Creekshaw Builders: Turning Homebuyer Insights into Stunning New Designs

Creekshaw Builders: Turning Homebuyer Insights into Stunning New Designs

Real estate “experts,” which can include both buyers and sellers, have long extolled the “three most important words” in the industry. They are location, location, and location! Combining small-town charm with big-city convenience, Creekshaw master-planned community is a 30-minute drive east of downtown Dallas on Interstate 30. Its location offers its community residents a robust economic climate and enhanced employment opportunities, as well as access to a variety of amenities found in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. 

However, its prime location is only the beginning. An experienced team of premier builders has curated the manicured neighborhoods and developed detailed floor plans that will appeal to today’s most discerning homebuyers. 

With miles of hiking and biking trails, inviting green spaces, and upscale amenities, there is something here for every member of the family. For example, residents can drop a line in the catch-and-release ponds on a lazy Sunday or relax with the kids at the Amenity Center swimming complex. Plus, the Royse City Sports Complex is adjacent to the community. Convenience has been built right into Creekshaw’s community design. 

Homes Transformed

What do buyers want in 2024? Recently, Creekshaw’s construction pros listed some emerging trends that are most requested by today’s prospective home buyers. 

  • Innovative Homes: According to David Weekley Homes, new construction trends run the gamut from innovative, versatile room design to the latest in interior design concepts. Transformational design adds functionality and adaptability as families, and their lifestyles, grow and evolve. DWH offers models for touring or prospective buyers can schedule a 3D virtual tour from the comfort of their own sofa with the company’s LifeDesign™ feature. In 2024, trends include clear sight lines, traffic pattern room placements, and an emphasis on windows and light. Visit their website for additional interior design inspiration and ideas.
  • Smart Technology: Highland Homes has a passion for architectural design that employs new and energy-efficient construction methods. In fact, they have earned the Excellence in Energy Performance Award for exceeding Energy Star expectations. 

Smart technology accessible from a mobile phone is integrated into each home design.  Features include electronic deadbolts, video doorbells, outlets that include USB ports, smart thermostats, WIFI garage doors, and high-speed WIFI routers. Appliances are energy efficient, and homes are “future-proofed” with eco-friendly options focused on long-term sustainability. 

Highland Homes offers buyers an assortment of floor plans that will suit the individual needs of the homeowner and an inspiration gallery to “try before you buy.” Look at the Interactive Room Visualizer function on their website to get a feel for design combinations and available finishes for people to choose from. 

  • Future Forward Design: Premier builder K. Hovnanianis introducing Tacoma II, its newest floor plan for the Creekshaw community. Upscale kitchens and spa-quality bathrooms are representative of the growing self-care trend in 2024. 

The pandemic reminded us of the truth in that old adage: your home is your castle. Families today want homes that come with all the comforts they enjoy. For example, flexible spaces for workouts or hybrid work-from-home offices continue to be desirable, as do fully functional outdoor spaces that invite nature inside. To streamline the process even further, check out the Looks function on the builder’s website. Interior design professionals at K. Hovnanian have curated four inspirational home design palettes that orchestrate harmonious interior design options with available add-ons and finishes.

  • Coming Soon: Creekshaw has partnered with Impression Homes to offer community residents a townhouse option that is now in the planning stages. Community amenities are desirable whether purchasing a large family home or a smaller starter home. Check back at for updates. Impression Homes offers a Home Photo Gallery and other valuable information on their website for first-time buyers who want to familiarize themselves with the home-buying process. 

Point and Click

When considering new construction, the amount of decision making involved can occasionally feel overwhelming. Each one of Creekshaw’s construction teams seeks to streamline the process for prospective home buyers. One sure-fire way to do that is to provide interactive features that can demonstrate all the exterior and interior possibilities available with the click of a mouse. 

A 2024 trend towards interactive features is also the latest in the construction industry. Builder sites include mobile-friendly, user-friendly functions, since mobile devices account for a sizable portion of web traffic. Interactive elements offer users an engaging design experience that encourages exploration and authentically demonstrates what is possible, without the fear of making costly, irreversible mistakes. Users can experiment, undo changes, and change their minds again to make informed decisions when the time comes to build. 

Reality vs. Virtual Reality

As popular and engaging as interactive design has become, there is still nothing like seeing a place firsthand. Creekshaw is in Royse City, where visitors can stop by and see the Futuro House, an architectural wonder that was considered truly innovative back in the day. Designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen in the late 1960’s, Futuro House resembles a flying saucer made from reinforced plastic. Perhaps innovation, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder? At Creekshaw, our builders still place a high premium on their timeless designs.

Visiting a place allows us to immerse ourselves in the environment, experience the neighborhoods, and assess the availability of essential services and amenities. Come and see for yourself what today’s innovative homes have to offer. Click here to schedule a tour today.

House Hunting 101: Top 10 Essential Considerations

House Hunting 101: Top 10 Essential Considerations

Finding just the right home, one where you see yourself living happily for many years to come can be a daunting task. According to Realtors, buyers are looking for much more than the perfect house.  Homebuyers want to belong to a thriving community that exemplifies the lifestyle they seek.

Of course, this criterion makes Creekshaw master-planned community a great choice.

How can a new homebuyer know if they’ve found the right home? Here are the top 10 essential factors to consider.

  • Demand and Desirability

Location is a top priority when purchasing a new home and will significantly influence demand and desirability. In the case of Creekshaw, it is about a 30-minute drive northeast of downtown Dallas. Combining the small-town charm of Royse City with the big-city convenience of the Dallas Metroplex, the builders at this charming community offer residents a striking variety of well-crafted, quality homes.

  • Money Matters

When building a new home, a key factor in arriving at a budget is establishing non-negotiable priorities, from style and function to finishing materials. Is the house you plan to buy comfortably in your price range? A budget isn’t about restricting what a person can spend. It permits them to spend without guilt or regret.

  • Tailor Made

Understanding both the lot size and house size is essential for property valuation and planning. Lot size refers to the total area of the land parcel where your home is situated. Property size refers to the total area within the home itself, often calculated in square footage. Families are not “one size fits all.” For example, some families prefer a single-story home while others prefer two stories.  Some families plan on a bonus room to accommodate changing space requirements moving forward.

  • Feature Attractions

When purchasing a new home, a variety of available floor plans ensures a layout that works well for your family. Spa bathrooms are becoming equally as important as functional, upscale kitchen layouts for adding to the quality of daily life. Upscale amenities attract potential buyers. Creekshaw has hike-and-bike trail systems that connect neighborhoods with pocket parks, open spaces, and a catch-and-release fishing pond. The community also boasts a resort-style amenity complex, with a large swimming pool, an event pavilion, lounging areas with a shade cabana, and plenty of lawn space for gatherings. For added convenience, the Royse City Sports Complex is located adjacent to the community.

  • Save Your Energy

Energy costs make up a large portion of a homeowner’s monthly bills. When shopping for a new home, it’s important to learn about a prospective home’s energy performance before you buy. In addition, a home that has been “future-proofed” for the impact of climate is a major selling point for climate-conscious consumers. The premier builders at Creekshaw construct eco-friendly homes with energy-efficient designs and sustainable materials to ensure the highest quality energy performance.

  • Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic

When it comes to purposeful house hunting, a high-quality public school system plays a critical role in the decision-making process. Not only important as institutions of learning, but good schools also shape the surrounding communities, impact economic development, and influence home values. Students that live at Creekshaw will attend Royse City ISD  Royse City ISD is highly rated by the Texas Education Agency.  

  • First Impressions

Buyers are looking for houses that make them feel comfortable, inspired, and at home. If they walk into the house and begin mentally arranging the furniture, it’s a good bet the house could be the one. A good vibe begins at the curb. Look for appealing entryways and attractive landscaping. If the home checks most of the boxes, consider making an offer. If you can imagine living there for the next 5 to 10 years, you’ll know the house is probably a good fit for you.

  • Outdoor Oasis

Since the isolation of the pandemic, families have a renewed appreciation for inviting outdoor spaces in their backyards. Some must-haves include porches, fences, patios, and decks.  Creating a private outdoor oasis has never been more desirable or returned more in dividends. If you’re a potential homebuyer, the essential considerations include how much space you need (lot size) and how you intend to use it. When buying a home in Creekshaw, a personal oasis extends outward to include the community at large, with ample opportunities to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings.

  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

For many prospective home buyers, safety is an essential consideration. Creekshaw is designed to be safe and functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. Neighborhoods are well-lit and have monitored access points. The thoughtful design concept of “live, play, and work” ensures that upscale amenities are in walkable range to resident’s homes, reducing traffic risks and providing greater peace of mind. Homes are typically outfitted with surveillance systems for an added layer of security. Common spaces throughout the community make it easier to congregate with neighbors and friends.

  • Are You Appreciated?

One essential consideration not to underestimate is property appreciation. When investing real estate dollars in a master-planned community like Creekshaw, families are investing in a potential upside potential. Homes in these communities usually bring about a 10% pricing premium due to the attractive amenities and lifestyle features they offer.

It All Adds Up

These 10 factors add up to a great formula for building a “forever home.” If you are seeking a new home that fits your family’s active lifestyle, you can find exactly what you’re looking for at Creekshaw.

Seeing is believing! Why not schedule a visit today? Click here and let’s talk.

Why Now Is the Best of Times to Build Your Dream Home

Why Now Is the Best of Times to Build Your Dream Home

For families considering buying or building a new home today, the opening sentence from Charles Dickens’ classic historical novel, “Tale of Two Cities,” resonates just as strongly now as it did when it was first written. With the evolution of the residential building “art and science,” the options have never been better. Amazing locations, amenities that before now were only found in expensive resorts, utility-saving engineering, spectacular architectural options, and the rise of master-planned communities such as Creekshaw, located in Royse City between Garland and Dallas,  it is clearly the “best of times” for homebuyers. 

However, buyers are rightfully concerned about the economy and its effect on the financial aspects of sharing the American Dream of homeownership. While it is understandable to be concerned, historically, this is certainly not the worst of times to be buying or building a new home. As home buyers for many generations have learned, all it takes is a good plan of action.

The Best of Times

Let’s start with the good news. Master-planned communities have fundamentally changed the value proposition of building a new home. Communities such as Creekshaw, conveniently located north of Dallas in Rockwall County, are a great example of why now is a great time to make the decision to build a forever home today.

Creekshaw is located in one of the oldest towns in Texas, Royse City. The award-winning downtown area offers a charm that is simply not available for most communities. The developers of Creekshaw recognized this warm, small-town vibe and designed a master-planned community that has become a part of this quality of life.

State-of-the-art amenities such as the immaculate Creekshaw amenity center, with its massive pool and meeting spots, is surrounded by the luxurious walking and biking trails of Creekshaw. These paths have been created with the gently rolling terrain in mind and this eco-therapy is a great way to recharge.  

The schools are also top-flight. The Royse City Independent School District is far above average among other districts in Texas. It boasts a student-to-teacher ratio of 15 to 1, which allows for more individualized instruction. The graduation rate for students in the district is an impressive 96 percent. The Royse City ISD is among the top 500 Best School Districts in Texas. 

Meeting the Mortgage Rate Challenge

Every generation of home buyers has had to grapple with what appears (at the time) to be tough economic headwinds. Of course, with regard to mortgage rates, things have been better, but they have also been much worse.

As of the end of July 2023, Forbes reported, “The average Annual Percentage Rate (APR) for the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 7.33% today from 7.27% yesterday. This time last week, the 30-year fixed APR was 7.32%. Meanwhile, the average APR on a 15-year fixed mortgage sits at 6.60%. At this same time last week, the 15-year fixed-rate mortgage APR was at 6.57%. And the average APR on the 30-year fixed-rate jumbo mortgage is 7.18%. Last week, it sat at 7.07%

Here’s how this impacts a family considering buying or building a home:

30-Year Fixed7.40%7.33%$687
15-Year Fixed6.63%6.6%$876
30-Year Jumbo7.23%7.18%$677

The experts at Forbes add, “Expect the Federal Reserve’s ongoing monetary policies to continue to put some upward pressure on mortgage rates, with the Fed signaling that it will slow rate hikes, a downward shift in mortgage rates may soon come. While mortgage rates are directly impacted by U.S. Treasury bond yields, the Fed’s actions to contain inflation by hiking the federal funds rate tend to push mortgage rates upward.”

This suggests that NOW might be a good time to apply for a mortgage. Even if this relatively lower rate window is missed, other real estate experts see lower mortgage rates on the horizon. Reported by Forbes:

William Raveis Mortgage regional vice president Melissa Cohn says, “Mortgage rates will follow inflation rates in the next few months. If the rate of inflation continues to drop, mortgage rates will follow right along. In addition, new job creation and consumer spending will impact mortgage rates—if we see that fewer jobs are created and consumer spending declines, slowing the economy, then mortgage rates will drop.”

National Association of Realtors (NAR) deputy chief economist and vice president of research Jessica Lautz adds, “The 30-year fixed interest rate for mortgages has remained stubbornly high. The expectation is that the Fed will see the ease in inflation and there will be a ripple effect to the mortgage market. By 2024, NAR anticipates the 30-year fixed rate will be at 6%, which will be a welcome relief to potential home buyers.”

Tips on Getting a Good Mortgage Rate

Of course, lenders decide a homebuyer’s mortgage rate. However, the editors of Forbes note, “There are some proactive steps you can take to ensure the best rate possible. For example, advanced preparation and meeting with multiple lenders can go a long way. Even lowering your rate by a few basis points can save you money in the long run.”

Here are some other ways you can improve your chances of getting the best deal:

  • Take stock of your financial situation. For instance, start by looking at your debt-to-income (DTI) ratio—aka your total monthly debts against your monthly earnings—to determine how much home you can afford.
  • Review your credit score. Lenders look at your credit score to evaluate the risk you pose as a borrower. Paying down balances, limiting new credit cards and loans, and checking your credit report for errors can all work towards raising your score.
  • Meet with several lenders. Don’t go with the first lender quote you receive. Shop around to get the best deal—research various mortgage lenders and different loans you might qualify for to put yourself in a stronger position once you are ready to buy a home.
  • Crunch the numbers with a mortgage calculator. Once you know which type of loan you qualify for, you can estimate your monthly payments by punching your numbers into various mortgage calculators, such as a 30-year fixed mortgage calculator or mortgage amortization calculator.
  • Save money now. The more you put down on a home, the less you’ll need to borrow from a lender.

Now Is a Great Time to Move Up to Creekshaw 

Having a glorious home in the master-planned community of Creekshaw can be in your future with a little planning. Now is the time to begin the process. It starts with making a short drive to this idyllic small town and seeing what so many people have discovered about Creekshaw. It’s true. You’ll know when you’ve arrived!

Ready to Explore? Here Are 3 Day Trips from Creekshaw That Your Family Will Love

Ready to Explore? Here Are 3 Day Trips from Creekshaw That Your Family Will Love

Royse City, home to the master-planned community of Creekshaw (, is one of the oldest cities in Texas. This sumptuous community, located between Dallas and Garland has become known for its massive pool in the multi-purpose amenity center and the luxurious hiking and biking trails that wind through the property. However, its convenient location is one of its most popular features. 

This part of the “Upper East Side” of Texas is a charming place to call home and it is surrounded by other lovely and historically significant towns. For anyone looking for a fun way to spend some family time, these other towns are great for exploring.

Looking for Family Day Trips from Creekshaw? Here are 3 Great Ones

Jefferson: The Best-Kept Secret In East Texas

Distance from Creekshaw and Royse City – About 2 hours

As its website notes, “The rich and diverse history of Jefferson, Texas is told through numerous factual and romantic accounts, including those that describe its dramatic rise to prosperity during the mid-1800s, as the state’s largest and most significant river port. This period of prosperity has come to be known as “The Golden Era”. Jefferson erupted into a mid-19th-century boomtown with the help of a genteel, graceful society of successful and well-bred families, a host of nefarious opportunists, and a rich assortment of eclectic individuals, while offering a supply point and doorway to settlers and immigrants looking for a new life. She was and remains, The Queen of the Bayou.”

This city, on the banks of Caddo Lake, is a Bed & Breakfast mecca and thousands come and spend a couple of days browsing the dozens of eclectic antique stores, fine dining establishments, historic homes, and buildings on just about every corner.

Here’s a great place to start your day trip to Jefferson.

The Rose Capital of Texas – Tyler

Distance from Creekshaw – 1 hour 35 minutes

Set among the pine forests of East Texas, Tyler is known for its blooming roses and vibrant azaleas, and spring flowers. Spend any time here and you’ll also discover it’s one of the most kid-friendly destinations around with plenty of exciting things to see and do for toddlers and teenagers alike. These include:

  • The Discovery Science Place
  • The Caldwell Zoo
  • The Waterpark at the Villages
  • Jellystone Park at Whispering Pines
  • The Tyler State Park
  • Urban Air Trampoline Park

For a great planning tool for a day trip to Tyler, just click here.

Fun in Frisco

Distance from Creekshaw – 50 minutes

It wasn’t long ago that Frisco, Texas was pretty much a railroad crossing spot. Now, the entire world knows about it, thanks to the Dallas Cowboys, FC Dallas MLS club, and the Frisco RoughRiders baseball team. There are lots of spots going on, but a ton more to do.

Featuring more than 70 miles of trails, Frisco offers hikers, bikers, runners, and walkers plenty of pathways to explore. When it comes to arts and culture, Frisco has that going on as well. The city’s growing art trail includes the nationally recognized Texas Sculpture Garden. And no visit to Frisco would be complete without learning about Frisco’s rich history at the Frisco Heritage Museum, standing alongside “Big Boy” at the Museum of American Railroad, or playing Pong on the world’s largest home Pong console at the National Videogame Museum.

Click here to plan your day trip to Frisco.

Fun Times

With so many things to do in this master-planned community of Creekshaw, not to mention the surrounding places to explore, you might run out of time, before you run out of fun! To see what everyone is talking about, click here and come see Creekshaw. 

The 5 Most Popular Flowers To Have In Your Yard This Spring

The 5 Most Popular Flowers To Have In Your Yard This Spring

If you listen carefully, you can hear spring slowly slipping back into North Texas. Actually, that sound is probably the birds laughing it up. Nonetheless, their chirping is a sure sign that temperatures will be climbing, grills will be firing, kids will be daydreaming about summer vacation and the land will be turning green. 

For many residents of Creekshaw, a master-planned community just north of Dallas in Royse City, it also means it’s time to dust off the garden gloves, remember where you put the shovel the last time you used it, and plant some flowers. For landscapers of all experience levels – from those who understand what the word “horticulturist” means to those who are just getting their thumbs to turn green – part of the fun of living in a gorgeous community like Creekshaw is making one’s own yard a little slice of heaven.

This process is made a little easier by the surroundings of Creekshaw. This beautiful, new community is known for its outdoor amenities. A hike-and-bike trail system connects residential areas with pocket parks and open spaces. Residents are also within walking distance of a sports complex, and an all-purpose amenity center, complete with a resort-style swimming pool, event pavilion, and landscaped open space. 

The only questions that remain to be answered are: (1) what are the best flowers for the area and (2) where do you go to get some to plant in your yard?

The Best Spring Flowers for North Texas

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According to the websites of several area nurseries including this one, “Because of the milder temperatures of North Texas, we see some amazing flowers much earlier than they do in the Northern areas of the United States.”

There is a general consensus of the “best” (meaning most likely to survive and make random strangers who are driving past your home, slow down and turn green with envy!) flowers for North Texas. Here are five to consider.

This is a cool-season annual, which means it needs to be planted from seed every year in order to grow. According to the above source, the dianthus “grows here in North Texas November through April. The flowers of the dianthus come in both white and lavender in color. They grow to be about 12 inches tall/wide and should be watered every couple of days in well-drained soil.”

Even if you’ve moved to the Royse City area from somewhere else in the country, you have probably seen geraniums as they are found almost everywhere. “But, here in Northern Texas, we get to enjoy them from February to May. Typically, they cannot survive the Texas heat past May,” this expert notes. “They are beautiful to grow in pots and keep on your porch, come in both an upright and vine-like form, and they come in a variety of colors from red, pink, and even white. They do require watering every couple of days. These are wonderful to watch the hummingbirds and butterflies at. They thrive in full or partial sun.”

According to this nursery, alyssum makes a great ground cover. “It covers the entire area with tiny fragrant flowers. This tiny flowering plant doesn’t last long in the summer sun.  So, be sure that you enjoy it while you can. As it typically will not last past May.  It is a short plant that only grows about 3-4 inches high but spreads out around 12 inches. It too requires watering every couple of days.

Many believe the MVP (most valuable PLANT) for North Texas Is the petunia. “It comes in all sorts of different colors and color combinations, is one of the most popular flowers for the spring and makes beautiful flower beds. Here’s what a petunia looks like.  They can be a mounding form, meaning they are a floral-like small bush or you can get them in a vine-like form. These can be combined into pots for some beautiful floral displays.  They can start to bloom in February but will continue even into June. They are very hearty flowers.”

Gerbera Daisy
Who doesn’t love a bouquet of flowers, sitting on the dining room table, especially if they came from your own backyard? According to this expert, “gerbera daisy has a very brightly colored flower or can also come in white. These flowers make amazing bouquets to bring inside. They will quite often grow to 12 inches tall and enjoy the partial sun with watering every couple of days.  You will find that they grow the best from March to May here in Northern Texas. Once the heat is turned up, they don’t do as well. Here’s what they look like.

The Best Places to Find Plants Near Creekshaw

The mild weather around the Creekshaw community in Royse City, makes gardening very popular, almost year around. Some popular area nurseries include:

Wilder At Payne Creek
(214) 616-5686

Walmart Garden Center
(972) 635-2728

Advanced Water Gardens
(972) 635-2321

Covington’s Nursery and Landscape Co.
(Rowlett, TX)

(972) 475-5888

Love being Outside?

If you have a passion for the “great outdoors,” Creekshaw is calling you home! Come see how we’ve deigned spaces to enjoy the best of nature. Click here and let us know you’re coming.