I read with interest Thursday Dallas Morning News Business Section’s “$1.2 billion project to begin in Prosper” –“4100 homes, 600 acres of open space, water”–about the 2,030-acre Windsong Ranch development. It sounded to me so much like where I have made my home for 20-plus years–Valley Ranch! I read on. “Rather than building a golf course…the neighborhoods (are planned) around a series of green spaces, small lakes, and public spaces.” The developer states, “The No. 1 amenity people want is trails and open space. We have 600 acres of water, lakes, creeks and open space.” Wow, all of this to come a mere 35 miles north of Dallas. Sounds appealing.
But wait! There’s Valley Ranch: 2600 acres, 500 acres of open space with lakes and canals, five miles of lushly landscaped, lighted at night canal walkways, perfect for jogging or an afternoon stroll. They wind past 4000+ single family homes and 21 multi-family communities (townhomes and apartments) and connect to trails that run through woods and meadows into the Las Colinas Urban Center. “The No. 1 amenity people want is trails and open space,” said the developer. Hmmmm, o.k.
All of this just 10 minutes from: DFW Airport, Las Colinas Urban Center, the Galleria, two different DART light rail lines (the Green and the Orange, with DART bus line to the Orange). All of this just 20 minutes from downtown Dallas, Love Field, the Arts District. All of this with great schools, a library, a water park, recreation center, restaurants, cafes, shops, services in place and in use, with many of them within walking distance.
I hope Windsong Ranch, way out in Prosper, turns out as nice as its more mature model, Valley Ranch, has turned out.