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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.

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Energy Efficient Homes in Texas Just Make Sense

June 16th, 2022

Energy efficient homes in Texas have become a hot topic recently for a variety of reasons that are so obvious that they hardly bear mentioning. Let’s just say that homeowners these days are interested in lowering their overall energy use and saving on their monthly utility bills. Therefore, prospective homeowners are highly motivated to find

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Here’s What’s New in Interior Design Trends 2022!

May 20th, 2022

It should come as no surprise to any homeowner—or future homeowner—that interior design helps to shape our lives at home and has been known to enhance the functionality, beauty, and even the health of our environment. As such, interior design is the subject of numerous articles each year that focus on what’s new in interior

what is a move in ready home

What is a Move In Ready Home?

April 26th, 2022

When you’ve made the decision to buy something, whether it’s as small as a new iPhone or as big as a new car, it’s always great to know that it’s in stock and ready for you right then.

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How to Choose a Mortgage Lender

March 23rd, 2022

Even if you haven’t ever gone through the process of buying a home, you probably already understand that a new home is a significant investment—one of the largest you will ever make in your lifetime. If you’re a first-time homebuyer, the process of finding the home of your dreams and securing the mortgage you need can seem daunting.

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Risland Homes Model Homes Opening

February 19th, 2022

The year has barely begun, but we’ve already enjoyed so much great news about our community at Mantua Point in Van Alstyne! There’s been continuing construction throughout the neighborhood, and we’ll be opening exciting new amenities and features in the weeks and months ahead! 

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

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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,

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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.