Saviero and Capella at Orchard Hills
by John, Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Irvine is a perennial winner on a lot of annual "Best" lists. In 2011, Irvine placed sixth on "Money" magazine’s Top 10 Best Places to Live, which noted that, "Thanks to smart planning, this big city can feel surprisingly small." Strong job opportunities, excellent schools routinely ranked among the nation’s best, quality health care and lots of recreational and entertainment options were other factors the magazine cited. Irvine also earns kudos as one of the nation’s safest big cities. And, as Mayor Steven Choi is quick to point out, "The city is clean and aesthetically pleasing." Add it all up and Irvine is definitely a great place to live and raise a family. So if you’re looking for homes in Irvine, don’t miss the opportunities coming this spring at Saviero and Capella, our new homes at Orchard Hills®, the newest of the Villages of Irvine.

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The newest of the Villages of Irvine, Orchard Hills® will be a landmark village, unlike any other in the master plan. With an elevated location set against the Loma Ridge backdrop, Orchard Hills® will offer dramatic topography and natural beauty reminiscent of a countryside in Europe. Live here and you’ll have acres of open space and rolling hillsides to enjoy and explore. Located in the eastern portion of Irvine at Culver Boulevard and Portola Parkway, Orchard Hills® is convenient to local dining, services and retail shops at the 125,000-square Orchard Hills® Town Center on Portola Parkway. And, when you really want a destination shopping experience, you’ll find the spectacular Irvine Spectrum not too far away.

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Saviero and Capella by Taylor Morrison are two of the luxury neighborhoods that will be for sale at Orchard Hills®. Both communities will offer single-family homes in an exciting selection of floor plans with attractive standard features, along with an array of customizing options and upgrades.

New homes at Capella will start in the low 1 millions and range from about 2,906 to 3,223 square feet. You’ll have your choice of three four-bedroom, two-story floor plans. If you need more space, the new homes at Saviero will range from about 3,795 to 4,050 square feet in your choice of four two-story plans with up to five bedrooms, starting from the mid one millions. Homes in both neighborhoods will feature over-sized home sites, designer kitchens, spacious owners’ suites and distinctive Santa Barbara, Spanish Revival and Monterey architectural styles.

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If you have school age children, they’ll attend either Hicks Elementary, Orchards Hills School ( a combination elementary and middle school ) or Beckman High, all top-rated and part of the acclaimed Irvine Unified School District. Of course, the area is renowned for its world-class institutions of higher learning such as UC Irvine and Pepperdine.

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When it’s time to play, you’ll have access to the many amenities already in place within the Villages of Irvine, as well as the host of amenities planned for Orchard Hills®. These include the Resort at West Grove, a private park within walking distance of Capella. It will include swimming and wading pools, spa, tot lot, lighted tennis courts, basketball courts and picnic areas. There are also miles of trails for hiking, biking and jogging.

And, thanks to Irvine’s excellent planning, you’re never far from the myriad fun and fascinating things to see and do throughout Orange County. Local attractions include Crystal Cove State Park, Irvine Ranch Conservancy, Tustin Sports Park and Irvine Barclay Theater.

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With so much going for it, as you’d expect, demand for new homes in Irvine is strong. If Saviero or Capella at Orchard Hills® sound like exactly what you want, join the VIP Interest Lists today by visiting the links above. That way, you’ll be sure to get email updates about floor plans, pricing and sales events.

Disclaimer:
Orchard Hills® is a registered trademark of The Irvine Company LLC, used for marketing villages of new homes in Irvine, California USA. ©2014 The Irvine Company LLC. All Rights Reserved. All projects are in planned communities developed by Irvine Community Development Company LLC, an affiliate of The Irvine Company LLC.

Photo Credit
Loma Ridge: OCParks_CA /
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OC Zoo: OCParks_CA / flickr cc
Irvine family walking: OCParks_CA / flickr cc
UCI: Randy Robertson / flickr cc
Irvine Spectrum: demxx / flickr cc


Vizcaya at East Round Rock
by John, Friday, April 04, 2014

Texas is the success story of the decade, and the Austin area is one of the brightest spot in the Lone Star State. Business is booming, the economy is thriving and you won’t find a better music scene anywhere. If you already live here, lucky you! If you’re relocating, even better! It’s a great time to shop for new Austin homes and one of the best places is Vizcaya. Whether you want to be close to great jobs and schools or you’re looking for place where you can just kick back and enjoy life, our new master-planned community has something for everyone.

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A Great Location

Vizcaya is located in east Round Rock, in the heart of Texas Hill Country. Not familiar with Round Rock? It is the fast-growing city in the state with a well-earned reputation as one of the safest, best-managed cities in America. The motto is "Purpose, Passion, Prosperity" and they’re living up to it in a big way. The city has won the prestigious Comprehensive Planning Award and a 3CMA Savvy Award for Community Visioning. Round Rock is a major center of economic growth in Central Texas. In the past few years, the city has attracted major employers in growth industries that include clean energy, life sciences, computer/software development and advanced manufacturing. Good place to put down roots if you’re hoping to advance your career. It also ranks fifth in the entire U.S. among Best Cities for Relocating Families, with some of the finest public schools and institutions of higher learning out there. Vizcaya is part of the Round Rock ISD, with an average student-to-teacher ratio of 15 to 1, and over 85% of graduating seniors take the SAT and ACT exams with scores well above state and national averages. If you’re interested in colleges, you’ll find local campuses of Texas State University and Austin Community College close by, as well. From here you’re just a few minutes from the Texas A & M Health and Science Center and Seton Medical Center, shopping, dining and entertainment. Downtown Austin is a three-mile drive. Now add in one of the lowest property tax rates in the region and low average utility bills and, really, what’s not to love? You can read more about the Round Rock success story here.

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A Choice of Homes You’ll Love

An amazing location is a big attraction for anyone in the market for new homes in Austin, but quality, selection and onsite amenities are important deciding factors, too. Vizcaya is a winner on every level. It will offer homebuyers a choice of neighborhoods with a variety of lots sizes and floor plans ranging from about 1,450 to nearly 4,100 square feet to choose from. They’re all designed for easy living and entertaining, and they include our most popular standard features selected to add value, style and energy-savings.

Vizcaya will also offer an array of amenities that may just make your home everyone’s favorite place to spend the holidays. Plans calls for a clubhouse with catering kitchen, aerobics and fitness center, meeting rooms, craft and card rooms, and billiards. The pool will feature lanes for laps and plenty of space for in-water aerobics or just floating around. Other planned features include a hot tub, fire pit with eating, barbecue spaces, tennis courts, courts for bocce ball and pickle ball, and walking trails. There’s even a full-time Lifestyle Director on-site to make sure you find exactly the activities that interest you. In addition, the Traditional neighborhood section will offer its own selection of family-oriented amenities.

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With so much to offer, our new Round Rock homes are certain to draw a crowd of interested homebuyers. If you’re one of them, the best thing to do is join the VIP Interest List. That way you’ll always receive emails with the latest news about pricing, floor plans, special events and more.


Orlando Woodland Park Coming Soon
by John, Friday, March 28, 2014

Folks are flocking to Florida. Demographers are predicting the state will soon overtake New York as America’s third-most populous. What’s the big attraction? Year-round weather, for sure, plus plenty of things to do here in the Sunshine State. Florida’s economy is booming, too, driven by jumps in the tourism, medical and financial industries. All that growth is also fueling demand for housing, especially around the Orlando area. Taylor Morrison has several new communities in development, including one that’s scheduled to open very soon: Woodland Park. Sales are slated to start early this spring.

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Woodland Park is in Hunter’s Creek, close to Orlando International Airport and just a few minutes from Medical City. If you’re relocating to the area, locals will tell you that demand for Lake Nona Medical City real estate is huge. They’ll also tell you that Hunter’s Creek is one of the nicest, family-friendliest communities you’ll ever see.

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In 2011, CNN/Money and Money magazine ranked Hunter’s Creek 21 on their list of the 100 best places to live in America! There are plenty of good reasons why:

  • There are seven public parks. Osprey is one of the largest and offers a Social Center, meeting rooms, ball courts and fields, a dog park, fishing, picnic areas, tennis and volleyball courts, walking paths and a shaded tot lot. Many of the community’s major annual events are held here including the Independence Day Celebration and the Fall Festival. Calabay Park is popular for picnics and Braddock Oak offers walking paths and mature shade trees.
  • All of Florida is a golfer’s dream. Hunter’s Creek Golf Club is one of the most popular public courses and the founding member of the Orlando Golf Trail, a group of 12 championship courses dotting the I-4 corridor.

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  • Hunter’s Creek is part of the well-regarded Orange County Public Schools district. Children living in Woodland Park will attend Wetherbee Elementary, South Creek Middle and Cypress Creek High.
  • There is a wide selection of shops, services, restaurants and entertainment venues in the immediate area, or just a few minutes away by car.
  • The area offers an easy commute to nearby employment centers.
  • You’re surrounded by natural beauty including wetland habitats preserved as conservation areas.
  • According to Zillow, home values in the Hunter’s Creek area have appreciated 14.5% over the past year.

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Live at Woodland Park, and you’ll also have access to the planned community amenities including a clubhouse, pool, multipurpose field, playground and several small parks. Prices for our new homes in Hunter’s Creek are anticipated to start in the $200,000s – an excellent value in this in-demand area. You’ll have your choice of spacious one- and two-story floor plans ranging from 1,600 to 4,100 square feet in three popular collections including the Traditions 50s, Heritage 60s and Manor 70s. All will include the features today’s homebuyers want most, many of them inspired by suggestions from Taylor Morrison homeowners. Adding to the value is the use of energy-efficient materials and construction techniques that save natural resources and money. You’ll also have the opportunity to customize your home with an array of upgrades and options from the Taylor Morrison Design Studio. Our homebuyers often tell us that’s their favorite part of the homebuying process!

Sound exactly like the kind of new Orlando homes you’re looking for? Then join the Woodland Park VIP Interest List. It’s the best way to stay in the know about important info like floor plan and pricing releases and special events. You can sign up for VIP emails here.


See an Artistic Take on Life at Exciting Level 1
by Stormy Rasmussen, Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Level 1 really is a rare find. Stunning contemporary design plus an enviable location close to Costa Mesa and just a mile from the Pacific Ocean make this community of three-story stylish and very livable floor plans a rare opportunity. Here’s glimpse of what it will be like to live at Level 1.

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At the end of the day, take in inspiring views and watch the sun set from your private rooftop deck. It’s also great place for gathering with friends or simply relaxing with a good book.

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Step from the living room onto the second floor deck for a breath of fresh ocean air. Here, you can see life happening around you or sit back a sip a before dinner cocktail. Great room and kitchen

                          

Level 1 homes are the perfect backdrop for living and entertaining. The gourmet kitchen opens to the dining area and living room so you’re never away from the action.

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The first floor office gives you a creative place to work while connecting you to the world outside. A sleek bank of windows, which opens like a garage door only much classier, makes the room light and airy.

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Why feel isolated working from home? Your office and ground floor patio give you privacy while keeping the world nearby.

With only 60 homes available, living at Level 1 will be a reality for just a few homeowners. Find out more about this incredible live/work/play community today. Contact Internet Home Consultant Sheri Fobel today at 949-341-1206 or by email.


What's changing with kitchens and baths
by John, Monday, March 10, 2014

Gone are the ultra-modern designs, and natural is back. Quality, certainly, but never ornate or fussy. We’ve put together some examples of the latest approaches to kitchen and bath design.

  1. White Cabinets – Classic white never goes out of favor. The Lazio floor plan at our Lakewood Ranch community in Sarasota, Florida is a great example of how white cabinets give a kitchen a clean, light feel.

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  2. Quartz Counters – These counter surfaces have a lot going for them, beyond simply being attractive. Durable and low-maintenance, quartz counters come in a variety of colors in both polished and matte finishes. And here’s a bonus: quartz counters contain an antimicrobial agent.
  3. LED Lighting – Energy and budget savings are very big these days, and LED lighting fits both bills. Often used for under-cabinet as well as standard lighting, LED bulbs use less electricity, last longer than other lighting and are cool to the touch when turned on.
  4. Electronic Faucets – Touch-activated and hands-free faucets have found their way into today’s homes. Sure, the technology is fun, but it also helps keep germs in check.
  5. Transitional Style – Here’s an example from our Sterling II floor plan at Silverleaf in Colorado of why a blend of traditional and contemporary has become so popular. Note the use of muted color, patterned window treatments, sexy bathtub design and sleek faucets.
  6. Social Media Inspiration – Social collaboration sites like Pinterest and Houzz are great for finding design style inspiration. These kinds of tools help you pinpoint the colors and styles you prefer. It’s also fun to see what other people are doing with their home interiors.

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  7. Flexible Spaces – Today’s kitchen, like this beautiful design from our Lancashire floor plan at Terrain in Castle Rock, Colorado, is open and inviting, an extension of the great room. It’s a place to gather and enjoy entertainment, so kitchen islands are becoming standard. This flex area is ideal for sharing food while socializing.
  8. Kitchen Technology – The communal kitchen/great room space has morphed into an internet café with built-in WIFI. Appliances are computerized and convenient outlets make it easy to recharge cell phones and plug in laptops.
  9. Eco-friendly – Interior design in general is trending green. Kitchens and bathrooms follow suit, with energy-saving features added without sacrificing style and functionality. In the bathroom, for instance, you’ll find attractive showers that save water and low-flow toilets.
  10. At-home Spa – At the end of a long day, homeowners want to escape into peaceful luxury. Master baths are more spa-like than ever before, with mood lighting, built-in music systems, steam showers, larger showers with multiple showerheads, and over-sized whirlpool bathtubs for long, languid soaks.

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Figure 1- Here's an at-home spa example from our Vista Del Mar community

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As you consider a remodel or the purchase of a new home, keep these kinds of upgrades in mind.


Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner Recipes for Two
by John, Friday, February 07, 2014

If you and your sweetie prefer to stay cozy at home for Valentine’s Day this year, prepare a romantic dinner for two. We found some delicious recipes that will bring romance to any of our communities, from homes in Austin, TX to San Jose homes in California, to other Taylor Morrison homes throughout the country.

Blue Cheese, Walnut and Pear Crostini – Begin the evening with broiled slices of French bread topped with blue cheese, white cheddar, pear slices and walnuts. (Recipe by Better Homes and Gardens)

Bistro Roast Chicken – For a French-inspired meal, a savory entrée of Bistro Roast Chicken is très bon. Bon appétit! Try this recipe served up by myrecipes.com.

Oven Fries: Seasoned baked Yukon Gold potato wedges make a simple and tasty side dish to just about any entrée. Try this recipe for two by Eating Well.

Spinach Salad with Apple and Pecan – This simple salad of spinach, Golden Delicious apple slices, red onion strips and roast pecans tossed with a Dijon mustard dressing. We found the recipe on Food.com.

Chocolate Heart Cakes – End the meal with chocolate heart cakes smothered with a rich dark chocolate sauce? We found a yummy recipe recommended by Martha Stewart.


Christina is headed to the Big Game
by John, Monday, January 27, 2014

NFL Super Bowl Game Plan Taylor Morrison

Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Live from Metlife Stadium!

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There is a lot going on here at the stadium, lots of food, people and things to see.  I'm so thankful that Taylor Morrison sent me to the game today.  This is amazing.

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Beautiful weather, lots of people and excitement everywhere!

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Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Fans on the way!

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We have to start our day early for the game.  The only way to get to the game is take a taxi to the NJ Transit then a train to Secaucus transit.  From there we take a train to MetLife stadium.

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Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 2:32 PM

The night before the big game!

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Little Italy.  The area around here is amazing.

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Some interesting things around New York.

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Lunar New Year in China Town

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Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 9:44 AM
The President of Taylor Morrison Home Funding happened to be in NY visiting her family and she decided to show us around Little Italy and China Town.  What an awesome person to work for.

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Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 8:17 AM
Mango and coffee boba drink in China Town.

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Dinner from last night.

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Friday, January 31, 2014 at 1036 AM
We walked the Brooklyn Bridge!

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Times Square!

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Lunch at Lindy's!

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Friday, January 31, 2014 at 10:30 AM
Almost everywhere we look, on every corner, we see Super Bowl signs.  Even digital signs on taxi cabs.

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Friday, January 31, 2014 at 10:25 AM
This is our room key

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Friday, January 31, 2014 at 9:10 AM
Whoa I'm not allowed to own a car in NY :)  No possible way I can parallel park like this

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Friday, January 31, 2014 at 9:10 AM
We are on our way to the hotel.

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Friday, January 31, 2014 at 8:34 AM
This is on all baggage claim belts :)  I suppose NY is ready for the Super Bowl.

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Friday, January 31, 2014 at 8:20 AM
Hello Big Apple!!

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Friday, January 31, 2014 at 4:23 AM
Curious Arthur on the shuttle..  And off we go... Waiting to board with Delta Airlines.  Grandma gets a special visit with Arthur while we get an amazing weekend watching the Super Bowl and hanging out in New York.

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Friday, January 31, 2014 at 3:42 AM
Up and ready.. Rain or shine... Snow or not... Big Apple here we come.. Super Bowl 2014!!  Feeling excited!!

Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:14 PM
Meet Christina, who works for Taylor Morrison Home Funding in the Orlando area.  Christina is a processing coordinator who is responsible for ordering appraisals, getting tax validations, verifying employments and much, much more.  She’s an integral part of Taylor Morrison customer’s being able to purchase a new home. 

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Christina entered an internal contest, at Taylor Morrison, and won two tickets to the big game at MetLife Stadium, VIP access, a special game day experience and all her expenses are covered.  It’s an amazing prize for a truly amazing and committed employee.

She loves football!!!  Christina attended the University of Florida and is an avid Gator fan.  Most weekends you can find her and her husband watching college and professional games.  But as for her pick to win the Super Bowl, well, you’ll have to keep checking back to see if she gives away any hints. 

 

Keep watching as she will be blogging about her experience in New York starting on Thursday as she prepares to leave.  She and her husband will have three very full and exciting days in New York ending with the big game on Sunday afternoon.

 


Taylor Morrison Communities in 2014
by John, Thursday, January 23, 2014

As we look ahead at this new year, the possibilities feel limitless. For Taylor Morrison, we’re especially excited about all of the many great communities that will open and the new home construction we’ll deliver throughout the country.

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Whether you’re interested in California Bay Area, Southern California, Denver area, Florida, Austin, Houston, or Phoenix real estate, follow the links provided for these opening-soon communities and note the ones that catch your fancy. Be sure to sign up for each community of interest’s VIP List so you can be the first to know about price releases, special events and updates.

ARIZONA

In Phoenix:

Belmonte – Chandler

Our popular Landmark Collection of homes is coming to Belmonte as early as February. Join the VIP List.

Copperleaf – Gilbert

Visit our two Copperleaf collections’ webpages and sign up for the VIP Lists of the Encore Collection and the Passage Collection. Copperleaf is set to open in February.

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– Peoria

Pre-sales of our Summit Collection of homes are happening now. Join the VIP List.

Northlands – Peoria

Northlands set to include three of our finest home collections in January. Sign up for the VIP Lists for the Encore Collection, Passage Collection and Summit Collection.

Sonoran Commons – Phoenix

We’ll be offering the Encore and Passage collections in early 2014. Get more information and sign up for the VIP Lists: Encore Collection and Passage Collection.

CALIFORNIA

In the Bay Area:

Brighton – Livermore

This new community of three-story single-family detached homes is located in historic Livermore. Get more information and join the VIP List of this stylish community here.

Palomar – Campbell

The intimate new community of Palomar is set in charming Campbell. Get the scoop and sign up for the Palomar VIP List here.

In Southern California:

Citrus Glen – Claremont

New construction is rare in the City of Claremont, one of the most desirable locations in Los Angeles County. Priced from the low $400s, only 50 homes will be offered here. Join the VIP List.

Level 1 – Costa Mesa

Level 1, a community of 60 new urban attached homes with functional workspaces and outdoor living areas, opens soon.

COLORADO

In Denver:

Leyden Ranch – Arvada

This community will feature three beautiful collections of two-story and ranch-style homes on large home sites with stunning views. Floor plans will start in the $300s. Join the VIP List.

Skyestone – Broomfield

This innovative and active lifestyle 55-Plus community’s Skyestone Lodge will offer dining, cooking classes, yoga program, strength studio and much more. Check it out and join the VIP List.

The Village at Palisade Park – Broomfield

The Village at Palisade Park will include only 161 home sites and offer awe-inspiring views. With homes starting in the high $300s, the community is ideal for first-time buyers and families. Join the VIP List.

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FLORIDA

In Naples/Fort Meyers:

Esplanade at Hacienda Lake – Naples

Resort-style amenities, an intimate neighborhood and an active lifestyle promise to make Esplanade at Hacienda Lakes a popular choice. Join the VIP Interest List.

Esplanade Golf and Country Club of Naples – Naples Residents will live within 1,798 acres that include 1,000 acres of nature preserves and over 170 acres of lakes. Be sure to join the VIP Interest List.

In Orlando:

 

Woodland Park – Orlando

Homeowners here will enjoy beautiful 1,600 – 4,100 square foot homes, anticipated to start in the $200s. Woodland Park opens for sale in Spring 2014. Join the VIP Interest List.

In Sarasota:

Arbor Lakes on Palmer Ranch

A full menu of amenities will be offered, including a resort-style pool with kid’s splash zone, an adventure playground, sports courts and more. Join the VIP Interest List.

Esplanade at Artisan Lakes

This superb new community will sit within 800 beautifully unspoiled acres and feature a wide array of amenities. Join the VIP Interest List.

In Tampa:

Arbor Chase – Palm Harbor

Located on 20 wooded acres in desirable Palm Harbor, Arbor Chase will offer only 50 home sites and our most popular floor plans. Join the VIP Interest List.

The Cove at Indian Rocks Beach

Homeowners in this amenity-rich community will be enviably close to gorgeous beaches and will feature boating entry to the Intercoastal Waterway. Join the VIP Interest List.

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TEXAS

In Austin:

Enclave at Rough Hollow – Lakeway

Pre-sales are on in this Hill Country gem. Enclave at Rough Hollow offers lakeside living with casual elegance. Join the VIP List.

Lakeview at Steiner Ranch

Situated between Lake Austin and Lake Travis, this community of just 55 planned home sites will be ideal for casual living. Join the VIP List.

In Houston:

Bonterra at Woodforest – Lakeway

This innovative community, located in a heavily forested area, will give residents a peaceful, amenity-rich neighborhood close to shopping and entertainment venues. Join the VIP List.

Grand Vista – Richmond

Visit the websites and join the VIP Interest List for this beautiful 600-acred community’s various collections.

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50s Villa Series

60s Chateau Series

70s Premiere Series

Sienna Plantation – Missouri City

Now pre-selling, Sienna Plantation is a mixed-use, master-planned golf course community. Visit the websites and be sure to join the VIP Interest Lists.

70s Legacy Series

80s Inspired Series

Springwoods Village – Spring

Springwoods Village is a diverse sustainable community where natural forests and ecosystems are protected. The Discovery Series is coming soon. Join the VIP Interest List.


Ice Skating Rinks Near Taylor Morrison Communities
by John, Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Great Ice Skating Rinks Near Taylor Morrison Communities

The beauty of ice-skating is that it’s a fun experience you can enjoy even if you don’t live in snow country. In fact, thanks to some wonderful ice-skating rinks you can glide on the ice just about any time of the year.

Whether you’re a pro, are naturally gifted or have never put on a pair of skates, you can always visit a rink. Here are some options near Taylor Morrison communities where you can tie on some skates and put blades to the ice.

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Phoenix, AZ

The Ice Den, located north of Scottsdale, is home to the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes Hockey club. If you want to try Oceanside Ice Arena, be sure to check out the schedule because it’s closed for public skating during hockey season. At Polar Ice in Gilbert both stick-time and public skating time are offered.

 

Bay Area, CA

Don’t be intimidated, but Belmont Iceland, located near San Mateo, has been visited by some big names, including Peggy Fleming, Brian Boitano and Debi Thomas. For those who own San Jose, CA homes there’s Downtown Ice, the South Bay’s largest seasonal outdoor skating rink. If you live in Dublin, try out Dublin Iceland, with its menu of events, workshops and public skating. In Livermore you can go to Tri Valley Ice for your ice time.

 

Sacramento, CA

On K Street you’ll find the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink, which prides itself in creating a signature holiday experience, open this season from November 8 through January 20. If you have kids, take them to the open-air Iceland Ice Skating Rink on Del Paso Blvd for ice skating lessons.

 

Southern California

The Southland has a variety of rinks to choose from. Ontario residents can go to Center Ice Arena, a NHL sized rink that offers programs ranging from public skating to figure skating to hockey teams and leagues. In Anaheim there’s The Rinks Anaheim Ice and KHS Ice Arena, both of which also feature a variety of programs. Or, try out Aliso Viejo Ice Palace, which bills itself as "The Coolest Place in Orange County."

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Denver, CO

Our Denver, Co homes put homeowners close to several great rinks. The Ice Centre at the Promenade in Westminster is one of only a few rinks in North America with a triple ice sheet. Rink Rock, now open through February in Downtown Castle Rock, is a community recreational skating rink. The Apex Park and Recreation District in Arvada offers Apex Center Ice Arena with a pro shop, public skating and programs.

 

Fort Myers, FL

The Fort Myers Skatium features more than an ice skating arena. The center also offers an athletic gymnasium and a fitness center, all under one roof.

 

Jacksonville, FL

North Floridians can enjoy the Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex, the only year-round NHL sized ice rink in the area. The open skating programs throughout the week include Family Night, Friday Fun Night and Saturday Night Club Teen.

 

Orlando, FL

RDV Ice Den offers public ice-skating every day of the week. There is also Kid’s Skate Out, figure skating, drop-in hockey and more.

 

Sarasota, FL

If you call Sarasota home, check out Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex, the "Gulf Coast’s Premier Sports Facility." On most days of the week public skating is offered at several different times.

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Tampa, FL

Tampa Bay Skating Academy features public skating and other programs, including Precision Drill Teams. Ice Sports Forum in Brandon is the official training facility of the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team and boasts two NHL regulation ice rinks.

 

Austin, TX

The Live Music Capitol’s Chapparel Ice is family owned. The rink’s mission is to offer a "fun, safe, and service-oriented destination for skaters of all levels."

 

Houston, TX

Rounding out our guide is a group of rinks located throughout the city. Choose from several listed on the CBS Houston Best Places to Go Ice Skating in Houston.


YouTube Yoga Workouts
by Stormy, Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Which camp are you in? The one that believes yoga is wonderful for mind, body and soul? Or the one that thinks yoga is just a bunch of mumbo jumbo?  Well, the yea-sayers are on the right track: scientific studies are showing that the practice of yoga at any physical level can help with musculoskeletal issues, like lower back pain, as well as things like stress and anxiety.

Getting started with yoga can be as simple as watching a video, and we’ve compiled a list of our favorites on YouTube. But first, let’s talk about why people hesitate to try yoga. Maybe you feel intimidated by radical poses and think “I could never do that” or you have a medical condition you think keeps you from practicing.

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The good news is, there are many types of yoga and it is believed that even the simplest poses practiced just once a week has its benefits (NIH: Scientific Results of Yoga for Health and Well-Being). As for medical issues, whether you have a chronic problem or not, it’s recommended you talk to your health care professional before embarking on your yoga journey; that way, you’ll know which kind of yoga would be best for what ails you and how best to modify the poses as needed.

Now, take a break from your search for, say, new homes in Austin, TX or real estate in Orlando, FL and explore the world of yoga with us.

Yoga for beginners – Great place to get started if you’ve never explored yoga before. Yoga Online presents 22 demonstrations of different poses, from simple breathing techniques to the Dog pose.

Rejuvenating yoga – This how-to video demonstrates a 39-minute routine to recharge and relax. For those who don’t want to take the time to watch the entire video, this website link is provided so you can customize your own gifs as desired.

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Yoga for runners – We’ve found two websites for runners: a Pre-Run Warm Up and a Post-Run Cool Down. The videos present practices that can help increase your speed and endurance and decrease your injuries.

Morning and bedtime poses – Austin yogi Adriene has several videos for a variety of purposes, including for beginners, weight loss and more. We particularly like her Morning Yoga and Bedtime Yoga.

Fat burning – Yoga Flow 202. Set seaside, the video presents a 30-minute, fast-paced flow yoga sequence that emphasizes breath awareness and staying in the moment.

Advanced flow sequence – A more advanced flow practice is shown here. If you’re not so experienced, the video is still a good one to watch as it explains the different steps really well.

Yoga infographic – This is a great resource to find out the particular benefits of different yoga practices. It also illustrates poses well.

These videos you can help practice yoga even without joining a class. But, be sure to see your physician first so you stay safe and within the scope your individual abilities.