The Best Christmas Gifts for Your New Home

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If you’re shopping for decorative items for your new home this Christmas, take a moment to read over our suggestions separated by room below!

Whether this is the first Christmas in your new home or not, the holiday is the perfect time and excuse to splurge a little for yourself and your home. Below you will find some great gift ideas for both inside and out of your new home.

For the Kitchen
  • Why go out when you have the perfect place to enjoy the company of others? Invite over family and friends for a little beer tasting in your new home with a Beer Tasting Glass Set from RedEnvelope.com. This features 8 different glasses and is on sale now for only $39.95. – Buy it here
  • Spice up any meal with an Italian Spice Stack from Dean & Deluca, priced just right at only $16. – Buy it here
For Any Room
  • Light up 2014 with the gift of these Year of Wishes candles, featured at RedEnvelope.com for the sale price of $71.96. You will receive 12 different candles, all wrapped in their own box and placed in their own glass votive cups, with an encouraging word silkscreened across each one. – Buy it here
  • RedEnvelope.com also offers Polygon Glass Terrariums to allow you to momentarily escape to another world of lush gardens and landscaping on a small scale. These popular gifts are on sale now for only $79.95. – Buy it here
  • Show off your favorite photos to family and friends with a Photo Clip Mobile, available from The Guggenheim Store online for only $15. – Buy it here
For the Living Room/Family Room
  • Wrap up on the chilly nights ahead in a Luxury Plush Throw from RestorationHardware.com, available in 7 different colors, and starting at only $39 each. – Buy it here
  • Celebrate the passing of time in your new home with a set of Four Seasons Glass Globes, beautifully designed with trees in each season, from UncommonGoods.com for only $45. – Buy it here
For the Bathroom
  • Prepare your bathroom for holiday guests with a 4-piece Tree Bath Coordinate Set from Target.com. This set features a lotion pump, soap dish, tumbler, and toothbrush holder, all with a rich brown tree painted on the side. This set is on sale for Christmas for only $34.99. – Buy it here
  • Hang up the matching Tree Shower Curtain, also from Target.com, for $34.99 (Chocolate curtain) or $39.99 (White and Brown set) with shower hooks. – Buy it here or Buy it here
For the Front Porch/Patio/Yard
  • Warm your hands around a River Rock Tabletop Fire Bowl from RestorationHardware.com for only $59. – Buy it here
  • If baseball is your passion, slide in to home plate as you cross the threshold of your home with a Home Plate Welcome Mat from UncommonGoods.com for only $22. – Buy it here
For the Garage
  • Every new homeowner needs some basic tools and Home Depot has the perfect gift for you! Their HDX Homeowner’s 22-piece Tool Set is on sale now for only $9.88. – Buy it here
  • If you need a place to store your new tools, check out the Husky 16-inch Tool Box with metal latch for only $6.97, also from Home Depot. – Buy it here

LGI Homes: A Great Place for Retirees!

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If you’re looking for a place to settle down and enjoy your golden years after retiring, you might be tempted to ditch your mortgage and rent. Many retirees worry that a mortgage payment won’t be feasible once their 401ks and Social Security replace regular paychecks, but in fact, buying is actually much more affordable than renting! According to Forbes, it’s cheaper to purchase a home in all 100 major metropolitan markets than it is to rent! But affordability isn’t the only reason to consider purchasing a home to retire in. Continuing to own a home offers a wide variety of advantages to retirees, especially if you’re considering buying from LGI Homes. While we’ve established a reputation for helping first-time homebuyers’ dreams come true, our customers and communities are extremely diverse, and we offer the perfect deal and house for everyone. Check out these reasons our neighborhoods are perfect for retirees!

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Retirees who invest in buying new homes save more money rather than those who rent.

Affordable Prices – At LGI Homes, we strive to make homebuying affordable for everyone, and this includes retirees! We offer our buyers far more for far less than our competitors, and you can own your very own LGI Homes’ home for as little as $749 per month! And did we mention we offer a no money down financing option for qualified buyers?

A+ Amenities – We’re confident that you’ll find a million reasons to fall in love with our homes – primarily because we include over $10,000 in upgrades in every single house at no extra cost to buyers! If you’ve always dreamed of a house with custom cabinets, granite countertops, state-of-the-art appliances, raised six-panel doors and brushed nickel hardware and fixtures, now’s the time! And our amenities don’t stop when you reach your front door. We include countless community amenities for our residents to enjoy as well. Get in your morning cardio on our walking trails or stay in shape at the neighborhood pool. And when your grandkids come to visit, treat them to a picnic at the community park!

Diverse Layouts – Each of our neighborhoods offers buyers multiple floorplan options to choose from, including single-level options if you’re worried about navigating stairs. Our homes also feature rounded corners for added safety.

Temperate Climates – Retirees love our neighborhoods because they’re located in some of the most temperate areas of the country! In fact, Phoenix, Tampa and Orlando are three of the most popular cities for retirees in the nation – though retiring in Texas or Georgia is a treat too! Our locations allow you to enjoy mild winters with minimal chance of snow and ice – as well as their related hazards.

An Investment You Can Pass On – Some retirees are reluctant to purchase homes so late in life. However, it’s important to remember that our homes are investments that can stay in your family for generations to come! Unlike retirement communities, we have no age limits or regulations for our residents, meaning your family can move in at any time. If your children need a place to stay, or you want live-in assistance from your grandchildren, you’ll never have to ask for our permission before moving your loved ones into your home.

Mortgage Rates on the Rise: Buy Now or Risk Paying More Later

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If you’ve been holding off on buying a home, now may be the right time to take the plunge. Otherwise, you risk paying far more for the same house in the future, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Since May, industry experts and market watchers have noticed a continuous upward trend for interest rates on mortgages. Each month, rates have steadily been rising. While interest rates have been rising at a slow, steady rate, the increases add up over time. For example, average rates in May were 3.59% on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages. By the end of August, average rates had climbed to 4.73% according to Forbes. That may not look like much of a difference on paper, but in practice, that translates to a 15% increase in monthly payments for homeowners. If rates continue to climb at this rate, next year’s homebuyers could pay 30% more every month on their mortgages than those who took out their mortgages earlier this year while rates were low. In order to secure the best deal possible on your mortgage, it’s wise to start shopping for a home – and a lender – sooner rather than later.

Mortgage interest rates increasing

The rising mortgage interest rates that we’re seeing now can be the future trend.

However, it’s important that you don’t become discouraged as you see mortgage rates rise. Forbes reports that buying a home is still 35% cheaper than renting in all 100 of the major metropolitan areas across the country – despite the increase in interest. While waiting to buy could cost you more on your monthly payments, you’ll still be paying less than you would in rent – and investing in a property you’ll own forever, something renting doesn’t offer.

And remember, if you’re a first-time buyer or meet other qualifications, you can always finance your home with a mortgage backed by the Federal Housing Administration, or FHA. When market watchers report on increasing interest rates, this applies primarily to mortgages given out by private lenders.

Of course, homebuying can be a daunting process. You may worry about securing a down payment, getting your credit into shape, finding a home that fits your budget, and deciphering real estate lingo overwhelming. Fortunately, we’re here to help! We offer a wide variety of resources to make homebuying a breeze for our customers, including credit counseling, no money down financing for qualified buyers, a wide variety of floorplans to choose from in four states, and a comprehensive guide for first-time homebuyers.

Stewart’s Forest is Almost Sold Out!

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If you’ve had your eye on our Woodlands-based community, Stewart’s Forest, now is your last chance to call this charming community “home.” That’s right, Stewart’s Forest is filling up fast and we’re almost entirely sold out!

Stewart’s Forest is a picturesque neighborhood filled with award-winning homes, and all we’re missing is you! The community is perfectly located away from the traffic and noise of the big city while still providing residents convenient access to some of the best shopping, dining, recreation and entertainment opportunities around! From The Woodlands Mall and Lake Conroe to Candy Cane Park and the Woodlands Country Club, you’ll find something for the entire family to enjoy just minutes from your front door. And for commuters, Stewart’s Forest is an easy drive to almost anywhere in the North Houston area!

Homes in Stewart's Forest Almost Sold out

New homes at the Luxurious Stewart’s Forest are almost sold out. The primary selling points new home owners point out are the prime location, affordable costs and the innovative designs of their new homes.

New homes at the Luxurious Stewart’s Forest are almost sold out. The primary selling points new home owners point out are the prime location, affordable costs and the innovative designs of their new homes. [/caption]The community features all of the things that make LGI Homes’ so great. We’ve included over $15,000 in upgrades inside every home in the neighborhood – at no extra cost to buyers! Some of the luxurious, state-of-the-art amenities and features you’ll enjoy in your new home include quality appliances, custom cabinets, granite countertops, raised six-panel doors, rounded corners, brushed nickel hardware and fixtures and vaulted ceilings, to name a few. Additionally, you’ll love having a fully-fenced backyard for its added privacy and the space it gives your children and pets to play. Every home in the neighborhood comes complete with a two-car garage and a utility room, so you’ll never hurt for extra storage space in your brand new home!

But there’s more! Stewart’s Forest isn’t just a neighborhood – it’s a master planned community! What does that mean for you? Access to exclusive, top-notch community amenities is just steps from your home. Stewart’s Forest contains a family park perfect for picnicking with the kids, as well as a community pool to keep you nice and cool in the Texas heat. Children will love exploring the neighborhood playground, and nature lovers and athletes will love trekking around the greenbelt areas and walking trails housed within the community.

Stewart’s Forest is truly the best deal you’ll find in the area, and with our affordable prices, owning a brand new home of your own will cost you less than renting in the Woodlands. Additionally, we offer no money down financing for buyers, so lack of a down payment doesn’t have to stand between you and the home of your dreams. We have a variety of resources to help you throughout your homebuying journey, and we’ll be here to offer our assistance every step of the way! Our remaining homes will be gone before you know it, so don’t let this once in a lifetime opportunity pass you by! Give us a call today!

Introducing Pinewood Forest in The Woodlands

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We’re excited to announce our newest community; Pinewood Forest! Soon, prospective homebuyers will be able to purchase the house of their dreams in our own hometown, because Pinewood Forest is located in The Woodlands, Texas! This stunning neighborhood features luxurious, award-winning homes in a serene, peaceful setting. We’re confident you’ll find a million reasons to fall in love with the neighborhood the moment you lay eyes on it!

Pinewood Forest in The Woodlands, Texas

New homes at Pinewood Forest in The Woodlands, Texas.
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Pinewood Forest offers buyers a variety of 3-, 4- and 5-bedroom floorplans to choose from, making it easy to find the perfect fit your family. All homes in the community feature stunning stone exteriors and spacious, modern interiors. We’ve gone to great lengths to ensure our Pinewood Forest houses have everything your family needs to feel at home, and we’ve even included over $10,000 in upgrades in each house – at no extra cost to you! Upgraded features and amenities include quality appliances, custom cabinets, raised six-panel doors, brushed nickel hardware and fixtures and rounded corners. Additionally, all homes come complete with a fully-fenced backyard for added safety and privacy, as well as a two-car garage and a utility room. Truly, no other builder in the fast-growing The Woodlands area offers buyers so much for such a low price!

The Pinewood Forest community offers the perfect balance of country charm and city living. The neighborhood is nestled away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, but still provides residents with convenient access to world-class shopping, dining, recreation and entertainment opportunities. Nearby attractions include Lake Conroe and Candy Cane Park, where you’ll find endless recreation opportunities the entire family will enjoy! Take in a show at the nearby Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, or beat the Texas heat at one of the many pools located across The Woodlands. Looking to stock up on groceries or in need of school clothes for the kids? Pinewood Forest provides countless opportunities nearby to shop or anything you might need.

A home in Pinewood Forest can be yours for as low as $749 a month – less than many rentals in the area! When you make a purchase from LGI Homes, you aren’t just investing in a house, you’re investing in a place for your family to grow backed by our commitment to superior quality and customer service! Don’t let this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity pass you by! We offer a variety of resources to help you through every step of the homebuying process, including credit counseling and a no money down financing for qualified buyers! Give us a call today and see how we can make your dreams of homeownership a reality.

Introducing LGI Homes Atlanta

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Earlier this year, we announced that we would be expanding the LGI Homes family to include communities in the beautiful state of Georgia. Today we’re proud to annouce that our dreams of building homes in the Peach State have finally been realized, and our first two Atlanta communities are under development and homes are available for sale! Our expansion to Georgia has been a long time in the making, and we hope Atlanta-area residents are just as excited as we are about our brand new, affordable homes!

Hartwell R-01 Plan

This is the Hartwell R-01 Plan from LGI Homes that Atlanta buyers can purchase today! Click on the image to learn more.

We’d also like to introduce you to Adam Corder, our new Division President for LGI Homes Atlanta. Adam is a Georgia native with over 20 years of real estate experience. Earlier this year, he gave an extensive interview through the Atlanta Real Estate Forum, where he talked a little about our business plan – as well as his excitement and plans for the future as the Atlanta Division President.

For now, we’re offering Atlanta-area homebuyers two different communities to choose from, both ideally located on the outskirts of the big city – providing residents with the stunning woodland views Georgia is famous for. You’ll find our Avondale Springs neighborhood just minutes east of Atlanta, providing you with a quick commute to the city while allowing you to live in the quietness of the country. Meanwhile, Maple Park is nestled to the Northeast near Gainesville, providing equally stunning scenery for you to wake up to just outside your front door each morning.

These two communities were designed with Georgia families in mind, though we’re sure anyone could find at least a few reasons to fall in love with our homes! Both neighborhoods feature classic, craftsman inspired exteriors that reflect the historic architecture of the region – but with a contemporary twist, of course. You’ll find several 3,4 and 5 bedroom floor plans to choose from in Avondale Springs and Maple Park, making it easy for you to snag the house that’s right for your family’s needs. All homes are situated atop oversized lots, so your children in pets will have plenty of room to roam.

In keeping with our commitment to offering buyers superior quality at affordable prices, we’ve included over $10,000 worth of upgrades in each and every Georgia home – at no extra cost to our buyers. This includes custom cabinets, granite countertops, fenced yards and upgraded hardware and fixtures – and that’s only naming a few! We’ve also included a variety of neighborhood amenities for residents to enjoy, including children’s playgrounds, tennis courts, cabanas and more.

If you’re interested in learning more about these two neighborhoods, give us a call today! These neighborhoods could sell out quickly, so don’t let this chance pass you by! We offer a variety of resources to help you get started in your home buying journey, and whether you’re a first time buyer or a tenth time buyer, we’ll offer you the support and assistance you need.

Gallery of LGI Homes’ Avondale Springs and Maple Park New Homes

North Kingwood Forest Grand Opening

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We’re excited to announce our newest community in Kingwood, Texas; North Kingwood Forest! This idyllic community is situated in the center of a highly-woooded area, offering residents the serenity of natural scenery while providing easy access to nearby shopping, dining and recreation opportunities – as well as a quick commute to nearby cities. With homes starting as low as $729 per month, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more affordable new home community!

Cypress at North Kingwood Forest in Kingwood, Texas

Cypress at North Kingwood Forest in Kingwood, Texas
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Savannah at North Kingwood Forest in Kingwood, Texas

Savannah at North Kingwood Forest in Kingwood, Texas
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Maple at North Kingwood Forest in Kingwood, Texas

Maple at North Kingwood Forest in Kingwood, Texas
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North Kingwood Forest is just 20 minutes from downtown Houston, making it ideal for commuters who need to travel downtown for work. It’s also a short drive from Lake Houston, Lake Houston Wilderness Park, Bush Intercontinental Airport and countless golf course greens, making it perfect for outdoor lovers, travelers and golf enthusiasts alike! It’s also situated amongst Humble ISD’s best schools, so it’s the perfect place for families with school-aged children to live.

We designed the homes in North Kingwood Forest to include spacious and functional floor plans that can accommodates families of all shapes and sizes. Within the neighborhood you’ll find 3, 4 and 5 bedroom floor plans to choose from. All homes come complete with a fully-fenced backyard for added space and extra privacy, as well as a 2-car garage and a utility room. Our homes are nestled on top of over-sized lots, providing plenty of space for your children and pets to play. Best of all, we’ve included over $10,000 upgrades in every home in the community – at no extra cost to our buyers! That’s right, for no additional out of pocket cost, your brand new home in North Kingwood Forest will contain energy-efficient appliances, custom cabinets, raised two-panel doors, brushed nickel hardware and fixtures, ceramic tile, a covered patio and much, much more!

In addition to these amenities, all homes in North Kingwood Forest feature stunning front yard landscaping, and are subject to quality deed restrictions and our comprehensive home warranty program.

To learn more about North Kingwood Forest and to get started on the road to homeownership, give us a call today! We offer a variety of resources to help peoples’ dreams of homeownership become a reality, and we’ll be here to offer assistance and support through every step of your homebuying journey. At these prices and in this location, homes in North Kingwood Forest are sure to sell out fast, so don’t let this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity pass you by!

 

 

 

Maple Leaf Grand Opening

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We’re excited to announce the grand opening of one of the newest additions to the LGI Homes family of communities; Maple Leaf! Nestled Justin the heart of Denton, Texas (just north of Dallas/Fort Worth), Maple Leaf is the perfect place to call “home.” And with brand new, single-family homes starting at just $799, you may possibly find the home of your dreams for less than you’re paying in rent!

Birch at Maple Leaf in Denton, Texas

Birch at Maple Leaf in Denton, Texas
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Poplar at Maple Leaf in Denton, Texas

Poplar at Maple Leaf in Denton, Texas
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Persimmon at Maple Leaf in Denton, Texas

Persimmon at Maple Leaf in Denton, Texas
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From the moment you enter this luxurious, family-friendly community, you’ll see what makes Maple Leaf so special. In keeping with our commitment to superior quality, we’ve spared no expense and we’ve made a point to design these homes with comfort, functionality and safety in mind. Maple Leaf offers aspiring home owners several different 3 and 4 bedroom, 2 to 3.5 bathroom floor plans to choose from – all complete with a fully-fenced backyard and a 2-car garage. Best of all, our Maple Leaf homes are all set atop over-sized lots, providing plenty of space for your family to roam as well as extra privacy among neighbors.

We’re sure you’ll be impressed by the contemporary – yet timeless – exteriors of these houses, and once you step through the front door, you’ll be greeted by countless more reasons to fall in love. We’ve included over $15,000 worth of upgrades in every home in the neighborhood – all at no extra cost to our buyers! Just a few of the upgraded features you can look forward to having in your new home include quality appliances, granite countertops, custom-made cabinets, raised six-panel doors, upgraded hardware and light fixtures, and a utility room.

Once you venture out outside of the community, you’ll find that Maple Leaf truly puts you in the center of it all. Situated near the heart of downtown Denton right off I-35E, Maple Leaf provides easy access to the best of everything the Dallas/Fort Worth area has to offer. Whether you’re looking to spend a day at the Lewisville Lake, take in the excitement of the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo or indulge in some retail therapy downtown, you’ll find that Maple Leaf puts you within minutes of countless attractions, as well as shopping, dining and recreation opportunities.

At LGI Homes, we’re committed to helping peoples’ dreams of homeownership a reality, and we’re excited to help make your own home buying dreams come true! To learn more about our Maple Leaf community and to see how we can get you out of your rental and into a home of your own, give us a call! Due to it’s idyllic location and our affordable prices, homes in Maple Leaf are sure to sell out fast, so don’t let this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity pass you by!

Why Buying Beats Renting

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At LGI Homes, our goal is to help aspiring home owners make educated decisions throughout the home buying experience; and that starts with helping people make the decision to buy a home in the first place. First-time home buyers are often confused by the homebuying process and unsure if buying a home is truly a better option than continuing to rent. The truth is, homeownership is often less expensive than renting, and it offers a wide variety of benefits that renting does not. Take a look at these facts and figures to help you determine if buying is a better choice for you.

You might like: Why Buying Beats Renting an infographic highlighting the benefits of buying versus renting

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When comparing the costs and benefits associated with buying a home over renting a home, it makes more sense for most to buy.

Buying Costs Less Over Time– It’s a fact that rent rates are on the rise, and on average, are growing by about 5% per year. With rent increasing steadily, what you pay in rent today will be significantly less than what you’ll pay in just a few short years if you stay in the same rental property. It’s estimated that most homeowners pay less to own their own homes in as little as three years of owning compared to what they would pay after three years of renting.

Buying Offers Equity – Every time you send out a mortgage payment, you build equity. Every time you sign a rent check, you help your landlord build equity while acquiring nothing for yourself. Equity determines how much money you get to keep in the event you decide to sell your home, and can help contribute to a huge profit if you ever sell your home. In contrast, most renters owe money when they move out of rental properties between lost deposits and cleaning fees.

Buying Offers More Benefits – It’s undeniable that buying offers many benefits that renting simply does not. This includes complete aesthetic control of your home, better energy-efficiency, total privacy, increased health and safety and more advanced technology. You’ll never have to get permission to paint the walls or change out the fixtures when you own your own home. You’ll never have to deal with the obnoxious sounds of neighbors overhead. You’ll enjoy living in a more updated building that’s free of asbestos, lead and other hazards, and you’ll enjoy seeing a lower energy bill every month without old, outdated appliances and systems consuming an excessive amount of energy in your home.

Buying Offers Tax Benefits – You can’t write your rent off when you file taxes each April, but you can write off certain expenses associated with owning your own home. For example, you get to deduct interest paid on your mortgage, as well as your private mortgage insurance.

Buying Doesn’t Have to Cost a Fortune Upfront – Many inexperienced buyers have been misled to think that 20% is always the required downpayment needed to purchase a home. This simply isn’t true, and many first-time buyers can qualify for a downpayment as low as 3.5% – or no downpayment at all. Meanwhile, moving into a rental property is becoming increasingly more expensive, with landlords raising deposit requirements each year.

Why LGI Homes? Amazing Aesthetics!

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When it comes to the homes we build, we understand that the structure isn’t the only important aspect our buyers look at when deciding to purchase one of our homes. In fact, most buyers aren’t nearly as interested in the foundation, drywall and insulation as they are in the simple aesthetics of a home. After all, if you plan to look at the same house for years to come, you want it to be a house you love looking at! We put an immense amount of thought and care into the aesthetics of our houses, and are committed to offering residents homes that are truly beautiful – inside and out. Check out some of our most common aesthetic upgrades, and as with the rest of the features, all are standard in our homes at no extra cost to you.

Stunning Exteriors
LGI Homes House Exterior We take pride in building the most beautiful homes in our communities, and homes that you’ll love calling “yours.” Each of our neighborhoods feature unique exteriors, with some mirroring the surrounding landscape. For example, our new homes in Phoenix are heavily influenced by the classic adobe style associated with the area. We incorporate modern architecture with classic styles to create homes that look entirely timeless.
Upgrades and Features
Granite Counters in Kitchen All of our homes come with a minimum of $10,000 in included upgrades which adds not only to the monetary value, but also to the aesthetics. From granite countertops and custom cabinets to upgraded trim and flooring, every room in your new home is a room you’ll love looking at and spending time in. We use sleek, modern paints and include top-of-the-line ceramic tiles, and include rounded corners, as well as modern, state-of-the-art appliances. Truly, we pay attention to the little details, and do our part to ensure every part of your new house is easy on the eyes. All that’s missing is a hint of your personality in the décor!
Community Entries
Sterling Lakes Community Entrance From the moment you drive into your neighborhood, you’ll be greeted by a stunning community entryway. The entries in all of our communities are unique, and you’ll quickly come to associate the sight of yours as a welcome home.
Luscious Landscaping
Luscious Landscaped Front Yards All of our houses come complete with front yard landscaping and a fully-fenced backyard. We incorporate plants that are native to the area in our landscaping, which makes them easy to maintain after move in. Many of our homes also include a full-covered patio, giving you the perfect place to rest in the shade and take in the breathtaking scenery around you.