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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.”

Lifestyle

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.

Community

Find Yourself at Home in Willowcreek at Auburn Hills

Are you searching for a relaxed lifestyle while also being just minutes from world-class dining, shopping and entertainment venues? Find yourself at home in Willowcreek at Auburn Hills in McKinney.

Returning to its roots in McKinney with three new home collections, Darling Homes in Willowcreek at Auburn Hills will build architecturally authentic home designs that provide the utmost in luxury and livability.

Experience the Charm of McKinney

The debut of Darling Homes in Willowcreek at Auburn Hills marks a special opportunity for Dallas homebuyers as the city of McKinney is the site of Darling Homes’ first community more than 25 years ago.

McKinney boasts unique character and charm with quaint, antique shops and charming eateries to pristine parks and green space. It’s the perfect blend of city-life and Southern charm.

Ranked #1 in Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live” in 2014, McKinney is home to a dynamic mix of art galleries, boutique shops and farm-to-table restaurants, as well as outstanding educational facilities, a flourishing business environment and a historic downtown.

With the city’s friendly, safe and quaint atmosphere coupled with picturesque scenery, McKinney continues to be a destination for those seeking a true sense of community.

Discover Your Dream Home

Slated to debut in spring 2017, Darling Homes will unveil new homes on 154 home sites in the private, gated neighborhood of Willowcreek at Auburn Hills.

With 55-, 60- and 70-foot home sites available, Darling Homes’ 55-foot patio series will mark the first opportunity in more than a decade for the builder to provide its signature collection in McKinney.

Homebuyers who prefer intimate floor plans and open-concept living will adore Darling Homes’ patio designs. Punctuated by expansive porches and patios, this collection offers one- and two-story designs with large, gourmet kitchens, spacious family rooms and living areas for entertaining and private master suites.

Darling Homes’ 60- and 70-foot designs bring a level of luxury and sophistication to the community. Homes feature high-end amenities, floor plan flexibility, gourmet kitchens with charming breakfast nooks, beautiful, open family rooms and oversized outdoor living spaces.

With homes ranging from approximately 1,900 square feet to 4,500 square feet, Darling Homes provides homebuyers with a range of plans and personalized design opportunities to ensure each buyer finds the dream home they deserve.

Experience One-of-a-Kind Living

Willowcreek at Auburn Hills is situated just north of Hwy 380 with convenient access to US-75, major employment hubs and a scenic downtown area. Across the street from the community is Gray Branch Community Park, a planned 100-acre park that will offer an indoor and outdoor recreation facility with an active sports field, amphitheater, a pond and extensive hike and bike paths.

Behind the gates of Willowcreek, residents will have access to a planned collection of private amenities, which include a private amenity center, pavilion, shade arbors, a junior Olympic lap pool, and an outdoor grill area with a social lawn. Homebuyers in Willowcreek will also have access to the master-planned neighborhood amenities, which include a resort style pool, pavilion, playground, shade arbors, a sport court, hike-and-bike trails and nature paths.

Ready to make the move? See what makes Darling Homes in Willowcreek at Auburn Hills different by visiting us this spring in McKinney!

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

Design

Darling Homes Brings Southern Charm to Houston with All-New Exteriors

Delivering a classic touch in new home architecture that harkens to the late-nineteenth century, Darling Homes brings Southern charm to Houston with all-new exteriors.

Painted brick exteriors are unique to new home construction. Until recently, painted brick lent its sophisticated look to prestigious and historic areas of Texas, including Houston Heights and River Oaks in Houston and Highland Park in Dallas.

Exuding grace and elegance, this all-new exterior brings an added level of value and appeal to not only the home, but the community’s streetscape.

“We love the idea of our buyers being able to choose the painted look for their homes,” said Lee Crowder, Darling Homes design gallery and model branding manager. “It not only creates a special and unique look for them, but it makes our Darling streetscape even more beautiful.”

In addition to the stylistic element these exteriors bring, painted brick allows homebuyers to mask color inconsistencies on their home due to the natural hues and variations of brick.

“For those seeking a monochromic appeal that is sleek and simple, this look is ideal,” Crowder said. “It also allows ours buyers to have a very light color palette, which is popular these days and not easy to replicate with a face brick. I love the ability to use a lighter paint color on the brick that’s contrasted with a deep shutter color to create a beautiful, balanced look.”

Darling Homes will offer painted brick for its traditional elevations with opportunities to choose from a collection of Traditional, American Classic and Southern color palettes.

To see Darling Homes’ painted brick exterior in action, visit the all-new model home at Stillwater in Conroe. Darling Homes’ luxury collection at Stillwater is the ideal complement to painted brick with home designs reminiscent of architecture seen in South Carolina and Georgia.

From the gabled and hip rooftops to the inviting front porches, these homes boast period-specific details and Lowcountry designs, creating the picturesque vision of Southern-style living.

The series at Stillwater includes four floor plan options that range from approximately 4,200 square feet to 5,300 square feet. Homes feature unfolding floor plans with up to five bedrooms and bathrooms, a home office, formal dining room, downstairs media room, hearth room, gourmet kitchen that connects to the breakfast room and opens to the family room, relaxing master bedroom suite and private interior courtyard.

“Painted brick allows us to differentiate certain architectural styles and create a more unique streetscape,” Crowder said. “We weren’t sure how our buyers would react to the new style, but we quickly found they love this way of making their home look unique and historically appropriate.”

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

Community

Discover a Piece of Texas History with Darling Homes at Phillips Creek Ranch

In the midst of the highly sought-after community of West Frisco, discover a piece of Texas history with Darling Homes at Phillips Creek Ranch.

Formerly known as the world famous Phillips Ranch, the master-planned community has since grown into Frisco’s newest and largest award-winning neighborhood that’s tailored to fit all styles of living, from working professionals and growing families to fun-loving retirees.

Spanning more than 950 acres, Phillips Creek Ranch is thoughtfully designed for a live-work-play lifestyle, where residents are immersed in a community that’s rich in history and offers access to world-class amenities, exquisite homes and a prime location.

A Home for Every Phase of Life

Elegance, style and luxurious livability epitomize Darling Homes at Phillips Creek Ranch. Located in the Silvertail section of the community, Darling Homes offers a unique collection of 55-foot, architecturally rich designs.

From extended foyers with vaulted ceilings to detailed crown mouldings, each home is beautifully crafted. The homebuilder’s flexible home designs are an ideal fit for every phase of life, providing up to five bedrooms, secluded master suites, formal dining rooms, gourmet kitchens and open-concept living areas ideal for both entertaining guests or to simply unwind with loved ones.

The one- and two-story floor plans range from approximately 2,000 to 3,500 square feet and feature studies, media rooms, covered porches and patios, as well as options for an outdoor fireplace, wet bar, game room and more.

Built with comfort and convenience in mind, Darling Homes at Phillips Creek Ranch lends itself to a peaceful escape from the bustling city.

Experience Fun and Adventure at Your Doorstep

Surrounded by more than 100 acres of lush green space, Phillips Creek Ranch offers residents stunning, panoramic views, an extensive creek system and world-class amenities to enjoy year round, including:

  • Junior Olympic lap pool
  • Children’s beach entry pool
  • State-of-the-art fitness center
  • Open-air pavilion
  • Community lawn for events, concerts and movies

The community also provides a space for residents to gather known as the Texas Backyard, which includes horseshoe pits, a bocce ball court, sand volleyball court, grills, patio swings and a fire pit.

Among a series of lakes, lush landscapes and tree-lined streetscapes, residents can enjoy the community’s bike-sharing program designed to encourage the use of its vast ,18-mile paved trail system with exceptional views.

Whether you seek fun and adventure on the community’s nature trails or socializing with neighbors during community events, you’ll have access to a variety of activities just steps from your door.

Live on a Piece of Texas History

Phillips Creek Ranch is conveniently situated near the Dallas North Tollway and Highway 121. While the community lies in the heart of the flourishing city, Phillips Creek Ranch provides a sense of relaxation with beautiful views of Lake Lewisville and acres of natural landscapes.

Those looking to call Phillips Creek Ranch home are just minutes from excellent dining, shopping, sports and entertainment. Residents also have access to highly-esteemed elementary, middle and high schools served by the acclaimed Frisco Independent School District.

Before Phillips Creek Ranch became the community it is today, the land was home to the Phillips family. Soon after taking over his family’s ranch, B.F. Phillips, the youngest of three sons, decided to dedicate his efforts to raising quarter horses, where he built an esteemed reputation as a breeder and trainer for quarter horses.

As a result of his hard work, Phillips and his prized stallion, Dash for Cash, were recognized for highly-coveted awards, set two track records and won 21 of 25 starts, finishing in first or second place in all but one of the races he entered.

When the property was established in 1936, whether you lived, worked or played on the land, it was always meant to be shared with people, and this legacy holds true today.

See for yourself what makes this community truly one-of-a-kind.

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

Design

The Year You Discover Luxury with Darling Homes Houston

Ready to find a home that fits the way you want to live? Make 2017 the year you discover luxury with Darling Homes Houston.

With Darling Homes, you have more opportunities to personalize your home design, like selecting your type of flooring, paint color, cabinet style and lighting fixtures or adding an outdoor fireplace and backyard kitchen area.

The homebuilder’s skilled team of architects and design consultants are dedicated to helping you create the home you deserve. When choosing from any of our floor plans and designs, you’ll work with experts to fine tune a home that suits the needs of everyone under your roof.

Now through March 31, 2017, receive half off design options up to $100,000 * when you purchase your new, Houston home with Darling Homes.

Discover the Suite Life at Harvest Green

When it comes to design, Darling Homes at Harvest Green in Richmond offers thoughtfully crafted spaces for maximum livability. Each floor plan features a combination of spacious interiors and distinct exterior elements, like one-of-a-kind stone, metal and millwork details with superior finishes both inside and out.

The award-winning, multi-generational suite in the model home at Harvest Green adds luxury and functionality to this home collection. Designed to simplify the transitions of life, the next-generation suite offers a private entry and living space, kitchenette and en-suite bath, ideal for those seeking a home that caters to all phases of life.

Ranging from approximately 3,100 square feet to 4,000 square feet, the one- and two-story homes also provide up to five bedrooms, formal dining room, gourmet kitchen connected to the family room with a corner fireplace, master bedroom with spacious closet that offers access to the utility room and four-car garages.

Experience Open-Concept Living at Alden Woods

Whether you find yourself relaxing fireside in the family room or indulging in divine hors d’oeuvres in the kitchen, Darling Homes’ unfolding floor plans at Alden Woods in Cypress create exceptional living spaces that are as dramatic as they are functional.

Ranging from approximately 2,600 square feet to 3,800 square feet, the generously sized homes offer connected living areas that seamlessly flow from room to room. Expansive family rooms that open to the gourmet kitchen and dining nook allow you to cook, dine, relax and entertain with ease so you never miss a beat.

Among tree-lined streetscapes and lush landscapes, Darling Homes’ designs also offer finely appointed master suites, large secondary bedrooms, media rooms, game rooms and covered patios, perfect for year-round living.

Darling Details Make All the Difference at Parkway Terrace

At Darling Homes, details matter. From hand-scraped flooring to breathtaking archways, each Darling interior features delightful touches that create an impact and deliver an unmistakably distinct style.

Built specifically for Parkway Terrace, the homebuilder offers a popular collection of one- and two story home designs that feature all the Darling details. Stunning curb appeal, exposed beams and alluring shapes and textures implemented on kitchen backsplashes and along bathroom showers are just a few of the architectural details that set Darling Homes apart.

Homes at Parkway Terrace range from approximately 2,000 square feet to 3,200 square feet and offer flexible floor plans, high-end amenities, master bedroom suites, gourmet kitchens and covered patios, making it an ideal home for those who enjoy intimate entertaining and elevated style.

Like what you see? Make 2017 the year you discover luxury with Darling Homes Houston.

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

*Limited time 50% off Options up to a maximum savings of $50,000 (i.e., must spend at least $100,000 to receive the maximum potential savings) to be applied either towards Buyer-selected Structural or Design Studio Options (collectively, “Options Incentive”). The exact value of Buyer’s actual savings on Option Incentive varies based on the specific options, lot, plan or community selected; complete details available. Offer valid on eligible to-be-built cash or financed new home contracts written as 1/1/17-3/31/17 within a participating Darling Homes (Houston) Community only (“Promotion Period”). Not valid outside of the Promotion Period, for use with an existing executed contract, in any other Darling Homes’ Division or with any other advertised promotions, incentives and/ or offers and no substitutions permitted, except as expressly set forth in the Purchase Agreement. Offer not available on inventory homes that are either under construction or ready for move in. Any unused amount is forfeited and cannot be used for any other reason. Applied incentives will be rounded off to nearest whole dollar. Option Incentive credited at closing and for financed buyers, subject to lender guidelines that are outside of Seller’s control. All community and home information (including, but not limited to prices, views, availability, school assignments and ratings, incentives, floor plans, site plans, features, standards and options, assessments and fees, planned amenities, programs, conceptual artists’ renderings and community development plans) is not guaranteed and remains subject to change or delay without notice. Pricing may not include options, upgrades and lot or elevation premiums. All homes subject to prior sale. Offer is void where prohibited or otherwise restricted by law. Please see a Darling Homes Community Sales Manager for details and visit www.darlinghomes.com for additional disclaimers. © January 2017, Darling Homes of Texas, LLC. All rights reserved.