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Shopping and Amenities Abound at Somerset Green

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Your Guide to Rodeo Houston

If you live in Houston, you know exactly what Rodeo Houston means to the city. Cowboy hats and boots, live music, carnival rides and the world’s largest livestock show and rodeo. Known as the best tradition in Texas, Rodeo Houston is much more than just entertainment. It’s a celebration of Texas culture that aims to educate and raise money for various charities around the state.

Go Texan Day kicks things off. The day celebrates the unofficial kickoff of the 20-day Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Houston residents dress up in their Texas best, sporting jeans, cowboy hats and boots to school or work, showing off their western pride for tradition. You’ll see #GoTexanDay everywhere on local social media, from Houston news stations displaying their Rodeo style to elementary school classrooms full of tiny Texas boots. Go Texan Day is a day for everyone of all ages to come together to celebrate Texas’ Western heritage and raise awareness for rodeo season.

The Rodeo takes place at NRG Park in Harris County and takes over NRG Stadium, NRG Arena and NRG Center. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was first established in 1932 as the Houston Fat Stock Show and has now grown to more than 30,000 entries. The show is organized by three categories of competitions known as the Junior Show, Open Show and Youth Show. The show sets world records in the junior market auctions, raising more than $12 million in 2016. Submissions for the junior auctions include school art as well as different types of livestock and wool entries.

The official sport of Texas is rodeo and at Rodeo Houston, you’ll understand why. Events include tie-down roping, bareback riding, team roping and more happen throughout the event. The bull riding competition tests the cowboy’s physical strength as he faces off with a bull weighing up to 2,000 pounds whose single thought is removing the rider off its back. Participants in these events come from across the nation in hopes of taking home one or more of the Rodeo’s coveted grand prizes, totaling a $2.17 million payout.

Every night after the rodeo dust settles, a superstar will steal the show. With this year’s performances from pop star Camila Cabello and EDM entertainer Zedd, the music is larger than life, true to Texas tradition. Not to mention the performances from some of country music’s finest including Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, George Strait, Chris Stapleton, Zac Brown Brand and much more.

Looking to get in on the action? Check out ticket sales here.

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Opening Day: Baseball Returns to Dallas and Houston

Major League Baseball is back on March 28! In Texas, this means it’s time to bust out the baseball caps and get ready to support the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros. And if regular season baseball seems a bit early this year, it is! This is the earliest opening day in the history of the game (outside of international openers). But as any baseball fan will tell you, it’s never too early to play baseball!

Dallas

The Texas Rangers will start the season at home at Globe Life Park in Arlington. They will face off against the Chicago Cubs at 3:05 p.m. The Rangers have their sights set on a better finish in the  American League West this year and will look to Mike Minor to begin the season on a high note. The Opening Day starter was 12-8 in 2018 with a 4.18 earned run average. This will be Minor’s first Opening Day start of his career. For information on tickets click here.

If you live in Dallas but can’t make it to Opening Day, you’ll have 81 other chances to visit Globe Life Park before the team moves into its new home next door in 2020. Check out the Rangers’ 2019 schedule here.

Don’t live in Dallas? Darling Homes has you covered. Check out all of the gorgeous homes Darling Homes in Dallas has to offer so you’ll never miss another home game.

Houston

The 2017 World Champion Houston Astros will face the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg to kick off their 2019 campaign. The game begins at 4 p.m. Last year, the Astros won the American League West before bowing out to the eventual world champion Boston Red Sox. For information on tickets to this game click here.

When the Astros return home, be sure to check out the team’s home field, Minute Maid Park. Take a look at the Astros schedule here.

Don’t live in Houston? Check out all the beautiful homes Darling Homes in Houston has to offer so you’ll never have to miss a home game.

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Darling Homes Presents 2019 Red Carpet Concert Series

Love is in the air on this Valentine’s Day thanks to Darling Homes and Frisco Arts’ 2019 Red Carpet Concert Series, presenting “A Night of Romance” at the Lincoln Experience Center at The Star in Frisco.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with an intimate concert featuring America’s No. 1 Romantic Pianist, David Osborne, also known as the “Pianist to the Presidents.” The acclaimed pianist is the first of two planned shows this year as part of the Red Carpet Concert Series.

Osborne, an international Steinway artist, has performed for Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton and George W. Bush. When he’s not touring with “The David Osborne Trio”, Osborne regularly performs at the Bellagio Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, making his performance at the Frisco Arts Center on Valentine’s Day a truly special and romantic experience.

“A Night of Romance” will be one to remember as guests can enjoy beloved and original romantic tunes surrounded by stunning art in red by Frisco artist Leticia Herrera. The mixed media artist, who currently resides in McKinney, Texas, combines her talent for art with her deep and strong sense of color after discovering her emotional connection with color itself. The night will showcase her works featuring the color red, known for its association with the feelings of passion, desire, love and Valentine’s Day.

Wine, hors d’oeuvres and tasty desserts will be served before the show and complimentary valet will be provided. Cocktail attire is recommended.

Don’t wait to purchase tickets as seating is limited. VIP tickets cost $100 each and $85 for Frisco Arts members. VIP tickets include pre-concert hors d’oeuvres, wine, desserts, a private performance and after-party with the artist (including dessert).

Give the gift of an unforgettable evening of world-class music and art this Valentine’s Day with “A Night of Romance”, part of the 2019 Red Carpet Concert Series presented by Darling Homes.

For more info on show dates and tickets visit here.

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Exploring the Bayou City

You may know Houston as the “Space City” because of its ties to NASA but did you also know Houston is referred to as the “Bayou City”? Home to 10 winding waterways that flow through the surrounding area, the Bayou City name reflects the connection of the hustle and bustle of the city to the possibility of exploring nature around every corner.

Buffalo Bayou Park, one of the country’s greatest urban green spaces, connects the city to all the beauty and adventure in Houston. Whether you’re biking on winding paths along the waterway or canoeing through Lost Lake, Buffalo Bayou Park is a popular destination that gives city residents the opportunity to become one with nature.

Not only does Buffalo Bayou Park offer beautiful scenery, it’s also a popular destination for beautiful dining. The Kitchen at the Dunlavy is an extraordinary venue, lit gorgeously by bright chandeliers hanging above the dining space and surrounded by large windows overlooking the banks of Buffalo Bayou Park and Lost Lake. Voted by CNN as one of the most romantic restaurants in the world, the Dunlavy is the perfect place to enjoy delicious Southern Californian-style cuisine or even host a special event. In the evening, the restaurant transforms into a stunning space made for a dream wedding or an exquisite cocktail party.

Other famous restaurants to enjoy in Houston include Nobu, a world-renowned Japanese restaurant with polished service and a local twist, and La Lucha, serving gulf oyster “gems” and finger-licking good chicken and biscuits. The city’s diverse culture enwraps Houston cuisine in a way that showcases the most delicious dishes from around the world.

Shopping in the city is abundant thanks to the world-renowned Galleria in Uptown Houston. With more than 375 stores and a grand ice rink, The Galleria is an oasis for retail therapy. For more of an outdoor shopping scene, residents can explore Memorial City Mall or the art deco-styled River Oaks Shopping Center.

If you’d rather hit the course than the stores, Houston has an expansive golf scene with weather that allows for gorgeous golfing almost any day of the year. Seven different courses are located throughout the city of Houston so golfers will never need to travel very far.

Located right in the center of Texas Medical Center, Rice University, and the Museum District in Downtown Houston, Hermann Park Conservancy is a master-planned green space that is treasured by all who have the chance to experience it. From the Miller Outdoor Theater to the Houston Zoo to the Japanese and rose gardens, Hermann Park is a cultural and recreational hub. Receiving the General Design Award of Excellence from the American Society of Landscape Architects, Hermann Park is a spectacular space full of beauty and adventure.

The first word spoken on the moon was “Houston”, giving the city its other nickname, “The Space City”. Space Center Houston is NASA’s Official Visitors Center and showcases the early Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab projects and today’s International Space Station and Space Shuttle programs. Visitors get the chance to see actual spacecrafts and a walk-through space experience thanks to the center’s state-of-the-art space simulators.

As much as there is to do in Houston, there’s no place like home. If you’re looking for your dream home in the Bayou City, let Darling Homes in Houston help place you in the perfect Houston home. Call 713-401-2008 today for more information.

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Why Houston? A Spotlight on Sports

From football to soccer, Houston is home to many successful professional sports. Not only is the city home to a number of professional teams and college sports programs, many other annual sporting events for teams outside of Texas are also hosted in Houston. Plus, Texas pride and loyalty makes for an unparalleled fan culture.

Houston is home to six professional major league teams and four stadiums that hold over 150,000 fans collectively, making it worthy of the title, Sports City, USA in 2016.

The Houston Texans anchor the city’s fascination with sports and have established themselves as the most iconic part of Houston’s sports identity. Led by fan favorite J.J. Watt, NRG Stadium is packed with football fans during home games making attending a game an experience in its own.

Then there’s James Harden and The Houston Rockets – another huge part of Houston’s sports culture. The Rockets plays their home games at Toyota Center in downtown Houston and have collected two NBA championships and four Western Conference titles during their time in Houston. With the arrival of star player Harden in 2012, the Rockets soon became one of the highest scoring offenses in the NBA.

The Houston Dynamo are yet another professional sports team that the city has to offer fans. The soccer club was established in 2005 and quickly went on to win the 2006 and 2007 MLS Cups as well as the U.S. Open Cup in 2018. Then there’s this fact: In 2008, Houston Dynamo became the first American club to secure a point on Mexican soil during the CONCACAF Champions League.

Last but most certainly not least are The Houston Astros. The 2017 World Series champs play their home games at Minute Maid Park in downtown Houston and have established themselves as one of the American League’s top teams to beat this decade.

There are many reasons why Houston is a great city to call home. One of them is the abundance of professional sporting teams and events to enjoy, but more importantly is the spirited culture you can experience throughout either city. Know a sports fan looking to make the move to Houston? Have them take a look at all that Darling Homes has to offer.

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Why Dallas? A Spotlight on Sports

They say everything is bigger in Texas and sports are no exception. From major to minor league, Dallas is a huge sporting hub. Not only is the city home to a number of professional teams and college sports programs, many other annual sporting events for teams outside of Texas are also hosted in Dallas. Plus, Texas pride and loyalty makes for an unparalleled fan culture.

Dallas is home to one of the biggest franchises in football, The Dallas Cowboys. Whether you love them or hate them, the Cowboys are the NFL’s most valuable team and have been for six years, according to Forbes. But the Cowboys also provide for the city in ways that most are not aware of. From the team’s work with women’s health to its youth programs, the team offers Dallas residents much more than football with their strong and powerful community outreach efforts.

Toyota Stadium, just north of downtown Dallas in Frisco, is home to the major league soccer team, FC Dallas, and Frisco’s Independent School District’s high school football games. The stadium also hosts the NCAA Division I Football Championship, an annual postseason college football game that serves as the final match between the top teams. Frisco has hosted this game since 2010 and will continue to do so until at least 2024.

Men’s basketball in Dallas is primarily dominated by The Dallas Mavericks. The NBA team has won three division titles, two conference championships, and took home the coveted NBA championship trophy in 2011. The Mavs play their home games at the American Airlines Center which they share with the National Hockey League’s Dallas Stars.

The Dallas Stars have a loyal fan base in Dallas and north Texas and the Dallas Stars Foundation is a generous contributor to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Darling Homes is proud to be a presenting partner for the team’s Open Ice video series, which gives fans a behind-the-scenes look into the team.

Darling Homes is also a sponsor of the Allen Americans, two-time winners of the Ray Miron President’s Cup in the CHL. Since moving to the ECHL, the Amerians have won the Kelly Cup twice.

Arlington is home to the Major League Baseball team, The Texas Rangers. Not to be confused with the famous law enforcement agency of the same name, The Texas Rangers have been based in Arlington since 1972 and represented the American League in both the 2010 and 2011 World Series. In 2020, the team will make the move from Arlington Stadium to the brand-new baseball park known as Globe Life Park, located just next door.

Arlington is also home to the Dallas Wings, a Women’s National Basketball Association team. The team is new to the area as they moved from Oklahoma to Texas in 2016. The Dallas Wings play at the College Park Center at the University of Texas at Arlington, also home to the UT Arlington Maverick’s basketball and volleyball teams.

Know a sports fan looking to make the move to Dallas? Have them take a look at all that Darling Homes has to offer.

Imperial City Collection in Sugar Land, TX
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In the Spotlight

Discover a collection of homes that redefines the concept of modern living. The City Collection by Darling Homes is the perfect option for homebuyers seeking an active, low-maintenance lifestyle in the Dallas or Houston area. This collection offers a series of upscale urban-style-living townhomes built for a sophisticated and exciting lifestyle.

The City Collection encompasses the best of urban and suburban living. From upscale ambience to the low-maintenance up keep, these homes are designed with the perfect size in mind. Life in the City Collection offers intimate dinners on the patio, evening walks through the neighborhoods or along trails, and versatile space for hosting lively get togethers. These homes are as inviting as they are livable.

Design details of the collection include varied roof pitches that are aesthetically pleasing and majestic as well as modern layouts that are designed for today’s home buyer trends. Kitchens are designed with a work triangle to be as efficient as they are beautiful while keeping plenty of room for storage in mind. Every aspect of the home is designed carefully and thoughtfully for maximum livability in a non-traditional space.

The City Collection in Dallas

In Dallas, Darling Homes offers three different communities featuring the City Collection in Allen, Frisco and Irving.

In Allen, the City Collection is available at Montgomery Farm Angel Field East, an environmentally-conscious community with a scenic streetscape. Residents here enjoy the community’s convenient location near shopping and dining at Watters Creek shopping center and convenient access to trails and ponds spread across 200 acres of greenway throughout the community. Darling Homes offers four, two-story low maintenance floor plans with flexible design options in Traditional, Craftsman, Mediterranean, English, Tudor, Modern and International elevations that all come together to create an eclectic and exciting community with close proximity to nature.

Canals at Grand Park is a centrally-located community in Frisco, Texas, the #1 Best Place to Live in America in 2018 as ranked by Money Magazine. The community features gorgeous tree-lined streets, hiking and biking trails, green spaces, sparkling water ways, pocket parks, and a top-rated school district nearby. Darling Homes offers the City Collection in four unique two-story home designs with English, Tudor, Traditional, French, Craftsman, Colonial and Mission Elevations. Don’t wait to visit this vibrant community as only inventory homes remain.

Meanwhile, a brand-new community, The Terraces at Las Colinas, is coming soon to Irving and bringing the City Collection with it. This community is ideally situated in the heart of Las Colinas and offers residents walking distance access to shopping and dining as well as community amenities including winding trails, a boardwalk along green space and a park. The community’s close proximity to the George Bush Turnpike, I-635, SH114 and Hwy 35 make it an ideal location for people working in the area.

Darling Homes offers two-story plans from the City Collection on zero lot lines that boast thoughtfully open floor plans, high-end finishes, and designer details. Join the VIP list to be among the first to receive new updates on this low-maintenance lifestyle community.

The City Collection in Houston

In Houston, Darling Homes offers more options for the City Collection in Sugar Land in the community of Imperial and in Missouri City at Avalon at Sienna Plantation.

Sugar Land provides residents with both small-town Texas charm and sophisticated flair along with a highly acclaimed school district and a convenient 20-minute commute to downtown Houston. Imperial is a 720-acre master planned community within Sugar Land that incorporates retail, residential, entertainment and office space. Darling Homes’ City Collection at Imperial features two-story home designs with a range of well-planned spaces, open-concept living and dining rooms that combine seamlessly with lofted spaces, master bedroom suites and gorgeous courtyards.

In Missouri City, the City Collection is available at Avalon at Sienna Plantation where one can discover the finer points of urban-style living in a gated, private enclave of new low-maintenance homes. This traditional neighborhood radiates a welcoming feeling that’s experienced throughout every small detail.

Whether it’s intimate dinners on cozy patios or nights spent strolling along the lake, Sienna Plantation presents the perfect balance of upscale new construction with the warmth and vibrancy of a friendly traditional neighborhood. Darling Homes offers the City Collection through innovative open-concept layouts and distinctive design elements that set the standard for other homes in the marketplace.

Want to experience all the City Collection has to offer for yourself? Make an appointment today to tour the model homes in the five unique communities in Dallas or Houston.

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Things to See and Do in Dallas and Houston

At Darling Homes, we take pride in ensuring that every part of your experience with your dream home is authentic and distinctive. That includes where we build our homes. While all of our communities are located in either the Dallas or Houston area, each individual city has its own unique attractions and personalities.

It’s the individual character and flavor of the area that helps set our communities apart. Take a look at some of the highlights each community has to offer its residents and see which best fits your lifestyle.

Greater Houston Area

Cypress

Located approximately 20 miles northwest of Downtown Houston, Cypress is one of Houston’s largest suburbs with a thriving economy, outstanding public and private schools, and plenty of local recreational, cultural and entertainment choices. The town that was once rural farmland is now a booming and exciting place to call home. 

If you enjoy the outdoors, Cypress is a fantastic place to find plenty of parks and hiking trails. You can find a complete list of the expansive options here.

Cypress is also surrounded by prestigious golf courses, making it the perfect destination for any golf fanatic. Black Horse Golf Club, Longwood Golf Club and Cypress Lakes Gold Club are all popular choices for public golfing. Private golf courses include Raveneaux Country Club, Hearthstone Country Club and Houston Oaks Country Club and Family Sports Retreat.

Shopping in Cypress is abundant with options like Houston Premium Outlets, Cyfair Town Center, Vintage Park, Willowbrook Mall, Traders Village, and The Boardwalk at Towne Lake, a beautiful shopping, dining, and wellness center surrounded by a picturesque body of water. 

Darling Homes’ communities in Cypress are situated conveniently close to the U.S. 290 employment corridor for easy commutes. Communities include the peaceful retreat of Alden Woods, a luxury development nestled among a luscious landscape of trees and stunning surroundings, and Bridgeland, a connected community with access to 900 acres of lakes and waterways, parks, and a resort-style swimming complex. Like all Darling Homes, homes in Alden Woods and Bridgeland are beautifully crafted with thoughtful floorplans and distinctive design details.

Sugar Land

Originally founded as a sugar plantation in the mid-1800s, Sugar Land offers residents a lifestyle just about as sweet as it sounds. Located approximately 20 miles southwest of downtown Houston, Sugar Land is home to master-planned communities and welcoming neighborhoods that enhance the feeling of belonging.

There is so much to do in Sugar Land. From sightseeing to shopping, there is always something to do here. If you’re a lover of golf, you can find 12 different golf clubs around the city including Greatwood Golf Club and Sugar Creek Country Club. If shopping is more your style, you can spend your time exploring First Colony Mall which offers a variety of stores and restaurants, or you can take the short drive into Houston and spend time at The Galleria.  

If you’re looking to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather, take advantage of the biking trail and BMX track at Lost Creek Park or hike the Oyster Creek Trail. Baseball fans can enjoy the weather from the stands at Constellation Field, home to the Sugar Land Skeeters professional baseball team.

A number of high-profile businesses including The Minute Maid Company, Fluor Corporation and Noble Drilling have chosen Sugar Land as their corporate home, making the town a business-friendly environment with a bounty of opportunities.

Darling Homes offers two master-planned communities in Sugar Land, Imperial and Avalon at Riverstone. Imperial is the largest development within the prestigious Fort Bend area and offers homebuyers a series of homes that maintains a lifestyle-focused design while providing the space and modern living requirements homebuyers are looking for in their next home.

Avalon at Riverstone is beautifully situated in the heart of Fort Bend County, southwest of Houston’s shopping district at The Galleria and offers residents the experience to live within an enchanting forest setting complete with miles of serene walking trails, sparkling lakes and ponds, and plenty of pocket parks.

The Woodlands     

Founded in 1974, The Woodlands is a 28,000-acre escape just waiting for you. The community cares about preserving the beauty of the natural environment by setting aside large amounts of land for parks, allowing plenty of opportunities for residents to enjoy the gorgeous world around them. Not to mention, the area offers excellent housing options, plenty of great places to work, an amazing school system, and an abundance of retail shopping and dining. All of this makes The Woodlands a wonderful place to call home.

The Woodlands is a premier place for shopping, too. In fact, Southern Living Magazine named The Woodlands “One of America’s Best Shopping Destinations”. If you consider the more than 11 million square feet of world-class shopping featuring a variety of retailers and exclusive boutiques, you can easily see how shoppers thrive here.

If you’re looking for premier dining in The Woodlands, you won’t need to look far. There are a variety of options that are sure to please. From dining on Waterway Square to enjoying a meal on Market Street, you’ll never go hungry here.

Darling Homes offers elegantly authentic homes in beautifully master planned communities. The Woodlands, Cassena Grove is the perfect community for outdoor enthusiast with a total of 13 pools, several golf courses and two wide walking and biking trails running along the banks of Lake Paloma. The Woodlands, Village of Creekside Park is a newer expansion of The Woodlands and features distinctive designs from Darling’s Founders Collection that exude modern styling with timeless elegance.

You can also explore The Woodlands, Waterbridge with single family luxury homes surrounded by lakes and featuring dramatic entries with curved staircases and outdoor courtyards.

Somerset Green

Looking for a unique living experience near the hustle and bustle of the city? Look no further than the new VUE collection at Somerset Green. The new concept for city living offers homebuyers the unheard-of opportunity to select from a series of single floor layouts, stacking them to create their ideal home design.

The homes come equipped with elevator shafts (elevator optional), outdoor living spaces, generous storage options as well as access to Somerset Green amenities like an on-site pool with entertainment area, dog parks and more.

The location means Somerset Green is next to some of Houston’s most desirable destinations including Memorial Park, Washington Corridor, the Heights, Buffalo Bayou Park, the Galleria and Uptown Park, the Energy Corridor and downtown Houston.

Houston offers its residents the best of the best. From exquisite shopping malls like the famous The Galleria mall to fine dining at lavish locations like Brenner’s on the Bayou or the newest expansion of the world famous Japanese restaurant Nobu Houston.  

Downtown Houston also provides beautiful scenery throughout the city. One can enjoy the beautiful weather outdoors at Buffalo Bayou Park or jog through the gorgeous oak trees on the grounds of Rice University. Other popular attractions are Space Center Houston, home to NASA’s Mission Control and the largest Fine Arts Museum in the Southwest.

Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

Frisco

Just last year, Frisco was rated the number one place to live by Money Magazine. The city that was once a small quiet community is now the most sought out place to call home. So why all the fuss? The city of Frisco provides a higher quality of life for its residents. From its outstanding schools to its spectacular shopping and dining, Frisco is making a name for itself that is recognized nationwide.

Jobs in Frisco are projected to grow by nearly 15% over the next four years, thanks to the reasonable cost of living the city affords its residents. Blue-chip companies like AT&T, Toyota and Oracle have built offices in Frisco so they can provide jobs where houses are affordable for their employees. Employees relocating to Frisco will experience a diverse community of skilled workers that are delighted in the city’s lower cost of living and shorter commute times.

With the high quality of life and the rapid population growth, there is plenty of room for home builders to flourish in Frisco. Darling Homes is among the top builders with 9 authentic communities to choose from.

The communities these homes are located in are not your average neighborhoods. Newman Village, a master-planned community built around a deep appreciation for European and Mediterranean architecture, has created an eclectic streetscape like no other. The Estates at Shaddock Park is another master-planned community that offers residents a central location with resort-style amenities and a 6-acre park. Edgestone at Legacy provides residents with miles of winding trails throughout the community as well as neighborhood parks and upscale amenities like a fitness center and a clubhouse with a swimming pool. Canals at Grand Park is home to low-maintenance luxury properties that offers homebuyers modern style with upscale suburban comfort.

To learn more about Frisco check out our blog: Best Places to Live: Frisco

Irving

Located just 12 miles away from Dallas, Irving is both a great place to live and experience. With an abundance of excellent dining, entertainment, arts, music, theater and so much more, you’ll never run out of things to explore.

Attractions in Irving include the meandering along the popular Mandalay Canals, diving into the West Irving Aquatic Center and experiencing the expansive Irving Arts Center. Outdoor living in Irving is plentiful through enjoying the beautiful weather hiking Campión Trails or hitting one of the four 18-hole golf courses.

Known for its fresh and inspired culinary scene, Irving is home to some of the nation’s best chefs and innovative dining venues. From fine dining to exceptional BBQ and Tex-Mex, Irving has so many delicious flavors to experience. Check out some notable options here.

Darling Homes provides excellent options for luxury living in Irving. Stonegate is located conveniently in central Irving and features diverse architectural style with open and flowing designs that break the mold of cookie cutter neighborhoods. The Terraces at Las Colinas is the newest Darling community in Irving built in the exclusive Las Colinas location. Residents will get to experience an exciting, upscale, urban lifestyle with shopping and dining within walking distance. Darling Homes will be offering the popular City Collection of new homes featuring zero lot line, low maintenance, luxury living.

McKinney

McKinney’s tagline is “Unique by Nature” which reigns true when you take a look at the elements that make up the town into all that it is today. From the beautiful tree-lined streets to McKinney’s diverse residential neighborhoods, this town is nothing but ordinary.

The community spirit in McKinney friendly, safe, and inviting making McKinney the perfect place to call home. In fact, in 2014, Money Magazine ranked McKinney the #1 Best Place to Live in America. The town offers its residents unique shopping and dining in the historic downtown area, fun festivals throughout the year, year-round outdoor activities, and great opportunities for business.

Darling Homes are featured in some of McKinney’s most prestigious master-planned communities. Auburn Hills is a part of the gated Willowcreek enclave and includes picturesque trails and a pond. Darling Homes offers seven two-story home designs with Traditional, English Tudor, and French Elevations. Tucker Hill is a place where community comes first with opportunities to create lasting friendships and family memories. The wide-open feel of this new home community provides residents with a place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Darling Homes offers residents five one and two-story home designs with English Tudor, Four Square, French, Craftsman, and American Classic Elevations.

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