Hi everyone!

Last week, my family and I attended the 10th annual Howl-O-Ween Fest at the Bridgeland master planned community in Cypress, Texas. It was our first time going, and Jayden had so much fun especially since we got to bring Rotel, his best furry friend. It’s one of the biggest pet-friendly Houston events for Halloween for the whole family with tons of games, food trucks, and even a costume contest. Jayden and Rotel went as Batman and Superman! While we were there, we even got to tour some of the model homes in the community. Our family is looking to build a new home next year and hopefully expand our family. We absolutely fell in love with the homes in Bridgeland. In fact, I think we might have even found our dream home! If you are looking at new homes in Houston for your family, here are seven reasons the Bridgeland community is the perfect pet-friendly master planned community for your family.

Bridgeland the Pet Friendly Masterplanned Community

1.Open Space

Did you know the Bridgeland development chose to devote 3,000 acres to open space to provide a place for both residents and wildlife to thrive? They wanted to make sure to protect, preserve and restore the natural environment within Bridgeland’s boundaries. In fact, there are over 900 acres of lakes for outdoor activities, such as fishing and canoeing. With this open space, you will never feel crowded or boxed in in your community.

2. Walking Trails

Currently Bridgeland has over 60 miles of scenic interconnecting trails, so you and your family will have plenty of space to go on family walks with your dog. Bridgeland also has conveniently placed pet-friendly water fountains located near the parks.

3. Plenty of Home Options

Bridgeland offers eighteen of the most well-respected new home builders in Houston. From Coventry Homes to the gorgeous Darling Homes photographed here to my personal favorite, Westin Homes, there are plenty of home designs to choose from. Prices range from the $240s to $1 million+, so there’s a home for your budget and lifestyle. Whether it’s a home for you and your furry friend or a full house of five, there is something for everyone.

4. Easy access to main roads

One of the things I love about Bridgeland is that it’s close to the 99 toll road and Highway 290. It makes for easy access to Houston and surrounding areas and even Austin or College Station for a road trip.

5. Accessible shopping

Need a place to shop? You are in luck, because Houston Premium Outlets are just minutes away for great shopping. Walking distance from Lakeland Heights is Lakeland Village Center, the first of four village centers planned in Bridgeland. Each one will have shopping, dining and entertainment options that reflects each village’s own unique character and charm. Next to be built is Parkland Village Center. It’ll be a hub of activity for the community.

6. Great school districts

Three highly acclaimed public school districts will eventually service Bridgeland: Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, Katy Independent School District and Waller Independent School District. Cy-Fair ISD recently constructed a 127-acre educational village located near the Grand Parkway. This new campus boasts nearly 1-million square feet of learning space for at least 5,912 students and includes 4-story Bridgeland High School, a future 3-story middle school, and 2-story Wells Elementary School. A Primrose School for even younger children is opening in Bridgeland next year.

7. Community Focused

From Howl-O-Ween Fest to local farmer markets to Friday Night Bites, there is always a fun community-centered event for the whole family. There are resort-style facilities, including a 6,000-square-foot community center with a full-time activities director who plans year-round events for residents. The community center houses a fitness center as well as multiple classrooms, a full kitchen, and meeting rooms for gatherings and receptions. Parkland Village, the community’s newest addition – will be home to a 25-acre village park, complete with a lazy river and leisure pool, an events hall and lawn, a playground, dog park and much more!  The community center houses a fitness center as well as multiple classrooms, a full kitchen, and meeting rooms for gatherings and receptions. Bridgeland’s family-focused master planned community is what makes a house feel like home.

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Bridgeland’s 11,400-acre pet-friendly master planned community is the place your family can call home. It’s a community that prides itself on environmental preservation and accessibility and where every little detail is thought out with growing families in mind. The moment you visit, you will fall in love and feel right at home. I know we did!

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Bridgeland showcases patio homes in Parkland Village

Working with two luxury homebuilders, Darling Homes and Trendmaker Homes, The Howard Hughes Corporation is offering an exceptional, new product to the collection of home styles offered in Bridgeland.

Unique, patio-style homes will be situated within walking distance of many amenities within Parkland Village, like the future Dragonfly Park and Parkland Activity Center. Homebuyers choosing a patio home in the Cedar Hill section of Parkland Village between November 1 and November 31 will qualify for up to $8,000 in incentives to be used towards upgrades, closing costs, or a discount off the price of the home.

Darling’s patio homes from their 55’ Sanctuary Collection will offer options for water views, oversized, and private greenbelt lots that are priced from the upper $300s. The 2,386 to 3,063 square-foot homes are purposefully designed with flexible living spaces to accommodate homebuyers’ needs.

Some homesites are on the lake and the floor plans take advantage of their location, incorporating dynamic features like panoramic patios, to enjoy views of the water. The expansive, open-concept family rooms are perfect for entertaining. Each model showcases Darling’s signature loop, providing direct access from the master walk-in closet to the laundry room, as well as plenty of space for storage in the walk-up attic space, also known as a Texas basement.

Trendmaker is offering 2,127 to 2,542 square-foot villas on 50’ homesites that are priced from the mid-$300s. Their floor plans are designed around large, open-concept living areas, indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces, plenty of windows to let in natural light, and casual dining. Homebuyers can choose up to three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms with some models allowing for up to four bedrooms.

One of Trendmaker’s newest features, a home technology package called HomeSmart® allows you to save energy by giving you remote access and peace of mind to efficiently control your home – from anywhere – using your smart device.

Both builders offer distinctively detailed one- and two-story homes with popular, open-concept floor plans, impressive master suites, gourmet kitchens, and a variety of elevations to choose from. The flexibility of bedroom and bathroom combinations and two- and three-car garages, make it easy to tailor these patio homes to suit your specific needs. Other options include extended outdoor living areas with fireplaces, media rooms and wine storage grottos.

With so many choices of architectural elevations and sizes, finding and falling in love with a home from Darling and Trendmaker will be easy. Model homes are open daily for tours in Parkland Village’s model park, just off Bridgeland Creek Parkway.


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Bridgeland is Dog-Friendly All Year Long!

When it comes to having fun with your furry friend, Bridgeland is the place to be. We have peaceful walking trails, so everyone can get their daily steps and sniffs in and a large fenced-in dog park with water and shaded benches. But, on top of all that, our biggest event of the year is the now-famous Howl-O-Ween Fest, which is carefully planned with our four-legged residents in mind. Bridgeland is the place to have a bark-ing good time for people and pets.

Howl-O-Ween Fest

Our hugely pup-ular annual event Howl-O-Ween Fest is now in its 10th year. Headlining the stage this year was The Canine Stars, North America’s premier stunt dog show! Howl fun is that? This exciting, family-friendly extreme sports production highlights popular dog sports, such as dock diving, freestyle frisbee disc, flyball racing and more, in a one-of-a-kind show that features dogs of an array of breeds and mixes that have been rescued or adopted from shelters. Other acts on stage this year included award-winning magician and illusionist Lanny Kibbey and a fascinating K-9 demonstration.

In between shows, families loved to check out the kids fall fest area, sponsored by Primrose School of Bridgeland, to jump in the bounce houses, run through an obstacle course, and so much more! Other favorite activities were pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating for kids and pets, roaming entertainment, face painting, a seasonal farmers market, and food trucks galore.

On-site animal adoptions and pet foster family recruitment took place again. Last year, almost 9,000 people and their dogs joined in, and together, we raised nearly $3,000 for the animal rescue groups that were on-site holding pet adoptions and recruiting pet foster families.

Walking Trails

Bridgeland is known for its scenic trails. From border to border, village to village, activity to activity, you can traverse our trails with your best friend by your side. With 250 miles of trails upon completion, there’s a seemingly endless amount of exploring and sniffing and walking and trotting for you (and your pup) to do daily. And, many of these dog-friendly trails meander along tranquil waterways and creeks with views of water fowl, aquatic plants and grasses, and other wildlife. Plus, there are bicycle and exercise trails complete with fitness stations for more active adventures. All in all, this is far more than a walk in the park. This is a dog’s version of paradise. So, get out and go exploring with your furry friend.

Fenced Dog Park

Set in scenic Lakeland Village Park, a 20-acre greenspace boasting a plethora of unique features, sits Bridgeland’s large fenced-in dog park with separate areas for large and small dogs, water bowls and pet waste bags. Take a seat on one of the benches under the cool shade structures, so you can relax in comfort while you watch your dog run wild like a wolf and get in lots of healthy canine socialization. Plus, dogs sleep better after a giant play date!

It’s pretty obvious that we are one super-duper dog-friendly community here in Bridgeland. We’ve built the entire community from the ground up with our four-legged residents in mind. In Bridgeland, the activities and amenities for you and your dog to enjoy together are endless.

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This post was written by Dawn P. Darnell, author of

This post is in partnership with Bridgeland.

Hey, everyone!
The Justice League is here and ready for Halloween! With Halloween just around the corner, we love going out and doing fun family events. Even more so when we can bring our furry friends, too! Today on the blog, I’ve partnered up with Bridgeland, a master planned community in Cypress, Texas, to share more about their 10th Annual Howl-O-Ween Fest. The 10th Annual Howl-O-Ween Fest is a fun event for the whole family that partners up with local rescue groups to raise money and to find homes for pets in need. If you know me and my story of all of our adopted furry friends, then you know how special this event is to me. Check out more details of this event below!

The 10th Annual Howl-O-Ween Fest is set for October 27 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Oak Meadow Park. It’s free to attend, and there will be tons of fun things to do for the whole family! Check out the video above for more!

You can RSVP by visiting the Facebook event page.

Families will have a great time in the family fall fest area that will include bounce houses, an obstacle course and more! Other favorite activities for the day will be pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating for kids and pets, roaming entertainment, face painting, a doggie fashion show and costume contest, a farmers market, and delicious cuisine from the food trucks.



We are so excited to go to Howl-O-Ween Fest this year, and we even got our costumes for the costume contest! I can’t wait to see Jayden and Rotel all dressed up for this event. They are going to have so much fun. Do you know what you and your family will be for Halloween? We hope to see you there and thanks for stopping by!

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Howl-O-Ween Fest turns 70, in dog years that is

Area ghosts, goblins and their furry friends are invited to Oak Meadow Park on Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as Bridgeland hosts their annual Howl-O-Ween Fest. This event brings family-and furry-friendly entertainment to Cypress, making 10 years of celebrating with man’s best friend.

Treat your family – and the family dog – to the tricks of this year’s highlight performances by The Canine Stars, a premier stunt dog show that uses dogs they’ve rescued from shelters and trained to perform extreme sports, such as dock diving, high jumping, frisbee and other agility stunts for amazing, tail-wagging entertainment. Some of Canine Stars dog trainers will be present to help teach your old dog a few, new tricks, too! Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show started in 2012 to bring awareness to rescued dogs and encourage pet adoption. Their commitment to pet rescue and adoption mirrors Bridgeland’s support of rescue groups.

Two additional stage acts will be a K9 demonstration presenting the unique talents of trained K9s and award-winning magician and illusionist, Lanny Kibbey. Stage performances will begin with the magician at 10:15. A total of eight acts will alternate every 45 minutes throughout the day, with The Canine Stars at 11:00 a.m. and the K9 demonstration at 11:45 a.m.

Families are sure to delight in all of the day’s activities as there is something for everyone, from bounce houses, an obstacle course, pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating for kids and pets, to roaming entertainment, face painting, and even a doggie fashion show. The fashion show begins at 1:45 p.m. and participation requires a $5 donation to benefit pet rescue organizations. Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners.

Puppies have a way of putting a smile on everyone’s face, and as an additional feature this year, you will also have the chance to practice a little downward dog. Shaka Power Yoga, Lakeland Village Center’s latest yoga addition, will guide yogis during two classes while wagging puppies provided by present rescue groups, play about the participants. Space is limited and registration is required. The puppies and other pets will be available for adoption, should you fall in love with one of them.

A Bridgeland event isn’t complete without food trucks. Offering a variety of cuisines to feed your hungry pack, you may recognize many of the trucks from Bridgeland’s monthly Friday Nite Bites. In attendance will be Skye Café, Space Lobos, Texiana, Kaow, Hangreek, Fork N Truck, Bright Relish, Mingos, Jamaica Pon Di Road, Papa John’s Pizza,  Iced Cupcakery, Cheri’s N’awlins Sneaux Bawls, and Uncle Louis G Italian Ice.

While the entertainment and most activities are free, proceeds from any event requiring a modest fee will be donated to support local rescue groups. The following associations will be in attendance with a variety of breeds who are seeking a forever home: Guardian Pit Bull Rescue, ADORE Houston, Westie and Scotty Rescue Houston, Boykin Spaniel Rescue, Great Dane Rescue of SE TX, Friends for Life, Puppy Up Foundation, Cocker Spaniel Rescue of East Texas, Special Pals Inc. and English Bulldog Rescue Network.

Last year’s event raised over $3,000 in support of our furry friends. Join us on October 27, bring the entire family – and the dog on a leash – to enjoy the family-and furry-friendly activities and help us surpass last year’s efforts, while having a howling good time!

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The Howard Hughes Corporation Honored with 2018 PRISM Awards

Recently at the Greater Houston Builders Association’s annual gala, two properties from The Howard Hughes Corporation were recipients of several coveted PRISM awards. The distinguished award honors excellence in the homebuilding industry within the Greater Houston area. Both Bridgeland and The Woodlands received accolades at this annual event, reflecting the masterful design of these innovative communities.

Recognized for being a trendsetter among master planned communities in the Greater Houston area — and the nation — The Howard Hughes Corporation received the prestigious Trailblazer Award for The Woodlands. The community was also awarded Best Community Entrance for creatively incorporating bronze deer sculptures with their monument entry signage.

The Best Model Home Park was awarded to Bridgeland for its concept of showcasing model homes in a centralized position within Parkland Village, the community’s newest village. By keeping the homes within walking distance of each other, instead of scattering model homes throughout the village, suggests a more connected and neighborly feel for the community. Read more ›

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Feed your Tex-Mex cravings at Chilosos Taco House

Living in Texas gives you the opportunity to experience the blended cultures of the southwest and Mexico. At Bridgeland’s Lakeland Village Center, you can now experience the flavors of this blended culinary delight at the newest taco sensation, Chilosos Taco House.

Established in 2007, the Myers family started Chilosos Taco House raising the bar on taco quality. Ten years later, the family has come to Cypress, opening their third location in Houston at Bridgeland’s Lakeland Village Center to share their family recipes that harmoniously combine Texas and Monterrey flavored favorites.

The partners were attracted to the community’s open hospitality and the ability Bridgeland has to bring people together. Jesse Myers, one of the partners, is also a Bridgeland resident, and believes the opening of Chilosos will expand ways for this great community to grow.

Using only fresh ingredients, the corn and flour tortillas are made to order. Many online reviewers comment on how wonderfully they taste, inviting everyone to try them.

Whether you are heading to Chilosos to pick up a breakfast taco for the morning commute or for lunch on Taco Tuesday, you can “taco up” as the menu suggests, by customizing them with their many offerings of fixin’s like fresh cheese, cilantro or tomatoes.

For those wishing to dine in, their menu offers everything from appetizers to main dishes and specials. You can get started with a giant margarita or an ice-cold beer from the full bar. You can finish your meal with one of their crispy, fried cinnamon pastries – a la mode, of course.

Do you brunch? Chilosos has your weekend covered, and if you’re planning a wedding, Chilosos Taco House is the exclusive caterer for the Mia Bella Vita wedding venue located in Tomball. The restaurant also features a glassed-in kitchen where you can watch while homemade tortillas are being made. The vibrantly colored mural that boldly states ‘sabroso,’ which means savory, reminds you of the origin for what you are about to taste.

Before setting up their storefront, Chilosos was a steady participant in Friday Night Bites, Bridgeland’s monthly gathering of family, friends and food trucks. Customers who flocked to enjoy the savory flavor can now enjoy the flavors from Myers’ family recipes six days a week. And don’t miss Chilosos grand opening tomorrow night, during September’s Friday Night Bites!

Located at 10535 Fry Road, Chilosos Taco House will be open 7 a.m. – 9 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.

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Primrose School coming to Bridgeland

This time next year as students head back to school, a top-notch, early childhood educational facility will be located within the Bridgeland community, offering parents an enriching environment for their preschoolers. Primrose School at Bridgeland will add infant care and early childhood education to the already superior education provided by CFISD and Bridgeland schools.

Primrose Schools is the first early childhood education organization to earn national accreditation from AdvancED. Utilizing what they describe as a Balanced Learning approach, the school day incorporates science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) making learning fun. Their website explains how they inspire lightbulb moments by encouraging children to think creatively, compassionately and resourcefully.

Jim Tanner, one of the founders of Primrose School at Bridgeland, felt the balance Bridgeland shows for environment, education and family meshed perfectly with Primrose’s tenets. He chose Bridgeland because it’s the premier master planned community in the Cypress area and it provides the best demographic fit for a great symbiotic relationship. Read more ›

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How to Find a Home Builder


Building a house is a big deal. Whether you’re looking for a new home that you build from the ground up or an inventory home that is move-in ready, there are a few important things to know when choosing a home builder. We met with the experts and gathered their top home building tips on how to choose a builder below. Whatever you decide, when you buy a home in Bridgeland, there are 18 of Houston’s best homebuilders available to help you build the home of your dreams.

  1. Research customer satisfaction ratings.

    When finding a builder, it’s important to look at their history. Check out social media and builder websites for testimonials and reviews. Don’t be afraid to ask the builder you’re interested in for references from current homeowners. Want to make sure you are getting unbiased information? Ask people in your desired neighborhood about their opinions in person.

  2. Understand that you’re a part of a team.

    If you have decided to choose a custom builder, it’s important to remember that it’s a team effort. Your team goes beyond just the builder. It also includes your architect, your designer and you. Think of it as a “we” experience and be sure to establish the type of relationship you want. Do you want to be involved in every decision? Do you want your builder to contact you about every detail? Be direct and transparent.

  3. Know what you want in advance.

    Even if you’re not in the market for a new home that you build from the ground up, and are instead looking for a move-in ready inventory home, it’s necessary to know what you want before you start shopping. Do you want a smart home? Are you looking for a specific type of neighborhood or building material? The more you know about what you want, the easier it will be to spot the perfect home when you see it. Likewise, if you are looking to build a new home, knowing exactly what you want will make your collaboration with the home builder smoother.

  4. Get everything in writing.

    Before the build begins or the move-in ready home is purchased, you should get any requested changes and other communications put in writing. Save any emails and correspondence regarding key decisions and promises made. This may seem like overkill, but it will give you support in case there is a misunderstanding or if something you’ve requested doesn’t happen.

  5. Trust Bridgeland.

    When you buy a new home in Bridgeland, know that our team of builders were chosen intentionally. Our extraordinary team of builders is ready to help you choose between customizing a home with your desired selections or picking an inventory home that can get you in the neighborhood of your choice more quickly. You can also meet with an architect and design your dream home from the ground up. In Bridgeland, we maintain detailed design guidelines for builders and work with each one to develop a wonderful homebuying and building experience. With such high standards, we help take out some of the guesswork of choosing a builder for your new home.

Whichever type of home you choose, buying a new home can be exciting. Make sure to take these tips to heart to make your homebuying experience the best it can be!

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Back-To-School Tips

Summer always seems to fly by so quickly, especially when the first day of the new school year approaches. Start the year off right, take advantage of the evenings so you have smoother mornings! Bridgeland Back-to-School Tips

Here are some tips to make the back-to-school transition a bit easier:

  • Several days before school starts, have your child gradually go to bed earlier and wake up earlier in half-hour increments to get acclimated to the early rise time.
  • Choose outfits and lay them out the night before so there’s no delay with indecision in the morning.
  • Pack lunch and set out what’s needed to make a quick, nutritious breakfast to ensure they leave with premium brain fuel.
  • Place necessities such as supplies and homework inside their backpack and place it by the door so it’s ready to grab and go.

Parents can also follow these evening tips to prepare for their day, so they’re not flustered in the mornings and are more available for their child.

Also, remember to be mindful of the school zones along their morning and afternoon driving routes.

Good luck with the coming school year. Before you know it, school will be out and it’ll be summer again!

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