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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!

Belclaire Communities: Emerald Heights at a Glance

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: June 18, 2020 | Comments Off on Belclaire Communities: Emerald Heights at a Glance

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 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
Our 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 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. 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.

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!

Five Father’s Day gifts you can make at your Belclaire home

Categories: General Posts | Posted: June 15, 2020 | Comments Off on Five Father’s Day gifts you can make at your Belclaire home

Fathers are famously hard to shop for, especially the type who have everything and want nothing. Since Father’s Day this year will be a bit different than normal, try making something yourself, something from the heart that dad will treasure forever. Country Living has a few great ideas for DIY Father’s Day gifts.

Here are our favorites:

DIY Canvas Tool Apron
Does your dad love to fix things and do work around the house? This tool apron is the perfect DIY gift to present him with for Father’s Day. Get the tutorial at A Merry Thought.

DIY Candy Dispenser
Does Dad have a sweet tooth? Help him satisfy his cravings with this nifty DIY candy dispenser (you can even pick and choose from his favorite candies to “personalize” it further). Get the tutorial at The House of Wood.

Meyer Lemon and Pistachio Sandwich Cookies
All it takes is a roll of twine, a small box, and a bit of parchment paper to make homemade cookies into a gift fit for even the greatest dad. Bonus: These lemon and pistachio sandwich cookies happen to taste as delicious as they look. Get the recipe at Coley Cooks.

Wood Coasters
Customize some DIY coasters with one of Dad’s interests, like the hunting-themed set on Unoriginal Mom.

Grill Set Holder
Every grill master needs a place to hang his trusty tools. Plus, this DIY gift is way easier to make than it looks. Lil Luna has a great tutorial!

Whatever you decide to gift your dear dad this Father’s Day, remember that just because this year’s celebration will probably be a little bit quieter, doesn’t mean it’s any less special.

 

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 Homes honors our fallen heroes this Memorial Day

Categories: General Posts | Posted: May 25, 2020 | Comments Off on Belclaire Homes honors our fallen heroes this Memorial Day

Join Belclaire Homes as we honor the heroes who lost their lives while serving in the US Military. We thank these brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect us all. Let’s remember our fallen service members with pride this Memorial Day.

Enjoy the outdoor living space at your Belclaire home with these tasty recipes

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: May 13, 2020 | Comments Off on Enjoy the outdoor living space at your Belclaire home with these tasty recipes

This time of year is perfect for enjoying a nice meal and ice cold drink at a restaurant with a sunny patio. Many restaurants remain closed due to social distancing guidelines, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a good meal outside, especially when your Belclaire home has an open outdoor living space! Country Living made a long list of delightful picnic ideas you can make all summer long. Here are a few of our favorites:

Classic Lobster Rolls
You don’t have to travel all the way to the East Coast to enjoy this beloved seafood dish. The recipe is simple to make, and the flavor is just unbeatable.

Watermelon, tomato and feta salad
If you’ve only eaten watermelon straight from the rind, this salad is about to wow your taste buds. The sweet and savory notes pair wonderfully in every single bite.

Smashed Buttermilk Potato Salad
Unlike potato chunks, smashed potatoes soak in the dressing’s rich flavor.

Bacon Lettuce Cups
Ditch the bread and focus on the good stuff (a.k.a. bacon) with these easy-to-make bites.

Old-Fashioned Lemonade
This sweet and tangy lemonade may have old in the name but it’s about to become your new go-to.

Lemon Creme Sandwich Cookies
Give store-bought cookies a homemade touch by filling them with quick and easy lemon creme.

If an at-home picnic is something you’d enjoy with your family, be sure to include an outdoor living space in your new home design. Belclaire Homes has several  floor plans to choose from that you can easily personalize to fit your family’s needs. Set up an appointment to view a model and get started on your dream home!

Fun games for Belclaire families to play indoors

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: April 23, 2020 | Comments Off on Fun games for Belclaire families to play indoors

Social distancing isn’t easy but according to the Today Show, a good family game night might do the trick. The Today Show compiled a list of 32 games for kids, adults and the entire family to keep things fun and fresh. We’ll share the top five, but you can read the whole article here.

 

  1. Do you know me?
    Made by the company that brought you the popular game “What Do You Meme?” comes this fun party addition that is made for anyone 17 years or older. It will reveal unknown facts about the players around you and it’s super easy to learn.
  2. Flying Sushi Kitchen Game
    If you thought sushi was just meant for eating, you need to think again! The Flying Sushi Kitchen game will bring everyone together during a fun and exciting challenge to be the best chef in the room. Pluck flying pieces out of the air with chopsticks, make your sushi creation on a platter and be the first one to make $25 worth of orders.
  3. Twister Scrabble Game
    This game combines two fan favorites in one — the classic fun of Twister and the pensive challenge of scrabble will get everyone moving in no time. Spell words on a giant mat filled with letters and watch your friends get tied up — literally!
  4. Monopoly Speed
    Monopoly is a timeless game that will keep people busy for hours on end. The hard part? Sometimes it takes a bit too long. Not anymore! Monopoly Speed will have you finishing the game in just 10 minutes without forfeiting any of the excitement.
  5. Not Parent Approved
    This game is meant for kids, adults and anyone in between. Buyers said that it had them laughing the entire time! What more could you want? This game is similar to Cards Against Humanity, but 100% family friendly and designed to reintroduce a love of family
    games for a screen-obsessed generation. Attention-grabbing. Easy-to-learn. Quick, simple play.

 

If you’re not in the mood for family game night, try some indoor workouts or arts and crafts.

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