What is a Master-Planned Community? | Bridgeland | Cypress TX
What is a Master-Planned Community? | Bridgeland | Cypress TX
I have encountered this question many times since I started my real estate career over 6 years ago. Homebuyers sometimes confused a subdivision with a master-planned community. Just because your neighborhood has its own swimming pool, playground and walking trails does not mean it as a master-planned community. Being near to shopping centers does not make your neighborhood a master-planned community.
So what neighborhood is considered a master-planned community? What is a master-planned community? And why are homebuyers so interested in residing in one?
I am Jennifer Yoingco of Texas Home Group. Join me as I answer those questions in this series and tour you around in one of the multi-awarded Bridgeland master-planned communities in Cypress, Texas.
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So! What is a master-planned community? According to the Business dictionary: a master-planned community is a large scale residential neighborhood with a huge number of recreational and commercial amenities such as golf courses, tennis courts, lakes, parks, playgrounds, swimming pools and even stores and restaurants. Some even have schools and large shopping centers incorporated in their community.
But… that also sounds like a regular subdivision or an urban or suburban neighborhood right? Not actually. Master-planned communities are planned and designed with the commercial and business districts within it. While subdivisions’ commercial areas often arise as a result of the residents’ need for food, entertainment and other necessities.
Now, how would you know if a master-planned community is suited for you? Let me help you answer that question by touring two of the four distinct villages of the multi-awarded Bridgeland Community in Cypress – Parkland Village and Lakeland Village.
Parkland Village is a 1,200 acre of land development that includes 350-acre of parks, lakes and trails and features more than 3,000 homesites divided into 13 sections or neighborhoods. For some, living in this kind of huge community is an opportunity to bond with like-minded individuals but for some who take pride in their privacy, it could be an issue. However, with the vast number of lots and homes to choose from, I am sure you can find a home that is situated in an area that is far from the hustle and bustle of the neighborhood.
Master-planned communities have that cookie-cutter reputation when it comes to home designs. But with Parkland Village, homebuyers are sure to have a unique home that will fit their specific needs and budget. Custom homes designed by Fedrick and Harris Estate Homes and Partners in Building are available in the Sheldon lake neighborhood. Tract homes are also available in other sections of the village. Homebuyers may choose from a variety of builders such as Taylor Morrison (America’s Most Trusted Builder 2020), M/I Homes, Beazer Homes, Lennar, Highland Homes, Perry Homes and many more. Home prices range from the $220s to over a million dollars. While HOA fee is anywhere between $565 to $2922 dependent on the section or neighborhood. HOA usually keeps the community look attractive by implementing strict guidelines on the upkeep and appearance of everyone’s residence. This kind of control may not sit well with people who value freedom of expression through landscaping and exterior home decoration.
Parkland Village is built with the concept of living within a park. All residents have access to a linear park and trail system, inspired by the Emerald Necklace in Boston, along all roadways which include meadow-like areas, wildflowers and pockets of foliage. Pedestrian tunnels under Bridgeland Creek Parkway connect trails between Parkland Village and Lakeland Village.
Josey Lake, a 140-acre recreational hub between Parkland Village and Lakeland Village reinforces the community goals of connectivity and access to recreation, trails, commerce and schools. According to Bridgeland’s website, this extensive waterway took four years to develop and offer unparalleled opportunities to canoe, kayak or paddleboat on a three-mile loop. A boathouse includes space for canoe and kayak storage as well as boats to be checked out for resident use. A sky bridge over the lake leads to a two-story birding tower, complete with stationary binoculars. An events pavilion and lawn provide an incredible setting for residents to get together for movies in the park, concerts and more. A sprayground, playground-style zip line, hammock swings, and other outdoor activities create opportunities for lasting memories. Greeneries line the lake’s bank which provides a natural home for many wildlife species that are both native and migratory.
Another unique feature of Parkland Village is the newly opened Dragonfly Park, a 25-acre recreation ground with a 25-acre lake and a state of the art community center that features an indoor event space that can accommodate 150 people up to 250 guests when extended into the outdoor event lawn. It also features a fitness center, a yoga studio, a playground and a kitchen. The fitness center opens into the fitness lawn and pool. While the other side of the park boasts a resort-style pool with a beach entry, and a treehouse in the middle, a lazy river and a rope swing for every resident to enjoy. There is also a nearby playground and multi-level spray park. And the fun does not end here. Dragonfly park also includes a tennis court, a tree-lined dog park, an open field, a basketball court, outdoor restrooms and water refilling stations.
Several smaller parks can be found scattered throughout the community such as Hillside Park that has a simulated racetrack, water stations and a pavilion and Parkland Common that features climbing structures, a butterfly garden and a Viking swing. With all of these amenities, homeowners will never run out of activities.
Parkland Village just opened its first Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) early this year. Parkland Square is being developed as a complete neighborhood using traditional town planning principles. It is also the first community in Bridgeland to use rain gardens to filter rainwater before it enters the storm drains or its lake systems. It features 178 homesites with modern farmhouse and prairie architectural designs. As a TND, Parkland Square has its own central park area called the Celebration Park. This park features a pavilion for neighborhood gatherings, a playground and a dog park. Home prices start at $250s.
Another housing option in the Parkland village is Sheldon Lake.
The first neighborhood of custom homes located in the heart of Parkland Village. It is a privately-gated and will feature 24 half-acre homesites, many of which will have the opportunity of lake-front living.
As I have mentioned earlier, master-planned communities are built with a commercial area of their own. Thus the birth of Parkland Village Center, a proposed grocery-anchored center and mixed development featuring restaurants, retail, professional and medical offices located along the intersections of NWC Fry Road and Tuckerton Road in Cypress. Residents do not have to travel far if ever they need to go grocery shopping in a spur of the moment.
The Lakeland Village is another distinct village within the Bridgeland master-planned community. It also has its own village center called Lakeland Village Center.
This is the community’s first retail site and serves as a cultural hub for Bridgeland residents and visitors alike, connecting them to shopping, dining, medical offices and businesses – all in one convenient location. We visited the Local Table to see for ourselves. We really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. You should give it a try.
Attending school is not a problem in this neighborhood. There are a lot of learning opportunities available for the children of Parkland Village and Lakeland Village. Zoned to the highly-rated Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, this community has 3 TEA A-graded schools within its community, namely Wells Elementary School (K-5), Pope Elementary School (K-5) and Bridgeland High School (9-12). There are also several private schools nearby like Silverline Montessori School, The Connection School of Houston, West Houston Learning Center and many more.
Both Parkland Village and Lakeland Village make it easily accessible through the Grand Parkway and Highway 290. It is just 15 minutes away from the Energy Corridor and about 30 minutes away from the ExxonMobil Campus.
Now that you have seen what a master-planned community is, it is not for me to say if it is the best option for you or not. What I can suggest is to imagine your life beyond the four corners of your dream home. Can you see yourself enjoying the amenities that a master-planned community offer? Would you feel comfortable living in a dense neighborhood? Can you see your child attending the school within its zoned district? Most of all, is it within your budget?
Consider all of these things when choosing a place to live.
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**Jennifer Yoingco is a full time licensed Texas REALTOR (#648293) with Texas Home Group. She has been helping first time home buyers, experienced buyers and sellers search homes for sale, houses for sale in the greater Houston area (serving Houston, Tomball, Spring, The Woodlands, Cypress, Conroe, Magnolia, Sugarland, Richmond, and the surrounding cities). She negotiates to the clients’ advantage by using cutting edge digital marketing technology. She is teamed with marketing professionals who can showcase the home to the best advantage. Contact her for any real estate needs. Email: [email protected] (832)286-8636**