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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.

Beach family

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!

kids on a ride


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

girl in pink


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

Give Guests a Warm Welcome
by Cara, Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summertime is all about sunshine and long, lazy days. It’s also a time of year when guests come in from out of town. This is especially the case if you, say, own a home in Irvine, CA, where you’re just a drive away from attractions like Disneyland. Or, maybe you bought near the beach on the other coast and now live in a new home in Tampa, FL.

Wherever you live, having visitors staying in your home can be kind of a love/hate situation; love the friends, hate the hassle. But, once you get the guest room ready for visitors, and you know they’ll be comfortable, you can relax.

Tips for Giving Guests a Warm Welcome

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Unclutter the guest room. Extra rooms are often used as overflow space for storing stuff. Remove all the clutter from the guest room and leave your guests a clean slate.


Put fresh cut flowers in the room. Add a splash of color to the guest room with a vase of fresh flowers to make visitors feel special.

gift basket

Make a gift basket. Leave a basket of goodies in the room to greet your guests. Include some practical things, like shampoo and conditioner. Add some fun, too, with a bottle of wine with glasses or a small box of chocolates.


Place a guidebook on the nightstand. Leave a handy guide filled with things to do in the area by the bed.

Stay-cation Ideas
by Cara, Thursday, July 10, 2014

If you’re like a lot of people, sometimes it’s a challenge to take several weeks off for a long family vacation.  Many are instead taking several short adventures staying closer to their beloved Taylor Morrison home. Here are a few ideas on having a memorable time without leaving town.

Take your sweetie on a romantic “staycation.” Go stargazing on a clear summer night. Pretend you’re tourists in your own hometown and go on a walking historical tour. Go wine tasting for the day, like residents in our San Jose, CA homes, who are lucky enough to be close to Napa Valley wine country.

Arbor Lakes

Have a blast with family. Go paintballing or laser tagging.  Visit a national park. Spend the day at an amusement park—folks who own Orlando homes, for instance, have Disney World close by. Check out your local museums, zoo or aquarium.


Do…nothing. Hide from the usual. Put clocks and cell phones aside, power down the computer, skip the news and just be. Read a good book on the patio, write in your journal. The point is, avoiding the typical everyday world and being in the moment is good for us sometimes.

Refreshing Drink Recipes
by Cara, Tuesday, July 08, 2014

From Southern California to Scottsdale, Arizona to Bradenton, Florida summer is all about quenching your thirst on a hot day. Try a something you’ve never enjoyed before, or at least never made at home. From kid-friendly to adults only, there are plenty of refreshing drinks to choose from. Here are some of our favorites.


No-Alcohol Options

  • Vampire Juice – Despite the name, Vampire Juice is actually wholesome and delicious. You’ll need a blender and a carrot, apple, orange juice, and raw beet plus a little parsley and tablespoon of lime or lemon juice. Add some ginger for an extra kick. 
  • Agua de Sandia – Otherwise known as watermelon water, this one is an incredible quencher that uses chilled watermelon pureed with water and a squeeze lime juice.
  • Minted Lemonade – Get out the saucepan for this drink. You’ll need 2 cups sugar, 6 cups water, 2 cups fresh lemon juice and ½ cup mint leaves. Easy peasy.
  • Agua de Jamaica –Talk about refreshing! Ingredients include dried hibiscus petals, a cinnamon stock, ground cloves, nutmeg, allspice, piloncillo (Mexican brown sugar cones) and white sugar.

Adult Favorites

  • Blood Orange Mimosas – Yum. Squeeze 3 cups of juice from about 10 blood oranges, add an orange-flavored liqueur like Grand Marnier, include some sugar and a bottle of chilled Prosecco.
  • Piña Colada – Who doesn’t love a Piña Colada once in awhile? Magic ingredients include golden rum, pineapple juice and coconut cream. Fast, easy and very tasty.
  • Zombie Punch and Mai Tai – These two drinks use ingredients that were long-held trade secrets until not too long ago. Zombie Punch was invented by Don the Beachcomber in 1934 while Trader Vic’s concocted the Mai Tai in 1944. 

Fourth of July
by Cara, Tuesday, July 01, 2014

We take a lot of pride in choosing the best locations for Taylor Morrison new homes. You’ll find them in award-winning school districts, convenient to shopping, top-notch medical facilities, the most popular eateries, and the everyday services nobody wants to drive miles to reach. Since fun is a big part of everyone’s life, Taylor Morrison communities are never far from it. This Fourth of July, we found dozens of ways to celebrate America’s birthday near our new homes in California, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, and Florida. So raise the flag, stand up and cheer and enjoy the festivities. And if you’re near a Taylor Morrison neighborhood, stop by, say hi and tour one of our model homes.


Fourth of July Festivities

Lots of ooh’s, aah’s and wows guaranteed!

Southern California

30th Annual Concert on the Green and Fireworks Festival

110TH Huntington Beach Celebration

Newport Beach 4th of July

Disneyland 4th of July Fireworks

Yorba Linda 4th of July Events

San Diego County Fair Fireworks

LegoLand Red, White & Boom

Northern California Bay Area

Fourth of July Celebration at Pier 39

San Francisco Symphony with Fireworks

Sausalito Parade and Fireworks

Downtown San Jose Fireworks

Dublin Festivities

Fremont 4th of July Parade
More events in San Francisco and surround communities


Northern California Sacramento

Sacramento Independence Day Celebration

Rancho Cordova 2-Day Event

Downtown Roseville Parade, Party & Fireworks

City of Elk Grove Salute to The Red, White and Blue



Fabulous Phoenix Fourth Family Fun & Fireworks

Goodyear Star Spangled Fourth Celebration
Peoria All American Festival

Gilbert Fire in the Sky
Chandler’s Fourth of July Fireworks

Mesa Arizona Celebration of Freedom

Queen Creek’s 4th of July Fireworks and Celebration at Schnepf Farms

Other events in and around Phoenix


Independence Eve in Civic Center Park

Fireworks at Elitch Gardens

Coors Field Fireworks

Old Town Arvada Fireworks

Broomfield Fourth of July Events

Castle Rock Rockin’ the Fourth: Red, White and Boom!

The Denver Post Fourth of July Event List


Austin Symphony H-E-B July 4th Concert & Fireworks

Volente Beach on Lake Travis Fireworks

Fourth of July Parade and Celebration              

Freedom 5000 Fun Run

Independence Day at Pioneer Farms

More fun things to do in the Austin area


Southwest Airlines Freedom Over Texas Fireworks

Independence Day Parade and Fireworks – Galveston Island

Fourth of July at Kemah Boardwalk

The Katy Freedom Celebration

More fun things to do in the Houston area



Downtown Jacksonville Fireworks

Riverside Arts Market Fireworks Viewing from Under the Bridge

Florida Fourth of July Fireworks by Water

St. Augustine Fireworks Over the Matanzas



Red Hot and Boom!

Downtown Orlando Fireworks at the Fountain

Star-Spangled Sanford on the Riverwalk

Baldwin Park Fireworks

Disney World

SeaWorld Fireworks

Find more Central Florida events HERE.

West Florida 

Fort Myers Beach Fireworks Cruise

Fireworks Over Sarasota Bay and more

Tampa Light Up Channelside Fireworks and more

Water for Kenya
by Cara, Thursday, June 26, 2014

Thanks to Realtor Judy Pitt, who specializes in Denver, CO homes, a tiny Kenyan village in desperate need of fresh water is getting a well for the first time. At our annual “Keys to Success” event, Pitt won a shiny new red Mercedes Benz from Taylor Morrison for the second time in three years. And, for the second time, she is turning her good fortune into a gift for Kenya.

Two years ago, Pitt donated the cash buyout she opted for in lieu of the Mercedes to the Kazi Yake Foundation, which she serves as executive director. This incredible organization is dedicated to helping needy rural Kenyan villages. This year, the rules had changed and Pitt was required to accept the car instead of cash.

Brian Cartwright, Vice President of Sales and Marketing in Denver, and Graham Hughes, Corporate Vice President of Sales and Marketing stepped in and gave Pitt a $30,000 cash donation for her charity, and raffled the car off to another Realtor who helps homebuyers find homes for sale in Denver, CO. An additional Realtor was moved to add a donation of $5,000 to the cause.


We get to work with some very incredible people and we’re proud to know people like Pitt, Cartwright and Hughes who exemplify generosity at its best.

To read coverage on ccn.com visit here.

TM Communities to Visit
by Cara, Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Are you dreaming of a new home, but don’t know what it looks like yet? Use these long summer days to the fullest to get out and explore. Walking through model homes and getting to know the communities they’re in is fun, and helpful in narrowing down where you can see yourself living. You learn about your preferences, too, from number of floors to square footage to number of bedrooms. Plus, you might come away with some decorating ideas you haven’t considered.

 Arbor- Woods Hemingway III

Taylor Morrison has an array of new communities coming soon or preselling. Find the ones that catch your interest and sign up to VIP interest lists so you can be the first to get updates, news and event invites.

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If you’re interested in new homes in Phoenix, for instance, we have several communities you can learn about. Like the Norterra Landmark Collection, where models are nearing completion. Or, if a maintenance free near-the-beach life in California is your style, and Costa Mesa lofts for sale sounds intriguing, you have to see exciting Level 1.

Coming Soon and Pre-Selling Communities


Las Brisas Discovery II and Encore II Collections
Lehi Crossing Summit Collection
Norterra Discovery Collection
Norterra Landmark Collection
Surprise Farms Summit Collection


Brighton in Livermore
Hamilton Court in San Jose
Palomar in Campbell


Contea at Stone Point
Parkview at Spring Lake
Prato at Stone Point
The Hudson
Villagio at Stone Point


Level 1 in Costa Mesa
Capella in Irvine
Saviero in Irvine


Leyden Ranch The Cedar Collection
Leyden Ranch The Hawthorn Collection
Leyden Ranch The Roaring Fork Collection
The Reserve at Columbine Valley
The Village at Palisade Park


Arbor Chase
Arbor Oaks
The Cove at Indian Rocks Beach




Alder Trails 50s Villa Series Community
Alder Trails 60s Chateau Series Community
Alder Trails 70s Grande Series Community
Bonterra at Woodforest
Stillwater on Lake Houston 60s Chateau Series Community
Stillwater on Lake Houston 70s Grande Series Community
Stillwater on Lake Houston 80s Legacy Series Community


by Cara, Thursday, June 19, 2014

Taylor Morrison communities everywhere are offering outstanding incentives, which means big savings for homebuyers. There are some exciting special offers out there and they vary according to the community. Contact your Internet Home Consultant for the communities where you’re searching today.

For example, if you’re looking at new homes in Tampa, Sarasota, Naples, or Fort Myers you can take advantage of the Spring Savings Event and save up to $50,000 with reduced pricing and closing cost incentives. For more information call Internet Home Consultant MaryAnn Givens at 866-495-6006 or email MGivens@taylormorrison.com.

Our Houston area communities are offering a great Move-In-Ready Package with a stainless steel side-by-side refrigerator and washer and dryer set free when you buy. You’ll also get HOA dues paid for a full year when you finance through Taylor Morrison Home Funding. Contact IHC Ashlee to schedule a tour and take advantage of this limited time offer. Call 281-780-4652 or send an email message today.

Or, maybe you’re looking at houses for sale in Phoenix, where we’re offering some excellent savings on select homes if you close escrow before June 30th. You get a front load washer and dryer, a side-by-side refrigerator and faux wood blinds at no cost. For information call 480-346-1738 or email PhoenixOnline@taylormorrison.com.

To find the latest incentives available near your home search area, please contact your Internet Home Consultant today:

Bay Area and Sacramento - Janine Schneider                                     
Southern California - Shari Fobel
Denver - Becky Hunt
Austin - Heather Fox
Jacksonville and Orlando - Amy Steiger

Summer Fun with the Kids
by Cara, Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Have you ever wished you could be a kid again? No big responsibilities, no bills to pay, just lots of fun, fun, fun! If you have children of your own, revisit your inner kid and have some fun with them. There are plenty of kid-friendly things to do together, whether you’re at home in Irvine, CA or Bradenton, FLA or Chandler, Arizona.

Summer fun with kids 

Here are a few ideas to get you thinking.

Make Some Bird Feeders – If you have a spent toilet paper roll and some peanut butter, all you need is birdseed and you’re on your way. Slather the paper roll in peanut better, roll it in seeds and hang the new bird feeder on a branch.

Go on a Zoo Scavenger Hunt – Give the kids animal photos and have them find each one at the local zoo. Printable sheets can be found here. Print one out per kid and attach them to clip boards.  Give each child a pencil, head to the zoo. They’ll love hunting for each animal.

Cool Off with Water Beads – Colorful absorbent beads are usually used in flower vases and can be found at craft stores. Add a bunch of these to a backyard kiddie pool. Kids love splashing around in the result. Best not to do with really young children.