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Meet Belclaire Sales Associate, Lisa Nietfeld

Categories: Available Homes, Belclaire Communities, Close-Out, Emerald Heights, Stonebridge Ranch | Posted: September 18, 2020 | No Comments »

Homebuyers shopping at Emerald Heights in Stonebridge Ranch, meet Lisa Nietfeld. Lisa is a superstar sales associate for American Legend Homes and Belclaire Homes with over 20 years of experience selling new homes. She’s spent the past five years with us.

“One of the best parts of my job is meeting all the wonderful people and learning their stories,” Lisa says. “Building a home is a very special experience, especially when someone is building their very first home. I feel very fortunate to help make their dreams come true!”

There are only four opportunities remaining at Emerald Heights to build a luxury Belclaire Home. Floor plans range from 3,041 to 4,500-plus square feet and begin in the low $600s. Don’t miss your opportunity to build your dream home in this fabulous McKinney community!

Lisa calls American Legend Homes and Belclaire Homes the best builders in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. “The quality of our products speaks for itself,” she says. “I’m proud to sell homes when buyers appreciate the craftsmanship and their ability to really personalize their home to suit their needs.” Get in touch with Lisa today to start building your new home!

Final opportunities in Emerald Heights

Categories: Available Homes, Belclaire Communities, Close-Out, Emerald Heights, McKinney Homes, McKinney Homes, Stonebridge Ranch | Posted: September 9, 2020 | Comments Off on Final opportunities in Emerald Heights

McKinney homebuyers, there are only a few opportunities remaining to build a Belclaire Home at Emerald Heights, the newest affluent village in Stonebridge Ranch. The gated community offers the full suite of amenities enjoyed by residents of Stonebridge Ranch, outstanding schools in McKinney ISD and a natural setting amongst over 1,200 acres of open space, lakes and ponds.

Here are our favorite perks of living at Emerald Heights:

Beach and Tennis Club
The beach and swim lagoon offers fun for the whole family. Here you can cool off under shade trees and cabanas, build a sandcastle, play a rousing game of sand volleyball or jump in a paddle boat on Stonebridge Lake. Features include picnic pavilions for rent, pier access to Stonebridge Lake, paddleboat/sailboat rental and eight tennis courts.

Aquatic Center
The center includes a junior Olympic-shaped pool, perfect for the serious lap swimmer as well as families enjoying a fun summer dip. The Aquatic Center also includes a kiddie wading pool with an interactive water feature suited to toddlers.

Stonebridge Plaza
This large-scale amenity features a variety of distinct areas, including a playground best suited for toddlers age 2 to 6; a ropes obstacle course best suited for adolescents age 7 to 13; a large pavilion with numerous picnic tables; a dry deck fountain; a basketball goal and concert stage; and pickleball courts.

Parks and playgrounds
There are many parks located throughout the villages of Stonebridge Ranch, giving residents both a wide variety of parks to choose from, as well as close proximity to play areas.

Common areas
Stonebridge Ranch includes over 500 acres of preserved open space. Residents here are thankful to live in a suburban area where they can still feel close to nature. Many of the common areas are linked by the City Hike & Bike Trails system, and many provide water views around the community’s lakes and ponds.

Floor plans from Belclaire Homes at Emerald Heights range from 3,041 to 4,500-plus square feet and begin in the low $600s. Don’t miss your opportunity to build your dream home in this fabulous gated community. Reach out to our sales team today!


Belclaire Homes at Canyon Falls: 90-foot home sites coming soon

Categories: Belclaire Communities, General Posts, Outstanding Schools | Posted: September 2, 2020 | Comments Off on Belclaire Homes at Canyon Falls: 90-foot home sites coming soon

Look out, Belclaire homebuyers! New 90-foot home sites are coming soon to Canyon Falls in Argyle ISD! Our sister company, American Legend Homes, currently builds homes at Canyon Falls on 50- and 60-foot home sites. Belclaire will soon join. The Denton County community is set among mature trees and scenic views of Graham Branch Creek, with miles of adventure trails. Families here get involved with their friends at the community clubhouse and pool, as well as the Pooch Park. The historic Hay Barn, in the heart of the neighborhood, is a place for community events and The Porch is the perfect spot for an afternoon picnic. Watch for updates about our new offering coming soon.

Belclaire Maintenance Reminder: Replace your A/C filter

Categories: Belclaire Communities, General Posts | Posted: August 26, 2020 | Comments Off on Belclaire Maintenance Reminder: Replace your A/C filter

The air filter is an important part of your air conditioning system that should be changed once every 1-3 months. While one benefit of an air filter is to block allergens and pollutants that affect your health, the actual purpose of the air filter is to protect your air conditioner from damage of incoming debris. A clogged air filter blocks the amount of airflow that is able to move freely into your air conditioning system, reducing its efficiency. Protect your health and your home – don’t forget to replace your AC filter!


Steps to choosing perfect paint colors for your Belclaire home

Categories: Belclaire Communities, Design Gallery, General Posts | Posted: August 10, 2020 | Comments Off on Steps to choosing perfect paint colors for your Belclaire home

Picking the right paint color is a fundamental part of any interior design process. Often, it’s even what decorators base the rest of their design aesthetic on. Freshome put together a list of foolproof tips to ensure that making color selections for your Belclaire home is a quick and easy process.

Buy textiles first
Usually when we talk about textiles, they’re considered a finishing aspect of the design, so this advice may seem counterintuitive. However, one of the easiest ways to make sure your paint coordinates well with the rest of the room is to use fabrics as your design inspiration. If you pick the paint first, you might find yourself limited to only a few fabric options that match your wall. But if base your color palette on an existing product, you’re far more likely to find a coordinating shade of paint.

Work with neighboring spaces
Paint can be a unifying element. Before you decide on a particular shade, consider how it will look with your existing interiors. The colors should work in harmony. While this tip is especially important to follow when working with open concept spaces, the effect a color has when transitioning between more traditional rooms should be considered.

Factor in lighting
Like it or not, the way in which a room is lit can have a huge impact on how the room looks. Each light temperature pulls out a color undertone, which is why rooms often feel vastly different at night than they do during the day. Once you have a color in mind, ask to have a sample made up for you at the local home improvement store. When you take it home, paint a few, small sections of paint on each wall. Then, check in on them throughout the next day. If you’re happy with how the color looks in both natural and artificial light, you’ve found a winner.

Don’t forget finish
Many people tend to overlook the fact that paint color is about much more than the shade itself. Finish is another component that can alter how your finished product looks.

  • Flat finish: This is your least shiny option. It comes off as modern and sophisticated, but it doesn’t clean well, so it isn’t the best choice for kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Egg shell finish: Low luster, the finish looks decorative and is often used in dining rooms.
  • Satin finish: This is the most popular choice and works well for high-traffic areas like hallways.
  • Semi-gloss finish: Will give the room a subtle shine and is fairly easily cleaned. It works well in kitchens and baths.
  • High-gloss finish: This will give the room a shiny and polished look, but is stain-resistant and easily scrubbable. It works best in kitchens and baths.

Be sure to check out our sister company American Legend Homes’ new Pinterest page for inspiration.


Great year-round plants for your Belclaire garden in Texas

Categories: Belclaire Communities, General Posts | Posted: August 7, 2020 | Comments Off on Great year-round plants for your Belclaire garden in Texas

Gardening can be a great way to beautify your home’s exterior and soak up the golden Texas sun. We asked our friends at Garden Design for some of the best year-round plants for North Texas gardens. The best year-round plants are drought tolerant, heat tolerant and use less water than their seasonal counterparts.

Here are some of our favorites:

Shade Trees grow tall and wide, providing shade and shelter from sunlight in the surrounding area with a spreading canopy and crown.

  • Live Oak
  • Cedar Elm
  • Lacebark Elm
  • Chinese Pistachio

Ornamental Trees are grown for their aesthetic value. They often have outstanding flowers and fragrance, an interesting shape or unique coloring.

  • Desert Willow
  • Blue Point Juniper
  • Crape Myrtle
  • Texas Mountain Laurel

Shrubs are small- to medium-sized woody perennial plants. They’re distinguished from trees by their multiple stems and shorter height

  • Soft Leaf Yucca
  • Dwarf Nandina
  • Indian Hawthorne
  • Sunshine Ligustrum

Perennials are plants that live longer than two years. The term “perennial” is often used to differentiate a plant from shorter-lived annuals and biennials as well as to distinguish plants with little or no woody growth from trees (which are also technically perennials).

  • Butterfly Bush
  • Lantana
  • Esperanza
  • Blue Salvia

 Sod is the surface of the ground with grass growing on it. Some sod is better than others in the variable North Texas climate.

  • Bermuda
  • Augustine
  • Zoysia

Garden Design Landscaping can help you create a flourishing garden to complement your Belclaire home in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Their team of passionate and award-winning landscape designers and construction professionals work with clients every step of the way. Get in touch with them today to learn more!

Take advantage of low interest rates and buy a Belclaire home

Categories: Available Homes, Belclaire Communities, General Posts | Posted: July 27, 2020 | Comments Off on Take advantage of low interest rates and buy a Belclaire home

Buying a new home can be stressful but record low interest rates make now the best time to move your family into a new Belclaire home! The new average interest rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell below 3% this week for the first time ever – 2.98%, according to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey. Find out what interest rate you qualify for by reaching out to a lender.

Belclaire Homes builds homes that fit every lifestyle. Get in touch with someone from our team to set an appointment and get started creating the home of your dreams. You can see our available homes here.

Bringing summer camps to your Belclaire Homes backyard

Categories: Belclaire Communities, General Posts | Posted: July 23, 2020 | Comments Off on Bringing summer camps to your Belclaire Homes backyard

Sleepaway summer camps may be canceled this year but that doesn’t mean kids can’t have a great summer. After months of virtual schooling, kids need to play outside, run and grow! There are tons of activities Belclaire families can do in their backyards and create a summer camp of their own!

Here are some ideas:

Personal water park

You can easily set up a miniature water park in your yard to keep them busy while you work on a laptop (somewhere dry nearby).

Set out some sprinklers, a wading pool or a water table if you have them. If not, go low-key with some buckets and sponges. We like foam water squirters, because they are easy for little kids to fill up themselves. Just splashing around in the old baby tub with a few rubber duckies can keep some kids busy for a long time.

Kids with siblings can be set up for team games:

  • Water battleship: Fold origami boats and try to sink the other’s boat with a squirt gun at a distance.
  • Water limbo: Limbo under a running hose.
  • Water tag: Tag each other with a wet sponge.
  • Water race: Use a small cup and run back and forth across the yard to be the first to fill your bucket.
  • Water obstacle course: Dodge the sprinkler, buckets and water balloons. 

Home Olympics

There are many commercial kits available, but with some creativity, you can make your own Olympic-challenge obstacle course with stuff you already have.

  • Scavenge for old pillowcases to use in a bag hop.
  • Set up cardboard boxes as hurdles.
  • Pull several jugs of water in feats of strength.
  • Include Frisbees or small balls for an accuracy toss activity.
  • Add some sit-up and push-up stations for easy, no-frill exercises.
  • Give your kids a timer so they’re motivated to keep trying the activities over and over again. With some luck, they’ll be so pooped afterward they’ll need a long nap.

 Ice-cream social

Let the kids try making their own ice cream or design their own Popsicle. Homemade pops are easy – just pour some yogurt, fresh fruit and a splash of juice in the blender, then freeze the mixture into Popsicle molds. Don’t have molds? Peel some bananas, poke a craft stick in each, dip in chocolate and freeze them on a cookie sheet. Yum!

Backyard camping

Everything is automatically more exciting if it’s done inside a tent. If you don’t have one, create your own with pillows, blankets and any available furniture.

Young children can do imaginative play, puzzles, snack or even nap. Older children can play games, journal or make crafts. Set them up for a friendly competition with a read-a-thon. While you’re at it, go ahead and set up a tent for yourself. At least it can be a place to hide and respond to some business emails for a while before you are found.

Whatever you decide to do with your family this summer, remember that you don’t have to rush from one activity to another. There’s nothing wrong with having a little bit of down time watching ladybugs crawl, reading a book or napping under the trees.

Belclaire Homes at a Glance: Windsong Ranch

Categories: Belclaire Communities, Crystal Lagoon, Outstanding Schools, Prosper Homes, Windsong Ranch | Posted: July 9, 2020 | Comments Off on Belclaire Homes at a Glance: Windsong Ranch

Community of the Year in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020 Windsong Ranch, is a fabulous community to call home, providing all the luxury amenities a family could want. At 2,000 acres, Windsong Ranch is one of North Texas’ largest communities, located in Prosper. Residents here are at home among parks, trails, lakes and state-of-the-art facilities. The long list of premium amenities is at the core of the Windsong lifestyle.
Here are some of our favorites:

The Commons is the community’s main amenity center. Here you’ll find:

  • Three community cafés
  • Resort-style pools
  • Fitness center
  • Tennis courts
  • A two-acre lake and dock
  • An event lawn for neighborhood get-togethers.

THE LAGOON is Windsong Ranch’s newest amenity and it’s more than just a swimming pool, with five acres of tropical fun. Here, you can:

  • Sunbathe on white sandy beaches
  • Swim through clear turquoise waters
  • Enjoy water sports like kayaking, paddle-boarding and windsurfing

Windsong Ranch is located just close enough to DFW’s top shopping and entertainment districts without giving up its small-town charm. To boot, students attend nationally acclaimed schools in Prosper ISD.

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 and are built on

90-foot lots. Plan your visit to The Peninsula at Windsong Ranch and learn more about the community’s legendary lifestyle!

Add some patriotic curb appeal to your Belclaire home

Categories: Belclaire Communities, General Posts | Posted: July 1, 2020 | Comments Off on Add some patriotic curb appeal to your Belclaire home

While we’ve been spending more time at home, many Belclaire families have taken to “dressing up” their houses via community-coordinated window and sidewalk art and fun, themed décor. This Independence Day week is the perfect opportunity to celebrate America and adorn your house with a fresh and festive look.

Better Homes and Gardens gave us a few ideas. Here are our favorites:

  • Add faux firecrackers to planters and garden squares or a wreath made of white stars for a subtle nod to the Fourth of July.
  • A crisp white porch pays tribute to the flag in a casual, homey style. With an assortment of patriotic outdoor decorations, oversize bunting, a striped rug and pillows in stripes, polka dots, and gingham give the porch a classic red, white, and blue style.
  • Create a cozy outdoor seating area with red-painted chairs, a white table, a vintage tablecloth, or blue splatterware.
  • Bringing the patriotic spirit into your home is as easy as hanging an American flag. Complement the flag with red accents like potted geraniums, a vintage cooler or red-and-white linens.
  • Fourth of July decorations can be functional, too. Blue and white stripes make a great backdrop for bold red stars on a DIY Fourth of July door mat.
  • Combine your love for gardening with your Fourth of July decorations. Use an oblong blue splatterware metal container as a window flower box for bright red geraniums. Don’t mind a little rust—it adds to the character!

We look forward to seeing how Belclaire families in our communities amp up their holiday curb appeal with creative Fourth of July displays.