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Hidden Gems of Houston

There’s a reason Business Insider named Houston the Best City in America. Not only is Houston the number one job creator, it has a thriving restaurant and cultural scene to tie it all together and land a spot on the charts and in our hearts.

Houston has a variety of world-class museums, universities and public parks and each region of Houston is distinctly unique from the rest.

The Woodlands

America’s #1 master-planned community is none other than the Woodlands. This celebrated suburbia has an abundance of landscaped parks, biking trails, and acres upon acres of gorgeous green space. The Woodlands Mall provides you with the ultimate shopping and dining experience that you’ll never forget.

Creekside Park

Darling Homes offers a selection of single family luxury homes nestled in Creekside Park in the Woodlands and residents can select from beautifully wooded lots or tranquil lakeside locations.

Sugar Land

Heading South, we wind up in the charming city of Sugar Land. Ranked #3 in Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live,” Sugar Land is the perfect place to settle down and raise a family. Sugar Land Town Square offers premier shopping, dining and entertainment in a casual, family-friendly setting.

Riverstone

Darling Homes recently introduced a new, gated section of larger home sites in Fort Bend’s award winning development of Riverstone. Home buyers can enjoy living spaces with up to approximately 5,200 square feet, open floor plans, exterior summer kitchens, private guest casitas, and many more customizable options in a community with outdoor amenities like sparkling waterfalls and fishing piers.

Fulshear

And to the West, we are hit with the authentic small town country charm of Fulshear, Texas. With an array of rolling terrain and serene lowlands along the banks of the Brazos River, Fulshear feels like a quaint, little town with a strong sense of community. Fulshear Town Square offers residents and visitors a unique blend of signature Texas dining and retail shopping.

Dozier Rose

Cross Creek Ranch in Fort Bend County is Darling Homes’ new, exquisite place to call home. The community features shopping, dining and entertainment for the whole family. Residents will enjoy spacious one- and two-story designs that offer generously sized rooms, first-floor guest rooms, private master suites, large secondary bedrooms, gourmet kitchens, large rear patios and courtyards, optional media rooms and three- and four-car garages.

Packing your bags for Houston yet? Explore all of Darling Homes’ Houston communities today!

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National Ranking of Master Planned Communities

Darling Homes’ mission to build high-quality homes with superior craftsmanship in the best communities has been confirmed once again by the announcement that six of the Houston home builder’s neighborhoods are located in the top 20 best-selling master-planned communities nationwide.

In fact, Texas neighborhoods make up nearly half of the mid-year list compiled by Robert Charles Lesser & Co. (RCLCO), with nine out of 20 top-ranking communities located in the Houston area.

Riverstone Outdoor Kitchen

Darling Homes currently builds in six of those nine communities including Riverstone in Sugar Land, Creekside Park in The Woodlands, Aliana in Richmond, Cross Creek Ranch in Fulshear and Sienna Plantation in Missouri City.

Riverstone, where Darling Homes builds five different collections of homes, was ranked highest among the Houston master-planned communities, coming in at No. 4 in the national RCLCO rankings.

Aliana Aliana

Like Riverstone, Aliana also increased its ranking by two spots from 2013, moving up to No. 12 on the list as more people flock to the Richmond community, where Darling Homes builds homes that range from approximately 3,700 to 4,500 square feet.

Meanwhile, Cross Creek Ranch (where Darling Homes recently debuted two new neighborhoods) and Sienna Plantation experienced steady growth during the first half of 2014.

According to RCLCO, contributing factors to home sales in Houston may be impacted by the construction of the Grand Parkway between I-10 and Highway 20.

Aliana Aliana

According to the Houston Chronicle, the long-awaited parkway is opening up access to key job centers in the area such as the Energy Corridor in west Houston.

RCLCO annually compiles a list of the top 20 master-planned communities in the nation, with the most current ranking based on sales for the first half of 2014.

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Verandas at Southlake

Do you find yourself perusing the shops and enjoying great dining at Southlake Town Square every chance you get? Well now’s your chance to live close to all of the action! Verandas at Southlake is the latest Dallas community by Darling Homes and it offers you convenient access to all things Southlake!

With eight distinctive floor plans, you’ll be able to find a home that checks all the boxes for you and your family while also providing the architectural details and expansive living spaces that Darling Homes is known for including in its homes.

Veranda Lane Mediterranean

What you’ll love

Southlake feels like a small town with all the modern conveniences of a big city. You’ll love the abundant outdoor spaces and outstanding public schools.

The homes at the Verandas at Southlake are consistently buyer favorites. The luxury home patio series offers gourmet kitchens, spacious courtyards and large living areas for entertaining friends and family who will appreciate the privacy of a guest casita.

Veranda Lane Family Room

Offering approximately 2,600 to 3,400 square feet of living space, the homes at Verandas at Southlake offer up to three expansive bedrooms, outdoor living spaces, three-car garages and luxurious amenities starting from the $500,000s.

Veranda Lane Kitchen

Things to do

Verandas at Southlake is located just minutes away from some of the most desirable shopping and dining destinations around Dallas, including Southlake Town Square.

Veranda Lane Outdoor Patio

With more than 1.3 million square feet of mixed-use space, Southlake Town Square is a great place to spend the day. Hungry? Try something new or return to your favorite restaurant among the more than two dozen available fine restaurants. Looking for retail therapy? There are a variety of retail shops to visit. There’s also a state-of-the-art movie theater to indulge your Hollywood big-screen dreams and the beautiful Hilton Southlake nearby.

For more information about the Verandas at Southlake, please contact Melissa Ruggles at (469) 252-2255 or by email at [email protected].

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Windsong Ranch

Darling Homes’ newest neighborhood, Windsong Ranch in Prosper, has plenty of things going for it, including more than 600 acres of open space, a first-class amenity center and the countryside landscape that attracts homebuyers to the north Dallas area.Darling Homes’ newest neighborhood, Windsong Ranch in Prosper, has plenty of things going for it, including more than 600 acres of open space, a first-class amenity center and the countryside landscape that attracts homebuyers to the north Dallas area.

But there’s also something else that will have homebuyers excited to visit Windsong Ranch – Never-before-seen floor plans offered by the Dallas homebuilder at Windsong Ranch.

Windsong

Set against the lush meadows of Prosper, the 2,030-acre master-planned community of Windsong Ranch will feature two Darling Homes collections debuting this year.

The first collection of homes, which has opened for pre-sales, is a series of homes ranging in size from approximately 2,600 to 3,700-square feet, will be situated on 61-foot wide lots, with prices starting from the mid-$300,000s.

The second collection, set to debut later this summer, will feature larger homes, offering from 2,600 to 4,200 square feet of living space on 71-foot wide lots and starting from the $400,000s.

Both collections offer the distinctive Darling Homes signature. They also offer open floor plans, the attention to detail homebuyers expect from the homebuilder and the amenities of a top-tier master-planned community.

Windsong Ranch will preserve more than 600 acres of Texas open space, with a series of parks, green spaces, lakes and creeks available to local residents. In addition, Windsong Ranch will offer access to The Commons amenity center, positioned on a hilltop overlooking a spectacular lake with gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside.

The Commons will also offer fitness facilities, a resort-style pool, lap pool, cabanas, kids’ spray park and much more. The Commons is also adjacent to The Esplanade, perfect for community gatherings and events.

Windsong Café will offer a perfect place for family and friends to gather to plan the day’s activities or to simply catch up after a fun day in the community.

For more information on pre-sale opportunities at Windsong Ranch, please contact Michael Holmberg at (972) 346-9994 or [email protected]

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Imperial Blog

What was once founded as a sugar plantation in the early 1900s, the appropriately named city of Sugar Land is one of the fastest-growing, most affluent cities in all of Texas and one of the three largest metropolitan areas in Houston.

In fact, Sugar Land’s population has grown 158 percent in the last decade and is considered the economic center of Fort Bend County, according to the City of Sugarland

Imperial Sugar is headquartered here and was once home to the company’s main sugar refinery and distribution center, which is why you’ll notice the Imperial Sugar crown on Sugar Land’s seal and logo.

Darling Homes is staking its own claim at Imperial, a lakeside luxury patio community of new homes in Sugar Land now available for pre-sale. This master planned community is one of the last remaining developments in the prestigious Fort Bend area, and is located less than 20 miles southwest of Houston between Highway 6 and Highway 90A.

Outdoor Patio

 

Imperial will feature Mediterranean designed homes in Darling’s distinctive patio home collection renowned for its ample covered porches and luxurious master suites. Imperial will offer living spaces ranging from approximately 2,600 to more than 3,400 square feet. Look for a new model home to open summer of 2014.

Kitchen

There will be plenty to do and see nearby. For the outdoorsy type, Oyster Creek Park is a three-mile trail with rocky waterfalls and streams to hike beside. Sports fans will love the proximity of Imperial to Constellation Field, home of the Sugar Land Skeeters Atlantic League baseball team.

Living Room

Sugar Land Town Square is located just off Highway 6, and there you’ll be able to eat, play, exercise and shop all in one place. With dozens of boutiques and retail shops, fine and casual dining options and yoga and fitness studios, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Imperial is part of the Fort Bend Independent School District.

To learn more about Imperial at Sugar Land, please call (713) 401-2008 or email us at [email protected].

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Cross Creek Ranch

Looking to plant your roots in a brand new home? Get ahead of the curve by staying up to date with two new Darling Homes’ offerings coming soon to Cross Creek Ranch in Fulshear, where Darling Homes is now pre-selling spacious new homes suited for homebuyers with an eye for elegance and luxury.

Located conveniently just west of Katy with lakefront lots and expansive living spaces, here are a few reasons to keep up with Cross Creek Ranch.

CCR Representative Exterior

Home Options for Any Lifestyle
Two new lines of homes will be unveiled for a total of 12 different floor plans with distinctive architecture and quality construction.

The first collection consists of a new line of upscale homes not found anywhere else in Houston. It includes five floor plans that offer a range of approximately 3,600 to 5,500 square feet, studios with exterior entrances, up to five bedrooms and even guest casitas. Prices start in the $620,000s.

Darling Homes’ popular patio series will also be available at Cross Creek Ranch, offering seven thoughtfully designed floor plans that maximize the ample square footage provided in each home with up to three bedrooms, an open kitchen and living designs that are perfect for entertaining family and friends. These homes are praised for their efficient floor plan layouts and low-maintenance yards. Prices start in the $330,000s and range from approximately 2,200 to 2,800 square feet.

Access to the Great Outdoors
Experience a luxurious lifestyle that combines the best of outdoor living with all the modern amenities and one-of-a-kind style of Darling Homes. Cross Creek Ranch is set amidst greenbelts, beautiful lakes and bike trails for residents to explore as well as a resort-style swimming pool, splash pad and playground for kids to enjoy. A soccer field, tennis and basketball courts, and fitness center are also available for sports and fitness lovers.

Location, location, location!
Located just west of Katy in the city of Fulshear, Cross Creek Ranch is a 1,400-acre, master-planned community that is one of the largest new home communities in Texas. It’s truly a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered. Just minutes west of Highway 99 and the Westpark Tollway, Cross Creek Ranch offers homebuyers an easy commute and convenient access to some of the area’s best shopping, dining and entertaining. For more pre-sale information, e-mail Allie Pinkley at [email protected]

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5 reasons to love Lantana

Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer, looking to upgrade your home’s square footage for a growing family or wanting to downsize without losing any luxury, Lantana is the place everyone can call home.

Located centrally between Dallas and Fort Worth, Lantana residents have rated their community higher than any other in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Lantana Patio Subdivision

With shopping, dining, exemplary schools and luxury amenities nearby, here are five reasons you’ll love Lantana:

  1. Lantana is a master-planned community divided into 30 separate neighborhoods. Each neighborhood is its own quiet alcove designed to bring friends and families together.
  2. In the years 2004, 2006, 2011 and 2012, Lantana won the People’s Choice Award for Community of the Year at the Dallas Homebuilders Association McSAM Awards.
  3. Residents of Lantana enjoy frequent community events including outdoor music in the parks, cook-offs, festivals and celebrations for holidays.
  4. Within the community, there are three schools; Annie Blanton Elementary School, Eugenia Porter Rayzor elementary School and Tom Harpool Middle School, all part of the Denton Independent School District. Both elementary schools have been rated as “exemplary” and the middle school ranked as “recognized.” A third elementary school is set to open for the 2014-2015 school year.
  5. Exceptional amenities await at Lantana. The 7,500 square foot central community club house is home to a state-of-the-art fitness center, lap and leisure pools, a five-court tennis complex and water spray park. The North Amenity Center includes an expanded exercise room, Jr. Olympic pool and large pavilion.

 

Lantana-Palmetto by Darling Homes

Lantana-Palmetto by Darling Homes gives those who commute into the city, a chance to enjoy quiet Hill Country living. With only 72 homes being built and almost four dozen homes already sold, Lantana-Palmetto is an intimate community that appeals to empty nesters and luxury home buyers.

Lantana Patio

With 10 floor plans to choose from, ranging from approximately 1,900 square feet to 3,000 square feet, and homes offering beautiful views of the award-winning Lantana Golf Club course, home buyers will love everything Lantana-Palmetto has to offer!

Golfers will especially appreciate the convenience of having the 18-hole Lantana Golf Club, designed by award-winning golf architect Jay Morrish, within walking distance.

 

Lantana-Gaillardia by Darling Homes

Lantana-Gaillardia by Darling Homes is an intimate collection of 56 homes that offer walking trails and ample green space areas nearby. The community is perfect for homebuyers looking to add to their square footage and those looking for the next logical progression in homeownership.

Lantana Kitchen

With eight floor plans to choose from, ranging from approximately 2,100 square feet to 3,300 square feet, the homes in the American Classic series feature up to four bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Some home sites even have a catch-and-release pond behind them!

Tour Lantana today to find out first-hand why residents love living in this community!

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Old Town Coppell Festival

Old Town Coppell is gearing up for a fun weekend filled with food, shopping and activities for the whole family.

Join the celebration on Friday, May 2nd from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for a live concert on the Main Street Coppell square featuring the Emerald City Band. Guests can pack a picnic or purchase a box dinner from Simmer, Coppell Deli, Local Diner or Hard Eight BBQ.

Main Street

The party continues with a festival on Saturday, May 3rd from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., where kids can play in the bounce houses or visit the face painters and balloon artists. Discover unique neighborhood restaurants and shop the Coppell Farmers Market for a delicious variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. A craft market will feature local artisans like Dallas Soap Company, EMA Baking Co., Terra Cotta Potts Stone Art, Wendy Fry Ceramics, and many more!

Lantana Entry

Love the area? Tour Darling Homes’ Main Street Coppell, located at 781 S. Coppell Road. Designed to harken back to the traditional Texas town square, Main Street Coppell is a walkable community of professional office cottages, luxury villa homes, restaurants and retail buildings designed using early century architectural styling. Angled parking with tree-lined streetscapes invite residents and visitors to enter an idyllic blend of prairie architectural expressions reminiscent of the classic Texas town square.

Darling Homes’ Villas at Main Street have already proven to be popular with Dallas homebuyers. The first phase of homes demonstrated the charm of the community and signaled how the overall plan for the neighborhood is uniquely Coppell.

Classic Subdivision

The second phase of Villas are available and range in size from 2,200 to 2,600 square feet. Prices start in the $370,000s. In addition, there are now new 60-lots, which will offer homebuyers 11 chances to purchase one of Darling Homes’ most well-received collections, the American Classic series.

This series at Main Street will include floor plans that range in size from approximately 2,300 to 3,800 square feet. Prices will start in the $560,000s.

For event information visit www.coppelltx.gov.

For more information on Main Street, please visit www.darlinghomes.com.

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25 Things to Know about the Shell Houston Open

Attention all PGA Tour fans, clear your calendars for the Shell Houston Open, teeing off March 31st to April 6th at the Golf Club of Houston Tournament Course in Humble, Texas. Formerly known as the Redstone Golf Club, this challenging course with picturesque scenery welcomes many of your favorite golf stars.

5 Things to Know About the SHO

  • The Shell Houston Open has raised more than $50 million for children and families in need through charities and scholarships in the Greater Houston area.
  • The Houston Golf Association has been conducting PGA Tour events since 1946, making Houston’s tournament the 10th oldest on the schedule.
  • The youngest player to win the Houston Open was Hubert Green at age 24 in 1984.
  • The oldest player to win the Houston Open was Gene Littler at age 46 in 1977.
  • Since 1949, there have been 22 holes-in-one at the Shell Houston Open.

How to Get Your Tickets

You can purchase your tickets at the tournament gate of the Golf Club of Houston Tournament Course or buy and print them online at Extreme Tix. General parking is available Thursday through Sunday at ecopark at the Bush Intercontinental Airport, with round-trip bus rides to get you to and from the course.

Top 5 Restaurants in the Houston Area

CINQ – Located in the La Colombe d’Or Hotel, CINQ indulges diners with a modern European cuisine. Try CIA-trained chef German Mosquera’s bold menu, (713) 524-7999 or online.

Da Marco – Satisfy your craving at the intimate Italian restaurant, Da Marco. Chef Marco Wiles has his fish jet-flown to Houston directly from Italy. Call (713) 807-8857 or reserve online.

Pappas Bros Steakhouse – Pappas Bros offers private dining for the luxurious VIP experience you’ve been searching for. Known for its selection of wine and steaks, it’ll be a night to remember. Call (713) 780-7352 or reserve online at OpenTable.

Américas River Oaks – Spice up your night with Latin food at Américas at River Oaks. Enjoy a private dining experience and indulge in dishes like the grilled swordfish churrasco or the achiote rubbed pork tenderloin stuffed with cilantro tamalito and topped with jumbo lump crab meat. Call (832) 200-1492 or reserve online at OpenTable.

Uchi – Dine luxuriously at this contemporary Japanese restaurant. Award-winning Chef Tyson Cole’s signature menu offers hot and cool tastings, makimono, yakimono, tempura and of course, sushi and sashimi. The dishes draw from his style of combining unexpected textures and flavors that push the boundaries of Japanese cuisine so that each guest at the table may enjoy and share the experience of dining at Uchi together. Call (713) 522-4808 or reserve online at Uchi.

Top 5 Things You Need to See

The Downtown Tunnels – Six miles of mazes connects many of Houston’s downtown buildings and offers a unique dining and shopping experience. Check out the tunnel’s map to find a coffee shop, deli or a gift boutique while you explore miles of underground entertainment.

Discovery Green – Known as Houston’s version of Central Park and located right in the middle of Downtown Houston, Discovery Green is home to great cafés and a stage featuring free entertainment. From kayaking to jogging trails to yoga classes in the park, there is something for everyone at Discovery Green.

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center – Enjoy wine tastings while you explore the 5 mile, pet-friendly nature trail at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center. Try out tai chi, yoga or learn which plants are edible during your wander through the lush woods.

Bayou Place – Home to countless theaters, bars, lounges and nightclubs, Bayou Place is the place to be if you’re looking for a fun night out. Located in the heart of Houston’s Downtown Theater District, this 130,000 square foot entertainment megaplex is the premier destination for great food and good times.

Downtown Aquarium – Dine alongside a 150,000 gallon, two-story tank with over 400 species of beautiful, intriguing marine life, pet and feed a stingray or enjoy a train ride through the Shark Voyage. Downtown Aquarium offers many exhibits, games and rides for a fun experience that caters to all ages.

Top 5 Golf Courses in the Houston Area

Memorial Park Golf Course – A Houston golf fan favorite, this historic course has hosted some of the most famous golf pros including Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Ranked best course to walk by the Houston Chron, the Memorial Park Golf Course is beautifully framed by huge trees and occasionally you can spot a deer prancing through the course. Call (713) 559-2000 to reserve your tee time today!

BlackHorse Golf Club – Perfect for a corporate event or client outing, the BlackHorse Golf Club welcomes seasoned golfers looking for a challenge. Refuel after a round at Jake’s Grill, a bar and grill in the clubhouse that offers outdoor seating with a fantastic view of the course. Call (281) 304-1747 to reserve your tee time today!

Tour 18 Golf Club – Have time for just one round? This course is perfect for anyone, from novice players to golf pros, so bring a friend along and experience the Tour 18 Golf Club with its replicas of the 18 most famous holes on the PGA golf tour. Call (281) 540-1818 to reserve your tee time today!

Wildcat Golf Club – Impress your friends and co-workers by inviting them to the Wildcat Golf Club, the preferred golf club of Houston’s professional sports teams. The Highlands Course elevates you high enough to offer stunning views of Reliant Stadium and downtown Houston. With its strategically placed bunkers, elevation changes and blind shots, the courses at Wildcat Golf Club are sure to keep you entertained. Call (713) 413-3400 to reserve your tee time today!

Sienna Plantation Golf Club – Experience one of the more upscale courses in the Greater Houston area. The Sienna Plantation Golf Club gives you a sense of community with its country club atmosphere and offers the highest quality of golf you can find. Tee off in a naturally wooded setting with beautiful winding creeks throughout the course and finish off the day by treating yourself to a gourmet meal at the Sienna Grille. Call (281) 778-4653 to reserve your tee time today!

Love the Area? 5 Darling Homes Communities to Tour

Aliana – Aliana is a beautiful master-planned community located west of Houston in Richmond, Texas. Aliana offers a variety of gorgeous Darling Homes set amidst numerous parks with miles of hiking and biking trails. Aliana residents enjoy access to a 24-hour fitness center, tennis courts and a video game center for the kids, and the Club at Aliana Swim Center offers activities year round, with everything from swim lessons to cooking classes in the Clubhouse’s gourmet kitchen.

Creekside Park – The idyllic community at Creekside Park offers one and two-story homes with several different floor plans, each with eclectic architecture and inspired design. The master design of the interior, family-friendly environment and luxurious amenities offered make this new community a perfect fit for every lifestyle.

Riverstone – Darling Homes introduces a new, gated section of larger home sites in Fort Bend’s award winning development of Riverstone. This new neighborhood encompasses creek side, lake view and cul-de-sac lots for buyers to choose from. Darling Homes brings a new series of luxury homes with distinctive designs offering living spaces with up to approximately 5,200 square feet.

Sienna Plantation – Conveniently located just minutes from downtown Houston, this 7,000-acre master-planned community is nestled adjacent to the Sienna Plantation Golf Club and the 160-acre Camp Sienna sports park. Sienna Plantation’s community amenities include walking trails, neighborhood parks and playgrounds, resort-style water parks, community center, amphitheater, fishing pier, tennis courts and a 6,000 square foot fitness center.

Woodforest – Woodforest, one of Houston’s newest and most innovative master-planned communities, features a championship golf course, parks, trails and pools. Darling Homes offers a unique collection of designs and floor plans with up to approximately 4,000 square feet. Design features throughout the series include generously sized rooms, high ceilings, open concept kitchen/breakfast and family rooms, first floor guest suites, large covered rear patios, optional media rooms, three and four car garages and more.

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Live the Good Life at Fairway Ranch in Roanoke

Interior

Fairway Ranch is soon to be Roanoke’s largest and most elegant custom new home community yet. This historic ranch once belonged to a famed golfer and overlooks 100 acres of lavish pecan forests and serene river bottoms.

Experience luxury in these single family homes, which include formal dining rooms, gourmet kitchens, master suites, quiet studies and family room fireplaces.

Exterior

Darling Homes’ collection at Fairway Ranch features a dozen thoughtfully designed floor plans with up to approximately 3,600 square feet of luxurious living space, priced from the $410,000s. These elegant one and two- story homes feature up to 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. Custom options and amenities are available including media rooms, game rooms, covered patios and two-car garages.

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Ideally situated on the southern edge of Denton County on State Highway 114, Fairway Ranch is just minutes from downtown Fort Worth and DFW Airport. Parents will be happy to hear this community is served by the Northwest Independent School District, which is focused on teamwork, pride and excellence.

Complement your active lifestyle by taking your furry friend for a jog down the miles of winding trails that decorate the Fairway Ranch community. Surrounded by expansive greenbelts, neighborhood parks and state-of-the-art amenities, this is a community you’ll love to call home.

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