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Community

Darling Homes Makes a Difference for Local Charities

Each year, Darling Homes sets out to make a difference for local charities. From volunteering at events and contributing monetary donations to dedicating time and resources, the Darling Cares program strives to lend a helping hand to those in need, showing that the homebuilder’s mission of Building Dreams with Pride goes beyond homebuilding.

This year was no different. The Texas homebuilder proudly supported the meaningful work of Dallas-area charitable organizations, including Frisco Family Services, the Boys and Girls Club of Frisco, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas and ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship Center.

Frisco Family Services

For more than 20 years, Frisco Family Services has dedicated time and financial contributions to support struggling families and members of the community who face hunger, homelessness and other urgent needs in the Dallas area.

Toy and food donations, holiday stocking stuffing and participation at fundraising events are just a few of the ways volunteers aim to make a difference for children, teens and adults in the community.

As part of its 2016 Darling Cares initiative, Darling Homes supported the meaningful work of Frisco Family Services with monetary donations to support struggling families.

Through financial donations, families and individuals are provided with the care and everyday essentials they need, including food, child care, utilities, prescription medication, education and more.

For more information, visit www.friscofamilyservices.org.

Boys and Girls Club of Frisco

Created to improve and grow relationships, inspire positive thinking and personal happiness and build confidence in the lives of our youth, the Boys and Girls Club of Frisco has continued to be an important resource for children and teens in need, encouraging them to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible people.

Through after-school programs, summer camps and athletics, the non-profit organization provides countless opportunities for kids to thrive in their daily lives with customized programs that meet the needs of the community and the youth.

Each year Darling Homes supports the organization’s programs and activities. This year, the homebuilder was proud to be a part of the charity’s A Wonderland of Possibilities event at the 2016 Chrysalis Ball, where Darling Homes proudly sponsored a table for the evening. The exciting event brought fun, elegance and charity to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Collin-County.

Visit http://www.bgccc.org/ for more information.

Make-A-Wish of North Texas

Approximately every 37 minutes, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish to a child suffering from a medical condition or severe disease. These children are given the opportunity to be someone, experience something, travel somewhere or meet somebody to bring happiness, energy and strength to their daily battle.

In early 2000, Darling Homes learned about Roxanne Owens, Land Analyst at Darling Homes, and her family’s journey with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas. Roxanne’s daughter, Emmily Blackburn, was diagnosed at age 3 with Moyamoya, a rare and progressive cerebrovascular disorder.

“Emmily wished for a swimming pool,” Owens said. “The foundation granted that wish for her, which started our journey with Make-A-Wish.”

In 2006, Emmily was asked to perform at the annual Make-A-Wish of North Texas Wish Night Gala, so Darling Homes purchased tickets for Owens and her daughter to attend.

Darling Homes has continued to sponsor the family with two tickets to each Wish Night Gala.

The homebuilder’s support and encouragement of the Owens family displays its commitment to team members and their families, as well as its dedication to local charities throughout Dallas and Fort Worth.

Learn more about the family’s incredible journey here: http://bit.ly/2h2MDQE.

ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship Center

Capping a year of charitable efforts in 2016, Darling Homes supported the meaningful work of local, non-profit organization ManeGait during the Ninth Annual Gala at the ‘Gait, where nearly 800 guests, including Darling Homes employees, celebrated the organization’s commitment to the community.

Guests were greeted for the Western-themed event by ManeGait’s therapy riders and horses, as well as members of the Darling family. The gala featured live music, a culinary tasting tour (generously provided by 18 exclusive North Texas restaurants), and both live and silent auctions.

“The Gala is not only a celebration of ManeGait’s positive impact on the community, but it is also the largest fundraising event of the year for the organization. ManeGait could not serve the riders and their families without the generous support from the community,” said Zach Schneider, Land Manager for Darling Homes.

The therapeutic horsemanship center was founded by Darling Homes’ partners Bill and Priscilla Darling, which allows children and adults with disabilities to participate in equestrian exercises and therapeutic activities. With the support of volunteer hours and financial contributions, the organization is able to provide a calm and caring environment for local adults and kids.

“The Darling Homes team was honored to be part of such a wonderful evening,” Schneider said.

For more information, visit www.manegait.org.

For more than 25 years, the homebuilder has made it a mission to not only build one-of-a-kind, luxury homes, but also make a difference in the community because Darling Homes is proud to be a part of these communities and prides itself in being a good neighbor to you.

Community

Darling Homes’ Guide to Holiday Happenings in Dallas

Experience the charm of the season with Darling Homes’ guide to holiday happenings in Dallas!

Discover a winter wonderland, featuring five two-story tall ice slides, in Grapevine or witness Santa Claus himself parachute into Frisco’s Christmas in the Square event.

The team at Darling Homes has gathered five must-see activities to ensure an enchanting holiday season in Dallas.

Enjoy a Holiday Classic at Bass Performance Hall

Toy soldiers, dancing snowflakes, twinkling lights, awe-inspiring performances and a one-of-a-kind nutcracker come together to create the wildly popular holiday classic, The Nutcracker.

For years, the ballet has served as a Christmas tradition worldwide and continues to dazzle its audience every year. This year, enjoy the sights and sounds at Fort Worth’s Bass Performance Hall, now through December 24.

Presented by Texas Ballet Theater, the world-class production will captivate audiences with extraordinary dancing and acting for which The Nutcracker is known for displaying.

With more than a dozen shows scheduled over the next few weeks, Dallas-area residents have plenty of opportunities to see the unforgettable holiday classic.

For dates and tickets, visit http://bit.ly/2h6bYGI.

Experience a Winter Wonderland at ICE!

Adventure to a magical winter wonderland here in Dallas with ICE! featuring Santa Claus is Coming to Town at Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, now through January 1.

Children and adults will marvel at a celebration that’s alive with the sights and sounds of the season as the magic of Christmas comes to life in the Lone Star state.

Walk through the snow-dusted attraction and discover five, two-story tall ice slides illuminated with festive lights, two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures and learn the story of how Santa began giving toys to boys and girls across the world in the retelling of the classic television special “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.”

Although the event is held indoors, dress warm as it’s kept at a chilly nine degrees to ensure a true winter experience. Visit http://bit.ly/2hgVeiJ for ICE! tickets and schedule.

Gaylord Texan Resort is also offering vacation packages and festivities throughout December, including:

  • Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Breakfast
  • The Elf on the Shelf® Scavenger Hunt
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop®
  • Cookies and Milk with Mrs. Claus
  • Photos with Santa

Visit http://bit.ly/2hgUHxp to learn more.

Discover Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway

Share a special night of holiday revelry with loved ones and friends during Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

Available each night through December 30, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., enjoy a Texas-sized light park at the largest speedway in Texas. The one-and-a-half mile display features more than 500 dazzling and festive light displays sure to impress children, teens and adults.

Gift of Lights is an annual, drive thru event created to benefit local charities in North Texas. Tickets are available to purchase online or when you arrive at the gate for $25 per vehicle. Save $5 at the entrance with an unwrapped Toys for Tots donation.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://bit.ly/2h6seak.

Celebrate Christmas in Frisco Square

Delight in the most wonderful time of year in Frisco at Christmas in the Square!

This one-of-a-kind celebration has everything you’re looking to experience this season and more, from horse-drawn carriage rides and an ice skating rink to a special visit from Santa Claus.

Attracting more than 675,000 visitors each year, Christmas in the Square offers the largest choreographed holiday lights and music show in North Texas, featuring more than 175,000 lights, snow machines that create snow flurries throughout The Square, family-fun activities galore and memories you won’t soon forget.

The Special Event Night will take place on Saturday, December 17, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., which includes all the holiday fun in one night:

  • Parachuting Santa
  • Carriage rides
  • Outdoor ice rink
  • Holiday treats
  • Light & music show
  • Snow flurries
  • Trackless train rides
  • Four-lane, inner-tubing snow slide
  • Santa & his workshop
  • Holiday vendors
  • Inflatables
  • Interactive snow play area & more

For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2hh9Sqi as event times, dates and ticket prices vary.

Ring in the New Year at Day 1 Dallas

Celebrating its second year of new year’s fun is Day 1 Dallas, a family fair on New Year’s Day filled with fireworks, food and fun for all ages, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the historic Fair Park.

Both children and adults can enjoy a full day of activity with zip lining, rock climbing, bounce houses, kid-friendly carnival rides, special visits from Star Wars and LEGO characters, circus arts, magic shows, live music, great food and much more.

Admission to the fair is $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 4-12 and free admission for children 3 years and younger. Tickets may be purchased online and includes access to all activities. Food and drinks are available for purchase with all proceeds benefiting homeless children and families served by Vogel Alcove.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://day1dallas.com/.

Live near the fun with Darling Homes! Find your dream home in time for the holidays with Darling Homes’ collection of move-in ready homes located in premier, DFW communities. Whether you’re searching for a charming, villa-style retreat or an expansive, luxury estate, Darling Homes offers a specialized style of living you won’t find just anywhere.

For more information about Darling Homes, contact our Internet Homes Sales Consultant, Melissa, at (469) 252-2255 or visit www.darlinghomes.com.

Community

Explore Final Opportunities in Prestigious Houston Communities

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

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

Let’s take a tour…

Take a Glimpse in North Houston

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tour Northeast Houston

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

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

 

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

See Southwest Houston

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Food

A Roundup of Holiday Recipes by Darling Homes DFW

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

Meet Anita Jantz

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

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

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

Ingredients, 8-10 servings

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

Directions

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

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

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

Finally, garnish with paprika and enjoy!

Meet Brenda DeRemer

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

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

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

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

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

Ingredients

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

Topping Ingredients

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

Directions

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

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

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

Meet Fanny Almanza

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

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

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

Directions

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

Serve with a cinnamon stick and French bread for dipping.

Meet Henry Valenzuela

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ingredients for Buñuelos

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

Directions

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ingredients for Sugar Roasted Pecans

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

Directions

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

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

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

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

Design

A New Houston Home Marks Special Savings on Luxury Design Options

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

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

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

Create Texture with Tile

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

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

Add Personality with Lighting

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

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

Incorporate the 2016 Color of the Year

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

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

Showcase Your Unique Style

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

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

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

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

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

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

Community

Find a Home for the Holidays with Darling Homes DFW

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

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

Live, Work and Play at Craig Ranch

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

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

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

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

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

Own a Piece of Texas History at Fairway Ranch

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

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

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

Discover a New Style of Living at Fairways at Gentle Creek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Home Decor

Dress Your Home for the Holidays with Darling Homes DFW

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

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

A Wreath’s Warm Welcome

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

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

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

A Picturesque Pumpkin Display

Celebrate autumn’s splendor with a picturesque pumpkin display.

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

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

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

An Elegant Embellishment for Fabulous Fall Decor

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

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

An Enchanting Fall Glow

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

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

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

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

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

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Darling Homes’ Guide to Fall Fun in Dallas

Fill your fall season with the best holiday happenings with Darling Homes’ Guide to Fall Fun in Dallas.

The team at Darling Homes has put together eight must-see festivals, events and activities that friends, neighbors and loved ones of all ages are sure to enjoy.

Get out to the State Fair of Texas!

Are you an avid fairgoer? Whether you love the food, family fun or live entertainment, the State Fair of Texas provides something for everyone.

Boasting more than 100 live performances, including 15 headlining acts and 75 bands and musicians, the State Fair of Texas offers a series of performances and musical genres that appeal to all ages. In addition, the fair provides thrilling entertainment and shows, including the Lone Star Stampede, the Lords of Gravity Basketball Slam Dunk show, Wild West Pet Palooza, light shows, acrobatics, pig races and more.

While you’re there, indulge in classic Texas staples like Fletcher’s State Fair Corny Dog, the Barnyard Burger, Crunchy Fried Oinkers and Dallas’ Fried Bacon-Tilla. Craving something sweet? Try the state fair’s Chocolate Tease Wine Cooler.

It’s all a part of the fun at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas, open now through October 23. Visit http://bigtex.com/ for admission prices and more information.

Take a Ride on the Pumpkin Patch Express

Jump on The Texas State Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch Express every Saturday and Sunday during October. The train departs at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and is perfect for kids ages 2 through 12.

Children are encouraged to wear their costumes as they peruse the railroad station’s pumpkin patch, visit the Trick or Treat Street and enjoy hayrides, games, music and more!

For ticket prices, visit https://www.texasstaterr.com/ride/pumpkin-patch-express/.

Discover Halloween Nights at Dallas Zoo

Experience family fun and spooky excitement during Halloween Nights at the Dallas Zoo, beginning Thursday, October 27 through Sunday, October 30, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Children and their families are invited to dress up in Halloween costumes, trick-or-treat throughout the zoo and catch special events and activities, including pirate-themed animal shows, interactive magic shows, a haunted carousel, mini-train rides, face painting, mystery games, bounce houses and much more.

Don’t miss it! Visit http://www.dallaszoo.com/event/halloween-nights-13/ for admission prices and more information.

Find Your Perfect Pumpkin at Tucker Hill’s Pumpkinville

Mark your calendars from Monday, October 17 through Monday, October 31. Dallas-area residents are invited to experience festive, fall fun during the annual Tucker Hill Pumpkinville event in McKinney.

Known as “Your Patch-to-Porch Destination,” visitors can enjoy tractor-pulled hayrides, perusing the patch for the perfect pumpkin, visiting the petting zoo, participating in the Pumpkinville costume contest and much more. This free, family-friendly event offers fun for all ages.

Times may vary, so visit http://www.tuckerhilltx.com/news/pumpkinville-2016—open-oct-17-31 for more information.

Trick-or-Treat at Frisco Fire Safety Town

The Frisco Fire Department invites toddlers to 5th graders to their annual Fall Festival and trick-or-treating event on Friday, October 28, from 6 to 9 p.m.

For one evening, members of the Frisco Fire Safety Town will dress their village in Halloween decorations and pass out treats to kids.

It’s a special evening for families to meet Frisco Firefighters, take photos with the popular “Fire Clowns,” and trick-or-treat with members of the community.

For more information, visit http://www.friscofiresafetytown.com/142/Special-Events.

Explore Autumn at the Arboretum

Autumn at the Arboretum has been named Dallas’ Favorite Fall Tradition and for good reason.

Now through November 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., immerse yourself in fall beauty as you explore the nationally acclaimed, one-acre Pumpkin Village, featuring 90,000 pumpkins and 150,000 fall-blooming plants arranged among gourds, hay, corn stalks and squash.

While you’re there, have some fun in the Haybale Maze and the Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch. Be sure to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in and around the Arboretum’s beautifully manicured gardens.

For ticket prices, visit http://www.dallasarboretum.org/visit/seasonal-festivals-events/autumn-at-the-arboretum.

Lace up for the Dallas Turkey Trot Run

Trot around the town during the 49th Annual Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot on Thursday, November 24, at 9 a.m., at Dallas City Hall.

Dubbed the “Way to Begin Thanksgiving Day” by the running community and thousands of locals, the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot has grown to be the largest Thanksgiving Day event of its kind in the country, offering a 5K or 8-mile course that’s suitable for all ages.

Interested? Learn more about the exciting race by visiting http://www.thetrot.org/.

Celebrate a Holiday Light Show in Plano

As winter festivities near, it’s time to delight in an evening of holiday merriment during one of Collin County’s biggest neighborhood light displays at Deerfield in Plano.

From Dec. 1 to Dec. 30, Dallas-area families and friends will share nights filled with holiday revelry as the residents of Deerfield create a magical scene with their home’s light displays and decorations, from 7 to 11 p.m. each evening.

Deerfield’s holiday light tradition can be viewed by car, horse-drawn carriage or with a segway tour. After you’ve seen them all, you can even vote for your favorite decorated house.

Visit http://www.deerfieldplano.org/Page/616~250326/Holiday-Information for directions and more information.

Want to live near the fun? Darling Homes offers a wide variety of home designs, including a luxurious collection of move-in ready homes available in up and coming new-home communities throughout Dallas and Fort Worth.

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

Here’s to a wonderful and memorable season in Dallas!

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Find Your Energy Efficient Home with Darling Homes Houston

In search of a new home? Want a home built with high quality construction and advanced, green-certified technologies? Find your energy efficient home with Darling Homes Houston.

For more than 28 years, Darling Homes has focused on creating a home that buyers feel proud to live in, combining custom details, a variety of design options, flexible floor plans and premier locations to fit the unique life and style of every customer.

In addition to these key elements, Darling Homes ensures each home is built to the standards of the Green Built Gulf Coast (GBGC) certification program. With more than 1,200 homes built throughout Greater Houston under the GBGC program, Darling Homes continues to improve its home designs by implementing these eco-friendly building methods and new, innovative technologies.

What are the benefits of owning a green-certified home?

Energy Efficiency

The average person spends approximately 90 percent of their time inside their home and, surprisingly, air pollutant levels inside your home can be up to ten times higher than the air pollutants you breathe outdoors, according to the United States Environment Protection Agency.

The practices used in building GBGC-certified homes significantly improve the air quality inside the home by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 33 percent.

Certified products range from building materials, insulation and flooring to countertops and appliances, as well as irrigation and landscaping. Darling Homes has also adopted the use of LED lights throughout its homes, resulting in greater energy efficiency and reduced energy costs for the consumer.

Durability and Moisture Protection

Darling Homes’ new building technology, the Zip System, protects the quality and structure of the home during the construction process and beyond. The Zip System is structurally stronger and more resistant to high winds. Designed to reduce air leakage and prevent moisture from seeping in from the outside, the roof and wall system acts as a housewrap and includes an integrated water and air resistant barrier installed in two, simple steps with panels and taped seams.

Homes are tightly sealed for more efficient air conditioning, protection from extreme weather conditions and humidity, which minimizes maintenance associated with severe weather.

Reduced Maintenance Costs

Incorporating green building methods not only increases the value of your home, but results in higher savings on utility bills and lower maintenance costs.

The average person spends approximately $1,200 per month on home maintenance fees. In comparison to the average home, green homes provide a 13 percent reduction in maintenance fees and consume less energy by as much as 26 percent.

To see these homes in action, visit Darling Homes’ model home at Parkway Terrace in West Memorial, Stillwater in Conroe and Harvest Green in Richmond.

The new model homes at Parkway Terrace and Stillwater utilize the latest green practices, including the Zip System and energy-efficient LED lights.

Nestled among acres of lush greenery and waterways, Darling Homes at Harvest Green is a community built for sustainability. The neighborhood is designed for low impact on the natural setting, with homes that combine distinctive architectural details and thoughtfully crafted spaces to maximize livability and luxury. Each home also features its own garden.

Darling Homes is dedicated to developing strong building techniques and advancing in home design functionality. For green home building and new technologies that are environmentally friendly, discover Darling Homes at Parkway Terrace, Stillwater and Harvest Green.

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Festive Fall Things to Do in Dallas

Farmer’s markets, wine tasting, pumpkin patches and trick-or-treating, there are plenty of festive fall things to do in Dallas. As the days get shorter and mornings grow cool and crisp, it’s time to start celebrating the season.

Now’s your chance to savor this beautiful time of year with Darling Homes in sought-after DFW communities you’ll enjoy first-hand.

Those looking to experience all things fall throughout the Dallas area will be delighted by the bountiful opportunities that await. Shop the fresh display of organic produce at the Fall Farmer’s Market at Light Farms in Celina, indulge in a variety of delicious wines while listening to the sounds of talented local musicians during the Wine & Music Festival at Windsong Ranch in Prosper, or peruse the patch for that perfect pumpkin and enjoy an old-fashioned, tractor-pulled hay ride at Tucker Hill’s Annual Pumpkinville event in McKinney.

Shop a Fresh, Locally-Grown Harvest

Welcome a new season at Light Farms on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Fall Farmer’s Market held at the Barn Yard. Those who attend will enjoy family activities and live music while shopping for fresh, organic produce, artisan foods and one-of-a-kind products from more than 20 local vendors and food trucks.

Light Farms is committed to providing a healthy lifestyle with community-wide farmer’s markets and weekly deliveries of fresh, locally-grown produce. Designed around bringing residents together, building relationships and creating new memories, Light Farms offers more than 200 events each year.

Want to call Light Farms home? Darling Homes at Light Farms provides timeless designs with expansive interiors that are beautifully crafted to fit its community-centric look and feel, featuring move-in ready homes with up to four bedrooms, gourmet kitchens with upgraded cabinets and appliances, luxurious master suites with oversized closets and large covered patios.

An Afternoon for the Wine Connoisseur

Indulge in artisan foods and delicious wines while listening to the sounds of live, local music during the annual Windsong Wine and Music Festival on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The signature event is a great opportunity for adults to mix and mingle in Texas’ gorgeous autumn weather.

In Prosper, explore an award-winning community that’s truly unlike any other. At Windsong Ranch, residents have access to world-class amenities and a full calendar of community events, from the Windsong Ranch Wild West Fest in spring to the Fourth of July Splash Bash in summer.

Interested in finding your new home? Darling Homes’ designs at Windsong Ranch include two collections of luxury homes with its 61’ and 71’ series, providing options for all styles of living.

Pumpkins, Pumpkins and More Pumpkins

There’s no shortage of pumpkins at Pumpkinville! Revel in two weeks of free, fall fun with pumpkin picking, tractor-pulled hayrides, a petting zoo, face painting, costume contests and more, during Tucker Hill’s Pumpkinville event, from Monday, Oct. 17 to Monday, Oct. 31. This family-friendly event offers something for everyone and is sure to get you and your family in the Halloween spirit. Visit www.tuckerhilltx.com for details as event times vary.

Inspired by Colonial-style architecture, Tucker Hill provides a strong sense of community designed to reinvent days gone by, when residents gathered on their front porch steps and neighbors knew each other by name. Family-friendly community events are part of life at Tucker Hill.

Do you enjoy the beauty of tradition? Darling Homes’ designs at Tucker Hill are ideal, featuring classic, Grecian doorway moldings, charming, wraparound front porches, beautiful columns and exquisite interiors that are a true delight.

Like what you see? Discover Darling Homes in one of these resident-dedicated communities at Light Farms, Windsong Ranch and Tucker Hill.

Here’s to a memorable fall season!