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100 things to do within 100 miles of Houston

3/15/2018 12:00:00 AM


The Houston Chronicle recently listed 100 things to do within 100 miles of Houston. Here are our top 5 picks from the list, focusing on the west and northwest Houston areas near Elyson, plus a link to the full list. 

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Elyson’s Story Time events include reading, crafts and fun

3/14/2018 12:00:00 AM


Elyson’s youngest residents have fun and develop vital skills at monthly Story Time events held at Rorick House. Led by an award-winning local children’s author, these events include singing, crafts and more.

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Chesmar offers new five-bedroom Mesquite plan in Elyson

3/13/2018 12:00:00 AM


Ready for immediate move-in, Chesmar’s Mesquite is a new five-bedroom plan with 2,746 square feet. Offered on a large homesite, this completed Mesquite includes a two-story family room, a gameroom and more.

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How your spring cleaning can help these 3 great Katy charities

3/8/2018 12:00:00 AM


Need one more reason to do that spring cleaning? Local Katy charities helping to solve hunger, homelessness and joblessness depend on your unwanted items. You get a clean home, and a “helper’s high.”

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Katy ISD’s spring break starts next week – here are 10 fun staycation and camp ideas

3/7/2018 12:00:00 AM


If you’re planning on staying close to home for spring break, here are 10 fun things to do with the kids in and around Katy.

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Drees Custom Homes opens sales center in Elyson

3/6/2018 12:00:00 AM


Meet Donna Steen, Drees Custom Homes’ new Market Manager in Elyson. With decades of experience in new home sales and banking/finance, Donna has some advice for homebuyers: save thousands now with pre-opening prices and other incentives in Elyson’s first gated neighborhood.

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Elyson offers lakefront homesites in 3 neighborhoods

3/2/2018 12:00:00 AM


Water views can create feelings of peace in today’s over-stimulated world, research has found. Elyson has three neighborhoods with lakefront and lake view homesites, with dozens of choices from five leading homebuilders.

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Growing a strong future: the many benefits of gardening with kids

3/1/2018 12:00:00 AM


Gardening is a great way to get kids to disconnect from their screens and dig into stronger family and social ties. They’ll also be more tempted to eat easy-to-grow veggies like spinach and carrots, which have so many brain-boosting vitamins and minerals.

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Join us at Elyson for our next Movie on the Lawn – “Despicable Me 3” on March 2

2/27/2018 12:00:00 AM


Residents and visitors are invited to Elyson’s next free Movie on the Lawn, on March 2. This screening of “Despicable Me 3” will include an ‘80s costume contest, free popcorn, and food and drink specials from Elyson’s Rorick Kitchen café.

Tags: Elyson Life,Elyson Builders,Rorick House,Rorick Kitchen

Top 10 reasons why Elyson residents love where they live

2/23/2018 12:00:00 AM


Highly regarded Katy ISD schools and more than 750 acres planned for parks, trails and natural open spaces are two of the top reasons that Elyson residents love where they live. See the full list.

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7 Great Reasons Why New Homes Are Better Than Used

2/22/2018 12:00:00 AM


You wouldn’t buy an outdated smart phone, so why buy a used home, when today’s new homes offer the latest technology and so much more? From peace-of-mind warranties to the latest energy efficiency features, here are 7 great reasons by new is better than used.

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Home Design Ideas We Love

2/21/2018 12:00:00 AM


The 14 beautifully decorated model homes in Elyson’s Model Home Village are filled with inspiring ideas for architectural features, tile and countertop choices, and even bold accent walls. Here are five favorites, with more to come as we continue this series.

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Today’s empty nesters are excited about a new chapter in life

2/15/2018 12:00:00 AM


Elyson has just introduced patio homes priced from the mid $300,000s, which has us thinking about what a great time this is to be an empty nester.

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Elyson moms get fit with Baby Boot Camp classes

2/14/2018 12:00:00 AM


Strollers are welcomed at Elyson’s Baby Boot Camp workouts, now held twice a week at the event lawn at Rorick House.

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From video doorbells to smart locks, every Meritage home in Elyson includes automation features

2/13/2018 12:00:00 AM


Included in every new Meritage home in Elyson, the builder’s home automation suite lets you see who’s at the door and control lighting, door locks, thermostats, sprinklers and more from anywhere.

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Tail wagging, Riley becomes part of the Sellers family in Elyson

2/8/2018 12:00:00 AM


As the Sellers family prepared to move to Elyson, little did they know that they would be joined by a lovable beagle/terrier mix named Riley.

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“Combination islands” catching on with homebuyers – see this one at Elyson

2/6/2018 12:00:00 AM


Everyone loves a big kitchen island, and one of the newest and most exciting trends in kitchen design is the “combination island.”  This type of island goes beyond the traditional breakfast bar to create a large secondary casual dining space.

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Elyson’s Rorick Kitchen cafe hosts first Resident Happy Hour – and adds new menu items

1/26/2018 12:00:00 AM


Elyson’s Rorick Kitchen Café is showing off its Italian-American roots, hosting the community’s first resident Happy Hour and adding new menu items including paninis and lasagna.

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Elyson’s location allows oft-moving Mendez family to put down roots

1/24/2018 12:00:00 AM

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When they decided to buy their first new home, Elyson was the first and last community they looked at.  A combination of convenience and lifestyle convinced the Mendez family that Elyson was the community for them.

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Drees Homes now pre-selling patio homes from $359,900 in Elyson’s first gated neighborhood

1/23/2018 12:00:00 AM

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Drees Custom Homes is now pre-selling patio homes from $359,900 in Elyson’s first gated neighborhood. Lakeside homesites are available.

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Elyson wins Houston’s Best Award for Best Recreation Center

1/19/2018 12:00:00 AM


The Greater Houston Builders Association has given a prestigious award to Rorick House, Elyson’s flagship recreational amenity.

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Thinking about adopting a four-legged family member? Check out Katy’s CAP

1/18/2018 12:00:00 AM


Citizens for Animal Protection, one of the oldest and largest animal rescue organizations in the U.S. is located near Elyson.

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Features we love: Clawfoot soaking tubs for the ultimate self-care

1/16/2018 12:00:00 AM


Luxurious soaking tubs are all the rage, and you can see a gorgeous clawfoot tub with vintage-style hardware in Westin’s Preston III model home in Elyson.

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Pocket offices are a convenient trend you can see in Elyson’s model homes

1/12/2018 12:00:00 AM


Small spaces that are big on convenience and productivity, pocket offices are featured in several model homes in Elyson’s Model Home Village.

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Fun ideas for Family Game Night at Elyson or anywhere

1/11/2018 12:00:00 AM


Along with being pure fun, Family Game Night has many benefits, from higher grades to better relationships. At Elyson, residents can enjoy Family Game Night at home, or they can make it a bigger party at Rorick House. 

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Katy ISD wins award for “No Texting and Driving” video

1/10/2018 12:00:00 AM


With school back in session, safety is a priority. For a refresher on the importance of not texting while driving, check out Katy ISD’s award-winning video.

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7 ways to keep active with the kids at Elyson

1/4/2018 12:00:00 AM


From trails to community orchards, Elyson has many ways to make sure kids of all ages get a daily dose of Vitamin N(ature).

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Elyson looks back at 2017 – and ahead to 2018

1/3/2018 12:00:00 AM


From new model homes and new Katy ISD campuses, to major awards and prestigious designations, Elyson had much to celebrate in 2017.  

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See 2018 color trends in Elyson’s model homes

1/2/2018 12:00:00 AM


The relaxing blue used for interior doors and trimwork in David Weekley’s Roth model home in Elyson is just one example of color trends we will see in 2018.

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Santa Claus visits Elyson – see the photos!

12/29/2017 12:00:00 AM


Elyson residents enjoy special events throughout the year, and one of the most festive is the annual visit from Santa Claus.

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Laundry loop designs add convenience to new homes in Elyson

12/27/2017 12:00:00 AM


While it may not be as dramatic as a spiral staircase or Juliette balcony, the laundry loop is a practical, timesaving feature that’s being offered by a growing number of homebuilders.

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Elyson’s Welcome Center wins Houston’s Best PRISM Award

12/21/2017 12:00:00 AM


A major award from the Greater Houston Builders Association recognizes Elyson’s Welcome Center as a valuable resource for home shoppers.

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Elyson residents enjoy “Wine Down & Wrap Up” party

12/20/2017 12:00:00 AM


Elyson loves to bring neighbors together and make their lives easier, as with our recent gift-wrapping party.  

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A nature-loving family feels at home in Elyson

12/19/2017 12:00:00 AM


Meet the Palaniappan family. They’re not sure how long they’ll live in their new Elyson home, but they’re definitely loving every minute while they’re here.

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Elyson’s Rorick Kitchen offers To Go Meals for Four

12/14/2017 12:00:00 AM

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No time to make dinner? At Elyson, residents can pick up complete, tasty family meals to go from the community’s own Rorick Kitchen.

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New Elyson model homes showcase many options for style and space

12/13/2017 12:00:00 AM


CalAtlantic and Meritage have opened two new model homes showcasing plans priced from $318,990 in Elyson. Homesites are offered in a new neighborhood near Rorick House and a future planned Katy ISD elementary school.

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Elyson awarded Quality Planned Development honor from West Houston Association

12/12/2017 12:00:00 AM


Elyson has earned this honor for “creating a place where people want to live, work and play,” according to the West Houston Association.

Tags: Elyson Life,Rorick House,Newland Communities

Elyson’s fitness center lets you watch the kids while working out

12/7/2017 12:00:00 AM


A thoughtful design makes Elyson’s fitness center a place where kids are welcome – and you can focus on your workout!

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Elyson is close to shopping convenience

12/6/2017 12:00:00 AM


Elyson residents can absolutely shop ‘til they drop, but they won’t be worn out from driving. The community is only a few miles from some of the largest and most unique shopping, dining and entertainment destinations in greater Houston.  

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New model homes showcase plans from $219,990 in Elyson

12/5/2017 12:00:00 AM


New Elyson model homes by CalAtlantic and Meritage are affordably priced and filled with thoughtful features like a pocket office and video doorbell. Flexible options also abound.

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Santa is coming to Elyson, and you’re invited

11/22/2017 12:00:00 AM


Elyson invites everyone to come meet Santa Claus on Sat., Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. until noon at Rorick House. Come and enjoy train rides, holiday crafts, tasty treats and a hot chocolate bar.

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Elyson donates 25 Christmas trees to Trees of Hope Katy for families affected by Hurricane Harvey

11/8/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Elyson, a master-planned community in Katy, has donated 25 pre-lit, 6.5-foot Christmas trees to Trees of Hope Katy, an organization created to provide new Christmas trees for Katy residents whose homes were affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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Robin Levine: “We’re happy to be in Houston, and even happier to be in Elyson!”

11/7/2017 12:00:00 AM


The one thing we like best, other than our home, is the thoughtful and diligent planning that Newland Communities has put into creating a positive experience for residents. 

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Katy ISD sweeps top 15 spots in Best Public Elementary Schools in the Houston Area list

11/2/2017 12:00:00 AM

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In another glowing report on the high quality of education offered by the Katy Independent School District, Katy ISD took all of the top 15 spots in Niche’s 2018 list of the Best Public Elementary Schools in the Houston Area.

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Elyson adds new homebuilders and new price ranges from low $200,000s

10/27/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Elyson has added two new homebuilders offering new homes starting from the low $200,000s. 

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Tobia family happily moves into GHBA Benefit Home in Elyson

10/19/2017 12:00:00 AM

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As a nurse, Gay Tobia loves to help people. So when she found out that the new home her family had chosen in Elyson was a GHBA Benefit Home, she was excited to be part of a project that helps charities dedicated to ending homelessness.

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Looking back, and ahead, as Elyson turns one year old

10/3/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Elyson turns one year old in this fall, and for such a young community, we’ve achieved quite a lot. Just as exciting, our second year is off to an active start, with new amenities and homebuilders on the way.

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Elyson builders offer many choices for popular one-story home plans

9/27/2017 12:00:00 AM

Home buyers of all ages love one-story homes with open interiors, and Elyson has 50+ ranch plans to choose from.

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For the Donovan family, Elyson has “the right feeling”

9/25/2017 12:00:00 AM

“We looked at several communities, and we chose Elyson because we really liked the feeling of the community, along with the location and the amenities,” said Janet.

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Elyson builders offer creative ideas for outdoor living

9/22/2017 12:00:00 AM

Patios and backyards in Elyson’s Model Home Village celebrate outdoor living with fireplaces, kitchens, fire pits and more!

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Work from home? Elyson has homes and amenities designed to boost productivity, slash stress

9/20/2017 12:00:00 AM


Experts recommend enjoying the flexibility of working from home. Elyson makes it easy, with places to grab lunch, host a meeting and workout during the day.

Tags: Elyson Life,Elyson Builders,Katy ISD,Rorick Kitchen,Rorick House

Tennis, anyone? Two new tennis courts to open in Elyson in spring 2018

9/11/2017 12:00:00 AM

Tennis courts are the newest addition to Elyson’s master plan for fun, which devotes 750 acres for parks, trails and natural open space.

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Katy ISD ranks as No. 1 school district in Houston region

9/3/2017 12:00:00 AM

The Katy Independent School District ranks as the No. 1 school district in the Houston region, according to the 2018 Best School Districts rankings recently released by

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Join us for the "Back to Cool" event in Elyson!

8/15/2017 12:00:00 AM

Just us for inflatable waterslides, toddler inflatables, bounce houses, a giant slip-n-slide, a DJ spinnin' tunes with fun games, and FREE cold treats ~ all on the Rorick House Event Lawn THIS SATURDAY, August 19th from 10am-2pm!

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Katy ISD’s IGNITE event on Sat., Aug. 12 celebrates Paetow High, Stockdick Jr. High

8/10/2017 12:00:00 AM

On Saturday, August 12, the Katy Independent School District is kicking off its two newest schools – Paetow High School and Stockdick Junior High School – with the IGNITE celebration from 4-8 p.m. 

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Major new shopping centers opening near Elyson

7/27/2017 12:00:00 AM

The first “McDonald’s of the Future” in Texas recently opened in the huge new Grand Morton Town Center development near Elyson, and that’s just one of many new options for dining, shopping and entertainment near the community.

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Kelly Jones, Elyson’s new Lifestyle Director, has a plan for fun

7/25/2017 12:00:00 AM

Elyson has a new Lifestyle Director, and she’s not wasting any time planning a fun lineup of events and activities for the rest of 2017 and beyond.

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Top-rated Katy schools, ‘boomtown’ feel attract Turner family to Elyson

6/28/2017 12:00:00 AM

As a healthcare company sales executive who works from home and covers a large territory, Cecilia Turner could have moved anywhere when she decided to relocate from the Dallas area. She and her two kids are very happy that their search for a new home and community quickly led to Elyson.

Tags: Katy ISD,Elyson Life,Rorick Kitchen,Rorick House,Elyson Builders,Newland Communities

Paetow High School features brand-new design and “real world” emphasis

6/13/2017 12:00:00 AM

A “learning green” the size of eight football fields is one of many unique features that students and parents will discover when the Katy Independent School District’s new Paetow High School opens in August.

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Win this All-American Playhouse for your backyard, and help HomeAid Houston

6/7/2017 12:00:00 AM

What would be the perfect backyard addition for your home in Elyson, or anywhere? How about an All-American Playhouse for the kids? You can enter a raffle to win one for only $5 this summer, and do a good deed at the same time.

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Stockdick Junior High features all-new design based on collaborative learning

5/30/2017 12:00:00 AM

When Stockdick Junior High opens near Elyson in August, it will introduce a new era of collaborative and individualized learning for the Katy Independent School District.  

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For Rodriguez family, it was love at first sight with Elyson

5/26/2017 12:00:00 AM

The family found everything they wanted – and then some – when they drove into Elyson last fall, shortly after the Rorick House community center and Model Home Village had opened.

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Katy ISD “Teacher of the Year” reflects on “wonderful” first year at Bethke Elementary

5/17/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Katy ISD’s Christina Dismuke, the 2016 Elementary Teacher of the Year for a region covering 50 Texas school districts, recalls a “wonderful” experience during her first year at Bethke Elementary, which opened in 2016 to serve Elyson and other communities.

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Elyson builders rank high on BUILDER 100 list

5/12/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Each year, BUILDER magazine publishes its BUILDER 100 list of the nation’s largest homebuilders, and Elyson’s builders occupy some very strong positions in 2017.

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David Weekley’s one-story Roth plan ready at Elyson

5/10/2017 12:00:00 AM

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With four bedrooms, a study with French doors, an open family gathering area and a garage with a workshop, the one-story Roth is David Weekley’s top-selling plan in Elyson.

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Katy ISD teacher Julie David and twins happy to “dig in heels” at Elyson

4/28/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Even though her twins are still in kindergarten, Julie David has a long-term vision for their new life at Elyson.  “We’re very happy to dig in our heels and stay here until they graduate from high school, if not longer,” said Julie, a P.E. teacher and coach in the Katy Independent School District.

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GHBA Benefit Home filled with design upgrades

4/10/2017 12:00:00 AM

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By the start of April, members of the Greater Houston Builders Association had donated more than $150,000 worth of building materials for the 2017 GHBA Benefit Home in Elyson.  Offered for sale for $345,490, with the majority of proceeds benefiting HomeAid Houston and Operation Finally Home, the Benefit Home is being built by Chesmar Homes on a homesite donated by Elyson.

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Elyson students to attend 3 new Katy ISD schools in August

3/30/2017 12:00:00 AM

Starting in August, all K-12 students living in Elyson will attend new Katy ISD schools, all located in a state-of-the-art tri-campus at Clay and Peek roads, approximately two miles from the community.

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Elyson homes from $410,000s offer 4-car garages, lake views

3/20/2017 12:00:00 AM

Elyson, a new community in the Katy Independent School District, is spotlighting homes priced from the $410,000s by Darling and Trendmaker.

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3-car garage options highlight new Chesmar plans from $249,990 in Elyson

3/3/2017 12:00:00 AM

Chesmar Homes has four new plans priced from $249,990 with three-car garage options in Elyson, located at Grand Parkway and FM 529 in the Katy Independent School District.

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Elyson offers fun events, prizes in “Elyson Takes Flight” spring celebration

2/27/2017 12:00:00 AM

Elyson, a new community in the Katy Independent School District, is celebrating spring with a series of free events featuring bounce houses, outdoor movies, a breathtaking butterfly release and more.  During each event, visitors can register to win a free $500 Southwest Airlines gift card. No purchase is necessary to win and every entry stands an equal chance of winning.

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Turners excited to get in on “ground floor” of Elyson

2/24/2017 12:00:00 AM

Although they grew up in the FM 1960 area and bought their first home in Jersey Village, Jeff and Monique Turner knew they wanted their next home to be in Katy.

Tags: Elyson Builders,Elyson Life,Katy ISD,Rorick House

Katy ISD ranks as No. 2 Best School District in Houston region

2/10/2017 12:00:00 AM

The Katy Independent School District ranks as the No. 2 Best School District in the Houston region for 2017, according to a new report from

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Awesome media rooms for Super Bowl Sunday – and beyond

2/3/2017 12:00:00 AM

With Houston hosting the 2017 Super Bowl, excitement for the big day is running higher than ever. As friends and family gather for viewing parties across the city, many will watch the big game in dedicated media rooms, one of the hottest and most timeless trends in today’s new homes.

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Location, lifestyle sell the Adam family on Elyson

1/30/2017 12:00:00 AM

“We didn’t hesitate to buy in Elyson even before the first home was completed, because Newland has such a great reputation,” said Zachary. “We also love the idea of getting in at the very beginning, which we think will be a great investment in our own future.”

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GHBA Benefit Home coming to Elyson

1/20/2017 12:00:00 AM

Of all the great homes that will be built in Elyson in 2017, one will be just a little bit more special. It’s the 2017 Greater Houston Builders Association Benefit Home, which will break ground later this month on a homesite donated by Newland Communities, the developer of Elyson.

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Rorick House fitness center makes it easy for residents to stay active, healthy

1/17/2017 12:00:00 AM

As New Year’s resolutions go, getting fit and healthy always tops lists of the most popular resolutions by a wide margin. At the same time, less than half of people stick to their resolutions after six months, according to “There’s not enough time,” “the gym’s too far” and “there’s nobody to watch the kids” are three of the top excuses for not working out. Fortunately, Elyson residents have a big advantage when it comes to keeping fit: the state-of-the-art fitness center at Rorick House.

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Convenient new parking coming to METRO Park & Ride facility near Elyson

1/4/2017 12:00:00 AM

Elyson residents who work in Downtown Houston will enjoy added convenience beginning in February, when METRO opens a new 1,650-space parking garage at its popular Grand Parkway Park & Ride.

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See Elyson amenities in this Houston Chronicle slideshow

12/19/2016 12:00:00 AM

Like a proud parent, we can’t help showing off new photos of Rorick House, our beautiful flagship amenity here at Elyson.

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Elyson students zoned to 2 new KISD schools

12/14/2016 12:00:00 AM

Beginning in August, 2017, Elyson students will attend brand-new Katy ISD high and middle schools opening in a K-12 campus approximately four miles from the community.

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5 reasons to begin your visit to Elyson at the Rorick House

12/13/2016 12:00:00 AM

With new homes by eight leading builders, Elyson is a great community for house hunting. To get the most out of your visit, we recommend starting at one very special house – the Rorick House. Here are 5 quick reasons why.

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Discover our cool pool at the Rorick House

12/12/2016 12:00:00 AM

A cool pool is one of many highlights at the Rorick House, the first great destination for resident fun at Elyson.

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Katy ISD sweeps list of region’s Best Public Elementary Schools

12/9/2016 12:00:00 AM

Elementary schools in the Katy Independent School District took every spot in the Top 10 in a new list of the Best Public Elementary Schools in the Houston region.

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Elyson welcomes Perez family as community’s first residents

12/6/2016 12:00:00 AM

They will ultimately be joined by more than 6,000 additional families, but the Perez family will always have the distinction of being the first to move into their new home in Elyson.

Tags: Elyson Builders,Elyson Life,Katy ISD,Rorick House

Celebrate these festive holiday events near Elyson

12/5/2016 12:00:00 AM

With its great location along the Grand Parkway, roughly midway between I-10 West and U.S. 290, Elyson is perfectly situated to offer stress-free access to some of the most treasured holiday traditions in Katy, Cy-Fair and Houston.  Here are our Top 5 picks for family holiday fun near Elyson...

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Bring the family to meet Santa Claus at Elyson, on Saturday, December 3rd

11/23/2016 12:00:00 AM

Elyson is a brand-new community, but we’re already on Santa’s radar for a very special holiday visit.

Tags: Rorick House,Elyson Life

HBJ features slideshow tour of Elyson

11/21/2016 12:00:00 AM

Take a virtual tour of Elyson right now with this slideshow of 85 great photos taken by Houston Business Journal real estate reporter Paul Takahashi.

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UH reveals more details about new Katy campus

11/18/2016 12:00:00 AM

Now that the University of Houston System (UHS) has closed on the purchase of 46 acres for its new Katy campus, some exciting new information is available.

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Beth and Scott Henderson look ahead to starting a family at Elyson

11/11/2016 12:00:00 AM

Beth and Scott Henderson, one of the Founding Families of Elyson, became excited about the idea of living in Elyson right after the community was first announced in the local media in 2014.

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Elyson close to many shopping, dining options

11/8/2016 12:00:00 AM

Elyson blends a laidback lifestyle on the Katy prairie with the convenience of a growing number of shopping and dining options.  With its location at Grand Parkway and FM 529, about midway between I-10 West and U.S. 290. Elyson offers residents quick access to shopping and dining choices in both Katy and Cy-Fair, from LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch to the new Fairfield Towne Center.


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Durals making history as one of Elyson’s “Founding Families”

11/4/2016 12:00:00 AM

When Elyson is completed, this 3,642-acre community in the Katy Independent School District will ultimately be home to about 6,000 families, and the Dural family will always have the distinction of being one of the community’s first Founding Families.

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After grand opening, Elyson now open for tours and tastes

10/28/2016 12:00:00 AM

After celebrating its grand opening on October 22, Elyson is now welcoming home shoppers and real estate agents seven days a week!  Here’s a quick guide to the Top 5 things you won’t want to miss on your visit...

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Elyson offers homesites with views

10/25/2016 12:00:00 AM

In addition to recreational opportunities, another great thing about devoting more than 750 acres to parks, trails, waterways and natural open spaces means that homebuyers will have many opportunities to choose view homesites in all neighborhoods and price ranges.

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Elyson offers many ways to keep fit

10/19/2016 12:00:00 AM

With 750 acres devoted to recreational amenities, parks, trails and natural open space, Elyson offers many ways to keep fit.  

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Meet Elyson’s extended family

9/15/2016 12:00:00 AM

Elyson is the newest community in the Katy Independent School District, but it has deep family roots that go back more than a quarter-century in KISD and the greater Houston area.

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Elyson reinterprets Prairie style for Katy Prairie

9/9/2016 12:00:00 AM

If the architecture of the Rorick House and main entry monument at Elyson looks familiar yet fresh at the same time, that’s by design.  Working with Houston-based Studio RED Architects, Elyson has reinterpreted and updated the classic Prairie style of architecture (think: Frank Lloyd Wright) for this new community on the Katy Prairie.

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Enjoy one-stop shopping at the Elyson Model Home Village

9/2/2016 12:00:00 AM

With eight leading homebuilders offering new homes in five price ranges, Elyson is all about choice and variety.  To see everything this great new Katy ISD community has to offer, it only takes one convenient stop at the Elyson Model Home Village, home to 10 fully furnished model homes.

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Active lifestyle envisioned for Elyson

9/1/2016 12:00:00 AM

With amenities such as the Rorick House community center, Elyson has put some exciting building blocks in place for residents to start enjoying the same active and neighborly lifestyle offered in Cinco Ranch and other Newland communities around Houston and the nation.

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Elyson close to higher education – with new UH Katy campus on the way

8/31/2016 12:00:00 AM

When it comes to top-notch K-12 education, Elyson has it all wrapped up with its location in Katy ISD, rated as the No. 1 school district in the Houston region by   Elyson is also close to several institutions of higher learning, where residents can pursue degrees or take classes just for the fun of it.

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David Weekley’s Roth model showcases elegant one-story living in Elyson

8/13/2016 12:00:00 AM

David Weekley’s four-bedroom Roth model in Elyson is an elegant one-story plan that has it all, including an inviting front porch and a spacious outdoor living area.

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Planning center, flex room among unique features in Pulte’s Elyson model

8/4/2016 12:00:00 AM

Pulte has created a brand-new collection of floor plans that will make their debut at Elyson, with base prices ranging from the $250,000s to $290,000s for plans with up to five bedrooms and four baths. This collection will be represented by Pulte’s two-story Amherst model, opening in mid-October.

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A passion for education that goes back more than 100 years

8/3/2016 12:00:00 AM

As we detailed in our blog post about the origin of Elyson’s name, the community is named after Ely Freeman, one of the original members of the Freeman family, who first settled this land in 1898. That was two years after the town of Katy was laid out a few miles to the south, and the same year that Katy High School was founded.

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“Darling Loop” one of many unique features in Darling’s new Elyson model

7/21/2016 12:00:00 AM

Opening in September, Darling’s new Elyson model will include a grand two-story foyer with a spiral staircase, a covered outdoor living area with a fireplace, and nice views from the gameroom balcony. It will also include the innovative “Darling Loop,” a thoughtful feature that will definitely be appreciated in daily living.

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A landscape that celebrates the Katy Prairie

7/20/2016 12:00:00 AM

From native trees that provide shade and food, to meadows filled with wildflowers and ornamental grasses, Elyson has a landscape palette that celebrates the beauty and diversity of the Katy Prairie. Here’s a look at many of the native trees, shrubs, flowers and grasses that residents and visitors will be able enjoy throughout Elyson – whether it’s at amenities such as the Rorick House, in the neighborhoods, or along beautifully landscaped boulevards.

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Elyson close to growing Katy medical center

7/19/2016 12:00:00 AM

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s new Katy area building will soon be the latest addition to a growing concentration of world-class healthcare facilities near Elyson.

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Perry introduces brand-new Design 2738 in Elyson

7/18/2016 12:00:00 AM

In late September, Perry Homes plans to open two fully furnished model homes in Elyson. Design 2738, a brand-new plan, will showcase Perry’s collection of floor plans for 55-foot-wide homesites in Elyson. 

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Open kitchen at the heart of Trendmaker’s new Plan F-790 model

7/14/2016 12:00:00 AM

A gourmet kitchen with an elongated island is located right in the center of Plan F-790, a brand-new Trendmaker model home opening early this fall in Elyson. This kitchen will also be right in the center of daily life in this open one-story floor plan. On one side, the kitchen opens to a casual dining room. The other side is open to the family room, which flows into the gameroom and large covered patio.


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At Elyson, you can keep fit while keeping an eye on the kids

7/13/2016 12:00:00 AM

So you want to work out, but you also need to keep an eye on the kids? At Elyson, you can do both, thanks to the thoughtful design of the fitness center at the Rorick House.

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Highland Homes to open 2 models in Elyson

7/6/2016 12:00:00 AM


Highland Homes is planning to open two fully furnished model homes in Elyson in early August, and the builder is also planning on completing nine available homes that will be ready for fall move-in.

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Elyson residents can pick fresh fruit and pecans at community orchards

7/6/2016 12:00:00 AM

Elyson is honoring the agricultural heritage of the Katy Prairie by planting several community orchards, where residents will be able to harvest fruit and nuts during the year.

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From front door to back, Westin’s new Elyson model welcomes with “wow” factors

7/1/2016 12:00:00 AM

When it opens in Elyson in early September, Westin Homes’ new Preston III model will greet visitors with “wow” factors that extend from the front door to the back yard, and also upstairs. This four-bedroom model begins with Westin’s signature rotunda foyer, featuring a grand spiral staircase with wrought iron spindles. An elaborately detailed recessed ceiling will draw all eyes upward.

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Rorick Kitchen offers a taste of Elyson - and Italy

6/30/2016 12:00:00 AM

When it opens in the Rorick House this fall, the Rorick Kitchen café will offer Elyson residents and visitors a taste of Italy, with a generous side of classic American fare. Rorick Kitchen owners Lanie Alvarez and her brother, Alex Ciocca, plan to serve up treasured Italian recipes handed down from their grandparents, who emigrated from Italy to Pittsburgh in the early 20th century.

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Chesmar planning August completion for its Elyson model home

6/29/2016 12:00:00 AM

The first builder to start construction of its model home in Elyson, Chesmar Homes also plans to be the first builder to open its model in this new Katy ISD community. Weather permitting, Chesmar plans to start welcoming visitors to its 2,733-square-foot Poplar model in mid August, slightly ahead of the community’s official fall opening.

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KISD's new Bethke Elementary designed for 21st century learners

6/27/2016 12:00:00 AM

Opening in August 2016, Katy ISD’s new Bethke Elementary School will welcome the youngest students in Elyson with a state-of-the-art design that fosters collaborative learning. Bethke principal Carrie Lowery says the school will offer the “latest and greatest” in technology, such as smart boards and iPads, and the entire building will be filled with natural light. Lowery said the collaborative approach is designed help students begin learning how to share knowledge at an early age.

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Katy ISD Rated as No.1 School District in Houston Region

6/20/2016 12:00:00 AM

Elyson is very proud to be part of the highly acclaimed Katy Independent School District, rated as the No. 1 school district in the Houston region by, a national educational review website. Katy ISD rates No. 1 in the Houston area on Inc.’s 2016 Best School Districts in the Houston Metro list.

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Meet Nancy Hyde, the friendly face of Elyson for homebuyers and Real Estate Professionals

6/7/2016 12:00:00 AM

Newland Communities is proud to announce the new marketing manager for Elyson, Nancy Hyde.

Nancy’s duties will include managing the Elyson new-home information center that will be located inside the Rorick House community center. She will also be the community’s main liaison with Real Estate Professionals and organizations such as the Katy Independent School District and local chambers of commerce.

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Elyson announces its 8 leading homebuilders

6/3/2016 12:00:00 AM

Drum roll, please. As reported in the Houston Chronicle and Houston Business Journal, here’s the lineup of leading homebuilders for the first phase of Elyson, grand opening this fall:

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Elyson Development Update – Counting Down to Our Grand Opening!

5/26/2016 12:00:00 AM

Elyson is making terrific progress as we head toward our grand opening this fall. Here’s the latest development update.

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Why did Newland Communities name our new community Elyson?

5/13/2016 12:00:00 AM

At first, the name Elyson may seem unfamiliar to even the most knowledgeable residents of Katy and the surrounding area. But dive a little deeper, and it becomes clear that the name is a meaningful tribute to the legacy of this storied land, located along the new Grand Parkway, about six miles north of the Katy Freeway.

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Introducing Rorick House. The first great destination coming to Elyson

4/29/2016 12:00:00 AM

Now under construction at Elyson, The Rorick House will be a centerpiece of the community’s grand opening in Fall 2016. As the first of three major amenity centers planned for Elyson, The Rorick House will be a major focal point of resident life.


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Looking back at Elyson’s groundbreaking – and ahead to the grand opening

4/14/2016 12:00:00 AM

Last fall, Newland Communities invited its employees and others involved in the development of Elyson to celebrate the official groundbreaking ceremony for this new Katy ISD community. Fast-forward to spring, and work is well underway for Elyson to be ready for its Fall 2016 grand opening.

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Newland continues award-winning commitment to sustainable development at Elyson

3/30/2016 12:00:00 AM

Green Home Builder magazine named Newland Communities as its Developer of the Year for 2016, recognizing the company’s 45-year track record in green and sustainable development.

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Come to Elyson on Sat., May 6 for “Let’s Go Fly a Kite”

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Visit Elyson on Saturday, April 8 for “Float Like a Butterfly”

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