A Storied Past
The Rich History of Colleyville's Ross Downs
Colleyville's Ross Downs neighborhood is rooted in a colorful and storied past many residents in the area are unaware of. In fact, the whole portion of Colleyville located between Pool Road and Highway 26 would not offer the housing choices it does today if a lengthy battle for state pari-mutuel licensing had turned out differently. Yes, there's a reason Ross Downs' sports a jockey on horseback at the neighborhood's entrance on Twelve Oaks Lane and Pool Road.
The 320 homes in Ross Downs were built by local custom builders, with the largest lots found on the east side of the neighborhood. Ranging from about 2600 to 4300 square feet, many residences include three car garages and swimming pools. Ross Downs home buyers can take advantage of Colleyville's Kimzey Park which features a covered pavillion and quarter mile walking trail encircling a fishing pond. It's a great place to let the kids burn off some energy on the playground, or just quietly relax while feeding the ducks.
There is a homeowners association in Ross Downs, but not in neighboring Longwood at Ross Downs. You'll want to take a look at that neighborhood as well if you're considering homes for sale in the area.
Children in Ross Downs attend the GCISD's Glenhope Elementary school which is located within walking distance. The current feeder pattern for Glenhope includes Cross Timbers Middle School and Grapevine High. - Cindy
Street Names Bear Witness to The Legacy
Before Ross Downs became today's luxury housing addition, the land was occupied by a premier horse racing facility. The final race was run in September of 1990 after a long battle for a pari-mutual license was awarded to a different track. Land owner Earnest Ross Owen developed the property as it was just too expensive to keep the track as a training facility.
Originally, the subdivision was going to be called Twelve Oaks, but instead was named after the Owens' son Ross, who had worked alongside his father at the track. Some streets in Ross Downs carry the names of track personnel including Beddo Court, which is named after a trainer whose home was in the same location. Baker Court honors the location of a barn owned by the Baker family while the land was a track, and Mcmakin Court is named after the man who was responsible for opening the starting gates of each race.
Home Owners in Ross Downs Enjoy Convenient Location
Ross Downs is convenient to the action, and still tucked away enough to provide a quiet lifestyle. Easy access to Highway 114 and 121 allows homeowners a quick commute to points all directions, while upscale shopping and dining is readily available just down the road. It's a quick hop to DFW Airport as well.
The Homes for Sale in Ross Downs
Homes in Ross Downs are typically sited on quarter to half acre lots. The largest home sites are located off Twelve Oaks Drive as you enter from Pool Road. A somewhat steep hill (by Texas standards) rises from the entrance before gently sloping down again as you approach Kimzey park to the west. The custom built homes you pass were mostly built between 1991 and 1999, and range from about 2600 to 4300 square feet.
High ceilings and large, plentiful windows are hallmarks of these homes as is extensive crown moldings, gourmet sized kitchens and opulent master baths. Though a bit older than some of the homes available in the area, the residences in Ross Downs have most always been well maintained and updated. Some residents have upgraded the homes to include extensive outdoor living space to take advantage of the treed lots, and many more have added swimming pools over the years.
Amenities in the Ross Downs Neighborhood
One of the benefits to owning a home in Ross Downs is the city of Colleyville's Kimzey Park, located near the center of the neighborhood. You can let the kids escape to the playground while you enjoy a leisurely stroll around the community green belt and walking trail. Or take a minute to feed the ducks or fish in the pond that is the centerpiece of the 20 acre park. There's also a sand volleyball lot that gets lots of activity on a pretty summer weekend, and a half basketball court as well. You'll surely meet your neighbors here as it seems every time I drive through Ross Downs the park is definitely a hub of activity.
The covered pavilion is used as a location for Home Owners Association sponsored activities, often centered around holiday meet and greet events like Santa and the Easter Bunny. And you can just imagine the neighborhood turnout for Fourth of July around the pavilion and pond...
Schools Serving Ross Down
Schools serving Ross Downs are part of the highly acclaimed Grapevine-Colleyville School District. Neighborhood children walk to Glenhope Elementary School which is located west of Pool Road just south of the Twelve Oaks entrance. Silver and Black is the color of the Cross Timbers Middle School Wolves, whose campus is just north of Ross Downs on the east side of Pool Rd. You'll see their banners and bumper stickers proudly displayed throughout the neighborhood. Of course, Grapevine High School pride is evident in Ross Downs as well. Yard signs announcing the homes' residents as a Mustang cheerleader, baseball player or honor student are prevalent.
Neighborhoods Surrounding Ross Downs
Longwood at Ross Downs, located on the west side of Kimzey Park, offers access into the neighborhood from Highway 26 and could be considered a "sister neighborhood" if you will. Rather than the true custom homes you'll find in Ross Downs, Longwood at Ross Downs was built mainly by area new home veterans Sovereign Homes and Drees Homes. There is no homeowners association in Longwood, and you're sure to find Longwood neighbors enjoying the park on a pretty day.
Homes in Colleyville
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