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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’s a few tips to get focused on what’s important.

1. Location – As the first city to participate in the “Sustainable Skyline Initiative,” Dallas promotes a more sustainable future for its metroplex through green building and environmental projects.

Big-city access with small-town charm, just 20 minutes from Downtown Dallas, Wildcat Ranch is nestled in the perfect Dallas suburb of Crandall– 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.

2. Job Opportunities – Dallas is ranked third in the U.S. for having the highest salaries.

Among the country’s 12 largest metro areas, Dallas has boasted the highest percentage of job growth over the past decade. With 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.

3. Community Amenities – No need for busses or carlines, your children can walk to Noble Reed Elementary, part of Crandall’s Independent School District with a 98% graduation rate.

Aside from being one of the only communities with an onsite school, Wildcat Ranch offers a wide range of amenities, including 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.

4. Affordability – The cost of housing in Dallas- Fort Worth is only slightly above the national average and affordable compared to other major U.S. cities.

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, well-planned community only 20 minutes from Downtown Dallas. 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!

Have you already finished your latest read, tried your hand at knitting and outdone yourself with that new recipe? So much time on our hands has us dreaming of better days outside of the four walls of our homes. We are all ready to get on with the next chapter of our lives, here is a way for you to get started.

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.

KB Home

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.

Express Homes

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.

Beazer Homes

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.

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 Corporation (American Airlines)

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 Corp.

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.

Texas Health Resources Inc.

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.

Dallas ISD

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 Health Care System

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.

AT&T

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 Aeronautics Co.

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 Chase & Co.

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.

UT-Southwestern Medical Center

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.

City of Dallas

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 North Texas

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.

NAS Fort Worth JRB

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.

U.S. Postal Service

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.

Fort Worth ISD

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 Co.

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 Instuments Inc.

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.

Raytheon Company

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.

Target Corp.

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 Inc.

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.

Parkland Health and Hospital

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

With the passing of summer break, the days grow shorter and the focus shifts to the new school year. Many parents seek to provide their children with one of the finest educations that money can buy outside of private school, in an environment that is safe and perfect for developing minds. Crandall is proud to provide families one of the best school districts in the State of Texas – the Crandall Independent School District. With eight campuses, over 4,500 students, and a great approach to education, CISD has been the first choice for many families who live in Kaufman County. So what’s going on at the Best School In Texas? Here’s what parents should know for their students to have a successful school year.

The Crandall Independent School District was created on February 28, 1901 when residents gathered together to vote for a public school in the community. Two years later, the first building in the Crandall ISD was built. Over a hundred years later, the district has grown and its teachers have impacted the lives of thousands of students, and continues to educate and empower students intellectually, socially, and physically from Pre-Kindergarten to 12th Grade.

The district has a Transparency Star designation from the Texas Comptroller for financial transparency. It is a 4-A District that proudly hosts a variety of programs to support students, from Head Start to online enrollment to accommodate families. It holds a B- rating on Niche, which also gives it a 98% graduation rate. Students have received a variety of scholarships from CISD, including the Crandall MS/HS PTO Scholarship. Teachers even support students and the area by hosting meet and greets at Neighborhood Night or by handing out supplies at the Back To School Supply Drive.

Crandall is a highly sought after community to live in because of the multiple highly ranked schools within the area. One of the many schools in the district is the brand new Noble Reed Elementary School. Named after two former teachers who have impacted lives in a positive way, Noble Reed is prepared to establish great connections between students, their families, and their living space. One neighborhood in particular is positively affected by the presence of the new elementary school – after all, the school is located right within its boundaries. The families of Kaufman County’s newest neighborhood, Wildcat Ranch, get to enjoy having the school right outside of their backyards, and a great place to lie within them. What makes Wildcat Ranch so unique is that when school lets out, kids can enjoy having some of the best parks, trails, and amenities to enjoy. Furthermore, parents will especially love living in an environment small enough to raise a family in, but big enough for kids to run around, learn, and grow in.

Introducing a master-planned community like no other in the heart of Kaufman County. Wildcat Ranch is a new hometown where value meets lifestyle with floor plans that suit your needs and homes priced from the $200’s. Choose from four Award-Winning Home Builders to construct your dream home; Beazer Homes, Express Homes and KB Home. The Model Row Village will be available to tour come early 2020.

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 boundaries of 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, and the miles of trails. Discover “Life On Your Terms” at Wildcat Ranch. Sign up to learn more.

DallasNews.com | By Steve Brown | October 8, 2018

More than 900 acres of land in Kaufman County southeast of Dallas will be turned into a 3,100-home residential community.

SOCFM Developer LLC acquired the Wildcat Ranch, between Interstate 20 and U.S. Highway 175 near Crandall, for the project. Plans are to have the first homes ready by the end of next year, with prices starting in the $200,000s.

“The phenomenal growth in Kaufman County and the opportunity to provide a well-planned community to value-conscious homebuyers in the metroplex attracted us to this property,” Patrick Sessions, managing partner of SOCFM Developer LLC, said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to doing business in the city of Crandall and bringing a quality development to the area.”

Commercial mortgage lender Trez Capital provided project acquisition and development funding for the deal. And PMB Capital Investments of Dallas will partner in the development.

Prominent builders including KB Home, Beazer Homes and D.R. Horton will construct houses in the community. Wildcat Ranch also has a newly built elementary school that will open next year.

The project is near the successful Heartland housing community in Kaufman County.

The new owners acquired the Wildcat Ranch from developer James Mabrey, who assembled the property.

“Wildcat Ranch is in an excellent location and will fulfill the demand for first-time buyers or those looking to downsize,” said Matt Mildren, partner at PMB Capital Investments. “It will be a great option for homebuyers who want a small-town community feel within 30 minutes of downtown.”

The new residential community is coming in an area that is already seeing huge demand from buyers hunting moderate-priced housing. Kaufman County’s population of 122,883 grew nearly 10 percent from 2016 to 2017.

“This is going to be very affordable housing,” said Ted Wilson with Residential Strategies Inc. “The appetite for homes is huge down there. I think these will be some of the most affordable lots in a master-planned setting you will be able to find in the DFW area.”

Wilson said builders have sold more than 1,800 new houses in that area in the 12 months ending in September. The Heartland and Devonshire communities have seen the most new-home purchases, he said.

SOCFM Developer’s Sessions is also a partner and manager of Southstar Woodcreek, the firm that is developing the Woodcreek community in Rockwall County.

Dallas-based Trez Capital has financed more than $1.7 billion in real estate projects since 2011. And PMB Capital has developed more than 5,000 residential building lots and more than $750 million in real estate acquisitions.

To read the original article: Dallas News