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Creating a Memorable Texas Father’s Day

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and throughout Texas there are special activities to help the dad in your life have a special day. Darling Homes residents in Houston and Dallas don’t have to look far to find one-of-a-kind Father’s Day specials to make the day memorable.

Father’s Day Fun in Houston

Houston has a wide range of options to choose from for fathers and father figures. For a fun, leisurely activity, Topgolf Houston-Katy recommends making reservations in advance. Reserve a bay for you and your loved ones and spend a day practicing your golf shot and having fun while indulging in delicious food and drinks. Topgolf provides a good balance of activity and down time for those looking to relax, eat and have a fun day.

The Secret Group is putting on a special, all-ages comedy show for the occasion called “Dad Jokes” where fathers get in for free. The doors for the show open at 7 p.m. on June 17, and tickets for those who aren’t dads are just $5. While you’re laughing, enjoy a raffle, drink specials and free samples.

Hop over to Revival Market before the show, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. to indulge in a day of feasting on fried chicken. Featuring scrumptious chicken and side dishes, live music from the Will Van Horn Trio, games for the whole family and beer selections from Spindletap. This outdoor event is a great option for getting out of the house and enjoying Houston cuisine.

Father’s Day Activities in Dallas

In Dallas, the fun continues for dads with more special events to mark Father’s Day. Shannon Brewing Company, located in Keller, near several Darling Homes communities, is throwing its third annual DadFest on June 16 from noon to 5 p.m. Featuring a plethora of beer choices, live music and food from Hicks BBQ and Just Encased, this event also includes an ugly tie competition.

The Dallas Arboretum is offering up specials for Father’s Day, including a special Father’s Day menu at the Terrace Cafe with beer samples, free iced tea for dads and live music. Enjoy the gorgeous gardens with the extra additions featured on both June 16 and June 17.

At Campion Trail’s Sam Houston Park in Irving, there will be a Father’s Day kite flying event providing fun for all ages. With the help of their parents, kids are taught how to build their own kites, followed by a day of kite-flying fun in the gorgeous park.

Celebrate with your dad or father figure this Father’s Day by checking out one of the incredible events in Houston or Dallas near your Darling Homes community.

 

 

 

 

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Discover the Tax Benefits to Homeownership

Finding the right home for you and your loved ones is a dream come true, and Darling Homes provides stunning home options for shoppers in Dallas and Houston.

After you’ve found your dream house, a lot of time, care and love goes into making that house a home. Owning a home comes with a unique set of challenges and advantages, including tax benefits.

According to the Tax Policy Center, homeowners can deduct both mortgage interest and property taxes, as well as other expenses, from their federal tax income. These deductions are added benefits for homeowners.

Tax relief starts with itemizing all possible deductions. H&R Block recommends looking at your charitable contributions, as well as state and local income taxes along with other possible deductions listed on their website.

Buying a home is a financial investment that helps homeowners grow equity over time, and homeownership is an investment in your future. When it comes time to face tax season, keep in mind all the possible deductions that could apply to you and your loved ones.  A home office deduction may be a possibility for you.

Itemizing deductions does have its benefits, according to H&R Block. For homeowners, up to two homes with mortgages taken on or before Dec. 15, 2017, interest  up to $1 million in acquisition debt is applicable for deduction. For mortgages taken after that date, the price limit is $750,000 for the mortgage interest tax deduction.

Taxes can be a daunting task, but after you’ve found your Darling Homes dream home, you will hopefully find tax deductions that work to your advantage.

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Enjoy the Performing Arts Near a Darling Homes Neighborhood

From concerts to live music to plays, Dallas and Houston each offer residents a wide variety of entertainment options. For Darling Homes residents, located in communities all around the two cities, homeowners delight in opportunities to view live performances close to home.

In the Dallas area, there are various Darling Homes communities that provide residents with access to entertainment venues. In Frisco, communities such as Canals at Grand Park, Newman Village, Edgestone at Legacy, Estates at Shaddock Park and Phillips Creek Ranch Silvertail are within easy reach of centers with dance, music, community theater and more.

At Theatre Frisco, a dedicated group of volunteers puts on four plays per year, and the Frisco Improv Players hold monthly shows at the intimate venue. Frisco Fine Art, since its opening in October 2017, has featured art openings, book signings and a holiday music and art performance. The venue is continuing to host performing arts events and is offering hands-on opportunities with painting nights out and art camps for children. The Rock & Bach Music and Performing Arts School offers children and their loved ones a way to get involved in performing arts from an early age, with music lessons and the Starmoments Theater, where young actors put their skills to the test with a final dinner theater performance.

At The Woodlands in North Houston, Darling Homes residents have access to a wide range of performing arts centers. At the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, an outdoor amphitheater mere minutes from several Darling Homes neighborhoods, big-name bands like The Foo Fighters, Kenny Chesney and the Dave Matthews Band are common sights on the stage. Along with concerts from popular bands, the Houston Ballet, Houston Symphony and Houston Grand Opera bring their performances straight to The Woodlands. The nearby Payne Academy of Ballet holds an annual production of The Nutcracker along with a spring performance for fans of dance, and Class Act Productions brings in community musical theater to The Woodlands.

Darling Homes puts a strong focus on providing homeowners with the lifestyle they want, starting with high-quality, desirable locations throughout the Dallas and Houston metro areas. From Cypress to McKinney and Sugar Land to Irving, performing arts venues are in close proximity to Darling Homes communities, giving residents the opportunity to indulge in their favorite arts events throughout the year.

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Enjoying the outdoors in Darling Homes Communities

Warmer weather and sunny days draw people to the outdoors as spring gets closer to summer. April is known as National Kite Month, and around the country adults and children are enjoying outdoor spaces in their communities.

With Darling Homes, in Dallas and Houston, communities are designed to give homebuyers the amenities they crave – including several communities with outstanding parks and open spaces. National Kite Month, organized by the American Kitefliers Association to encourage people to get outdoors and enjoying the activity of flying a kite.

Whether or not you decide to take up kite flying in April, Darling Homes homeowners are well-positioned to enjoy warm spring days in their communities. In Cypress, at Bridgeland, the entire community is built around the idea and theme of living within a park space, with Darling Homes designs from the Sanctuary Patio Collection, Regency Collection and Cornerstone Collection.  With over 900 acres of lakes and waterways, trails for walking, biking and running for exploring throughout the entire community, Bridgeland is prime for spending sunny days outdoors. Whether you’re packing a picnic, looking to go birdwatching at the birding tower or simply delight in over 400 acres of park space, homeowners in Bridgeland have unparalleled access to outdoor spaces within their neighborhoods.

At The Tribute, located in The Colony, Texas, residents are perched on a peninsula in Lake Lewisville, creating incredible opportunities for outdoor activities close to home. With homes from the Haven Collection, Sanctuary Patio Collection and the Keystone Collection, homeowners at  The Tribute reside within a peaceful retreat with close access to the city, the lake and protected natural areas. Lakeside living is a staple at this community, with launch sites for canoes and kayaks, spots to fish in hopes of catching a largemouth bass, catfish or white bass. Over 10 miles of trails provide residents with the opportunity to exercise and explore. With educational signs on native plants, animals and ecosystems, The Tribute’s outdoor spaces provide room for both fun and education.

Whether you want spring days flying a kite, laying in the grass or embracing other outdoor recreation activities, Darling Homes residents can get the lifestyle they desire with incredible communities throughout Dallas and Houston.

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Darling Homes Delivers Incredible Lifestyles and Amenities

Darling Homes is known in Dallas and Houston for providing homebuyers with distinct, luxurious homes built with quality craftsmanship and design. However, Darling Homes does more than provide gorgeous homes for Texans; the homebuilder carefully selects communities with incredible amenities that create an unmatched lifestyle.

Resort-style pools, spacious parks, trails for cycling and walking and access to golf courses, lakes and more are just some of the recreation opportunities found in Darling Homes communities.

In The Colony, just north of Dallas, The Tribute gives discerning buyers a selection of home designs from the Haven, Sanctuary Patio and Keystone Collections, with lake access, a resort-style pool, playgrounds, fishing and more. Located on Lake Lewisville, homeowners don’t have to go far to find entertainment options for all ages. Clubhouses with on-site restaurants, a splash park and over 10 miles of trails winding throughout the peninsula creates a unique community with a lakeside lifestyle.

Montgomery Farm Estates and Angel Field East, two new sections of well-established Montgomery Farm in Allen, are scheduled to open in the coming months. Darling Homes will offer Dallas-area homebuyers five unique collections of luxurious home designs in a community built to coexist with the natural beauty of Texas. Nearby shops, natural areas, restaurants and parks will highlight this impressive community.

The Houston area is home to Avalon at Riverstone in Sugar Land, where homes in the Reserve, Retreat, Cornerstone and Regency Collections are available for homebuyers. This gorgeous, master-planned community in Sugar Land combines modern luxuries with scenic outdoor spaces. With 3.5 acres of bark parks for your four-legged friends, resort-style swimming pools, a splash pad and playgrounds everyone can find an outlet for their inner child while tennis courts, a fitness center and trails provide an array of fitness options to satisfy the athlete in us.Fishing piers, lakes and over 500 acres of open spaces and recreation maintain Avalon at Riverstone’s serene environment.

Northwest of Houston, in Cypress, Bridgeland offers shoppers options from the Sanctuary Collection and the Regency and Cornerstone Collections in a community built with an amenity-rich lifestyle in mind. With complimentary recreational materials like paddle boats, canoes and kayaks, this exciting community is built to connect its members to nature. Disc golf, a swimming complex, fitness center, basketball and tennis courts and miles of trails create a fun-filled lifestyle for homeowners. With plans for town centers in each of the community’s four villages, high-quality dining and shopping options are convenient for those lucky enough to call Bridgeland home.

Texans who choose Darling Homes will enjoy distinct designs thoughtfully crafted to match their needs in a broad range of communities. From partaking in community events to enjoying everyday luxuries including nature trails and clubhouses, Darling homebuyers experience the best of Dallas and Houston.

 

 

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It’s Time for Spring Home Maintenance

Spring is in the air, and with the warmer weather and sunshine comes the time for annual home maintenance to keep your Houston or Dallas Darling home in tip-top shape year after year.

We’ve all heard the term ‘spring cleaning,’ but checking through the exteriors and interiors of your home after winter passes ensures any wear and tear or weather damage is managed immediately and helps keep your home functioning well through the years.

Checking the roof for storm damage and cleaning out the gutters is a great way to begin preparing your home for spring and summer. Fall and winter can leave a lot of natural debris in gutters, screens and on patios. Cleaning off these areas makes your Darling home feel fresh and ready for the upcoming summertime.

Maintaining your yard is a key element, though many people have different styles and techniques -for outdoor upkeep. Checking your lawn mower and sprinkler system to ensure they are properly functioning helps prepare for summer yard maintenance. Planting flowers in planters or a flower bed helps to brighten up the outside area with summer colors.

Once the outside of your home is ready for warm weather, it’s time to head inside. Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to check over your house systems, putting new batteries in fire alarms or running a security alarm test.

Changing out old air filters for fresh new filters, cleaning off fans and checking lightbulbs are a few of the ways homeowners can prepare for spring and summer. Many people also take advantage of spring’s new beginnings to deep clean their home from the floorboards to the ceiling to start the season with a clean, comfortable environment.

After the home maintenance is complete, Darling homeowners can head outdoors to enjoy a wide array of community amenities or visit local parks and recreational areas to enjoy the beautiful weather.

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New Gadgets and Technology for Your Home

Now that you’ve found your dream home with the help of Darling Homes, what comes next? For a lot of people, the answer to personalizing their new residence may come in the form of technology. With new gadgets and technology coming out every year, more homeowners are embracing smart tools from digital assistants to helping keep your house safe and secure.

Staying organized

When it comes to running a busy household, we all could use a hand from time to time. Technology has produced gadgets like the Roomba to help keep homes clean, but now the Braava Jet Robotic Mop is stepping up to the plate and mopping up to 100 square feet per hour.

Digital home assistants, like Amazon’s Echo and Google Home, are getting more advanced by the version, using voice commands to play music, read news, tell you the weather and more. In 2017, Amazon unveiled its Echo Show, adding a visual component to the digital assistant and allowing for more tasks, such as video calls and video playback. The Lenovo Smart Display is hitting the market in 2018 and can be programmed to help you jump start your morning routine, doing everything from syncing to the coffee pot to reminding you about important events throughout the day.

Bluetooth LED mirrors, like the series made by Viio, come with anti-fogging technology and a two-way speaker system to help you catch up on phone calls, listen to the news or music and get ready for the day simultaneously.

Safety first

Technology has radically changed home security as well, making it easy for anybody who so desires to invest in security cameras, advanced alarm systems and mobile monitoring.

A recent trend in home security has been the implementation of doorbells with video monitoring. No matter where you are, when a person rings your doorbell, you can receive a notification on your cell phone, where you can speak through the doorbell and see who is at the door. Smart locks can also provide a sense of security while you’re at work or on vacation, with remote access on a smartphone allowing you to check in or lock up at any time.

Coming soon

While a lot of amazing technology has already hit the market, new gadgets and devices that  change life at home are coming out every year, providing an abundance of options for those looking for a technological upgrade.

Nokia Sleep, a flat device that slides under a mattress, acts as both a sleep tracker and home automation pad. It can track your sleep, heart rate, snoring and it doesn’t end there. By integrating to your home and sleep routines, Nokia Sleep can be programmed to dim the lights when you go to bed, turn them on when you wake up, change the temperature in the home and more. The best part, it will be available this year.

New technology is coming out to help with chores around the home as well. Though consumers have to wait until 2019, Foldimate is creating a laundry folding robot to make the chore easier for everyone in the family.

Virtual reality headsets, phones and smart watches are all among devices coming out with new versions every year, adding to quality of home control, video games, sleep and health tracking and more.

Find your dream home in Dallas or Houston today and make it uniquely yours by integrating the gadgets you’ve always wanted.

 

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McKinney, Texas – One of the Best Places to Live in America

Located 30 miles north of Dallas, McKinney is a picturesque city with a small-town feel. Beautiful tree-lined streets, excellent schools, a growing business environment, a charming historic downtown and a close-knit community contribute to its popularity.

Named the #1 Best Place to Live in America by Money Magazine in 2014, McKinney provides the perfect balance of lifestyle and convenience.

What makes McKinney so attractive to home buyers? With a healthy local economy, highly acclaimed schools and first-class sporting and entertainment venues, the city maintains a small-town ambiance that continues to attract new residents.

McKinney’s historic downtown area provides an array of trendy cafés, high-quality shopping, and nightlife with an array of eclectic bars and live music. A vibrant arts scene, serene parks, and events year-round, including the McKinney Brunch Fest, make the city a lively destination you’ll love coming home to.

McKinney Brunch Fest at Tucker Hill
Enjoy an out-of-this-world culinary experience at the McKinney Brunch Fest at Tucker Hill.

McKinney Brunch Fest is coming to Tucker Hill on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The free event is designed to celebrate all things blissful about brunch with cuisine from eight restaurants and famous local food trucks. Festival goers will also enjoy live music by N’awlins Gumbo Kings and Layne Elizabeth, 40 famous boutiques and artisan shops and Darling Homes model home tour.

Experience a day of culinary indulgence with EJ Wills Gastro Pub, Soul Bowl, Chez Flo Crepes, The Egg Stand, Ice Cream Wasted, Coalition Coffee, Bahama Bucks and brunch cocktails will be poured by Rye. Craft Food & Drink.

Bring your appetite to McKinney’s most delicious event. Top culinary experts from various restaurants will be providing demonstrations throughout the day. The exciting line-up includes Chef Jeff Qualls from Rye, Craft Food & Drink, Chef Andrea Shackelford from Harvest, Food and Lifestyle Expert Coryann Ettienne from Ettiene Market, Regina Schneider from Zin Zen Wine Bistro, Jennifer Sharpe from Pampered Chef and students of the Texas ProStart program.

This family-friendly event includes lawn games kids will love and home tours of Darling Homes beautifully decorated model home at Tucker Hill.

Commemorate the day with photos of your brunch bunch at the photo booth.

McKinney Brunch Fest at Tucker Hill is coordinated by SBG Hospitality in partnership with the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Beautiful Homes by Darling Homes at Tucker Hill
Tucker Hill is known for its nostalgic small-town feel, with tree-lined streets, wide sidewalks, neighborhood parks, an emphasis on nature, and homes with inviting front porches designed to be gathering spaces for neighbors and friends to visit.

Priced from the low $400,000s, Darling Homes at Tucker Hill offers eight spectacular home designs inspired by period-specific architectural styles including English Tudor, Spanish Mission, Four Square and more. Ranging from approximately 2,100 to 3,600 square feet, the one- and two-story homes feature classic, Grecian doorway moldings, beautiful columns and exquisite interiors for the discerning homebuyer.

Designs incorporate top-of-the-line home features including elegant entryways, charming front porches, spacious family rooms, gorgeous gourmet kitchens, extended outdoor living areas and 3-car garages.

Explore Life in the Charming Town of McKinney
Conveniently located just off 380, in between the Dallas North Tollway and Highway 75, Tucker Hill residents enjoy a short commute to major employment centers like Frito-Lay, Toyota Motor North America Inc., J.C. Penney, Oracle Corporation, Tyler Technologies and more.

This ideal location ensures residents will spend less time driving and more time enjoying life at home and within their community.

Those looking to call Tucker Hill home will also have access to top-rated schools within Prosper Independent School District, including Baker Elementary School, Rogers Middle School and Prosper High School.

Ready to take the next step? Visit our model home located at 7212 Ripley Street McKinney, Texas 75071 or for more information visit www.darlinghomes.com

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Frisco – One of the Fastest-Growing Cities in Texas

Are you searching for a peaceful retreat amid the city buzz of North Dallas? One North Texas city, Frisco, just happens to fit the bill. Conveniently located in the heart of Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) area, Frisco is one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation.

Frisco is the Place to call Home

Once a stop on the railroad coming and going to Dallas, the growth in Frisco exploded around 2000. The charming city has seen rapid commercial and economic growth without losing its small-town charm. That’s one of many reasons why Frisco has become one of the most sought after upscale suburbs in North Texas.

Whether you’re a sports aficionado, foodie, shopaholic or art connoisseur, Frisco has something for you.

Home to the Dallas Cowboys corporate offices and training center, the Frisco  Roughriders and FC Dallas, Frisco is an ultimate destination for sports fans. If you have shopping on your mind, visit Frisco’s more than nine million square feet of retail space throughout the city. The art lover in you will surely fall in love with city’s growing arts and culture scene that includes nationally recognized Texas Sculpture Garden. In short, Frisco offers an excellent quality of life, with abundant access to plenty of entertainment options.

Beautiful Homes at Chapel Creek in Frisco

With a booming housing market and tons of incredible neighborhoods to choose from, Darling Home’s Chapel Creek is an upscale, luxury community located in Frisco, Texas, between Preston Road and the Dallas North Tollway.

Chapel Creek is a beautiful and prestigious community featuring distinctive home designs that blend European-inspired design and rustic, elegant details.

You can savor the luxuries of peaceful living in this perfectly tailored North Texas neighborhood. With home sites featuring creek views, this haven of Old World-inspired architecture and European parks creates the ultimate escape from city life.

Chapel Creek provides a highly desirable location with convenient access to the area’s major thoroughfares leading to DFW International Airport, Love Field and Downtown Dallas.

Darling Homes Chapel Creek community offers elegant lifestyle with eight beautiful, spacious open floor plans to choose from. Each plan offers grand entries that lead to open-concept floor plans with gourmet kitchens, expansive family rooms, hearth rooms, first floor media rooms, guest casitas, courtyards and exceptional outdoor living spaces. Homes range in size from approximately 4,000 to 4,700 square feet and are priced from the $740,000s. Move-in ready homes are available.

The Future of Frisco

Known for exemplary schools, pristine parks, ample retail and variety of sports and entertainment venues, Frisco, Texas has grown into a place where many people want to reside. The next chapter in Frisco’s success story is the $5 Billion Mile.

The $5 Billion Mile includes some of North Texas’ biggest projects, including the Dallas Cowboys headquarters and practice field mixed-use project The Star. The Frisco Station corporate campus and Wade Park, located at the Tollway and Lebanon Road also are within the mile-long stretch.

Buzzing with economic and cultural attractions as well as Darling Homes’ latest home collection at Chapel Creek, Frisco is the place to be in north Dallas.

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Fort Bend County – Outdoor Living in Harvest Green

Fort Bend County is a flourishing suburb of Houston, the nation’s fourth largest city. With an estimated population of 741,237 and growing, Fort Bend County has been recognized as one of the best places in Houston to raise a family. It has consistently ranked in the top 3 percent of the nation’s “Best Places to Live and Work.”

It’s bustling lifestyle, plethora of shopping destinations, museums, arts and cultural landscape give it a foothold to be the fastest growing U.S. county. Fort Bend County is home to two of the country’s top master planned communities in Houston. One of them is Harvest Green, home to one of Darling Homes’ signature communities.

Let’s examine what life could be like for you there!

Outdoor Living in Harvest Green

Picture a large master planned community, 30 acres of lakes and waterways, 280 acres of greenbelts and open space, 50 acres of parkland, a walkable trail system steps away from its own farm. Welcome to Harvest Green – Fort Bend County’s most innovative and Houston’s first farm centric community. The community offers its residents a lifestyle rooted in sustainability. At the heart of this community is the village farm producing wide array of organic fruits and vegetables.

Harvest Green residents can get their hands dirty at the on-site Village Farm, which offers tours, special events and the chance for residents to grow their own produce. Plenty of neighborhood gatherings will give residents a chance to form friendships over casual wine dinners, and children will gain an appreciation for the environment as they watch crops grow.

Does this master-planned community in Fort Bend County sound like the perfect place to call home?

Your Dream Home is Waiting for You 

Nestled within the natural beauty of Harvest Green, Darling Homes’ one- and two-story homes showcase floor plan flexibility, elegant details and inspired design elements for which the homebuilder is renowned. Each home features a blend of sophistication, charm and authentic architectural details, with some including graceful rounded staircases, French-inspired exposed beams and Juliette balconies.

Darling Homes entire home series offers gorgeous, oversized designs from the $440,000s. The unfolding interiors create exceptional spaces that cater to a refined style of living. With four floor plan options that range from approximately 3,000 square feet to more than 4,300 square feet, the one- and two-story homes provide expansive outdoor living spaces from which you can enjoy beautiful natural surroundings and thoughtfully designed gourmet kitchens.

Harvest Green also boasts finely appointed master suites with spa-like master bathrooms, private studies, large secondary bedrooms, game rooms and media rooms, as well as three-car-garages making it the perfect home for friends and loved ones to gather.

Designed to provide a multitude of opportunities for an active lifestyle, Harvest Green features world class amenities for its residents. You can enjoy at the resort pool, avail of well-equipped fitness center or relax and entertain guests at the lakeside   amphitheater. A splash pad and playground give little ones a place to play. The beautiful community offers several fun activities and events to spend time with your family and make some new friends.

Harvest Green is the best place to your new home. Located in Richmond, in the heart of Fort Bend County, this beautiful master-planned community offers a multitude of opportunities for an active lifestyle, best of schools in the vicinity. It is conveniently located between Katy and Sugar Land and is only minutes away from a wealth of shopping, entertainment and dining options in Houston.