Community

Shopping and Amenities Abound at Somerset Green

Living at Somerset Green in Houston offers some of the best the city has to offer – all within minutes of your front door.

Somerset Green isn’t just about finding your perfect home, it’s also about finding your ideal community. The location gives you an urban setting and easy way to navigate the vibrant downtown Houston area via quick access to both I-10 and the I-610 Loop.

That means Somerset Green is next to some of Houston’s most desirable destinations including Memorial Park, Washington Corridor, the Heights, Buffalo Bayou Park, the Galleria and Uptown Park, the Energy Corridor and downtown Houston. It’s an urban setting but one that offers the feel of a quaint, connected community.

Somerset Green’s ideal location offers Houston homebuyers elegant architecture and a beautiful sense of home within minutes of The Heights, Downtown Houston, The Galleria and Memorial Park. Each area offers some of the best attractions the city has to offer.

Houston Heights or The Heights, is a just a few miles from downtown Houston. There, one can experience a small-town feel with a unique charm that has attracted a growing number of businesses to move into the historic area. Craftsman-style bungalows and Victorian homes line the boulevard where Revival Market, a unique experience that offers a butcher shop, espresso bar and grocery store, now attracts daily shoppers. The Heights also offers other unique attractions like the boutiques Hello Lucky and Oolala, both carrying specialized and one-of-a-kind items that one can’t find anywhere else.

Shopping Downtown during lunch breaks or a rainy day is perfect with The Shops at Houston Center. This center, tucked into a beautifully designed office complex, offers shopping and dining options that won’t disappoint. Dining includes Bullritos, Brooklyn Meatball Company, Leaf & Grain and many more. Shops include Trudy’s Boutique, Funatics, Jos. A. Bank., Designs by Dorli and many more.

Houston shopping hits an all-time high with The Galleria. This mall is a magical oasis for shopaholics with stores for everyone to enjoy. From Apple to Zara, this three-million-square-foot mall has over 300 different stores. The Galleria offers so many options that it’s currently the largest mall in Texas and the seventh-largest mall in the United States! During the holidays, The Galleria is an enchanting wonderland complete with the tallest indoor Christmas tree in the United States surrounded by a gleaming ice rink.

Looking to make the move to Houston? Explore the elevated options at Somerset Green offered by Darling Homes in Houston or call 713-401-2008 today.

Darling Difference

In the Spotlight: Terraces at Las Colinas

Darling Homes is bringing its brand-new City Collection of homes to the highly desirable area of Las Colinas in Irving. The Terraces at Las Colinas offers homebuyers timeless designs in homes that are lock-and-leave ready, providing the feeling of suburban comfort in an urban setting. Homes are designed with architectural authenticity and are built to give residents access to an active lifestyle.

The popular City Collection will feature low-maintenance, luxury living in stately two-story homes that boast open floor plans, high-end finishes and designer details. Potential homebuyers will have the option to choose from approximately 2,300- to 2,800-square-foot residences all featuring spacious kitchens, large master suites, bonus rooms and covered patios.

Conveniently located just minutes from the DFW airport, Las Colinas in Irving offers its residents an exciting and luxurious escape. The master-planned urban center is the perfect blend of beautiful residential pockets situated alongside soaring towers while offering the finest dining and entertainment amenities.

Las Colinas also provides gorgeous and accessible outdoor activities for all to enjoy. From stand-up paddle boarding to Gondola rides through the Mandalay Canals, there are plenty of options to be a part of nature, especially if you’re a fan of the water. Las Colinas offers 56 picturesque small lakes throughout the area as well as jogging trails and public and private parks.

When exploring Darling Homes at The Terraces at Las Colinas, one will experience an innovative mixed-use community of new homes set in the bustling Irving area. The community will feature winding trails and a boardwalk situated along green space, as well as a park that provides a harmonious blend of walkability and open space.

The Terraces at Las Colinas prime location allows swift access to the George Bush Turnpike, I-635, SH114, Hwy 35, and is less than half an hour away from downtown Dallas, Coppell, Grapevine and Southlake. The community offers a gateway into a thriving urban community with adventures around every corner.

To learn more about The Terraces at Las Colinas call 469-252-2255 or click here.

Darling Difference

A Closer Look at the Modernist Collection at Bridgeland’s Parkland Village

Darling Homes is bringing its new Modernist Collection to Parkland Village in Bridgeland. This Cypress, Texas community is home to leading schools, world class amenities and plenty of opportunities for adventures in nature.

With all of the exciting features that Bridgeland has to offer, it just gets better with Darling Homes’ Modernist Collection. This collection of homes features clean, straight design lines throughout the home with more open spaces and volume than traditional designs. The Modernist Collection provides character and balance as you move through the home. The homes are designed to carry and cast both natural and artificial light and shadow throughout the interior spaces to create interest and a playfulness in texture while also providing the perfect canvas for buyers to personalize each home with their own tastes, art and belongings.

Walking through one of these homes will exude the feel of stepping into a museum that homeowners can complete with luxurious yet comfortable furniture pieces. Finishes and fixtures in the home will help add to the museum-feel finish. This includes sleek, cabinet fronts paired with large format stone tiles that will be similar in look to the countertops, large-scale fireplace walls that include tile and large cedar beams, wood throughout the entire first floor and lots of black plumbing.

Even though these homes are designed differently from other Darling Homes collections, they still will maintain traditional room counts. For example, two bedrooms on the first floor, an owner’s bedroom suite, large and open kitchen/family/dining areas, three-car garages and game and media rooms.

The outdoor living space included with the homes is designed to feel like part of the spacious interior, blending the outdoor and indoor spaces together so they feel work to create the perfect atmosphere.

The exteriors of the Modernist Collection are striking and interesting, complimenting the interior of the home. Elevations are carefully designed with roof pitches, colors, features and materials that will stand out from everything else available in the marketplace. At the same time, these homes provide the perfect balance in color, texture, proportion, movement and contrast, creating a playfulness not seen in traditional streetscapes.

Parkland Village at Bridgeland will feature hiking and biking trails, a fitness center and 900 acres of lakes and waterways that will provide many opportunities for outdoor activities and relaxation in nature. If you’re interested in bird-watching, you’ll find over 140 different species of migratory birds feeding or gliding across the lakes. Other community highlights include a kayak launch, a beautiful resort-style swimming complex, a basketball court and an event hall and lawn.

In addition, Parkland Village in Bridgeland is attempting to set the standard for sustainable communities with its self-sustaining irrigation system, making it the first community in Houston to embrace the use of recycled water from community lakes for irrigation.

Looking to experience an enhanced lifestyle where community and nature thrive? Join Darling Homes’ Parkland Village at Bridgeland interest list as the Modernist Collection is coming soon to this beautiful Cypress community.

Community

Celebrating the Southwest’s Largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade

St. Patrick’s Day in Dallas is bigger than life. In fact, it’s the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Southwest! This year, The Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Taking place on Saturday, March 16, the parade is presented by the Greenville Avenue Area Business Association (GAABA), a Texas nonprofit organization.

The purpose of the parade is not only to celebrate the holiday, but also to raise money for the GAABA Scholarship Fund. More than $115,000 in scholarship money has been awarded to Dallas Independent School District students.

The Southwest’s largest St, Patrick’s Day parade almost ended before it could gain its legendary status. When the parade first began in 1979, it was nothing more than just a few cars, drinks and a dream. As word spread about this small neighborhood celebration, attendance began to increase. As attendance grew, neighboring residents voiced their concerns about the parade to the Dallas City Council and it was shut down in 1987.

Luckily, a group of local business owners formed the GAABA and fought to persuade the city to accept the parade’s application. The public’s demand for the parade also helped sway the decision to bring it back through their idea of an “un-parade” where make-shift floats read “this is not a parade”. Soon after, the city granted the permit for the 1989 Greenville Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Now, 40 years later, the parade continues. This year’s event is sponsored by numerous local radio stations, Comerica Bank, 7-Eleven, iHeartRadio, The Dallas Mavericks, Visit Dallas and many other local businesses.

More than 1,700 people participate in the parade itself and there are more than 90 parade float entries to pass through the 2-mile parade route, overlooking the crowd of 125,000 or more people in attendance. The festival starts at 9 a.m. and goes until 3 p.m. The parade begins at 11 a.m., starting at Blackwell Street and Greenville Avenue before finishing at Yale Boulevard/SMU Boulevard.

After the parade, the festival continues with the annual St. Patrick’s Day Concert. This year will feature performances from Just Like P!nk and more who will cover 40 years of music featuring hits from Guns N’ Roses, Britney Spears, P!nk, Muse, Nirvana, Prince, The Beastie Boys, Queen, Michael Jackson, Salt-N-Pepa, Rage Against the Machine, Aerosmith, Nelly and many more.

Interested in attending this huge St. Patrick’s Day Celebration? Click here for ticket sales.

Details Matter: Light Up Your Home and Light Up Your Life | Pictured: Model home at The Woodlands, Waterbridge-80' Homesites in The Woodlands, TX 77375
Design

Details Matter: How to Bring Light to Every Room in Your Home

Guest Contributor Lee K. Crowder, Design Gallery and Model Home Branding Manager for Taylor Morrison and Darling Homes

Darling Homes builds in the metro areas of Dallas and Houston. However, no matter where you live, sooner or later the sun goes down (or the clouds come out) and Mother Nature needs an assist. That’s where smart lighting choices come in. Lee Crowder, our Design Gallery and Home Branding Manager, offers illuminating insights about home lighting in our Details Matter series.

Let the Sunshine In!

Lee Crowder says home lighting begins with the floorplan’s design and how the home is situated on the homesite.

Whether you get sun exposure throughout the day or only during certain times of day depends on whether you home has an East/West or North/South orientation. Pay attention to the site plan when you’re shopping for a new home. If you love waking up to morning sunshine, you’ll want your owner’s suite facing east. If you savor watching sunsets, pick a home with a balcony or picture window facing west.

Lee K. Crowder

The thought and attention that goes into details like site orientation are part of the Darling Homes Experience.  

Obviously, the more windows in your home, the more natural light you’ll enjoy throughout the day. If that’s your vision of perfection, then look for homes with volume ceilings and windows that soar the full two stories, typically offered in great rooms, living rooms and owners suites.

Home design 6734 at The Woodlands, Smooth Stream - 65' Patio Homesites | 3,415 Sq. Ft. | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Baths | 2 Half Baths | 3 Garage | 2 Stories

By contrast, rooms with lower ceilings (9 feet of height vs 11 feet or more) reduce the amount of natural light and make the space feel darker at times.

Dealing with Shade

Family rooms that open onto covered patios tend to be darker. In that case, Lee suggests adding extra LED flush-mounted lighting. This may also be a solution for brightening up a secondary bedroom where there’s only one window.

Perhaps your foyer could use some brightening during the day.  Add glass panel insert windows to your front door and let natural light flow into your home.  If you have a small or narrow entry, you might want to borrow this trick.

Landscaping is another consideration that can impact natural light. “Trees and tall shrubbery can cut down significantly on the amount of sunshine your home receives,” says Lee.

Finally, don’t overlook window coverings that provide privacy (and protect upholstery) without blocking natural light. “Your Design Consultant at the Taylor Morrison Design Studio can show you a variety of suitable window treatments for this purpose that will complement your overall design scheme.”

Brighten Up and Lighten Up

Okay, you’ve made the most of the available sunshine. Let’s see what design tips and tricks Lee advises for creating the illusion of light. Paint, especially white paint, can be your best friend, according to Lee.

“A neutral base color for your rooms will make your home look brighter, while also giving you greater flexibility with the rest of your color palette. Off-set the neutral walls with crisp, white trim for a bright, sophisticated look. And don’t overlook the power white ceilings have to create the illusion of height and spaciousness, even in small rooms.”

24/7 Daylight at Your Fingertips

Lucky us. We can flip a switch (or punch a smartphone app) and light up the darkest space, creating everything from the brilliance of sunlight to the soft ambient glow of moonlight. Best of all, we can do it without generating the harsh shadows or excessive heat of the old-fashioned incandescent bulbs.

“At Taylor Morrison and Darling Homes we use LED ceiling flush-mounted lights instead of traditional can lights. These are thin disks that affix easily to the ceiling and let you add LED lighting to any room in the house. They have the added advantages of lasting longer than incandescent can lights and, because they collect no dust, you won’t need to open the fixture to clean them. That’s a big plus!”

Lee recommends reviewing your various spaces and ceiling heights to determine where to add more LED disks.

“If you spend a lot of time in the room doing things like reading, crafts, office or homework and other tasks that require good light, you’ll want additional disks. If the ceilings are low, adding more disks is a clever way to make the room appear larger. They make it a snap to find clothing, especially in a deep walk-in closet. And they are ideal over vanities where you want good light for applying makeup and grooming.”

In bedrooms or family rooms, especially in warmer climates, you should consider adding a light kit to your ceiling fans to get the benefit of cooling and illumination in one package.

Designing with Light and Light Fixtures

Explore the lighting design in person by taking a tour of our 5031 Model Plan at Lakewood at Brookhollow in Prosper, TX | Models open daily.

Take the virtual tour of our 5031 Model Plan at Lakewood at Brookhollow in Prosper, TX and you’ll notice dramatic pendant lights over the kitchen island as well as flush-mounted disk lights in the ceiling. “Your kitchen is certainly someplace where you don’t want to skimp on lighting, and this model demonstrates how you can have the design element of pendants combined with highly functional but inconspicuous ceiling lights.”

Sparkle and Shine Your Way

A major perk of buying a new Darling home is your visit to the Design Gallery. “You’ll see a dazzling selection of lighting fixtures for task lighting and mood-setting, along with hardware, flooring, wall and window treatment options, appliances and much more,” says Lee. “It’s your opportunity to make your home reflect your taste with the expert help of a professional design consultant.”

Here’s a Bright Idea

It’s a great time to visit a Darling Home community near you. Touring a few model homes is an excellent way to understand how much details matter when they’re thoughtfully combined. It’s a fun way to spark your imagination and turn on a few creative lightbulbs, too! Explore all our Darling Homes communities online, find the one that’s absolutely YOU and plan a visit today.