Changing of the Guard – Fall Colors Arrive in North Texas

“Changing of the Guard”

Fall colors arrive in North Texas. Photographed on November 10, 2012 in Ridgeview Ranch, Plano, Texas.

Photo Copyright 2012 – Tom Branch

Ridgeview Ranch Plano Texas

Ridgeview Ranch in Plano, TX

Nestled among the rolling hills and expansive greenbelts of Plano, Texas; Ridgeview Ranch residents experience the feeling of resort community living with the convenience of big city life.  A master-planned community of 870 homes, Ridgeview Ranch provides an abundance of recreational opportunities for residents of any age including two pools and playgrounds, a tennis court, workout facility, basketball goal, picnic areas and easy access to the 18-hole championship golf course at the Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club.

School-age residents attend Exemplary rated schools in the highly-regarded Frisco Independent School District including Anderson and Taylor Elementary Schools, Fowler and Vandeventer Middle Schools, and Liberty High School.

Ridgeview Ranch is made up of four distinct neighborhoods; The Villages, The Estates, The Manor and Ridgeview Ranch West.


Map of Ridgeview Ranch in Plano, Texas

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Resale homes in Ridgeview Ranch are available. Resale homes offer mature landscaping, interior decorating, and pools.

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Spring Returns to North Texas

It’s that time of year again. It always seems to catch me by surprise. As I drove into Ridgeview Ranch last night, I noted the Bradford Pear trees are just beginning to bloom. For me, that’s the first sign that colder winter weather is about to give way to spring.

It’s also time to get out and do that first work on your lawn. With warmer temperatures come the weeds so it’s time to get your pre and post emergent down. You can purchase these at your local home supply store or you can have it handled professionally. Click here for our directory of lawncare professionals.

Photo Copyright 2012 Tom Branch

Crime Watch Bulletin for Ridgeview Ranch

OFFENSE NUMBER: 2012-12685

OFFENSE TYPE: Suspicious Person

LOCATION/STREET: Daly Drive (Independence Pkwy/Ridgeview Dr, Mapsco 557D)


DATE: 1/14/12 (Saturday) TIME: Between 12:00pm-2:00pm

DESCRIPTION: The victim was a 10 year old juvenile riding her bicycle with another juvenile female.  The two were approached by the suspect who was in his car in the 9400 block of Daly Drive.  The suspect asked the girls to come on over to his car.  The girls refused and the vehicle drove away only to return two other times.  The suspect never got out of his car.  The victim’s parents reported the event only after they heard of a similar incident that had happened a few weeks ago.

SUSPECT INFORMATION: White male in his 30’s with dark brown hair and a brown goatee.

VEHICLE INFORMATION: Newer silver colored four door vehicle

Source: Plano Police Department via the Ridgeview Ranch HOA

Halloween in Ridgeview Ranch

As usual my neighbors in Ridgeview Ranch go all-out for Halloween. It’s like living the Griswald Family Christmas at Halloween. That said, they do a great job and the neighborhood children love to come on our little cul-de-sac.

I recently purchased a 35mm low-light prime lens for my Nikon and thought a little night shooting would be a good test. All three photos were shot handheld without flash at F1.8. Click on the images for higher resolution versions.

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Ridgeview Ranch Halloween

If you like Halloween, you should see what they do for Christmas!

Tom Branch, Broker, CDPE, SFR

Photos: Copyright 2011 Tom Branch

Coyotes in Ridgeview Ranch Plano TX


Sightings of coyotes and bobcats are quite common in Ridgeview Ranch. A sighting of a healthy coyote/bobcat does not constitute a threat to people and as long as their behavior is apparently normal, there is no reason for an Animal Services Officer to respond. Contrary to what many believe, these animals do not live only in rural environments. Many have adapted to survive in urban settings and there are coyotes in nearly every major city across the United States. In fact, there is a coyote pack that has been extensively studied for years that live in downtown Chicago.

These small predators may appear to be a threat but in reality they pose very little danger to people. In recorded history, there has never been a reported attack on a person by a bobcat or coyote in Plano. Throughout the entire state of Texas, there has never been an instance of a coyote or bobcat killing a person. By comparison, domesticated dogs and cats injure more than 600 people each year in Plano alone, and dogs are responsible for an average of over one death per year in Texas.
If you have a coyote sighting in your neighborhood:

• Do keep small dogs and cats inside at night.
• Do keep the covers secured on your trash receptacles.
• Do keep your dog and cat on a leash (as required by city ordinance).
• Do report the coyote/bobcat sighting to the DFW Wildlife Coalition (972-234-9453).
• Do try to consider that they were here first.

• Do not feed your pets on the back porch.
• Do not walk your small dog in wooded areas.
• Do not approach, chase, make noises at, chunk rocks or otherwise taunt a wandering coyote.
• Do not approach a coyote if it appears trapped, injured, or sick. Contact Animal Services immediately at (972) 769-4360.
• Do not ever try to touch a coyote.

Homeowners actually benefit from the presence of coyotes and bobcats because their predation keeps the populations of rabbit, rats, and mice under control and prevents infestations that occur in homes and businesses when vermin reproduce unchecked.

Source: City of Plano | Photo: Licensed from iStockPhoto

Ridgeview Ranch Market Report August 2011

Ridgeview Ranch Plano Texas
Ridgeview Ranch is a master planned golf course development of about 885 homes located in the heart of north Plano. The community consists of four distinct communities – The Villages at Ridgeview Ranch, The Estates of Ridgeview Ranch, The Manors at Ridgeview Ranch, and Ridgeview Ranch West. Community amenities include two pools, a fitness center, playgrounds, parks, and the Ridgeview Ranch Golf Course. The original homebuider for the development was Centex Homes.

August 2011 Statistics:

Active  – 14
Contingent – 1
Under Option – 2
Pending Sales – 3
Sold – 2
Average sales price per square foot – $86.62
Average Days on Market – 28.5 Days
August was a relatively slow month for real estate in the north Dallas area in general. With daily temperatures over 100 degrees, people were not out looking at homes. What the numbers do show is that homes that show well and are priced right continue to sell in any market.

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Source: NTREIS on September 4, 2011