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Everything you need to know

The best way to experience our where then meets now community is to see it for yourself, so we hope you will visit soon. In the meantime, peruse our growing gallery of blogs, announcements and news to learn more about our community’s homes, amenities, and lifestyle. We will be adding new posts regularly with helpful information about our builders, residents, events, plans and progress, and local area favorites.

One Story Vs Two Story Homes

Pros and Cons: One Story vs Two Story Homes

December 21st, 2021

Whether it’s your first home, your forever home, or your retirement home after the kids have left the nest, you’ve always got to answer one question when you start shopping for a place to spend your life: one story or two?

How To Winterize Your Home

Top Tips on How to Winterize Your Home and Yard

December 15th, 2021

The first day of winter is December 21, which will be here before you know it! Here at Mantua, located in Van Alstyne, Texas, north of Dallas, we’re lucky to enjoy some really mild winters, but that

what’s drawing businesses to Collin County

What’s Drawing Businesses to Collin County

November 24th, 2021

No two ways about it: Texas has been experiencing massive growth of late. Lots of new folks are moving into the Lone Star State, drawn in part by a boom in new job opportunities. In fact, business is booming all over the state, with job growth in Dallas, Austin, Houston, and San Antonio all routinely

Moving to Dallas From California

Top FIVE Reasons Why So Many People are Moving to Dallas from California

November 19th, 2021

One of the many joys of shopping for a new place is getting to know a little about the community that you’ll soon call home. After all, when you buy a house, you’re not just becoming a homeowner; you’re also becoming a member of a community. This means that, as comfortable as you want you and your family to be in your new home and your own back yard,

what does mantua mean

The Much-Storied History of Mantua, Texas

October 13th, 2021

One of the many joys of shopping for a new place is getting to know a little about the community that you’ll soon call home. After all, when you buy a house, you’re not just becoming a homeowner; you’re also becoming a member of a community. This means that, as comfortable as you want you and your family to be in your new home and your own back yard,

Qualities Of A Good Neighborhood

What Makes a Community a Good Place to Live?

October 12th, 2021

One of the many joys of shopping for a new place is getting to know a little about the community that you’ll soon call home. After all, when you buy a house, you’re not just becoming a homeowner; you’re also becoming a member of a community. This means that, as comfortable as you want you and your family to be in your new home and your own back yard,

Smart Home Statistics, Technologies and Trend

September 27th, 2021

The history of smart home technology goes back further than you might think. When you get right down to it, smart homes began with the invention of the thermostat, and the first programmable thermostat was actually developed by Honeywell all the way back in 1906! Since then, the smart home industry has expanded into one of the fastest growing segments in the technology sector.

Smart Home Statistics

Home Design and Decorating Trends for 2021

September 14th, 2021

There’s no doubt that a well-designed living space leads to a happier home life, and it’s perfectly apparent that COVID-19 has changed the way we think about our time spent at home. Spending so much time at home has made many of us realize just how important interior design really is

Tips on How to Choose the Right Community for Your New Home

August 24th, 2021

There are few things in life that are more exciting than finding and buying that perfect new home—the one you’ve always dreamed about, the one where you’ll raise a family, build new memories, and begin all those wonderful things you have planned for your future. But while buying a new home is exciting, it can also be a big job, especially if you’re a first-time home buyer.

move in ready homes

Coming Soon: Grand Opening of First Perry Homes Model

August 12th, 2021

nstruction is well underway in our community, which is nestled in a lush landscape of creeks and verdant scenery in Van Alstyne, Texas.

veranda amenity center

Community News: Trail House and The Veranda Amenity Center Construction Updates!

August 2nd, 2021

There’s a lot happening around here at Mantua in North Texas. Just this year, we’ve had model homes from David Weekley and Highland Homes open up for prospective residents to view. Models from Perry Homes will open early August, and Risland Homes models will open later in the year!

How to Build a Smart Home

How to Build a Smart Home

July 16th, 2021

The idea of the smart home has its roots in science fiction. We’ve all seen movies from decades past in which characters simply walk through the front door of their “home of the future” and lighting, temperature settings, music, TV news updates,