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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.