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La Tisha Johnson, center, accepts a ceremonial check for $500 from Trinity Falls’ Natalie Rosser. Principal Dr. Mitch Curry was in on the surprise award, which happened at the end of a teacher celebration held prior to school starting.

(McKinney, TX, Aug. 19, 2019)   —          Students in the AVID college and career readiness program at Scott Morgan Johnson Middle School in McKinney will be getting a boost this year, thanks to a $500 donation from Trinity Falls.

La Tisha Johnson, 7thand 8thgrade AVID teacher at the school, was awarded $500 to use for her classroom through Trinity Falls’ MISD Staff Spotlight campaign. The quarterly campaign takes nominations from residents of Trinity Falls for deserving teachers or staff members at the three schools serving the McKinney-area community: Press Elementary, Scott Morgan Johnson Middle School and McKinney North High School. 

Resident Deidra Golphin nominated Johnson for the award saying that she was “an absolute godsend” in helping her daughter adjust to her new school after moving from Oklahoma.

“She truly has the heart of a teacher and treats each student as if they were her own child,” Golphin wrote when nominating Johnson. “Her smile and positive attitude are contagious and help students get through the toughest of days.”

Johnson began teaching in 1998 and has been at Scott Morgan Johnson Middle School for 12 years. She has spent her entire career teaching middle school students.

“I love this age group,” she said. “They are still children but are slowly branching out into young adulthood.

“Middle school was tough for me personally. My mother was sick while I was in sixth grade and then passed away the following year, so it was really tough. That sticks with me and has created a soft spot in my heart for these students.”

Johnson said building relationships is the key to being a successful teacher.

“Before I can teach my curriculum, I need to learn their hearts,” she said. “Socio-economics don’t matter — everyone is an individual.”

Even before she learned of the gift from Trinity Falls, Johnson said her Amazon cart was full with posters and other items emphasizing potential careers open to students.

“There’s a lot of emphasis on college readiness, but college isn’t for everyone,” she said. “I worry that kids are hearing college is the only way and that’s just not true.”

In addition to the classroom items, she said she may use some of the funds to pay for dinner during Family Nights for her classes in order to encourage parent participation.

Trinity Falls General Manager Robert Ditthardt says supporting schools is a win-win for all involved.

“Schools rank very high on the list of buyer concerns,” he said. “Anything we can do to help the schools serving Trinity Falls even better helps our future home buyers, our current residents and everyone attending those campuses.”

Trinity Falls is located just northwest of McKinney, a few miles north of Scott Morgan Johnson Middle school. Nine builders offer homes priced from the mid $200,000s to the $600,000s. For more information, visit www.trinityfalls.com.

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(McKinney, TX Aug 15, 2019)   —            Nearly all of 11 new model homes coming this summer have opened in Trinity Falls as the McKinney-area community increases the variety of homes available.

Highland Homes and Perry Homes have each opened a model home in Trinity Falls’ newest neighborhood, Forest Ridge. Highland opened Plan 274 at 917 Lost Woods Way showcasing 12 floor plans for 70-foot homesites. The builder’s pricing for this collection of homes ranges from $490,000s to the $600,000s.

Perry Homes’ Design 2944 is the builder’s third model home in Trinity Falls. The newest model, at 905 Lost Woods Way, represents designs built for 60-foot homesites. The homes are priced from the $400,000s to the $500,000s.

Also open is the first of two model homes for 40-foot properties. Plantation Homes is featuring its Aubrey design as its model home at 8325 Oak Island Trail. Priced from the $270,000s, this series of five floor plans range from 1,807 to 2,781 square feet. Highland Homes also is offering homes for 40-foot homesites with 12 plans priced from the $280,000s. The builder’s model should open in about a month.

“This is a new type of home for Trinity Falls,” said General Manager Robert Ditthardt. “They will have rear-entry garages allowing for a very different streetscape.”

The two builders have a total of 94 40-foot homesites. Presales have been strong, Ditthardt said.

“Homes have been selling quickly and the Realtor community has been very interested in having homes available at this price point,” Ditthardt said. “McKinney was recently ranked No. 9 in the nation for first-time homebuyers and has the nation’s No. 1 real estate market, according to WalletHub. Having the varied product line that we do supports that type of vigorous market.”

Drees Custom Homes has opened a model for 60-foot properties priced from the $410,000s. Del Webb — which is introducing something else new for Trinity Falls — hosted a ribbon-cutting Aug. 1 for its six model homes showcasing floor plans for active adults age 55 and older. Del Webb’s pricing is from the mid $200,000s.

“Del Webb also has been selling well since pre-sales began,” Ditthardt said. “We had a number of current residents inquire immediately for their parents as soon as Del Webb opened their sales trailer.

“With these new additions to Trinity Falls and the others still yet to come, Johnson Development has created a community that serves the full range of home buyers.”

The Forest Ridge neighborhood will have more than 800 homesites and the Del Webb community will be home to 537 families. There are just more than 1,000 occupied homes currently in Trinity Falls.

Learn more about Trinity Falls, located just northwest of McKinney, at www.trinityfalls.com.

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Local favorite The Redwine Band is playing Beats & B.B. Owen Friday from 5- 8 p.m. in Trinity Falls. The concert is free and open to the public.

(McKinney, TX Aug. 5, 2019)   —Trinity Falls is closing out its summer concert series with a performance by The Redwine Band 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, during Beats & B.B. Owen.

The public is invited to pack a picnic dinner, blankets and lawn chairs for the event that will be held at Basecamp in Trinity Fall’s B.B. Owen Park, 1101 Lost Woods Way.

“We’ve had amazing performances so far by top-level talent, including a Grammy winner,” said Natalie Rosser, Marketing Director for Trinity Falls. “With such a broad songbook, The Redwine Band will have something that appeals to everyone, making it a perfect final concert.”

The Redwine Band’s roots are in Texas Country, but they also cover mainstream Top 40 artists, as well. Concertgoers can expect to hear everything from Pat Green and George Strait to Journey and Bruno Mars.

Those not wanting to pack a picnic can purchase savory offerings from The Saucy Hibachi food truck and sweet treats from Cross My Heart and Hope for Pie. Well-behaved dogs on a leash are welcome to attend the concert.

B. B. Owen Park is the 350-acre centerpiece of Trinity Falls, offering more than two miles of winding, wooded river frontage, lakes, an amphitheater, disc golf course and a dog park. 

Homes in the community are priced from the mid $200,000s to more than $600,000. For more information, visit www.trinityfalls.com

 

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The Western Flyers will be joined by Redd Volkaert for Beats in B. B. Owen Park 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 12. The concert is free and open to the public.

(McKinney, TX July 8, 2019)   —  Grammy winner Redd Volkaert will join country band Western Flyers for Beats & B.B. Owen, a free outdoor concert hosted by Trinity Falls from 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 12. 

The public is invited to pack a picnic dinner, blankets and lawn chairs for the event that will be held at Basecamp in Trinity Fall’s B.B. Owen Park, 1101 Lost Woods Way.

“This will be our best concert to date,” said Natalie Rosser, Marketing Director for Trinity Falls. “Redd Volkaert is a legend. It’s going to be such a treat for families to come out to our beautiful B.B. Owen Park for an evening of outstanding music and good old-fashioned fun.”

The former Merle Haggard lead guitarist won a Grammy award for Best Country Instrumental Performance in 2009. Considered a master of the Fender Telecaster guitar, Volkaert has also performed with Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton and Tim McGraw.

He is a frequent guest artist with Western Flyers who specialize in classic western swing, hot jazz, vintage country, cowboy songs and old-time fiddle tunes.

The event is the second of a three-concert series that happens the second Friday of each month throughout the summer. The final concert featuring The Redwine Band will be held Aug. 9. Food trucks will be on hand for those not wanting to pack a picnic. Well-behaved dogs on a leash are welcome. 

B. B. Owen Park is the 350-acre centerpiece of Trinity Falls, offering more than two miles of winding, wooded river frontage, lakes, an amphitheater, disc golf course and a dog park. 

Homes in the community are priced from the mid $200,000s to more than $600,000. For more information, visit www.trinityfalls.com

 

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Little Dondra Dickerson gets a drink of water while taking a break from the festivities in Trinity Falls recently. The community recently held a grand re-opening event.

(McKinney, TX, May 17, 2019)   —          More than 2,000 people visited Trinity Falls during the recent Here We Grow Again kick-off event to see the community’s new builders, new models and planned new amenities.

Johnson Development purchased the community in 2016. At that time, seven builders were offering homes priced from the mid $200,000s to the $600,000s.

Since then, Johnson Development has expanded the builder roster to nine builders, including Del Webb, which is offering homes for buyers age 55 and older. A greater variety of homesites ranging from 40-foot to 80-foot are now available in the development, which has grown from 1,700 acres to 2,000 with the purchase of the nearly 300-acre Heritage Farm in late 2017. 

“The effect of the improved builder line-up and other changes in the community are being felt,” said Robert Ditthardt, general manager of Trinity Falls. “We sold 12 homes during the weekend we held the kick-off event and another seven the following weekend. It’s a proper start to the month-long home tour and our grand re-opening of Trinity Falls as a Johnson Development community.”

Other changes include the introduction of new amenities, with more on the way. New sections of B.B. Owen Park have opened, adding a disc golf course, nature trails, an amphitheater and more to the amenity offerings. Old Joe Dog Park opened last year, and Basecamp will debut Memorial Day weekend, with a pavilion, playground and splash pad. A second amenity center and resort-style pool are expected to open in early 2021. In addition to the pool, it will have a fitness room, clubhouse, playground and event lawn.

“Johnson Development is known for abundant amenities and lifestyle-conscious development,” Ditthardt said. “What is being planned in Trinity Falls certainly aligns with that focus.” 

Building in Trinity Falls are Ashton Woods Homes, Chesmar Homes, Del Webb, Drees Custom Homes, Gehan Homes, Highland Homes, Meritage Homes, Perry Homes and Plantation Homes. Pricing in Trinity Falls ranges from the $230,000s to $600,000.

The “Here We Grow Again” tour continues through May 31. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Visitors will be able to visit 10 professionally decorated models, several of which have opened in the last few months. A number of inventory homes also will be open for touring. Admission is free.

For more information, visit www.trinityfalls.com.

 

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Drees Custom Homes is the newest builder in Trinity Falls, offering homes priced from the low $400,000s.

(McKinney, TX, April 30, 2019)   —         McKinney-area Trinity Falls continues to expand the array of homes offered in the Johnson Development community with the introduction of a new builder, Drees Custom Homes.

The builder will have nearly 100 homes in Trinity Falls, including 62 on 60-foot homesites that will range from 2,800 to 4,000 square feet. Pricing on those homes will start from the low $400,000s to the low $500,000s.

Drees also will offer homes base-priced from the upper $400,000s to $600,000 on 70-foot homesites. The expansive floor plans for the 36 homes will measure more than 3,200 square feet. 

Family owned and operated for 90 years, Drees Homes is known for flexible, livable floor plans with open-concept living areas and smart home technology. Model home construction is slated to begin soon with presales starting this summer.

“The introduction of Drees Homes into Trinity Falls expands the options for homebuyers looking for luxury homes without going fully custom,” said Robert Ditthardt, General Manager of Trinity Falls. “With the various builders and home designs we’ve brought to Trinity Falls over the past several months, people can find a solution for every stage of life.”

Recently, the community opened an information center for a Del Webb active adult neighborhood in Trinity Falls. Del Webb is offering 10 floor plans in Trinity Falls, ranging from 1,300 to 2,600 square feet, with 2 to 3 bedrooms and an array of customizable options to complement active adult lifestyles. Upon completion, the age-restricted community in Trinity Falls will contain 537 single-story homes. 

Drees joins eight other builders in Trinity Falls: Ashton Woods Homes, Chesmar Homes, Del Webb, Gehan Homes, Highland Homes, Meritage Homes, Perry Homes and Plantation Homes. Pricing in the community starts in the $230,000s.

For more information, visit www.trinityfalls.com.

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Debra Meers, left, and Howard Porteus with Viridian join Natalie Rosser with Trinity Falls in celebrating Johnson Development being named Developer of the Year during the recent Dallas Builders Associations McSam Awards.

(HOUSTON, TX – April 23, 2019) —       The Dallas Builders Association crowned Johnson Development as Developer of the Year April 13 during the 40thannual McSam Awards.

The company now holds Developer of the Year titles in both Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth. Johnson Development won the Houston title last October during the 2018 Houston’s Best PRISM Awards.

“It’s an honor to win our first Developer of the Year title in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, especially this year after Viridian was named one of the nation’s best-selling communities and Trinity Falls will soon celebrate its re-grand opening,” said Larry Johnson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Development. “The D-FW market is one of the nation’s top real estate markets right now and to be recognized for our work there is quite an achievement.”

Both of Johnson’s Dallas-Fort Worth communities also won trophies in the McSam Awards. Viridian won Best Sales Brochure – Developer and Trinity Falls took home the prize for Best Special Event/Promotion. Collectively, the two communities were finalists in 14 categories.

Eleven builders and three custom builders offer homes priced from the $275,000s to $2+ million in Viridian, located in Arlington. In addition, the first models are opening this spring in Viridian Elements, a 141-acre neighborhood for adults age 55 and older.

Trinity Falls is hosting the “Here We Grow Again Home Tour” during May with kick-off festivities noon to 5 p.m. May 4. The community has welcomed several new builders over the past several months, including Del Webb, which is building an active-adult neighborhood for people ages 55+. Eight builders offer homes from the $230,000s in the community, located just northwest of McKinney. 

Johnson Development has 17 active communities in Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin and Atlanta. It is one of the nation’s leading developers and has more communities ranked among the nation’s top-selling than any other developer in the country.

For more information, visit www.johnsondevelopment.com

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Trinity Falls check presentation Natalie Rosser, marketing director for Trinity Falls, presents Press Elementary third grade teacher Laleh Olateju with a $500 check as part of the community’s MISD Staff Spotlight promotion. Shown with them is Jack Fuller, whose mother nominated Olateju for the prize.

(McKinney, TX, April 15, 2019)   —         One McKinney ISD elementary room will soon be overflowing with books, thanks to a $500 donation from Trinity Falls.

Laleh Olateju, a third grade teacher at Press Elementary, received $500 for her classroom as the first winner of Trinity Falls’ MISD Staff Spotlight promotion. The quarterly promotion takes nominations from residents of Trinity Falls for deserving teachers or staff members at the three schools serving the McKinney-area community: Press Elementary, Scott Morgan Johnson Middle School and McKinney North High School. 

Olateju’s students, Press Elementary Principal Chris Clark and Jillian Meers and Natalie Rosser with Trinity Falls surprised Olateju with the gift Friday.

“I was blown away — very surprised,” she said. “My first thought was to buy lots and lots of books.”

Olateju — who teaches writing, reading and social studies — said the additional classroom books would be very helpful.

“Reading aloud helps not only with reading skills but also models writing styles,” she said.

Kimberly Miller, who nominated Olateju, says she is the best teacher her son has ever had.

“She genuinely loves each one of the students and models kindness so they all learn to be kinder,” Miller said in her nomination. “She has great energy and you can just tell she is so happy to be a teacher.”

Olateju is in her second year at Press Elementary and taught in Dallas four years prior to that. She says she has found her calling, but teaching wasn’t her original choice.

“I was at UT majoring in political science and was just starting to study for my LSAT to go into law school,” she said. “But I wasn’t feeling excited about my plans. Then one day, someone came into class and talked about an alternative certification for teaching — Teach for America. I joined the program.” 

She says she particularly enjoys how every day in the classroom is different and seeing the evolution of her students. 

“We have what the students call ‘family meetings’ to talk about kindness, our feelings and how to treat each other,” Olateju said. “I try to treat them kindly and use ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ so they will, too. And they are talking kinder to each other and thinking about each other’s feelings more.

“You can see the difference you’re making with the students month to month— not just academically, but also socially and with their mental well-being. It’s so cool. It’s nice to have a sense of purpose when you’re setting that early alarm clock."

Principal Clark said Olateju is an excellent example of the quality of the teachers at Press Elementary.

“Mrs. Olateju is an amazing teacher and very deserving of the award,” he said. “Press Elementary is lucky to have the support of such a wonderful community like Trinity Falls. We can’t thank them enough for all they do for the school.”

Trinity Falls is located just northwest of McKinney, a few minutes from Press Elementary. Ten builders offer homes priced from the $230,000s to the $600,000s. For more information, visit www.trinityfalls.com.

 

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(McKinney, TX, April 4, 2019)   — Crafts, art and homemade foods will be featured at the Around Town Artisans Market 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at The Club at Trinity Falls, 7801 Trinity Falls Parkway.

Items at the market include metal artwork, handbags, goat milk soaps and candles, dog treats, jerky, honey, bakery items, wine and more. Guests are encouraged to bring knives and scissors to be sharpened while they shop. Plus, children can enjoy a scavenger hunt and face painting.

The event is free and open to the public. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Learn more at www.trinityfalls.com

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Del Webb has opened an information center in Trinity Falls, where it will offer homes priced from the $230,000s.

The information center for a Del Webb active adult neighborhood in Trinity Falls has opened, showcasing designs priced from the $230,000s.

 

The fully staffed facility at 817 Lost Woods Way will serve as the builder’s sales center until a model home opens. Pre-sales are expected to begin in the spring.

Del Webb also revealed pricing for homes in the 127-acre enclave where it is the exclusive builder.

Buyers will be able to choose from 10 floor plans, ranging from 1,300 to 2,600 square feet, with 2 to 3 bedrooms and an array of customizable options to complement active adult lifestyles. 

In addition to open floor plans and luxury master suites, designs will boast features of particular interest to the 55+ crowd, including under cabinet lighting, raised dishwashers, no-step showers and laundry rooms just off the master suite. Multi-level curved countertops in the island kitchens encourage casual entertaining. 

“Del Webb has more than 59 years of experience serving the active-adult buyer,” said Robert Ditthardt, General Manager of Trinity Falls. “They build quality homes where adults age 55 and older can thrive — that makes them the perfect partner for Trinity Falls.”

Upon completion, the age-restricted community will contain 537 single-story homes. 

The accompanying amenity complex will include a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse; fitness center; a swimming pool with lap lanes and lounging areas; a hot tub; ample poolside seating; and courts for pickleball and bocce ball.

Homeowners also will have access to the numerous amenities found in Trinity Falls including the clubhouse, beach-entry pool and B.B. Owen Park with 12-foot-wide hike-and-bike paths along the forest’s edge, disc golf, two lakes, a dog park and amphitheater.

 

For more information, visit www.trinityfalls.com.