Beware of Bridlegate Ranch
SHADOW

Canyon Lake, TX

#122 Sep 27, 2013
Houstonian wrote:
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.
A lot of people have held the developer's feet to the fire in the last 15 years or so and it is reflected in the kind of development we have now.
Nothing is special about Bridlegate that draws complaints over the other developments. It is just Bridlegate "people" chose to come on Topix and tell everyone how nice it is. That is what draws complaints.
Like so many here have said-they don't tell you the truth and the rules don't necessarily apply to all.
That ranch was such a beautiful place. We used to ride in from the river on horses and see God's country as it was met to be and now it is just another developement.
It is just a shame.
MYPLANET

Bandera, TX

#123 Apr 28, 2014
I own at Bridlegate, built here 1.5 years ago... it is absolutely the best. As for our salesman (we bought 4 years ago) he is now our neighbor, currently building here, which says a lot. After all of the above dated blather, feel free to see what Bridlegate REALLY looks like in the albums on my Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/michael.scott.foster ... enough said, it is 'Living large in Texas'!
houstonian

Houston, TX

#124 Apr 28, 2014
Unfortunately every place with a view will be populated just like California is now. One has only to watch the old movies to see what it looked like 40-50 years ago.

You can't keep God's country that way when the population is overrunning the planet the way it is.

I come from Alaska originally, and there is a lot of government/state owned land that always will be wilderness. I still see that it is a lot different than what it was when I was a kid, with all the 'lower 48 ers going up there to hunt and to fish.

Can't be helped when we humans are running over this planet.

Still think Bridlegate is a nice place to live !!!
Bridlegate owner

San Antonio, TX

#125 May 4, 2014
We bought property a year ago. The 2 acre lot for the price is a value. We haven't built yet but are looking at placing a barndo there eventually. The ranch is so lovely and serene. The amenities are worth the purchase and we've used the ranch house and guest properties a number of times already. Take a drive out for yourself...don't base a decision on someone else's bad experience. Talk with the homeowners and get honest info from them.
Bandera Brat

Pasadena, TX

#126 May 10, 2014
Hi to all. I am new at posting on this forum. I am planning on making a trip up to Bridlegate Ranch this next week. Bandera, TX was my "stomping grounds" while growing up a piece down the road. I am coming to take a look at what Bridlegate has to offer. The history of the Medina River can be quite an eye opener to folks not familiar with it. When the Medina is peaceful, it is beautiful. When the Medina floods, it can be a nightmare. Ask some of the old timers around there. On one of my visits to Cortney Mountain Ranch, the river flooded. It took several days for it to go down. When we were able to get off of the mountain and into town (Bandera), all one had to do was look up...30 feet up in the air at the trees and all of the debris, trash, pieces of furniture, clothing, flapping 30 feet up in the air. To be lucky enough to own a beautiful piece of this land is a blessing, but be prepared when heavy rains fall up north of you. I am still going to come visit Bridlegate Ranch. I am going to have questions. If the sales reps get mad, angry or whatever they want to get because I am asking questions - my Texas manners always come out - Thank you for your time, I'll not WASTE ANY MORE OF YOUR TIME SINCE YOU ARE NOT WELL EDUCATED IN THIS PART OF TEXAS OR ITS RIVERS. Fortunately for me, I do have another piece of land to look at in the Bryan/College Station area. Good Luck to all that have already purchased in Bridlegate, good luck to all of you that are seriously considering purchasing in Bridlegate - ask questions, lots of questions, this may be the only way you have to protect yourself against dishonest or uneducated sales reps.
Houstonian

Houston, TX

#127 May 12, 2014
It is wise not to buy next to the river. The Medina River goes underground and by passes Bridlegate Ranch when there is drought, but I know how those flash floods work, too.
Dawah

Dallas, TX

#128 May 12, 2014
I called the phone number today and got a salesman on the telephone. The brochure that they sent to me said that I could get a 3 bedroom 2 bath house with 2200 square feet for $149,000. After talking for awhile, I found out that this was only the shell and that the house was not finished. This appears to be false advertising. It costs a lot to complete the inside of a home and the shell is the least expensive part of a home.
Aggie87

Denver, CO

#131 Jul 18, 2014
Are there HOA dues and how are the property taxes?
twinluvr

Houston, TX

#132 Sep 26, 2014
Aggie87 wrote:
Are there HOA dues and how are the property taxes?
HOA dues $434/Yr Taxes are something like 1.3 - 1.6%(Cheap). No city of Bandera taxes as it is in county and of course no MUD taxes.
SHADOW

Canyon Lake, TX

#133 Oct 6, 2014
twinluvr wrote:
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HOA dues $434/Yr Taxes are something like 1.3 - 1.6%(Cheap). No city of Bandera taxes as it is in county and of course no MUD taxes.
Don't fall for the smoke and mirrors people. Go to :
http://propaccess.banderaproptax.org/clientdb...
and see for yourself what is going on in Bandera. We have no industry other than bars and deer hunting so just guess who is left to pay the taxes.
Commissioners for years have bragged in the years when the tax rate stayed the same with no increase while taxable values skyrocket at the whim of the appraisal district. Taxes always rise from county imposed tax rates or from the appraisal district taking up the slack.
No city of Bandera taxes--just look at the money the school district will take from you, after all it has never been the county who ruined the lives of the taxpayers forceably taking property owned for years by it's citizens who can't afford the ever rising taxes.
If this little dream of a gated community fails to "build out" then the original suckers who invested will have to pull the load for your community HOA dues.
Just look really close at this before jumping into something that you may end up loosing to greedy county taxing authorities.
Before someone asks I have never lost a property to taxes but I constantly strain to keep pace with this greedy machine know as Bandera County
HANK

Anonymous Proxy

#134 Oct 6, 2014
twinluvr wrote:
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HOA dues $434/Yr Taxes are something like 1.3 - 1.6%(Cheap). No city of Bandera taxes as it is in county and of course no MUD taxes.
.3-1.6% of what.
Tax rates NOT CHEAP
Expensive place to live especially when you grossly over pay for the land
D Ripka

Houston, TX

#135 Jan 5, 2015
D from Alvin recently purchased land in Bridlegate, we haven't met a snake oil salesman Yet.! Every one very Gracious:). The amenities are wonderful! The hospitality is outstanding
Bandera Taxpayer

Portland, OR

#136 Jan 19, 2015
D Ripka wrote:
D from Alvin recently purchased land in Bridlegate, we haven't met a snake oil salesman Yet.! Every one very Gracious:). The amenities are wonderful! The hospitality is outstanding
Friend you need to watch where you step, snakes are on the ground. Oh and liberal piles of BS.
Did you drink the Kool-Aid?
You pay enough money and you can find "amenities" and "hospitality" all over Texas. That is if you don't mind paying for it.
LEO

Arlington Heights, IL

#139 Jan 23, 2015
RiverRat wrote:
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FYI There is nobody in the Texas State Sex Offender Registry with an address in Bridlegate. Hum?
People posting here don't need to tell the truth. Slander is a way of life for people in Bantucky
It would be nice to hold these liars feet to the fire and maybe prosecute them for what they say.
Concerned Parent

Pensacola, FL

#140 Jan 23, 2015
LEO wrote:
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People posting here don't need to tell the truth. Slander is a way of life for people in Bantucky
It would be nice to hold these liars feet to the fire and maybe prosecute them for what they say.
Do you think all sexually abused individuals report their abuser? Could it be possible they dealt with it in other ways? If anyone's feet should be held to the fire, it is the abusers. Comments such as these are often why victims choose to go silent or deal with abuse in other ways. Ask yourself this, are there other valid reasons someone abused does not want to speak about it? If you knew the research, you would come to learn there are valid reasons people don't speak, or choose to utilize alternate and valid methods to deal with it. Perchance, I should not have posted, but I'm not a liar, and perchance this is no longer an impulse this person has. I shall not speak on this any further in this forum.
LEO

Anonymous Proxy

#141 Jan 25, 2015
Concerned Parent wrote:
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Do you think all sexually abused individuals report their abuser? Could it be possible they dealt with it in other ways? If anyone's feet should be held to the fire, it is the abusers. Comments such as these are often why victims choose to go silent or deal with abuse in other ways. Ask yourself this, are there other valid reasons someone abused does not want to speak about it? If you knew the research, you would come to learn there are valid reasons people don't speak, or choose to utilize alternate and valid methods to deal with it. Perchance, I should not have posted, but I'm not a liar, and perchance this is no longer an impulse this person has. I shall not speak on this any further in this forum.
Problem with you is you just want to call names with no liability.
Could it just be you have been offended by someone living there and just want to try to damage their reputation? Could it be you just flat lied? Why yes I believe you might have just done that.
When you post the location and someone's initials you have created a bad situation for yourself.
"Collectively known as defamation, libel and slander are civil wrongs that harm a reputation; decrease respect, regard, or confidence; or induce disparaging, hostile, or disagreeable opinions or feelings against an individual or entity. The injury to one's good name or reputation is affected through written or spoken words or visual images. The laws governing these torts are identical."
And yes this person can find out who you are and prosecute you for doing this in a public forum if you are lying and they are so inclined.
I don't disagree there are some people who prefer to not make abuse public. I simply don't like your snarky little insinuations with out providing some form of proof. People like you do the abused no good.
It is really no surprise you say you "shall not speak on this any further in this forum." When cowards such as yourself are confronted you usually turn tail and run. Perchance the best for you to do in light of what you have done here.
Put some proof up or shut up---please
lexell

Bandera, TX

#142 Mar 4, 2015
Oh my heavens..being raised on a farm, I grieve when large properties are torn up .yet, I own several of these lots. it is lovely, the river is now up and the riding trails...for us horse people ..are great.
Tex

Helotes, TX

#143 Mar 6, 2015
You must be a Congressman. How can you tell when SHADOW is lying? His fingers are typing. Really, do you even understand what you're talking about? HOA fees are paid by lot owners WHETHER THEY HAVE BUILT OR NOT. Either you are very ignorant or just lying. In either case, run for Congress -- maybe from Maryland.
SHADOW wrote:
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Don't fall for the smoke and mirrors people. Go to :
http://propaccess.banderaproptax.org/clientdb...
and see for yourself what is going on in Bandera. We have no industry other than bars and deer hunting so just guess who is left to pay the taxes.
Commissioners for years have bragged in the years when the tax rate stayed the same with no increase while taxable values skyrocket at the whim of the appraisal district. Taxes always rise from county imposed tax rates or from the appraisal district taking up the slack.
No city of Bandera taxes--just look at the money the school district will take from you, after all it has never been the county who ruined the lives of the taxpayers forceably taking property owned for years by it's citizens who can't afford the ever rising taxes.
If this little dream of a gated community fails to "build out" then the original suckers who invested will have to pull the load for your community HOA dues.
Just look really close at this before jumping into something that you may end up loosing to greedy county taxing authorities.
Before someone asks I have never lost a property to taxes but I constantly strain to keep pace with this greedy machine know as Bandera County
SHADOW

Canyon Lake, TX

#144 Mar 9, 2015
Tex wrote:
You must be a Congressman. How can you tell when SHADOW is lying? His fingers are typing. Really, do you even understand what you're talking about? HOA fees are paid by lot owners WHETHER THEY HAVE BUILT OR NOT. Either you are very ignorant or just lying. In either case, run for Congress -- maybe from Maryland.
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You can't be from Texas---not really, you are too stupid and have a hard time reading.
"If this little dream of a gated community fails to "build out" then the original suckers who invested will have to pull the load for your community HOA dues."
Original sucker who invested, lot/property/ owners, will pay HOA dues. I never said anything about whether the "suckers" built or not. That's a fact tex.
Ignorant or just lying well friend that would be you.
Why do you tex just ignore what I've said about taxes? Liars figure but figures never lie. Look at the tax and see for yourself because tex isn't gonna tell you the truth for sure.
If you don't mind the grossly inflated land prices and can afford the sky high taxes go ahead and follow tex down that old dusty trail.
TEXANZ

San Antonio, TX

#145 Apr 10, 2015
Bridlegate Ranch is still a MESS! You have been WARNED about buying! POA and Board are having disputes with property owners. There are serious TRUST issues.

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