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Party hats? Check! Birthday cake? Check! Favors? Come check and see! Bridgeland’s fifth anniversary is Oct. 14 and the master-planned community has much to celebrate.

The development opened with The Shores community in 2006 and has since expanded to neighborhoods in five communities — First Bend, The Cove, Water Haven and the traditional neighborhood development of Lakeland Heights. More than 1,400 homes have been sold and approximately 4,500 residents call Bridgeland home. Starting with just a handful of builders in 2006, Bridgeland now boasts 13 builders, with prices from the $170,000s to more than $1 million.

Not only has Bridgeland debuted an array of neighborhoods during the past five years, but the development also has introduced a wealth of parks and amenities for residents, including the Lakeland Activity Center, one of four planned recreation complexes. The facility boasts a 6,000-square-foot community center, a fitness center, two lighted tennis courts, two playgrounds and a resort-style pool with two 30-foot tower slides, diving wells, water volleyball and a spray park.

The first 1.5 miles of the 6-mile Cypress Creek Nature Trail is open along the historic Cypress Creek Corridor and is just one of several current trails in the community. Residents also enjoy catch-and-release fishing, disc golf, a maze garden and other themed parks, complimentary use of recreation equipment and a busy slate of classes and community events planned by an on-site activities director.

To celebrate its five-year anniversary, Bridgeland is giving away a basket of birthday goodies, including a gift certificate for a birthday cake from Debbie’s Delectables. The weekend of Oct. 14-16, Welcome Center visitors can enjoy birthday refreshments and register for the basket, which will be given away Oct. 17.

“We have a strong foundation for this 25-year project,” says Peter Houghton, Bridgeland’s vice president. “We have built a thriving community and sales continue to be vigorous, up 11 percent from last year. We look forward to what is on the horizon.”

Still to break ground this year is Lakeland Village Center, the community’s first village center to feature dining, shopping, office and living space. This mixed-use concept is included in the design of each of Bridgeland’s four planned villages. In addition, Bridgeland will have a larger Town Center designed as an employment center and shopping, dining and entertainment hub for the community and surrounding area.

Bridgeland also is planning its next phase of development, Parkland Village, a collection of neighborhoods that will have a character and style different from the development’s current Lakeland Village.

“Our goal is for each village have its own distinctive ambiance, enhancing Bridgeland’s product offering and amenity palette,” Houghton says.

Also in the planning stage is the next phase of the Cypress Creek Nature Trail, encompassing another 1.5 miles.

Already under construction nearby is a 15.2-mile extension of the Grand Parkway from U.S. 290 to Interstate 10. The parkway, slated to open in 2014, will give Bridgeland residents a 20-minute commute to several major employment centers, including the Energy Corridor.

“Plus, the state of Texas is moving rapidly toward the extension of the Grand Parkway from U.S. 290 to I-45, which would mean an easy 20-minute commute from Bridgeland to the new Exxon Mobil campus opening in 2014. Thus, we can refine our existing plan for the Town Center, which will be located in Bridgeland along the Grand Parkway,” says Houghton.

Bridgeland has won numerous awards during its short history, including Community of the Year during the 2010 Silver Awards and The Nationals 2009 Gold Awards, both given by the National Association of Home Builders, and Developer of the Year in the 2010 Houston’s Best awards. Bridgeland is currently ranked fourth for sales among Houston-area master-planned communities and — even more impressive for such a young community — 12th in the nation, according to a recent study released by housing consultant Metrostudy.

For more information on Bridgeland, visit bridgeland.com.

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Bridgeland is marking five years of development this month, celebrating more than 1,400 homes sold in the 11,400-acre community and approximately 4,500 residents. This weekend, visitors to the Bridgeland Welcome Center can register for a basket filled with birthday-themed goodies.
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