Making your house feel like a home can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. Paint colors, living room configurations, wall art and more – Wildcat Ranch has the inside scoop this year. Here are 8 new design trends to try in 2021!
The past brought overwhelming elements of midcentury modern and Scandinavian-style design, but now homeowners are seeking comfort and familiarity throughout their spaces in a more traditional sense. Traditionalism has been known to incorporate timeless designs along with classic artworks, antiques, and pieces of history to invoke a sense of harmony and order. Traditional home designs are inspired by anything from French Country to Neoclassical styles, including slipcovered sofas, antique accents, classic prints, statement lighting and thoughtful colorful palettes.
After spending countless hours inside this past year, homeowners have reimagined their spaces with new preferences inspired by the beauty of nature. This year we will expect to see an emphasis on raw materials such as natural fiber textiles over synthetics and furnishings like wicker, rattan, and cane. Designers are incorporating live-edge wood accents, like dining tables and shelves, as focal points to pair with calming colors and “earthy” shades taken from warm greens and emeralds, cobalt blue, bronzes, and browns. And what’s nature without plants? Houseplants are #1 on the list of home elements rising to popularity in 2021. Plants have been proven to reduce stress, boost productivity and increase the air quality in your home. Bring the outside in with a faux planter or real succulent to liven up any space!
“Cottagecore”, a new name for the classic collection of rustic and antique furnishings, cozy floral textiles, and light earth tones, is trending this year. Rustic details are among 2021’s top interior design trends. Homeowners are embracing individuality and swaying from sterile uniformity to opt for artisan features like handmade textiles, reclaimed vintage furnishings, and unique hardware. In incorporating rustic details, designs should blend new and old décor to create the perfect balance—consider using repurposed vintage pieces for an expert contrast.
Pantone may have announced Ultimate Gray and Illuminating Yellow as the 2021 colors of the year, though designers and homeowners are embracing the use of many other strong colors throughout a home. As contemporary modern styles become a day of the past, white walls become a canvas for self-expression in any space, not just one accent wall. The use of tropical colors and cool hues can mimic surrounding nature and beach getaways as well as inviting atmospheres. Thus, using cheery yellows and soft pastels can evoke happiness in the home.
As the need for remote work and school has increased, so has practical workspaces. Flex rooms have long been designed as intimate multipurpose spaces that accommodate evolving needs for a homeowner. From office guest rooms to study nooks, these tend to be the perfect space for the family to gather or finish work even in a confined space. No need to build on when room dividers, standing desks and strategic furniture placement can transform any flex room into a practical space to live, learn and work.
As the desire for outdoor experiences continues in 2021, homeowners are looking to transform yards into enjoyable, functional spaces. Elevate barbeques with a complete outdoor kitchen or add throw blankets and pillows around a fire pit. Fill the yard with games like cornhole, bocce, and horseshoe for entertaining too—the possibilities are endless year-round. Houzz also reports that pergolas are the new hot trend for outdoor spaces, especially in the summer for much-needed shade.
Gone are the days of plain white walls and minimalistic decor, just as all-white kitchens are being upgraded to new dark-colored cabinets and countertops. Homeowners are choosing grey, green, and even black kitchens to balance bright color schemes within other spaces. According to Homes & Gardens Magazine, one enviable trend projected to infiltrate 2021 kitchen designs is open concept, floating shelves. To complete the aesthetic, designers are filling the shelves with “display-worthy” gear such as clay plates, colored glassware, popular cookbooks, and copper cookware.
Whether incorporating a family heirloom, vintage find or cloud couch, one of the biggest trends in 2021 is the introduction of one-of-a-kind furniture pieces. According to the online furniture marketplace, soft textures that beg for an impromptu nap are anticipated to be big this year. What better way to relax after a long day than on a comfortable couch with a bar cart full of the perfect drink concoctions? Google Trends data analyzed by Roofing Megastore shows the “drink trolley” has increased in popularity by 117% this year alone. If you don’t already own this staple piece, it is a must-have in 2021!
It is evident that this year’s décor trends have a lot in store for homebuyers. Can you imagine what you will incorporate into your home? Discover the possibilities in this Texas Community. You are invited to discover a master-planned community like no other in the heart of Kaufman County, Texas. Wildcat Ranch is a new hometown where value meets lifestyle with floorplans handcrafted for your needs and homes priced from the $200’s. Choose from three Award-Winning Home Builders to construct your dream home; Beazer Homes, Express Homes, and Lennar Homes. Each locally known Builder will work with you to ensure your home meets all of your needs. The Model Row Village is now open for tours!
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. There is even a brand-new school, Noble Reed Elementary, within walking distance of the homes. Discover “Life On Your Terms” at Wildcat Ranch. Sign up to learn more.
Love is in the air at Wildcat Ranch and its residents are fortunate to have Dallas as the perfect backdrop for romance this Valentine’s Day. If you are in need of a romantic setting for yourself and your loved one, we have you covered with activities and meals around town. There is a little something for everybody:
For the couple who is ready to get out and be active, White Rock Paddle Co. is ready for you. A romantic kayak or canoe ride on White Rock Lake at sunset could be the very best way to start your idealistic evening. White Rock Paddle Co. will gear you up with everything you need from life vest to a floating apparatus of your choice, it’s up to you from there to choose the best adventure for the evening.
Does it get any better than a speakeasy for a romantic night out? We don’t think so. Bourbon & Banter at the Statler Dallas hotel is the perfect spot to cozy up with a cocktail and enjoy some sweet treats Charcuterie board with chocolate, spreads and artisan candies. The local favorite will also feature special cocktails for Valentine’s Day including the “Hanky Panky” and the “Espresso Your Love.”
Before dinner, spend the afternoon galloping the Lake Grapevine shoreline on horseback. Widowmaker Trail Rides offer by-appointment only tours on over 1000-acres of stunning landscapes from everything to lush forests to meadows and hills. A private ride at sunset overlooking a picturesque landscape…swoon.
A tale as old as time, holding hands gliding on the ice with a loved one, cracking up as the other falls and tries to take you down with them. Classic. It’s fun, and a perfect couple’s activity year-round. The Galleria Dallas Ice Skating Center has skates to rent for just $5 and all you can skate public skates for just $12.
There simply isn’t a better place for the classic steakhouse and seafood dinner than Fearing’s. The Valentine’s Day special includes a three-course meal serving up blue crab bisque, crab cakes, macadamia-crusted halibut, buffalo tenderloin, chicken fried Maine lobster. We know, your mouth is watering. Fearing’s is also serving up a special feature’s menu from February 11-13 with Alaskan weathervane scallops over fettuccini, risotto with butter-poached lobster medallions, bone-in filet mignon, and a dessert symphony trio.
All of these incredible spots are within 30 minutes of Wildcat Ranch and one of Texas’ best neighborhoods is only a few minutes from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Life here is so accessible and just southeast of Dallas a refreshing community is bringing a new meaning to ‘hometown living.’
Wildcat Ranch has a prime location for employment opportunities, shopping and dining. Just 20 minutes from Downtown Dallas, this community offers easy access to major roadways connected to the Dallas Metroplex. You are invited to be a part of something new in the fastest growing county in the region, Kaufman County.
Residents have an assortment of Amenity Center 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. There is even a brand-new school, Noble Reed Elementary, within walking distance of the homes. This is where value meets lifestyle, with homes priced from the $200’s and floorplans handcrafted for your needs. Choose from Award-Winning Home Builders
Home to more than 300 active breweries, Texas is known as the unofficial “Beer State” and is undoubtedly one of the best craft beer destinations in the United States. Residents who live at Wildcat Ranch will be in the heart of it all, but with so many different breweries, it can be difficult to know where to start. Begin with these six must-try hometown breweries in Dallas, made up from locals’ suggestions!
Braindead Brewing is known for being good at two things: beer and food. The menu offers a wide selection – with more than 30 beers and delicious bites such as frito chili pie and shrimp etouffee. Some of the most popular brews here are the Gritz, a cream ale, and the Honey Lager made with Texas wildflower honey. A friendly atmosphere and casual interior make this place a perfect destination for date night.
As the first craft brewery in Dallas, Deep Ellum Brewing is celebrated for their innovative brewing and exceptional quality. Located of course in Deep Ellum, the area’s rich culture, history and personality inspire the beer, as well as the brand. DTX Golden Ale is the happy-hour go-to for locals and out-of-town visitors alike. Stop by for the super tasty craft beers or a tour of the brewery!
There’s a reason Peticolas Brewing Company Taproom is known for delivering world class passion in a glass. As a respected leader in the Dallas craft brewery community, Peticolas provides a wide selection of craft beers, including a brew called The Usual, a take on the classic Old Fashioned cocktail – be sure to try this fan favorite! Brewery tours are also available for visitors who want to meet the pioneer of Texas breweries and check out the amazing facility.
Four Corners Brewing Company has become a dedicated fan of “better beer” since they started their craft beer journey in 2009. Four Corners is a brewery that stands for raw ambition, wild creativity and new traditions. When you stop by, enjoy original offerings from their Year-Round, Specialty, or Taproom Series. Be sure to step outside and see their signature outdoor beer garden, boasting the downtown Dallas skyline as a photo-perfect backdrop!
Located in Dallas’ picturesque White Rock Lake area, it’s known for the mixed atmosphere of entertainment and relaxation. Here, you can choose a beverage from their extensive selection of locally brewed beers or their collection of specially curated brews from across the nation. They also serve quality local dishes that pair perfectly with their libation offerings. You can also step outside and unwind in their casual beer garden.
People from all walks of life gather here for quality craft beer and diverse events. Their name says it all, Community Beer Company is about bringing everyone together and supporting the community through award-winning beers and events featuring local artists. This is the perfect place to enjoy great beer with even better company.
All within a 30-minute drive, these hometown breweries offer convenience and some of the greatest craft beer in Texas. And residents who live in the area can be in the heart of it all.
Have you heard? There is a new community coming to Crandall, Texas that offers the perfect hometown feel. Introducing Wildcat Ranch with a prime location for employment opportunities, shopping and dining. Just 20 minutes from Downtown Dallas, this community offers easy access to major roadways connected to the Dallas Metroplex. You are invited to be a part of something new in the fastest growing county in the region, Kaufman County.
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. There is even a brand-new school, Noble Reed Elementary, within walking distance of the homes. This is where value meets lifestyle, with homes priced from the $200’s and floorplans handcrafted for your needs. Choose from three Award-Winning Home Builders to construct your dream home; Beazer Homes, Express Homes, and Lennar. The Model Row Village is now open to tour! Discover “Life On Your Terms” at Wildcat Ranch. Join the interest list to meet the Builders.
For many people in Dallas, is clear that their furry family members are just as much a part of the family as mom and dad. Fortunately, Dallas and the surrounding Fort Worth areas have many fantastic green spaces designated for pooches to let loose. Whether your pup likes the size of the NorthBark Dog Park or the fun atmosphere at Wildcat Ranch’s dog park, you and your furry friends have the pick of the litter with these top four local Dallas dog parks.
Say hello to one of the coolest dog parks in Dallas – Mutts Canine Cantina! This innovative dog park concept is part beer garden, part dog patio. Mutts gives you a chance to hang out with the other humans and sip on a cocktail while your pooch relaxes or goes off leash (in the off-leash section, of course). It’s a great way for both people and pets to socialize, perfect for friends with two legs or four!
As the largest dog park in North Texas, the NorthBark Dog Park has plenty of things for pups and people alike. Trails, a doggy beach and multiple off-leash zones allow pets to enjoy over 22 acres of fun to run, chase and play. With splash zones and a doggy beach, this is a great destination to beat the heat.
Bark Park Central is the place to be! Found in Deep Ellum, it features a fenced-off acre and a half for dogs to roam and a shower to cool off. This unique park is also decorated with murals by local artists. Here, dogs can enjoy the great outdoors and spend some quality time with their owners. It’s also located near many dog-friendly restaurants. When you’re done at the park, head over to enjoy a delicious treat… for you both!
Dallas has an abundance of great parks for furry friends, but the number one is the dog park at Wildcat Ranch. What could be better than a dog park in walking distance from your front door? This East Dallas community allows pups play with someone their own size by choosing the small or the large dog section. This private park is perfect for residents and their pets to enjoy close to home. Wildcat Ranch was created with dogs in mind, with green spaces throughout the community and many different trail options.
You are invited to discover a master-planned community like no other in the heart of Kaufman County. 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, like the Amenity Center and a brand-new school, Noble Reed Elementary.
Wildcat Ranch is a new hometown where value meets lifestyle with floorplans hand crafted for your needs and homes priced from the $200’s. Choose from three Award-Winning Home Builders to construct your dream home; Beazer Homes, Express Homes, and Lennar. Each locally-known Builder will work with you to ensure your home meets all of your needs. The Model Row Village is now open for tours. Discover “Life On Your Terms” at Wildcat Ranch. Sign up to learn more.
Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the love of barbecue. When you’re in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, not only are you in the unofficial barbecue capital, but you have your choice of barbecue variants and restaurants to try. Whether you prefer smoky Memphis style ribs or pulled pork with a vinegar-y North Carolina style tang, you will be pleased with our selections from what locals consider to be some of the best barbecue in Dallas. Check out a few of Wildcat Ranch’s favorites below:
For many residents here, the name Pecan Lodge is synonymous with BBQ. Since owners and pit masters Justin and Diane Fourton first walked away from their desk jobs and picked up grill tongs, locals and visitors alike have been lining up for their Texas style brisket, pulled pork and handmade sausage. If you’re lucky, they might even show you the smoker when you visit their Deep Ellum location.
With its great food and casual atmosphere, Baby Back Shak has established itself as having some of the best barbecue in Dallas. The biggest draw for most diners is their extraordinary ribs, but nobody would blame you for grabbing a Cornish game hen or a smoked bologna sandwich either. If you ask the staff, they’ll say that the secret is in their special rub (and yes, you can buy it to bring home!).
Owner Jill Grobowsky Bergus must know what good food tastes like – her grandfather Edgar Schmidt owned the Kreuz Market, the birthplace of Texas BBQ. Her experiences with the culinary world led her to create Lockhart Smokehouse. If you are here, the shoulder clod (a leaner and beefier version of brisket) and the pork chops are must tries. You won’t want to this pass up.
Chef Scott Gottlich’s 18th & Vine is a mix of a few different things. Its exterior and decor have a cute southern flair, while the menu is full of sticky, sweet barbecue delights, such as homemade sausage and burnt ends shepherd’s pie. The first floor is a restaurant, while the second floor servers as a bar and live music lounge. Dallas agrees that this restaurant is a whole lot of things in one, but a combination that works for everyone.
Off the Bone Barbecue has become a landmark in Dallas barbecue for a good reason. Known for it’s delicious smoked meats, this restaurant offers the double whammy: a casual hometown feel that steals your heart and down-home BBQ that will make your mouth water. Diners come from all over to enjoy their classics such as smoked sausage and pulled pork. Their combo platters are even big enough to feed an entire family!
When it comes to barbecue, Dallas is a cultural powerhouse. For locals here, location makes all the difference. One of Texas’ best neighborhoods is only a few minutes from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, making it easy for folks to have the warm comforts of home and some of the best barbecue in Dallas all in the same day. Just southeast of Dallas this community is bringing a new meaning to ‘hometown living.’
Introducing Wildcat Ranch with a prime location for employment opportunities, shopping and dining. Just 20 minutes from Downtown Dallas, this community offers easy access to major roadways connected to the Dallas Metroplex. You are invited to be a part of something new in the fastest growing county in the region, Kaufman County.
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. There is even a brand-new school, Noble Reed Elementary, within walking distance of the homes. This is where value meets lifestyle, with homes priced from the $200’s and floorplans hand crafted for your needs. Choose from three Award-Winning Home Builders to construct your dream home; Beazer Homes, Express Homes, and Lennar. The Model Row Village is now open to tour! Discover “Life On Your Terms” at Wildcat Ranch. Join the interest list to meet the Builders.
When it comes to growing jobs, no city has expanded faster than the Dallas-Fort Worth area. This region is capturing the attention of major employers and professional staff alike with employment rates as robust as its family lifestyle. Some of the largest names in business have made their headquarters here, including many Fortune 500 companies.
A diverse range of professional skills are required for these new and exciting employment opportunities. Aerospace, biotechnology, healthcare and IT – they are all seeking talented and motivated employees.
For those relocating to the area, Dallas urban planners provided an infrastructure that leads to many choices. Major highways allow access to the city center and employment centers, making for an easy commute from affordable suburbs and surrounding towns. Just twenty minutes southeast of the Dallas city center, in the suburb of Crandall there’s a new community that is a MUST SEE for homebuyers — Wildcat Ranch.
Exxon, Toyota, Tesla, and McKesson, are also expanding opportunities in this region. They are drawn by the density of tech and science-oriented graduates, as well as a market of job seekers with innovative ideas. Texas is also the number one state to start a small business.
But it’s not all work and no play in Dallas. Communities like Wildcat Ranch are surrounded by endless entertainment options and activities. Whether you enjoy listening to live music, strolling the Dallas Botanical Gardens or miles of biking and hiking on the White Rock Lake Trail, there’s plenty of things to do for the entire family.
Wildcat Ranch residents enjoy the benefits of having a brand-new elementary school, inside the community itself. No school bus required – students can walk or bike to Noble Reed Elementary which is part of the Crandall Independent School District. Boasting a 98% graduation rate, the school district is one of the best in the State.
Wildcat Ranch is also the perfect family-friendly hometown with more trees than towers, and plenty of green space to enjoy. It’s located in the heart of Kaufman County and is packed full of family-friendly amenities. The impressive Amenity Center offers a Fitness Center, expansive pool, tot lot and gathering spaces for special events. There is something for every member of the family, including the four-legged ones at the Wildcat Ranch dog park. Miles of walking and biking trails weave through the creeks and trees border the neighborhood.
As an epicenter of economy, arts and entertainment, Dallas is the place to work and play. But for those willing to make the short commute, Wildcat Ranch offers incredible value with homes priced from the $200s. Today’s historically low mortgage rates make it an excellent time to consider a move to the region.
You are invited to discover the difference at Wildcat Ranch, with a wide variety of floorplans thoughtfully designed to meet your needs. Choose from three Award-Winning Home Builders to construct your dream home: Beazer Homes, Express Homes and KB Home.
As we work together to keep our community safe during these challenging times, we look forward to brighter days ahead. For now, our Model Row Village is open by Private Appointment only and Virtual Tours are also available to preview Wildcat Ranch from the comfort of your own home. Discover “Life On Your Terms” at Wildcat Ranch. Sign up to learn more.
Do you love Dallas, Texas? The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is the fourth largest city in the country and with a steady economy, Dallas offers a lifestyle that’s hard to match. Many people relocate here yearly but, with so many viable housing options, deciding on where to put down your roots can become overwhelming. Here are a few tips to get focused on what’s important.
First, the big-city access with small-town charm, just 20 minutes from Downtown Dallas, Wildcat Ranch is nestled in the perfect Dallas suburb of Crandall.– It’s just a mile north of major highways and connected to the Dallas Metroplex. This community’s easy access provides plenty of entertainment, culture, history and outdoor activities to meet different lifestyle needs.
Among the country’s 12 largest metro areas, Dallas has boasted the highest percentage of job growth over the past decade. It is home to several headquarters for major companies and an expanding job market for aerospace, biotech, and IT industries, there is no better place to start or advance your career than the Dallas-Fort Worth area. And for those living at Wildcat Ranch, it’s a quick and easy commute.
Aside from being one of the only communities with an onsite school, Wildcat Ranch offers a wide range of amenities. The community features a Junior Olympic sized pool, fitness center, dog park and miles of beautiful trails. Residents will feel a true sense of community here. The kids will love to play on the Tot Lot and the whole family can attend community events together.
Getting around Dallas is a breeze and its suburbs offer great value in terms of mortgage rates and living space. Wildcat Ranch has some of the most affordable homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. With an excellent location and customizable floorplans, Wildcat Ranch will fulfill the needs of families and first-time homebuyers who are looking to settle down in a charming community. With three unique builders to choose from, you can even design the home of your dreams.
Located in the heart of Kaufman County, Wildcat Ranch is packed full of family-friendly amenities. The impressive Amenity Center offers parks, a Fitness Center, Clubhouse and more, there is something for everyone. 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.
With Dallas mortgage rates are at a historical low, now may be the time for you to get serious about making your move to the Dallas suburbs. With homes priced from the $200’s, Wildcat Ranch offers floorplans hand crafted for your needs. Choose from three Award-Winning Home Builders to construct your dream home: Beazer Homes, Express Home and KB Home.
As we work together to keep our community safe during these challenging times, we look forward to the brighter days ahead. For now, our Model Row Village is open by Private Appointment only and Virtual Tours are also available to preview Wildcat Ranch from the comfort of your own home. To learn more, get a free copy of our Wildcat Ranch Texas Digital Brochure!
If you’re ready to start building your dream home, the first step is finding the right location and community. Dallas, Texas is perfect for those looking for high employment rates, grade A schools and an active city-life. Wildcat Ranch, located in the suburb of Crandall, just 20 minutes from the Dallas- Fort Worth Metroplex is the newest family-friendly community, offering great value in terms of location, living space and amenities. Aside from being one of the only communities with an onsite school, Wildcat Ranch features an Amenity Center with a Junior Olympic sized pool and fitness center, a dog park and miles of beautiful trails.
Next, you will need to determine what type of floorplan and architectural style suits you best. Wildcat Ranch has enlisted the area’s best homebuilders to give you plenty of affordable options. With a selection of three distinct builders, Wildcat Ranch embraces how its residents design their spaces, entertain their loved ones and live their lives on their own terms.
Since 1957, KB Home has been recognized for their commitment to quality and convenience. Their selection of eight unique floorplans offered at Wildcat Ranch range from 1,378 square feet to 2,813 square feet, giving enough space for new homebuyers to expand their family, welcome guests, or simply enjoy some extra space. Their unique Built-To-Order process allows buyers to be part of every construction milestone, creating a home that’s built for the way they live.
A brand of the renowned builder, D.R. Horton, Express Homes offers living spaces that are spacious and feature open-concept floorplans. Their commitment to value, quality and lifestyle makes them one of the top choices of homebuyers. Express Homes are designed based on the Craftsman Style, using natural palettes of dark brown shades and exteriors decorated with brick and stone. Express Homes offers both one- and two-story homes with 17 different floorplans and square footage ranging between 1,258 square feet to 2,598 square feet.
There is one word that sums up a Beazer Homes building experience: simplicity. With the experience of nine generations of builders, they design and build every Beazer home to provide more affordable quality and more comfort from the moment residents move in. The seven floorplans that Beazer Homes offers Wildcat Ranch homebuyers differ between three and four bedrooms and 1,373 square feet up to 2,578 square feet, allowing buyers to enjoy the amount of space that best suits them.
Wildcat Ranch offers easy access to major roadways connected to the Dallas Metroplex for employment opportunities, as well as local shopping and dining. The best thing about living at Wildcat Ranch is that there is in no longer a need for busses or carlines. Once school is back in session children will be able to walk to the onsite community school, Noble Reed Elementary, part of the Crandall Independent School District with a 98% graduation rate.
You are invited to discover a master-planned community like no other in the heart of Kaufman County, Texas. Wildcat Ranch is a new hometown where value meets lifestyle with floorplans handcrafted for your needs and great mortgage rates. Homes start from the $200’s and each locally-known Builder will work with you to ensure all your needs are met.
As we work together to keep our community safe during these challenging times, we look forward to brighter days ahead. For now, our Model Row Village is open by Private Appointment only and Virtual Tours are also available to preview Wildcat Ranch from the comfort of your own home. Discover “Life On Your Terms” at Wildcat Ranch. Sign up to learn more.
Everything is bigger in Texas and Dallas is no exception. The city is the third-largest in the Lone Star State, and it has plenty of fun, family-friendly activities to discover. Consider a staycation over Spring Break in mid-March to really explore your own backyard. The DFW area has history galore (including the famous JFK assassination site), art museums, aquariums, sculpture centers, and more.
Spring Break at the Amon Center features conversations about American art and artists. Enjoy art projects, creativity challenges, gallery games, food trucks, lawn games, and more throughout the afternoon. Be prepared to create, compete, and consider American art in a new way.
There’s no need to break the bank on your Spring Break activities. Admission to the Dallas Arboretum is only $10 for children ages 3-12 and free for kids under 3. Pack a picnic lunch (bringing your own food will save a ton of money). The kids can play on the Texas-themed playground in teepees and mud huts down by the lake. Bring the camera for photos among half a million blooming tulips, daffodils, pansies, and azaleas during Dallas Blooms. The bridge in front of one of the cottages is the perfect place for your official Easter photo.
It’s Art Madness at the DMA! Enjoy an action-packed week of art-making activities, family tours, storytimes, and team gallery competitions for families.
The Dallas World Aquarium is an incredible attraction and the perfect adventure for kids of any age. The indoor adventure begins at the top of the Orinoco, Secrets of the River rainforest exhibit. The upper levels showcase birds and mammals, ranging in size from small Vampire bats to large Antillean manatees, that share the rainforest with amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, and fish.
Check out the lions, tigers, and bears (oh my) on the 20-minute monorail safari through the Wilds of Africa exhibit. You wanna iguana? Experience one of the best reptile and amphibian exhibits in the U.S. in the Pierre A. Fontaine Bird & Reptile Building. Other exhibits include the Simmons Hippo Outpost and the Elephants on the Savanna.
Dave and Buster’s contains numerous electronic, skill and sports-oriented games. There are many simulator games such as formula race cars, fighter jets, and motorcycles, as well as a golf simulator. You’ll also find retro favorites like Ms. Pacman and Galaga, plus shuffleboard and billiards.
It doesn’t matter what the temperature or weather is in the Metroplex, this resort’s gigantic indoor waterpark is always 84 degrees. Everything you need for the perfect Spring Break is here. You will find themed restaurants, interactive arcades, full-service spas (and even a version for kids), fitness centers, and special spring break activities for the kids. Spend all day relaxing as the current sweeps you along with the endless, winding lazy river. The kids will enjoy the four-story interactive treehouse with spray stations and soaker buckets.
Spring Break Camp is a day camp for first through sixth-grade students that include crafts, games, animal presentations and a daily trip to the Zoo. Campers must pack a lunch each day and snacks will be provided. The Fort Worth Zoo is open 365 days a year.
This museum is perfect for kids who love history. Check out the planetarium or catch “Flight of the Butterflies” or “Coral Reef Adventure” in the Omni Theater, an IMAX dome.
Explore the rugged beauty and discover a sanctuary for endangered species. You can purchase feed for the animals and snacks for yourself and avoid the crowds and feed all the exotics early. Be in line at 9:00 a.m. and receive a free bag of feed. Greet the wild residents during breakfast. See how playful they are early in the morning and you can avoid the Spring Break crowds.
How about a game of adrenaline-pumping laser tag or indoor climbing in Texas’ only indoor gravity ropes course? This unique entertainment complex also offers rock climbing, bowling, billiards, arcade, and other activities.
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is located in Victory Park, near Downtown Dallas is incredible. It’s very interactive. Kids of all ages will enjoy it. Five floors house 11 permanent exhibit halls containing state-of-the-art video and 3-D computer animation with thrilling, life-like simulations where visitors can exercise their brains through hands-on activities, interactive kiosks, and educational games.
You are invited to discover Wildcat Ranch Texas, a master-planned community unlike any other, where value meets lifestyle to create Dallas Fort Worth’s most exciting new hometown. Inspired by family values and natural wonders, the power of the community is alive and well here. Don’t miss this opportunity for a fresh start and to be a part of something new in Kaufman County, the fastest-growing county in the region. Come see what Crandall, Texas has to offer with more value at Wildcat Ranch. Sign-up and view floor plan brochure.
The Dallas Fort Worth area is the fastest-growing metro area in Texas and the nation. The DFW Metroplex is the fourth largest metropolitan area in the country, with a population of 6,700,991, according to 2012 data. That’s a gain of over 1 million since 2000. What brings people to DFW? At least one reason is the jobs. The unemployment rate has been consistently lower than both the Texas and national averages: .35 and 1.2% lower in July of 2013, respectively. In addition, 18 DFW companies made the Fortune 500 list in 2013, including Wal-Mart, Exxon Mobil Corp., and Dallas-based AT&T. There are more than 70,000 firms in the area, with 90,000 physical business establishments. Around 4% of those firms and 1% of physical establishments have more than 500 employees.
Like other areas in Texas, DFW has plenty of employment opportunities for those who choose to relocate here. In addition, CNBC named Texas America’s Top State for Business in July 2012. The area has also consistently had a low cost of living, around the same as Houston, and considerably lower than Austin. With plenty of opportunities, it’s no wonder the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex has seen such growth.
The following is a list of the top 25 largest employers in the DFW area, ranked by how many employees they have locally. If you’re looking for a job in the DFW area, it’s a good place to start.
AMR is the world’s largest airline, and serves 250 cities across 40 countries, with thousands of daily flights. The company’s main headquarters are in Fort Worth and include the American, American Eagle, and American Connection lines. AMR was named the World’s Leading Airline to North America in 2012 by World Travel Awards.
Bank of America is one of the largest financial institutions in the world, and as of 2010, is the fifth-largest company in the United States by revenue. B of A serves small and middle-market businesses and individual customers with everything from investing, to asset management, to banking.
As one of the largest faith-based, non-profit health care systems in the nation, Texas Health Resources (THR) has 14 hospitals and more than 19,000 employees in the DFW area. Texas Health Resources was named in one of the top 25% of National Top Workplaces in 2013 by the Dallas Morning News.
With schools spread across 384 square miles, Dallas ISD serves 157,000 students in 220 schools in the cities of Dallas, Cockrell Hill, Seagoville, Addison, Wilmer, and parts of other areas, including Carrollton, Cedar Hill, Duncanville, Garland, and others.
Baylor’s largest campus is the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas and provides excellent patient care as well as teaching and medical research. For the last 19 years, the hospital has been named one of America’s best hospitals by U.S. News and World Report.
Over the last century, AT&T has provided customers with innovative products and quality customer service. The company now has the largest 4G network in the United States, serving almost 3 million people with more than 32,000 WiFi hotspots around the nation. In 2013, AT&T U-verse was ranked highest in customer satisfaction, according to J.D. Powers.
Lockheed Martin provides innovations in aeronautics, information systems, global solutions, missiles and fire control, mission systems and training, and space systems. The company made $47.2 billion in sales in 2012 and was ranked 58th on the 2012 Fortune 500 list of largest industrial corporations. The Fort Worth facility builds mainly military aircraft, such as the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the F-117 Nighthawk.
JP Morgan is one of the largest banks in Texas. It serves 21 million households, services 7 million mortgages, and has more than 1.6 million customers worldwide. The American Customer Satisfaction Index named the company number one in customer satisfaction in 2012. Its Dallas headquarters is in the JP Morgan Chase Tower, one of the tallest skyscrapers in the city with over 55 stories.
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center has three degree-granting institutions that train 4,600 medical, graduate and health professional students per year. The center cares for nearly 90,000 hospitalized patients and receives more than 1.9 million outpatient visits per year, with an annual budget of around $1.86 billion.
The City of Dallas has a population of over 1,250,000 people and employs 12,836 of them. As the third-largest city in Texas, it is located mostly in Dallas county, but small portions are also in Collin, Denton, Kaufman, and Rockwell counties.
HCA, Inc. was founded in 1968 and was one of the nation’s first hospital companies. The company provides around 4 or 5 percent of all medical care in the nation. HCA North Texas has numerous hospitals, imaging, and surgery centers throughout the DFW area, including the Denton Regional Medical Center, the Medical Center of Lewisville, and the Medical City Dallas Hospital, among others.
The Naval Air Station Forth Worth Joint Reserve Base was established in 1994 as the first Joint Reserve Base in the country. It is made up of 40 separate commands and its 11,350 personnel include active-duty military, Guardsmen, Reservists, and civilian employees.
In 1775, Benjamin Franklin appointed the first Postmaster General and the United States Postal Service was born. USPS has processed 160 billion pieces of mail with 70,000 stores, banks, and kiosks around the country. The organization has the largest civilian vehicle fleet in the country and delivers mail in rain, sleet or snow.
The public school system of Fort Worth was founded in 1882, and today employs 10,129 teachers and staff. All hiring for the Fort Worth ISD is done through their Human Capital Management organization.
Kroger is one of the largest retail companies in the United States and was ranked number 23 on the 2013 Fortune 500 List. Kroger operates 2,424 supermarkets, 786 convenience stores, 328 fine jewelry stores, and 37 manufacturing plants. There are 206 Kroger-owned supermarkets in Texas, and 85 of those are in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metropolitan Area.
Texas Instruments designs and supplies semiconductors and digital signal processing solutions for the world market. Dallas is home to TI’s American operations, which has been on Fortune’s Most Admired Companies List for 10 consecutive years.
Established in 1922, Raytheon achieved $25 billion in sales in 2011. The company provides a broad range of mission support systems, including state-of-the-art electronics and mission systems integration for customers around the world. Raytheon employs 8,700 people in 7 different facilities in the DFW area.
The first Target store opened in 1962, and in the very same year it gained the nickname “Tar-zhay.” The company has 1,778 stores in the U.S. and 82 in Canada, supporting 361,000 employees. DiversityInc Magazine ranked Target number 20 in its list of Top 50 Companies for Diversity in 2013.
The United Parcel Service began as a messenger service in 1907 and has grown into a global corporation that services 2000 companies around the world. 2012 revenue was $54.1 billion, with a delivery rate of around 16.3 million packages daily. Though headquartered in Atlanta, GA, UPS employs 8,555 workers in the DFW area.
For more than a century, Parkland Health and Hospital has served Dallas County with talented medical professionals. Parkland has 14 medical centers in the Dallas area, including the Burn Intensive Care Unit, the Arrhythmia Management Center, and a Diabetes Treatment Center.
As an epicenter of economy and arts, everyone wants to be near Dallas-Fort Worth. As a result, many communities have sprung up around the Metroplex. However, there’s one community twenty minutes southeast of Dallas that outshines all of the rest, where there are more trees than towers, and the homes reflect the simple way of life that’s lived there at Wildcat Ranch.
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 to the miles of trails. Neighbors will congregate to take fitness classes together, watch their kids play on the tot lots, compete on the sports fields, and attend community events and parties together. The on-site school, Noble Reed Elementary, opened for its first school year in 2019.
The Wildcat Ranch Homes are priced from the $200’s and floor plans handcrafted to meet your needs. Choose from four award-winning home builders to construct your dream home: Beazer Homes, Express Homes and KB Homes. The Model Row Village will be available to tour this Spring. To learn more, get a free copy of our Wildcat Ranch Texas Digital brochure!
Source: Destination DFW