This post is sponsored by Bridgeland, all thoughts and opinions are, as always, my own.
Over the years, I’ve gotten quite an abundance of emails and messages about moving to Houston from many of my wonderful readers. As you all know, I moved to Houston in 2007 after having lived in a suburb of Toronto, Canada for 20 years of my life. To say it was a big change is an understatement – but I absolutely love living in Houston – and not just for the weather but because it’s a diverse, culture-rich city full of great things to do and has a fantastic real estate market and amazing food (just to name a few things!)
When people email to ask which neighborhoods I recommend they check out, I always share a few depending on where they’ll be working, but Kevin and I have lived inside of the loop for our entire relationship, so I admittedly don’t have extensive experience with every neighborhood or suburb other than when we visit friends who live in them. We’ve considered some suburbs during our house hunting process (y’all know we love to move…three houses in 10 years, ahem…) but we’ve decided that for now, to keep our commutes as short as possible, staying inside the loop is the best decision for our family.
We had the opportunity last weekend to visit the grand opening event for Parkland, a new Village in Bridgeland , which is a masterfully planned community in northwest Houston (Cypress) which will include over 20,000 homes for 65,000 residents. The community has incredible amenities for families, with over 3,000 acres devoted to lakes, trails and open space — a nature-lover’s dream! There’s even a treehouse park for kids which you have to see to believe — it’s so imaginative and fun. The community also has splash pads, heated pools, a boat house, hiking trails, parks for kids (including one with a zip line!) and much more. And, you can check out another Parkland Village grand opening event with your family on Saturday, April 7!
A lot of parents choose where they’ll lived based on schools, and Cy-Fair ISD constructed a 127-acre educational village located near the Grand Parkway. This new campus boasts nearly 1 million square-feet of learning space for at least 5,912 students, and includes a 4-story high school (Bridgeland High School), 3-story middle school (pending) and 2-story elementary school (Wells Elementary).
The Bridgeland community was hosting a day of family fun to celebrate their official Parkland Village opening featuring music, train rides, an inflatables zone, paddle boat rides, food trucks and more. The kids had a blast and I got to fulfill my endless desire to tour model homes (this, in addition to regularly looking at real estate listings is a huge guilty pleasure of mine). It’s not uncommon for me to pop into a model home open-house in our area if we happen to drive past one on a weekend…haha.
Let’s start with the homes – they range in price from the 240’s to over a million, so checking out the different models was really fun for us (and also made me contemplate how much fun it would be to have that much square footage to decorate!) I love touring model homes because you can really get a sense of the latest home trends in terms of architecture, floor plans/layout and décor. I’m a total HGTV-addict, so seeing all of these incredible homes was a treat — even the kids loved it! They kept saying “we want to see the next one!” Bridgeland has 16 different builders — so there’s truly something for everyone!
Our favorite was this painted-brick white home by Highland Homes. The interior was bright and white with a lot of great woodwork — very “Fixer Upper” style. What I noticed about all of the models was the abundance of windows and natural light. This model was a little over 4000 sq. ft. which feels huge — but it was so well laid out and had a lot of open spaces. There was a great office at the front of the home, too.The built-in storage in this master bathroom was envy-inducing for me! Oh, what I would store in there! The kitchen had some open-shelving which was such a great touch and the living room had these massive windows that let in so much light. I liked that there was both a formal dining space and a generous eat-in kitchen space. Other trends we loved in these homes were mud rooms — most models had one near the entryways — I would love to have a mud room in our next home — it’s such a great feature to stay organized. The master bathrooms were all spacious and the closets in some of the models were a total dream! Some even had two massive closets. Something else I saw in several of the homes were built-in shelves in bedrooms and built-in window seats which are a total wish list item for me in any home. It adds such a nice decorative touch to a space while also being functional.
One of the larger homes had a huge balcony off of the game room area — such a great location! It also had two sets of stairs which I thought was such a convenient feature for a larger home. This master bathroom was probably my favorite of them all — I loved that each vanity/sink had its own built-in cabinet — bathroom storage can be so tricky so the fact that this had cabinets, drawers and a tall cabinet built into the sink/vanity was amazing. I also adored the herringbone pattern floors in this home — stunning!This home had an amazing atrium off of the entryway with an outdoor fireplace. It felt so luxurious and yet cozy! All of the homes also had game rooms and/or media rooms which is an amazing feature. With how much we use our playroom — I know these dedicated spaces can make a huge difference in keeping your home organized. I love having a dedicated space for toys and play. I’m so glad we got to experience all the Bridgeland community has to offer! If you’re looking for a new home, relocating to Houston or simply want to check out a great community in Houston — I highly recommend visiting Parkland Village in Bridgeland.
I love that there are homes available in a wide array of price ranges and styles that are perfect for big and small families, couples looking to downsize — basically, anyone looking to live in a great community with tons of green space, amenities and events. I also have to say that everyone was so friendly — I met a group of moms that live in the area at the event and they were so welcoming and initiated a conversation with me. I also had several of you DM me on Instagram saying you live in or near this community and love it!
Before we left, we took some photos in a wildflower field in one of Bridgeland’s other Villages — I’m so in love with these sweet photos. That Village was also hosting an event for families — I really got a sense this was an area of town where there is a lot to do and with a tight-knit community feel. After having experienced the Bridgeland community, I would recommend it to anyone looking for a new home in Houston! We’ve had the delight of moving into a completely newly constructed home twice, and we absolutely love the process — especially on our most recent home where we got to make design decisions, pick our finishes and truly make it ours. The builders in Bridgeland have so many custom options on a lot of the homes — so you can really make it your dream home.
Thank you for reading and I hope you have a great week!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bridgeland. The opinions and text are all mine.
This post is sponsored by Bridgeland, all thoughts and opinions are , as always, my own.