Castle Hills, an award-winning Bright Realty development, is a 2,900-acre master-planned and mixed-use community located in Lewisville, Texas. Since welcoming its first residents in 1998, Castle Hills has continued to evolve as a community for people to live, work, play and thrive. With a convenient location that is close to freeways, airports and major corporate headquarters, Castle Hills has expanded to include two large mixed-use communities, The Realm at Castle Hills and Crown Centre at Castle Hills. The community continues to be recognized as one of the premier communities in north Dallas with abundant office, living, shopping and dining.
The Bright family acquired the first piece of the property that today is known as Castle Hills in 1952. As children Chris Bright and Clay Bright learned to fish, hunt, camp, and ride horses on the land. Their children enjoyed fishing and fossil hunting on the family farm as well. The name Castle Hills was chosen to evoke the idea of home as a castle while suggesting the natural rolling landscape of the land. Also, the name Castle Hills is a subtle nod to the late family patriarch, H.R. “Bum” Bright, and his love of Arthurian legend. The community is an heirloom to the Bright family, and as a result from their love for the land, much care and planning goes into developing the farm into Castle Hills so it may continue to serve as a home base for generations.
CASTLE HILLS TIMELINE
Bright Realty delivers first phase of multi-use development office at Crown Centre.
Bright Realty delivers second phase of Discovery at The Realm, with 312 new units.
Bright Realty delivers first phase of multi-use development, Offices at The Realm.
Discovery at The Realm wins two design awards from the Dallas Builders Association: Best Architectural Design of a Multifamily Community and Best Outdoor Living Space.
Bright Realty delivers the first phase of Discovery at The Realm, with the first residents moving into 423 units.
Bright Realty begins development on two major projects: Discovery at The Realm, and multi-family community at Windhaven Parkway and Castle Hills Drive, and Crown Centre, a corporate campus at State Highway 121 and State Highway 121 Business.
The Lakes at Castle Hills transitions to a private country club and golf course
The Lakes at Castle Hills hosts the 43rd annual Texas State Open.
Phase III of the Castle Hills Village Shops & Plaza opens, providing additional office and retail space to the community.
Bright Realty relocates its corporate headquarters to the Castle Hills Village Shops.
Castle Hills receives the “Community of the Year” Gold Award from the National Association of Home Builders.
The Lakes at Castle Hills hosts the 42nd annual Texas State Open and the Texas Women’s Open.
Bright Realty is ranked third largest residential developer in North Texas by the Dallas Business Journal.
The Golf Club at Castle Hills is renamed and rebranded “The Lakes at Castle Hills.”
Castle Hills receives the Realtor’s Choice “Community of the Year” Award from the Dallas Builders Association.
“Cooper & the Castle Hills Gang”, a 51-minute movie filmed entirely on location in Castle Hills, debuts at the Dallas International Film Festival.
Filming wraps on “Cooper & the Castle Hills Gang”. Over 900 residents serve as extras in the movie.
The Golf Club at Castle Hills is acquired by Bright Realty.
Castle Hills sells its 2,000th new home.
Castle Hills hosts its first “Holiday in the Plaza” event with 60-foot Christmas tree lighting.
Bright Realty breaks ground on Phase II of the Village Shops which includes a Plaza area designed as a community gathering place.
Castle Hills receives the “Community of the Year” Award from the Dallas Builders Association.
Enchanted Hill welcomes its first residents.
Enchanted Hill is established within Castle Hills as a gated, custom home neighborhood.
The first phase of the Castle Hills Village Shops is established as a retail and office development within Castle Hills.
Castle Hills Elementary School opens.
Castle Hills grows to approximately 400 occupied households.
The first of two community centers opens in Castle Hills with a fitness center, tennis courts, swimming pool and party room for residents to enjoy.
Castle Hills holds its first Easter egg hunt for residents.
Bright Realty donates land to the Lewisville Independent School District for an onsite elementary school.
Castle Hills hosts its first July 4th celebration that includes food, games and a fireworks show for all members of the community to enjoy.
The Golf Club at Castle Hills opens.
Castle Hills welcomes its first residents to the community.
Two of over 20 parks within Castle Hills opens, Dragon Park and Castle Park.
Castle Hills is established by Bright Realty as a future master-planned community.
Bright Realty breaks ground on Castle Hills.
The Castle Hills Schools Foundation is created as a nonprofit organization to assure that families living in Castle Hills will continue to receive innovative, generously funded educational support for their children.
The Bright family establishes their farm, acquiring the land that is now called Castle Hills.
Consistently recognized as the best master-planned community in north Texas, Castle Hills has received the highest level of recognition as the 2012 Gold Award for "Community of the Year" from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). For 2012, Castle Hills is the only community in the nation to receive this honor, judged by a panel of home building and development experts. Castle Hills is recognized based on its amenities, overall planning and layout, general appeal and marketing excellence. Overall, Castle Hills has been awarded: