Beware of Bridlegate Ranch
john

New York, NY

#102 May 19, 2013
CTXBULL wrote:
Please help! I just drove 5.5 hours round trip and spent 3+ hours on a Tour with many others at the Bridlegate ranch. It was OK but wasnt what I expected. I have seen various posted dating back to 2010 and wanted to see if ANY OWNERS can shed light on the values of the property are. I see 2.0 acres going for 59,900 to ????
Of course the 59,900 are no trees, even the ones with one of two oaks and a few Cedars (oh yea) are at 69,900. Thanks for your response
I don't mean to be rude but did you read the name of this thread?
Beware Bridlegate?
$30,000.00 per acre are you totally nuts?
Ask yourself what happens when this ranch developement doesn't sell out and the up keep reverts back to only a few owners? Check the home owner obligation here.
Land in Bandera sells for 3-5 thousand dollars an acre except in these up scale subdivisions where the sky is the limit. One fool buys it and then everyone else says it must be worth it. Why because one person thought it was worth that much.
I'm just saying look long and hard and not just here.
dmtx

Canyon Lake, TX

#103 May 19, 2013
We own two lots at Bridlegate and love it. The amenities are fabulous and staying at the guest suites is a lot of fun. We looked all over before buying there and for what you get for the money its the best deal around. We really enjoy the river park and the pools. They just put in a great fitness center. The latest newsletter shows about 640 of the properties have been purchased so far out of the 800. We have friends who just purchased and the two acre lots they looked at were in the 60's to 80's. We looked in Boerne but land there was a lot more for only an acre. Hope this helps.
john

New York, NY

#104 May 19, 2013
dmtx wrote:
We own two lots at Bridlegate and love it. The amenities are fabulous and staying at the guest suites is a lot of fun. We looked all over before buying there and for what you get for the money its the best deal around. We really enjoy the river park and the pools. They just put in a great fitness center. The latest newsletter shows about 640 of the properties have been purchased so far out of the 800. We have friends who just purchased and the two acre lots they looked at were in the 60's to 80's. We looked in Boerne but land there was a lot more for only an acre. Hope this helps.
I really hope this helps, at least it is the truth.

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WOW just look at these deals in high end subdivisions in Kendall County.
Some people just have to lie to try to make a point.
Everyone on this thread has a computer and before you buy compare don't just take this poster opinion, after all this silly already paid twice as much for his lots and now he needs to defend his decision that's all.
john

New York, NY

#105 May 19, 2013
I assume you would want to compare school districts also.
Boerne District schools vs Bandera--hehe
look for yourself.
Fire, Police ect ect----------
CTXBULL

Corpus Christi, TX

#106 May 19, 2013
john wrote:
I assume you would want to compare school districts also.
Boerne District schools vs Bandera--hehe
look for yourself.
Fire, Police ect ect----------
I will certainly look around and appreciate the feedback. Actually looking for a place to hunt rather that just retire or a weekend getaway and Bridlegate certainly wasn't the place for that, hunting I mean. Another concern I had other above the $30,000 per acre, yes that is nuts, is the fact that there are only a few homes that are built and one has to ask, "why?". The passel of sales people, from all over the country as we caravanned around the property, said there were only 30 lots left!! I have experienced the HOA that reverted back to a few for the costs of upkeep and I DONT want to go through that again. I will continue to search and still will monitor here to see what other comments occur. thanks
CTXBULL

Corpus Christi, TX

#107 May 19, 2013
dmtx wrote:
We own two lots at Bridlegate and love it. The amenities are fabulous and staying at the guest suites is a lot of fun. We looked all over before buying there and for what you get for the money its the best deal around. We really enjoy the river park and the pools. They just put in a great fitness center. The latest newsletter shows about 640 of the properties have been purchased so far out of the 800. We have friends who just purchased and the two acre lots they looked at were in the 60's to 80's. We looked in Boerne but land there was a lot more for only an acre. Hope this helps.
how long have you owned? Have you built a home yet? what is the availability of the guests house and what is the cost? The lots were numbered in the 481-517 number range, does that mean anything?
thanks
dmtx

Canyon Lake, TX

#108 May 22, 2013
We have owned for about 3 years now and have not built our home yet but can't wait. We stayed at the guest suite a couple weeks ago and had a very relaxing and nice stay. Love the amenities at Bridlegate. They opened 7 more guest suites last year so the availability now has been great. The 481-517 must be the lot numbers on the plat and I assume that's the area they are selling now.

The committee sends out a very nice newsletter every few months and the recent one we received showed that 640 out of the 800 lots had been purchased already. We love Brildegate and are really enjoying spending time out here. The staff has always treated us very well and the owners we meet are great folks.
if you notice with the exception of one or two, most of the negative comments come from people who don't own here. I understand with this many owners and in every community there may be some who's situation has changed or that aren't happy with their purchase and we truly hope they find a place that suits there needs better.

Everyone we have met so far are really nice and come from all over Texas. They all seem to enjoy the community as much as we do and many are looking forward to moving here as soon as their careers allow. We drive around the ranch when we are here and stop and meet a lot of nice people working on their properties and enjoying the amenities. The owners have formed several committees and have lots of events and social gatherings. It's a really fun place.
As for John's post above he is not and owner and looks like a real estate agent representing the areas he is mentioning and looking out for his own interests and pocketbook. I contacted a real estate friend and he told me that while a few of the lots are from $79,900 to $199,000 most of the Cordillera lots are priced from $199,500 to over $600,000 and other than a few, the majority of the Diamond Ridge lots were from $100,000 to $150,000. This is more in line with what we saw when we were looking around. They are both very nice communities as well, but for the money and amenities we chose Bridlegate. Plus the dues are very reasonable here. We know everyone has different tastes in what they are looking for and we certainly would never bad mouth any other community. If John is a real estate agent then his comments and actions on this site are very unethical and i am sure the real estate commission or his broker would not approve. If he is not an agent then the comments are just in very bad taste. Either way the information he provided totally contradicts what he says about price per acre being high when you look at the averages of the communities he mentions and other places in the hill country with nicer amenities and underground utilities.$30,000 plus per acre is very common in many of the newer communities in the hill country we had viewed and the appraisals obviously support that. I know we had to get ours appraised for the bank.

None of these communities are not for hunting and if that is what your looking for they will not work. You would need to find a large ranch. But if your looking for a very nice relaxing place to enjoy the sunsets and great amenities with lots of great people, we sure love Bridlegate. We also have fallen in love with Bandera. It is a great town with very friendly people and lots of things going on.
There must be a good reason so many great people keep purchasing at
Bridlegate. I know that all the decent people we have met here would not find it appropriate to go on a site like this and talk down places that other people choose to live. We love this place and are glad we found our piece of paradise here. We hope you find what your looking for and hope this helps. With all the bad things happening in the world right now negativity on this site seems trivial but I wanted to answer your question. Best of luck to you in your search.
houstonian

Houston, TX

#109 May 22, 2013
There are too communities for hunting, you have to buy at least 12-14 acres, I believe, to hunt turkey and deer.
John

New York, NY

#110 May 22, 2013
houstonian wrote:
There are too communities for hunting, you have to buy at least 12-14 acres, I believe, to hunt turkey and deer.
Minimum of 10 acres in Bandera County to discharge a fire arm.
John

New York, NY

#111 May 22, 2013
dmtx wrote:
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if you notice with the exception of one or two, most of the negative comments come from people who don't own here. I understand with this many owners and in every community there may be some who's situation has changed or that aren't happy with their purchase and we truly hope they find a place that suits there needs better.
As for John's post above he is not and owner and looks like a real estate agent representing the areas he is mentioning and looking out for his own interests and pocketbook. I contacted a real estate friend and he told me that while a few of the lots are from $79,900 to $199,000 most of the Cordillera lots are priced from $199,500 to over $600,000 and other than a few, the majority of the Diamond Ridge lots were from $100,000 to $150,000. This is more in line with what we saw when we were looking around. They are both very nice communities as well, but for the money and amenities we chose Bridlegate. Plus the dues are very reasonable here. We know everyone has different tastes in what they are looking for and we certainly would never bad mouth any other community. If John is a real estate agent then his comments and actions on this site are very unethical and i am sure the real estate commission or his broker would not approve. If he is not an agent then the comments are just in very bad taste. Either way the information he provided totally contradicts what he says about price per acre being high when you look at the averages of the communities he mentions and other places in the hill country with nicer amenities and underground utilities.$30,000 plus per acre is very common in many of the newer communities in the hill country we had viewed and the appraisals obviously support that. I know we had to get ours appraised for the bank.
None of these communities are not for hunting and if that is what your looking for they will not work. You would need to find a large ranch. But if your looking for a very nice relaxing place to enjoy the sunsets and great amenities with lots of great people, we sure love Bridlegate. We also have fallen in love with Bandera. It is a great town with very friendly people and lots of things going on.
There must be a good reason so many great people keep purchasing at
Bridlegate. I know that all the decent people we have met here would not find it appropriate to go on a site like this and talk down places that other people choose to live. We love this place and are glad we found our piece of paradise here. We hope you find what your looking for and hope this helps. With all the bad things happening in the world right now negativity on this site seems trivial but I wanted to answer your question. Best of luck to you in your search.
"As for John's post above he is not and owner and looks like a real estate agent representing the areas he is mentioning and looking out for his own interests and pocketbook."
Wrong again my friend.
You look more like the real estate agent. I simply pulled a few properties to compare and 30-40 thousand dollars an acre is extremely high. All I said was look around.
You can find the 100,000 dollar an acre land in Bridlegate as well.
There are properties all over the hill country for 10,000 an acre that are really nice properties.
I simply encourage looking around so you don't get stuck with over priced land.
In these hard times you are right, the last thing any of us need is a poster lying about what a great deal 30-40 thousand dolars an acre is. The properties I used for comparison were twice as large as what you quoted for half the price and now let me hear you tell everyone the upscale subdivisions I showed here aren't as nice as Bridlegate.
You can't, so stop telling everyone how great the pricing is out there because it isn't.
John

New York, NY

#112 May 22, 2013
CTXBULL wrote:
<quoted text>
how long have you owned? Have you built a home yet? what is the availability of the guests house and what is the cost? The lots were numbered in the 481-517 number range, does that mean anything?
thanks
Keep in mind if you find a lot or two in Bridlegate you really like there are plenty of ranches in Bandera that you can lease or day hunt on which would probably be good for you.
It is a pretty area but look around there are some ranches selling larger tracts and the larger they get the lower the price per acre.
Good luck!
Mike Gibson

United States

#113 Jun 14, 2013
I own a lot in Bridlegate as well and I cannot wait to have the financial opportunity to build what will be our "final dream home". I do not have a wide knowledge of what should or should not have been completed by now. I cannot say it is the fault of the developer or if it is the economy. All I know is the amenities are very nice and yes, they are getting tougher to get but that is not the fault of the company, that is a sign that the number of owners is growing, thus the competition is tougher. I don't like how much they charge now, but we are still willing to fork out the money because staying there for a weekend is an amazing "staycation". As far as the person that complained about an attitude from the folks taking the reservations-I have never had an issue with Dolores. Perhaps you were the one with the attitude because you could not get a reservation? The last comment/statement I do not fully understand is how the state of the river is the fault of the company? The billboard that shows the riverbed full of water is not a "real time" billboard so they are not falsely advertising. When we are blessed with rains that is a great place to hang with the family and enjoy nature. When it is dry, well, there are other things to do.
I hope to meet some fellow landowners soon.
Chuck

Piscataway, NJ

#114 Jun 15, 2013
Mike Gibson wrote:
I own a lot in Bridlegate as well and I cannot wait to have the financial opportunity to build what will be our "final dream home". I do not have a wide knowledge of what should or should not have been completed by now. I cannot say it is the fault of the developer or if it is the economy. All I know is the amenities are very nice and yes, they are getting tougher to get but that is not the fault of the company, that is a sign that the number of owners is growing, thus the competition is tougher. I don't like how much they charge now, but we are still willing to fork out the money because staying there for a weekend is an amazing "staycation". As far as the person that complained about an attitude from the folks taking the reservations-I have never had an issue with Dolores. Perhaps you were the one with the attitude because you could not get a reservation? The last comment/statement I do not fully understand is how the state of the river is the fault of the company? The billboard that shows the riverbed full of water is not a "real time" billboard so they are not falsely advertising. When we are blessed with rains that is a great place to hang with the family and enjoy nature. When it is dry, well, there are other things to do.
I hope to meet some fellow landowners soon.
Your ISP says you are not from here.
Do you even know what "staycation" means? A vacation spent at home or nearby. Montgomery AL. is hardly a local area. You drive here for the weekends do you?
You seem to be the sales rep everyone is talking about.
Shady way to make a living isn't it.
You should be ashamed.
OldSkool

Castroville, TX

#115 Jun 17, 2013
I am not taking a side here either way. It seems to me that some people (shadow) are upset because the once peaceful, low populated hill country is now being bought up by developers and soon it will be a thriving populated area with people and all that goes along with that. I understand, some people want to live in peace and some want the hustle bustle of the city. With the thriving population, some are trying to obtain a little of both. Its just an opinion of both sides. I agree with shadow, on the other hand, you have to have commerce, trade, growth etc... or you have no economy or for that much you have nothing. Catch 22 people.
nukedtbone

Lake Jackson, TX

#116 Jul 28, 2013
My wife and I visited Bridlegate this past weekend and had the master room reserved for two nights(we only stayed one night). I think I want to retire in the hill country. Salesman was ok not to pushy. We were told about 60 lots were available hard to decide on a lot when they are not marked. I would guess that the ratio of homes and barns is 50/50 and several of the barns don't seem to meet the restrictions. All the roads were finished and in great shape. We left without buying as wife thinks we will never use the guest houses so if I'm going to make her live in the sticks why not get more land for the 60000. There are plenty of reasons to buy there but with the small number of homes built and having to drive 30 miles to find a brand name steakhouse we are going to think about it. I did meet one husband wife that lived there and they seemed to love it. The park is impressive would have been a knockouts if the river had water.
Houstonian

Houston, TX

#117 Jul 28, 2013
I am going to buy at Bridlegater for my retirement. Because I am a single woman, I feel safer in a gated community, especially when I have to leave the house for a vacation elsewhere. This community is in a primo location, close enough to the San Antonio Airport to be able to get away, and a good jumping off point for any place in the Hill Country or elsewhere. It is close enough to Kerrville and Boerne to take advantage of those communities but will never be encroached upon. Bandera may some day become a bigger town, and have more ammenities, but the ranch will not be spoiled by that, it will be a convenience. I look at it as having a little bit of country where you can see the stars and yet are close enough to civilization without being in a 'subdivision' environment. I can come on the weekends now, until I retire, because it is close enough to Houston to drive. There are several good reasons for buying there for me...one big one is that you do not have to worry that your neighbors will be trashy or destroy the community, because there are deed restrictions. The amenities, deed restrictions, low taxes and low fees, and the gated community are what draw me to this place. I do not disagree that there is less expensive land elsewhere in the Texas Hill Country, and, yes, it is a shame that the ranch did not stay a ranch, but for people like me who cannot afford to have a big ranch, it is a great place. Also, I do think that you are not going to have to worry so much in Bridlegate when you travel, etc. as retired people appear to do (a lot of traveling). I am looking forward to becoming a part of this community. I understand how some of the locals would not want this development, but hey, San Antonio is moving towards Boerne...look what has happened to Boerne over the last few years...even if that same thing happens to Bandera, on the Bridlegate Ranch, it will appear that you are out in the country and still can see the stars.
Dianne

Houston, TX

#118 Sep 17, 2013
Have to agree with the others', Bridlegate is DEFINATEY not what we were sold!! Developer ignored their own restrictions so they could get people out there and now my once nice piece of property has metal "barns" on each side..ruined the view! Property has only depreciated!
Houstonian

Houston, TX

#119 Sep 17, 2013
You are going to see other building no matter where you live. I think the ranch is beautiful, and do not need a 'view' from my house, would rather have 'privacy' from my house. The view is there when you leave your lot to go elsewhere. I can see that once it is built up, it will look like many other subdivisions but with more room between the houses. Three should be an architectural control committee to handle these issues. I see many places on that ranch that are very expensive, very lovely, and others not so much, but that is what you get when you say you can have your own builder. As a single woman, who can only go out there on occasion now, because of my job in Houston, I feel safer in a gated community. That may be a false sense of security, but it means a lot to me.
SHADOW

Canyon Lake, TX

#120 Sep 27, 2013
Houstonian wrote:
You are going to see other building no matter where you live. I think the ranch is beautiful, and do not need a 'view' from my house, would rather have 'privacy' from my house. The view is there when you leave your lot to go elsewhere. I can see that once it is built up, it will look like many other subdivisions but with more room between the houses. Three should be an architectural control committee to handle these issues. I see many places on that ranch that are very expensive, very lovely, and others not so much, but that is what you get when you say you can have your own builder. As a single woman, who can only go out there on occasion now, because of my job in Houston, I feel safer in a gated community. That may be a false sense of security, but it means a lot to me.
And there is the rub. People come from all over for the less cluttered place to live. Then the metal barns and roads criss crossing the property and what have you got--Houston behind a locked gate. If that is what you want/need why not just stay in Houston?
It is not what the Texas hill country is or should be.
Houstonian

Houston, TX

#121 Sep 27, 2013
It isn't what any place should be, but you can't stop it. It will be that way everywhere someday, but thankfully not in my lifetime.

If you look at the places near Houston, Bridlegate is a bargain compared to Brenham, College Station, etc..for the same or similar type place.

Look at the Flying L ranch, it is just a community looking thing like anything else in the city, just with more spaces between buildings. Yet people pay to vacation there.

What is so special about the other communities around that Bridlegate should be so criticized ? I see all of the development as a blight, even that Diamond whatever Ranch community off Hwy 46...it is on a beautiful piece of property yet it is just a high class subdivision, that's all, I think it spoils the look of the Hill Country, too.

All the people who bought for the views are going to be sorely disappointed when they see what happens in 10 years, all of those hills will have been carved out for people to live on, all the 'stars' will be on the ground, instead of in the sky. Look at NW San Antonio down I-10 from there, a beautiful hill every square inch built upon...that's how it all will look in another 50 years or so....that's what I say, thankfully not in my lifetime.

The people who are rich enough to own a lot of land and provide their own services (water, utilities, etc..) may isolate themselves from some of that, but when they look at the hills, they will see development. You may not like it, hey, I don't like it either, but it can't be stopped.

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