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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


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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

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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.


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Buyers in Trinity Falls can take advantage of a new incentive — no HOA dues for a year when purchasing select new inventory homes now through March 31.

(McKinney, TX, Feb. 21, 2019)   —            Trinity Falls is picking up the tab on homeowners association dues for buyers purchasing move-in ready homes.

From now until March 31, customers purchasing select available inventory homes in the McKinney area community will have their first year’s HOA dues paid in full. Del Webb sales are not applicable. 

“This is a great opportunity for buyers — especially those that want to move quickly,” said Robert Ditthardt, general manager for the community. “HOAs maintain amenities and keep communities beautiful. That, in turn, raises property values, which means your home is worth more. Even better, they aren’t limited to one builder. This promotion allows them to choose the builder and home that suits them best.”

Eight builders offer homes in the Johnson Development master-planned community, including Ashton Woods, Chesmar Homes, Del Webb, Gehan Homes, Highland Homes, Meritage Homes, Perry Homes and Plantation Homes. Homes in Trinity Falls are priced from the $300,000s. 

Residents also enjoy a number of amenities that are maintained by the Trinity Falls HOA such as The Club, a recreation complex that includes a beach-entry pool, splash pad, clubhouse, open-air pavilion with fireplace and a sunset terrace as well as numerous parks, playgrounds and a forested trail section. 

The 2,000-acre community is located just northwest of McKinney, which is considered one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. For more information visit,

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(McKinney, TX, Feb. 18, 2019)   — Bourbon Street returns to Trinity Falls with buckets of crawfish and family fun duringCrawfish Boil on the Ruefrom 3-7 p.m. Saturday, March 2.

The Mardi Gras-themed event takes place at 7801 Trinity Falls Parkway where event-goers will enjoy pedi-cab tours of B.B. Owen Park, street performers, balloon artists, stilt walkers, a bounce house, a photo bus, food trucks and more. Live music will accompany the feast of crawfish with all the fixings. Adults can relax in the beer and wine garden. Plus, those who visit four models will have a chance to win a “Cajun Country Adventure.” Admission is $1 per person, which will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank. 

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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.

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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

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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.

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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,, 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

To learn more about Trinity Falls, visit