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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Hip foodie restaurant opening this fall in Lakeland Village Center

Dining out at restaurants that serve fresh, locally grown produce may have you traveling to downtown Houston. Soon, Cypress foodies will be able to feast at a location much closer to home.

This fall, the Lakeland Village Center will welcome the first table-service restaurant to  Bridgeland as well as the surrounding Cypress community, with the opening of Local Table, a farm-to-table style restaurant.

Brought to you by the same family that created Hungry’s, the restaurant will be their second location and will offer similar types of dishes as the menu at their original location. A blend of fresh, never frozen produce sourced from local growers will offer a global smorgasbord of wholesome, yet comfortable food such as meatloaf, quesadillas and gyros incorporating ingredients such as quínoa, kale, and hummus. A children’s menu offers traditional favorites such as chicken fingers, pasta and cheese burgers.

The 30-foot, multi-sided bar will serve guests dining inside and out on the patio. In keeping with the concept of sourcing locally, craft beers will be available to highlight local breweries. The restaurant offers dine-in, take-out, weekend brunch and seasonal menus as well as catering.

Co-owner Shervin Sharifi, who, together with his brother and two cousins, incorporated the ideas of providing a culinary and a social experience, by bringing an inner loop feel to the restaurant. Local Table will be a unique culinary choice for residents and locals to come together with friends for food – to socialize in a fun way – in a kid-friendly environment.

Because of the growth of the area and the opening of Parkland Village, Bridgeland provided the ideal opportunity for Local Table to bring locally sourced produce in a trendy, hip setting to the Cypress suburbs. Information on the grand opening of Local Table is expected to be available this fall.

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Josey Lake will be your next great adventure

One of the benefits of calling Bridgeland home is the amount of unique amenities that come with each new addition of the community. The latest and grandest amenity will be the opening of Josey Lake. As the winner of the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) 2017 Parks and Natural Areas Award competition for process planning, the extensive, 140-acre waterway is on track to open this spring. H-GAC honors projects that serve as models for innovative approaches to designing natural areas in the region. Bridgeland was recognized because of the lake’s multi-function as a stormwater detention system and communal greenspace.

After four years of development, the unparalleled enhancement will offer residents kayaking on a three-mile waterway, birding tower, boardwalk, skyway bridge, playground-style zip line as well as additional land activities. Two pedestrian tunnels will provide residents with safe passage to the amenities without having to engage with vehicular traffic.

Providing access for outdoor enjoyment while maintaining harmony and balance with nature has been the blueprint for developing Bridgeland, since day one. You may not know it, but everything from the types of plantings, which attract wildlife, to the waterways and path system that traverse the entirety of Bridgeland’s 11,400 acres have been carefully planned and designed to encourage conservation of resources and wildlife. Read more ›

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New additions coming to Parkland Village

Parkland Village was first announced last summer and excitement about the new addition has led to nearly 100 home sales. The official grand opening will take place on March 24 and April 7 and will include a model home tour, live music, food trucks, goat yoga, and more. The original announcement included details about the community’s first lazy river, activity center with meeting space and fitness center, serenity pool, ample park space, and interconnecting hike and bike trails.

A few new elements have recently been finalized that are certain to make Parkland Village northwest Houston’s favorite place to call home.

Dragonfly Park
This one-of-a-kind play structure was custom designed and was inspired by Parkland Village’s  icon: a dragonfly. The icon will be used on signage and monuments throughout the community as well as this whimsical sculpture to encourage active and imaginative play at the village park. The dragonfly’s wings are perfect for climbing; his tail dips down, simulating a dragonfly at rest on a shallow pond, providing a climbing route to the top of the body. Wooden posts and rope climbers are integrated with the sculpture, forming reeds and bullrushes illustrating the dragonfly’s habitat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beach entry pool at the lazy river
The beach entry pool offers fun for all ages.  Centrally located in the pool is a kids’ zone with a treehouse play structure and swing over the water. Nearby is a sunning shelf with lounge chairs offering parents a place to relax while they watch their children enjoy their surroundings. For older kids, there is a section with deeper water and a rope swing. In the lazy river, there is a seating node so you can stop by and relax while visiting with neighbors, or recline, perhaps, in one of the shaded hammocks that beckon on the island in the lazy river. Nearby are two small pavilions with gas grills, a sink, some counter space, and seating area so you can enjoy a day by the pool and grill your favorites while you’re there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walkway/promenade at Parkland Activity Center
The Parkland Activity Center will have a well-appointed fitness center, flex rooms, and event space that can seat up to 150 people for private functions. A large, bi-fold door found on the lake side of the event space can beopened to include the patio and lawn area, allowing an additional outdoor experience and increasing the event seating space to accommodate an additional 100+ seats. The design of the building was inspired by Prairie School Architecture, a nod to Frank Lloyd Wright’s work with an open floor plan and modern appeal. You will see a beautiful example of this in the walkway between the buildings at the Activity Center. The walkway is covered with a canopy that contains a stained glass element with a pattern inspired by this period of unique style and architecture. The sun will cast the colorful pattern onto the walkway, one of several features in Bridgeland not found anywhere in northwest Houston.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Design details like this canopy illustrates Bridgeland’s commitment to creating special places for our residents to have unique experiences and enjoy the lifestyle that is being created.

 

 

 

 

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Take a virtual tour of the Newmark Model in Parkland Village

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Take a virtual tour of the new Lennar model in Parkland Village

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