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.
Chesmar’s new San Francisco model home in Elyson showcases a new collection of floor plans priced from the $220,000s to $260,00s, with designer features such as dramatic soaring ceilings, flexible floor plan options and covered patios.
Elyson’s forecast for 2019 is full fun. From movies and concerts on the event lawn, to more fitness classes, there’s something for residents of all ages. Some of the biggest events are open to the public, providing visitors with a great opportunity to discover Elyson’s active, neighborly vibe.
Whether it’s a huge spectacle like the Super Bowl, or a long-awaited movie finally available for streaming, there’s nothing like quality viewing time to bring family and friends together. It’s even better when you can enjoy it in a media room like these showcased in Elyson’s model homes.
Empty nesters are a growing force in today's new home market, and builders are taking notice, designing plans that enhance and celebrate the newfound opportunities that come at this stage of life. Here are 6 features from Elyson's new patio home collection that are perfect for empty nesters.
Several leading paint companies have announced their 2019 Colors of the Year, pointing to the trends we can expect to see in everything from interior walls to furniture and accessories. Here are 4 fresh hues to think about when decorating or dreaming.
Westin Homes is known for its impressive two-story foyers with curved staircases and rotunda ceilings. These grand foyers will also be offered in Westin’s new collection of home in Elyson, at prices from the mid $200,000s.
Home sales hit a new record in 2018, according to the Houston Association of Realtors. For 2019, a lack of inventory is the biggest concern citywide. That’s not the case at Elyson, where a great selection of new homes is available in all price ranges.
With Houston rising as one of the nation’s top housing markets in 2019, this could be the year to become a homeowner instead of a renter. Check out the pros and cons, along with a “Rent or Buy?” calculator from the National Association of Realtors.
From drop zones to laundry loops, today’s new homes are filled with thoughtful features that help make life more convenient and productive for every member of the family. See 6 timesaving features you can find at Elyson.
Elyson’s flagship amenity offers many outdoor activities for residents to enjoy year ‘round, from fun on the playground and event lawn, to enjoying the cozy fireplace on the patio. That makes it a perfect fit for Houston’s mild winters and hot summers.
Elyson offers a growing variety of new home styles, including patio homes. In this blog, we offer a helpful definition of a patio home, along with some tips for deciding if this style of home is right for you.
For any mom or dad who’s ever had to scramble because their teen got locked out of the house, or complains the Wi-Fi doesn’t work in their room, the latest new-home technologies offered by Elyson’s homebuilders are a parent’s best friend.
All three of the Katy ISD schools serving Elyson students in grades K-12 have been recognized as “2018 Schools Transforming Learning” by the Principals’ Institute. Watch a video the students created themselves to win this honor.
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.
While the second floor is still the most popular location for media rooms, a growing number of homebuilders are offering plans with downstairs media rooms. Some families find this layout promotes more togetherness.
Finally, a study has confirmed what we all suspected: people spend much more time in family rooms and kitchens than in formal areas. See how Elyson’s homebuilders are designing new homes for the way people live today.
“Neighborhood regret” is a real thing experienced by more than one-third of recent homebuyers, according to a recent study from Trulia. Here are 4 ways can avoid wishing they had chosen a different neighborhood.
One of three highly regarded Katy ISD schools serving Elyson, Stockdick Junior High is one of only 31 elite Texas schools named a “2018 Schools Transforming Learning” campus by the Principals’ Institute.
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 school, many Elyson students head to Elyson House for the free Wi-Fi, café snacks and game room activities. Parents love the fact that kids have a fun, safe and staffed place to hang out and complete homework on weekday afternoons.
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.
Elyson is proud to be zoned to Katy ISD’s Paetow High School, which earned 3 distinctions in the latest TEA accountability ratings. Katy ISD was also a standout, as one of only 4 Houston area school districts receiving an A rating.
Elyson’s new entrance at Grand Parkway and FM 529 is beautiful, echoing the Frank Lloyd Wright inspired architecture of Elyson House. It’s also a monument to Elyson’s convenient location, which offers the best of Katy and Cy-Fair.
What does a HOA, or Home Owners Association, do? Why is it a good idea to have one? In this blog, we demystify the role of HOAs and explain how they help create a vibrant lifestyle and protect home investment in new and established communities.
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.
While most community pools in the Houston area close after Labor Day, Elyson’s big pool is open for year’ round swimming. It’s unheated, but residents can take advantage of the Houston area’s many mild days outside of the summer swim season.
Katy is well known as a great place to raise kids, and a new study ranks Katy as the No. 1 city in Texas to retire. That makes Elyson a great place to live close to the grandkids, so you can spoil them all the time.
Elyson’s newest model home showcases patio home living from Drees Custom Homes, in the community’s first gated neighborhood. We’re so excited, we’re spotlighting 5 more features we love from all of Elyson’s model homes.
Elyson is a place for growing trees as well as growing families. Our two tree farms are growing about 9,000 oaks, elms and other species that will be used to beautify our streets and the more than 750 acres of parks, trails and open space in our master plan.
For the many homebuyers who prefer one-story floor plans, Elyson offers more than 75 single-level homes plans to be built, ranging from approximately 1,400 to more than 3,500 square feet. Many of our fully furnished model homes and quick move-in homes also feature one-story designs.
Think master-planned communities offer only expensive homes? Think again, because Elyson offers new homes priced from the low $200,000s, with benefits including highly regarded Katy ISD schools, year ‘round lifestyle events, and 750+ acres of recreational amenities and natural open spaces.
From outdoor living areas to dramatic wall and ceiling treatments, here are our 10 favorite design features in Drees Custom Homes’ new Brynlee II model home, now open in Elyson’s first gated neighborhood.
In addition to 750 acres of amenities and natural open spaces inside Elyson, our residents enjoy thousands of acres of parks, sports fields and more, all within an 8-mile radius. Let our infographic be your guide to fresh air and green space near Elyson.
A new study ranks Katy as the No. 1 city in Texas to retire, thanks to its abundance of healthcare and recreational opportunities. With more new-home choices for retirees, Elyson is a great Katy community to consider.
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 don't really understand MUDs. Our infographic will take the mystery out.
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.
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.
Ever heard the term green building but not really sure what it means? We thought it would be a good time to share this infographic about the advantages of green building to take the mystery out of this commonly used term.
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.
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. 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 with the convenience of a growing number of shopping and dining options. Elyson offers 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.
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.
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.
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 throughout Elyson.
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.
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. Elyson Café owners plan to serve up treasured Italian recipes handed down from their grandparents.
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.
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.