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You’ve just moved to Cypress Green. What will you be making in your new kitchen? Since it’s summer, you will want something cool. And since school is out, you’ll want something to make with the kids. Stumped? We aren’t. Here are a few cool recipes to help you out:

Variations on the Theme of Ice Cream

The quintessential summer dessert doesn’t need an ice cream maker. Kids will have a ball making 5 Min Ice Cream. This blender-friendly ice cream made with fresh fruit is a little healthier than your usual scoop. Fast, easy and non-dairy, this ice cream gets a protein boost from peanut butter. Got leftover ice cream sandwiches? Turn them into a fancy dessert.

Peppy Popsicles

All it takes is a liquid to make tasty popsicles, but if you want to take it up a notch, try these creamy layered blueberry ice pops. Frozen fruit is the main ingredient in these fruit pops. S’mores without a campfire? Yes, please. Just because you don’t want to turn the oven on doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy peach crisp.

Scintillating Smoothies

Fresh frozen smoothies like this one made with watermelon cool you down and wet your whistle. Orange Creamsicle on a stick can be messy so just put it in a glass instead. When life gives you peaches make peach smoothies. Make your strawberry smoothies a little healthier with the addition of carrots.

Slurp Down Slushies

What’s more fun than slurping slushies on a hot day? How about slurping down a cotton candy lemonade slushie? Cherries, lime and ice? Pretty sophisticated if you ask us. You won’t find a more refreshing slushie around than one made with watermelon. Treat yourself and the kids to an orange sherbert slushy.

Fabulous Frozen Fruit

The kids will love helping skewer melon with a stick. These inside out frozen banana bites are just the thing for a hot summer day. Fruit cups are good but frozen fruit cups are better. Short on time? All you need is one ingredient and a microplane for this easy frozen fruit dessert.

Pickleball has exploded in popularity. While it is often compared to tennis, the two could not be more different. The planned Cypress Green amenity center will offer opportunities to try your hand at both. With that in mind, let’s dive into the pickleball vs tennis debate and explore what makes each sport unique.

Court Size and Layout

One of the most noticeable differences between pickleball and tennis is the court size. A tennis court is 78 feet long and 27 feet wide for singles (36 feet for doubles). A pickleball court is 44 feet long and 20 feet wide for both singles and doubles. The advantage for those playing pickleball is that a smaller court makes the game more accessible, especially for those with limited mobility or less stamina. It also means faster gameplay and shorter distances to cover.


Both games are played with racquets and balls but that is where the similarity ends. Tennis players use larger, stringed racquets and felt-covered tennis balls. Pickleball players use solid paddles that are similar to oversized ping-pong paddles and plastic balls with holes. The pickleball paddle and ball combination allows for a different style of play, with less emphasis on power and more on control and strategy.

Gameplay and Scoring

While both sports involve hitting a ball over a net, the rules and scoring systems differ. Tennis is scored 15, 30, 40, game (with deuce and advantage). Serves must land in the service box diagonally across the court. Players can hit the ball on the volley anywhere on the court. Pickleball is scored by the serving team only and games typically go to 11. Serves must be made underhand and land in the diagonal service court. There is a non-volley zone (“the kitchen”) near the net where volleys are prohibited

Physical Demands

Both sports offer excellent exercise, but the physical demands differ. Tennis generally requires more endurance, speed and overall fitness due to the larger court size and longer rallies. Pickleball is less physically demanding, making it more accessible to a wider range of ages and fitness levels. However, it still provides a great workout, especially for reflexes and hand-eye coordination.

Learning Curve

Tennis typically requires more time to develop the necessary skills for enjoyable gameplay, especially serving and groundstrokes. The smaller court and slower ball speed in pickleball make it easier for newcomers to rally and enjoy the game quickly.

Social Aspects

Both sports offer great social opportunities, but pickleball has gained a reputation for its particularly social nature. Pickleball games are often played as doubles, encouraging more interaction. The smaller court size in pickleball facilitates conversation during play.

Pick Your Court and Your Home in Cypress Green

If you are ready to find your dream home, why not head to Cypress Green? Our builders offer a range of home choices with many move-in-ready homes available. Once you’ve chosen your home, choose your sport. Or, if you are game, why not try both?

Planning a visit to Cypress Green? Your first stop should be our beautiful Information Center. Why? It’s an easy way to learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about our fantastic community. Here are the reasons you should consider visiting it before you visit our model homes:

Get a Complete Overview
At the Information Center, we have an interactive display that provides a complete overview of Cypress Green so you can visualize our features in an immersive way. That includes a look at our master plan, our developer, vision, development stages, amenities, future plans and more.

Meet Our Experts
If you have questions about life in Cypress Green, our friendly staff is available to answer them. They are experts on our community and can provide insights and advice based on your needs and preferences.

Learn About Amenities
When it comes to choosing a community, you want to know about more than just houses. You want to learn about the great amenities available to you. At the Information Center, you can see renderings of our future Amenity Village and get to know our Lifestyle Director.

Learn About Resident-only Events
Our staff can give you the skinny on all upcoming events, activities and programs happening at Cypress Green. That way you’ll know if our community’s brand of fun fits in with your lifestyle.

Get to Know the Surrounding Neighborhood
If you want to know where the schools, health care facilities, daycare options, shopping centers and attractions are, you can find out at the Information Center.

Get Financial Information
Everyone has a budget, and you can get the information you need to help set yours. We can tell you all about homeowner association fees, taxes and other costs associated with living in Cypress Green.

Visit the Information Center Today
The Cypress Green Information Center is located at 20103 Sedona Pk Dr Hockley, TX 77447. We’re open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sundays, seven days a week. Stop by and start your homebuying journey today.

If you’ve just moved to Cypress Green, the first holiday you will probably celebrate is Father’s Day. Celebrating it in your new home offers a wonderful opportunity to create memorable experiences. Here are some ideas to make the day special:

Breakfast in Bed
Put that new kitchen to work whipping up Dad’s favorite breakfast foods. Consider pancakes, waffles, eggs, bacon and fresh fruit. Then put it all on a tray and serve it to him in bed. If he’s not a breakfast-in-bed person, decorate the informal dining area with streamers and signs so he can see how much you love him as he is chowing down.

Let Him Relax
Spa days aren’t just for mom. Set up an at-home spa day with a foot bath, massage and Dad’s favorite relaxing activities. Tell him to spend part of the day dedicating himself to his favorite hobby. Bonus points if he gets to use one of his Father’s Day gifts.

Create Something Together
Work on a DIY project together, such as building a birdhouse, planting a garden or working on the car. You won’t have to do any home improvement with a new Cypress Green home, but if there is a project on his list, offer to help or do it for him.

Lunch or Dinner Al Fresco
Host a backyard barbecue with all his favorite grilled foods. It’s really easy if you opted to install an outdoor kitchen in your new Cypress Green home. Include games like cornhole, horseshoes or bocce ball. If you aren’t proficient in the grilled meat department, set up a picnic in the backyard or nearby park with a basket full of his favorite snacks and drinks.

Play Together
Host a family game night with his favorite board, video or card games. Break in your new media room by hosting a movie marathon featuring his favorite films or a themed series. Provide plenty of snacks and his favorite beverage.

Make Memories
Start making memories in your new home! Spend time sharing stories about dad. Record the conversation for a keepsake. Have a family photo session in and around your new home to capture the special day.

Don’t Forget the Gifts
Create a personalized gift such as a photo album, a framed family photo or a hand-painted picture. Not creative? Give him a custom-made item like a mug, T-shirt or keychain with a special message or photo.

Prepare to Spend Next Father’s Day at Cypress Green
Not a Cypress Green resident yet? No worries. Visit our model homes and talk to our builders. They can get you into a new home before you know it. Then you can spend next Father’s Day with us.

What are you doing while your beautiful new Cypress Green home is being built? Making plans to sell your current home. Selling a home involves several steps and considerations all designed to make your home as attractive as possible to potential buyers. Not sure where to start? Here are a few tips.

Get Professional Help
While you can sell your home on your own, working with a Realtor can streamline the process and provide valuable expertise, especially when navigating negotiations and legalities. They can help you set the right price, provide tips on making your home more attractive and utilize various marketing channels to reach potential buyers.

Make a Good First Impression
If your home isn’t appealing on the outside, potential buyers might not want to see the inside. Maximize curb appeal by ensuring that your landscaping is neat, and the exterior is well-maintained. Consider adding some appealing touches like potted plants or a fresh coat of paint to the front door.

Time to Clean
Make sure your home is clean, decluttered and well-maintained. Consider hiring professional cleaners to give your place that new home smell. Clear off countertops, shelves and closets to create a sense of spaciousness. Address issues such as leaky faucets, chipped paint, broken tile or squeaky doors.

Stage Your Home
Staging your home can help potential buyers envision themselves living there. Remove personal items, rearrange furniture to create a sense of space and add tasteful decor to highlight the home’s features. Consider repainting your walls in neutral colors so the house appeals to a wider range of buyers.

Highlight Key Features
Showcase the unique selling points of your home, whether it’s a spacious kitchen, a beautiful view or a recently renovated bathroom. Highlighting these features can make your property stand out in a competitive market.

Be Flexible with Showings
Make your home available for showings at convenient times for potential buyers, including evenings and weekends. The more accessible your home is, the more opportunities you’ll have to attract interested parties.

Be Transparent
Disclose any known issues or defects with the property upfront. Being transparent builds trust with potential buyers and can prevent complications during the negotiation process.

Set the Right Price
Research the market and set a competitive price for your home. Overpricing can deter potential buyers, while underpricing may lead to loss of value. Consider getting a professional appraisal or consulting a Realtor for guidance.

You don’t just buy a home; you buy a community. That’s why it’s important to do your research. Cypress Green is located in Cypress, an up-and-coming area combining community spirit, excellent schools, outdoor recreation opportunities, convenient amenities and diverse housing. Here are 5 reasons we love Cypress:

A Strong Sense of Community
Cypress fosters a strong sense of community, where neighbors know each other and often come together for events, festivals and local activities. A favorite spot for families is the Berry Center. This premier sports and entertainment venue hosts everything from high school graduations to family-friendly productions. Runners and their cheering section come out year after year for the Cypress 10 Miler. Annual festivals like A Taste of Cy-Fair bring friends and neighbors together for food and fun.

First Class School District
Cypress is known for its excellent school district, Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (CFISD). With top-rated schools and a variety of educational opportunities, Cypress attracts families seeking a quality education for their children. The district received an “A” rating from the Texas Education Agency in 2022. Niche gives CFISD an A and ranks it among the top 50 Best School Districts in Texas. The district’s College Academy partnership with Lone Star College allows students to receive both a high school diploma and an associate degree at the same time.

Outdoor Recreation
Cypress offers ample opportunities for outdoor recreation, with numerous parks, nature trails and recreational facilities. Little Cypress Preserve features 57 acres of interactive trails. The Cypress Creek Greenway seeks to preserve a natural corridor along Cypress Creek and develop a trail system to connect existing and future parks. Matzke Park is accessible to kids of all abilities.

Convenience and Amenities
Cypress boasts a wide range of amenities, including shopping centers, restaurants, and healthcare facilities. Residents love heading out to the Houston Premium Outlets for a day of bargain hunting. Cypress Towne Center and Fairfield Town Center host big box stores such as Kohl’s, PetSmart, Best Buy and more. Main Bird Chicken is a local favorite known for Nashville-style hot chicken. Dario’s Steakhouse & Seafood offers a high-end dining experience. When you need medical attention Houston Methodist Cypress Hospital is a state-of-the-art facility.

Diverse Housing Options
Whether you’re looking for a spacious suburban home, a cozy townhouse or a luxury estate, Cypress offers diverse housing options to suit various preferences and budgets. One of the best places to pick out your dream home is Cypress Green. Our builders offer floor plans, elevations and options that will help you live the life you were meant to lead.

The architecture of your new Cypress Green home will be different from that of your existing home, which means you may have to rethink where to hang art and family photos. How? Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you hang and group pictures like a pro.

Make a Plan
Before you hammer that first nail, plan out where to hang your pictures. You can use paper cutouts or painter’s tape to map out where each picture will go. Consider factors like spacing, arrangement and the overall balance of the display.

Change Up Your Frames
This is a great time to change out your frames. Select ones that complement each other and your decor style. You can opt for matching frames for a cohesive look or mix different styles and finishes for a more eclectic vibe.

More Planning and Arranging
Lay out your pictures on a flat surface, such as the floor or a large table, to experiment with different arrangements. Play around with the placement of each picture until you find a layout that you’re happy with.

Measure and Mark
Once you’ve finalized your layout, use a pencil to mark the positions of the pictures on the wall. Use a tape measure and a level to ensure accuracy and straight lines. Consider using a laser level or picture-hanging tool for precise alignment.

Get Hanging
Single pieces such as a large picture over the fireplace or sofa are easy. For more of a gallery look, start by hanging the largest or central piece first, as it will serve as the focal point of your display. Use appropriate hanging hardware for each picture such as nails, picture hooks or adhesive hooks, depending on the weight and type of frame.

Work Outward
For grouped arrangements, work outward from the central piece, gradually adding smaller pictures around it. If you’re creating a gallery wall with multiple frames, consider leaving some space between each frame to allow the eye to rest and appreciate each piece individually.

Step Back and Adjust
Step back frequently to assess your arrangement from different angles and distances. Make any necessary adjustments to spacing, alignment or placement as you go. Trust your instincts and aim for a visually balanced and harmonious display.

Finish Up
Once your pictures are hung, take a moment to make any final adjustments and ensure everything is level and secure. Consider adding decorative elements such as wall sconces, mirrors or accent pieces to complement your picture display. Then admire your handiwork.

Use Our Model Home for Inspiration
Need a visual guide? Visit our model homes! Each home has been professionally decorated so you can be sure the pictures have been hung to optimize their appeal!

What’s better than purchasing a new home in Cypress Green?

Purchasing a home with a builder’s incentive. It’s quite common for builders to offer incentives to attract buyers. These incentives can vary widely but usually include upgrades, special financing and special pricing. Here are some common types of incentives followed by a look at some of the incentives Cypress Green builders are offering.

Interest Rate Help
Currently, many builders are offsetting higher interest rates with buy-downs and rate locks. In these instances, the builder will pay for points. Points are prepaid interest that you can pay to lower your mortgage interest rate over the life of the loan. A rate lock is an agreement between you and your lender that guarantees a specific interest rate on a mortgage loan for a specified period of time. Either can significantly lower your monthly payments.

Closing Cost Assistance
Builders may offer to cover some or all of the buyer’s closing costs, which can include expenses such as loan origination fees, title insurance and appraisal fees. This can help reduce your upfront costs.

Upgrade Packages
Builders may offer upgrade packages at discounted rates or include certain upgrades as part of the purchase price. These upgrades could include premium flooring, countertops, appliances or other features that enhance your home’s value and appeal.

Design Center Credits
Builders often have design centers where you can select finishes, fixtures and other customization options for your new home. Builders may offer credits toward the design center or include a certain amount of customization options for free.

Move-In Ready Homes
Builders may offer special pricing or incentives for move-in ready homes that are already completed or nearing completion. Many of these homes also include structural options and upgrades so you get a beautiful home you don’t have to wait for.

Cypress Green Builder Incentives
Three Cypress Green builders are currently offering incentives.

For a limited time, Lennar is offering a 3/2/1 buydown rate on move-in ready homes. The rate is 1.99 percent in year 1, 2.99 percent in year 2, 3.99 percent in year 3 and 4.99 percent for the balance of the term at a 5.675 percent APR. You must finance through Lennar Mortgage. The offer ends March 31.

Brightland Homes
Brightland Homes’ Spring it On sales event will net you a 5.49 percent interest rate, $10,000 toward closing costs and up to $100,000 in discounts on move-in ready homes. Want to build from the ground up? You will receive 50 percent off options and upgrades plus $10,000 toward financing.

Long Lake Homes
Long Lake Homes is currently offering an interest rate buydown of 5.75 percent on move-in ready homes.

It’s never too early to think about summer camp. Kids have a blast honing their skills or learning new ones — not to mention making friends for life. If you haven’t signed your kids up, you’d better get on it. The best camps fill up fast. Here are a few of our favorites near Cypress Green:

Club Rewind Summer Camp
6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, June 10-July 19
$150 per week

Kids enjoy STEM activities, indoor and outdoor games, field trips and more.

Camp Captivate
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday, June 10-July 18
$140 per week

Lots of activities keep kids learning all summer long, including STEM activities, technology, games, cooking, drama, science and Legos.

Kidventure Camp Bridgeland
7:45 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, Jun. 3-Aug. 2
Grades 1-5
$350 per week

Kids grow in confidence and make friends for life at this camp featuring field trips, sports, archery, swimming, rock climbing and more.

School of Rock
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, Jun 24-Aug. 2
Ages 5+
$450 per camp, per week

Musicians of any skill level can indulge their love of instruments at a variety of camps teaching the fundamentals of rock, songwriting and in-studio sound recording and production.

IDEA Lab Kids
9 a.m.-noon Monday-Thursday, June 10-Aug. 16
Ages 5-10
$225 per camp

Campers will unleash their creativity at camps covering a range of topics from art and baking to stop motion animation and dinosaurs.

Camp Cypress
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 10-Aug. 2
Grades 1-7
$161 per week

A variety of themes will keep kids having fun all summer long as they become superheroes, cowboys, ocean explorers and more.

Drama Kids
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 3-7
Ages 7-12

Detectives will hunt for clues, learn acting skills and find out Whodunit!

AR Workshop
9-11:30 a.m. & 1:30-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, June 10-Aug.16
Ages 7-14
$235 and up

AR Workshop provides a variety of morning and afternoon camps that get kids creating. Explore the world of dolls, transform rooms, create sports-themed masterpieces and more.

ASI Gymnastics Camps
8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 3-Aug. 2
Ages 3-14
$279 per week

Jump into summer camp and have fun all day long. Camps focus on building fundamental skills, games and problem-solving.

King’s Court Tennis Academy
8:30 a.m.-noon Monday-Thursday, June 2-Aug. 22
Ages 4+

Camps offered at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Children will hone skills, compete and make friends. Must bring your own racket.

Nike Sports Camps
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, June 10-July 18
Ages 5-16

Kids learn the skills they need to be competitive on the basketball court.

The best way to make connections is to have fun with others. What better way for Cypress Green residents to do that than with our extensive list of planned amenities?

The Cypress Green Amenity Village will be a place where families, neighbors and friends can relax, unwind and get to know each other while engaging in the activities they love best. Our package includes a recreation center, resort-style pool, splash pad, playground, pickleball courts, sports fields, courtyard, playground, waterpark, dog park, bocce ball court, lap pool, tennis courts and a pavilion. That’s a lot of ways to play!

But it’s not the type of amenities we offer that’s important, it’s how using them can help you connect. Love your pup? Meet other dog parents on at the dog park. Before you know it, you’ll be sharing dog biscuit recipes. Pack a picnic and plan to spend the day at the pool. You’ll get to lounge and talk with your friends while the kids get to know each other during a game of Marco Polo. Nothing brings people together more than a little friendly competition. Challenge your neighbors to a game of pickleball or tennis. You’ll get some exercise and friends for life.

You and your family are sure to have fun, and it won’t be long before everyone knows your name. If that sounds like the type of community you would love to live in, visit Cypress Green and pick out your forever home today.