Ashton Woods to Build The Preserve in Allen

The Preserve in Allen

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The Preserve in Allen is poised to be the premiere new address in West Allen. Ashton Woods recently purchased 32.8 wooded acres for a new residential community in a prime location fronting McDermott Road east of Custer and west of Twin Creeks.

Map to The Preserve in Allen

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This west Allen area bordering Plano is seeing tremendous growth northward towards Highway 121, The Sam Rayburn Tollway. In addition to new retail and restaurants, The Arts of Collin County will break ground shortly on their state-of-the-art facility in a 100+ acre park just north of The Preserve in Allen.

This residential project is still in the development stages. As more details become available, we will pass on.

For more than 35 years, Ashton Woods has offered quality, energy efficient, affordable homes in five southern states including Texas.

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Hamilton Hills Allen TX Under Development

Last week, we had the opportunity to meet with one of the developers of Hamilton Hills. Hamilton Hills is the latest development in Montgomery Farm located just west of US 75 in Allen, Texas.

Montgomery Farm is a 500-acre master planned development. For years, Montgomery Farm was a natural retreat for the Williams family nestled within the sprawling suburban developments of Plano and Allen. The family is transforming the farm into a community founded on the idea that open spaces, woodland habitats and native wildlife can be preserved and enhanced through careful planning and design.

Hamilton Hills is being developed with two distinct sections.

Hamilton Hills East will consist of 22 custom-home lots. Buyers of the lots can choose their own builder but all homes must be LEED certified.

Hamilton Hills West will consist of 37 production home lots. The developer has announced that Belclaire Homes and David Weekly Homes will be the builders for the production homes. Prices will begin in the mid-$500’s.

Plat Maps

Plat Maps for Hamilton Hills in Allen Texas

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Golf Course Homes in Allen Texas

Twin Creeks Golf Course

I was out speaking with some buyers yesterday and they were talking about living in Allen in a home on a golf course. Allen has lots to offer but the only golf course within the city is Twin Creeks.

Located in west Allen, Twin Creeks is a wonderful master planned community. The 18 Hole championship course was designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer who wrote, “The Golf Club at Twin Creeks could be one of the best courses in the State of Texas, and the most peaceful 18-hole course I have ever designed. The golf course is of a traditional nature and is very much in harmony with the natural landscape.”

According to the course website:

The Golf Club at Twin Creeks offers an award-winning golf course that winds its way around two natural, free-flowing, tree-lined creeks. Known for its “peaceful” setting and as one of the most naturally preserved golf courses in the state, Twin Creeks has become a favorite of Collin County.

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Outdoor Adventures in Collin County

Collin County Jogging Trail

We’ve come to know “cabin fever” much too well during this summer of extreme heat.  Driving to a client’s home most recently, I observed all that Collin County (Allen, Frisco, McKinney, Plano and Richardson) has to offer in outdoor recreation. 

Needless to say, the recent glimpse of cooler weather  brings to mind the welcome of  outdoor pleasures once again. Nature provides a comfort and a relaxing peace of mind. It’s a time to be “mindless” of events in daily life.

Another great feature of Collin County’s outdoor recreation are the subdivisions located close to the multitude of trails, parks, nature preserves and wildlife sanctuaries.  A recent first time homebuyer  was excited to find a home located  close to a beautiful local park and nature preserve.

Visit The Collin County Trails page for more information on all that Collin County has to offer.

View all homes for sale in Collin County with community walking/jogging/biking paths.

Happy Trails!

Susan L. Johnson

Up, Up, and Away in My Beautiful (RE/MAX®) Balloon

J Webb’s lyrics, “Up and away, In my beautiful, My beautiful balloon” were playing in my mind on Wednesday morning as we gently lifted off in the RE/MAX® Balloon from a park in east Plano.

About 4 years ago Gina finished treatment for cancer and we had talked about taking a flight in a hot air balloon to celebrate the milestone. Life happens and it was placed on the shelf. We joined RE/MAX® in 2009 so the idea of a flight in the RE/MAX® Balloon seemed like the natural thing to do.

The morning flight started at 6 AM as we met with the Wayne Standefer and his crew. Gina and I climbed into the RE/MAX Balloon Team van and we headed for the launch site. We arrived on-site and Wayne and his crew went to work.

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 Preparing the RE/MAX Balloon for Flight  Prepaing the RE/MAX Balloon for Flight

After Wayne checked the equipment in the gondola, it was unloaded and turned on its side. The 80-foot canopy was slowly rolled out onto the lawn and meticulously attached to the gondola.  As the crew stretched out the canopy, a large fan was used to initially inflate the balloon. I was enlisted to help hold open the base of the canopy open.

 Tom Branch Holding Open the RE/MAX Balloon.

Wayne jumped in the gondola and fired up the heater to add some lift to the balloon. That first blast of flame and the rushing sound made me jump! The second blast was easier on me.

 Inflating the Balloon

Before we knew it the huge RE/MAX® Balloon was inflated. Wayne hollered at me to get in the gondola along with my gear (DSLR and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot on ice). I then helped Gina into the gondola and we were off on a new adventure.

As we quietly ascended into the early morning sky, I looked back to see the ground crew loading the van and preparing to follow us on the ground. The morning winds were gentle and taking us north. As we glided across US75, we had a good view of the early traffic as commuters scurried into Dallas.

Leaving the Ground and Chase Van Behind  Early Morning Traffic on US75 at Park

We passed just south of the Cinemark Theater at Legacy and US75. With the commercial areas behind us, we drifted over the Chase Oaks Golf Course and into the residential areas of central Plano. We were both amazed that there is still so much open space in the area.

Cinemark Legacy Theater in Plano TX  Chase Oaks Golf Course Plano TX

We floated along about 150 feet off the ground. As we passed over houses, people out for their morning walks or getting ready to leave for work would wave and call out, “good morning” to us. We waved and returned their greetings.

Gina Branch Riding in the RE/MAX Balloon   Well Kept Home in Plano TX

Our path continued to the north. We few over The Preserve in Allen, a new subdivision that Gina and I have been following. We were able to get some really good photos of the progress the developer is making.

The Preserve in Allen from the RE/MAX Balloon

As the end of our adventure neared, Wayne took a few moments to explain the landing procedures to us. I’m retired from the Air Force and still had not given the idea of landing much thought.  Wayne skillfully descended into a vacant field. The gondola touched down and as Wayne deflated the canopy, the gondola rolled over onto its side. Flight complete.

Within minutes the chase van arrived on-scene. As the crew packed up the equipment, Gina and I popped the cork on the chilled bottle of Champagne. Wayne has a special toast reserved for the end of each flight and we celebrated a nice flight and a safe landing.

Pop Open the Champagne - We're Safe and Sound on the Ground

The equipment was packed and we all boarded the van for the ride back to the launch site to say our goodbyes and pick up our RE/MAX® SMART car.

The Branch Team SMART Car

What a neat experience!

RE/MAX® has a fleet of more than 115 balloons located both in the US and internationally.  RE/MAX of Texas owns 7 of them.

Photos Copyright 2011 – Tom and Gina Branch