Category / Darling Difference

At Home Community Darling Difference Lifestyle Tips Travel

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.

At Home Community Darling Difference

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.

Interior 2

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.

At Home Community Darling Difference

The Verandas at Southlake by Darling Homes Now Pre Selling

Exterior

Darling Homes is now pre-selling in this premiere community. Those who entertain often will love the spacious floor plans at The Verandas at Southlake. Each award-winning patio home will feature expansive bedrooms and living spaces ranging from approximately 2,600 to 3,500 square feet.

Home buyers who step inside the model at Southlake will discover an inviting front courtyard followed by an elegant entryway. Chef’s will appreciate the luxurious gourmet kitchen with specially accented designer cabinetry and unique vent hoods chosen from a variety of styles and finishes. The extended outdoor entertaining area with optional outdoor kitchen, creates the perfect place to host barbecues, gatherings and spend time with friends and family.

living room

Welcome home to Southlake!

At Home Community Darling Difference

Darling Homes to Host Home Buyers to Community Garage Sale

HOUSTON – Riverstone is hosting its semi-annual community garage sale on March 8 and Houston home builder Darling Homes is inviting local families to discover new treasures at the rummage sale before touring its homes in the master-planned community.

Toys, furniture, clothing, household items and other goods await guests from 8 to 11 a.m. at Riverstone’s Creekstone Village Recreation Center, located at 5438 Creekstone Village Drive in Sugar Land.

Any unsold items will be collected at the end of the event by the Fort Bend Women’s Center with donations from the public also accepted.

“With the addition of many new Riverstone residents this year it’s a terrific way for these families and neighbors to come together as a whole and possibly find some great items,” said Shannon Vining, marketing director for Darling Homes’ Houston Division. “Houston home buyers can also tour the model homes while experiencing the tight-knit Riverstone community.”

Darling Homes has four home collections available for viewing at Riverstone including a series of luxury homes ranging from approximately 2,790 to 5,238 square feet and patio homes offering approximately 1,857 to 3,771 square feet of living space.

“Now is the perfect time to tour the homes at Riverstone,” said Vining. “We have several move-in ready homes available as well as homes that will be ready as early as May.”

For more information on Darling Homes, please visit www.darlinghomes.com.

Experience the Darling Difference
At Home Community Darling Difference

Darling Homes Master Planned

Darling Homes is dedicated to building high quality homes in extraordinary communities, and that hard work has been acknowledged nationwide.

Recently, nine Houston communities with six of the listed being Darling Homes neighborhoods, were recognized as the top 20 master-planned communities in the country by John Burns Real Estate Consulting.

Master-planned communities create new home communities that provide the framework for community and add value. According to experts like John Burns, what sets top ranking master-planned communities apart from the rest is the creation of an outstanding community with a successful balance of purchases, sales, availability and demand that is measured through total home sales each year.

According to Robert Charles Lesser & Co., the neighborhoods highlighted in the list experience continuous success despite competition from other new and mature builder subdivisions because of home buyers’ confidence in master-planned communities as the best places to both live and invest.

The six Darling Homes neighborhoods ranked on the list are Cross Creek Ranch in Fulshear, The Woodlands, Riverstone in Missouri City, Aliana in Richmond, Woodforest in Montgomery and Sienna Plantation in Missouri City.

These communities reflect signature Darling Homes characteristics such as excellent craftsmanship, thoughtful designs, elegant floor plans and outstanding amenities, all of which help buyers make the most of their new home purchase

At Home Community Darling Difference Travel

Things to Do in Southlake

Looking for Things to Do in Southlake? Get Ready for Fun!

Did you know there are more than 100 places to dine in Southlake? How about the fact that Southlake was named as the most affluent neighborhood in the United States? It was, based on average median household income estimated by Forbes.com in December 2008.

Then there’s the history of Southlake. And all of the fun activities and shopping. In short, this beautiful city is definitely the place to be!

So how do you choose what to do first? We’ve compiled a list of five fun things to do in Southlake:

Things to Do in Southlake

1.  Love horseback riding? The Widowmaker Trail Rides provides an afternoon of guided riding on Lake Grapevine.

2.  Foodies can enjoy more than 103 restaurants, patios, bars and upscale lounges in the Southlake area. Find a full list of dining destinations here.

3.  Spend an afternoon relaxing at one of the 20 salons and spas located around Southlake. From nail salons to full service spas, Southlake has plenty of pampering opportunities!

4.  Take the online Southlake Historical Tour. It is speculated the Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker spent time in the area west of Grapevine and Clyde may have attended the 1919 Carroll School! Learn more about this history-rich city by clicking each location on the website and reading the descriptions below.

5.  Kids can release some energy at the Urban Air Trampoline Park. The venue even features events such as neon nights for ages nine to 12 and teen night for ages 13 and up.

Southlake gives residents the feeling of a small town with a strong focus on family and community activities. The city is also known for its Southlake Town Square, a 1.3 million square foot shopping center offering high-end boutiques and shopping destinations and fine dining, all located within minutes of the community.

The Verandas at Southlake by Darling Homes

Darling Homes is now pre-selling in this premiere community. Those who entertain often will love the spacious floor plans at The Verandas at Southlake. Each award-winning patio home will feature expansive bedrooms and living spaces ranging from approximately 2,600 to 3,500 square feet.

Home buyers who step inside the model at Southlake will discover an inviting front courtyard followed by an elegant entryway. Chef’s will appreciate the luxurious gourmet kitchen with specially accented designer cabinetry and unique vent hoods chosen from a variety of styles and finishes. The extended outdoor entertaining area with optional outdoor kitchen, creates the perfect place to host barbecues, gatherings and spend time with friends and family.

Welcome home to Southlake!

 

 

At Home Community Darling Difference Travel

10 Top Reasons to Live in Houston

10 Reasons You Need to Move to Houston

Houston, Texas. It’s America’s fourth-largest city chock full of world-class dining, art destinations, award-winning restaurants and that charming southern hospitality.

According to the Greater Houston Partnership, Houston was named No. 1 for corporate expansion and relocation by Site Selection Magazine. Texas was also named the “stickiest” state in the country, according to the Pew Research Center, meaning that more than three-quarters of adults who were born in Texas still live there.

If you’re planning on relocating, Houston may be the best city for you! Here’s a list of 10 reasons we feel best explain why you need to move to Houston.

1. The word “Houston” was the first word said on the moon. When Apollo 11 landed on the moon, Neil Armstrong reported, “Houston, Tranquility base here. The Eagle has landed.”

2. The weather. While the northern part of the nation is experiencing sub-zero temperatures and heavy snow falls, Houstonians appreciate mild weather all year long with average winter temperatures in the 40s.

3. Sports. For those who enjoy attending professional sporting events, Houston is home to the Texans football team, Houston Astros baseball team, Houston Rockets men’s basketball, and Houston Dynamo soccer team.

4. If Houston were an independent nation, it would rank as the 30th largest economy in the world according to The City of Houston.

5. Dennis Quaid, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Beyonce Knowles have all called Houston home.

6. Houston is known as the “Energy Capital of the World” according to The Greater Houston Partnership, and home to 40 of the nation’s 145 publicly traded oil and gas production firms.

7. Hungry diners can venture into the highly reputed restaurant Oxheart, included in Southern Living’s 2013 list of 100 Places to Eat Now and dubbed one of the five “hottest restaurant openings” in 2012 by GQ Magazine. The intimate restaurant is only open for dinner Thursday through Monday and only 26 seats are available. Guests can choose from a choice of three menus nightly.

8. The Woodlands. Those who are looking for a nature oasis outside of the city, can “Come Home to The Woodlands,” as the city slogan goes. Located north of Houston, the city houses several corporate campuses such as Chevron Phillips, Woodforest National Bank and Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. Darling Homes offers five communities in The Woodlands area. See them here.

9. If music is your passion, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is an outdoor amphitheater that features the Houston Symphony in the summer and the Houston Ballet. Ranked as the second-most used amphitheater in the world, it can house 19,500 people at once.

10. Harmony. This beautiful master-planned community is located in Spring, TX and is only minutes from the new Exxon campus. Highlights of this community include a nature preserve, hike and bike trails, playgrounds, a resort-style pool and recreation center.

 

At Home Community Darling Difference

Darling Homes American Classic Series

Ever wonder what it would be like to live in a house similar to the ones highlighted in the pages of Architectural Digest or Southern Living?  What is it about American Classic homes that bring back feelings of nostalgia, comfort and pure joy for so many people when looking at American classic houses?  There is something to be said for a house that has charm, elegance, character, and distinction.  After all, many of these attributes are reasons why people dream of owning a home one day.

Darling Homes’ American Classic series provides a way for people uninspired by “cookie cutter” brick homes to differentiate themselves from their neighbors.  It’s a way for people to have that “WOW” factor when friends and family see their home for the first time without having to own the biggest house on the block.  There is a reason why it’s known as the classic home style and that’s because the houses are truly timeless.

exterior

Here are just a few of the many ways the American Classic buyer can stay true to the charm of the architecture on the outside while adding their own personal touch to build character on the inside.

  1. Study the classic details: The exterior features of American Classic homes are often inviting and very livable.  Homes with front porches, painted front doors, square post columns and louvered shutters all make these American classic houses truly unique.  It’s important to stay true to the architectural charm while also adding your own personal style to your home.
  2. Don’t be afraid to be bold: Adding simple touches like painting the front porch your favorite shade of blue or even painting your entire house canary yellow is a great way to set yourself apart. It’s ok to be known around your neighborhood as the yellow bungalow style home at the end of the street.  Bold features are unique talking points and great conversation starters for people who love this type of home.
  3. Build character from within: Interior details such as transoms, wainscoting, built-in bookshelves, crown molding, custom cabinets and dimmed lighting all have a big impact on personalizing your dream home.  Go ahead and add wainscoting in the study or build out book shelves in the family room as these are all upgrades you won’t regret when entertaining family and friends.

All of these simple details can greatly improve your home’s architectural appeal and character.  All it takes is an appreciation for the design and foresight to create that perfect ambiance.  Whether you love bungalow style homes or craftsman house plans, this classic home style is truly the standard of architectural elegance and charm.

Darling Homes’ American Classic series is truly something unique in the sense it can take a buyer to a time in the past while also creating a vision of their family’s future.  No other architecture can blend past with the present quite like American Classic.  Simply put…it’s a house that feels like home!

Follow these links to find the perfect street of Darling’s American Classic Series to live on in Houston:

At Home Community Darling Difference

Now is the Time to Buy a Darling Home in Frisco TX

1. Location: Lawler Park is your best option when it comes to buying or building a new home in Frisco, TX. This 143-acre master-planned community will feature over 300 homes with easy access to Hwy 121. Within minutes, residents can drive to Legacy Business Park, Stonebriar Mall and other high-end shopping, hundreds of restaurants and numerous parks.

2. Community: For individuals and families seeking the best community in which to build Frisco, TX new homes, Lawler Park has options for everyone in its two sections:

The Arbors at Lawler Park

These 149 homesites on 65’ lots feature new home designs ranging from 2,500-3,800 square feet with prices from the $370’s. These homes feature rear-entry floor plans with traditional brick and stone architectural options.

New Homes in Frisco TX

The Crossing at Lawler Park

This section includes nearly 200 front-entry estate homes on 75’ lots. Square footage on these homes will range from 2,800-4,000 with prices from the low $450’s.

Within Lawler Park, residents can explore the hike and bike trails nestled amongst mature trees and open spaces, with easy access to the city park just north of the community which includes playgrounds and sport courts.

3.    Multi-Generational Home Designs: The Pew Research Center’ says that roughly one in five households in the U.S. are multi-generational, and our model home in Lawler Park will reflect this new trend with its multi-generational floor plan featuring a first-floor “in-law” suite with its own entry, bedroom, kitchenette, and living area.

“As more families look for options of being able to accommodate senior or adult family members under one roof, we believe they will find this new home design meets an unmet consumer need,” says Michael Carter, Darling’s VP of Marketing.  “Our research indicates there is a rising need among this demographic which has served as the catalyst for developing floor plans for multi-generational families. This home design provides the opportunity for different living arrangements while still providing great use of space, square footage, and most importantly, privacy. In fact, we have created this unique home design to allow for dual living situations without sacrificing comfort – it’s literally a home within a home.”

Traditional home designs from Darling Homes will also be available in Lawler Park.

4.    Features: Darling’s designs for  Lawler Park feature open floor plans, gourmet kitchens, options for media rooms, private master suites, spacious secondary bedrooms, covered patios and three-car garages.

Other standard features include:

  • Ceramic backsplash and tile in kitchens and bathrooms
  • Granite countertops in kitchen and master bath
  • Your choice of 5 solid wood front door options
  • Energy efficient features such as low “E” double-paned vinyl windows
  • Crown and base molding throughout
  • Fully sodded yards with a sprinkler system and landscaping allowance

5.    Education: Lawler Park will be zoned for the prestigious Frisco ISD, widely considered to be one of the best in the metroplex, making it a great community for families. Homeowners will be within walking distance to Curtsinger Elementary, Vandeventer Middle School, and Liberty High School.  And, there are plans for a new elementary school to be built on land to the northern edge of the community.

At Darling Homes, we’re totally committed to the delivery of your dream. We not only approach every job with a dedication to uncompromising craftsmanship, but with a level of customer service that goes far beyond the sale.

At Home Community Darling Difference

Three reasons to build a Darling Home in Timarron Lakes

Have you heard how amazing The Woodlands is? Amongst all the trees lies a city bursting with shopping, top-notch education, entertainment and new home communities to welcome all those who seek it! As it always has, The Woodlands, TX continues to grow with its new homes section in the Village of Creekside Park, Timarron Lakes. As if the existing amenities in The Woodlands aren’t reason enough, below are our Top 3 Reasons to live in a Darling home in Timarron Lakes.

1 Location: Timarron Lakes is a premier gated section of new homes in The Woodlands, TX located off Kuykendahl Road, which offers easy access to the main thoroughfare, The Woodlands Parkway. The new home sites are only minutes away from the Creekside Park YMCA and Outdoor Adventure Center, Lake Paloma, and Rob Fleming Park and Aquatic Center. The exemplary rated Creekside Forest Elementary School is right down the street for those children living in Timarron. Exciting future plans for the Development are to include a Creekside Park Village Center, for your shopping needs, off Kuykendahl Road.

2 Amenities: This 240-acre neighborhood includes a 7-acre park with a Craftsman style pavilion. The park features lighted tennis and basketball courts, garden-themed spray ground and two playgrounds to appeal to different age groups. The highlight of this new home community is the six lakes spread throughout, including the 14-acre Lake Reverie, with a 2,300 square foot clubhouse to enjoy the view. The serene nature of the lakes set the tone for the community.

3 Darling Homes: You can now choose your preferred new home site in the community of Timarron Lakes. Darling Homes is now selling our award-winning patio homes from the $370s, with sizes ranging from 2,200 to over 3,800 square feet. The new homes in Timarron Lakes offer a charming lifestyle combined with Darling Homes’ sophisticated proven home designs personalized to fit your individual needs.

It is always best to see these new homes in the Village of Creekside Park to truly believe what The Woodlands, TX has to offer! Take a stroll through Timarron Lakes and we are sure it will make you feel right at home.