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Trinity Falls has appointed Mike Herman to spearhead resident activities in the McKinney-area master-planned community.

As Trinity Falls’ Director of Fun, Herman will be responsible for planning and coordinating social programs, clubs and events exclusively for residents.

“I’m excited to be here, learn about the community and get to know the residents,” said Herman. “I want to host something for everyone. I hope to engage as many residents as possible and enhance their social interactions.”

A native of Salem, Mo., Herman brings a wealth of experience to his new position, most recently as the programs and facilities supervisor for the city of Wilton Manors, Fla. There, he oversaw rentals, facilities, fees and policies as well as managed large special events and holiday functions. 

As the recreation coordinator for athletics and aquatics for Brevard County Parks and Recreation in Florida, he supervised activities at 11 athletic parks, as well as designing and managing special events such as the annual Halloween and Valentine’s Day festivals.

“We are thrilled to have Mike on board with us here at Trinity Falls,” said Robert Ditthardt, general manager for the community. “The depth and breadth of his experience will boost the quality of life for our residents. He is creative, friendly and dedicated. We can’t wait to see what he has planned for us.”

Herman earned a bachelor’s degree in recreation, sports and park administration from Missouri State University. He also is certified as a personal trainer with the Aerobics and Fitness Federation of America and has extensive experience as a Red Cross lifeguard and water safety instructor. When not at work he enjoys hiking, sports, running and weightlifting. 

Having previously spent seven years in Houston, he is excited to be returning to Texas and looking forward to getting to know Trinity Falls.

“It’s a beautiful property,” Herman said. “It’s filled with great amenities and is close to all the activities in downtown McKinney. It’s the best of both worlds.”

In addition to a full-time lifestyle director, Trinity Falls’ slate of amenities includes The Club at Trinity Falls with a beach-entry pool, pavilion with fireplace and a sunset terrace. The community offers many opportunities to interact with nature such as 20 miles of hike-and-bike trails, B.B. Owen Park and several lakes. Homes are priced from the $300,000s.

For more information, visit www.trinityfalls.com.

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Development of Sandbrock Ranch is on track with the Aubrey community welcoming its first residents in October. 

Delia Sandoval, her fiance Mario Roybal, and Hunter, their Siberian Husky-Border Collie mix, are the first of a projected 2,600 families that will live at Sandbrock Ranch. Their home is being built by Highland Homes and will be the first home they have ever owned.

“After years of paying rent, I am excited to be buying my first home and making such an investment for myself and my family,” Sandoval said. “I was not expecting to be a pioneer in any sense during this move, but I’m very enthusiastic to lead the way.”

Originally from Dallas, Sandoval, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, had been living in the San Francisco Bay area for 18 years. She and Roybal, a machine operator, were ready to buy a home and start a family. California’s high cost of living put home ownership out of their reach. 

They made the decision to move to the Dallas area where homes are more affordable and Sandoval could be near her family. They discovered Sandbrock Ranch with the help of their Realtor.

“At first, I could not decide between buying a new home versus a previously owned-home,” Sandoval said. “My Realtor Pip West-Johnson of Fathom Realty really took the time to get to know me and knew what I was looking for with regards to community and amenity resources. She introduced us to Sandbrock Ranch.”

Sandoval and Roybal said they were attracted to the community’s commitment to respect nature and connect residents to the land that was once home to the developers’ personal horse ranch. As outdoor enthusiasts, they also appreciated Sandbrock Ranch’s plans to include green spaces in the form of walkways, paths and parks.

“We are big hikers and had wonderful large green parks in the Bay Area,” she said. “This offered the next closest thing to having outdoor space at our disposal, as well as a beautiful home in our price range. The future planned amenities offer a great playground for the whole family and pets.”

Another appeal for the pair is the planned on-site Denton Independent School District elementary school. Other amenities such as a clubhouse, fitness facility, pool and splash pad, two stocked lakes, an event lawn, recreational fields, a playscape and an outdoor amphitheater also are welcoming.

The couple chose to build with Highland Homes which offered a floor plan and upgrades that fit their lifestyle and budget. 

“The floor plan was definitely important to me,” Sandoval said. “What I loved most was the open kitchen area into the family room, the master bedroom at the back of the house and the extended backyard patio option. Again, we really like sitting outside with our dog and wanted a space to accommodate that from the get-go, without having to add-on later.”

Sandoval said she was pleased that Highland Homes gave her weekly updates on the progress of her home while it was under construction. Construction Manager Blake Cyrier provided her with reassurance throughout the entire process and was more than willing to answer her various questions.

Sandoval and Roybal are excited to begin their new life at Sandbrock Ranch.

 “The vision of Sandbrock Ranch is much in line with the kind of community I want my family to live in,” Sandoval said. “I am really excited to be very integrated into what is planned for the community.”

Sandbrock Ranch is located on FM 1385 at Bonar Road in Aubrey, TX. David Weekley Homes, Perry Homes and Highland Homes currently build in the community. Homes are priced from the mid $200,000s. 

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Trinity Falls is introducing a summer promotion that is both big and green — “The Grillin’ & Chillin’ Big Green Egg Giveaway.”

Through July, visitors to model homes within Trinity Falls can take a photo there and post it to the community’s Facebook page for a chance to win the grand prize, valued at more than $1,000. Other contest requirements include tagging three friends and using the hashtag #TrinityFalls.

“Summer is all about backyard cookouts and spending time with family and friends,” said Jessica Zeeb, Marketing Manager for Trinity Falls. “This contest promotes that idea of neighborly camaraderie and gives people a chance to tour our models, several of which are new.”

Visitors to the models will be able to chill with free treats from Kona Ice during community happy hours each Saturday in July from 2-4 p.m. The Kona Ice truck will be at various model homes, with locations posted on the Trinity Falls Facebook page each week. As an added bonus, participants will have a chance to win a $100 gift card to Premier Grilling in McKinney, a prize that will be awarded weekly.

“We certainly encourage people to have fun with their photo entries, but the Big Green Egg winner will be selected at random,” Zeeb said.

One original photo per week is allowed. Winners will be announced on Facebook.

Trinity Falls is a 2,000-acre community just west of Highway 75 and north of Highway 380. Builders Ashton Woods, Gehan Homes, Highland Homes, Meritage Homes, Perry Homes and Plantation Homes offer floor plans priced from the lower $300,000s to more than $600,000. A centerpiece of the community is B.B. Owen Park, a 350-acre natural area along the East Fork of the Trinity River.

For more information about Trinity Falls, visit www.trinityfalls.com.

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Round up the cowpokes and head out to Trinity Falls for rodeo-themed fun during Rodeo on the River, 4-8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22.

The public can mosey up to The Club at Trinity Falls, 7801 Trinity Falls Pkwy, for a wagon-load of free activities including foot stompin’ music, trick roping, miniature ponies, a rodeo clown, a photo booth and armadillo races. Chow can be purchased from food trucks and the saloon will offer beer and wine for sale. A portion of the proceeds from the event benefits ManeGait equine therapy in McKinney.

For more information, visit https://www.trinityfalls.com.

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Trinity Falls just northwest of McKinney is hosting a Doggie Day Camp 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, that will offer a host of dog-related activities.

Trinity Falls will host canines and their human parents at Doggie Day Camp from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28.

The Fido-friendly, free festivities will include pet adoptions, a bounce house, a DJ and more. Event-goers can meet at The Club, 7801 Trinity Falls Parkway, to board shuttle buses to the development’s new dog park, Dog Den Park, where the festivities will be held. Dogs must be leashed.

A highlight will be the online cute canine contest taking place the day of the event showcasing picture perfect pups. To enter, owners need to check in at Trinity Falls, take pictures of their dressed-up dogs and post them to the Trinity Falls Facebook page, www.facebook.com/TrinityFallsTX, using the hashtags #TrinityFallsFun and #DoggieDayCamp. The winner will be announced in the afternoon and awarded a $100 Petco gift card.

“Pup parents don’t need to post ‘paw-fessional’ level photographs in order to win,” said Jessica Zeeb, marketing manager for Trinity Falls. “We just want to see how doggone cute their precious pups are. It’s going to be a fun day, and we invite everyone to camp it up with us.”

Various pet-related vendors also will be present offering vaccinations, wellness exams, microchipping and more.

Doggie Day Camp is one of three activities Trinity Falls is hosting during the DFW Showcase Tour of Homes. Sponsored by Trinity Falls developer Johnson Development, the tour offers the public a chance to visit more than 20 professionally decorated model homes, as well as participate in a slew of events in two Dallas-Fort Worth communities.

Tour maps and event details are available at www.dfwshowcaseofhomes.com

To learn more about Trinity Falls, visit https://www.trinityfalls.com.

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Springtime at Trinity Falls happens 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21.

Springtime at Trinity Falls, an Earth Day celebration, will take flight from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21.

The free event kicks off with a butterfly release at B.B. Owen Park. Shuttle buses from The Club, 7801 Trinity Falls Parkway, will be available to transport visitors to the site. In addition, tree sprigs donated by Woodlake Outdoors will be planted in the community’s new parks and attendees can experience goat yoga at The Club. A bird’s eye view of the community is available via a tethered hot air balloon.

“Trinity Falls is a community that revels in its natural surroundings,” said Jim Baker, general manager of Trinity Falls. “So what better place to celebrate Earth Day? In addition to our beautiful B.B. Owen Park, we offer miles of trails for hiking and biking, wooded areas and more than 450 acres of open space.”

Other pursuits will include live music by Shayne Green, food trucks, children’s activities and more. Pedi-cabs will whisk visitors to the community’s eight professionally decorated model homes where a scavenger hunt will award the winner a YETI Hopper. To attend, RSVP to RSVP@Trinityfalls.com.

Springtime at Trinity Falls is one of two activities Trinity Falls is hosting during the DFW Showcase Tour of Homes. Visitors also can bring their well-heeled pups to Doggie Day Camp from 10:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, where they can enjoy pet adoptions, a cute canine contest, a DJ, a bounce house and more during the grand opening of the community’s new bark park, Dog Den Park.

Sponsored by Trinity Falls developer Johnson Development, the tour offers the public a chance to visit more than 20 professionally decorated model homes, as well as participate in a slew of events in two Dallas-Fort Worth communities. Homes will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free.

Tour maps and event details are available at www.johnsondevelopment.com/dfw-showcase.

For more information about Trinity Falls, visit www.trinityfalls.com.

 

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Tommy Kang and Crystal Cho enjoyed crawfish and all the fixings during the Trinity Falls Crawfish Boil on the Rue.

Trinity Falls served up spicy crawfish for the public and a $1,500 donation for the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) during the community’s recent Crawfish Boil on the Rue event.

More than 1,500 people enjoyed 3,000 pounds of crawfish at the Cajun-inspired feast as well as traditional sides, music by Philip Brumley, a 75-foot zip line, Zorb balls, gator show and other activities.

Admission to the event was $1 per person, which was donated to the NTFB.

“The crawfish boil combined all of our favorite things — food, fun and fundraising,” said Jim Baker, general manager of Trinity Falls. “We are so pleased with the response from the public. Every dollar donated to the food bank provides three meals to local North Texas families. As a result of everyone’s generosity, 4,500 people will have food on the table.”

The crawfish boil also served as an introduction to the McKinney community’s new model home park. Additional spirits and desserts were offered at models built by Gehan Homes, Meritage Homes, Highland Homes, Ashton Woods and Perry Homes.

“Our builders really stepped up to the plate with their new models,” Baker said. “They are gorgeous, and we encourage everyone to come out and take a look.”

Visitors Maureen and Monte Andrews took a look during the event and won a “Cajun Country Adventure” package, valued at $1,200. The package includes Louisiana swamp tours, a private seafood boil, accommodations at a bed and breakfast and more.

The public will have two opportunities to attend Trinity Falls events in April during the DFW Showcase of Homes. An Earth Day event — “Springtime at Trinity Falls” — happens Saturday, April 21. “Doggie Day Camp” welcomes well-heeled pups on April 28. Both events take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The Club at Trinity Falls, 7801 Trinity Falls Parkway.

For more information about the tour, visit www.johnsondevelopment.com/dfw-showcase

For more information about Trinity Falls, visit https://www.trinityfalls.com.

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Trinity Falls has made the holidays brighter for one area couple, awarding a $1,500 airline voucher as part of its Home for the Holidays Sweepstakes.

Jeff and Veronica Kuenzle won the prize by visiting a model home in Trinity Falls and registering for the drawing. The pair had visited the Ashton Woods Homes model in the community, located just northwest of McKinney.

“The contest winner was selected in a completely random drawing, but it turns out they were in Trinity Falls to purchase a home — which they did,” said Jessica Zeeb, marketing coordinator for the community. “So we’ll be seeing a lot more of the Kuenzles at our many resident events.”

The general public was invited to visit any of Trinity Falls’ nine model homes Nov. 1 to Dec. 10 to register for the airline voucher. The winner was selected in time to make arrangements for holiday travel this year if they wanted, Zeeb said.

“The sweepstakes really was designed to both invite people to see the Trinity Falls homes and lifestyle and to give them an opportunity this holiday season to reconnect with loved ones who live far away,” she said.

Eight builders including Ashton Woods, Beazer Homes, Emerald Homes, Gehan Homes, Highland Homes, Meritage Homes, Perry Homes and Plantation Homes currently offer homes in Trinity Falls. The single-family homes are priced from the upper $200,000s to more than $600,000.

Named the 2016 “Master-Planned Community of the Year” by the Dallas Builders Association, the nearly 2,000-acre Trinity Falls offers buyers an amenity-filled lifestyle featuring The Club, a recreation complex with a beach-entry pool, open-air pavilion with a fireplace, a sunset terrace and event lawn where residents gather for events planned by a full-time lifestyle director.

For more information, visit www.trinityfalls.com.

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Sienna Plantation now boasts 22 model homes open daily with the recent debut of a model by M/I Homes, the Fort Bend community’s newest builder.

The new model, located at 2510 Duke Heights Lane, is the first from the builder’s 35-foot luxury homes designs. The Coronado plan features three bedrooms and 3.5 baths within 2,466 square feet. The home boasts several outdoor spaces — including a covered patio, front porch and side courtyard — and an upstairs game room with a powder bath. Mid-century furniture and chartreuse green accents give the model art-deco ambiance. Although designed for smaller properties, the homes are being built on 45-foot homesites in Sienna Plantation, allowing for larger play yards.

“This model is a beautiful addition to the variety of homes offered in Sienna Plantation,” said Alvin San Miguel, general manager of the community. “Smart design maximizes space on the inside, while allowing for plenty of space outdoors.”

M/I Homes is offering seven floor plans in Sienna Plantation priced from the $240,000s and ranging from 1,704 to 2,643 square feet. Signature features include abundant counter space and free-standing ranges in kitchens, multiple living areas and flexible options for secondary outdoor living spaces.

“These designs have numerous flex options — such as the side courtyard with sliding doors shown in our model,” said Jay McManus, area president of M/I Homes. “We also efficiently planned these homes so you have both ample wall space and natural light, which can be a challenge when designing for these size lots.”

The 10,800-acre Sienna Plantation features townhomes, patio homes, single-family homes and luxury homes priced from the $250,000s to more than $1 million. Six Fort Bend Independent School District campuses are located onsite, and the community offers five pools, four recreation centers, a 160-acre Camp Sienna sportsplex, more than 100 acres of parks and miles of trails.

Sienna Plantation is ranked among the nation’s 50 top-selling communities and was named the 2017 Master-planned Community of the Year by the Greater Houston Business Association in the Houston’s Best PRISM awards.

Learn more at www.siennaplantation.com.

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Trinity Falls has donated $1,000 to assist single mothers as part of the community’s Shred, White and Blue event in July.

Piles of paperwork and other unwanted documents were destroyed at the event while people enjoyed complimentary ice cream, live music by Philip Brumley and other activities at The Club in Trinity Falls. Proceeds from the event were earmarked for Shiloh Place in McKinney.  

“We are so pleased to be able to help this amazing organization, which works to assist homeless, single mothers,” said Jim Baker, general manager of Trinity Falls. “Our Shred, White and Blue event raised $300 and Trinity Falls kicked in another $700 for a total donation of $1,000.”

Co-sponsoring the event was Out of the Box Networking.

“My husband and I are passionate about giving back to the community,” said Chelsea Amaya with Out of the Box. “We want to build a legacy for our family and be intentional about how we do it. If we can help Shiloh Place monetarily, they can do so much more. And that’s a victory for us.”

Shiloh Place provides single mothers with housing, childcare and tuition for up to two years with the goal of helping them become self-sufficient.

“We are thrilled to receive such a generous donation,” said Ashleigh Fanning, ?Development Manager at Shiloh Place. “We had a wonderful time at the event and the money raised will help advance our mission to end the cycle of poverty for our Shiloh moms and their children.” 

Trinity Falls holds fundraisers for McKinney-area charities several times a year.

Named the 2016 “Master-Planned Community of the Year” by the Dallas Builders Association, Trinity Falls offers buyers a range of home choices priced from the lower $300,000s.

For more information, visit https://www.trinityfalls.com.