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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.

 

Belclaire Homes builds in the best housing markets

Categories: Belclaire Communities, Castle Hills, Emerald Heights, General Posts, McKinney Homes, Prosper Homes, Stonebridge Ranch, Windsong Ranch | Posted: June 30, 2020 | Comments Off on Belclaire Homes builds in the best housing markets

SmartAsset just took its sixth look at the 50 best housing markets for growth and stability. Dallas made the list at number 10! That’s why Belclaire Homes builds in three Dallas-area communities.

Prosper, TX
In Prosper, Belclaire Homes builds at Windsong Ranch, North Texas’s most award-winning master-planned communities. Windsong Ranch is full of plush amenities. The Commons is the community’s amenity center, hosting the community café, resort-style pools, a fitness center, tennis courts, a two-acre lake and dock and an event lawn for neighborhood gatherings. THE LAGOON is a five-acre tropical oasis provides a variety of activities like swimming, kayaking, paddle-boarding and windsurfing. 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. Plan your visit to The Peninsula at Windsong Ranch and learn more about the community’s legendary lifestyle!

McKinney
Located in McKinney, Emerald Heights is in one of DFW’s most popular cities. A privately gated neighborhood in Stonebridge Ranch, Emerald Heights offers families luxury amenities like an aquatic center, kiddie wading pool, swim lagoon and sand beach, to name a few. Volleyball, tennis and basketball courts are also available along with paddleboat rentals for enjoyment all year round. Students here attend outstanding schools and families enjoy 1,200 acres of open space, lakes and ponds. Homes range from 3,041 to 4,500-plus square feet.

Lewisville
In Lewisville, Belclaire Homes builds in Castle Hills. Demand for homes here is high, with its 2,900 acres of lush, rolling landscape and long list of exclusive amenities like parks within walking distance of every home, a community garden, sports fields, a catch-and-release fishing lake, an extensive trail system and community pools. In Castle Hills Northpointe, Belclaire Homes builds on 80-foot home sites. We offer a versatile selection of floor plans between 3,200 and 4,500 square feet. You will find a variety of specialty dining, services and shopping at Castle Hills Village Shops & Plaza, which doubles as the site of regularly scheduled family-friendly events!

Trend Alert: Fresh color palettes for your Belclaire home

Categories: Belclaire Communities, Castle Hills, Design Gallery, General Posts, McKinney Homes, Prosper Homes | Posted: June 29, 2020 | Comments Off on Trend Alert: Fresh color palettes for your Belclaire home

Will you be doing any interior design in your Belclaire home’s interior? Now that it’s officially summertime, new interior design trends are on the horizon. Elle Décor has some great insight on the color schemes they predict will dominate homes this season, from bright shades to jewel tones to sophisticated neutrals.

Here’s what we learned:

Pink and Red
Pink and red create a riotous, revelatory mix. These colorful elements combined with more neutral furnishings provide balance to the space without being overwhelming.

Summer Gold
Summer Gold is all about brightening up beige with a color that adds personality to neutral shades without being attention-grabbing. In the practice of feng shui, gold represents heaven, sunshine and warmth.

Lush Botanical Greens
This season, bright botanicals are appearing with traditional greens. Pair these colors with jewel toned greens and natural materials like rattan and wicker.

Mediterranean Hues
Beach-inspired without being overly nautical, a Mediterranean color scheme includes taupes, blues and beiges, along with coastal elements like rope and rattan.

Grape Juice
It may be summer, but shades of red wine are all the rage. The color is bold but soothing and adds richness to any space it inhabits.

Painterly Blue and White
Put some prep in your step with a blue and white striped color scheme. The delicate interplay between these colors has long been a design favorite, and it often appears in bold stripes as well as delicate, painted strokes.

Light Ikat
Incorporate ikat (fabric made using an Indonesian decorative technique in which warp or weft threads, or both, are tie-dyed before weaving) with executions ranging from throw pillows and accessories to sofas upholstered in a bold ikat. Lately, decorators are applying more subtle applications of ikat, in muted, elegant tones than in years past.

Busy Stone
Who says stone has to be silent? Busy, noisy stone patterns are seeing a comeback, whether it’s marble, granite, onyx or any number of other materials. An eye-catching center table makes a statement next to a softly hued, inviting chaise.

Your Belclaire home is your canvas. Our floor plans are designed to give you the freedom to create your ideal space. Check out the communities where we build and our photo and video galleries for more inspiration!

Five top design trends for your Belclaire home

Categories: Belclaire Communities, General Posts | Posted: June 17, 2020 | Comments Off on Five top design trends for your Belclaire home

With many families working from home lately, many are looking to design experts to revamp their space and stay up to date on the latest trends in home design. Good Housekeeping has rounded up a list of emerging trends for 2020.

Here are the top five:

Vintage Accents
What goes around comes around — especially when it comes to home decor trends. But don’t expect to see all vintage everywhere. This time around, designers are incorporating just one or two statement pieces.

Navy Blue
The 2020 Pantone Color of the Year is Classic Blue (a navy shade), which means you can expect to see a lot of the color in the new year. Fortunately, it’s totally versatile and sophisticated.

Floral Wallpaper
If the thought of flower-power wallpaper makes you flinch, then 2020 might just be the year you change your tune. They’re a particularly good choice in powder bathrooms and foyers. Plus, there are tons of stick-on options if you’re not ready to fully commit.

High-Contrast Decor
High-contrast designs are currently having a moment. For a long time, it was white, white, white, but now, for example, maybe we’d see a chair with black fabric and a white frame.
While you’re collecting those pieces of art, be sure to scout some for the kitchen. Spacious kitchen designs in American Legend/Belclaire homes allow for plenty of room to let your personality come through. Display your unique items on the kitchen island, countertops and open shelving.

Our expert builders and design team are here to help you make the most of your space, so it reflects you and your style best. Browse the communities where we build and find inspiration in our photo gallery for your new home. Don’t forget to set up an appointment with a sales associate today to get started!

Belclaire families love living in Prosper

Categories: Available Homes, Belclaire Communities, General Posts, Outstanding Amenities, Prosper Homes, Windsong Ranch | Posted: June 2, 2020 | Comments Off on Belclaire families love living in Prosper

Prosper offers the best of everything. Located at the northmost edge of the DFW metroplex, residents here enjoy Prosper’s small town charm and are less than an hour away from big city fun in Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington. Students attend the nationally acclaimed Prosper ISD schools and families live in one of North Texas’s best master-planned communities.

Along with its great neighborhoods and outstanding schools, this small town is full of local entertainment:

Frontier Park
Frontier Park is a great place to visit and is a starting point for many hiking trails.  It also has many sports complexes, which makes it suitable for younger people and families.

Cedar Grove Park
Cedar Grove Park is more of a recreation center, with plenty of amenities and interesting trails for you to explore. It’s in the middle of Prosper which makes it really easy to access and enjoy.

The Cotton Gin
This is a great place where you can find some of the best food in the area. If you enjoy great local food, like chicken fried steak and juicy hamburgers, then the Cotton Gin Café has all of that.

Here are some other options nearby:

National Video Game Museum
If you’re up for a 15-minute drive, head to Frisco to experience the National Video Game Museum! Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, you’ll love exploring the interactive displays on dozens of different consoles.

Kartland
If you’ve got the need for speed, Kartland is waiting for you in nearby Plano. This go-kart track is perfect for new racers and seasoned pros, so there’s no need to worry about your skill level. Each go-kart can reach speeds of nearly 45 mph as you speed along the quarter-mile track. This climate-controlled facility is a perfect escape on those rainy days, and the little ones can also join in the fun with their own child-sized go-karts.

Food Walks of Texas
Do you have a Texas-sized appetite? Then head to nearby McKinney for the legendary Food Walks of Texas. Follow the knowledgeable guide throughout the city to explore the local cuisine – as well as the local history! Take your pick of the many available tour options, ranging from the Sunday Brunch tour to the seasonal Valentine’s Day Sip & Savor.

In Prosper, Belclaire Homes builds at Windsong Ranch, North Texas’s most award-winning master-planned communities. Windsong Ranch is full of luxurious amenities. The Commons is the community’s amenity center, hosting the community café, resort-style pools, a fitness center, tennis courts, a two-acre lake and dock, and an event lawn for neighborhood gatherings. THE LAGOON is a five-acre tropical oasis provides a variety of activities like swimming, kayaking, paddle-boarding and windsurfing. 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 learn more about the community’s legendary lifestyle!

Happy National Hamburger Day from Belclaire Homes

Categories: Belclaire Communities, Outdoor Living, Over-Sized Home Sites | Posted: May 28, 2020 | Comments Off on Happy National Hamburger Day from Belclaire Homes

National Hamburger Day is observed each year on May 28. This day celebrates the summertime grilling favorite. Why is the hamburger so irresistible? If you sit back and think about it, whenever you make a burger at home, you have specific ingredients that you like to mix with your patty. The burger is a universal food; it’s a food that has many forms; it’s a food that brings people together, and ultimately, it’s loved. So, if you really look at things from a logical perspective, a hamburger is more than just food.

Try to think of a better holiday to celebrate in your outside living space, grilling up juicy hamburgers with the family! This is the perfect time to utilize the most unique feature of your Belclaire home, soak up some sun and eat a good meal with your loved ones. Belclaire Homes offers several floor plans that can be personalized to include an outdoor living space, check them out here and learn about the fantastic communities where we build.

 

Belclaire families in McKinney will see new butterfly art downtown this spring

Categories: Belclaire Communities, Community News, Emerald Heights, McKinney Homes, Stonebridge Ranch | Posted: April 16, 2020 | Comments Off on Belclaire families in McKinney will see new butterfly art downtown this spring

Visitors to downtown McKinney will start seeing butterflies in various forms this spring. In April, monarch butterflies start migrating from Mexico toward North America where they live during the summer months. The city has projects underway to bring butterfly art pieces to McKinney’s cultural district to bring more people downtown and to educate them on the importance of monarchs to the ecosystem. One project, called Monarchs of McKinney, features eight oversized, steel monarch butterfly sculptures. These sculptures will have four-foot wingspans and will be painted by selected local artists. The sculptures will be permanently placed in various locations around The Square. A second project, backed by Hugs Greenhouse, will also bring butterfly art with two butterfly-shaped topiaries, which will also have four-foot wingspans. Topiaries are trees or shrubs clipped into ornamental shapes, but these will feature more than 200 plants seeded into the topiaries. As they bloom, white, pink, purple and red flowers will emerge. The topiaries will be placed on the corners of Tennessee and Virginia streets and Kentucky and Louisiana streets.

Families are flocking to McKinney and building Belclaire homes at Emerald Heights, the city’s newest affluent village within master-planned community Stonebridge Ranch.  The gated community offers its residents a full suite of amenities, outstanding schools in McKinney ISD and a natural setting amongst over 1,200 acres of open space, lakes and ponds. Homeowners here enjoy all the perks of living in Stonebridge Ranch including a swim lagoon with a sandy beach and sports courts. Floor plans from Belclaire at Emerald Heights range from 3,041 to 4,500-plus square feet and in the low $600s. Because we’re practicing social distancing, our model home is available for viewing by appointment only. Schedule your appointment and learn more about building your new Belclaire home at Emerald Heights.

Exercises you can do indoors at your Belclaire home

Categories: Belclaire Communities, General Posts | Posted: April 10, 2020 | Comments Off on Exercises you can do indoors at your Belclaire home

Exercise is an important part of being healthy, but it’s hard to get done when we’re practicing social distancing – especially if you typically exercise outside or at a fully equipped gym. The good news is that Outside Magazine put together an awesome 15-minute bodyweight workout that you can do anywhere. They recommend completing the exercises below three times per week, performing each exercise for 40 seconds, resting for 20 seconds and then moving on to the next one. Read the full article here.

  • Jump Squat
    Stand tall with your feet shoulder-width apart and hands behind your head. From here, squat down until your legs are roughly parallel to the ground, keeping your chest up and back neutral. Forcefully extend your knees, hips, and ankles to jump straight up as high as possible. Land softly on the ground and immediately lower back to a squat before you spring back up.
  • Triangle Push-Up
    Get on the ground in a high plank position. Position your hands in line with your shoulders and under the center of your chest, thumbs and index fingers touching to form a triangle. Your body should form a straight line from head to heels. From here, slowly bend your elbows to lower your body until your chest is a few inches above the ground. Pause, then reverse the movement to return to start.
  • Bicycle Crunch
    Lie flat on the ground, hands raised to the sides of your head, and raise your bent legs so that your shins are parallel to the ground. Brace your core to maintain contact between your lower back and ground throughout the exercise. From here, squeeze your abs to lift your upper back off the ground and bring one elbow to meet the opposite knee. As you do so, extend the other leg straight out a few inches above the ground. Immediately switch sides.
  • Speed Skater
    Stand on your right leg with your left toe on the ground behind you for balance. From here, bend your knees and hips to slightly lower toward the ground and spring up to hop onto your left foot, letting your arms swing with you. As you land, bring your right foot behind you for balance. Immediately switch sides.
  • Forward Lunge
    Stand tall with your feet hip-width apart and hands clasped in front of your chest for balance. From here, take an exaggerated step forward with one leg, bending at the knees and hips until both legs form 90-degree angles and your knees are directly over your ankles. Push through the base of your front foot to reverse the movement and return to start. Repeat on the opposite side.
  • Straight-Leg Raise
    Lie on your back on the ground with your legs together, and place your hands underneath your butt for balance. Brace your core. From here, while keeping your legs together and as straight as possible, squeeze your abs to slowly raise your legs until your thighs are perpendicular to the ground. Immediately reverse the motion to return to start.
  • Body-Weight Hang/Pull-Up
    Stand underneath a low, sturdy tree branch and grab the branch with an overhand, wider-than-shoulder-width grip. From here, with your arms fully extended, brace your core and bend your knees to lift your feet toward your butt. Keeping your core tight, hang from the branch for the prescribed time, or, if strength allows, pull your shoulder blades together so that you raise into a pull-up. When your collarbones reach the branch, slowly reverse the movement to return to start.
  • Lateral Lunge
    Stand tall with your feet hip-width apart, hands clasped in front of your chest for balance. From here, take an exaggerated step to the side with right leg, bending at that knee and hip until the thigh of your right leg is perpendicular to the ground, knee directly over your ankles. Your left leg should be completely straight. Push through the base of your right foot to reverse the movement and return to start. Repeat on the opposite side.
  • Side Plank (Left)
    Lie on your left side on the ground, left forearm under your shoulder, left hip resting on the ground, and right foot stacked on top of the left. From here, brace your core and lift your hips so your body forms a straight line from head to heels. Hold for the prescribed time.
  • Mountain Climber
    Get on the ground in a high plank position with your hands positioned directly underneath your shoulders. Your body should form a straight line from head to heels. From here, with your toes anchored into the ground and bracing your core for balance, bring one knee to your chest. Immediately switch sides, driving your foot back into the ground while raising the opposite knee to your chest.
  • Side Plank (Right)
    Lie on your right side on the ground, right forearm under your shoulder, right hip resting on the ground, and left foot stacked on top of the right. From here, brace your core and lift your hips so your body forms a straight line from head to heels. Hold for the prescribed time.
  • Bridge
    Lie flat on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the ground, arms resting by your sides. Brace your core and press your lower back into the ground, making sure to maintain a flat back throughout the exercise. From here, squeeze your glutes and drive through your heels to raise your hips until your body forms a straight line from upper back to knees. Pause, then reverse the movement to return to start.
  • Single-Leg Squat (Left)
    Stand tall with your feet together, and then extend your right leg and both arms out in front of you. From here, bend your left knee and hip to lower down as far as possible. Pause, then push through your left heel to return to start. (Make this easier by holding a large rock or other heavy object out in front of you for a counterbalance.)
  • Single-Leg Squat (Right)
    Stand tall with your feet together, and then extend your left leg and both arms out in front of you. From here, bend your right knee and hip to lower down as far as possible. Pause, then push through your right heel to return to start. (Make this easier by holding a large rock or other heavy object out in front of you for a counterbalance.)
  • Wide-Handed Push-Up
    Get on the ground in a high plank position. Position your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width and in line with your shoulders. Your body should form a straight line from head to heels. Slowly bend your elbows to lower your body until your chest is a few inches above the ground. Pause, then reverse the movement to return to start.

Belclaire Homes builds homes that fit every lifestyle. Although we build in the best North Texas communities that provide hike-and-bike trials, sports courts, swimming pools and fitness facilities, you never know when you might be required to spend an extended time period indoors. Belclaire Homes are designed and built thoughtfully so buyers enjoy being inside their home just as much as they enjoy being outside enjoying their community’s amenities. Our model homes are currently available for viewing by appointment only, get in touch with someone from our team to set something up and get started creating the home of your dreams. You can see our available homes here.

Set up a great work-from-home space in your Belclaire home

Categories: Belclaire Communities, Castle Hills, McKinney Homes, Prosper Homes | Posted: April 7, 2020 | Comments Off on Set up a great work-from-home space in your Belclaire home

Working from home has become a “new normal” for many of us who are used to working in a corporate office. Maybe it had a bit of novelty at first, skipping your daily commute and taking your time getting to your desk right as the workday begins. If you haven’t settled into your WFH routine, its novelty is probably beginning to wear off. Check out some of these tips from The Muse on creating a productive home office:

  • Think like a mouse
    Find the quietest corner of your house, while some people need some background noise to work, others find any noise at all incredibly disturbing.
  • Declutter your desk
    While sticky notes can be a helpful tool, extra books, piles of paper or cups half-full of lukewarm coffee will strongly detract from your productivity and your concentration. You don’t want your desk to be empty – don’t stow away your pen if you’ll be using it again today – but giving yourself space to work allows you to have space to think as well.
  • Declutter the rest of the house too
    As much as you want to ignore your messy living room, shutting your office door might not be enough to convince you that your mess has disappeared. Spend a couple minutes each night tidying up so that the next morning you’re ready for business.
  • Bring in some green
    A desk or a floor plant is a great way to add a breath of fresh air to your workspace and create some visual variety when your eyes need a break from the screen. Try something resilient like a small cactus or succulent, or at least arrange your desk so you can see outside.
  • Try a calming scent
    Soft, wafting scents can soothe the usual stress of thought blockages and procrastination, resulting in increased focus. Besides having a nice smell, essential oils like lavender and jasmine can actually give you great natural boosts. Try a fresh smelling potted herb or plant, or simply add a scented candle. Aromatherapy could be just the trick you need to get your thoughts back on track.
  • Use a small to-do list
    Before you begin tackling the day’s tasks, spend 10 minutes creating a detailed checklist. Then, spend another five making an even shorter checklist of tasks you absolutely know will get done in the next couple of hours. If you have too many tasks, there’s no way they’ll all get done. This trick helps you remember and plan for each chore, but also breaks your day down into small, actionable tasks. Plus, once you check off or cross out your finished work, those visible accomplishments will spur your creativity.
  • Take meaningful breaks
    When it’s time to take a break, you might default to checking Facebook. For a more productive way to recharge your batteries, try reading relevant articles to give you some inspiration, learning about new innovations in your field or even taking a walk around your block. As long as you’re timing your breaks, you’ll be back to work in no time and your brain will feel a bit more refreshed.

Belclaire Homes builds homes that fit your lifestyle, especially when you work where you live! When designing your new home in one of our communities, we will work with you to create the best home office space to spark your productivity and creativity. Our model homes are currently available for viewing by appointment only, get in touch with someone from our team to set something up and get started creating the home of your dreams. You can see our available homes here.