Light Farms Fall Fest 2014-127

This is one of those events that really shows off a community from all angles. Activities for families, live music, and great food helped Light Farms shine, that’s for sure. And the weather was great, too!

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Photo: Republic Property Group

Photo: Republic Property Group

It’s the perfect opportunity to see what all the hubbub is about up in Prosper, as Light Farms hosts a community kick off day celebrating the return of cooler temps.

The event, which will feature open houses at the many beautiful new home models inside the community priced between $240K and $600K, also includes family-style lawn games, prizes, as well as burgers and snow cones to send off summer in good form.

Food will be served between 5 and 7 p.m., and hang around for a live performance from the Roomsounds between 6 and 8 p.m.

Sounds like a great time to us, and we’re sure you’ll love Light Farms as much as we do!

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Light Farms is a modern take on an old-fashioned way of living. More than a neighborhood, Light Farms embodies the true sense of a community where neighbors say “hello” as they pass each other on the 13+ miles of hike and bike trails, and is a place where kids can grow up and play outdoors on more than 240 acres of parks and green space. Located in Celina, Texas and the highly-acclaimed Prosper Independent School District, Light Farms is designed to bring families and friends together and – at just four miles north of Highway 380 – is conveniently accessible to some of DFW’s best dining, shopping and entertainment.

On any given day, you’ll find the Barn Yard or Parkview community lawns playing host to events, picnic goers, concert series, farm-to-table markets, movie nights and more. In fact, Light Farm hosts more than 200 community events each year. The community at Light Farms makes it easy and enjoyable for families to meet their neighbors and spend time together – all while enjoying the lifestyle and amenities the development offers its residents.

For those who enjoy a fun, active lifestyle, Light Farms features five pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a bike sharing program and 15 sport courts including tennis, basketball, sand volleyball, and more. Light Farms also celebrates the importance of healthy living with an onsite CSA program delivering fresh, locally-grown organic produce weekly from Johnson’s Backyard Garden and Farmbox Delivery, and a neighborhood café, featuring a menu designed by acclaimed North Texas chef Graham Dodds, opening Fall 2017.

Education is an invaluable part of the community; students living at Light Farms are zoned for Prosper ISD. With one on-site elementary school and a second expected to open in Fall 2018, children have the option to safely walk or bike to school. Just down the road are Reynolds Middle School and Prosper High School as well as Light Farms Montessori Academy for residents with children 6 weeks to 6 years of age.

Light Farms is developed by Republic Property Group and features eight of the area’s top home builders, offering homes from the $300s with a wide-variety of product types and many move-in-ready homes. Light Farms is less than 15 minutes from family friendly attractions and entertainment in Frisco and McKinney, and the main access road for the community is planned to be its own exit on the future Dallas North Tollway (DNT) expansion, making the neighborhood even more accessible.

Most new developments have tradition or innovation… Light Farms has both. See for yourself why so many people are calling Light Farms home.

 

Light Farms sunset

Since Republic Property Group started dreaming up Light Farms, a master-planned community in Celina, we at CandysDirt.com have been intrigued. The location, the amenities, and the builders all drew our attention and we’re happy to hear that the Dallas Business Journal has named Light Farms one of the “Best Real Estate Deals” in all of North Texas.

Light Farms Info CenterWith builders such as Darling Homes, Highland Homes, and Lions Gate, this development will attract plenty of buyers. And with tons of great amenities — pools, green space, and parks out the wazoo — well, I’d definitely call that a great value.

According to a story from the Celina Record Star, city officials were bowled over by the appraisals coming in from Light Farms:

Projected at around $240,000, home values actually came in much higher than that at $350,000, a pleasant surprise to everyone involved.

“When all of this started, we were all concerned about the home values,” said Mike Foreman, city manager. “We were amazed at the values.”

 

Tony Ruggeri of Republic Property Group said that the success of Light Farms was possible because of the hard work the City of Celina put into the partnership. On the other hand, the Celina city officials think it’s the amenities offered by RPG and Light Farms that make it attractive and an incredible buy.

“This is the first big development that is going to kick-start major development in Celina,” Foreman said. “It is going to help provide the rooftops needed for retail in the city.”

Well, I think it’s a combination of both! Great planning and fabulous amenities are really drawing in residents. You can check out the models in Light Farms today, and see why 37 homes in the development are already sold.

Light Farms sunsetLast Thursday I zipped up to Light Farms in Celina after touring the Sorrento at Preston Center. Why am I boring you my nightly schedule? I hit two events in one night, and Light Farms in CELINA was a good thirty-five minute drive north. That is significant. This new Republic Properties Group development is so conveniently located for being in the boonies — it is way up there, but RIGHT OFF the Dallas North Tollway. In fact, when the Tollway is complete, the development will have it’s own Light Farms exit as the main drag in. So you have a pretty direct route to just about anywhere. Light traffic on the tollway means a fast and easy commute to Light Farms.

It’s also the newest RPG development everyone is talking about.

Light Farms (1)Light Farms is not your typical North Texas housing development. 908 acres smack in Celina/Prosper neighboring up to many other family home developments, 2700 homes, 8700 residents. But at Light Farms, you can tell that things up there are different — some old charming stuff, like the wifi/coffeehouse community center built with repurposed barn timbers from the 1830’s in upstate New York’s Mohawk River Valley, timbers with more strength because they were created before climate change.

Light Farms will offer 132 acres of manicured green space, a $13 million greenbelt, multiple playgrounds, parks, gardens, picnic areas, a community lawn, four pools (one has a beach-like walk in), tennis courts and exercise clubs.

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Local wineries!

As far as schools, they are why most people move north. Families can plop kiddos in the highly rated Prosper ISD.  Light Farms is designed with kids in mind, rumbling everywhere, walking/biking/running to award- winning schools. Republic donated 11 acres within the community for a new Propser ISD elementary school, and more will be on the way like expectant mothers.

Homes start at $240,000 on up to $400,000 from quality builders such as Darling, American Legend, Highland, Drees, Lionsgate and Shaddock. Phase one will see the finish out of 267 homes.

OK, so the Serenbe connection? A few weeks ago at the National Association of Real Estate Editor’s annual conference, we were whisked off to Serenbe, an amazing sustainable community just southeast of Atlanta that is unlike any other U.S. development. (There is Prairie Crossing in my native Illinois.) The 1000 acre community lies in the heart of 40,000 acres in a protected plan that calls for 70% green space. Serenbe is a very new approach to community development — and so is Light Farm. At Serenbe, though, all homes are EarthCraft certified, buildings are heated with geothermal, boutiques are scattered closer to homes for increased walkability, trash cans go underground where you sort trash and compost out of sight, even mail boxes have to be tucked away. There are front porches, no lawns, 10 miles of paths and trails and everything is connected. You will be hearing more from me about this amazing community.

You may have to get to Serenbe by car, but once you get there, the foot rules. Oh and the farm to table? When you buy a home at Serenbe, you also get ownership of a patch of farmland where you raise your own vegetables so you can pick up what you need for tonight’s dinner right at the local farmer’s market. Community gardening and a farmers market is a concept Tony Ruggeri told me he and Jake Wagner, both RPG executive vice presidents, are contemplating at Light Farms.Tony-and-Jake

 

Light Farms Fireplace

Update 3:23 p.m. Just heard from the folks at Prairie Crossing, who have invited me up for a visit next time I’m in Chicagoland. I will check it out, bring you a full report!

Republic Property Group will soon be bringing North Texas a whole lot of new homes. After recession-induced delay,  Light Farms, a $1.2 billion, 806-acre master-planned community in Celina, north of Frisco is gearing up. Look for 2,700 homes housing an estimated 8,700 residents.

Republic has also swooped up the last stretch of raw land in Frisco, Phillips Creek Ranch. Look for a 950 acre planned community with homes priced from $350,000 to $2,000,000. I’m told that agents in Frisco are lining up to list and sell this community because of the amenities and short housing stock.

But the neatest thing about these two developments, besides that they are from the folks who brought you Lake Forest and Lantana, among others: the guys running the show. Meet two thirty-something land developers, both St. Marks grads, who are blazing new trails in Dallas real estate: Jake Wagner, executive vice president and one of the project managers at Dallas-based Republic Property Group, and Tony Ruggeri, executive vice president. It will be very interesting to see their Gen Y influence on development. For example, two old — really old, like 200 year old barns from upstate New York will be brought in to Light Farms and incorporated into the community. We know that agriculture is the new golf, as more developers incorporate agriculture and suburbia. Will Light Farms be the place where you can pick your salad and heirloom tomatoes, a North Texas answer to Prairie Crossing?  We will stay tuned.

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The Oak Cliff Nature Preserve, one of the gems of living in Oak Cliff.          Canine Model: Big Turkey

Oak Cliff covers about one third of Dallas, with a lot of variety throughout. You’re probably familiar with the small craftsman homes around Bishop Arts, the historic homesteads of Winnetka Heights, and the eclectic estates of the Kessler neighborhoods. A little further west near Hampton and south of Jefferson you’ll find many neighborhoods like the North Cliff Conservation District: adorable homes with classic architectural details and three key amenities close by.

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Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has opened two new Dallas offices, in addition to their core second floor office on Lovers at Devonshire.

And oh let me tell you, Robbie Briggs knows how to throw a party! I have been trying to write this post for four days now since the way too fun opening last Wednesday evening.

The boutique real estate firm’s new digs are in Uptown at 2500 Cedar Springs Road, in the old Kenny Goss art gallery. BFS agent Pogir, an architect who worked in sales and interior design for Cantoni, designed and decked them out in bright, clean white and bold green hues with fabulous furnishings from, of course,  Cantoni. Pogir is married to the lovely Linsey Barnes, also a BFS agent, and daughter of EyeMart Express mogul Dr. Doug Barnes with a fab mansion on Jourdan Way in Old Preston Hollow.

8787 Jourdan Way

Guess what this office will focus on selling? Buying, leasing and development services in the Uptown and downtown Dallas market.

Go catty-corner across the street… and there you have my SecondShelters.com nirvana: an Uptown office to handle all of BFS’s ranch and land division, that’s at 2913 Fairmount. Talk about hog heaven: the firm is listing $100 million in farms and ranch property.

CEO Robbie Briggs says the offices are a way for Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s to re-invent the company and meet client needs in popular urban neighborhoods. I’m told that special tables will be made available for BFS agents to wine and dine clients at Nick & Sams right next door. Me, I wouldn’t want to leave the offices — way too beautiful.

There was an art auction going on, but I was too bust talking with every single Briggs agent and their toney clients — I saw Lewis Shaw, developer of Wilder on the Taylor, as well as every who’s who in town. Besides, the firm is attracting agents like bees to honey: Will Seale, Nancy Guerriero and Janelle Law are at Briggs now, and Jamie Adams, agent to all the sports stars, has been there for months.  Amy Detwiler is now at BFS!

Briggs-Freeman Sothebys has also recently expanded into Tarrant County, with offices in Arlington and Southlake.

Dallas has become one of the most competitive and scrutinized real estate markets in the country , and increasingly so for real estate brokers. First of all, our market is among the healthiest in the nation. Secondly, we have a core of high-powered brokers fighting over the priciest listings in Uptown, Park Cities, Preston Hollow and even Lakewood. Case in point: the merger of Ellen Terry Realtors into Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, an Ebby Halliday Company, Briggs-Freeman’s union with Sotheby’s, and Allie Beth Allman’s continuous push to own the market.

The Ranch team: David Burgher & Jim Brosche