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Community

Explore Final Opportunities in Prestigious Houston Communities

From Montgomery to Sugar Land and everywhere in between, Darling Homes offers final opportunities in prestigious Houston communities. Now’s your chance to explore a luxurious collection of to-be-built homes and homes ready for move-in designed for all stages of life, from young professionals and growing families to fun-loving retirees.

Whether you’re seeking access to great schools, popular business areas, top-notch eateries, entertainment or beautiful landscapes and streetscapes, Darling Homes delivers true one-of-a-kind living.

Let’s take a tour…

Take a Glimpse in North Houston

Searching for a new home in North Houston? Discover Harmony in Spring, Woodforest in Montgomery and Creekside in The Woodlands.

At Harmony in Spring, explore beautiful, one- and two-story homes designed for comfort, luxury and everyday living. Homes offer charming dining rooms that lead to spacious great rooms, gourmet kitchens, large master bedrooms and feature unique detailing and unmatched interior design. In addition, these homes bring luxurious livability outdoors with relaxing, front-covered porches and fun back patios.

Also in North Houston, discover the homebuilder’s patio and luxury patio homes at Woodforest and 50s single-family and patio designs at The Woodlands.

Darling Homes at Woodforest offers its signature Patio and Luxury Patio Series in a serene setting, providing the ultimate escape from the city’s hustle and bustle.

At The Woodlands, Darling Homes offers a unique collection of architecturally rich designs in the Creekside Park neighborhoods, a heavily wooded community centered around parks and water features for those who enjoy outdoor activities and adventure.

Secluded and surrounded by picturesque landscapes, Darling Homes’ designs in each neighborhood offer Houston homebuyers a peaceful blend of luxury and livability.

Tour Northeast Houston

In Northeast Houston, take a tour of Darling Homes surrounded by winding trails and the natural landscapes of Lake Houston at The Groves in Humble. Homes boast elegant and refined interior
details, open-concept living and covered porches, perfect for year-round living.

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Positioned in prestigious West Houston, discover Darling Homes’ patio collection at Cross Creek Ranch in Fulshear, a hidden gem in Fort Bend County just minutes from the flourishing City of Houston.

 

The homebuilder’s architecturally pleasing designs add unique character to each floor plan in this community, and when coupled with details like patterned brickwork, stone accents and modern amenities, it’s a one-of-a-kind experience residents are sure to enjoy.

See Southwest Houston

House hunting in Southwest Houston? Darling Homes offers four, beautiful home collections positioned in exceptional neighborhoods ideal for both growing families and retirees. Visit Long Meadow Farms in Richmond, Sienna Plantation in Missouri City, and Imperial and Riverstone in Sugar Land.

For homebuyers looking for a small-town feel with an easy commute into Houston, Darling Homes at Long Meadow Farms is a perfect fit. Surrounded by pecan trees, native wildflowers, lakes, waterfalls and ponds, Darling Homes’ two-story designs offer more than 3,000 square feet of luxury living, featuring private master suites, gourmet kitchens, media rooms and covered patio areas.

Also in Southwest Houston conveniently located just minutes from Downtown Houston and the Galleria, Darling Homes offers its charming patio collection at Sienna Plantation. Flexible home designs range from approximately 2,400 square feet to 3,000 square feet with private master suites, large secondary bedrooms, gourmet kitchens, media rooms, front and back outdoor living areas and walk-up attic storage.

At Imperial, Darling Homes offerings include its distinctive, luxury patio homes in a lush, lakeside oasis. The unique, Mediterranean designs provide living spaces that range from approximately 2,800 square feet to more than 3,900 square feet and feature dramatically open concepts.

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Homebuyers can enjoy options such as game rooms, media rooms, outdoor living spaces with custom fireplaces, walk-up attic storage and private guest casitas.

Located in the award-winning, master-planned community of Riverstone, the luxury homebuilder also offers its signature patio collection in the community’s private, wooded enclave of Whisper Rock. Punctuated by expansive, covered porches and luxurious master suites, these distinctive designs offer living spaces ranging from approximately 2,700 square feet to 3,900 square feet.

Darling Homes offers new and existing residents the opportunity to explore final opportunities in prestigious Houston communities, from charming communities ideal for growing families and fun-loving retirees to amenity-rich communities and upscale, elegant homes.

Take the next step to finding your dream home! Contact our Internet Home Sales Team at (713) 401-2008 or visit www.darlinghomes.com.

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Food

A Roundup of Holiday Recipes by Darling Homes DFW

Are you hosting the holidays this year? We’ve put together a roundup of holiday recipes shared by our own Darling Homes team members that are sure to make your next holiday gathering a hit.

Meet Anita Jantz

Food and family were key ingredients in Anita’s childhood. Growing up in South Louisiana, Anita spent much of her time with her 12 aunts and uncles, gaining some of her fondest memories in the kitchen. A highlight of her youth was the time she spent with her uncle, a retired cook who worked on a Navy submarine. He taught her recipes like sauce piquant, etouffee and jambalaya and lifelong lessons she holds dear.

“I’m thankful for the lessons I was taught, like to always put others first,” Anita said. “To this day I still love to cook and spend time with my family.”

Anita’s Favorite Thanksgiving Dish: Simply Irresistible Shrimp and Corn Chowder

Ingredients, 8-10 servings

  • 1 pound peeled shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning
  • 2 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and diced (optional)
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon parsley flakes
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 15-ounce can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 15-ounce can cream style corn
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika

Directions

First, season shrimp with Creole seasoning and set aside. Next, boil potatoes in water until slightly tender, drain and set aside.

In a saucepan, sauté onions, celery, garlic and parsley flakes with butter until golden brown. Then, add shrimp and continue to sauté until the shrimp is light pink. Add flour and continue to sauté until mixture thickens.

In a 5-quart pot, combine milk, half and half, both cans of corn, salt and pepper and Creole seasoning to taste. Cook on low heat for 20 to 30 minutes, or until reaching desired consistency. If mixture is too thick, add water to thin out.

Finally, garnish with paprika and enjoy!

Meet Brenda DeRemer

Each year, Brenda celebrates Thanksgiving with family, food and football.

Growing up in Michigan, she and her family would begin the day watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and then gather for an amazing Thanksgiving feast at noon. After filling up on their favorite dishes, the family would gather in the living room to watch football for the rest of the afternoon. It’s a special day filled with treasured traditions and memories that Brenda looks forward to each year.

“We have a very large family and lots of cousins,” Brenda said. “All the cousins together spelled nothing but trouble and guaranteed fun.”

Now, as a Texas resident, Brenda continues to carry on the holiday traditions while reminiscing about Thanksgivings past.

Here is Brenda’s most frequently requested holiday recipe: Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients

  • 3 cups mashed sweet potatoes (not canned)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup melted butter

Topping Ingredients

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup flour
  • ⅓ cup melted butter
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Directions

First, prepare a 1½- to 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine cooked, mashed sweet potatoes, sugar, eggs, vanilla, milk and melted butter. Next, pour the mixture into the casserole dish.

For the topping, combine brown sugar, flour, melted butter and chopped pecans. Sprinkle over the top of the mixture.

Finally, bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes or until cooked throughout and the top is lightly brown. Enjoy!

Meet Fanny Almanza

As a busy mom of three, Fanny loves making her homemade hot chocolate recipe that’s as simple as it is delicious. Best served with French bread for dipping, this sweet treat is a recipe she enjoyed as a little girl and now makes for her children during the holidays.

“I remember my mom would make my siblings and me hot chocolate after playing in the snow during one of Texas’ very rare snow days,” Fanny said. “I now make it for my children whether there’s snow or not, and I love watching them enjoy it as much as I did.”

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  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 tablet Mexican Chocolate Abuelita
  • Sugar to taste

Directions

In a saucepan, add the milk and chocolate. Turn the stove on to medium heat and stir until milk is bubbling or approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

Serve with a cinnamon stick and French bread for dipping.

Meet Henry Valenzuela

As a child, Henry learned to cook from his mother and while watching Julia Child on PBS during the 70s. Today, Henry and his significant other Teresa love to cook and even grow their own vegetables and herbs, plus raise backyard chickens.

Needless to say, Henry and his family are avid foodies and have created special traditions and memories while cooking in the kitchen.

Buñuelos have been in Henry’s family for generations, a delicious dessert they enjoy every year during the holidays.

“We’ve made this recipe every Christmas Eve since I was a young kid,” Henry said. “Some people have sugar cookies, but I always had Buñuelos.”

However, the roasted pecans recipe is a recent tradition that’s become a popular request in his family.

Those looking for a sweet treat to serve during the holidays, experiment with these delicious indulgences shared by Henry.

Ingredients for Buñuelos

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups All-Purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ¼ cup lard or butter, melted
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • Shortening or Canola oil for frying

Directions

First, mix ¼ cup of sugar and ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon and set aside. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt and remaining sugar and cinnamon together and set aside.

In a saucepan, heat milk and butter to a boil and let cool. Then, stir in beaten eggs. Add flour mixture and mix well.

Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 2 to 3 minutes or until smooth. Next, shape the dough into small balls (1-1½ inches). Cover dough balls and let rest for 5 minutes.

Then, roll each ball into a flat circle, making them as thin as possible without tearing. Then spread them on a clean and dry counter area.

Next, heat oil or shortening till hot (approximately 375 degrees) and fry the flattened dough balls on both sides. Be sure to keep an eye on them as they will fry quickly.

Remove them from the oil and drain on a paper towel. Immediately sprinkle with the cinnamon and sugar mixture.

Ingredients for Sugar Roasted Pecans

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 pound pecans
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

First, preheat the oven to 225 degrees. In a large bowl, beat egg white and water until frothy. Then stir in pecans until well coated.

In a small bowl mix sugar, salt and cinnamon. Pour mixture over the pecans and toss to coat.

Next, bake the sugar-coated pecans on a greased baking sheet. Bake for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!

Do you have a special recipe you prepare for the holidays? Share with us on Facebook or Twitter @DarlingHomesDFW!

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Design

A New Houston Home Marks Special Savings on Luxury Design Options

A new Houston home marks special savings on luxury design options for Houston-area homebuyers. From rich, wooden beam accents to exotic shaped backsplashes, Darling Homes is dedicated to building your ideal retreat with custom finishes that fit the way you want to live.

Now through December 31, 2016, Darling Homes is offering new homebuyers the chance to receive up to 10 percent of base price at the Darling Homes Design Gallery. There homebuyers will benefit from the insight of the homebuilder’s skilled team of design consultants and receive access to a wide selection of beautiful finishes to help you create the ideal home that suits your personal taste and budget.

Interested in what the Design Gallery has in store for you?

Create Texture with Tile

Get creative with the placement and shape of tile used in showers, baths and kitchen backsplashes. Using alluring shapes and textures while remaining in a neutral color palette brings appeal and elegance to any room, according to the Darling design team.houston-parkway-terrace-backsplash

Darling Homes’ model home at Parkway Terrace stays true to the 2016 Color of the Year with whites and neutrals, adding a popular chevron design to the kitchen backsplash. In addition, the master bathroom shower includes blocks of texture with stone accents in an otherwise traditional design that makes this home truly stand out.

Add Personality with Lighting

Whether it’s a glamorous chandelier, ceiling fan or unique pendant, lighting can transform any room, adding a new level of luxury and elevated style. Darling Homes’ Design Gallery provides homebuyers with a Lighting Catalog to choose from a variety of both standard fixtures and exquisite pendants to place over kitchen islands, powder baths and master bedroom closets.

Darling Homes’ patio model home at Sienna Plantation boasts a gorgeous, gourmet kitchen with rich, dark wood cabinets and flooring illuminated by a set of three pendants with a rubbed bronze palette to compliment the home’s color scheme.

Incorporate the 2016 Color of the Year

houston-sienna-plantation-luxury-family-roomThis is the year of “White Done Right,” according to Darling Homes’ design experts. Whether you’re layering shades of white or using the color for decor, the homebuilder’s Color of the Year for 2016 is Shades of White that lends itself to a crisp and refreshing feel.

At Sienna Plantation, Darling Homes’ Luxury Series model home incorporates variations of cream and white beautifully throughout the home complemented by gray accents.

Showcase Your Unique Style

Whether it’s the breakfast nook, kitchen or both, homebuyers have the opportunity to personalize their home design, from adding a farm sink in the kitchen to including a vessel sink in glass, natural stone or copper in the guest bath.

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Darling Homes’ model home at Alden Woods in Cypress showcases a beautiful, open-concept living area designed to be the centerpiece of the home. Built with grace and style, this home is ideal for entertaining guests yet cozy and intimate enough for sharing quality time with loved ones.

Ready to take the next step? Darling Homes offers gorgeous new home opportunities at Parkway Terrace in West Memorial and Stillwater in Conroe, as well as a variety of floor plan options at Alden Woods, Bridgeland and Cypress Creek Lakes in Cypress, Cross Creek Ranch in Fulshear, Harmony in Spring, Long Meadow Farms and Harvest Green in Richmond, Riverstone and Imperial in Sugar Land, Sienna Plantation in Missouri City, The Groves in Humble, Woodforest in Montgomery and five collections in the The Woodlands.

Recently, the homebuilder debuted its most prominent collection of 70-foot designs at Elyson in Katy and its signature patio collection at Grand Central Park in Conroe.

Learn more about the options available at the Design Gallery by visiting http://bit.ly/1UhlCG5.

For more information about Darling Homes, contact the Internet Home Sales Team at (713) 401-2008 or visit www.darlinghomes.com.

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Community

Find a Home for the Holidays with Darling Homes DFW

Is a new home on your wishlist? Find a home for the holidays with Darling Homes DFW!

Whether you’re searching for a charming, villa-style home, traditional, single-family retreat or an expansive, luxury estate, Darling Homes offers a collection of move-in ready homes, making it possible for you to experience life in your dream home sooner than you imagined.

Live, Work and Play at Craig Ranch

Located in the heart of the Best Place to Live in America according to Money Magazine, McKinney’s Craig Ranch caters to those who thrive on dynamic living.

Whether a young professional or empty nester, Darling Homes’ charming, villa-style residences are a perfect fit. These two-story designs are built with a low-maintenance lifestyle in mind so you can truly enjoy community amenities and activities. It’s the ideal blend of a live, work, play lifestyle.

Homes range from approximately 2,100 square feet to 2,600 square feet and feature open-concept floor plans, spacious kitchens, large master bedrooms and covered patios.

In addition to stylish, European retreats, you’ll find 400 acres of open green spaces, running and biking trails that lead to the TPC Craig Ranch golf course, baseball fields, soccer fields, an ice rink, sand volleyball courts, plus access to Cooper Fitness Center and Spa and more.

At Craig Ranch, you’re choosing a community that puts life first, where activity is the center of everyday life and adventure is just steps from your front door.

Own a Piece of Texas History at Fairway Ranch

Immerse yourself in Texas history in one of Roanoke’s largest and most elegant new home communities, Fairway Ranch. The neighborhood is located on a historic ranch that’s dedicated to preserving its history and rich natural beauty. The community overlooks acres of pecan forests, greenery and river bottoms.

Darling Homes’ traditional, single-family homes range from approximately 2,600 square feet to 3,300 square feet with up to four bedrooms, large, gourmet kitchens, formal dining areas, family rooms with corner fireplaces, game rooms, quiet studies and extended covered patios. Recently, the homebuilder unveiled a brand new floor plan to the collection, a stunning single-story home that offers highly sought-after features.

Those seeking a new home for the holidays will adore the community’s beautiful blend of charm, luxury and convenience. Community traditions, seasonal festivities and annual events fuel the city’s small-town pride. Stroll through Downtown Roanoke’s charming main street and experience the true meaning of community complete with festive décor, twinkling lights and seasonal charm for the holidays.

Discover a New Style of Living at Fairways at Gentle Creek

Nestled in acres of rolling countryside and rich landscapes bordered by a private golf course lies Darling Homes’ distinctive, elegant retreats at Fairways at Gentle Creek in Prosper.

Boasting flexible home designs, custom options and exquisite finishes, Darling Homes’ 82-foot homesites feature floor plans with up to 4,300 square feet of open-concept living. Homes cater to today’s trendy lifestyle with a large, open dining and entertainment area with plenty of outdoor living space. The gourmet kitchen features an extended center island for meal prepping and mingling with guests, and a spacious family room and dining nook, creating the perfect setting for friends and family to come together during the holidays.

Additional home offerings include up to five bedrooms, five baths, relaxing master suites with access to the utility room and stunning covered patios and porches.

Darling Homes offers convenient access to Gentle Creek’s golf course, as well as other excellent amenities including interior pocket parks, a community clubhouse, lap pool, playground and picturesque fountain.

For those seeking adventure in a peaceful setting, Darling Homes at Fairways at Gentle Creek may have just what you’re looking for.

Ready to make the Darling Homes move? The Texas homebuilder offers a diverse collection of move-in ready homes available in several, sought-after locations throughout Dallas and Fort Worth, including beautiful designs in Irving, Frisco, Grapevine, Flower Mound, Celina, The Colony and more.

For more information about move-in ready homes, contact our Internet Home Consultant Melissa at (469) 252-2255 or visit www.darlinghomes.com.

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Home Decor

Dress Your Home for the Holidays with Darling Homes DFW

Fall is in the air and it’s the perfect time to dress your home for the holidays with Darling Homes DFW.

Make a statement with a front porch that’s sure to impress guests with these sensational seasonal decorating tips.

A Wreath’s Warm Welcome

Create a warm and inviting atmosphere as soon as guests arrive at your front door with a homemade wreath that is tailored to your unique style.

From burgundy to rustic tan, golden yellow to rich, chocolate brown, enhance your wreath with the colors of the season using leaves, fresh hydrangeas, berry branches and pinecones woven together with a seasonal burlap ribbon or twine.

At the wreath’s center, place a monogram door hanger or a weathered wooden sign that’s painted with your favorite fall saying such as “Welcome”, “Fall”, or “Thankful”. This simple touch will complete the look.

A Picturesque Pumpkin Display

Celebrate autumn’s splendor with a picturesque pumpkin display.

Those who enjoy the beauty of tradition will be delighted by a stylish ensemble that uses gourds, mums and pumpkins of various sizes. Create a gorgeous arrangement by artfully stacking them in barrels or positioning them on a tiered, wooden stand.

Achieve a cottage-inspired look by incorporating bundles of hay, cornstalks and oversized lanterns for a fall scene that’s timeless and charming.

Finally, fill the empty spaces with fresh plants for a sleek and simple design to savor all season long.

An Elegant Embellishment for Fabulous Fall Decor

Love a neutral color scheme that’s graceful and elegant? Although the season boasts a rich color palette of burnt oranges, rustic reds, golden yellows and chocolate browns, make your home something to be admired that’s modern and simple, focusing on neutrals and natural decor.

Using creams and pastel colors, paint your pumpkins and assemble them next to gourds, hay and pinecones in a planter or an oversized basket. For those wanting to add a little sparkle, dust select pumpkins in silver and gold glitter.

An Enchanting Fall Glow

Here’s your chance to complete the inviting entry that guests, neighbors and passers-by can’t help but notice.

A few favorites when creating a cozy, fall look are cafe lights that frame your front door, LED lights in pumpkins or lanterns to create a flickering effect or string lights woven with garland between railings or around columns.

Bring the magic of fall to life in your new home!

Built in premier locations throughout Dallas and Fort Worth, Darling Homes offers luxurious homes that are move-in ready. Styles include one-, two-, and three-story designs, charming, villa-style retreats, elegant patio homes and thoughtfully crafted luxury homes with prices from the mid $300s to more than $1 million.

For more information about Darling Homes, contact our Internet Home Consultant Melissa at (469) 252-2255 or visit www.darlinghomes.com. Follow us on Pinterest for more fall decorating ideas.