Unique Ideas for Nights on the Town

Darling Homes communities in Dallas and Houston are built with location, design and homebuyer needs in mind. While homebuyers look for a home they can entertain and relax in, businesses throughout Houston and Dallas are offering up unique ideas for nights on the town.

Looking to create a DIY masterpiece for your Dallas home? Head over to McKinney’s Crafty Night Out, which specializes in helping creatives create their own wooden crafts, including door hangers, wood signs, wreaths and string art that can add a personalized pop to your home.

If you’re looking for a night out on the town, check out the Toyota Music Factory in Irving. Known for its concert plaza, the location also hosts a dining and entertainment pavilion full of fun, unique options to explore throughout your evening out.

The Twilite Lounge, with locations in Deep Ellum and Fort Worth, offers its guests an old-fashioned cocktail lounge with a New Orleans feel. Serving up a full menu every day until 2 a.m., the Twilite Lounge offers transportation to an older time with a modern twist, featuring karaoke on Wednesdays and live music or a featured DJ on the weekends.

Down in the Houston area, at the Sugar Land Town Square, Sugar Land residents can indulge in an evening of shopping, dining or catching an event. Yoga, fitness courses, choir performances, movie nights on the lawn and more provide a variety of opportunities to gather your loved ones for a fun evening. Other events here throughout the summer include Lyrics & Lawn Games, Jazz Jams, Dancing Under The Stars and Opry on the Square.

For a night spent listening to music and relaxing with friends or loved ones, head to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. With concerts ranging from country to rock, Houston Symphony performances and more, the venue offers residents of The Woodlands a fun night full of entertainment close to home.

Houston also has some options for those looking for something spontaneous, fun and a little bit on the daring side. If this appeals to you, you may want to check out Houston Axe Throwing, which touts itself as the first axe throwing club in Texas. After instruction from an Axepert, groups can learn and practice the art of axe throwing, followed by a friendly competition to see who will win the title of Axe Throwing Champion.

Darling Homes pays careful attention to details that help make a house a home, including choosing prime locations near recreational activities that appeal to homebuyers. After you’ve found your dream home with Darling Homes, enjoy getting out into the community and exploring what Dallas and Houston have to offer for an exciting night out, from unique activities to neighborhood restaurants.


Explore Farmers Markets in Dallas and Houston

Gourmet kitchens are a well-loved Darling Homes feature and are built to help home owners experiment with culinary creativity and perfect favorite foods. With an abundance of options for shopping at farmers markets near Houston and Dallas Darling Homes communities, bringing fresh fare into the kitchen is easier and more delicious than ever before.

Houston Farmers Markets

Situated throughout the Houston area are enticing Darling Homes communities and farmers markets, bringing residents the best in housing and locally grown food. At Urban Harvest, a farmers market hosted at both City Hall on Wednesdays and at the Eastside Farmers Market on Saturdays, bring in vendors from all over the Houston area. With fish, bread, fruits, vegetables, honey, lavender products and a plethora of other choices, Urban Harvest provides local food and other wares to suit every need.

At The Woodlands Farmers Market at Grogan Mill on Saturday mornings, agricultural and artisan vendors bring goods they produced to locals. The market offers a weekly newsletter letting shoppers know exactly which vendors will be present on Saturday, and is easily accessible by bicycle from nearby communities.

The Tomball Farmers Market, also open on Saturdays, was created by and is operated by local farmers. Local vegetables, eggs, meats, honey, salsa and more allow area residents to indulge in delicious, local goods close to home.

Dallas Farmers Markets

As farm-to-table goods keep up their popularity, farmers markets throughout the Dallas region are connecting residents with fresh food and local products. The Dallas Farmers Market, hosted in the heart of downtown, connects locals to vegetables, dairy products, and more, along with special events such as goat yoga.

The Four Seasons Markets hosts a series of markets throughout the region, including Dal-Rich Towne Square in Richardson, Parker Square in Flower Mound and the Irving Arts Center. The group works to partner with local business people offering their goods to create markets in convenient locations for Dallas residents.

At the Coppell Farmers Market, farmers and artisans come out on Saturdays to sell their fare, ranging from candles and coffee to plants and baked goods. With a list of vendors on the website, this charming location in downtown Coppell is sure to become a weekend favorite for farmers market fans.

Dallas and Houston residents can indulge in a variety of local farmers markets throughout the year, finding fresh ingredients perfect for cooking up new dishes and old favorites in your Darling Homes gourmet kitchen.


Celebrate Mother’s Day in Texas

Mother’s Day in Texas is just around the corner, and there’s no better to celebrate mom near your Dallas or Houston Darling Homes community than treating her to a unique and savory brunch. Restaurants around both Dallas and Houston are offering special, delicious meals for Mother’s Day to help create the ideal outing for mom.

Restaurants near Darling Homes at The Woodlands are dishing up appetizing dishes with a wide variety of options for mom to indulge in. At Fielding’s Wood Grill, start with a classic brunch item such as a ham and cheese omelet or french toast, or try the chicken and french toast or the harissa shrimp hash for a culinary adventure.

Stop by Del Frisco’s Grill, classic brunch dishes get a creative twist, from scrambled egg tacos to Crab Cake Benedict and a red velvet Belgian waffle. Truluck’s, with locations in The Woodlands and Uptown, is presenting its diners with a menu crafted just for Mother’s Day, with short rib hash browns, knife and fork crab cake melt and more.

Frisco restaurants are getting ready to impress mom, with brunch options at local favorites such as Cantina Laredo offering chorizo con huevos, chicken fajita omelettes, huevos rancheros and more. The 5th Street Cafe is offering up casual classics ranging from buttermilk pancakes and biscuits and gravy to a cajun crawfish scramble and bananas foster french toast.

The Second Floor Regionally Inspired Kitchen is dishing up a special menu for mom, with a scrumptious buffet including personalized omelets, silver dollar pancakes with lemon curd, strawberry preserves and apple cinnamon jam. With assorted danishes, Eggs Benedict, chicken and apple sausage and sweet potato breakfast hash, the menu has an item to fit every craving.

Get ready for Mother’s Day by finding the perfect venue to treat mom to a brunch she will never forget near a Dallas or Houston Darling Homes community, and don’t forget to swing by for a tour if the mom in your life is looking for her own, distinctive dream home.




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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Take a Tour of Your Dream Home

There’s something special about stepping inside a Darling home and discovering all that it has to offer – from striking curb appeal, grand entrances, enchanting kitchens, living areas and private master suites.

When you’re on the lookout for your Dallas or Houston dream home, taking a tour and meeting with a salesperson is an important part of the process. Schedules get busy and Darling Homes offers a broad range of home designs and community choices, so you may want to narrow your search by virtually touring Darling Homes. Starting online can help select a few communities or home designs that best suit your needs before heading out to a community to get the complete Darling Homes experience.

Darling Homes has a variety of home designs crafted into stunning model homes and decorated to help show discerning homebuyers the full potential of a home design. By making an appointment in Dallas or Houston, shoppers can let the Darling Homes salesperson know about any special requirements, questions or interests before visiting the model homes.

Touring a model home in person is the best way to experience the full range and quality of a Darling home. From striking exteriors to gorgeous grand entrances, the homes unfold in front of you – providing privacy in areas such as bedrooms and studies while keeping the heart of the home open.

At the center of each Darling Homes design is an expansive, sophisticated and welcoming kitchen, connected to a living area and also featuring additional comfortable seating space or a breakfast area.

When you embark on a tour, you’ll be able to not only see the main living areas but every element of the home from the baseboards to gorgeous ceiling details, fireplaces, laundry areas, mudrooms and more. Walking through a model home allows shoppers to experience the Darling Homes difference firsthand and envision their future.

Darling Homes models are always welcome for walk-ins eager to see high-quality new homes in communities throughout the Dallas and Houston metro areas. The model homes’ are open for tours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Finding your dream home is a journey, and it’s a trip that Darling Homes will take with you. Along every step of the way, employees provide support to ensure that every step of the homebuying process is a comfortable and exciting experience.