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Looking to get some fresh air in Dallas this weekend? Check out these top 4 dog parks worth exploring.

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.

Central Dallas: Mutts Canine Cantina

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!

North Dallas: NorthBark Dog Park

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.

East Dallas: Bark Park Central

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!

Wildcat Ranch

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.

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.

“Life on your terms” is as unique and different as you are! It might mean taking a job in a brand-new city or finding more space to pursue your passions. Maybe you want a bigger garage or a trail system to improve your health. Over in Kaufman County, there’s a new community for the next generation of homebuyers—those who guide their life on their own terms.

Welcome to Wildcat Ranch – we have plenty to show off to our new residents.

Close to Town, Close To Your Heart

Wildcat Ranch is nestled in Crandall, Texas with easy access to a variety of major expressways making it an ideal location for job seekers. A short twenty minutes away from Downtown Dallas, the City Fortune rated as #2 in the “Top 10 U.S. Cities for Tech Jobs”. Yet despite its proximity to Dallas, Wildcat Ranch possesses a small-town atmosphere – perfect for families to flourish in. With endless amenities and an on-site school, how could they not flourish? No matter what stage of life that homebuyers are in, this friendly community will always welcome them home.

Kids Rule

When it comes to buying a home it’s important to consider the entire family, especially the kids. For them it’s all about the coolest things: big backyards, a bedroom all of their own and maybe even a playroom! Outside, their adventures will take them to miles of trails and parks. After school, how about diving into the Jr. Olympic sized pool or gathering with friends at the ballpark! While school might not be at the top of their list, Wildcat Ranch’s neighborhood school is sure to be a hit with Mom & Dad. That means that kids are walking distance from their friends and their teachers! Be the hero in the family and bring them to a home that rocks!

The Room To Personalize The Family Home

At Wildcat Ranch, homebuyers have the freedom to choose between homes made by four award-winning homebuilders: KB Home, Express Homes, and Beazer Homes. Each locally known builder is working on creating floor plans that will accommodate each buyer’s lifestyle and budget. A wide range of designs and styles will offer something for every taste. Each home is sure to sparkle with the buyer’s personality throughout.

So, what does life on your terms mean? It means having the freedom to style your home the way that you want it. It means giving everyone in the family everything they need in a home, and a little bit of what they want. It means living in a community that’s ready to welcome them home every day. It means it’s time to move to Wildcat Ranch.

Located in the heart of Kaufman County, this community is packed full of family-friendly amenities. The impressive Amenity Center offers parks, a Fitness Center, an expansive pool, tot lot and more. The four-legged members of the family will love not one, but two neighborhood dog parks. There is even a brand-new school, Noble Reed Elementary, within the neighborhood and within walking distance of the homes.

Just 20 minutes outside of Downtown Dallas, Wildcat Ranch offers easy access to major roadways connected to the Dallas Metroplex for employment opportunities, as well as local shopping and dining. Discover a master-planned community like no other where value meets lifestyle with homes priced from the $200’s. The Model Row Village will be available to tour soon. Discover “Life On Your Terms” at Wildcat Ranch. Sign up to learn more.

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