Bechucks now calling community home, donation to Rainbow Room in their honor
(Fulshear, TX – Nov. 1, 2018) — Cross Creek Ranch has gifted $3,000 to the Fort Bend Rainbow Room, not just to help local families in need, but to also mark an important milestone — the 3,000th family to move into a new home in the Fulshear community.
Sam and Kay Bechuck had no idea their search for a new home around the Energy Corridor and resulting decision to move into the active adult neighborhood of Bonterra at Cross Creek Ranch would have such an impact.
The Bechucks closed on their home at the end of July.
“We’re just now getting settled,” Sam said.
Cross Creek Ranch, just west of Katy and Houston, is now in its 10th year. Spanning 3,200 acres, the Johnson Development community has been unique in its commitment to sustainability and emphasis on the since development began in 2006. The first home in the community was sold in May 2008.
What was once pastureland has since been transformed into a restored natural landscape, including prairie, forest and wetland areas.
The Flewellen Creek and its floodplain were reshaped and planted to create a balanced ecosystem. The resulting work minimizes erosion, reduces nutrient loss and provides wildlife habitat, as well as a natural backdrop for trails and disc golf.
The natural amenities have been a huge draw for homebuyers, including the Bechucks, who were living near Atascocita before Kay’s job transferred her to the Energy Corridor last November.
Soon, her commutes became unbearable. Still, the couple was reluctant to leave their dream home, complete with garden and pool.
“We didn’t even think about moving,” Sam said. “We had the house just the way we wanted, and I didn’t want to leave.”
However, having a break from traffic with a shorter commute and the potential of downsizing drew the couple to start exploring new options. “We came out to Cross Creek Ranch, and just fell in love with it,” Sam said. “Then we heard about the 55+ community, and thought, ‘That’s not a bad idea.’”
It wasn’t long before the Bechucks found a builder they liked – Taylor Morrison – and settled on a floor plan. “We were also looking for a big lot, where we could put a pool and garden,” Sam said. “And we found it.”
They were able to match the design of the house with their needs. “Sam’s a great cook, and we’ve gone crazy with our chef’s kitchen and outdoor kitchen,” Kay said. “And we have a wine cellar.”
The Bechucks are also enjoying the clubhouse and full schedule of activities right in their neighborhood. They’ve already attended a weekend fiesta and are planning to attend the concerts under the stars.
“We’re very social people, but if we had to plan it all on our own, we wouldn’t do it,” Kay said. “We like that here, all we have to do is go. It gives you something to look forward to all week.”
Cross Creek Ranch amenities include the more than 31 miles of hike-and-bike trails, a 6,500-square-foot fitness center, on-site Italian Maid Café, the Canine Commons dog park, a boardwalk overlooking a community wildlife and bird sanctuary and three pool complexes. A professional lifestyle director facilitates more than 75 resident events each year.
Thanks to the planned events and friendly neighbors, the Bechucks are already feeling right at home.
“We’ve met more people in our two and a half weeks here than we did in the last five years at our previous house,” Kay said. “It’s just conducive to being social.”
Not being exhausted from a long commute has made a real difference. Kay has gone from an hour and a half drive home to about a 30-minute trip after work.
And they both enjoy coming home to the natural beauty of Cross Creek Ranch, something that has been honored by the Houston-Galveston Area Council with a Parks and Natural Areas restoration award in 2013 and a Trees for Houston Arbor Award in 2016. Also, that year, Cross Creek Ranch won the People’s Choice Award in the Urban Land Institute’s Development of Distinction Awards. Most recently, the Polishing Pond won a Sustainability Stars Award from the West Houston Association.
Even as newcomers, the Bechucks can see the development continue to grow and watch as more people decide to build there, saying it’s exciting to see the progress. Cross Creek Ranch has room for another 2,600 homes.
Twelve award-winning builders offer a range of home choices priced from the $200,000s in Cross Creek Ranch. Adults age 55 and older can choose to live in Bonterra, Cross Creek Ranch’s resort-style community that opened in 2017.
The community is a regular on both the Robert Charles Lesser & Co. (RCLCO) and John Burns Real Estate Consulting lists of the top 50 master-planned communities in the nation, ranking No. 31 and No. 32 for 2017 sales.
Children attend high-performing schools in Katy Independent School District or Lamar Consolidated Independent School District. Residents zoned to Katy ISD can send their children to on-site Randolph Elementary School and the newly opened Campbell Elementary School. An on-site Katy ISD junior high will open in August 2019 and a Katy ISD high school is expected by 2020. Plus, all Lamar CISD schools serving Cross Creek Ranch are within 2 miles of the community. A new LCISD middle school is expected to open in August 2019.
For more information about Cross Creek Ranch, visit www.crosscreektexas.com.
For more information about the Rainbow Room, visit www.fbrr.org.