The area of Las Colinas was originally the Carpenter’s Hackberry Creek Ranch, also referred to as "El Ranchito de Las Colinas", or "the little ranch of the hills". Las Colinas was founded in September of 1973 by Ben H. Carpenter.
UNIVERSITY HILLS was the first residential village to be developed in Las Colinas and was originally developed as Northgate I, Northgate II and Northgate III. Norman and Bob Glatter were the first Presidents of Northgate Homes, which built the first of the homes in the neighborhood. It's "fitting" that the first home at the west end of University Hills (Northgate @ Gentry ) is STILL occupied by Mr. Glatter's widow , Kay. (Glatter Falls in the Urban Center is named for the Glatters).
However, there was at least one home here before there was a Las Colinas. Dick and Lois Short, whose home is on what is now Rochelle Blvd., was actually built by a doctor and his family from Dallas for a week-end retreat in the 1930’s. It was at the end of a "lane" that served a farm house, which is now the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer.
The Office of the Secretary of the State of Texas issued a Certificate of Incorporation to UNIVERSITY HILLS HOME OWNERS ASSOCIATION on May 11,1963. Las Colinas is known worldwide for its quality and uniqueness and the same holds true for University Hills. The incorporating Board of Directors consisted of Ben H Carpenter, Wayne Hurd and James Goodson. The organizational meeting of the Directors of UNIVERSITY HILLS OF LAS COLINAS HOA was held on October 26, 1964 with Robert ( Bob) Glatter : President, Peter (Pete) Jordan : Vice President, Ben Chovanetz : Secretary and Eileen Rucker : Treasurer. (Wayne Hurd was the first President of Las Colinas before he moved to Marble Falls to develop Horseshoe Bay with his cousin)
Today, the residential area of Las Colinas consists of more than 3000 single-family units and 10,000 multi-family units. Ten separate residential homeowner associations are within the Las Colinas boundaries including Fox Glen, Cottonwood Valley, Hackberry Creek, Windsor Ridge, Mandalay Place, Fairway Vista, University Hills, University Park, Quail Run and Country Club Place Condominium Associations
University Hills and its 500 home sites is a jewel of the Las Colinas master planned community. It is the residence of choice for many community leaders including a city councilman, the current mayor, prominent businessmen and community activists.
University Hills is located centrally in the DFW Metroplex, 15 minutes frm downtown and two airports, Love Field and DFW Airport. The Las Colinas Urban Center is also developing into a major destination with billions being spent on hotel, entertainment, shopping, transportation, and residential complexes, a short walk across from UNIVERSITY HILLS OF LAS COLINAS across SH114.
Las Colinas also offers two local country clubs, the Las Colinas Country Club and the Four Seasons Resort and Club on which the Byron Nelson gold tournament is played annually. UNIVERSITY HILLS OF LAS COLINAS itself has numerous homesites fronting the Las Colinas CC. Memberships at both facilities are available including exercise equipment, tennis, and of course golf.
Within the borders of UNIVERSITY HILLS OF LAS COLINAS are several greenbelts and pocket parks including four lakelets maintained by the Las Colinas Association. These facilities offer walking paths, fountains and have a duck community popular with the very young. Nearby is Campion Trail which offers miles of exercise pathway.
UNIVERSITY HILLS OF LAS COLINAS has an active home owners association which features family centered entertainment at an annual Spring Fling, providing rides, food, and live entertainment for all ages. In the winter there is a Deck The Hills celebration, honored for community participation by the City of Irving. Hot drinks, choirs, and outdoor lighting complement Pea Patch Lake.
Block Captain network and an annual planning and recognition meeting, a community website, and message board help promote community identity and initiate programs designed to develop UNIVERSITY HILLS OF LAS COLINAS. Being a member of the Las Colinas master community offers its own rewards. Private security patrols, greenbelts, building restrictions and covenant enforcement ensure that UNIVERSITY HILLS OF LAS COLINAS is and will remain a viable, attractive, and thriving community well into the future.
Private schools are available to meet the needs of more selective families looking to further their children’s educational experience. In addition, of course, Irving offers its own public schools including a nearby magnet school, the Academy of Irving.
Shopping is available at local malls and shopping centers. World renowned Galleria complex is 15 minutes away.