- This Sunday, December 8, CNN will air the documentary special CNN: Operation FINALLY HOME, chronicling the charity’s work in providing mortgage-free homes for wounded veterans and their families. The special is a follow-up to CNN’s 2010 feature on Operation FINALLY Home (OFH) founder Dan Wallrath, when he was named a Top Ten Hero for the year, and features the SouthStar Communities neighborhoods of King Oaks in Bryan-College Station, Vintage Oaks in New Braunfels, and Lake Ridge at Joe Pool Lake between Dallas and Fort Worth.
SouthStar Communities and OFH have now partnered on 10 mortgage-free homes for American heroes, including three that are currently being built at King Oaks, Vintage Oaks, and Lake Ridge. Expected to be part of the CNN special is coverage of OFH’s first home in the Bryan-College Station area, currently being built in the SouthStar community of King Oaks for Sgt. Monte Bernardo. The mortgage-free King Oaks home is going up on a large homesite in partnership with OFH, SouthStar Communities, and the Home Builders Association.
It was during Sgt. Bernardo’s second tour in Afghanistan in 2012 that he stepped on an IED and was critically injured, losing both of his legs and his left hand last. This happened on the Fourth of July. King Oaks is Bryan-College Station’s ultimate master-planned acreage community, offering a unique combination of privacy and convenience.
CNN had cameras rolling when Marine Sgt. Ken Kalish was surprised to learn he was receiving a homesite and custom, mortgage-free home at Lake Ridge. Kalish’s home is being made possible thanks to OFH, SouthStar, Lake Ridge, the Dallas Builders Association, Former NFL Players Association and Victory Custom Homes.
Kalish is an American hero who suffered multiple injuries resulting in the amputation of three limbs during his second tour of duty. His home is being built on a scenic, one-acre, treed property overlooking Joe Pool Lake in the exclusive gated community of The Sanctuary at Lake Ridge.
Also expected to be part of the special is the homesite and custom, mortgage-free home being built for Army Specialist Cody Nusbaum at Vintage Oaks. Nusbaum was shot by a Taliban insurgent while serving a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2011 and spent four months in the hospital rehabilitating injuries including more than 11 gunshot wounds, a shattered hip, a broken calf, a severed femoral artery, and extensive injuries to the groin.
Nusbaum’s home is being built in partnership with OFH, SouthStar Communities, Vintage Oaks, The Structural Building Components Association (SBCA), National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Building Systems Councils (BSC), Operation Finally Home and the members of the New Braunfels Home Builders Association. Vintage Oaks is the premier community in the Texas Hill Country and was recently named the fastest-selling community by Metrostudy.
OFH, which was established in 2005 by Wallrath, has provided more than 80 homes to wounded veterans and widows of servicemen across the country.
For more information about OFH or King Oaks, visit King Oaks.
King Oaks’ amenities make the community even more desirable
Houston has the fifth-strongest economy in the nation. Houston ranked fifth on the latest “On Numbers” report released this week, according to the Austin Business Journal, more good news for the city that continues to top everyone’s list of strong economic markets. The “On Numbers” report measures economic strength according to 18 factors. Austin led the nation; Dallas was No. 2 on the list.
Houston was second in the nation on the report in jobs gained for 2013. Real estate gains in Houston also continue to impress.
“Twenty-nine consecutive months and counting. That’s how long Houston home sales have held to positive territory,” said the Houston Association of REALTORS® (HAR). The latest report from HAR shows that home sales climbed 13.5 percent from last year.
“Home sales have shown no sign of letting up, which illustrates the strength of the Houston economy and its continued job growth,” said HAR Chairman Danny Frank.”
Real estate has been hot throughout Texas and migration from other states is one big reason.
“With continued migration to Texas, “The Texas housing market is reacting to the massive influx of new residents coming to the Lone Star state for jobs,” according to Redfin’s latest report. “As more residents move to Texas from other states with a higher median home prices, the housing markets in Dallas, Houston and Austin have been bolstered by rising home prices of double-digit year-over-year growth. About 2.5 million people relocated to Texas between 2008 and 2012 in search of jobs from more costly regions of the nation,” the report stated.
More and more, those moving from other states to live near Texas A&M, as well as those moving away from the hustle and bustle of Houston, are discovering all they can have at SouthStar Communities’ King Oaks community, including:
- 1.84% total taxes, with no city taxes, as compared to 2.5% taxes in Bryan-College Station
- Low association dues
- Higher value per acre than nearby neighborhoods
- Majestic oak trees throughout the community
- Friendly community events
- Partnership with Operation Finally Home to support veterans
- Master-planned expertise of Southstar Communities
With great proximity to Texas A&M’s athletics and activities and a private, country feel that contrasts its great convenience, King Oaks is increasingly becoming the solution for those looking to buy a prime piece of Texas land and build a custom home.
King Oaks is currently offering new two-acre view properties from $69,900 and closeout pricing from $39,900 on select homesites in its Phase One neighborhood, walking distance from the new Amenity Center that is currently under construction. King Oaks already offers amenities including a neighborhood park and fishing pond, and a 60-acre nature preserve with walking trails. The new Amenity Center will feature a swimming pool, outdoor kitchen, walking trails, and, in the future, tennis courts.
For more information about moving to Texas or buying land at King Oaks, visit King Oaks.
The countdown is on: Black Friday is almost here, and everyone is looking for the best deals. Actually, Thanksgiving is almost here, and that’s when most stores like Walmart, Best Buy, Target, and Kmart are starting their sales. Doorbusters are the staple of Black Friday, and this year’s batch sounds impressive, with electronics (especially flat-screen TVs) leading the charge.
Keeping track of what hot items are on sale at which store and when they are open can be confusing. King Oaks likes a deal as much as anyone (which is obvious from the great value that is offered on our acreage homesites in Bryan-College Station’s premier location), so we have poured through all the Black Friday ads to provide a Black Friday Cheat Sheet for the best holiday deals. Read below for the inside info!
Must-haves for the home
It’s getting cold out there, and crisp Texas nights call for something warm and inviting. Lowe’s Black Friday sale includes two great options for outdoor fire features:
Lowe’s is also offering great deals on appliances, including this Samsung 3 series 3.6-cu ft High-Efficiency Front-Load Washer and|7.3-cu ft Electric Dryer regularly priced at $1798, Black Friday price $1198 for the pair.
Home Depot is offering many of the same deals on Black Friday, notes BFads.net, but Lowe’s “offers a 110% price-match policy, so anything you see at Home Depot that is also carried at Lowe’s can be purchased at a 10% discount.”
If you hit any of the major Big Box stores on Thanksgiving or Black Friday, you will see flat-screen TVs piled high in shopping carts. It’s a Black Friday way of life to take advantage of extreme discounts on TVs, as well as home theatres and tablets. “America’s appetite for flat-panel TVs remains strong with 19 percent of households planning to make a television purchase this year,” according to a report just released by America’s Research Group and Inmar.
And it’s no wonder. “As predicted, it’s crazy this year: You can get a 70-inch HDTV for $998, and if you are excited about the new Ultra HD TVs — these are the ones also known as 4K TVs, with screen resolutions of 2160 x 3840 — you can get one for $750,” said NBC News. “Considering some of these TVs listed for nearly $10,000 not six months ago, that’s pretty extreme.”
NBC News combed all the leaked Black Friday ads and compiled a fantastic list of TV and home theatre deals separated by store and time/day they are being offered and whether you can buy them online or have to be there in person. You can get the scoop on their best TV deals here. They include:
Important Black Friday Tricks and Info
Here are a few tips that can help you in your search for the best Black Friday deals.
- Walmart is offering its doorbusters in three batches on Thanksgiving night and Black Friday. Be sure to check their ad so you know which items to line up for when. Their ”1 Hour In-Stock Guarantee” on many of their doorbusters means more inventory than previous years on some of the hottest items, but be prepared to show up early for TVs and tablets.
- You can earn $15 in Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent from Tuesday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, Dec. 1.
- Best Buy’s Black Friday sale starts at 6pm on Thanksgiving night, but BFads.net advises that “Tickets good for the purchase of doorbuster items will be handed out to those in line as early as 4pm!”
- Target is offering “Pre Black Friday deals and daily doorbusters” on their website Nov. 24-27. You can also enter your zip code on their website to get a handy map of all in-store doorbusters. Walmart has said they will release their in-store maps in the days before Black Friday.
- Don’t show up at Costco or Nordstrom on Thanksgiving. Both stores have announced they will be closed in order to celebrate the holiday with family.
The Best Land Values
Don’t forget to put aside some time to visit King Oaks over the Thanksgiving holiday for special pricing on the best Texas land that makes Black Friday looks like kids’ play. King Oaks‘ incredible Fall Land Sale includes just-released two-acre properties from $69,900. Each of these homesites features stunning views, towering oak trees, and a gorgeous creek that winds through each of the yards.
For a limited time, King Oaks is also offering special pricing from $39,900 on select homesites in its Phase One neighborhood, walking distance from the new Amenity Center that is currently under construction.
Close to Texas A&M and with great accessibility to all the best of Bryan-College Station, King Oaks is also uniquely private and peaceful. The contrast of serene surroundings and great convenience found here is one of the many factors that have made King Oaks a favorite of Texas land buyers. For more information, visit King Oaks.
This is just one of many great events in Bryan-College Station over the holidays
It’s almost Thanksgiving, and that means the holidays aren’t far behind. There are several holiday events in Bryan-College Station in November, and we don’t want you to miss out on any of the fun.
Mark your calendars for these fun and festive November holiday events in Bryan-College Station, and keep checking back as we update the schedule and add more holiday events through the New Year.
Santa’s Wonderland—a Texas Christmas Experience
- Texas’ largest Christmas attraction
- Daily through December 30
- Christmas lights spectacular, Santa’s hayride tours, Santa’s Town with Christmas movies on an outdoor screen, petting zoo and pony rides, VIP Horse & Carriage Tours, Frost Bites Food Village, and live music.
For more information, click here.
Carriage Inn’s Bazaar and Food Drive
- Holiday gifts, food, and entertainment
- Free admission but food donations appreciated
- All proceeds taken to Twin City Mission in Bryan
- Carriage Inn, 4235 Boonville Road, Bryan, TX 77802
For more information, click here.
2nd Annual Christmas Mile & 5k FunRun
- Run through Santa’s Wonderland and its two million LED Chrstmas lights
- Race begins at 5pm
For more information, click here.
Miniature Christmas Villages
- More than 600 square feet of porcelain miniature villages with 200+ lighted houses, 1,000 trees and miniature people
- Benefits area non-profit groups
- 4001 E 29th Street, Bryan, TX in the former “Tuesday Morning” space
- November 29, 1–6pm
- November 30, 10am–6pm
For more information, click here.
World’s Largest Gingerbread House
- Be a part of this attempt to break the world record!
- Daily through December 14, 6–10pm
- Traditions Club, 3131 Club Drive, Bryan, TX 77807
- Proceeds benefit the St. Joseph Trauma Level II Program.
For more information, click here.
Coming in December
Holiday Party Sneak Peek
Save the date for the King Oaks Neighborhood Holiday Party Saturday, December 7 at 6pm! King Oaks residents will be hosting a festive get-together to celebrate another year of gracious living in Bryan-College Station’s premier master-planned community. For more information about King Oaks, with acreage properties priced from $39,900 and one of Bryan-College Station best locations, visit King Oaks.
Halloween in Bryan-College Station is full of sweet treats
Looking for something fun to do on Halloween in Bryan-College Station? Whether you want a fun, safe environment for your kids or are in search of Halloween events of the more adult variety, Bryan-College Station has a lot to choose from. Read below for the best Halloween events and happenings in Bryan-College Station.
Trick-or-Treat at Post Oak Mall
Thursday, Oct. 31, 5 to 7pm
Trick-or-treat in the safety of the Post Oak Mall, where participating retailers will be handing out candy. Hours are from 5 to 7pm, giving you time to get back home to trick-or-treat and hand out candy in your neighborhood!
Fright Nights Downtown
Thursday, Oct. 31 and Friday, Nov. 1, 8pm to 12am
Head to Downtown Bryan for Fright Night’s haunted house, with proceeds going to the restoration of the historic Queen Theater. $5 tickets can be purchased in front of the old Los Nortenos building.
18th Annual Wicked Woods Haunted Trail
Wednesday, Oct. 30 to Friday, Nov. 1, 8pm to 2am
4466 Raymond Stotzer Parkway, College Station
Wicked Woods is an outdoor haunted 15-minute-long trail through five acres of spooky Texas back woods organized by the Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Texas A&M. Tickets cost $10 ($1 off with a canned food donation), with proceeds going to charity.
The Best Treat of All
If you’re looking for a real treat when it comes to Halloween in Bryan-College Station, stop by King Oaks for a great deal on prime Texas land. King Oaks, Bryan-College Station’s premier masterplanned community, is having an incredible Fall Land Sale, with eight, new, just-released two-acre properties starting at just $69,900. These view properties each feature backyard creeks. King Oaks is also offering special pricing from $39,900 on select homesites in its Phase One neighborhood. These one-acre homesites will be walking distance from the new Amenity Center currently under construction, which will bring a new swimming pool, playground, and tennis courts (in phase two of the center’s development) to the community.
For more information on King Oaks‘ Fall Land Sale, visit King Oaks or call (877) 490-3259.
Family Halloween Events
Wacky, Wicked Weekend On Friday and Saturday enjoy Trick or Treating with local downtown Bryan businesses, horse-drawn carriage rides, a scavenger hunt, the Haunted House @ LaSalle Hotel ($3 for adults 10/26-27 & $5 Halloween night) and activity booths provided by the Children’s Museum of Brazos Valley, Keep Brazos Beautiful, Downtown Bryan Association & more! The first 100 guests at the Visitor Center will receive FREE reusable trick or treat bags.
Post Oak Mall Trick or Treat – Participate in safe, weatherproof fun with a costume contest and prizes from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, October 31 at Post Oak Mall (Harvey Road at Rudder Freeway, College Station). Free treats will be given out by participating mall stores.
Adult Halloween Events
Wicked Woods - Walk through College Station’s Haunted House and Forest October 25-27 and October 30-31. $1 will be taken off of you $8 ticket price with a canned food donation to the Brazos Valley Food Bank at the door on all nights. Location: