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It’s no secret that Texas is known for its warm weather. With 300 days of sunshine a year, there’s no better way to cool down and relax than at a lake. Despite Texas having a dryer climate, there is a wide variety of different lakes throughout the state. Varying in size and recreation activities, the lake destinations are endless! Whether it’s right around the corner or a weekend getaway, here is a list of ten Texas lakes that you should explore.

1. White Rock Lake

White Rock Lake is a prime spot for numerous activities, such as running, hiking, birdwatching, paddle boarding (on-site rentals available), and fishing. This smaller city reservoir is located in the heart of downtown Dallas, making it great day trip option for cooling off and relaxing. White Rock Lake is about a 40-minute drive from Wildcat Ranch.

2. Lake Lewisville

As one of the largest lakes in north Texas, there are countless recreation options here. Lake Lewisville is great for fishing, water skiing, swimming, and boating. There are even plenty of nice beaches to relax on and hiking and biking trails to explore. This lake is conveniently located just north of the Dallas-Fort Worth area and is only an hour away from Wildcat Ranch: perfect for a day trip!

3. Eagle Mountain Lake

Eagle Mountain Lake is another popular lake outside of Fort Worth. It is largely known for its boating activities as it’s home to the historical Fort Worth Boat Club. Aside from boating and water activities, Eagle Mountain Lake also offers numerous surrounding lakes with stunning hiking trails. This location is another great day trip spot and is just over an hour drive away from Crandall.

4. Lake Granbury

Lake Granbury is a long, narrow reservoir near Granbury, Texas with over a hundred miles of shoreline. This is a popular spot for all sorts of lake activities from fishing at one of the many public fishing piers to spending the day on the water on a boat, kayak, jet ski, or a paddleboard! With many camping spots available, Lake Granbury is perfect for a weekend trip or a day trip being just 90 minutes from Crandall.

5. Lake Texoma

Lake Texoma is a larger lake that is perfect for all types of water recreation. It is surrounded by marinas, campgrounds, parks, and wildlife refuges. Located on the Texas-Oklahoma border, making it approximately two hours from Wildcat Ranch— perfect for a weekend, or even a day trip!

6. Lake O’the Pines

This is one of the most beautiful lakes of East Texas as it is surrounded by sky-high pine trees. One of the best ways to explore Lake O’the Pines is by boat and has numerous boat ramps available. This lake is also popular for its elaborate fishery that contains several bass species, catfish, crappie, and sunfish! While this lake is only a little over a two-hour drive from Wildcat, it is recommended for an overnight camping trip because the night sky through the pines is unlike any other!

7. Possum Kingdom Lake

Another larger lake that is perfect for a wide variety of recreation activities, such as swimming, boating, water skiing, and even scuba diving and snorkeling! There are also great spots for hiking and picnicking too. Possum Kingdom Lake is located west of Fort Worth and is about a three-hour drive from Wildcat Ranch.

8. Lake Austin

Lake Austin is a reservoir that is actually a part of the Colorado River. This relaxed lake is popular among the locals and is known for its fishing and boating, as it is largely populated with bass fish. Boat rentals are available for reservation if you do not have your own. Located just outside Austin, Lake Austin is roughly a 3.5-hour drive from Wildcat.

9. Inks Lake

Inks Lake is a part of the relaxing Inks Lake State Park. It offers over 200 camping spots and a variety of water activities, such as swimming, fishing, and boating. Located in the heart of Texas Hill Country, northwest of Austin, Inks Lake is perfect for a weekend camping trip and is about a 3.5-hour drive from Wildcat.

10. Lady Bird Lake

Lady Bird Lake is a unique river-like reservoir located in the heart of Austin. It offers a wide variety of activities and some of the most popular things to do are kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddle boarding. The lake also offers hiking and biking with a 10-mile long trail! As this lake is down in Austin, it makes for the perfect weekend trip.

Whether you’re there for a day or weekend, these lakes are the perfect place for families to unwind and make memories. Located driving distance from these beautiful lakes, Wildcat Ranch is a new hometown community in Kaufman County. Its impressive Amenity Center offers parks, a Fitness Center, an expansive pool, tot lot and more, there is something for everyone. Let your furry friends run in the two dog parks. Miles of walking and biking trails weave through the neighborhood. There is even a brand-new school, Noble Reed Elementary, within walking distance of the homes.

Build your dream home by choosing from floorplans hand crafted to your needs. Select one of three Award-Winning Home Builders to construct your home; Beazer Homes, Express Homes, and Lennar Homes. The Model Row Village is now open to tour! Stop by the community at 1000 Wildcat Trail, Crandall, TX 75114 to take a tour, or contact us for more information. Visit or call 214.466.8144 to discover “Life On Your Terms” at Wildcat Ranch.

Skyrocketing real estate prices and a shortage of affordable housing options might prompt anyone to look for other less expensive areas to live in.

To make it easier to choose the best place, Curbed released a list of 10 U.S. cities people should move to in 2020. To determine the best alternatives, the team measured livability in each urban enter by considering certain criteria such as walkability, access to parks, diversity, housing costs, job opportunities and more.

The Dallas real estate market boasts affordable housing options with a median home price of $219,173 and a median rent of $1,137 for a two-bedroom apartment. Previously, the city focused on sprawling to grow, but now it’s working to add density.

Moving toward more walkable urban development, Dallas offers desirable living at attractive prices and the low cost of living is also drawing in corporations, which has been the case in nearby cities such as Arlington and Plano.

Enticing neighborhoods in Dallas offer the music scene with new office projects under development; Wildcat Ranch Texas, a DFW suburb, offers a family-friendly master-planned community that offers affordable new construction homes and amenities including a brand new elementary school.

Wildcat Ranch provides big-city access with small-town charm, just 30 minutes from Downtown Dallas, Crandall is the perfect Dallas suburb at the most incredible value. New homes are priced from the $200s. With easy access to major interstates and the Dallas Metroplex, it has never been so easy to get around with everything you could ever need right outside your door.

To learn more about Wildcat Ranch, simply sign-up and get our free brochure that includes photos of the community, amenity highlights and so much more.

Here’s the full list of the 10 most appealing U.S. cities (in alphabetical order):

  • Arlington, Virginia
  • Boise, Idaho
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Provo, Utah
  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • St. Louis, Missouri

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Picking a new home is a big thing in a family’s life. While parents have a list of things that they need, such as enough space to host holiday parties and close proximity to work and top-rated schools, kids have their own needs that a home needs to satisfy. When viewing homes, families should consider factors such as how close it is to a school, how much room there is for pets, and how they could see their family growing in it. Check out some of the other common suggestions below!

Imaginative Play Area

The playground is a great way for kids to burn energy and meet new friends while parents get to take a break, but they play an important role in a kid’s growth, as well. Any child development expert could tell you that at a playground, children learn social skills, stretch out their muscles, and develop eye-hand coordination. Every neighborhood needs one!

Parks and Trails

With the demands of school getting bigger and technology coming up with more distractions, the time that a kid spends outside is shrinking drastically. That’s why it’s important to live in a neighborhood where it’s easier for kids to get out and move around. Getting outdoors is an essential part of growing up. Outside is where imagination can take over. Parks and trails are an important part of this, serving as a place for children to have their own adventures, explore the natural world, and have fun in the fresh air.

Super Swimming Pools

Come summertime, everyone needs somewhere to cool off! What’s better than splashing around in a pool? Parents might want to catch up on their tans, but for kids, a swimming pool is the ultimate social spot. Whether it’s part of the community’s offerings, or it’s right in the backyard, no one can go wrong with a pool.

Not Too Far from Friends

Part of the reason why the early childhood years are so important is because children are forming the relationships that they’ll carry throughout life. A great neighborhood should be able to help foster these relationships. Sidewalks open up a whole world to kids, from letting them ride bikes down the way to a friend’s house to giving them an open canvas for chalk art. Parks give them space to play in. Wildcat Ranch in Crandall, Texas, even has a school on-site, so not only are kids close to their education, they’re also close to their friends as well.

Room for Rover

No need to leave furry friends out of the fun – a home should have plenty of space for pets. After all, they’re family too, and their needs to be respected as well. That means a big backyard to run around in, plenty of parks and trails to take a walk to, and a separate space for them to lay their head (and tear up their toys).

An ideal family home is one that kids can explore childhood and grow up in. That’s what makes the homes at Wildcat Ranch so special. Located in Crandall, Texas, this community creates a hometown feel and offers a brand new on-site school, Noble Reed Elementary School. As part of the Crandall Independent School District, Noble Reed Elementary is just one of the many features that make Wildcat Ranch perfect for families and kids.

You are invited to discover a master-planned community like no other in the heart of Kaufman County, Texas. Wildcat Ranch is where value meets lifestyle with floor plans handcrafted for your needs and homes priced from the $200’s. Choose from four Award-Winning Home Builders to construct your dream home; Beazer Homes, and Express Homes. Each locally known builder will work with you to ensure your home meets all of your needs. The Model Row Village will be available to tour soon as well.

Located 20 minutes from Downtown Dallas, this community offers easy access to major roadways connected to the Dallas Metroplex for employment opportunities, as well as local shopping and dining. Within the community, residents have an assortment of amenities at their fingertips. There is something for everyone, from the Amenity Center with an expansive pool and Fitness Center, to the dog parks, and the miles of trails. Discover “Life On Your Terms” at Wildcat Ranch. For floorplans, pricing and up-to-date information, sign up today.