After a decade of huge population growth, Dallas-Fort Worth is expected to again lead the nation’s metro areas for the number of new residents. Between 2010 and 2019, DFW gained 1,349,378 new residents, ranking first among U.S. metropolitan areas. From 2020 through 2029, DFW is projected to welcome another 1,393,623 newcomers – that’s 17.9 percent growth on top of the region’s roughly 7,539,711-person population. For comparison, the greater Oklahoma City area was home to about 1.4 million people total in 2018. One of the reasons for such rapid growth in Dallas-Fort Worth is the size of its tech workforce. That’s why Belclaire Homes is busy building homes for families relocating to surrounding cities.
Belclaire Homes builds semi-custom homes in three fabulous master-planned communities: Windsong Ranch in Prosper, Emerald Heights in McKinney and Castle Hills in Lewisville. You can see some of our available homes here. Our model homes are now available for viewing by virtual appointment. Get in touch with a sales representative to start your new home search today!
Categories: Available Homes, Belclaire Communities, Community News, General Posts | Posted: March 25, 2020 | Comments Off on Belclaire Homes is now offering virtual appointments and model tours
Belclaire Homes is now offering virtual appointments and model tours for your safety and convenience.
Our homebuilding process isn’t being slowed down by the current pandemic. Residential construction is considered “essential infrastructure” and we have taken measures to adhere to social distancing on our construction sites to both keep our workers safe and our projects on track. We will continue to work hard for our customers during this time and encourage you to reach out to our sales representatives to schedule your private video appointment and to answer any questions you may have.
Categories: Belclaire Communities, General Posts | Posted: March 24, 2020 | Comments Off on Celebrate National Craft Month in your Belclaire home
Did you know March is National Craft Month? This is the perfect opportunity to spark your imagination or learn a new creative hobby that you can do in the comfort of your Belclaire home. We picked a few fun DIY projects from Martha Stewart, but you can read the full list with instructions here.
It can be as simple as making a bracelet or extravagant as embellishing a dress. Add some sparkle to your personal style and try your hand at beading.
Light a candle and unwind as its fragrance leaves your home smelling lovely. When you make one of your own, it’s customizable to almost any scent, color and melt-and-pour material.
Transform everyday items into something new and exciting with dye. Tie-dye t-shirts are always fun, but dye can also be used to transform your sneakers, jewelry and stationery, too!
- Nature Crafts
Who said fresh floral bouquets were the only way to enjoy nature? Dry your fresh flowers and leaves to preserve their beauty forever. They make a lovely embellishment for cards, wreaths, bookmarks and more.
Revisit old memories and collage them together to never forget that amazing trip you took. No one else will forget that trip either, after being captivated by the one-of-a-kind piece of art you now own!
Crafting is one of the best ways to enjoy time spent at home, especially when you have the space for it. Check out our available homes and the neighborhoods where we build – you might find one with the perfect spot to inspire your favorite creative hobbies.
The home is where we spend more time than anywhere else, especially when it’s a Belclaire home built just for you and your family. So, why not do some seasonal cleaning to keep it in tip-top shape for the coming warmer months? Real Simple has some tips and tricks that will help you tackle your cleaning to-do list as quickly and efficiently as possible. We summarized them but you can read the full article here.
- Break cleaning down into 10-minute chunks
Sometimes spring cleaning is like a marathon, but it doesn’t have to be. Break it down into short, highly productive chunks. A few things you can clean in the next 10 minutes:Dust: brush a dust wand over all open surfaces
Clean doors and switch plates: remove fingerprints, smudges and germs from light switch plates with a damp microfiber cloth.
Dust ceiling fans: place a pillowcase over the fan blade and pull it toward you to collect the dust, then use a cloth dipped in warm, soapy water to clean each blade.
Baseboards: use a microfiber mop to clear dust and debris from your baseboards
- Adapt to your cleaning personality
Some people are stress cleaners while others are procrastinators. Identifying your cleaning personality is the first step to coming up with a plan that works for you. For example, if you’re an angry cleaner, let your emotion motivate you to tackle tough cleaning tasks like scrubbing grout.
- Mix up your own all-natural cleanser
Whether you’re trying to use less chemicals or you just want some backup for when you run out of your usual cleanser, it’s good to know how to make your own cleaning solution using ingredients you probably already have. This recipe can be used on quartz, granite and marble counters, plus appliances and sinks:
¾ cup water
¾ cup rubbing alcohol
5-10 drops peppermint, lemon or orange essential oil
1 squirt natural dish soap
Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray onto surfaces and wipe clean with a cloth. Voila!
- De-stink your gym clothes
For many people, warmer weather doesn’t just signal us to spring clean, but also to recommit to working out. To deodorize your gym clothes, try soaking them in one part white vinegar to four parts cold water. If that doesn’t work, try switching to cotton blend workout clothes.
- Make your trash smell better
Help your kitchen trash smell a little more pleasant by placing a couple dryer sheets on the bottom of the can – used ones work great!
- Use baking soda to refresh stained coffee mugs
Even the Statue of Liberty was cleaned with baking soda on its centennial. To clean off stained coffee mugs, fill the mug with one part baking soda and two parts water. Let them soak overnight and rub clean with a sponge.
- Clear gunk off your oven door
If the inside of your oven door is caked with splatters and baked-on food, try wetting a pumice stone, scrubbing and wiping clean with a wet microfiber cloth.
- Make shower cleaning second nature
One tip is to keep a squeegee in your shower so it’s easy to remember to wipe down the walls, but some people like to keep a dish wand filled with dish soap and vinegar in the shower so you can scrub while you’re in it!
Your home is a place that reflects you. Learn more about building a Belclaire home to suit your family in Windsong Ranch in Prosper, Emerald Heights in McKinney and Castle Hills in Lewisville. At the moment, our model homes in these communities can be viewed by appointment only, however, you can see some of our available homes here.
Our model homes will be open BY APPOINTMENT ONLY through Friday April 3, 2020. Thank you for your understanding.
Belclaire Homes has opened a new model in the award-winning Castle Hills Community. This model is built on the community’s largest home site available. The model is located at 1201 Dragon Banner Drive and features three bedrooms, three full bathrooms and one powder bathroom. The master-planned community is complete with over 20 parks and lakes, hike-and-bike trails, community centers with pools, basketball and tennis courts, fitness rooms, sports fields and an award-winning private golf course. The community also has its own Castle Hills Village Shops & Plaza that brings the community together with seasonal concerts and festivals and offers neighborhood conveniences such as dry cleaning, dining, salon, dental and class office space. Visit the model to learn more about Belclaire Homes in Castle Hills.
Prosper’s Windsong Ranch received great recognition at the 2020 Nationals Awards presented by the National Association of Home Builders. The community received Silver Award honors for Master Planned Community of the Year, Lifestyle Program of the Year and Best Community Signage. 2020 is the second consecutive year that the Windsong Ranch has won a silver award for Master Planned Community of the Year and the community continues to set a high bar for master-planned communities across the country.
Belclaire Homes builds in luxury communities like Windsong Ranch, where residents enjoy premium amenities like the new tropical oasis, THE LAGOON, and The Commons, a community center featuring tennis courts, a fitness center, Windsong Ranch Café and more. Here Belclaire builds semi-custom homes within The Peninsula, the community’s private enclave of estate-like home sites. Floor plans range between 3,041 and 5,600 square feet, are built on 90-foot lots and begin in the $700s. Plan your visit to The Peninsula at Windsong Ranch and read more about the community with the legendary lifestyle here!
Categories: Belclaire Communities, General Posts | Posted: January 22, 2020 | Comments Off on Belclaire homeowners, don’t forget to file your homestead exemption!
Did you know that residence homestead owners in Texas are eligible for a $25,000 exemption from their home’s value for school taxes? That’s right. Basically, it’s a reduction from the taxable value on your primary residence, but you need to apply for it. So, if you’re a Belclaire homeowner, don’t forget to apply!
Homestead exemption applications are accepted yearly between Jan. 1 and April 30. To be eligible, you must own and occupy your home on Jan. 1 of the year you are applying for. Disabled and elderly homeowners are also eligible for an additional $10,000 homestead exemption. For more information on applying for the residence homestead exemption, visit the comptroller’s website.
A “boomtown” is a city marked by prosperity and development, often described as a good place to settle. Experiencing economic growth, these cities provide employment opportunities and attract new residents. You can learn more about America’s top boomtowns here.
Belclaire Homes builds in boomtowns like Frisco and McKinney because we are dedicated to building in North Texas’ best cities! The Dallas/Fort Worth hot spot is known for its great school districts, quality of life, shopping, entertainment and employment opportunities. It sits at the northern edge of the metroplex, offering convenient access to are attractions, without losing its cozy small-town appeal.
You can find a Belclaire home at McKinney’s newest affluent village, Emerald Heights in Stonebridge Ranch. Here, residents embrace the community’s luxury lifestyle! Emerald Heights offers long list of luxury amenities, outstanding schools in McKinney ISD and a natural setting amongst over 1,200 acres of open space, lakes and ponds. Homeowners also have access to Stonebridge Ranch’s swim lagoon with a sand beach and sports courts. Buyers are able to personalize their homes to their family’s unique needs from a selection of eleven floor plans from 3,041 to 4,500-plus square feet, beginning in the low $600s.
If you are shopping for a home in a North Texas boomtown, we urge you to visit Emerald Heights at Stonebridge Ranch and start building your dream home!
The holidays are approaching fast but there’s still plenty of time to deck out your Belclaire home with festive décor! Because December is such a hectic time of year, we want to share some tips and tricks inspired by HGTV to make your home merry and bright without making it stressful or expensive.
- Plan ahead. The holidays are supposed to be fun, not stressful! Make a realistic plan that won’t leave you overwhelmed.
- Don’t stop at the entry. Bring your holiday décor inside. Little touches will fill your home with that warm holiday spirit, especially when entertaining.
- Dim the lights. Most hardware stores sell inexpensive plug-in dimmers for your lamps that anyone can install. This creates an instant ambiance.
- Cookies, cookies, cookies! Is it really the holiday season without treats? If you’re not a skilled baker, just pick up some pre-made cookie dough. The smell of cookies baking is a great way to get in the holiday mood.
- Wrap your gifts. Gift wrapping can be inexpensive and eco-friendly by repurposing papers, bags, magazines and newspapers. Make it interesting by adding a unique ribbon or topper.
- It doesn’t have to be expensive. Inexpensive ornaments from a discount store can look elegant and festive when grouped together. One idea is to decorate your mantel with different-sized clear or colored glass containers filled with similar-colored glass ornaments for a striking holiday display.
- Less is more. This season is notoriously extravagant, but you don’t have to overwhelm your home. Try a few beautiful, special pieces to give your home a sophisticated holiday look.
- Involve the whole family. Don’t try to do everything yourself. This time of year brings opportunities to create joyous memories and holiday traditions like decorating with your family.
- Expect the unexpected. If a lot of people will be coming in and out of your home, fill a large bowl or decorative box with small, individually wrapped gifts. They don’t have to be expensive and your unexpected guests will be thrilled!
- Have fun! It’s easy to let the holidays consume you. Remind yourself that this season is about seeing your loved ones, having fun and gratitude. Take a deep breath and enjoy.