The History of Castle Hills

History of Castle Hills

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 this land. Their children enjoyed fishing and fossil hunting on the family farm as well.

This property is an heirloom to the Bright family, and as a result from their love for this land, much care and planning went into developing the farm into Castle Hills so it may continue to serve as a home base for generations.

Bright Family Letter

Our family acquired the first piece of this property in 1952. My family - mother, father, two sisters, and one brother - spent a great deal of time on what we then called "the farm." We learned to horseback ride, fish, hunt and camp in these hills.

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My brother and I enjoyed our first unsupervised campouts on the farm, on the south bank of what we now call Lake Avalon. My Dad regaled us all with stories of the "Bare" foot tracks around the lake and the need to stay close to our parents. In short, this piece of land is an heirloom to us. It holds some of our fondest memories of childhood, and its value is reflected in the meticulous planning that has gone into Castle Hills.

Our memories of growing up in Texas were integral in the early discussions of developing the farm. We wanted to capture the spirit of what made this place so special to us. We liked the ideas behind "old- style" neighborhoods; the sense of belonging to a community where kids could walk to a park and neighbors swapped stories at little league games and school functions.

We grew up, moved away and then returned to our neighborhood with our own kids. My children are the third generation of Brights to attend the same elementary school. Every stage of the Castle Hills development plan has been aimed at recreating these memories.

The Castle Hills concept is known by many names, from the new urbanism to neo-traditionalism. But the bottom line is that we are building neighborhoods in which people want to live. Thank you for taking the time to read about our community. We hope that you will find Castle Hills a warm and inviting place to live.

Chris Bright
Chris Bright

The History of Castle Hills

Castle Hills Timeline

  • 1952

    • The Bright family establishes their farm, acquiring the land that is now called Castle Hills.

  • 1997

    • 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.

  • 1998

    • Castle Hills welcomes its first residents to the community.

    • Two of over 20 parks within Castle Hills opens, Dragon Park and Castle Park.

  • 1999

    • 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.

  • 2000

    • 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.

  • 2001

    • Castle Hills grows to approximately 400 occupied households.

  • 2002

    • Castle Hills Elementary School opens.

  • 2003

    • The first phase of the Castle Hills Village Shops is established as a retail and office development within Castle Hills.

  • 2006

    • Enchanted Hill is established within Castle Hills as a gated, custom home neighborhood.

  • 2007

    • Castle Hills receives the “Community of the Year” Award from the Dallas Builders Association.

    • Enchanted Hill welcomes its first residents.

  • 2008

    • 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.

  • 2009

    • Castle Hills sells its 2,000th new home.

  • 2010

    • 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.

  • 2011

    • 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.

  • 2012

    • 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.

  • 2013

    • 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.

  • 2014

    • The Lakes at Castle Hills transitions to a private country club and golf course

  • 2015

    • 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.

  • 2016

    • Bright Realty delivers the first phase of Discovery at The Realm, with the first residents moving into 423 units.

  • 2017

    • 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.

  • 2019

    • Bright Realty delivers first phase of multi-use development, Offices at The Realm.