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Old 12-16-2011, 06:11 AM
 
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I have recently accepted a job in Houston and looking for a home for my family. I have a wife and a 14 yr old daughter. School is important so we want the Cy-Fair district. The problem we are having is determining a good builder. Does anyone have any comments as to what builder is good in Fairfield and Cypress. Where i come from, you have a subdivision with only a couple of builders. We went looking in Fairfield last weekend and noticed there are at least 10 builders in that community.
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Old 12-16-2011, 08:10 AM
 
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Where is your job?
Why are you looking at Cypress? Just for schools?
I used to live in Fairfield, and my (retired) parents still do. It's a nice neighborhood, pretty large now, and the surrounding area has really expanded. When i lived there is was 10 miles to a grocery store or lowes/home depot.
And the reason I moved? TRAFFIC! Getting to downtown and back during normal commuting hours was insane and that was 12 years ago. 290 is probably the most clogged artery in Houston right now. Just something to consider. There are plenty of other neighborhoods with good schools (as good or maybe even better than cypress) so that's why I asked where the job was.

What price range and builders are you looking at?
Trendmaker and Highland are a couple of the best ones. Village builds some nice homes too.
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Old 12-16-2011, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Austin & Houston, TX
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In order to point you in the right direction here are a few questions:

Price Point?
Inventory or To be built?
Will you be looking into both New & Resale?
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Old 12-16-2011, 08:22 AM
 
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I work off of Sam Houston Tollway. The Westpark area. Yes we were thinking of Cypress mainly for the schools. I know nothing about Houston. The price range is up to 400k which confuses me as well. Where i currently have a house (Central Texas) 400k would buy you a huge custom built home. Here, it seems that its an average home. I live in a town of 60,000 people. It's a big cultural change for my 14 year old which is why school is important to us. I mainly want a quality builder, but there are so many to choose from around here that it's hard to narrow a certain builder down. We looked at a few Trendmaker homes and they were nice. Just didnt know enough about them to determine if they were good or not.
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Old 12-16-2011, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Houston , Tx
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I agree where i come from too , suburb only have couple builders or something , we went looking at houses last week in Bridgeland , and there were so many builders !! I really like Perry , Highland and David Weekley , and Village Builder . I just want to make sure we're getting a really good builder .
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Old 12-16-2011, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Austin & Houston, TX
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I work off of Sam Houston Tollway. The Westpark area. Yes we were thinking of Cypress mainly for the schools. I know nothing about Houston. The price range is up to 400k which confuses me as well. Where i currently have a house (Central Texas) 400k would buy you a huge custom built home. Here, it seems that its an average home. I live in a town of 60,000 people. It's a big cultural change for my 14 year old which is why school is important to us. I mainly want a quality builder, but there are so many to choose from around here that it's hard to narrow a certain builder down. We looked at a few Trendmaker homes and they were nice. Just didnt know enough about them to determine if they were good or not.
Trendmaker is a great builder and has been around for 40 years. They have in my opinion some of the best floor plans and elevations. The lots sizes range from 70, 80 and 100 ft lots. Westin Homes is another builder who has great floorplans and attractive elevations that would be in the 80ft product. Will you be looking into a spec home or to be built? Builders more often will give you a great deal on spec homes before the close out of their fiscal year.
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Old 12-16-2011, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Austin & Houston, TX
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I agree where i come from too , suburb only have couple builders or something , we went looking at houses last week in Bridgeland , and there were so many builders !! I really like Perry , Highland and David Weekley , and Village Builder . I just want to make sure we're getting a really good builder .
Any particular builder that stand out the most based on what you have seen in Bridgeland? Two of my client purchase in Bridgeland one purchased with Highland Homes and the other with Perry. Both clients are happy with their purchase and the great amenities Bridgeland has to offer.
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Old 12-16-2011, 09:34 AM
 
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Personally, I was not very impressed with Perry.
People seem to like their designs (lots of large windows) but I hated their use of really wide entryways (wasted space) and things seemed cheap to me when looking at the details. They are less expensive though, so when they are building alongside Trendmaker, Highland or Village that is a draw for some.

Then i saw this, when i went to check on my own home being built (trendmaker) a couple weeks ago.
Pic is of a Perry.
This could happen to anyone I suppose, but to me that is NOT a good design if this can happen.

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Old 12-16-2011, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Austin & Houston, TX
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Is this in Cross Creek Ranch?
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Personally, I was not very impressed with Perry.
People seem to like their designs (lots of large windows) but I hated their use of really wide entryways (wasted space) and things seemed cheap to me when looking at the details. They are less expensive though, so when they are building alongside Trendmaker, Highland or Village that is a draw for some.

Then i saw this, when i went to check on my own home being built (trendmaker) a couple weeks ago.
Pic is of a Perry.
This could happen to anyone I suppose, but to me that is NOT a good design if this can happen.
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Old 12-16-2011, 03:31 PM
 
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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I work off of Sam Houston Tollway. The Westpark area. Yes we were thinking of Cypress mainly for the schools. I know nothing about Houston. The price range is up to 400k which confuses me as well.
With that work location, I'd consider looking at areas that are closer and a better commute than Fairfield. Plenty of other areas with good schools and nice homes for $400k.
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