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Come Celebrate With Us
by Cara, Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The newest community in Elk Grove, Marquesa, is hosting a Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, January 31, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Home shoppers will have the opportunity to tour two designer-decorated model homes, treat themselves to gourmet small bites and refreshments, enjoy a live radio remote from KDND 107.9, and take advantage of great door prizes and fun activities.

Marquesa

Signifying royalty, grace and versatility, homes at Marquesa live up to its name and offer the perfect blend of luxury and comfort. Marquesa features a stylish collection of three home designs to choose from ranging in size from 1,936 to 2,618 square feet with 3 to 5 bedrooms and up to 3 baths. Each two-story home boasts a traditionally styled exterior with a charming front entry and modern interior appointments that include a gourmet kitchen with center-island and granite countertops, an elegant master suite complete with walk-in closet, an open floorplan layout and more. Residents also have a variety of opportunities to personalize their home including an optional covered outdoor living space. View floorplans here.

Situated within the master-planned community of Madeira, residents will also enjoy neighborhoods parks, walking trails and a convenient location near shopping, dining and highly-rated Elk Grove Unified Schools. Marquesa is nestled between Hwy. 99 and I-5, making a daily commute a breeze and traveling nearly hassle free. Take a day trip to the Bay Area which is just over an hour’s drive away or fly out of Sacramento International Airport if you’re looking for a getaway. Situated close to Elk Grove’s Old Town and just 10 miles from downtown Sacramento, residents can enjoy all of the local amenities and experience everything the area has to offer.

Does this check everything off your list in a dream home? Visit during the Grand Opening Event or call Sales Agent Mike Costello (BRE#01399576) at (916) 526-0813 or Rachael Harry (BRE#01926417) at (916) 526-0813 to schedule your own private tour of this amazing new community and start living your Trademark at Marquesa today.

Situated near Elk Grove’s Old Town, enjoy dining and boutique shopping.

Elk Grove Main Street

Play soccer, watch baseball or enjoy a stroll at Bartholomew Sports Park.

Elk Grove Little League


Taylor Morrison Named Builder of the Year
by Cara, Monday, January 26, 2015

We’re excited – and proud – to share the great news: Taylor Morrison has been named 2014 Home Builder of the Year by Green Home Builder Magazine.  We’re absolutely thrilled to be recognized for increasing the energy efficiency of our homes and sustainability measures in our building practices.

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The average home energy rating system (HERS) score for Taylor Morrison is 63, which is 35 percent more efficient than the average new home and 52 percent more efficient than the average home built prior to 2006. This translates into more savings on utility bills for Taylor Morrison homeowners and greater sustainability in general for the homes we build.

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Our eco-sensitive building program, Elem3nts, uses an array of energy saving features such as energy efficiency, water conservation fixtures, and building practices that reduce waste and help save homeowners’ costs. This approach to home designing and building has been a hit with our buyers, whether they’re purchasing new homes in Tampa, FL or houses in Denver, CO.

Storm water management systems and tech, water efficient landscaping, and high efficiency building systems are just a few examples of Taylor Morrison’s green building features.

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In a recent Green Home Builder Magazine article about the award, Sheryl Palmer, President and CEO of Taylor Morrison, states, “Whether it’s designing and building homes that use sustainable materials, increasing the energy efficiency of our homes, or simply recycling the building material waste on our jobsites, we’re committed to improving the environment through lessening our impact.”


Moving Announcements
by Cara, Thursday, January 22, 2015

Moving your household from one home to another is a thrilling time. Pulling up roots in one state to move to another – from your townhome in Campbell, CA to a house in Sarasota, FL, for instance – can be a mixed bag of looking forward to new adventures, but feeling sad about leaving friends and loved ones behind. Picture yourself starting over in a brand new home by Taylor Morrison, though, and you’re likely to get a little giddy. Share that excitement with friends and family by sending out a creative moving announcement.

Moving ANnouncements

Paint Chip Cards

Mimic paint chips to create a colorful moving announcement that can be made on your computer. The example you see on HandMakeMyDay.com includes a business-type card holder. Cute!

Photo Statement

Make your own personal photo moving announcement. This idea from Martha Stewart is made with clip art, moving box, a camera, a computer, and an ink-jet printer.

DYI Change of Address Postcard

Talk about easy! Just buy some blank postcards and use a couple of things you’re bound to have on hand from moving: a Sharpie and duct tape. Get complete instructions and see photos on this blog called A Real-Life Housewife.  

Moving Boxes Stationery

Burned out from your move? Then the fold-up moving card fashioned after a cardboard box is for you. Just go to the Pear Tree website, enter the particulars and they do the rest.

A Plane Ride Away Announcement

For a long-distance move, send out this cute announcement on Minted.com to remind friends and family you’re just a flight away. You have a choice of colors and card backs to choose from.

Lots of Unique Options

If you want to send something really unique, be sure to visit Etsy to explore a diverse selection of moving announcements.


New Home for the New Year
by Cara, Tuesday, January 20, 2015

You may have already compiled your list of resolutions, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add this exciting promise to yourself and your family: Move into a brand new home for the New Year. Taylor Morrison offers a variety of options for you, with communities across the country.

Interested in Austin’s Bee Cave real estate? We’ve got you covered. Or do new homes in Tampa sound more your style? Taylor Morrison has what you’re looking for. We even have homes for sale in Irvine if you’re considering Southern California.

What to Expect When You Buy

Buying a new home doesn’t have to be overwhelming. When it’s a right time to buy, planning and forethought can make the process go smoothly. Homebuying 101, an interactive tool, can help you through the steps, from knowing what you’re looking for to pre-qualifying to closing.

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Preparing to Move

You’ve closed the deal and suddenly it’s real! Now it’s time to think about the actual move. A great way to start moving preparations is to create two lists: a Need List and a To-Do List. This will help you make sure you have all the logistics down and the materials and items on hand when you need them.

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A typical Need List will include things like boxes, bubble wrap, newspaper, tape and other packing materials. You might want to add new locks to the list depending upon whether the home you’re moving into is brand new or not; if it’s been lived in before, changing out the locks is a good idea.

For your To-Do List, outline you’ll need to complete. Real Simple magazine online offers a handy moving checklist to make sure you’ve got everything covered. The checklist has some great details, but moving generally comes down to these steps:

  1. Research moving company options
  2. Organize everything from school and medical records to change of address information and prescription refills
  3. Pack up your things, giving away or tossing items you won’t use or need
  4. If you have children, get them involved along the way. For suggestions, see Tips for Moving with Children.

Make a Smart Move

There are a lot of reasons going with Taylor Morrison is a smart move, including superior design and construction, incomparable customer service, warranty programs, commitment to sustainability, and customizing options through our Design Studio.

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Are you ready to choose your new Taylor Morrison homes? Here are our homes for sale in some of our communities:

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ARIZONA

-          Phoenix

 

CALIFORNIA

-          Bay Area

-          Sacramento

-          Southern California

 

COLORADO

-          Denver

FLORIDA

-          Fort Myers / Naples

-          Jacksonville

-          Orlando

-          Sarasota

-          Tampa

TEXAS

-          Austin

-          Houston

Find your Life Inspired Home today. 


New Habits for a New Year
by Cara, Thursday, January 15, 2015

The folks here at Taylor Morrison, just like so many people throughout the country, started the New Year determined to fulfill all of our well-meaning resolutions. But what does that mean? Typically, resolutions represent destructive habits we want to get rid of and healthy habits we wish to take up. Easier said than done, right? Here are some ideas for kicking old habits and embracing new ones.

New Years Habits

Create a Habit Loop

The bestselling author of The Power of Habit says the secret to creating good habits is to get on the habit loop. It’s hard to break a habit, says Charles Duhigg, but using the science of habit change to introduce new habits or change old ones can make a huge difference. It can be as simple as this: if you live in one of our sunny Southern California homes, instead of resolving to work out more, decide to get out and walk to and from the coffee shop during your lunch break every day.

Tackle Habits with To-Do Lists

In 4 Tips for Checking Off To-Do Lists, the writer tells us how to create strong to-do lists to make even ambitious goals do-able. Planning ahead should continue and lists should be updated as time goes by. Listing can help you stay organized, whether you’re in Castle Pines in Denver or Steiner Ranch in Austin, for instance.

Make Habits Stick with Mindfulness

In 3 Steps to Make Your New Habits Stick this Year a clinical psychologist explains that being mindful, in the moment, can do wonders for keeping your New Year’s resolutions. Suggestions include taking up a mindful practice like meditation, using apps to help with mindfulness, and building a support network. 


Winter Break is Over
by Cara, Tuesday, January 13, 2015

It was fun while it lasted. For kids, the holidays usually mean excitement, adventure and, best of all, no school or always-hectic routine. For parents, including those of us here at Taylor Morrison, getting the kids back into the rhythm of their schedules can seem daunting.

The mom in Reunion Ranch in Austin has trouble getting the children into bed on time. Dad in Chandler, Arizona struggles with waking the kids up on time to get them to school. Even getting little Susie out the front door of their townhouse in Campbell, California can exasperate her parents.

Get the kids back to normal

Yes, getting children back on routine can challenge any parent, but there are things you can do to ease everybody back to normal.

Give them a preview

In very simple terms, remind the kids of the piano practices, soccer games, and even the looming wake up, get dressed, eat breakfast and don’t forget your lunch morning they have to look forward to the next day.

Shine the light on the situation

If you can, leave the blinds open in the children’s rooms so the sunlight can help them wake up in the morning.

Accept the complaints along with the excitement

In their dread for returning to school kids complain. Accept their grumbles and react cheerfully. This too shall pass.

Give yourself a break

Take care of yourself and it’s easier to parent well during the transition. Take a long soak in the bath before bed to help you sleep. Pack a healthy lunch for work to counter all those holiday cookies you ate. Ease back into your workout routine.


Esplanade of Tampa Groundbreaking
by Cara, Thursday, January 08, 2015

Taylor Morrison’s recent groundbreaking at Esplanade of Tampa is just one of the many reasons we’re so excited about this new, active lifestyle community. Located in one of the Tampa’s most sought-after areas, this master-planned community will offer approximately 300 home sites, many overlooking natural wetlands and lakes.


 Esplanade Tampa Ground Breaking

Esplanade of Tampa encompasses an estimated 45 acres of wetlands and almost 20 acres of lakes. Complementing the community’s natural beauty, will be California Tuscan-styled homes with open floor plans thoughtfully designed for comfort and style.

Planned Amenities include:
• 4,000+ sq. ft. clubhouse with fitness center
• Full-time Lifestyle Director to coordinate special events, outings and activities
• Nature trails and walking paths
• Tennis courts
• Resort-style pool 
• Bocce and pickle ball courts
• Fire pit
• Dog park
• Events lawn

Esplanade of Tampa will put residents conveniently close to I-75, top-rated schools, business centers, shopping and cultural venues.
For more information, contact Internet Home Consultant MaryAnn Givens at 866-495-6006 or send an email request.

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Comfort Food Recipes
by Cara, Tuesday, January 06, 2015

It’s winter, time for some hearty comfort food to take the chill off! Like many of us here at Taylor Morrison, you probably have your favorites. But, it’s nice to change things up with something altogether new-to-you, or put a new twist on your usual dish. Your taste buds will be excited!

Heart Eats

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

Owners of homes in Houston and folks who live in Southern California homes already know the tasty allure of a good, robust Mexican food dish. This soup is easy to make and even easier to enjoy!

Beef Goulash with Dumplings

This dish of beef stew with dumplings will stick to your ribs. The recipe gives you a savory combination of flavors.

Slow-Cooked Split Pea Soup

If you crave split pea soup in the wintertime, try this yummy recipe from Food Network Kitchen. It calls for various veggies and seasonings, a smoked turkey leg, plain yogurt and, of course, peas.

Crazy-Good Corn Bread

When it comes to comfort food, corn bread pairs deliciously with just about any comfort food main dish. Skip the instant store-bought versions and give this recipe a try. TasteofHome.com provides full instructions.


Ring in the New Year
by Cara, Monday, December 29, 2014

Are you ready the New Year? Get together with friends and celebrate New Year’s Eve big this year. The suggestions below offer a range of events and parties taking place near Taylor Morrison communities. Have a Happy New Year!

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ARIZONA

Phoenix

2015 New Year’s Eve Events – This guide provides an overview of the fun to be had at area New Year’s Eve parties and events.

California

Bay Area

New Year’s Eve Dance Party on the USS Hornet – Dance, bid in a silent auction and count down to midnight on the aircraft carrier’s flight deck. This is a great option if you own a house in Campbell.

Sacramento

New Year’s Eve at the Hyatt Regency – Party down in Sacramento’s largest nightclub. Enjoy cocktails and live music by the Quinn Hedges and Ryan Hernandez bands in the lobby lounge and dance all night in the Regency Ballroom.

Southern California

New Year’s Eve Aboard the Queen Mary – Bring in the New Year at this 21+ party in Long Beach. Ooh and ahh at the spectacular fireworks display and party to live music country to country at this international holiday celebration with food, drinks and dancing.

New Year’s Eve Waterfront Family-Friendly Celebration – If you want to celebrate with the whole family, experience live bands and fireworks in Downtown Long Beach. All ages welcome.

Colorado

Denver

New Year’s Eve Fireworks – Have a special dinner in Downtown Denver then be dazzled by your choice of two fireworks shows.

Florida

Fort Myers / Naples

New Year’s Eve Downtown Countdown – This free event is family-friendly, with a Craft Beer Garden for adults and a Kids Zone for children. A midnight ball drop and fireworks display will entertain all.

Jacksonville

New Year’s Eve Celebration – Jacksonville Landing will set the stage for an evening of life music on multiple stages and a colorful fireworks show. If you own one of our homes in Jacksonville, you don’t want to miss this.

Orlando

New Year’s Eve on Wall Street – It’s time for the New Year’s Eve block party on Wall Street Plaza. Get your party on with a lightshow, outdoor dance party, and countdown hosted by DJ Draven.

Sarasota

Pineapple Drop – Celebrate Florida-style in Downtown Sarasota, complete with live bands and DJs, dancing in the street, full bar and beer vendor booths and the Pineapple Drop countdown.

Tampa

New Year’s Eve Block Party – Family-friendly games and kids activities, irresistible food trucks, live entertainment and drink specials will be happening at The Sail at the Riverwalk. Pets invited!

Texas

Austin

ANY: Austin’s New Year – If you live in Reunion Ranch or other Austin-area community, put this free family-friendly event on your list of things to do on New Year’s Eve. You’ll be treated to art, films, live music and fireworks.

Houston

New Year’s Eve at Citycentre – Retailers, restaurants and lounges go all out with special offerings. A DJ on the plaza keeps everyone entertained and the night ends with a spectacular fireworks display. 


Start Some New Family Traditions This Year
by Cara, Monday, December 22, 2014

It’s all about making memories. Create your own family holiday traditions and your kids will cherish them. A tradition can be a cozy at-home activity, a fun experience out and about, or an annual trip the whole family looks forward to all year long. It can be quirky, thoughtful or old-fashioned. We’ve put together some creative ideas for Taylor Morrison families to make their own.

Make It and Bake It

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Have the kids help you bake holiday cookies. Use different recipes, one each for family member’s favorite. Another option is to invite friends over for a group cookie bake, kind of a bring-your-own-recipe event. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, build a gingerbread house with the whole family.

Have a Good Laugh

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Get silly with the kids. Print out seasonal songs and carols, leaving blanks for some of the words. Ask for a noun, verb or adverb from the family and fill them in. Then have a sing-fest of the silly kind. It’s sure to make everyone giggle.

Make a Difference

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Show the kids what caring really means by volunteering in your community. For those who own new homes in Denver, consider donating time to the Food Bank of the Rockies. If you own a new home in Houston, collect clothing, make Christmas cards and Volunteer Houston will distribute them.

Go Around the World Right at Home

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For the big family meal, use recipes from around the world. Use your own heritage to center the dinner around. Another idea is to “go” to a different country every year. For ideas, check out Top 10 International Christmas Dinners.

Have Fun with Gifts

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Wrap up silly gifts and hand one out to each family member on Christmas. Open presents, one person at a time. At that point, the gift-getter can exchange their gift for one of the others. Of course, the last person to go will have the best choices because they’ll know what all the gifts are. This works best as your children get older so there’s no misunderstanding and disappointment!

Religious Observances

Hanukkah

December is a celebratory month for people of many religious faiths. Jews (Hanukkah), Muslims (Id al-Adha), and Buddhists (Bodhi Day), for instance, build family traditions according to their faith. Whatever the observance, traditions of all kinds create moments and memories remembered fondly. Learn more about secular and religious celebrations near Christmas time.