Hang Art Like a Pro
by Cara, Wednesday, July 29, 2015

When purchasing a new home the Taylor Morrison Design Center walks with you every step of the way to add signature touches and customize your dream property. Taylor Morrison continues their commitment after the sale with this easy to follow guide for professional art display.

Jazz up your new house in Sarasota or luxury home in Irvine with fine art, stunning prints, and iconic photographs.

Keep it Level

Family room

Crooked frames just won’t fly. Use 2 hooks to keep your artwork level and consider D-rings instead of a wire to avoid the pendulum effect.

Never ever “eyeball it.” Use a level.

Buy the Right Hardware

Oak Creek Jasmine

Forget heavy nails and stud finder. Picture-hanging hooks install at an angle and are super strong.

The 60 Rule

Trovita Stowe

60” from floor to center puts artwork at eye level. When hanging multiple prints apply the 60 rule to the center point of the set.

Measure at least 2” between frames.

Do a Test Run

The Village at Palisade Caspian

Prior to hammering, hold paintings in place and see how they look from a distance.

Colors Matter

Old Memorial Avondale 8110

Avoid tunnel vision and consider moving a piece to a different room if colors clash.

Get Creative

Arbor Oaks Megellan

Scrap the “grid.”

Artwork need not be displayed in neat boxes or along straight lines. Break the mold of proportionality!


Treats to Keep you Cool this Summer
by Cara, Friday, July 24, 2015

Looking at luxury homes in San Juan Capistrano? Talking to Tampa realtors about a possible move to Florida? Think that sunny Texas might be the place for you?

Refreshing Summer Treats

Before relocating to one of America’s top fun-in-the-sun destinations you’ll want to add these refreshing summer treats to your kitchen repertoire. Taylor Morrison builds communities where summer never stops, and we’ve got you covered when it’s time to cool down.

Fill the Freezer with Icebox Cakes

Icebox Cake

Forget slaving over a hot oven when it’s 80 degrees outside.

Find “no-bake” inspiration and create your own frozen delight.

Lemonade Reinvented

Lemonade

It’s hard to beat an ice cold glass of lemonade. These chilled drinks are giving the old classic a run for its money.

DIY Popsicles

Fruit Popsicles

The tastiest ice pops are NOT store bought.

When you’re ready to take a walk on the wild side try out these funky Popsicle recipes.

Only for the Big Kids

Take the edge off with a shot of tequila blended into a stunning summer delight.

Stay cool out there, folks!



Can't Get Out of Town?
by Cara, Friday, July 17, 2015

Taylor Morrison homeowners share one gigantic trait: they love kicking their feet up to relax. Enjoying a remarkable staycation is easy at our award-winning master planned communities.

From Steiner Ranch in Austin to new homes in Fort Myers, here are 7 fabulous stay-at-home vacation ideas for getting the most out of summer.

Set Up Camp

camping

Grab your tent and buy all the fixings for s’mores! Kids love camping, even if it’s right there in your own backyard.

Visit Virtual Museums

Virtual Meseum

The Smithsonian Natural History Museum, Boston Children’s Museum, and even the Louvre in Paris offer free online tours.

Global Kitchen

Global Kitchen

Look up an international recipe online and sample a new dish from overseas.

DIY Ice-Cream

Ice Cream

Bring back this classic tradition from your childhood. Rock salt + cream & sugar = fun!

Check It Out

Check it out

Your local library has thousands of hours of adventure available for free, zip, nada.

Breathe Nature

breath nature

Take a nature walk or feed ducks at the lake.

Unplug for a Day

unplug

There’s nothing quite like an electronics-free day at home to recharge your batteries.


A Big, Warm Welcome to Exxon Mobil
by Cara, Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Several years in the making, Exxon Mobil’s new corporate campus south of the Woodlands will soon be home to thousands of employees from the energy giant’s Fairfax, Virginia offices.

Featuring world class energy efficient technologies and a stunning 100,000-square-foot Wellness Center, the entire complex showcases a deluge of environmental stewardship and workplace design. From daylight harvesting to water conservation and biodiversity, the state-of-the-art Houston campus raises the standard for business facilities.

It’s an exciting time to work for Exxon Mobil as the company looks to further foster collaboration, creativity and innovation while helping employees achieve greater work-life balance.

The Texas Leader in Master-Planned Communities

Relocated employees are invited to tour the wide variety of award winning Taylor Morrison communities as they prepare for a new life in Houston. Visitors are extremely impressed with the size and quality of homes buyers get for their money when choosing a Taylor Morrison property.  

Woodsons Reserve Salerno exterior

Recent transplants to Houston can be overwhelmed by the size of the city and the wide range of lifestyle options available to new residents. Working with our sales team makes it easier to find the right community for your needs. Our staff brings extraordinary knowledge and insights to the table regarding neighborhoods within access of the Exxon Mobil campus.

Whether you’re after a short commute, resort-style amenities or plenty of open space, we’ll find the perfect home to suit your unique requirements.

Take Advantage of a Limited Time Offer

Learn more about our WELCOME HOME EXXONMOBIL EMPLOYEE REWARD PROGRAM™ 

Taylor Morrison’s Design Studio makes it easy to add signature touches to turn your home into a cutting edge masterpiece.

Family room

From lighting to window coverings, appliances, tech gadgets, modern flooring essentials, tile, finishes and more, our system gives you easy flexibility for controlling the design budget of your new home.

Getting Settled into Your New Home

Not everyone is thrilled about uprooting their family and moving across the country, and we understand this, but once you get a taste of Houston you’ll be blown away by everything this part of Texas has to offer.

You’ll be glad you came. Trust us!

Here’s just a taste of Houston’s best:

  • Top Notch Museums
  • Space Center Houston
  • Professional Sports Teams
  • Plentiful Golf Courses
  • World Class Music Facilities/Theaters
  • Outdoor Tours & Activities

Check out the top 30 things to do in Houston and don’t forget about the city’s renowned reputation for offering outstanding dining and exquisite shopping.

The Time to Start Shopping for Your New Home is Now

With over 20 years of combined experience our Internet Home Consultants are here to help.

Give us a call at 281-780-4652 and we will be more than happy to provide an overview of Houston, discuss specific markets and address any questions or concerns.


Summer is Here!
by Cara, Friday, July 10, 2015

Summer is magical. The longer, warmer days invite adventures, getting out and spending time with family. Have a cookout. Host a backyard movie night with friends. Go on a family vacation or just take a road trip for the day. The opportunities are endless.

Strolling

Celebrate your summer with Taylor Morrison. Come explore our communities, in your area or during vacation travels. See for yourself the great neighborhoods and amenities and imagine the possibilities. You’re sure to find your ideal community and home. After all, they’re Inspired by You!

Camping

Discover your new home in one of our Taylor Morrison communities.  Whether you’re dreaming of a family-perfect place or somewhere you’d love to live in retirement, you’ll find just what you’re looking for.

Have a great summer!


Take a Walk Near a Taylor Morrison Community
by Cara, Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Going for a walk clears the mind, elevates your mood and invigorates your body. If you’re fortunate, like residents of many Taylor Morrison communities, you have access to walking trails that make the experience that much more pleasant. Remember, for optimal benefit, pay attention to the 3 F’s: faster, further and more frequent.

Brisk walking regularly can help you maintain your weight, make your bones stronger, improve balance and coordination and lift your mood. Plus, the habit can prevent or manage conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. For more great information about the how’s and why’s of daily walking, visit MayoClinic.org.

Here’s a handy overview of great walking trails near Taylor Morrison communities.

ARIZONA

Arizona

Phoenix – If you’re living in Phoenix, your choices are often breathtakingly beautiful. Aptly named, Adora Trails in Gilbert is near several parks and trails including:

San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 W. Phillips Road, Queen Creek

Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch
2757 E. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert

South Mountain Park
10919 S. Central Ave, Phoenix

CALIFORNIA

California

Bay Area – Parks and trails in the Bay Area are often peaceful oases amid urban settings, from nature-in-the-city to foothills:

Guadalupe River Park
438 Coleman Ave., San Jose

Alum Rock Park
East foothills at Penitencia Creek Trail in San Jose

Sacramento – Taylor Morrison communities in Sacramento have some great options for getting out for a good walk; many are located in Sacramento and nearby neighborhoods like Elk Grove, Roseville and Folsom:

Garcia Bend Park
7654 Pocket Road, Sacramento

Elk Grove Regional Park
Off Highway 99 near Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove

Miners Ravine Trail Along Dry Creek
In Lincoln Estates Park, 331 James Dr., Roseville

Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
7755 Folsom-Auburn Rd., Folsom

Southern California – SoCal residents enjoy pockets of natural beauty peppered throughout the area. These trails are especially close to our Costa Mesa and Irvine communities:

Bommer Canyon
6400 Shady Canyon Drive, Irvine

Talbert Regional Park
1298 Victoria Ave., Costa Mesa

Huntington State Beach
Pacific Coast Highway, City of Huntington Beach

COLORADO

Colorado

DenverWith such gorgeous stretches of nature in abundance, homeowners of Taylor Morrison homes in Denver have plenty of places for a walk or hike, including these areas:

Standley Lake Regional Park
100th Avenue and Simms Street, Westminster

Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge
Bordered by Highways 93, 5 and 128, Arvada

Westminster Hills Dog Park
105th Avenue and Simms Street, Westminster

FLORIDA

Florida

Fort Myers / NaplesThe parks below have a few things in common: water, a lush setting and environmental protection:

Estero Bay Preserve State Park
3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero

Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve
12301 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda

Delmore-Wiggins Pass State Park
11135 Gulfshore Drive, Naples

Jacksonville – Walking and hiking, biking, kayaking or canoeing and bird watching are just a few of the activities to be enjoyed:

Stokes Landing Conservation Area
East of U.S. 1 in St. Johns County

GTM Research Reserve
505 Guana River Road

OrlandoIn an area that is known for recreation and active living, these three parks are standouts for wildlife, environmental education and great amenities:

Bear Creek Park
1600 Bear Crossing Drive, Orlando

Tibet-Butler Preserve
8777 Winter Garden Vineland Road, Windermere

Sylvan Lake Park
845 Lake Markham Road, Sanford

Sarasota The Sarasota area is home to several parks and preserves luxuriant in wildlife and plant life including: 

Red Bug Slough Preserve
5200 Beneva Road, Sarasota

Phillippi Estate Park
5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Lake Manatee State Park
20007 State Road East, Bradenton

Tampa These preservation parks sit next to creeks and, between them, offer a variety of recreational activities, from hiking, fishing and boating to bird watching, camping and picnicking.

Trout Creek Park
12550 Morris Bridge Road, Thonotosassa

Cypress Creek Preserve
8720 Pump State Road, Land O’ Lakes

TEXAS

Texas

AustinBesides camping, nature hiking, fishing and picnicking you’ll also find fields and courts for disc golf, basketball, softball, tennis and soccer:

Arkansas Bend Park
16900 Cherry Lane, Lago Vista

Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park
614 Commons Ford Road, Austin

Williamson County Regional Park
219 Perry Mayfield, Leander

HoustonGo to these parks to walk, but also to appreciate nature and wildlife at one and for activities like barbecues, camping, fishing and visits to a Model Airplane Airport and the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at the other.

Cullinana Park Conservancy
Addicks-Howell Road, Sugar Land

George Bush Park
16756 Westheimer Parkway, Houston



Happy 4th of July!
by Cara, Friday, July 03, 2015

The 4th of July is more than just a time to celebrate our nation’s birthday. Independence Day weekend is the official kickoff for summer fun from sea to shining sea.

Taylor Morrison would like to wish you and yours a fantastic fourth by putting together these seven awesome ideas for ensuring this holiday is the finest one yet.

Bust Out the Old Wire Brush

bbq

It’s time to dust the cobwebs off the barbecue and start marinating all your favorites.

Whether you’re into chicken, ribs, chops, steaks or veggie burgers, everything tastes a little better fresh off a piping hot grill.

Don’t forget the potato salad!

Mosey on Down to the Beach

beach

Tap into your inner patriot and do your own rendition of George Washington crossing the Delaware – but with a sea kayak and an ice cold one. Nothing screams summer getaway better than a trip to the beach.

Don’t forget to consult our handy beach day checklist.

Crash, Bang, Boom

sparklers

For many the 4th of July means fireworks. Remember to stay safe and sane and to check with local authorities from your area as to which fireworks are permitted to be lit off and where.

Call your local City Hall to find out where the nearest public fireworks display is to be held.

Be kind to your pets as many dogs and cats are terrified of loud noises.

Cheer for Team USA!

soccer usa

Gather round the television on Sunday to root on the USA Women’s Soccer team as they take on Japan in the finals of the 2015 World Cup in Vancouver, Canada.

Kickoff is at 4pm Pacific Time.

Catch Up with Old Friends

friends

Two’s company and three’s a crowd. Why not grab a stack of folding chairs from the garage and invite a few friends over to make the celebration all the merrier.

Ode to Old Glory!

Baking

If Pinterest can do it, you can, too. Why not serve a red, white and blue flag cake to showcase your love for America?

With a few drops of food coloring and a touch of imagination your creation could be the talk of the neighborhood.

Hint: Blueberries and red raspberries are an extra fun way to add taste and flair to your Independence Day dessert.

Crafts for the Kids

flag

Not all 4th of July goodies need to be prepared in advance. If you’re having a bunch of kids over at the house consider buying supplies for a nifty patriotic craft day.

Giving the kids something to do keeps them from asking every five minutes when the fireworks start!

However your family celebrates the 4th, we sincerely hope you have the best one ever. 


Create the Perfect Home Office
by Cara, Tuesday, June 30, 2015

No doubt about it. Home offices and computer workspaces are essential to the modern household. But that doesn’t mean these areas need to be sterile or cluttered cubicles. Instead, organize and use your sense of design to create the ideal office or work area.

Home Office

Now You See It, Now You Don’t

If you don’t want to disrupt the look and feel of a room, consider using an attractive computer hutch that complements the décor. Or, choose a secretary desk you can close up to put the paperwork out of sight.

Find Your Niche

Tuck your computer area into a niche. This can be underneath a staircase or even in a closet. The trick is to make the most of what you have available to create a workspace that doesn’t get in the way. A mezzanine bed with a computer desk underneath is a great idea for a teen.

Get Organized

One of the first rules of a home office is to organize your space well. That means bookshelves, cabinets and storage systems that keep the clutter at bay. Pick up some cord covers at a home improvement store or go with something creative like this or these.

Play Office, Grown-Up Style

If you own a newer home, you probably have a room that’s meant to be a den or office. Otherwise, convert an existing spare bedroom. Make it yours, functional but personalized and comfy. Use colors you like and make the most of natural light. For your desk and chair, attractive and clever looks great, but make sure they’re ergonomically correct if you’re going to spend a lot of time working in your office.

Got to Be Kidding

Create kid-friendly workspaces, away from the distraction of television. Newer homes often have a built-in computer desk, sometimes in the kitchen area. You can also put a desk for one or two in a kids’ bedroom.

For more ideas, some Internet browsing will spark your imagination. If you’re buying a Taylor Morrison home, be sure to consider your home office when visiting the Design Studio, where a design professional will help you with ideas. 


Things to Do with Dad
by Cara, Friday, June 19, 2015

He taught you how to fish and patched up skinned knees when the training wheels came off. Without Dad childhood memories just wouldn’t be the same.

There’s no better way to celebrate "dad", than to create yet another father/son or father/daughter moment to remember always. Choice one or more of these memorable ideas and make this Father’s Day the best one yet.

Get Your Kicks on Route 66

Dad Drive

You may not have time for a cross-country adventure but there’s no better way to bond than a weekend road trip. Cool tunes, Ritz crackers with Cheese Whiz, you can even play the license plate game for old time’s sake!

You don’t have to go far to craft a mental picture to last forever. Head to the hills or make a B-line for the beach, it’s up to you and Dad.

Snag a Pair of Tickets for Dad’s Favorite Team

Dad Baseball

New homes in Tampa are just a hop, skip and a jump away from a wealth of professional sports stadiums and arenas. In fact, most Taylor Morrison communities nationwide are strategically placed for convenient access to top level sporting events.

Whether Dad’s into pucks, pigskin or baseball, he’ll relish spending his special day in the stands with his little ones (even if you’re not so little anymore).

Southern California Real Estate & Fun in the Sun

Dad Basketball

On a tight budget? You don’t need to spend a dime to show you care.

California living means a short walk to the neighborhood park is all it takes to melt Dad’s heart. Challenge him to a game of HORSE -- make sure to let him win!

Feel Close from Far Away

Dad Skype

Technology makes it easier than ever to share your love from the other side of the country. Whether it’s Skype or FaceTime, a video chat bridges the gap between you and Dad.

An Impromptu Family Reunion

Dad Bicycle

Gather all the kids and grandkids for a Father's Day feast.

What’s on the menu? All of Dad’s favorites, of course. And yes, you do need to help with the dishes.

A Day at the Beach is Time Well Spent

Dad Beach

High speed watersports or a leisurely walk along the shore, everyone needs to feel the sand between their toes now and then, even Dad.

Don’t forget to do a quick rundown on your beach day checklist.

Stop to Smell the Roses

Dad Park

Got a Dad that loves tinkering about in the yard? Consider a relaxing day trip to a nearby botanical garden.

There’s nothing quite like spending an afternoon with fresh air and nature, even if you haven’t got a green thumb.

Home Sweet Home

Reunion Ranch

Communities like Reunion Ranch in Austin are designed with roomy outdoor spaces for picnics and family fun 365 days a year.

We’ve put together this exhaustive list of backyard fun activities to help you and Dad get the most out of Spring.


Once you get a taste for the Southwest Florida lifestyle it’s pretty much impossible to live anywhere else.

Haven’t you ever dreamt of living where others choose to go on vacation?

Bonita Springs and the entire Estero area offer year round access to outdoor activities such as golf, tennis, boating and fishing, coupled with the upscale urban charm of nearby Naples on the Gulf.

With literally hundreds of natural, unspoiled islands and endless miles of secluded beaches it’s easy to slice off your own sliver of paradise in this very special part of the world.

New Homes Bonita Springs & New Homes Estero Area: From Coconut Plantation to Friendly Community

Bonita Springs is a treasured location with secrets in store for everyone. With nature to explore, beaches for tranquility, warm blue waters and modern shopping facilities, it’s the perfect blend of country allure and city chic.

At the heart of Bonita Springs lies Pebble Pointe at the Brooks, a quiet community of 90 single family homes nestled between a web of open spaces, pristine lakes and lush landscape.

Perfect for those who enjoy water sports, picturesque views and social activities, Pebble Pointe is the newest gated enclave at one of the region’s most celebrated master planned communities.

Here are ten captivating reasons why life doesn’t get any better than calling Pebble Pointe home.

Golf with Benefits – A different course for every day of the week!

Golf Course

It’s easy for golf fanatics to fall in love with Southwest Florida. The Fort Myers and Sanibel area alone offers an incredible 17 different golf courses ranging in size, difficulty and layout.

Bonita Fairways Golf Course & Raptor Bay Golf Club in Bonita Springs offer a high end golf experience while Estero features the Stoneybrook Golf Club, a public course with a stunning practice facility and links spread across acres of beautiful lakes and preserves.

Coconut Point – A shopper’s dream.

Shopping

Pebble Pointe at The Brooks is located just two miles from the region’s principal shopping mall.

Coconut Point is comprised of more than 20 restaurants for a broad selection of dining choices plus 80 shops and a 16-screen movie theatre.

As a Simon Mall, the shopping center includes all of your big favorites and staples such as Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, Sports Authority and Super Target as well as high quality fashion boutiques and specialty shops.

It doesn’t matter where you go in life, as long as you go to the beach.

Beach

Southwest Florida is known for isolated beaches offering serene and tranquil settings.

One of the most popular sand-in-your-toes destinations is the nearby Barefoot Beach Preserve. Barefoot Beach is ideal for a quiet day hunting for shells or bird watching, but Watch Out! The seagulls around here aren’t scared of people at all and they might just fancy a bite of your lunch.

Dog owners love Barefoot Beach Preserve as the grounds include a dedicated dog park.

Boating – There’s nothing quite like a day on the water.

Boat

Whether you prefer powerboats or paddling along on your own steam, there are water based activities for everyone a hop, skip and a jump from Pebble Pointe.

The hugely popular Great Calusa Blueway is a marked and GPS-plotted waterway trail running from one end of the county to the other.

Historic Sites – Dive into the past.

Historic

The Koreshan State Historic Site is a State Park with a history uniquely Floridian!

Visit eleven beautifully maintained historic structures dating from 1882-1920 and wander through gorgeous gardens presenting unique ornamental exotic vegetation from across the globe.

The park was once the vision of Cyrus Reed Teed, a man who attempted to create not only his own religion but his own version of utopia.

Parasailing & Jet Skis – The need for speed.

Parasailing

For an unforgettable day at the beach, why not rent jet skis or take to the skies on a wild parasailing adventure?

Adventure enthusiasts will also find a wealth of other extreme sport activities ranging from stand-up paddle board rental to kayaks, sailboats and more.

The Road Less Traveled – Exploring the best of what Mother Nature has to offer.

Nature

Owning a home at the Brooks is just like living inside your very own nature preserve. Every day offers a new adventure with countless lakes, sanctuaries and lush vegetation to sweep your worries away.

Where else can a stroll around the neighborhood feel like a day at the park?

What’s for dinner? A world of dining options at your fingertips.

Dinner

For a relatively unpopulated region you’ll be amazed at the wide range of dining options available within a short drive of Pebble Pointe.

Head to the beach for seafood so fresh it practically jumps out of the sea and on to your plate. Choose Coconut Point for dozens of eating options in one convenient location.

Let’s go for a bike ride!

Bike

Take advantage of gorgeous year round weather with the simple joy of cycling.

With an endless network of trails to explore you’ll never have to do the same ride twice.

Fish on! Florida knows fishing.

Fish

The warm waters of the gulf provide the opportunity to enjoy some of the world’s most exciting sports fishing.

But not all angling adventures take place on the high seas.

Unique to this neck of the woods is Florida-style backwater fishing. There’s a reason Southwest Florida is called the tarpon capital of the world.