By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (July 20, 2015) — Housing is always at a premium in a growing college town, and Danny Phillips sees an especially big need for rural ranch type living for Tarleton State students.
“I think this is going to be helpful for the college kids who have to have a place to live and want their horse and an arena nearby,” said Phillips, who is building 3D Bunkhouse & Arena on the edge of Stephenville at 2800 North US Highway 377 at Bunkhouse Road. “I’ve got about 41 stables to accommodate them, six RV hookups on scene and storage buildings available.”
The 3D Bunkhouse & Arena features 18 two-bedroom living units. Nine of them are “bunkhouse” units with more “rustic” appeal and one bath, and nine present more “modern” appeal with two bathrooms. Regardless which unit one chooses, there is access to stables and an arena.
And that’s not all.
The “modern” living resident will still find all they need – like a laundromat and entertainment area on site and 24-hour management – while the ranching or rodeo resident will have everything they can hope for at a premium location for their interests.
“It’s eight-tenths of a mile from Lone Star Arena and three-and-a-half miles from the gates of Tarleton,” says Phillips, who began school at TSU in 1973. “I want to provide quality living that any resident and their parents will find safe and accomodating.”
Phillips started a part-time job in construction in 1975, and it eventually grew into self-employment building cabinets and ultimately custom homes.
“I have a few other rental properties, and that’s what led me to do this,” said Phillips. “I’ve got agricultural roots that bring me to this, and my goal is to have a neat, clean place where these kids will be proud to say they live.”
Maintaining the rural heritage is imperative to Phillips, who is having an old Cowboy Capital of the World Pro Rodeo sign from the location framed for permanent display. He also vows that the overhead sign at the entry to the bunkhouse and arena will be Tarleton purple by August 15, the scheduled date for availability. That’s nine days before fall classes begin at Tarleton on August 24.
“We are currently accepting applications at this point and they will be ready by August 15, in plenty of time for school,” said Phillips.
For applications, monthly costs or to visit the bunkhouse and arena grounds, call (254) 977-2492.
“I’m excited to see it come to fruition and get residents out there,” said Phillips. “We’ll take good care of them and do everything we can to be sure they have a quality place to live. Them and their horse if they want.”