Unique Gardening Ideas
by Cara, Thursday, September 11, 2014

Good news for wannabes: You really don’t have to have a green thumb to garden, and you don’t necessarily need an outdoor spot to make it happen. Whether you’re a Mr. Green Jeans or not, try some of these unique ideas to get your garden growing, indoors and out.

Create moss graffiti – This is a whimsical way to dress up your garden, or any wall for that matter. You’ll need buttermilk or yogurt, sugar, water or beer and maybe corn syrup.

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Plant wheat grass in eggshells – Take half a broken eggshell, add soil and wheat grass sprouting seeds, water the soil and you’re done. It’s that easy.

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Grow celery plants from grocery store celery  - This little growing trick is simple. Once your new stalks sprout, they’re ready to plant in soil.

Plant a hanging garden made from a shower caddie – Perfect for making a succulent garden for your patio.

Put coffee grounds to workAdd coffee grounds, a great source for nitrogen, to the soil to create compost. Apparently, coffee grounds also repel slugs and snails.

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Add baking soda to soil for sweeter tomatoesEnsure your garden tomatoes are sweeter by sprinkling baking soda on the soil around the plants, never on the plants. 

Keeping Your House Cool
by Cara, Thursday, September 04, 2014

Chances are good you’ll experience an Indian summer this fall. Just when you’re used to the cold or frosty weather, it’s suddenly warm, hazy and still. Like during the heat of summer, you’ll have to change gears and keep your house cool instead of warm.

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Tips for Keeping Your House Cool

  1. If you own a home in one of our Phoenix neighborhoods or any region that heats up, it’s a good idea to plant shade trees around the house.  
  2. Do you own a new home in Houston or other area known for its humidity? Be sure your air conditioner can deal with it; variable or multi-speed blowers are helpful.
  3. Seal air conditioner ducts, insulate any ducts that run through an unheated basement or attic, and close ducts in unused rooms.
  4. Install white shades or blinds, which can cut solar heat gain by as much as 50 percent.
  5. Set the thermostat to 77 F. Use ceiling fans and you can probably keep it as high as 82 F.
  6. If you can, buy a high-efficiency air conditioner. The energy efficiency ratio (EER) rating should be higher than 10 for room air conditioners. Central A/Cs should have a seasonal energy efficiency ration (SEER) rating above 12.

Labor Day Events
by Cara, Friday, August 29, 2014

On one hand, Labor Day signifies the end of summer; kids may sulk about it, while parents are usually ready for school to start. But, Labor Day is also about acknowledging American workers. We’ve put together an overview of some events for kids and grownups near Taylor Morrison communities across the country.

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Explore the desert at night – The kids will love the flashlight tours offered at the Desert Botanical Garden on Saturday, August 30.

Catch a wave – Go flowboarding or bodyboarding at FlowRider, a simulated surfing attraction where you can experience the sport in a controlled environment.

Take a music cruise – Join Lake Pleasant Cruises for a musical cruise on August 30th . You’ll get to see the sights while enjoying the music.

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Bay Area

Drink some vino – More of an adults-only event, the 33rd Annual Harvest Celebration on Sunday, August 31 offers tasting and more at 40 wineries throughout Livermore Valley Wine Country. This is especially convenient to the communities of Brighton and Lucca, which is located in Dublin.


Enjoy some old-time fun – The Labor Day Weekend Americana in Old Sacramento has a full lineup of activities, from live music, beer garden, classic car display and more.

Take in a summer’s night concert – Tap your toes and eat some delicious grub at a Hot Summer Nights Concert on August 29th at Elk Grove’s Laguna Town Hall.

Southern California

Make it a day in America’s Finest City – There is plenty to do over Labor Day Weekend in San Diego, including the SoCAL Music Festival and Flagship Cruises Labor Day BBQ Bash.

Go to the fair – The L.A. County Fair opens on Labor Day Weekend with non-stop fun, food and musical performances.

Appreciate the arts – Go to Laguna and catch the 2014 Stardust Art Festival before it ends after August 31 and the amazing Pageant of the Masters, which closes for the year after August 30.



Savor a tasty occasion – If you have a house in Denver you can’t miss out A Taste of Colorado, where you’ll eat well and enjoy some exciting events, kicked off with a concert followed by the spectacular fireworks and light show.

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Fort Myers/Naples

Enjoy all that jazz – Take in a Jazzmasters Free Concert in Naples, held every Saturday through October 25.

Soak in some Florida sunshine – Whether you want to laze about and catch some rays or are ready for some coastal craziness, Fort Myers’ Best Beaches have what you’re looking for.


Your choice – Jacksonville is brimming with Labor Day Weekend celebrations, from tribute concerts to movie classics to a Harriet the Spy film for kids.


Pick a theme – Whether you live here, are staying at a vacation house in Orlando, choose from a menu of theme parks, including Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orland Resort, Seaworld Orlando and Legoland Florida.

Float down a river – Explore the area’s most beautiful waterways on a kayak tour by Central Florida Nature Adventures, which offers kayaking for folks of every experience level.


Make a deal – If you enjoy a good bargain and fresh foods, check out the Dome Flea Market and Farmers Market in Venice, which is near our Verona Reserve community.

Get back to nature – The Branch Tropical Garden is having a Labor Day Garden Tour and Plant Sale where you can explore world-class plant collections, get some landscaping advice, and buy plants to take home.


Take a hike – From hiking and walking trails and a boardwalk to canoe and kayak rentals, fishing, and picnicking, Upper Tampa Bay Regional Park offers a variety of great ways to celebrate Labor Day Weekend. 

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Treat the kids to a Dallas day – Get your tickets now for the family-friendly LEGO KidsFest, coming to the Dallas Convention Center August 29-31.

Go fish – Fish, camp, hike, mountain bike, road bike, picnic, and observe wildlife at McKinney Falls State Park. While you’re there, take advantage of a free checkout of Junior Ranger Explorer Packs for the kids.


Make it a family day – Celebrate Labor Day with the family at Waterway Square in The Woodlands on Friday, August 30th.  There’ll be fireworks, live music, strolling entertainers, a balloon artist and face painter and more.

Skip the ticket lines – Fill the weekend with fun using a CityPass, good for nine whole days. You’ll get admission tickets to some tourist attraction favorites and save.

It’s also a great time of year to go home shopping!  We’d love to see you at any one of our model homes this weekend!  Come on by!

The homes for sale in Sweetwater have a rare secret. From the outside, the homes in the popular Travis Lake area appear to be impressive single stories; inside they have more to them than you might expect. Sweetwater homes feature big, functional walkout basements that add a beautiful dimension to family living—and a resale value-add for homeowners.

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You don’t see very many homes in Austin with walkout basements, so these soon to be complete homes stand out as spacious and unique. Floor plans range from 3,801 to 4,277 square feet of well-appointed living space. Each holds 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and a 3-car garage. All are on green belt home sites that afford stunning views of the naturally beautiful Texas Hill Country. 

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On the main level you’ll find a sumptuous master suite with a bay window in the bedroom, a huge dual-vanity bath with deep garden tub and separate shower, and an oversized walk-in closet. A complete guest suite is situated on the other side of this floor. The open designer kitchen with island features expanses of granite counter space, a sizeable pantry, and GE stainless steel appliances to accommodate even the most exacting family chef. A study, breakfast area, formal dining room and covered balcony complete the level.

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Don’t expect these Sweetwater basements to be dark and uninviting, because they are anything but. Three additional bedrooms and two full bathrooms share the impressive space with a laundry room, media room, and a light-filled game room. Two of the available homes also feature a basement-level kitchenette. A lovely covered patio and, for your convenience, the back yard is accessed from the game room area. 

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There’s a lot to love about these Sweetwater homes, including the distinctive walkout basement design. They’re perfect for discerning homebuyers in search of an exceptional home in an awe-inspiring setting. Sweet!

Summer Incentives
by Cara, Thursday, August 14, 2014

Summertime, and the living is easy – especially right now, when there are summer specials being offered at several Taylor Morrison communities. Hurry before the sun sets on these outstanding homebuyer deals. If you’re interested in any of these communities, contact the local Internet Home Consultant for more information.

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Close escrow on one of our move-in ready homes in our Phoenix communities before December 31, 2014 and your new home comes with:  

  • Front Load Washer and Dryer
  • Side-by-Side Refrigerator
  • 2” Faux Wood Blinds

For more information: Contact the Phoenix division by phone at 480-346-1738 or by email.


Our twelve Austin communities feature The Amazing Rate, a limited time low interest rate offer.  The low rate won’t last, so start your search today.

Fore more information: Contact your Internet Home Consultant Heather Fox at 512-845-7350 or by completing this form.

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For a limited time, several of our Orland communities are offering our Luxury Dream Home Package. Homes in each community come with a variety of upgrades and finishes.

Woodland Park in Orlando

This Orlando community is offering a package at no extra cost that includes:

  • Granite counters in the kitchen and master bath
  • 42” kitchen cabinets
  • 18” x 18” tile in all wet areas

Coventry at Heathrow

The Luxury Dream Home Package at Coventry at Heathrow features:

  • Gourmet kitchen vented to outside and with stainless steel appliances
  • 42” kitchen cabinets with crown moulding
  • Kitchen backsplash
  • 18” x 18” tile in all wet areas
  • Tray ceilings in owner’s suite and dining room
  • Solid surface counters in secondary baths
  • Upgraded wall tile in all baths and window sills throughout

Braemar in Gotha

Braemar is offering a package of upgrades any buyer would love:

  • 36” built-in stainless steel refrigerator
  • Gourmet stainless steel gas appliances
  • R-38 ceiling insulation
  • Iron stair railing on first floor
  • Upgraded trim package

For more information: Contact your Internet Home Consultant Amy Steiger for additional details about any of these communities, at 877-249-6168 or by using this form.

West Florida

Communities in these West Florida areas have an enticing loan program, so you get a beautiful new home with sensible financing you can live with for a long time.

Fort Myers & Naples

For more information: Contact Internet Home Consultant MaryAnn Givens at 866-495-6006 or complete this form.


For more information: Contact Internet Home Consultant MaryAnn Givens at 866-495-6006 or complete this form.


For more information: Contact Internet Home Consultant MaryAnn Givens at 866-495-6006 or complete this form.

Sell Your Old Home Quickly with a Color Upgrade
by Cara, Tuesday, August 12, 2014

You’ve found your dream home among Taylor Morrison’s houses for sale in Bee Cave in the Austin, TX area. Or maybe you are in the process of buying a house in Jacksonville at one of our popular West Florida communities. Now it’s time to sell your old house. What can you do to hurry things along, without spending on expensive remodeling? Simple: Spiff up the house with new paint inside and out.

Enhance Curb Appeal – Paint the exterior, choosing colors that fit the home’s style and neighborhood. Go two-tone, painting the trim to complement the main color.

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Choose Neutrals – Neutral colors make people feel at home and relaxed and, in the right hue, can dress up a room’s appeal. Think shades of beige, gray, muted green, understated blue, pale butter yellow, and off white, for instance.

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Remove the Wallpaper Boarders – Wallpaper borders can limit a room’s potential and dates the look. Besides, homebuyers don’t want to take it down themselves.

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Use the Right Kind of Paint – Generally, use flat paint on ceilings; satin in the kitchen, laundry room, bathrooms and hallways; eggshell in bedrooms, the dining room and the living room; and semi-gloss for trim, molding, kitchen cabinets, doors and woodwork. 

Master Bathroom Retreat Designs
by Cara, Thursday, July 31, 2014

One of the most important areas in a home for a Taylor Morrison homeowner is the master bath. People want to feel pampered and relaxed, and luxuriate in the comfort and beauty of a truly beautiful bathroom. After all, it is one element of the master suite, the owner’s retreat from the world.


The owner’s bathroom in the Everest floor plan at Adora Trails garners a lot of oohs and ahs from homebuyers. Handsome and light-filled, this restroom features a garden spa tub separate from the glass-enclosed oversized shower. For the full impact, come by and tour the model.


This master bath from the Apex floor plan in the Pinnacle Collection at Skyestone demands attention. Sensuous detailing, a huge garden tub, and the oversized shower with seating catches your eye when you walk into this five-piece restroom.



Our Saviero community in Irvine offers grand floor plans like Residence Four. This home features a spacious and elegant master suite that includes a bathroom with a freestanding tub, dual master sinks and a large separate vanity.


Like the rest of Plan Seven in Prado at Madeira East, this master bathroom is impressively large. The glass-enclosed shower is separate from the sumptuous garden tub. Beautiful Venetian marble tops the dual vanities and wraps around the tub.


Will it be a luxurious soak in the large garden tub or the experience of a spa-worthy shower? Single-story Plan Two at Torreon in Morgan Hill features a master bath that gives you the unique option of a unique shower option in lieu of the soaking tub.


At Esplanade at Artisan Lakes, guests marvel at the master baths featured in both Bella Casa VII and the Lazio VII, two of six gorgeous model homes. Master baths in these floor plans feature three showerheads with separate soaking tub, dual sinks, and abundant counter and cabinet space. Flexible space options include a poolside bath and deluxe master bath features.

Home Maintenance
by Cara, Tuesday, July 29, 2014

5 Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Home in Shape

It’s summer, the perfect time to do some home maintenance, but where do you start? The answer is: it depends. While certain tasks remain the same throughout the country, there can be variations. Owners with Denver properties, for instance, must keep the snowy fall and winter in mind. On the other hand, homes in Brea, CA bask in the temperate climate of Southern California all year long.

5 Common Tasks for Summer

Replace air filters – This monthly task will help your air-conditioning run smoothly all summer long and keep the heater purring when the temps drop in the fall and winter.

Inspect smoke detectors – Press the “test” button on each of your smoke detectors and replace backup batteries if necessary.

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Clean gutters – Climb the ladder and clean out the roof gutters. You’ll do this again in late fall, early winter.

Check the deck – Look for nails that have popped up and hammer them back in. Check for signs of rotting, as you may need to reseal the deck.

Inspect the windows – Protect your energy costs by making sure any cracks in your windows’ caulking are sealed.


Beach Communities
by Cara, Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Lazy walks through the sand, waves lapping at your toes, blue skies overhead and spectacular sunsets that go on forever. Why settle for summer vacations at the beach when you can live there all year long? With summertime stretching out before us, many of our homeowners are having fun in the sun in Taylor Morrison communities.

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From our Costa Mesa new homes in Southern California across to our new homes in Tampa, Florida, here are some of our outstanding coastal communities and nearby beaches:


Level 1 Huntington Beach, called the Surfing Capital of the World, and Newport Beach.

Campanilla Artisan CollectionDana Point and Doheny State Beach.


Mar Bella CommunitiesEl Jardin Del Mar and Kemah Boardwalk.


TortugaSan Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve

Pebble Pointe at the Brooks Barefoot Beach Preserve

SandovalMatalacha Pass Aquatic Preserve


Las Calinas and St. Johns ForestPonte Vedra Beach


Esplanade at Artisan LakesTerra Ceia Preserve State Park

Palma Sola TraceBradenton Beach

Verona ReserveVenice Beach

Esplanade by Siesta Key and Arbor Lakes on Palmer RanchSiesta Key


The Cove at Indian Rocks Beach Indian Rocks Beach

Arbor ChaseHoneymoon Island State Park

The Cove at Loggerhead MarinaSt. Pete Beach


Communities Near Amusement Parks
by Cara, Friday, July 18, 2014

Every summer, fun seekers flock to America’s amusement parks and play centers for thrills and good ol’ fashioned family entertainment. Our homeowners, whether they call Phoenix home or own homes in Houston, the Bay Area, Sacramento, So Cal, or any of our other locations,  are no exception. Fortunately, Taylor Morrison communities are often located near one or more fun centers.

Here’s a quick guide to some fun places to spend a summer day, all near one of our communities.


Castles N Coasters – This approximately 10-acre amusement center includes four outdoor 18-hole miniature golf courses as well as rides and a video game arcade.

Close to: Reserve at Fireside in Norterra. Also easy to get to from all of our Phoenix communities.


California’s Great America – The only northern California amusement park with its own water park.

Close to: Willow in Sunnyvale.

Raging Waters San Jose – Northern California’s largest water park includes over a million gallons of water attractions and 23 acres of fun for the family.

Close to: Hamilton Court is coming soon to San Jose!

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Fairy Tale Town – Feed your children’s imagination while they play with 25 nursery rhyme and fairytale-themed playsets, friendly farm animals and more.
Funderland Amusement Park –  Let the little ones have a blast at this two-acre park with nine kid-sized amusement rides, photo opps, a concession stand and more.

Close to: Viana at Madeira East in Elk Grove

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park –  Banish the summer boredom blues at the world’s first indoor trampoline park—programs for kids of all ages and adults.

Close to: Villagio at Stone Point


Disneyland Park – Put on some mouse ears and experience the Disney-themed rides, exhibits and entertainment that have made visitors happy for generations.

Close to: Palisades at Vista del Verde

Sky High Sports – Free bounce or join in organized activities like trampoline dodge ball at this unique fun center where even the walls are trampolines.

Close to: Level 1 – Coming soon, models open!

Raging Waters San Dimas – Reserve a shady cabana for the family at California’s largest waterpark, which features wave pools, water slides and plenty of water-themed attractions.

Close to: Citrus Glen in Claremont



Bay Aquatic Park – Children 3 and under with a paying adult are free at this popular small Broomfield center with water slides and an aquatic playground.

Close to: Skyestone in Broomfield


Zoomers Amusement Park – You name it, Zoomers probably has it, with go-karts, miniature golf, miniature bowling, midway rides, rollercoaster, bumper boats and tilt-a-whirl.

Close to: Tortuga

Sun-N-Fun Lagoon – Pure pool fun, including water slides, water fall, pool playground for kids five to 12 years.

Close to: Esplanade Golf and Country Club of Naples


Adventure Landing – Besides offering an array of attractions, including miniature golf, laser tag, a roller coaster, batting cages, arcade, go-karts, this park offers events and group outings.

Close to: Kindlewood

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Sea World Orlando – Great rides, fun shows with aquatic animals, inspiring exhibits to be enjoyed at this marine-life based zoological park.

Close to: Sawgrass

Walt Disney World Resort – Disney-themed rides and water parks are complemented with a spa, dining, golf, tennis, fishing, rock climbing, water-skiing – you can even get married here.

Close to: Overlook at Hamlin


Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium – World-class marine scientists open their non-profit facility to the public to educate and entertain.

Close to: Esplanade by Siesta Key

Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf – Play miniature golf amid rushing waters, caves, waterfalls and tropical terrain, and be sure to feed the alligators at Smugglers Cove.

Close to: Arbor Reserve



Busch Gardens Tampa – The whole family will enjoy a staggering number of attractions, including thrilling roller coasters, family-friendly shows, and state-of-the-art animal habitats.

Close to: Tuscany at Tampa Palms


Shore Club Volente Beach – This water park and restaurant features Adult Nights with live music a throughout the summer.

Close to: Lakeview at Steiner Ranch


Sky High Sports – Trampoline floors and walls keep visitors bouncing and a special court is set aside for little jumpers.

Close to: Avalon at Spring Green 85s Inspired Series