Author / Al Stevens

Resident Spotlight

Darling Homes Resident Spotlight The Matijasevics

Michael and Kellie Matijasevic are proud parents to their three children Cooper, 6, Cannon, 5, and Capri, 4, as well as their Yorkie Louie. What makes Darling Homes at Newman Village in Frisco the perfect fit for their family of five? Find out in the new resident spotlight…

What made you decide to relocate to Newman Village?

Our home in Newman Village is now our third home in Frisco. My best friend from college and her family moved to the community first. When we would visit, Michael and I realized what a great neighborhood it was and decided to make the change from east Frisco.

What was it about Newman Village that made it the right fit?

We’ve lived in Newman Village for almost four years. It encompasses everything that represents community. There are always neighbors who look out for your house, your kids and simply everything. The community hosts fun events that cater to families with small kids, families with older kids and even empty nesters. We’re also looking forward to our children attending Newman Elementary School all at the same time!

What was it about your neighborhood that stood out from the rest you looked at?

The eclectic architecture and the community’s ambiance are what sold us. We wanted a place where our property would appreciate and hold value and a neighborhood where our kids could grow up in a community environment.

What is it about your home that stood out from the rest you looked at?

Not only was our home located in the greatest, gated community, but it was Mediterranean style. I grew up in New Mexico and my husband is from Los Angeles, so we’re familiar with and love the stucco style of architecture.

Is it a point of pride to be able to say you live in Newman Village?

It is and not because it has gates. It’s prideful because we feel blessed to have neighbors we can call friends. It’s a safe place to be.

What are some of your family’s favorite things to do together?

Travel! We love making memories with our sweet babies. They are only young once and we only live once. It’s important for us to experience new things and places together.

We also like to play sports, ride bikes and do cookouts in our cul-de-sac.

Do you use the amenity center? If so, what do you like about it?

Yes. From parties and pizza nights at the Discovery Center to hot summer days at the pool and even tennis lessons in the spring, there’s always something to do at Newman Village.

What do you like best about your neighborhood?

It’s a safe place for our kids to grow up. There are a million people we could call if we needed anything or if we were in any kind of bind. We really like how much fun it is, too. There are so many social activities for adults and family things to do. Everybody is so welcoming.

Would you recommend Newman Village to a friend or family member?

Absolutely! The more the merrier at Newman Village. It truly is a fantastic place to live and call home.

What’s one thing you’d like people to know most about living in Newman Village?

With gorgeous homes that hold value, good schools, great neighbors and lots of fun, there’s really no other place like it.

For more information about Darling Homes at Newman Village, visit http://newmanvillage.darlinghomes.com/.

Community

Feel Miles Away While Close to Everything with Darling Homes at Alden Woods

Is location key with your next home? Feel miles away while still remaining close to everything you need with Darling Homes at Alden Woods in Cypress, Texas.

Amid a gorgeous backdrop of serene, open green space and tree-lined streets, you’ll find beautifully-crafted Darling Homes designs that exude grace, luxury and beauty.

Although it may seem rare to experience peaceful living just a short distance from Houston’s bustling employment centers like the Energy Corridor, rest assured this lifestyle awaits and it’s just behind the private gated entry of Alden Woods.

Your Dream Home is Waiting For You 

From an elegantly designed exterior, blending brick and stone, to a grand foyer entry, Darling Homes’ distinct floor plan collection delivers a clever combination of luxury and livability.

Nestled within the natural beauty of Cypress, Darling Homes’ two-story model home showcases floor plan flexibility, elegant details and inspired design elements for which the homebuilder is renowned. The model home features a blend of sophistication, charm and authentic architectural details, including a winding staircase, French-inspired exposed beams and a Juliette balcony.

Recently, the Texas home builder unveiled new home opportunities within a new section of the community. Darling Homes’ entire home series offers gorgeous, oversized designs and cul-de-sac home sites priced from the high $300,000s.

The unfolding interiors create exceptional spaces that cater to a refined style of living. With seven floor plan options that range from approximately 2,600 square feet to more than 4,000 square feet, the one- and two-story homes provide a formal dining room and expansive family room that open to the gourmet kitchen and charming hearth room, making it the perfect home for friends and loved ones to gather.

Homes also boast a finely appointed master suite with spa-like master bathroom, private study, large secondary bedroom, game room and media room, as well as four-car-garages standard, providing plenty of space for cars, boats, an at-home gym, workshop and additional storage.

Live Near the Center of it All

Conveniently located in Houston’s northwest corridor, Alden Woods is a short distance to Grand Parkway, providing a simple commute to and from major employment centers, including the Energy Corridor, U.S. 290 employment corridor and Downtown Houston.

This ideal location ensures residents will spend less time driving and more time enjoying life at home and within their community.

Additionally, residents can enjoy a quick drive to the area’s best amenities, including golf clubs, excellent shopping, dining and entertainment. Nearby attractions include:

  • Miles of bike paths, running and walking trails and dog-walking routes
  • Bear Creek Pioneers Park
  • Houston Zoo
  • Longwood Golf Club
  • Houston Premium Outlets
  • Willowbrook Mall
  • Vintage Park
  • Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital

 

Those looking to call Alden Woods home will also have access to top-rated schools within Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District, including Hamilton Elementary School, Hamilton Middle School and Cy-Fair High School.

Ready to take the next step? See for yourself what makes Darling Homes at Alden Woods one-of-a-kind by visiting our model home located at 13937 Barrow Cliff Lane Cypress, TX 77429 or for more information visit www.darlinghomes.com.

Community

Darling Homes Brings Charm and Character to Lakewood

In the city of Prosper, Darling Homes will bring charm and character to the North Texas community, Lakewood.

Positioned between McKinney and Frisco, Lakewood is thoughtfully planned around rolling hills, pocket parks, sparkling lakes and streams while just a short drive from diverse shopping, excellent dining and world-class entertainment.

Against this backdrop you’ll find two Darling Homes collections that deliver the utmost in style, providing a living experience that’s just as luxurious as it is one-of-a-kind.

Find Charm and Character in Your Home

Darling Homes will have 119 home sites and offer two of its best-selling home collections, ranging from approximately 2,500 square feet to 3,900 square feet. Both The Reserve Collection and The Keystone Collection are comprised of seven plans that provide the opportunity to build a home fitting of your lifestyle.

The Reserve Collection features vaulted ceilings throughout the main living areas, large, gourmet kitchens, open family rooms, media rooms and spacious game rooms with Juliette balconies. These designs lend themselves to open-concept living, perfect for elegant entertaining and relaxing.

From gourmet kitchens with charming hearth rooms to exquisite, covered patios, The Keystone Collection features architecturally rich designs and unique living spaces that are sure to impress. These homes offer up to five bedrooms with game and media rooms, gourmet kitchens with hearth rooms, formal dining areas, expansive family rooms and gorgeous patios.

Discover a Quaint Outdoor Paradise

At Lakewood, the beauty of the outdoors takes center stage. From lush parks and green space to serene water features and streams, the community artfully blends nature and modern conveniences, creating a private and peaceful retreat.

Designed to connect neighbors through community activities and the outdoors, Lakewood has planned an impressive collection of amenities for its residents, including a clubhouse, resort-style pool, fitness center, public park, practice fields and miles of trails that connect to the Town of Prosper’s master trail system.

Enjoy Small-Town Living in Prosper

Lakewood is located between Coit and Custer, just north of Highway 380, providing convenient access to the Dallas North Tollway and Central Expressway, as well as world-class shopping, dining and entertainment.

Known as “A Place Where Everyone Matters,” Prosper is a community-driven town that’s dedicated to maintaining a small-town atmosphere and authentic lifestyle.

Whether you’re looking for a serene, outdoor living experience or convenient access to a variety of upscale amenities, Darling Homes at Lakewood provides homebuyers with both privacy and connectivity, where adventure and relaxation are a part of everyday life.

Darling Homes is set to debut its new homes at Lakewood in summer 2017.

Be among the first to learn about community updates, pricing, home design releases and more by signing up for our VIP list today.

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Spring Savings Bloom with Darling Homes DFW

Looking to refresh your lifestyle with a new home in Dallas? Now’s the perfect time as spring savings bloom with move-in ready and to-be-built homes with Darling Homes DFW!

To celebrate the season, Dallas-area homebuyers who purchase a to-be-built Darling home between now and August 31, 2017 can receive a new outdoor fireplace*. Buyers can also receive up to 1.25 percent of the total purchase price in closing costs** with the purchase of a new Darling home.

Whether you’re searching for charm and beauty in McKinney, Old World-inspired elegance in Frisco, or an expansive lakeside estate in The Colony, discover The Art of Living with one of these thoughtfully planned designs by Darling Homes.

Explore Charm and Beauty in McKinney

Behind the gates of Willowcreek at Auburn Hills, explore charm and beauty with Darling Homes in McKinney, ranked #1 in Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live” in 2014.

With 55-, 60- and 70-foot home sites available, Darling Homes provides three signature collections with a mix of one- and two-story designs, flexible floor plans, upgraded amenities, gourmet kitchens with breakfast nooks, large, open family rooms and exquisite master suites. Luxurious outdoor living spaces, including beautiful porches and expansive patios, are standard features in these homes and ideal for warm weather dining, entertaining and relaxing.

Willowcreek offers private amenities for its residents, including:

  • Private amenity center
  • Nature trails
  • Shade arbors
  • Junior Olympic lap pool
  • Outdoor grill area with social lawn

 

Residents will also have access to the master-plan neighborhood amenities, which include:

  • Resort-style pool and splash pad
  • Playground
  • Sports court
  • Nature trails
  • Pavilion and shade arbors

 

Quaint, antique shops, farm-to-table eateries, art galleries, pristine parks and gorgeous, green landscapes bring a sense of character to McKinney. While conveniently located just north of Hwy 380 near US-75, major employment hubs and a scenic downtown area, Willowcreek at Auburn Hills still maintains a charming, small-town atmosphere that residents will appreciate.

Escape to Old World Elegance in Frisco

In Frisco, escape to Old World elegance with Bridge View at Chapel Creek.

Set against an enchanting backdrop of rolling hills, creeks, shade-filled native trees, European parks and Old World-inspired architecture, Darling Homes provides homebuyers with innovative floor plans that blend European-inspired design and rustic details.

As the only homebuilder in the Bridge View section of Chapel Creek, Darling Homes offers just 50 home sites with designs that range from approximately 3,900 square feet to 4,500 square feet and feature grand entries, gourmet kitchens, expansive family rooms, hearth rooms, first floor media rooms, guest casitas, courtyards and exceptional outdoor living spaces.

Nestled between Preston Road and the Dallas North Tollway, Chapel Creek’s highly desirable location provides convenient access to the area’s dynamic business community, as well as major thoroughfares leading to DFW International Airport, Love Field and Downtown Dallas. Chapel Creek is also near first-class schools within the acclaimed Frisco ISD, as well as excellent dining, shopping and entertainment.

Experience Lakeside Living in The Colony

Ranked as one of the “Safest Cities in Texas” by Safewise, The Colony is home to the dynamic golf and resort community, The Tribute.

Situated in a highly desirable location near the Dallas North Tollway and State Hwy 121, the well-established development spans more than 1,600 acres along the shores of Lake Lewisville, providing homebuyers with a premier location and world-class amenities.

From classic, Tudor retreats to refined, Mediterranean-inspired designs, Darling Homes brings an eclectic mix of home styles in two villages at The Tribute, including 81 homes in Somerset and 52 in Tullamore Meadows.

Ranging from approximately 1,900 square feet to 4,000 square feet, the homebuilder offers its traditional, single-family collection in both neighborhoods, which features generous, open-concept floor plans, large family rooms with high ceilings, gourmet kitchens with hearth rooms, relaxing master suites and beautiful covered patios.

Suited for young professionals, growing households, executives and retirees, The Tribute seamlessly blends activity and relaxation due to its peaceful, natural surroundings and modern, resort-style amenities, which include:

  • Panoramic views of nature’s beauty
  • Hundreds of acres of accessible, open green space
  • Resort-style pool and spray park
  • Nature trails and pocket parks
  • Two golf courses, including the award-winning Old American Golf Club and The Tribute Golf Club
  • Access to lake activities, including kayaking, fishing, boating, water-skiing and jet-skiing

 

Visit these beautiful, new model homes by Darling Homes and explore the incredible opportunities at Willowcreek at Auburn Hills in McKinney, Bridge View at Chapel Creek in Frisco and The Tribute in The Colony.

To learn more about the unique Darling Experience, visit www.darlinghomes.com.

*Limited time Outdoor Fireplace offer valid on new cash or financed To-be-built home contracts only entered into as of 4/1/17 to 8/31/17 (“Outdoor Fireplace Promotion Period”) in Darling Homes’ Dallas-area communities only. Value of Outdoor Fireplace option will vary by plan and availability with an ARV ranging from $3,000-$7,000. For plans that do not include an outdoor fireplace option or if buyer so chooses, and only if so elected as of the Purchase Agreement Date, Buyer will alternatively receive a $5,000 credit to be used towards Design Gallery options and applied at closing. Any unused portion of this Design Gallery Incentive may not be used towards a reduction in the Purchase Price or for structural options and will be forfeited by buyer without substitution. Offer not valid outside of the Promotion Period, outside of Darling Homes’ Dallas-area communities or for inventory/model homes. For financed buyers, all lender restrictions apply. Outdoors Fireplace offer is unrelated to and separate from the Closing CostIncentive. **Limited time 1.25% of total purchase price in closing costs (“Closing Cost Incentive”) remains subject to change without notice and is only valid for qualified buyers utilizing Seller’s affiliate, Taylor Morrison HomeFunding, LLC NMLS #149227, TX: # 149227 (“Approved Lender”). Offer currently valid on all new home contracts at Darling Homes’ Dallas-Area communities only. On the Closing Date, when Buyer has financed Buyer’s purchase of the Home through only the Approved Lender and the Title Company was selected only through Seller, Seller shall pay up to 1.25% of the Total Purchase Price (as reflected on the Closing Disclosure) toward total closing costs only (includes FHA/VA Unallowables; any unused amount is forfeited). Total Seller’s contribution not to exceed maximum allowable closing costs per LTV/lender guidelines. Buyer is not required to finance through Approved Lender to purchase a home; however, buyer must use Approved Lender and Title Company selected only through Seller, to receive the above-described current financing offer. Services not available in all states. Rates, terms and conditions offered by Approved Lender are subject to change without notice. All loans are subject to underwriting and loan qualification of the lender. This is not a commitment to lend and not all buyers will qualify. For more information about Approved Lender, its licensing and other financing information, please visit http://www.darlinghomes.com/aba. Offer void where prohibited or otherwise restricted by law. All incentives, pricing, availability and plans subject to change or delay without notice. Additional restrictions may apply. Subject to Lender restrictions, limited time Outdoor Fireplace offer and current financing offer but may be combined with each other where applicable, but neither is valid with any other advertised promotions, incentives and/or offers and no substitutions permitted, except as expressly set forth in the Purchase Agreement. Please see a Darling Homes Community Sales Manager for details and visit www.darlinghomes.com for additional disclaimers. © April 2017, Darling Homes of Texas, LLC. All rights reserved.

Community

Discover Fresh Cravings at Local Farmers Markets

Spring has officially sprung and so have the farmers markets throughout Dallas and Fort Worth.

Full of friendly faces and only the freshest fruits and vegetables, these seasonal events are a popular, social activity worldwide. Not only do they encourage nutritious eating and healthy living, but they also fuel a strong sense of community.

The opportunities to buy and taste locally-grown goods are bountiful in the Dallas area. Choose from an abundance of nutrient-packed produce, such as berries, peaches and tomatoes or select your favorite flowers and herbs for an arrangement that will bring both refreshing color and fragrance into your home.

Our team has gathered a few must-see markets this spring, providing the perfect opportunity to mix and mingle with friends and neighbors in Frisco, see a live demonstration in McKinney or shop and dine at a bustling scene near Downtown Dallas.

Flavor in Frisco

From salmon to sweet, summer squash, the Frisco Farmers Market offers true variety every Saturday morning. Feast your eyes on the colorful display of fruits and vegetables as the spectacular selection and inviting atmosphere is sure to please.

Ideally located just four miles from Newman Village, this Frisco staple invites you to browse and indulge in delicious, seasonal offerings, which include juicy melons, peaches, tomatoes, corn on the cob, baked breads, meats, honey and pasture-fed beef, pork, lamb, eggs and more.

Founded by the Frisco Noon Lions Club and managed by the Rotary Club of Frisco, the market is dedicated to improving the quality and variety of produce available in Frisco.

This year, beginning on Sunday, May 7, the market will be open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until sold out.

Location: 8821 4th St, Frisco, TX 75034

Contact: (972) 885-9419

Website: www.friscorotaryfarmersmarket.com

Fun in McKinney

Ranked as one of the top markets in Texas, McKinney Farmers Market at Chestnut Square has called Dallas home for nearly a decade.

Located just two miles south of the historic Downtown McKinney Square, Chestnut Square allows residents to step back in time to relive the bygone years of Collin County’s history and heritage.

In addition to providing the classics like grass-fed beef, free-range chicken and produce, this McKinney market is a fun destination for all ages. Every Saturday, you’ll find arts and crafts, live music, face painting and pony rides, as well as special live demonstrations from artisans, potters and painters.

The 2017 McKinney Farmers Market summer season will begin on Saturday, April 1, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: 315 S. Chestnut Street, McKinney, TX 75069

Contact: (972) 562-8790

Website: www.chestnutsquare.org/farmers-market

Healthy Living in Dallas

Since 1941, the Dallas Farmers Market has grown into a bustling food and shopping center that’s bursting with life and excitement every day of the week. With farm-fresh fare, restaurants, vendor booths and events, it’s easy to spend an entire day at this lively destination.

What makes this one different? Plenty!

Featuring more than 20 businesses, from a Neapolitan Pizza Truck and Caribbean-inspired restaurant to a bakery that specializes in French macarons, The Market Shops is a diverse hub for all things local and unique.

The expansive 26,000 square foot establishment is open seven days a week and contains four anchor restaurants, a mix of specialty foods, artisans and plenty of open seating for relaxing or enjoying a bite to eat.

While you’re there, peruse the cut-to-order cheeses, wine, beer and coffee joints, antique gifts, furniture, home decor and general store, which provides everything for farm-to-table meals and more.

Those solely interested in shopping will appreciate the high-quality display at The Shed, which offers market-goers a chance to peruse local goods that are grown, raised or made in the area. The open-air pavilion is an ideal place for farmers, ranchers and eclectic artisans to showcase their seasonal produce, naturally raised meats, cheese, eggs and honey, as well as breads and canned foods. The Shed also provides arts and crafts throughout the year.

Created to improve sustainable living throughout North Texas and educate the public about the benefits of homegrown ingredients, the Dallas Farmers Market designed a garden that encourages people to learn about agricultural practices.

In collaboration with the American Heart Association as well as several other partners, the garden, known as Mama Ida’s Teaching Garden, not only provides educational programs for every age, but it’s also used to help support the homeless by giving donations after each harvest through Family Gateway.

Dedicated to connecting people throughout DFW, providing nutritious and delicious foods and educating the community about a healthy and balanced lifestyle, this must-see attraction continues to thrive and help create a more sustainable lifestyle in North Texas.

The Market Shops are open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., however some vendors are open additional hours.

Visit https://dallasfarmersmarket.org/the-market/ for a directory of the shops and their hours.

The Shed is open on weekends, including Fridays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: 920 S. Harwood, Dallas, TX 75201

Contact: (214) 664-9110

Website: www.dallasfarmersmarket.org

Take advantage of warmer weather and longer days by experiencing all that these unique and flavorful markets have to offer.

Design

5 Tips for Outdoor Entertaining This Spring with Darling Homes Houston

Planning a patio party or backyard soiree? Get our five top tips for outdoor entertaining this spring with Darling Homes Houston.

Set the Tone for Warm Weather Living

First impressions matter, so set the tone for warm weather living from the very beginning.

Whether it’s an open-air courtyard or traditional front porch, create the right ambiance with a well-manicured landscape, potted plants of various sizes or a freshly seeded garden to achieve a naturally beautiful space that’s an expression of the season.

Choose from an assortment of spring’s signature flowers, like pansies, peonies, yellow trilliums, lilacs, tulips and hydrangeas for a bright and bold look that bursts with color.

For a clean, blissful palette, we recommend spring greens and white blooms, such as lilies, petunias, daisies, daffodils and magnolias coupled with fresh-cut grass, miniature palm trees or agave plants.

At Riverstone in Sugar Land, Darling Homes’ Luxury Patio home boasts an extended loggia entryway that opens to an expansive courtyard. Complete with vibrant greenery, detailed brick and stone arches and a wonderful lounge area, the Mediterranean-inspired home design is an ideal spring sanctuary guests will marvel over from the moment they step inside.

Create a Space That’s Multifunctional

Make the transition from indoor entertaining to the outdoors effortless by creating a space that’s multifunctional.

Whether you’re hosting an afternoon barbecue or evening drinks and h’orderves, having a place for guests to gather, relax, play and mingle is a must-have when entertaining.

Station a fully-equipped kitchen with a barbecue, counter space and storage under a canopy or veranda. This provides you with designated room for meal prep and cooking while still being a part of the fun that’s taking place outside.

Accommodate friends and loved ones with plenty of seating near a fireplace or fire pit, which will encourage guests to unwind and linger awhile longer.

At Grand Central Park in Conroe, Darling Homes’ model home is encompassed by heavily wooded landscapes and rich, natural surroundings that turn this patio into a dreamy getaway. Not only will you enjoy a picturesque backdrop, but also a sense of privacy. It’s the perfect atmosphere for yard games, laid-back get-togethers and elegant parties.

Add a Pop of Color

Bring your patio to life with a pop of color by choosing a theme that’s all your own.

Those who enjoy bold, vivid hues for an energetic feel can incorporate throw pillows and furnishings of spring’s go-to shades, such as sunshine yellow, apple green, turquoise and tomato red.

Powder blue, pastel pink and dusted yellow creates an enchanting combination for those seeking a more sophisticated atmosphere.

For the final touch, add a fresh flower bouquet or floating peonies and gardenias set atop a side table or as a centerpiece to bring texture and depth for a visually appealing display.

Captivate Guests with Great Lighting

For cool, breezy evenings, captivate guests with great lighting.

A glowing fireplace and flameless candles will give your outdoors a European-inspired feel perfect for intimate entertaining with close friends and loved ones.

Those hosting a soiree with many to please can’t go wrong with bold outdoor wall decor and stringed lights draped around columns or above a gazebo.

Darling Homes’ award-winning, outdoor living space at The Woodlands, Coronet Ridge is ideal for year-round enjoyment, complete with dramatic arches, fabulous seating and a covered pavilion for additional shade and privacy.

The impressive structure is as an architectural focal point of the home, blending an alluring color palette with unique brick textures. Pair that with great lighting and bold colors and you’ve created the ultimate location for a seasonal gathering.

Don’t Forget to Enjoy Yourself!

Once you’ve created the perfect spring oasis, don’t forget to relax and enjoy yourself.

Organize appetizers and main course dishes for buffet-style dining and assemble a mobile drink station or bar cart, which will not only alleviate you from the task of serving, but will ensure guests feel comfortable helping themselves to food and drinks.

Finally, press play on your favorite music and enjoy! 

At Cross Creek Ranch in Fulshear, Darling Homes created an outdoor oasis that’s designed to feel resort style. With a sweeping wall of glass doors set behind a series of stucco columns, this expansive courtyard truly brings the indoors out.

Clean architectural lines and modern details bring a sense of refinement, while the glowing fireplace, designated sitting areas and conversational corners reflect a welcoming and relaxed environment.

One step into this private escape and you’ll feel like you’ve entered into your own staycation paradise.

Like what you see? Visit www.darlinghomes.com to see more outdoor living areas, ideal for spring entertaining!

Community

Luxury Meets Prairie-Style Living with Darling Homes at Elyson

Tucked away among sparkling lakes, grassy meadows and beautifully manicured, tree-lined boulevards, discover a lifestyle where luxury meets prairie-style living with Darling Homes at Elyson in Katy.

Built with a seamless blend of refined architecture and elegant outdoor living in mind, Darling Homes offers its most prominent collection of 70-foot home designs that beautifully complement the community’s vision of peaceful living and outdoor adventure.

Where Natural Beauty and Modern Luxuries Meet

The 3,600-acre community is thoughtfully designed around charming, frontier-inspired living due to its idyllic surroundings of Katy Prairie wildflower fields.

To enhance the beauty of its landscapes and connect residents with the outdoors, Elyson has planned an impressive array of modern amenities that harmonize with its natural environment.

Explore the miles of hike-and-bike trails that intertwine throughout the community, connecting homes to pocket parks, playscapes, water features and scenic views of lush green space.

Those looking to mix and mingle with neighbors will enjoy the full calendar of exciting community events offered year-round, from popcorn and movie nights hosted on the event lawn to meet-and-greets with Santa Claus during the holidays.

You’ll have access to Elyson’s social hub, Rorick House, which offers a full-service cafe that features gourmet dishes, smoothies, coffee drinks and more. Rorick House also provides a state-of-the-art fitness center, game room and resort-style pool.

Explore Elevated Living

With just 20 Darling Homes homesites and limited lakeside properties available, now’s the perfect time to explore the elevated lifestyle that awaits.

Timeless exteriors, authentic architectural details and superior finishes are a few distinct elements that make a Darling Homes design unique. The homebuilder offers unfolding floor plans and dramatically open interiors, ideal for both entertaining guests or to simply unwind. Homes also feature expansive family rooms that connect to the gourmet kitchens and breakfast nooks, luxurious master suites, private guest suites and exquisite patios with custom fireplaces and outdoor kitchens.

Ranging from approximately 3,000 square feet to 4,000 square feet, homes offer personalized design opportunities to ensure each homebuyer experiences their one-of-a-kind dream home. Homes at Elyson are priced from the $440,000s.

Live Near the Center of it All

Elyson is located along the Grand Parkway between I-10 and US 290, providing convenient access from Sugar Land to The Woodlands, as well as an easy commute to the Energy Corridor, Exxon Mobil Campus and George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Residents are also just a short distance from excellent shopping, dining, entertainment and highly-acclaimed schools within Katy ISD.

Ready to make the Darling Homes move? Explore our new homes at Elyson in Katy today!

For more information about Darling Homes, LIKE our Facebook page and visit www.darlinghomes.com.

Community

Live Lakeside with Darling Homes DFW at The Tribute

Along the shores of Lake Lewisville, spanning more than 1,600 acres, discover a North Texas community that’s grown to be the premier golf and resort development in The Colony.

This spring you’ll have the opportunity to live lakeside with Darling Homes DFW at The Tribute.

The master-planned community brings one-of-a-kind lakefront living to a new level in a premier location with world-class amenities and Darling Homes’ eclectic mix of home styles.

Experience Lakeside Living

Located on a secluded Lake Lewisville peninsula, The Tribute provides a modern, resort-style living experience while also cultivating a relaxing and peaceful ambiance with the community’s natural features and lush landscapes.

Boasting panoramic views of extensive green space, world-class amenities and exciting outdoor activities, the well-established development provides residents of all ages something they’re sure to enjoy.

Adults and children alike will be delighted by the resort-style pool and spray park complete with lounge chairs for relaxing and sunbathing. Those seeking adventure and outdoor fun can explore the neighborhood’s scenic hike-and-bike trails, playgrounds, pocket parks and beautifully landscaped canals. Lakeside activities are endless when it comes to The Tribute as the community offers access to an array of outdoor recreation, including kayaking, fishing, boating, water-skiing and jet-skiing.

Love to golf? You’ll have access to 36 holes of golf at the award-winning Old American Golf Club and The Tribute Golf Club. These courses are rich with history and offer incredible course cohesiveness for both experienced and casual golfers.

French, Tudor and Mediterranean-style Homes Await

This spring, Darling Homes will unveil new homes within two villages at The Tribute, including 81 home opportunities in Somerset and 52 in Tullamore Meadows. Homes in Somerset will be The Tribute’s first alley-served product.

The homebuilder will offer its traditional, single-family collection in both neighborhoods which features a refined mix of French, Tudor and Mediterranean-style homes, bringing a distinct look and feel to the community streetscapes.

Exuding elegance and grace, these home designs offer generous, open-concept floor plans that seamlessly flow room to room, large family rooms with high ceilings, gourmet kitchens with expansive islands and hearth rooms, relaxing master suites and beautiful covered patios. Homes range from approximately 1,900 square feet to 4,000 square feet with a series of flexible floor plan options, ideal for young professionals, growing households and retirees.

Discover One of the “Safest Cities in Texas”

Ideally situated in The Colony, ranked as one of the “Safest Cities in Texas” by Safewise, The Tribute provides a smooth commute to popular businesses, employment centers, DFW Airport and fantastic shopping, dining and entertainment. All this is easily accessible due to its prime location near the Dallas North Tollway and State Hwy 121.

Additionally, children will have the opportunity to attend excellent schools within Little Elm ISD, which includes the prestigious, on-site Prestwick STEM Academy.

Like what you see? Visit Darling Homes at The Tribute this spring and discover what exceptional, lakeside living is like!

For more information about Darling Homes, LIKE the Darling Homes DFW Facebook page and visit www.darlinghomes.com.

Team Member Spotlight

Darling Homes Team Member Spotlight Alan Snead

From a waiter and bartender in the Houston-area to developing the contemporary, American restaurant, Black Walnut Cafe, at The Woodlands, it was clear Alan Snead’s exceptional customer service was ideal for a successful career in the restaurant industry. Twenty-five years later, his career acumen got him noticed by a whole new field.

The Woodlands was in the beginning stages of development when Snead was asked to assist in catering an event for 1,500 guests as they toured new communities and model homes. Snead catered the event himself, serving a gourmet cake in one of the model homes.

“I took the cakes, set them up and was ready to go,” Snead said. “What I didn’t know was that I was going to have 1,500 people asking me for the square footage of the house, the price per square foot and the incentives. I didn’t have a clue what they were talking about.”

His ability to deliver excellent customer service translated naturally into a polished sales performance at The Woodlands model home that day.

“To me, there was no option but to provide the best customer service for our guests,” Snead said. “I felt that no matter my role, my purpose was to make sure each guest enjoyed the tour. For that, I needed to be prepared with the answers they were seeking. Ultimately, I found it an interesting and rewarding experience.”

What started as a day catering gourmet cakes ended with Snead submitting his resume to the Darling Homes sales team. Since then, Snead has become a phenomenal Community Sales Manager for Darling Homes.

“For me, it’s the ideal place to be,” Snead said. “Darling Homes really empowers us to run the business like it’s our own, and I’m really thankful for them allowing me to do that.”

Snead brought his passion, strong work ethic and innate customer service ability to Darling Homes, which has in turn shown him the importance of building lasting relationships.

“I went from the restaurant industry, which is a short-term transaction with an almost immediate positive experience with the customer to a much longer sales experience,” Snead said. “At Darling Homes, I quickly learned that relationships are ten times more important.”

For years, Snead has provided the highest level of quality and value for his customers. To him, it’s important to find your passion and set a plan for yourself that’s going to make you most successful.

“I’m one of those people who walks in the door everyday and makes a list,” Snead said. “I know what I’m going to do the first hour and the last, and I stick with it. It’s very motivating for me to see the process of setting goals, achieving those goals and exceeding them.”

Still, Snead’s true passion and enjoyment comes from the relationships he builds with his clients.

“To this day I still get a Christmas card from the woman I sold my first home to,” Snead said.

His balance of knowledge, passion and genuine interest in each client is shown through the lasting relationships he’s built.

“The first thing you have to do is build that relationship based on trust. That trust is the foundation for a lasting relationship,” Snead said. “The rewards, both personal and professional, are almost unbelievable.”

Snead has proven himself to be an incredible salesman. Since joining the team nearly 13 years ago, Snead has completed more than $150 million in home sales with more than 350 home sold.

Snead feels he’s found an ideal fit with Darling Homes.

“One of the things that was key for me was to find a company with the best opportunities for me to be successful,” Snead said. “Darling Homes allows me to do that, and I couldn’t be happier.”

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Discover the Art of Construction with Darling Homes Houston

With a commitment to building one-of-a-kind homes designed with luxury, comfort and quality in mind, Darling Homes invites you to discover the Art of Construction, a collection of innovative building methods to ensure a better and more luxurious living experience for every homebuyer.

For more than 30 years, Darling Homes has focused on creating distinctive home designs built within exceptional communities that, together, deliver a unique lifestyle. These components coupled with eco-friendly building technologies and superior craftsmanship are what create the Darling Difference.

Darling Homes is built to the industry-leading standards of the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET). RESNET is a national standards-making organization that is recognized for building energy efficiency rating and certification systems by the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. mortgage industry.

One of the energy efficient techniques is the Home Energy Rating System (HERS). Homes built to the specifications of this system (based on the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code) score a HERS Index of 100, which is a significant difference in comparison to older homes which score an average HERS Index of 130. The average score for new Darling Homes range between 60 and 70.

In addition to the RESNET Energy Smart program, Darling Homes implements other innovative building methods that work hand-in-hand with RESNET standards to create a quality and comfortable experience in both the home and environment.

Whether it’s the high utility bills during the hot, summer months or the energy-consuming appliances that are used on a daily basis, the average U.S. household spends approximately $5,550 per year on energy, according to the Alliance to Save Energy. However, homebuyers have the ability to reduce these costs by utilizing energy-efficient products, resources and appliances.

Here are the ways Darling Homes reduces environmental impact and energy consumption through energy and resource efficiency, enhanced water conservation, durability and moisture management and better air quality.

For energy and resource efficiency:

  • Low-E double paned windows, which reduce outdoor noise and help control the outside temperature inside of your home
  • Engineered foundation and frame to optimize material usage
  • 16 SEER performance HVAC system designed to fit your particular home
  • Programmable thermostat to control the temperature and comfort of your home more efficiently
  • Energy-efficient gas cooking appliances and gas water heater
  • LED lighting, which reduces energy costs

 

For enhanced water conservation:

  • Water-conserving shower heads, faucets and ENERGY STAR® dishwasher
  • Drought tolerant landscaping and indigenous plants to enhance longevity and reduce maintenance
  • Installed irrigation system that’s zoned and equipped with rain sensor shut-off

 

For durability and moisture management:

  • Tightly sealed homes to protect and minimize maintenance associated with severe weather conditions and humidity
  • Thermal Envelope, which is an inspection of 35 areas in the home to ensure no leaks before the home is sheetrocked
  • Insulation and air sealant are properly installed to prevent air leakage for more efficient air conditioning
  • Covered exterior doors to reduce exposure to sun, rain and other elements
  • Duct systems designed per Air Conditioning Contractors of America and tested for leakage on every home
  • Proper flashing installed at all areas of the home
  • Radiant barrier roof decking reduces heat absorption and improves HVAC efficiency
  • Electrical conduit prevents pinching in the electrical conduit line
  • Drywall corners reduce settlement cracks
  • California corners allow insulation at interior corners

 

For better air quality:

  • Proper ventilation optimizes clean indoor air for you to breathe and reduces moisture and humidity within the home
  • Increased comfort with even temperatures and airflow
  • Return air in all bedrooms aid in balanced room pressure, temperature control and air exchange
  • Kitchen and bath ventilation are run to the outside

 

These building methods and environmentally-friendly products and procedures showcase Darling Homes’ commitment to helping provide not only a safe and healthy environment, but the ideal living experience for its homebuyers.

For more information about Darling Homes, visit www.darlinghomes.com.