Bridgeland sets new standard as it breaks ground on new multifamily project

With each new phase of development, Bridgeland continues to set new standards for master planned communities, and once again, this premier community is setting trends as it breaks ground this month on its newest luxury, technologically advanced multifamily homes.

The project will consist of two-story townhomes and four-story multifamily buildings. For those seeking a more refined place to call home with independence from maintenance, each of the 312 units of varying sizes up to 1,300 square feet will be outfitted with superior fixtures and accompanied by top-of-the-line amenities, including nine-foot ceilings, quartz countertops, garden tubs, walk-in closets, home automation technology, and in-unit washer/dryers.

The well-appointed housing option will be located within Lakeland Village near Mason Road. Its position will offer unobstructed views of Josey Lake while catering to the convenience of the Grand Parkway and nearby shopping at the future town center, where density is planned to increase to facilitate the planning and implementation of the 900-acre future commercial site.   Read more ›

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“Windgrass” graces entrance in Bridgeland to become community’s first major piece of art

If you have entered Bridgeland from Grand Parkway recently, you’ve probably noticed the bright orange-red linear rods adjacent to the Bridgeland monument sign. What you are witnessing is Bridgeland’s first major work of public art. Titled Windgrass, this dramatic, 26-foot tall sculpture was created by Konstantin Dimopoulos and is the artist’s only permanent installation in Texas.

Part of Bridgeland’s master plan is to incorporate works of art and sculpture into the landscaped surroundings. Assisting in this effort to offer a cultural component is Kinzelman Art Consulting. With Windgrass,  Bridgeland officially begins its public art collection, carrying on the tradition four decades ago by sister community – The Woodlands.

Inspired by the movement of the vast, swaying prairie grass in the Texas landscape, Dimopoulos sought to create a piece that could seamlessly integrate into the Bridgeland landscape. The sculpture flanks the entry monument to Bridgeland when accessing the development from Grand Parkway. The vibrant shafts soar dramatically skyward punctuating the grand entrance and providing a distinctive welcome to current and future residents. It is sure to be a conversation piece for generations.  Read more ›

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11th Annual Nature Fest Welcomes Dr. Evan Antin

If you’re an animal lover, Dr. Dolittle wannabe, or even just curious about some of the exotic species that inhabit our earth, you’ll want to save the date for Bridgeland’s 11th Annual Nature Fest taking place Saturday, April 28 from 10 AM to 5 PM in Oak Meadow Park.

Bridgeland is all about the outdoors, and Nature Fest is a perfect way to learn about the preservation of some of nature’s striking and unusual inhabitants and their ecosystems in a fun and engaging way. This free, yearly event will continue to amaze and delight all who attend – regardless of age – and the line-up of activities will certainly make for an impressive day.

Joining our festivities as this year’s headline act is exotic animal veterinarian, Dr. Evan Antin. You may recognize his name from his appearances on a variety of TV shows including The Today Show, The Rachel Ray Show, and The Dr. Oz Show. Adding to his celebrity status, he is also People Magazine’s Official Pet Vet. Read more ›

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Parkland Village: A Nature Lover’s Dream

This post is written by Veronica Veronika Romeis, author of Veronica’s Blushing.

This post is sponsored by Bridgeland, all thoughts and opinions are, as always, my own.

Over the years, I’ve gotten quite an abundance of emails and messages about moving to Houston from many of my wonderful readers. As you all know, I moved to Houston in 2007 after having lived in a suburb of Toronto, Canada for 20 years of my life. To say it was a big change is an understatement – but I absolutely love living in Houston – and not just for the weather but because it’s a diverse, culture-rich city full of great things to do and has a fantastic real estate market and amazing food (just to name a few things!)

When people email to ask which neighborhoods I recommend they check out, I always share a few depending on where they’ll be working, but Kevin and I have lived inside of the loop for our entire relationship, so I admittedly don’t have extensive experience with every neighborhood or suburb other than when we visit friends who live in them. We’ve considered some suburbs during our house hunting process (y’all know we love to move…three houses in 10 years, ahem…) but we’ve decided that for now, to keep our commutes as short as possible, staying inside the loop is the best decision for our family.

We had the opportunity last weekend to visit the grand opening event for Parkland, a new Village in Bridgeland , which is a masterfully planned community in northwest Houston (Cypress) which will include over 20,000 homes for 65,000 residents. The community has incredible amenities for families, with over 3,000 acres devoted to lakes, trails and open space — a nature-lover’s dream! There’s even a treehouse park for kids which you have to see to believe — it’s so imaginative and fun. The community also has splash pads, heated pools, a boat house, hiking trails, parks for kids (including one with a zip line!) and much more. And, you can check out another Parkland Village grand opening event with your family on Saturday, April 7!

A lot of parents choose where they’ll lived based on schools, and Cy-Fair ISD 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 a 4-story high school (Bridgeland High School), 3-story middle school (pending) and 2-story elementary school (Wells Elementary).

The Bridgeland community was hosting a day of family fun to celebrate their official Parkland Village opening featuring music, train rides, an inflatables zone, paddle boat rides, food trucks and more. The kids had a blast and I got to fulfill my endless desire to tour model homes (this, in addition to regularly looking at real estate listings is a huge guilty pleasure of mine). It’s not uncommon for me to pop into a model home open-house in our area if we happen to drive past one on a weekend…haha.

Let’s start with the homes – they range in price from the 240’s to over a million, so checking out the different models was really fun for us (and also made me contemplate how much fun it would be to have that much square footage to decorate!) I love touring model homes because you can really get a sense of the latest home trends in terms of architecture, floor plans/layout and décor. I’m a total HGTV-addict, so seeing all of these incredible homes was a treat — even the kids loved it! They kept saying “we want to see the next one!”  Bridgeland has 16 different builders — so there’s truly something for everyone!

Our favorite was this painted-brick white home by Highland Homes. The interior was bright and white with a lot of great woodwork — very “Fixer Upper” style. What I noticed about all of the models was the abundance of windows and natural light. This model was a little over 4000 sq. ft. which feels huge — but it was so well laid out and had a lot of open spaces. There was a great office at the front of the home, too.

The built-in storage in this master bathroom was envy-inducing for me! Oh, what I would store in there! The kitchen had some open-shelving which was such a great touch and the living room had these massive windows that let in so much light. I liked that there was both a formal dining space and a generous eat-in kitchen space.

Other trends we loved in these homes were mud rooms — most models had one near the entryways — I would love to have a mud room in our next home — it’s such a great feature to stay organized. The master bathrooms were all spacious and the closets in some of the models were a total dream! Some even had two massive closets. Something else I saw in several of the homes were built-in shelves in bedrooms and built-in window seats which are a total wish list item for me in any home. It adds such a nice decorative touch to a space while also being functional.

One of the larger homes had a huge balcony off of the game room area — such a great location! It also had two sets of stairs which I thought was such a convenient feature for a larger home.

This master bathroom was probably my favorite of them all — I loved that each vanity/sink had its own built-in cabinet — bathroom storage can be so tricky so the fact that this had cabinets, drawers and a tall cabinet built into the sink/vanity was amazing. I also adored the herringbone pattern floors in this home — stunning!This home had an amazing atrium off of the entryway with an outdoor fireplace. It felt so luxurious and yet cozy! All of the homes also had game rooms and/or media rooms which is an amazing feature. With how much we use our playroom — I know these dedicated spaces can make a huge difference in keeping your home organized. I love having a dedicated space for toys and play.

I’m so glad we got to experience all the Bridgeland community has to offer! If you’re looking for a new home, relocating to Houston or simply want to check out a great community in Houston — I highly recommend visiting Parkland Village in Bridgeland.

I love that there are homes available in a wide array of price ranges and styles that are perfect for big and small families, couples looking to downsize — basically, anyone looking to live in a great community with tons of green space, amenities and events. I also have to say that everyone was so friendly — I met a group of moms that live in the area at the event and they were so welcoming and initiated a conversation with me. I also had several of you DM me on Instagram saying you live in or near this community and love it!

Before we left, we took some photos in a wildflower field in one of Bridgeland’s other Villages — I’m so in love with these sweet photos. That Village was also hosting an event for families — I really got a sense this was an area of town where there is a lot to do and with a tight-knit community feel.

After having experienced the Bridgeland community, I would recommend it to anyone looking for a new home in Houston! We’ve had the delight of moving into a completely newly constructed home twice, and we absolutely love the process — especially on our most recent home where we got to make design decisions, pick our finishes and truly make it ours. The builders in Bridgeland have so many custom options on a lot of the homes — so you can really make it your dream home.

Thank you for reading and I hope you have a great week!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bridgeland. The opinions and text are all mine.

This post is sponsored by Bridgeland, all thoughts and opinions are , as always, my own.

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Explore Activities Right Outside Your Door at Parkland Village

This post is written by Kristy Moreno, author of Seven Graces

Today’s post is sponsored by Bridgeland. As always, all thoughts and opinions are all my own.

Where are all my Houston peeps (or future Houstonians for that matter)?! For the past 11 years, I’ve called Houston home, and there really is no other place I’d rather be. This past summer we moved into a new home, and I am now kicking myself for not looking into a certain community: Bridgeland. Out of all the communities in this huge metroplex, Bridgeland is above and beyond one of the best places to live in the Houston area.

This weekend we had the pleasure of attending Bridgeland’s Parkland Village grand opening event, and it was the best time! This community certainly knows how to treat its residents and prospective residents, too.

There will be another Bridgeland grand opening event at Parkland Village on Saturday. April 7, so be sure to stop by for loads of family fun and the chance to explore the new and beautiful model homes. Here’s a list of all you can expect during the event:

  • Enjoy live music
  • Food trucks
  • Austin Bike Zoo
  • Model home tour with prizes
  • Scavenger hunt for kids at Josey Lake
  • Goat yoga
  • Train rides
  • Inflatable zone
  • Paddle boat rides
  • Photo-op
  • Roaming entertainment
  • Arts & crafts for kids
  • Canoe and Kayak rides
  • Face painting
  • Balloon artist

The grand opening event was held in the newest area of the community, Parkland Village, featuring one its newest amenities, Josey Lake, a 3-mile waterway with kayak launch, birding tower, boardwalk, extreme play area with a zip line and meadow-like vegetation. Charlotte and Colin had a blast running around the playground and walking the boardwalk.

Bridgeland hosts the best events filled to the brim with fun activities for the family. I attended Goat Yoga (you read that right: yoga with goats roaming around us), and while I was busy being one with nature, Charlotte and Colin were spoiled with all sorts of treats. Face painting, balloon art, bounce houses, more playgrounds, live music, and a dog show were all part of our great day. Once I was done with yoga, we treated ourselves to some of the yummiest food trucks which lined the street. All of this free to the public!

After our delicious lunch, we walked it off, venturing into the beautiful model homes of Parkland Village, which are all conveniently located in the same area. This was hands down my favorite part because I am always so inspired by all of the decor and finishing touches in such stunning new builds, and the Parkland Village homes were out of this world amazing.

Bridgeland is a premiere master-planned community that you must check out! Parkland Village is the next chapter in Bridgeland’s community, growing since 2006 with plans of expansion for the next 25 years, and the highly anticipated newest addition is now open. Parkland Village connects its residents with nature with wide-open spaces and family-friendly activities, making it feel like you’re living in a park.

The 25-acre Village Park will include a lazy river, leisure pool with beach entry, rope swing, lap pool, fitness center, event hall and lawn, playground and sprayground, tennis courts, open play field, basketball court, dog park, kayak launch, and hike and bike trails. So many wonderful activities right outside your door!

For more information about the Bridgeland community, be sure to visit their site.

You definitely need to consider this premiere community the next time you’re house hunting. I know we will.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bridgeland. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Family-friendly fun at Parkland Village Grand Opening

Attendance was abundant with over 1300 people visiting the grand opening of our newest addition, Parkland Village this past weekend.

In true, Bridgeland fashion, the grand opening celebration was above and beyond expectations of those visiting. Of the multitude of activities that were offered, touring the 20 stunningly decorated model homes was just the tip of the iceberg.

The overall concept of the new village is based on the idea of living within a park, and the day’s activities echoed that theme, offering something for all age groups to enjoy. In addition to playing in one of the village’s recently completed custom designed playgrounds, children also had several bounce houses to explore, arts and crafts station, and a chance to participate in a scavenger hunt around Josey Lake. Corn hole, a jumbo Connect Four and face painting were also available – for children of all ages.

Families engaged in numerous outdoor activities including kayaking and paddle boating on Josey Lake, viewing dog talent shows and hobnobbing with a strolling entertainer on stilts. The most anticipated activity, goat yoga, which was guided by Totes M’Goats Goat Yoga, provided several relaxing sessions for yogis to stretch while baby goats mingled between, around and on the participants.

Locally renowned food trucks including Space Lobos, Falacos, Iced Cupcakery and Skye Café, all of which are part of Bridgeland’s monthly Friday Night Bites, offered a selection of scrumptious food options. All of the above, plus live music were provided throughout the day. Did we mention the goat yoga?

Guests who were interested in learning more about the kind of lifestyle Parkland Village has to offer and took the opportunity to embark on model home tours were able to register for a chance to win a $2500 gift card. Additionally, those buyers who sign a contract between March 1 and April 30 will receive up to $10,000 in incentives on a new home in Bridgeland.

Feeling like you missed something?  You’ll get another chance to experience the fun on April 7, when Bridgeland will feature a second family-friendly grand opening celebration with similar fun activities and festivities.

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Discovering Bridgeland: A Life of Endless Possibilities

This post is written by Ashley Lastovica, author of The Fancy Ashley.

Happy Monday, my peeps! I hope your week is kicking off to a great start! Today is the first day back after a week-long vacay and you know those are always a bit of a struggle! But, I am so excited about today’s post! I recently had the opportunity to learn about a newer (to me) community, here in Houston! It’s called Bridgeland and it is truly amazing. I wish I would have known about this place when we moved here 4 years ago, so I am super excited to share it with you. I get asked a lot about different areas of Houston from people who are relocating here, so, I was excited to have another community that I could add to my list of recommendations! As a lot of you know, I live in a community called The Woodlands. It’s a master-planned community that I have grown to love and don’t leave it often, because we have everything we need and then some, here! That being said, I was excited to venture out to Bridgeland and learn more about what they had to offer their residents. And you guys, it’s some good stuff! I’m going to share some of my favorite features of this community with you in today’s post! It’s a long one, so, sit back, grab a cup of coffee and let me tell you all about this amazing little (big) community!

A little background on Bridgeland. The developer of this community is the same developer of The Woodlands, The Howard Hughes Corporation. Howard Hughes develops many other properties and communities across the United States! Living in a Howard Hughes community myself, I can say first hand that they sure know what they are doing when developing these communities.

The newest Bridgeland addition, Parkland Village opens soon! They are hosting a grand opening event and you are invited! If you are local, relocating or just want to learn more about the Bridgeland community, their grand opening event will be held on March 24 and April 7 and they would love to have you in attendance! Here are a few exciting things you can expect if you attend the event!! See more about the event HERE!

Enjoy live music
Goat yoga
Food trucks
Model home tour with prizes
Scavenger hunt for kids at Josey Lake
Train rides
Inflatable zone
Arts & crafts for kids
Canoe and kayak rides

 

Bridgeland is 11-years-old and still has about 20-25 years of building to do. This means, there is SO much more great stuff to come! The price point for this community ranges from $240s-$1 million, so truly there is something for everyone, home wise. Fun fact – a lot of residents will continue to buy/sell within Bridgeland and some folks are on their second and third homes within the community.

Residents move up in home size/price, as they expand their families, or they downsize as kids head off to college, etc. I love that aspect!  This bring us to the building situation. Within Bridgeland, there are 16 different builders. Meaning, there is a lot to choose from in terms of price, home style, etc. All builders within the community offer energy efficient, smart homes with a variety of technology packages. Smart home and energy efficient technology are both key factors in new builds in this day and age.

A few fun facts: Upon completion, Bridgeland will feature 3,000 acres dedicated to lakes, trails and parks, which includes 900 acres of waterways and lakes, 60 miles of interconnecting trails and more than 400 acres of parks and playgrounds! Amazing, right?

Now, to my favorite part! Let’s discuss the MANY amenities Bridgeland has to offer! It’s hard to pick my favorites, but here are a few! The underground tunnels cross under many busy roads – a parents’ dream come true! Imagine not having to worry about your kiddo having to cross a busy street to get to a park! I seriously love this feature. All lakes offer “catch and release” fishing. What a fun family experience! You can also check out fishing gear. And the best news, this is all a part of your home owner’s association fees! The newest parks offer food truck plugins. You can have a food truck come and it’s easily plugged in and ready for action!

Here is a list of a few of my favorite amenities:

-Playground-style zip line

-Slides (in the parks)

-Ping pong tables

-Hammock park (a whole area dedicated to just hammocks!)

-Mist garden (perfect for kids and dogs on a hot summer day!)

-Splash pads

-Heated pools

-Boat house (checkout kayaks to use on the lake and store your own!)

-Dog parks

-Miles and miles of bike and hike trails

-Tree house park (coolest treehouse I’ve ever seen!)

-They offer over 31 community groups to help you get to know your neighbors. (think bunco, poker, book club!)

-Multi-educational village campus that includes 1 million-square-feet of learning space for at least 5,912 students, and will include a 4-story high school, 3-story middle school and 2-story elementary school. (Bridgeland HS and Wells Elementary are now open.)

-About 25-40 minutes from downtown Houston

-Bisected by Grand Parkway, 2.5 miles from US 290 and 3.8 miles from Cypress Park & Ride

-Friday Night Bites (Where neighbors gather and hang out with food trucks, music, games etc! The second Friday of each month)

-Future 900-acre town center with shopping, restaurants, entertainment, offices and hospitality.

With the most amazing amenities, Bridgeland also offers customizable homes from some of the best homebuilders. I recently had the opportunity to see a Newmark home and check out the design process from start to finish!

While there are lots of builders to choose from, I loved the semi-custom options Newmark offers. They have more than 80 pages of customizations home buyers can choose from to upgrade their future home and make it more their style! The process begins with picking a home site and deciding where you want your future home located. Then, you get to start the design process – my favorite part.

Here are a few pictures of the model home I toured! Also, there is an awesome incentive going on right now! If you purchase a home between March 1 and April 30 with participating homebuilders, you can receive up to $10,000 in incentives towards your new dream home!

I love this elevation. It’s really such a pretty house and the front doors are a huge favorite of mine!

When you walk into the home, there is a sprawling staircase and a beautiful outdoor courtyard to the right. Already thinking about coffee and cocktail hours al fresco.

The open floor plan is a must in most homes these days! The kitchen opens up to a beautiful family room and it is such a great size! I also love the formal dining room can be a part of this space because it’s so open. This is a great entertaining house!

I loved the kitchen! The mix of open and regular cabinets was so inviting and ‘me’ in a kitchen.
You know how much I love open shelves!

The kitchen sink faces out to a huge window! You can watch the kids in the backyard, while doing the dishes. Plus, this window helps to open the kitchen so much, and I also love the way they set the kitchen up for a table to run parallel to the island. Some days, I wish I set my kitchen up this way!

All in all, this fully customizable home was just beautiful, and I love the idea of the design possibilities being endless! You can truly create the home of your dreams!

I truly loved getting the opportunity to see Bridgeland and I am so excited to watch this community grow over the next few years! After I posted on my INSTAGRAM STORIES, I had a few of you tell me you live in Bridgeland and love it! I can see why! It’s such an awesome community and it seems they’ve truly thought of just about everything!! So, what do you think? Are you as over the moon for this development as I am? Be sure to head HERE for more details on Bridgeland and head HERE to see more info on their grand opening event! They’d love to see you there! Have a fabulous day, my peeps! XO!

 

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3 Reasons You Should Make Your Next Home a Smart Home

When looking for a new home, it’s important to understand the benefits that smart tech can offer homeowners. You might wonder what impact smart home products should have on your decision. Should you buy a home with smart tech already in place? How will smart tech affect your everyday life? What about smart security? These are all great and important questions to think about while researching new home options and visiting model homes. To help you on your journey to homeownership, we’ve gathered together the most important information to know about smart tech in the home.

Why smart tech?

Smart home technology is a hot topic today and not just because it is a fad. To be considered smart, these systems, like home thermostats and security systems, usually can connect to the internet, communicate with other systems, and be controlled remotely. Using smart tech can increase energy efficiency and decrease energy usage, which can save you money in the long term. Thanks to products like smart security systems and video doorbells, smart tech can give homeowners more control while at home and more peace of mind when away. By seeking out homes built with smart tech in mind, you can take the first step toward a more comfortable, secure and efficient life.

What are common smart home products?

There are many options to choose from when it comes to smart tech. Some common smart home products include smart thermostats, smart doorbells, smart refrigerators and smart security systems. These systems are usually connected to the internet and can be monitored or changed remotely or by voice command. Many are compatible with smart hubs, like Amazon Alexa and Google Home.

Why a smart home?

A smart home is unique in that it incorporates multiple smart technologies to create a more streamlined and “smarter” living experience. By using more than one smart product, you can get the most out of your smart home experience. Homebuyers interested in smart tech will be excited to know that many new homes today are built with smart tech either in mind or already in place.

As technology advances, it is increasingly clear that buying a smart home is a smart choice. Looking for a place to start? Builders in The Woodlands and Bridgeland are excited about smart tech, too. Many of the builders in our neighborhoods offer new homes with a wide range of smart features from which to choose. You can find a smart home in a great community that is perfect for you and your family.

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Three Features to Look for When Buying an Energy-Efficient Home

From LED lighting to double-pane windows, home builders are improving energy efficiency when building new homes. But, why does that matter? By investing in a new energy-efficient home, homebuyers can reduce energy consumption, increase savings and reduce their ecological footprint. Here are the three main features to look for when shopping for a new home.

1. Energy-Saving Materials

A great thing to ask about when looking for a new home is energy-saving building materials. Many builders offer energy-efficient features: radiant barrier roofs, LED lightbulbs, double-pane windows, more effective insulation, and special framing techniques are just a few of the energy-efficient materials new homebuyers can incorporate into their homes. By utilizing these materials, new homes can conserve energy and lower monthly energy bills significantly.

2. Energy-Efficient Smart Appliances

In addition to eco-friendly building materials, smart appliances can help you conserve precious resources, saving money and giving you peace of mind. Smart appliances include products and systems that connect to the internet, communicate with other systems, and can be controlled remotely or by voice command. Ask if the new home you’re viewing comes with a smart thermostat, an energy-efficient refrigerator, or other low-VOC products and how each impacts your energy usage.

3. Energy Star® Certificate and HERS (Home Energy Rating System) Index

The good news is that builders can’t simply say that their homes are eco-friendly; they have to prove it by qualifying for certifications and achieving acceptable ratings. Many builders adhere to strict energy regulations set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Awards and certifications, like Energy Star and HERS, can help you feel confident in your home’s energy efficiency. Just ask the builders what their ratings or certifications are when shopping for a new home. Remember, the higher the score the better!

Looking for an energy-efficient home in Bridgeland or The Woodlands? Finding or building a new home that reduces energy consumption is not only possible; it’s easy to do. Many of our prestigious home builders are passionate about providing energy-conserving homes and offer many of the eco-friendly features discussed above. You can learn more about each community’s builders and the specific features they offer by visiting the links below. When you buy an energy-efficient home in Bridgeland or The Woodlands, you also join a community of like-minded neighbors who are dedicated to promoting a more environmentally conscious way of life.

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Join us for the grand opening of Parkland Village

Whether you are planning on going house hunting or just looking for family-friendly activities, be sure to make visiting Bridgeland part of your itinerary for Saturday, March 24 and Saturday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as we celebrate the grand opening of Bridgeland’s newest addition, Parkland Village.

As with most aspects of Bridgeland, this grand opening will be like no other. The public is invited to experience a sampling of what life is like, living in northwest Houston’s premier master planned community. With the grand opening of Parkland Village, guests will be able to tour 20 model homes and engage in a variety of activities. Guests participating in a model home tour activity will qualify for a chance to win a $2,500 gift card. Read more ›

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