Meet the Urdanetas

“My family and I moved from Venezula in 2005 looking for a new life and 14567990_10154722478056015_6590761717913435171_nopportunities that were scarce in my country. After living in an apartment for a year, a good friend of mine told me about Bridgeland and we decided to check it out. We immediately fell in love with the ‘master planned community’ concept. We used our imaginations to envision how it was going to look — beyond the dirt and construction everywhere.

We bought our first house in Elizabeth Shore. In 2012, my sister and her family decided to move to Houston, and obviously also to Bridgeland. They bought a house within walking distance from ours.
In 2013, we decided to take advantage of the market conditions and moved into a bigger home. One thing we were certain about: It had to be in Bridgeland.

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Tree House Park offers unique view of Bridgeland

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Situated on a site well known by local Houston birding enthusiasts, Tree House Park picture1has been in the making for more than 10 years. The two-story tree house, standing approximately 35-feet tall, was designed by Houston architect Richard Cate as an escape for Bridgeland residents, where they can enjoy a view of the Katy Prairie that is not often experienced.

Having worked on the Bridgeland property for the past decade, Cate designed Tree House Park with Bridgeland’s environmental focus in mind. The structure is created from renewable pine stock and laced within a century-old oak, giving the impression that the tree organically grew through the tree house.

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Meet The Gurals

“Buying in Bridgeland before anyone else was a little scary. We didn’t know what we were getting into, but our Realtor took us out here and we just said ‘This is it.’ 14712926_10154720432096015_5890991955580443891_o

And here we are. In the beginning, we could see our house from Fry Road. We called it the ‘Little House on the Prairie.’ Obviously we can’t do that anymore, but it’s been really fun watching Bridgeland grow up.” -Heather Gural, Bridgeland’s First Resident

 

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Make sure your Halloween has more treats than tricks

halloween-blog_imageHalloween is supposed to be a night filled with fun and candy, but sadly the American Automobile Association (AAA) says October 31st is the second deadliest day of the year for pedestrians.  Toni Odumosu, M.D., who practices at the Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in Cypress, says parents and kids should follow these safety tips to make their Halloween a safe and enjoyable night.

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Circus acts, Chihuahuas and Christian Stoinev

928f6679ac12fed92344687586160d53By Bridgeland

We sat down with Christian Stoinev, who was a finalist on America’s Got Talent with his pup, Scooby, to talk about his background and upcoming performance at Howl-O-Ween Fest.

Bridgeland: Our entire team loves America’s Got Talent. We watched you and knew we had to have you perform at Howl-O-Ween Fest at some point.

Christian: Really? That’s cool. I think a lot of people who watch the show don’t understand that you get close to the people you’re competing against. I can’t speak for other seasons, but I had a great group of people during mine. We really weren’t competitive. We were cool with one another. We came to understand that it’s hard to compare a singer to a gymnast. We just wanted everyone to enjoy the show.

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Meet Harold Colvard

harold-colvard“Janet and I were avid hunters. We took trips all over the United States and overseas to Africa, New Zealand and Spain to do so. We bought way more house than we needed, but we used the upstairs and front entry as trophy rooms.

Sometimes we would walk along the Cypress Creek Nature Trails and photograph the eagles and alligators and deer. We had lots of happy moments in Bridgeland, but some challenging ones as well.

Janet had Alzheimer’s. She was diagnosed in 2005 and we moved into Bridgeland in 2007. She passed away last December, but I’m still in the house we designed and I love it. I have everything I need. The trophies, and the photos, and the memories.” -Harold Colvard, Resident 225

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Top-producing Realtor shares why she lives and sells in Bridgeland

By Amy Lippincott13015130_1335437469806600_86541340222136659_n

My team and I don’t just sell in Cypress – we live here. Most of us are residents of Bridgeland, in fact. That’s why we can help you with more than just signing on a house. We can tell you where to shop, what restaurants are worth trying and the schools with the best reputation.

Here’s the top reasons I show Bridgeland to clients, and I why I personally call it home.

1) The schools

When Pope Elementary first opened, I remember watching as all these kids walked from their houses to their new school. It felt nostalgic. Despite its size, Bridgeland maintains a small-town feel that’s hard to find anywhere else.

On top of that, the community is zoned to some of the best schools in the district, and there’s a lot on the horizon with the new educational village that’s being built.

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Bridgeland marks its tenth birthday with a blowout bash October 14

Bridgeland is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a birthday bash full of fun, fireworks and food on October 14.

The Bridgeland celebration will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. in Bridgeland’s Festival Park. The first 1,000 guests will receive a commemorative 10th anniversary T-shirt but everyone will go home happy after sampling food from five Houston-area food trucks, dancing to the music of The Molly Ringwalds, and capping the evening off with a giant fireworks display. 4th_july_fireworks_the_crowd_d75_6869

In addition, there will be plenty of family-friendly activities include bounce houses, a rock wall and obstacle course for the kids as well as Bridgeland Bill® and Puffy Pine Cone® on site for fun pictures. Family and friends can mark the occasion by creating their own custom gifs in a special photo booth. For the adults, Bridgeland will host a beer and wine garden as well as provide pedicabs to transport families back and forth to their cars.

The anniversary is the latest milestone for the community, which was recently recognized as the 2016 “Developer of the Year” by the Texas Association of Builders (TAB), a year after being named “Community of the Year” by TAB.

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Bridgeland High School leads the way with innovative design, curriculum

By Audrey Seykora

Size is the first thing you’ll notice about Bridgeland High School. At four stories, it’s the tallest building Cy-Fair ISD has built over the course of its 77-year existence. But like most everything in life, it’s what’s on the inside that really counts.

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“We’ve learned that a school’s design influences students’ educational experiences,” says Linda Macias, Ed.D., Cy-Fair ISD’s Associate Superintendent, Curriculum & Instruction and Accountability. “At one time, classrooms were one-size-fits-all, but it will be different at Bridgeland High School.”

Take the furniture, for instance. A committee of instructors, administrators and students met with eight different manufacturers to test chairs, tables and other necessary equipment. The district gathered everyone’s feedback, evaluated their options and eventually selected the most ergonomic pieces available.

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All about Bridgeland’s amenities

By Lorrie Parise

With more than 3,000 acres dedicated to lakes, trails and parks, each home in Bridgeland is no more than a quarter of a mile from a community amenity.bl_trail_familybiking_6220

A resident favorite is Lakeland Activity Center, where you’ll find six acres of fun, including a junior Olympic-size pool, two, 30-foot tower slides and a spray park for residents to enjoy. The 6,000-sqaure-foot Activity Center also offers exercise classes, community events and seasonal workshops, all of which are maintained by a full-time activities director.

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