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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Accolades continue to mount

The 25th Annual Awards Ceremony of the Texas Association of Builders, which took place last week in Dallas, recognized Bridgeland with numerous STAR Awards.

Since 1992, this noteworthy awards gala has celebrated excellence in the homebuilding industry in the state of Texas. With more than 500 entries, Bridgeland performed well amongst its peers. This year, a total of six STAR awards were bestowed upon Bridgeland including the consummate award of the event, the Texas Association of Builders’ Developer Grand Award.

Receiving the prestigious Developer Grand Award is a testament to the talents of the teams at The Howard Hughes Corporation and its Bridgeland development. The recognition highlights their thoughtful designs and attention to detail that constantly challenges how people and places can coexist.

In addition to the Developer Grand Award, Bridgeland received accolades for community amenities and marketing efforts by winning Best Community Amenity for Josey Lake, Best Promotional Video, Best Direct Mail Piece, Best Sales Brochure, and Best Online Advertisement. Read more ›

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Why People Love the Educational Opportunities in Bridgeland

When you live in Bridgeland, your children have a wide range of educational opportunities available to them. In fact, our schools are one of the reasons so many families have chosen to make Bridgeland their home. Learn all about Bridgeland schools and hear what residents are saying about their experiences below.

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD

Current students living in Bridgeland are zoned for CFISD, a top-ranked Houston area school district. It’s also considered one of the top most diverse and safest school districts in the area. With easy access to such an acclaimed school district, Bridgeland residents enjoy a wealth of educational opportunities.

Pope Elementary School and Wells Elementary School

Younger residents attend either Pope Elementary or Wells Elementary. Pope Elementary is ranked the No. 1 best elementary school in CFISD and the 16th best in the Houston area. Wells Elementary has just completed its inaugural year and its ranking should be available soon. Both schools have enjoyed a wide range of academic achievement in several subjects. Students living in Bridgeland can easily walk or ride their bikes to school, too!

Bridgeland High School

Founded in 2017, Bridgeland High School will celebrate its first graduating class in 2020. It is the only four-story campus in the district and is the most state-of-the-art school the district has built to date. In a recent study, more than 90 percent of all students passed testing in algebra, biology and English. Furthermore, 74 percent of the students scored a masters level in algebra, 57 percent scored masters level in biology, and 24 percent scored a masters level in English.

Since the story of Bridgeland High School is just beginning, teenage residents can enjoy being a part of the journey and help craft the culture at a new school. Located within walking or biking distance to most residents, Bridgeland High School offers students a truly classic high school experience as well as a high-quality education.

What Residents Are Saying

Rankings and awards are important markers of a school’s academic success, but hearing from current residents provides an unmatched testament to the Bridgeland school experience.

“As a former teacher of 16 years, the reason we moved to Bridgeland was for the schools. I love being a part of a true master planned community where all of the kids that live here go to the schools in the community. We have been through Pope, Smith and now BHS and could not be happier with the amazing teachers and staff at each campus. They truly love teaching and want the best for each child. I have a child with learning disabilities. I have truly been blown away by the effort that has been given to help my child succeed.”

  • Amy Lippincott, Bridgeland Resident

“Education was definitely a factor in us choosing our community where we would raise our kids. [Bridgeland is] a community where our children can ride their bikes to school. From day one the professionalism of the staff and teachers were second to none. The teachers have a heart of gold and invest in each and every child. We will have a child at Smith Middle School and our twins will attend with their brother and sister, so 4 kiddos at Pope this year.”

  • Becky McKeehan, Bridgeland Resident

Bridgeland provides residents with quality educational opportunities for both its youngest kids and its maturing adolescents. When planning the community, our designers conducted an educational study to allow us to better strategically plan for the educational needs of our residents, from cradle to career and beyond. With private schools, childcare centers and more in the community’s future, Bridgeland residents can rest easy knowing their children’s futures are bright.

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10,000 reasons to buy a new home

Have you been wondering if Bridgeland is the best place to live in Cypress, TX? Ask any one of the 3,100 families that now call Bridgeland home, and they’ll tell you enthusiastically, yes! If you’ve been waiting for the right time to purchase a home in Bridgeland, your wait is over.

The time is now to take advantage of thousands of dollars in builder incentives. From August 1 and until October 31, new homebuyers can apply up to $10,000, depending on lot size, toward upgrades, closing costs, or to lower the purchase price of the home. Additionally, the custom homes neighborhood in Parkland Village is offering $15,000 towards design options.

Homebuyers can choose from 18 builders who are participating in the campaign. The amount of incentive is driven by lot size, with lots 50 feet and smaller receiving $6,000. Increasing in increments of $2,000, lots from 55-65 feet will receive $8,000 in incentives. Lots of 70 feet and larger will receive $10,000. One of the newest additions to Parkland Village, Sheldon Lake, has the largest homesites currently available. This gated, custom home section with half-acre homesites will receive $15,000 in incentives, allowing buyers to build a custom home of their dreams.

The time is now because next summer, Parkland Activity Center is expected to open. It will feature a fitness center and a community center. You’ll be able to relax by the leisure pool and swim laps at the fitness pool, or even float down the greatly anticipated lazy river. The variety of businesses and shops at Lakeland Village Center continues to expand and now includes L3 Craft Coffee and Shaka Power Yoga. Soon to come are three new restaurants: Local Table, Edelweiss Restaurant, and Chilosos Taco House.

This promotional period won’t last forever. You have until October 31 to take advantage of this offer and to make Bridgeland your home. Current residents enjoy numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation within the more than 3,000 acres dedicated to that purpose. From a dog park and a skate park, to award-winning Treehouse Park, to miles of trails, lakefront and on-lake activities, these are just some of the extensive amenities you, too, could be enjoying. Many families are choosing Bridgeland for the exceptional educational opportunities that includes a private daycare opening next year as well as Bridgeland High School.

With so much happening, there’s always something new in Bridgeland. With so much to offer, there’s never been a better time to move to Bridgeland.

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Say Aloha to Shaka Power Yoga

Aloha, Cypress area yogis! A new yoga studio is coming to Lakeland Village Center this summer. Shaka Power Yoga, a Hawaiian-inspired yoga studio will join the growing assortment of businesses within Bridgeland. It’s the first studio in Cypress to solely offer yoga classes to individuals – of all ages – from first-timers to experienced yogis wishing to perfect their practice.

The mission of Shaka Power Yoga is to build a yoga community filled with ‘aloha,’ which is the Hawaiian word for ‘love,’ ‘peace,’ and ‘affection.’ Because the Bridgeland lifestyle places an emphasis on fitness, embracing nature and the outdoors and community engagement, it seemed the perfect community for owner Jenny Normand to open her yoga studio.

 

What is Shaka? It’s a traditional and heartfelt Hawaiian way to greet someone. It has many meanings that encompass everything from hello and love to family, friend and community. It’s an expression of gratitude given freely, without expecting anything in return. It is expressed using a symbolic hand gesture. Think of the way surfers signal to say, ‘stay loose.’

Finding the connection between body, mind and breath, Shaka Power Yoga will bring aloha to help those seeking balance. Classes will be available for participants spanning the spectrum of ages and incorporating the style’s messages of positivity, love and wellness. You’ll find classes in different types of yoga that cater to all fitness levels, in a variety of heated and non-heated classes.

In an effort to bring family and friends closer together, classes will be offered so that parents and children can practice yoga at the same time. A kid’s yoga program will provide an opportunity for our youngest residents to learn yoga with friends, while a separate class for parents to practice will run simultaneously.

As you learn the names of yoga poses you’ll be learning a few words in Sanskrit, and no doubt, at Shaka Power Yoga, you may pick up the meaning of a few Hawaiian words, as well. On her website, Normand invites you to join the ohana, or family.

Until its formal opening, Shaka Power Yoga will be doing various pop-up events throughout the Cypress community, and for those living in Bridgeland, the chance to practice right in your own backyard – literally. One idea Normand has is to utilize the natural outdoor space of Bridgeland’s Josey Lake and bring Shaka Power Yoga to the water.

You’ll find Shaka Power Yoga located at 10611 Fry Road, suite 250. With thumb and pinkie extended and giving an enthusiastic shake, ‘Namaste.’

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Love, laugh and learn about coffee

Do you need some caffeine to start your day? What about that mid‐afternoon slump? How about a rich and flavorful after‐dinner cup of coffee? The newest storefront in Bridgeland’s Lakeland Village Center can now offer an answer to all of the above. We’d like to introduce you to L3 Craft Coffee, which opened on Saturday, June 23.

Owners Lisa and Tommy Lau are bringing their enthusiastic love of coffee to share with all residents living in and around Bridgeland. They are passionate about learning new ways to brew coffee and want to share their knowledge with you. In fact, the L3 stands for love, laugh, and learn, the three words that formed the foundation for their business.

Lisa, a martial arts enthusiast brings marketing experience and according to the L3 Craft Coffee Facebook page will be supporting the back office work, while Tommy, who will likely greet you as you walk in the door brings almost a decade of experience in quality control in coffee manufacturing.

The couple fell in love with Bridgeland during a visit to Friday Night Bites and knew immediately that this was the community they wanted to serve. L3 Craft Coffee is being described as the area’s first immersive coffee experience, which will accommodate the growing interests of current and potential residents.

Using only fresh roasted beans, L3 Craft Coffee seeks to provide not only the best product and service, but also an education in the small, flavorful bean. At L3’s Discovery Bar, customers can digest how several, uncommon pour‐over methods (there are five to choose from) can change the taste of the same coffee bean. In addition to the five pour‐over methods: siphon, chemex, clever dripper, aeropress, and French press, area residents can choose from traditional offerings like standard espresso, drip coffee, and single‐origin coffees that will be rotated either monthly or seasonally. July’s coffee will originate from Ethiopia and Papua New Guinea. They also offer a small menu of food items to compliment the coffee.

The atmosphere is clean, comfortable and rustic. There are plenty of seating options if you plan to stay a bit and savor the coffee and aromas, or just stop in for a coffee to go.

Get recharged at L3 Craft Coffee, where you can taste the coffee you’re sure to love; laugh with friends as you enjoy one of the many unique brews; and learn about the variety of ways to brew coffee at the discovery bar.

L3 Craft Coffee is open seven days a week at 10615 Fry Rd.

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Virtual tour of the new Highland Homes model in Parkland Village

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Custom homes coming soon to Parkland Village

The opportunity to live in a custom-designed home in Parkland Village is here! Development is underway and models are expected to go under construction in late summer on an exclusive, gated, custom-home neighborhood called Sheldon Lake. Located at the center of Bridgeland’s newest village, the private community of Sheldon Lake will be positioned between the future Parkland Activity Center and Bridgeland’s educational campus, while also being within walking distance to all the amenities of Josey Lake.

Two of Houston’s premium custom builders, Partners in Building and Fedrick, Harris Estate Homes will be designing and building homes on some of the largest homesites currently available in Parkland Village. The first phase of the private community will consist of twenty-four, half-acre homesites. The sizable lots provide plenty of space to incorporate every aspect desired in a custom home. In addition to being a gated section, many homesites will offer lakefront living.

Both builders take a personalized approach in creating individualized spaces to build the home of your dreams. Partners in Building builds customized homes by creating one-of-a-kind spaces based on your budget, while Fedrick, Harris Estate Homes, the premier division of Newmark Homes, offers clients the ability to present their own designs or take existing plans and make changes to suit their desires. Read more ›

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Top 5 Home Design Trends

Whether you’re building a new home or want to update your current living space, it’s important to keep an eye out for the home design trends that are popular this year. We talked to the experts at Millennium Designs, Inc. and gathered the latest design tips you need to know. Check them out below. You can easily showcase all of the following trends in a new home in Bridgeland. Our team of prestigious homebuilders can help you create the home of your dreams, inside and out.

  1. Trendy Fabric

You can add a lot of style and comfort to your home by choosing your fabrics and textiles well. This year’s trendy interior design fabric is none other than velvet. You may have seen velvet make a comeback in the fashion world; now, it’s heading to your living spaces. Try incorporating velvet into fabric sofas or use it as an accent with throw pillows or blankets.

  1. Bold Colors

Home accessory and paint colors can be hard to choose. Should you go with a calm neutral or a bold finish? This year, the home interior colors you should be focusing on are kale, a green inspired by the leafy vegetable, and ultraviolet, Pantone’s color of the year for 2018. Both colors offer great opportunities to fill your space with personality. Whether you go with an ultraviolet accent wall or use kale-colored velvet in your accessories, you can’t lose with these cool colors.

  1. Outdoor Living Spaces

Entertaining is moving outside the home. More and more people want to bring the fun of their living and dining spaces to the great outdoors. Outdoor furniture for dining, pergolas, outdoor kitchens, firepits and comfortable patios are definitely something to consider this year. You can even incorporate other trends into your outdoor entertaining space. For example, consider upholstering wicker furniture in waterproof kale or ultraviolet fabric. Remember, the main goal is to recreate a great entertaining space in your own backyard.

  1. Mixed Metals

A simple way to spice up your kitchen design is to utilize brushed brass or brushed nickel in your hardware. From doorknobs and pulls to light fixtures and faucet finishes, this stylish look will elevate any kitchen. Pair it with two-tone cabinets, and your kitchen will be a hit.

  1. Framed Bathroom Mirrors

Many bathroom mirrors are merely fixed to the wall without decoration. But this season, framed mirrors are turning heads. Choose an ornate or modern style depending on your current bathroom design to make your mirror really pop. You can easily use this trend on wall mirrors throughout your home, too.

There you have it! From simple touches to full outdoor makeovers, design trends this year will help set a new tone in your home. Incorporate one or all of these styles to create a welcoming, fashionable environment.

Contributor: Wendy Mitchell, Millennium Designs, Inc.

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Virtual Tour of the new Trendmaker Model in Parkland Village

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