development to develop Tomball property

 Bold Fox Development has announced plans for its second community on a 20.8-acre tract in Tomball.

Bold Fox and Chesmar Homes collaborated on the deal, with Chesmar closing on the property last week. Chesmar Homes will be the exclusive builder in the community.

Located near Highway 249 at the northwest corner of Cherry Street and Holderrieth Street, the gated community will feature 31 55-foot homesites and 34 60-foot homesites. Amenities include a community park and nearly three acres of open space.

“This is prime property in a growing area,” said Bold Fox Development Managing Shareholder Alex Kamkar in a press release. “Highway 249 is just about one mile away and big box shopping and a number of restaurants and other conveniences are nearby. This will be an intimate, well-positioned community.”

Pre-sales for Bold Fox Development’s first project, the 45-acre Venetian Pines in Conroe, are expected to begin late this year, with the first homes underway in early 2021, with pricing expected to be from approximately the $190,000s to the $260,000s. 

“We want to use innovative land planning that will create the canvas for the American dream,” Kamkar added. “We want to create opportunities for residents to get outdoors, connect with nature and with their neighbors.”

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