Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Stewart Ranch hosts successful launch event


Fall Creek Land Partners celebrated a successful public launch event for the Stewart Ranch development on June 8.  An upcoming gated community providing a tranquil countryside living experience, Stewart Ranch is situated at 7065 Cleburne Highway, offering 75 lots ranging from 1 to 11 acres, just minutes from Granbury Lake and the city.

The launch featured family entertainment and complimentary food. McKnight Title was on hand to assist potential homebuyers, and developers Wes Thompson and Trennon Massengale were available for questions. "We had a good turnout! People came from Austin, Dallas, Mansfield, Cleburne, Stephenville and of course local Granbury people," said Eric Wilkins owner of VYBE Realty. "Every person I spoke with commented on how beautiful the development is."

Realtor Eric Wilkins, a Dallas native, was chosen to represent Stewart Ranch due to his focus on creativity, consistency, and integrity. In addition to his real estate services, Wilkins offers marketing through his agencies — VYBE Marketing and Media,and is a partner of Mod.Lux Media. His team played a pivotal role in creating the branding, website, social media graphics, email campaigns, and sign design for Stewart Ranch, contributing significantly to the success of the event.

With over 30 years in the building and construction industry, developer Wes Thompson emphasizes the company's philosophy of "quality over quantity." Thompson, who has deep familial ties to Hood County, highlighted the importance of enhancing the natural surroundings with one-acre and above lot sizes.

Massengale, a Johnson County native, attended Godly schools followed by Tarleton State University. He has been in the building and development industry since 2006 after working in utility construction. The Fall Creek partners team of Massengale and Thompson, together with Wilkins and VYBE Realty, manage all facets of Stewart Ranch — land acquisitions, development planning, design, estimating, and construction oversight.

Regarding development progress, Thompson confirmed that all dirt work and waterlines are complete. "We will begin work on the concrete streets and gated entrance this week. Streets and electrical installation should be complete by the end of July," he said.

Stewart Ranch, named to honor the family of the previous landowner, Larry Stewart, boasts concrete streets, land dotted with trees and ponds, and is part of the Granbury school district. The neighborhood offers United Co-op fiber internet, underground utilities, and a homeowner's association. Regarding permitted animals, Massengale clarified, "Household domestic pets are allowed. On home sites that are 4 acres or greater, horses, cows, or sheep are permitted with some limitations. Chickens are allowed, but no roosters."

"Trennon and I take a lot of pride in our family history in this area," Thompson explained. His great-great-great-grandfather, Erastus Umphress, was a prominent farmer and rancher in Hood County. Born in Jefferson County, Florida, in 1857, Umphress moved to Texas in 1872 and eventually owned 900 acres. He was known for his innovative farming practices and early adoption of registered Hereford cattle. According to Granbury, Umphress married Margaret "Maggie" Grubbs and had eight children. He was influential in bringing railroad spurs to Granbury and aiding local cattle transportation. A devout Baptist and active Mason, Umphress donated land for the Shady Grove Church and was respected for his community contributions and progressive spirit. "His legacy of community service and innovation is something we strive to honor in our developments," said Thompson.

"The market right now is in an interesting pattern," said Wilkins. "Small tweaks to interest rates make all the difference in the world. In one week, we will have more mortgage applications than in the past 90 days. The next week, we could have an all-time low for applications. However, the desire for people to live in neighborhoods where they can stretch out a little bit and be on 2, 3, 4, to 11 acres is at a high. People are moving to Granbury like crazy to get out of the hustle of the city. Most of those folks are looking for some space, and Stewart Ranch fills that need!"

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