Rockwall County 2016 Helping Hands Festival Of Trees

December 1st, 2016


                                                 Rockwall County 2016 Helping Hands Festival of Trees

Hope you were able to experience the magic of the 7th annual Rockwall County 2016 Helping Hands  Festival of Trees!

The Rockwall County 2016 Helping Hands Festival of Trees opened November 18 & 19 at 10 am sharp with a bevy of Christmas shoppers flooding the Hilton Dallas/Rockwall Lakefront hotel to kick-off their holiday shopping with touring and purchasing the amazing Christmas trees and wreaths. It was a festive event as the community came together in the spirit of the holiday season for a common cause — the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate of our community.

The annual event benefits Rockwall County Helping Hands – a non-profit agency that helps keep families in crisis in their homes with the utilities on and nutritious food on their tables, and its Health Center offers basic affordable medical care. Highlighting the event were dozens of decorated Christmas trees donated by local businesses and organizations. From elegant to whimsical, the one-of-a-kind trees combined with a visit from Santa Claus created a beautiful holiday setting.

The Boutique of Helping Hands  set aside a special area selling the best of donated merchandise at low prices. New this year was a clearance sale on November 20 until Noon.

As always it was free and open to the public 10am-5pm.

The Gala | November 19

From 6pm-11pm folks enjoyed the live and silent auctions, the raffling off of an exquisite item and much more! Helping Hands also collected toys and gift cards so Rockwall children in need would have a good Christmas. Rod Holland Real Estate hosted a superfralacagalistic fantastic “candy bar”! Everyone enjoyed a bag or two of sweets and carmel corn for the road! Many attendees said ” Thanks Rod for making the Rockwall Festival of Trees great again with the sponsored valet and candy bar!”

For forty years, Rockwall County Helping Hands has strived to ensure that no one in Rockwall County goes to bed hungry, without a roof overhead or is deprived of needed medical care. In addition Helping Hands has a financial assistance program, health center, thrift store and food pantry. There are many ways to help them serve our community.

Please visit Rockwall Helping Hands Festival of Trees for more information, or call 972-771-1655.




Celebrate Fate 2016

October 12th, 2016


This third annual Celebrate Fate 2016 was widely attended by the community. The bounce houses, rock climbing wall, zip line and face painting were enjoyed by many. The food vendors included barbecue, In-n-Out burger, Along came tamale & Kona ice. Many other vendors had wonderful give-a-ways like Rod Holland Real Estate. But the most celebrated part of the evening were the fireworks! Wow, way to ‘Celebrate Fate’! Hope to see you there next year!

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Fate Today

Celebrate Fate 2016 was a fun event that highlighted the great community of Fate, which is one of the the fastest-growing city located in the center of Rockwall County, Texas. The 2010 National Census data identified the City of Fate as the fastest growing city in the State of Texas for the past decade, and one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.  Up from 497 in 2000, the City’s population is estimated to be 8,800 as of August, 2012.  This population boom is expected to continue, topping the 10,000 population mark sometime in 2013.

The City of Fate is known for its family- friendly community, active neighborhoods, and high quality of life. The city organization operates under a Council-Manager form of government through a Home Rule Charter.  The six City Council members and Mayor are elected at-large.

We invite you to explore our hometown and join us as we embark on a new phase of growth and prosperity that makes our city truly special.

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Fate Yesterday

Old Fate Football

“Old Fate” was located on FM552 Rd. near Mt Zion Cemetery.  It was moved to the newly constructed railroad, at its present location.  A small town known as Barnes existed there, named for the developer, W.T. Barnes.

Twenty-two real estate owners met on February 11, 1887, and drew up a document changing
the name of the town from Barnes to Fate, possibly after G.W. Lafayette Peyton,
whose nickname was “Fate”, or after Lafayette Brown.

Records from the archives in Washington D.C. indicate that Harvey Peyton White sent the proposal for a post office and the permit was granted on June 16,1880.  Harvey Peyton White became the first Post Master.

Old Fate People

The first rural mail route in Texas was operated from Fate, August 1, 1899.  E.R. Ellis was the  first carrier on this Fate became incorporated September 27, 1900, and was known as the smallest incorporated town in the smallest county in the largest state in the United States.

The First State Bank of Fate was organized in 1920.  During the Depression, the state closed
all banks in Texas.  This was known as the Bank Holiday of 1933.  The Fate bank was
the first bank in Rockwall County allowed to reopen after this mandatory closing.

 In 1950, six men held a meeting for the purpose of establishing fresh drinking water from the new Lake Lavon.  These men are honored in the naming of our new streets built in the City of Fate.  The City of Fate will continue to  recognize the residents and business owners of our town’s past to connect with the vibrant and blossoming  community today.

Rod Holland Real Estate hopes to see you next year at Celebrate Fate! …. Love Where You Live!

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September 22nd, 2016

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Bayside Development, Crystal Lagoon – Lake Ray Hubbard

August 17th, 2016

Bayside Development, Crystal Lagoon

Imagine an idyllic luxury resort getaway without having to getaway. That dream is now a reality at Bayside, a vacation paradise on Lake Ray Hubbard in Rowlett, Texas. Experience this lifestyle seven days a week, or escape for a weekend at a new luxury beach resort in the heart of North Texas.

Bayside Development, Crystal Lagoon is a 262-acre, mixed use lakefront community offering residents a white sand beach experience at the 8-acre Chrystal Lagoon with a spectacular 1-acre show fountain –the first of its kind in North America. If you like to be out on the water, go sailing, fishing or boating from the Bayside Marina. Hop the Bayside Trolley to the vibrant resort village for dinner, shopping, a concert at Town Center Park or just to relax and enjoy water views on 45 acres of lush gardens and parks.

Bayside Development, Crystal Lagoon is a destination resort development fusing luxury living, shopping and entertainment in a uniquely sophisticated lakefront urban environment. Choose from beautiful single family homes, high-rise condominiums, town homes or luxury apartment living at Bayside, located less than 30 minutes from downtown Dallas or major Collin County employment centers.

Bayside Development, Crystal Lagoon is a 262 acre regional landmark situated in the heart of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Bayside is a pedestrian friendly, open air destination with a huge expanse of lush green space and hundreds of thousands of square feet dedicated to great shopping and restaurants. Bayside fuses luxury living, shopping, and entertainment to create a uniquely sophisticated urban lake front environment.

The project includes a new 8 acre Crystal Lagoon, a Town Center Park, 4 miles of lake-front trails, an open air trolley, and an amazing “state-of-the-art” show fountain that creates an ideal setting for families and businesses.

North Improvement Area:

  • Luxury Multi-Family Units:  845 units to be developed by Western Rim
  • Lifestyle & Conventional Residential:  600 units
  • Mixed Use Retail/Restaurant/Office:  400,000 square feet

South Improvement Area:

  • Resort:  500 rooms
  • Limited Service Hotel:  200 rooms
  • Marina:  1,000 slips
  • Luxury Multi-Family Units:  1,650 units
  • High Rise Condos and Townhomes:  350 units
  • Mixed Use Entertainment/Restaurant:  300,000 square feet
  • Mixed Use Office/Retail:  800,000 square feet

Project Amenities:

  • Crystal Lagoon:  8 Acres including 2 acres of beach frontage
  • Show Fountain:  1 Acre in Size, 300’ long, 250 water nozzles that go up to
    200 feet in the air, 29 fire nozzles, and 2 video mist screens.
  • Trolley:  The Bayside trolley is an open-style bench trolley that is battery operated with bright, richly colored and ornate cars
  • Parks and Open Space:  45 Acres of programmed parks including a “Town Center” park, lush gardens, and more than 2,000 new trees.
  • Hike-and-Bike Trails:  4+ miles and 12’ wide – will accommodate golf cartsCall or email for more information; Rod Holland 972-772-7070

What’s So Great About Staging???

August 17th, 2016

044_Open2view_ID9271-1716_Bison_MeadowsWhat’s so great about staging when you want to sell your home? Some folks say “I don’t want to live in an almost empty house.” Or “I love my decorations & family pictures being out.” But expert stagers and home buyers agree, they want to see how much space there is and the architectural details of the home.  Buyers are searching     online, so be sure to have your home professionally staged and photographed for the quickest sale and for the highest price.


Few things deter buyers more than a cluttered home. They need to see your home, not your stuff. Excessive personal items like photos, collections, trophies, electronics, etc; will make it difficult for buyers to see past your personal style and may deter a sale. Taking yourself out of the picture makes it easier for buyers to imagine themselves and their stuff in your space.


While too many fall decorations will take focus off of your home and it’s best features, a few tasteful accents can create an inviting setting and make your home feel fresh. Try displaying vases of fall foliage or bowls of seasonal fruit throughout your home.


No matter what time of year you decide to sell, a fresh coat of paint is a great way to revive your home’s interior. For the fall season try painting your walls a rich shade of caramel or cream that’s neutral yet warm and inviting. Add pops of color with accessories in deep reds and oranges.


The days get shorter during the fall season, so adequate lighting is essential if you want to highlight your home’s best features. Let in as much natural light as possible by opening your blinds, and place plenty of lamps throughout your home for additional illumination.


As the weather cools down, a warm and cozy atmosphere will encourage potential home buyers to stick around during showings, giving them more time to admire your home. Accentuate your sofas and chairs with throw pillows and plush throws.



Nothing says fall like the pleasing aroma of apples and cinnamon. Before showing your home, burn a cinnamon scented candle or simmer a pot of apple cider on the stove with a stick of cinnamon thrown in. If you opt for cider, leave it in a thermos with cups for buyers to enjoy.


A cozy fireplace is a fantastic feature to highlight during the chilly fall months. Arrange your furniture to make the fireplace the focal point of the room, or draw attention to the mantel with tasteful artwork or accessories.


Layering your bed with sumptuous, silky fabrics will further enhance your home’s comfort- and these luxurious details don’t have to break the bank. Discount stores offer plenty of inexpensive bedding options that look high-end. You can also display plush towels in the bathroom or drape a silky tablecloth over your dining room table.


No matter how beautiful and inviting your home’s interior, buyers won’t make it inside if the exterior isn’t in good shape. During the fall season, spruce up your lawn by raking leaves and patching up brown spots in the grass. Take care of fall- specific maintenance projects, such as cleaning your gutters and downspouts, and pressure wash your patios and walkways. Weed the garden, add mulch, mow the lawn and add plants and fall flowers for color.EasternerMAKE IT SPARKLE:

Pretend that your mother-in-law is coming for a visit. Think hotel clean. Dust, vacuum, clean baseboards, mop, wash windows- even wash pets and their beds. Remember that people will look in your cabinets and kitchen drawers, pantry, as well as under your sinks and closets. Also pay particular attention to odors. Have a friend come by for a smell test.
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When all the decluttering, de-personalizing and deep cleaning are done you will have half of your home packed up ready for your new dream home!


Heath Ranked As Safe Place To Live

July 27th, 2016

Harbor FountainResidents of Heath may have something to brag about as the city has been ranked one of the 30 safest places to live in the state of Texas.

Compiled by AlarmSystemReviews using FBI statistics from 2014, the study’s findings were based on data such as violent crime rates, property crime rates and emergency preparedness rating.

Coming in at number 14 of 30, the study lists Heath as having a violent crime rate of 0.5 per 1,000 residents, and a property crime rate of 5.6 per 1,000 residents.

AlarmSystemReviews described Heath as offering “a beautiful pastoral setting of rolling hills and sparking lake with distinctive homes and neighborhoods with views of the Dallas skyline and easy access to urban amenities without spoiling the natural beauty of the area for its more than seven thousand residents.”

Terry Garrett, chief of the Heath Department of Public Safety, expressed pride in the low crime rates in the city, especially considering Heath’s proximity to larger, higher-crime areas.

“Our team of officers take very seriously the safety of our community,” Garrett said. “However, it can’t be done alone. We have a great partnership with the citizens in the community and rely on their input and vigilance in keeping this a safe place to live and work.”

Only cities that have provided complete data to the Federal Bureau of Investigations and have a minimum overall population of 2,500 were included in AlarmSystemReviews’ rankings.

While failing to be included in the top 30, another Rockwall County city came close to making the list, with Royse City coming in at number 37.

Populations in every city in Rockwall County have increased over the last year, which can sometimes correlate to an increase in crime in an area.

“As Rockwall County continues to be one of the fastest growing areas of the state, we will have to continue to look for effective ways to keep a safe community,” Garrett said.

In a separate study by AlarmSystemReviews, using the same criteria as used to determine the safest cities in the state, Texas was ranked 39 out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia in terms of safety. Vermont was listed as the safest state in the union.

In Texas, it was the small town of Shallowater, northwest of Lubbock, that holds the top spot of Texas’ safest city. With a population of 2,526, Shallowater reported a 0.0 per 1,000 resident violent crime rate, and a 2.0 per 1,000 property crime rate.

The full list of AlarmSystemReviews’ safest cities in Texas can be found at

Joseph Alderman may be reached at harbor

416 St. Michaels Way Rockwall, Texas

July 22nd, 2016

416 St. Michaels Way in Heath, Texas Offered For Sale by Rod Holland Real Estate.

Indulge in a peacefully secluded oasis surrounded by lush gardens with beautiful trees. Find your private hideaway in a gated community. Fantastic design offers master bedroom, 2nd bedroom & private office down & 2 bedrooms, gameroom & separate media room upstairs. Large granite kitchen with island & stainless steel appliances.  This property is perfect for entertaining. Family room & formal area overlook backyard retreat complete with pool & spa, flagstone sitting area & seperate fenced yard for kids & pets away from pool.

Contact Rod Holland Real Estate for more information or for a private showing of 416 St. Michaels Way, Rockwall, Texas. Love Where You Live with Rod Holland Real Estate.

525 Loma Vista, Heath, Texas

July 21st, 2016

525 Loma Vista in Heath, Texas Offered for Sale by Rod Holland Real Estate.

Sellers Relocated .. gotta go! Beautiful spacious 3800 sf one story custom home on a peaceful and private acre Las Lomas. You’ll love the extensive hand-scraped hardwoods throughout (except baths) and the updated baths & kitchen. Enjoy the north facing backyard saltwater pool oasis with covered outdoor living area plus arbor and sun shades that protect from sun in the afternoon & evenings. Lots of extra yard space for kiddos, pets & entertaining. A rare find!

Contact Rod Holland Real Estate for more information or for a private showing of 525 Loma Vista, Heath, Texas.  Love Where You Live with Rod Holland Real Estate.

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Rockwall, Heath July 4th Parades

July 6th, 2016

On July 4th 2016 Rockwall & Heath had wonderful hometown parades to celebrate our nations awesome Independence Day. Rod Holland Real Estate was honored to join in the celebratory parades and stole the show with their Uncle Sam’s and banner holding marchers! Love this town & we hope you “Love Where You Live”Heath 4th of July ParadeRW 4th of July Parade

Despite the wet start, all the parade favorites including the RHS & RHHS band, drill team and cheerleaders, the Rockwall Sherriff’s Posse and so many fun and creative floats participated in the City’s annual event.

Afterwards, Mayor Brian Berry presented the parade awards and honored attending veterans; Heath First United Methodist Church Paster Omar Rikabi led the invocation; and Boy Scout Troop 989 presented the colors and led the pledge of allegiance. A live barbershop quartet sang the national anthem and other American favorites, while everyone enjoyed free popsicles and mini blueberry and cherry pies.

Memorial Day Celebrations

May 27th, 2016

The Memorial Day is already upon us! Many of you will have an enjoyable three day weekend spending time with friends and family. If you are looking for family friendly activities, look no further! Here at Rod Holland Real Estate we have you covered! Below are some great ideas on how to take advantage of these Memorial Day Celebrations!





  1. You can watch the Rangers take on the Pittsburgh Pirates this Saturday at 6:15 or Sunday at 2:05. Texas Rangers games are always fun for the whole family! Hot Dogs, peanuts & fun abound when you are a Rangers game!









2. Take time to stop and smell the flowers with a free Eddie Coker concert at the Dallas Arboretum. This is a two day event running Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Bring a blanket, picnic lunch & the kiddos for a relaxing afternoon. Admission is free for all active duty and veterans!








3. Expecting company? Don’t forget the Farmer’s Market is still going (located on the Square) on this Saturday from 8:00 am to noon. Swing by and pick up some fresh vegetables, fruits & more that is perfect for entertaining!

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4. Tonight is the War Letters Concert at The Harbor in Rockwall. Starting at 7:00 pm, the Rockwall Community Band will play while War Letters will be read to the selection of music. This is a free event to honor our men and women of the Armed Forces.

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5. On Monday, participate in the free Memorial Day festivities at the Rest Haven Funeral Home in Rockwall. Entertainment abounds with the Reveille Sisters, Patriotic Pet Parade, free hot dogs and Blue Bell along with a tribute from American Legion, Civil Air Patrol & Honor Guard Remembrance Ceremony. Starts at 10:00 am!

Here at Rod Holland Real Estate we want to personally thank each and every one of you that have served or actively served in our Armed Forces. We truly appreciate you!

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