When we found out that one of our newest residents, Natalie Cook Clark, is a Katy native who has written for Katy Magazine for 13 years, we invited her to chronicle her family’s journey from Katy to the Middle East and back to Katy and Elyson again. We love the Clark family’s story, and we hope you do too!
When the winter storm damaged a family’s home in a nearby community, the Sewell family of Elyson responded with a marathon breadmaking fundraiser that quickly won widespread support from their Elyson neighbors.
As real estate professionals, Mike Totten and Mike Elgoher are so familiar with the Houston market, they could have chosen to live anywhere. The fact that they both decided to build new homes in Elyson says a lot about their confidence in the community’s long-term future.
When Rick and Bobbye LaFont decided to move back to Katy, it was only natural that they started their home search with their daughter-in-law Alexandra, who sells in Elyson and is Pulte’s No. 1 sales professional in Houston.
“We have a community that goes out of its way to create a welcoming environment, even during a pandemic,” said Elyson resident Michael T. Jackson. Read how Elyson quickly adapted to social distancing and kept its fun and neighborly vibe going throughout the pandemic.
Elyson residents participated in the 2020 Walk To End Alzheimer's and raised over $2,600. The walk was held virtually this year so residents were able to utilize the Elyson trail system for their walk.
After Stephen and Rina Schuler decided they wanted to live in Elyson, they settled on Pulte’s San Marcos, which had never been built in Houston before. A fun weekend trip to Dallas allowed them to walk through the San Marcos and conclude “we absolutely love it.”
Across the nation, homebuilders are reporting increased sales to Millennials. That’s definitely true at Elyson, where young homebuyers such as Olivia and Jeremy Hopkins, and Nigel Ndimande, are confidently looking to the future after purchasing their first new homes.
From NYPD officer to home remodeler to Houston real estate agent, Rio Diaz has thrived in several careers. One of his newest interests is creating a time-lapse video as his family’s new home takes shape in Elyson.
Elyson is still young as communities go, and we’re already building a tradition of giving back. In the past year, we’ve partnered with local charities and our residents have volunteered to provide meals, toys, clothing and more. More charitable activities are planned as 2020 unfolds.
We love all of our residents at Elyson, but we wanted to focus this blog on four residents who are also professional real estate agents. With their depth of knowledge about the local new home market, their reasons for choosing Elyson might help other families as they go about making this important life decision.
Marc Simpson bought his own new Perry home in Elyson before he became a Perry sales consultant in the community. He and his family only planned to stay in Elyson for a couple of years at most, but they have come to love it so much here, they’ve decided to settle in for the long term.
Having long outgrown their 10-year-old Katy home and its lone upstairs bathroom for three kids, the Mena family created a list of “musts” and “wants” to help them find the perfect new home in their price range. With 5 bedrooms and 5.5 baths, their new Elyson home has plenty of room for everyone.
Kindness Rocks hidden around the grounds of Elyson House were the first project of Elyson’s Teen Club, keeping kids active this summer with activities including a bike ride, board game night and water gun fight.
If yours is one of the 80 million households in America with a dog, you may have thought about moving up to a new home and community, with a nice backyard and miles of trails for Fido to enjoy. Here 6 reasons why Elyson is a great community for dogs and their people.
Sometimes we get the feeling we’d like a change of scenery, but how do you know when it’s really time to move? Here are 8 signs to think about, from feeling like you need more (or less) space, to wanting better schools for the kids.
For empty nesters launching an exciting new chapter of life, Elyson has gated patio homes and easy-living one-story floor plans. Elyson also offers a growing lineup for social activities and fitness classes for adults.
It’s said that compromise is key to every successful relationship. Elyson’s location between I-10 West and U.S. Highway 290 West is attracting a growing number of “split-commute” couples who work both north and south of I-10.
Elyson resident Alejandro Miramontes is the featured musician at Elyson Café’s Friday Night Dinners. A graduate of Katy High School and Texas State University, he is a talented singer and songwriter who plays a variety of musical instruments.
Moving to a new city and community can be hard, especially if it means leaving your old friends behind and having to find new ones. Communities like Elyson have amenities and activities designed to foster friendships, and that’s often borne out by our residents’ experiences.
When they found out they would be relocating from Baton Rouge to Houston, Carolina Pelaez and Javier Parra experienced several strokes of good luck that led them to Elyson and the perfect new home, ready exactly when they needed it.
A growing number of young couples are choosing Elyson for its highly regarded Katy ISD schools, even before they have kids. See the benefits of settling into a strong school district, whether you’ve yet to have kids, or your kids are already out of school.
One thing we hear over and over from Elyson residents is how quickly they make new friends here, and how they soon discover a feeling of “community” that had eluded them in their previous neighborhoods. Meet a few Elyson residents who say they’ve never felt more at home.
When the Ferguson family moved to Elyson from another community in the Cy-Fair area, they not only increased their square footage. They got a new lifestyle they love, with amenities like Elyson House and highly regarded Katy ISD schools.
After he was flooded out of his old home in the Memorial area, retired teacher Randy Kilpatrick wanted to find a new home close to his friends, church and life in West Houston. With its easy access to I-10 West, Elyson fit the bill.
Since moving to a new home in Elyson, the Brown family has cut their energy bills in half and enjoyed many events and amenities their old neighborhood lacked. But Elyson’s highly regarded Katy ISD schools were the main reason for this family’s move.
A recent first-time homebuyer himself, Realtor (and Elyson resident) Tyler Knowles understands misconceptions and obstacles that can keep fellow Millennials from becoming homeowners. With these 7 tips from Tyler, everyone can be ready to find and finance the home of their dreams.
Realtor and Elyson resident Tyler Knowles uses lessons from his own experience as a first-time homebuyer to help others understand the rewards and overcome the challenges of becoming a homeowner for the first time.
Screen time, like coffee and chocolate, is the subject of seemingly endless studies and debates. Is it good or bad for us? Just how much screen time should kids have? Some experts suggest a “Goldilocks” approach – not too much, not too little.
Many homebuyers say they moved because they got a feeling, even a voice, telling them it was time to look for a new place to live. Ryan Cook, a pastor with Katy’s Kingsland Baptist Church, heard a voice, too. In his case, it came came directly from God.
The “overwhelmingly positive” reputation of Katy ISD schools was the most important reason the Doleman family chose Elyson. After his first year at Bethke Elementary, their eight-year-old son is thriving.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.