Finding Warmth in the Lone Star State

By Warren Grant

Robson Ranch GolfRebecca and Russ Bafford waved goodbye to their Utah snow shovel a couple of years ago and moved to the Lone Star State to get warm, get close to grandkids, and to fill their retirement days with meaningful new friends, scores of activities, and the safety of a gated community.

After much research in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, they settled-in at Robson Ranch, an idyllic 55+ community in the northwest suburb of Denton, and one of seven Robson Resort Communities in the southwest from the respected developer.

An engineer by trade, Russ appreciated an extra measure of quality construction at Robson Ranch as soon as the couple first toured the Model Home. Says Russ, “I noticed the foundation slabs were steel post-tensioned, which means they won’t heave or twist, which makes for a stable house that won’t settle.”

An accomplished classical, gospel, and jazz pianist, and a recording artist who has released five CDs, Rebecca appreciated the 12-foot ceilings and 630 sq. ft. great room of their Rialta home plan, more than ample space to embrace her grand piano.

The view from the Great Room looks through the Bafford’s covered outdoor space to a tranquil greenway, then beyond to the development of a third nine holes of golf at the community’s Wild Horse Golf Club. And, while the couple doesn’t play golf, they do enjoy the excellent fare and Texas ranch decor in the Wild Horse Grill, “The best restaurant for miles,” according to Rebecca.

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They’re also very active in the community, as Rebecca is vice president of programs for the Robson Ranch Women’s Club, where she’ll both arrange for speakers and help manage charity events, socials, monthly luncheons, and more. She’ll also tickle the ivories from time to time at community gatherings.

And, Russ can practice his craft in the woodworking studio at the community’s stunning Creative Arts & Technology Center. He is also a regular at the sprawling new Pinnacle Fitness Center. Other amenities at Robson Ranch include one of the premier pickleball and tennis complexes in the country, three pools (including an indoor one), the Cimarron Sports Club, and a 17,500 sq. ft. clubhouse.

The Baffords venture the 45 minutes into DFW for church on Sundays in Dallas, and frequent performances at the Fort Worth Symphony, home to the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

You can learn more about Robson Ranch online at

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