Elyson is only a few miles away from all kinds of grocery stores and restaurants, and for even more convenience, a growing number of grocery stores are offering curbside pickup for groceries, prepared foods and other goods.
Does your dream home include sitting on your back patio looking out at the water? When it comes to new homes with water views, Elyson offers several choices for lakeside living from 5 award-winning builders.
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.
It’s hot outside, but fortunately there are plenty of cool indoor activities for kids in the Katy area. Elyson is only a few miles from mega-fun complexes offering laser tag, rock climbing, golf, Segway racing and much more, all in cool climate-controlled environments.
With open floor plans more popular than ever, builders are getting very creative in providing storage spaces to keep clutter out of sight. See 7 innovative ways builders are adding storage space that’s both out-of-the-way and convenient.
Looking over our Top 6 blogs from the first half of 2018, it’s easy to see that our readers love news about home design trends and the highly regarded public schools serving Elyson. In case you missed any of these blogs, we’ve rounded them up for you.
Whether it’s hot or cold outside, today’s new homes are engineered to offer the latest in energy efficiency technology, including guaranteed monthly heating and cooling costs, and home automation features that can help you save money even when you’re not home.
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.
Bocce ball will be one of the activities available in Elyson’s newest park, opening this fall. To get ready, here are 10 fun facts about a sport that’s surpassed in global popularity only by soccer and golf.
MUDs, or Municipal Utility Districts, are a uniquely Texan way for developing new communities, and they have a lot to do with the relative affordability of housing in the Lone Star State. Many newcomers and native Texans alike don’t really understand MUDs, but that’s OK. Our infographic will take the mystery out of MUDs for you.
About 20 percent of Americans live in multigenerational households, a record number. Elyson builders including Village Builders and Darling have plans thoughtfully designed for the living needs of extended families.
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.
Most real estate experts and homeowners would agree that schools have an effect on property values, but exactly how much value is added by highly rated public schools? Our infographic summarizes research findings from several respected organizations.
One of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, Houston offers many housing choices for the newcomers who flock here. Our infographic has 5 tips for finding the community that fits your life best.
Along with all the parks, trails, lakes and other recreational amenities they enjoy at home, Elyson residents are just a few miles away from thousands of acres of parks in Katy, including the recently opened John Paul’s Landing Park.
Realty News Report, a leading Texas real estate blog, recently profiled Newland Communities President & Chief Operating Officer Ted Nelson, who oversees the operations of Newland communities in 12 states from his Houston office. Much of the interview touches on Elyson, Newland’s newest community in Houston, and now part of an esteemed family of communities including Cinco Ranch, Telfair, Greatwood, Seven Meadows and many others.
Offering all the benefits of land-based aerobics without the impact, water aerobics are ideal for building strength, stamina and flexibility. This summer, Elyson residents can enjoy Water Aerobics Boot Camp on Saturday mornings at Elyson House.
Year ‘round swimming is just one of many unique activities offered to residents of Elyson. Add in Elyson House, Elyson Café, community orchards and a future park with pickleball and bocce ball courts, and it’s easy to see how Elyson is a community like no other.
Elyson’s parks and trails are tailor-made for enjoying with your dog, but you’ll want to take some extra precautions during summer. Read these tips from the ASPCA to keep your best friend safe in hot weather.
Named Katy ISD’s Secondary Principal of the Year of 2017-18, Paetow High School’s Mindy Dickerson cultivates “an atmosphere of openness, academic success and kindness” in the school’s student body, says this glowing profile in Katy Magazine.
Meritage has new homes ready for quick move-in at Elyson, at prices from the $260,000s to $460,000s. From locking in a low interest rate, to getting settled in before school starts, see 6 great reasons why a quick move-in home from Meritage might be best for you.
Founded in 1928, Drees Custom Homes is celebrating its 90th anniversary by creating a special “anniversary plan” for each state where it builds. The Texas plan, the one-story Brynlee, will open this summer as a fully furnished model home in Elyson’s first gated neighborhood.
This is a popular time of year for moving, and with these 9 tips from Realtor.com, you can enjoy a stress-free move and start enjoying your new community. We also have a 10th tip that makes it easy to fit right in at active, sociable communities like Elyson.
Just in time for summer, Elyson Café has added several new Gourmet International Burgers to its growing menu. Along with ice-cold beer and creamy milkshakes, what could be more perfect for poolside dining?
The historically low interest rates homebuyers have been enjoying are projected to rise over the next year. Our new infographic has some numbers about how much it could cost to wait on a monthly, annual and 30-year basis.
From vintage-style clawfoot tubs to built-in desks, the 14 beautifully decorated model homes in Elyson’s Model Home Village are filled with inspiring design ideas. Here are 5 creative touches to think about, whether you blend them into your current home, or add them to your new dream home in Elyson.
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.
One of many great features of Elyson’s new website, our enhanced Homefinder tool makes it easy to find the perfect new home. You can filter results to fit your most important needs, including price, square footage, number of bedrooms, and even garage size.
Now integrated into the design and construction of every new Lennar home in Elyson, the builder’s new Wi-Fi Certified package allows homeowners to control lighting, front door locks, thermostats and much more simply by talking to Amazon Alexa.
Easy to learn and easy on the joints, pickleball is a popular sport for Baby Boomers, offering a wide range of physical and mental benefits. It’s coming to Elyson this fall as one of several activities in the community’s newest park.
From movies and live music, to getting fit with friends and neighbors, master-planned communities like Elyson offer residents many opportunities to enjoy events and activities right at home. In most cases, these activities are free of charge.
Nothing says “spring” like an old-fashioned picnic, and that’s just what Elyson has in store for residents and guests on April 14. Come and enjoy Wizard of Oz characters, games, tasty treats, live music and more.
Elyson has more choices for homebuyers after the merger between Lennar and CalAtlantic. Now the nation’s largest homebuilder based on revenues, Lennar and its Village Builders division offer new homes priced from the low $200,000s and from the low $300,000s in Elyson.
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.
Bocce ball, pickleball and relaxing around the firepit will be some of the activities Elyson residents will be able to enjoy this fall at the community’s new lakeside park. Trails will connect this new recreational amenity to all Elyson neighborhoods.
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.
Elyson’s youngest residents have fun and develop vital skills at monthly Story Time events held at Elyson House. Led by an award-winning local children’s author, these events include singing, crafts and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Elyson House.
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 Elyson House and a future planned Katy ISD elementary school.
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.
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.
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 Schoolsin the Houston Area.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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 Health.com.
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 Elyson House. Here are 5 quick reasons why.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If the architecture of the Elyson 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.
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.
With amenities such as the Elyson 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.
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 Niche.com. Elyson is also close to several institutions of higher learning, where residents can pursue degrees or take classes just for the fun of it.
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.
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.
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.
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 Elyson House, in the neighborhoods, or along beautifully landscaped boulevards.
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.
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.
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.
When it opens in the Elyson House this fall, the Elyson Café will offer Elyson residents and visitors a taste of Italy, with a generous side of classic American fare. ElysonCafé 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.
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.
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 Niche.com, a national educational review website. Katy ISD rates No. 1 in the Houston area on Niche.com Inc.’s 2016 Best School Districts in the Houston Metro list.
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 Elyson House community center.
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.
Now under construction at Elyson, The Elyson 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 Elyson House will be a major focal point of resident life.
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.