With over 40 years of experience being a premier new home builder in the Houston market, Trendmaker Homes takes pride in defining the concept of luxury. Being an established builder in the region, the company strives to continually improve home designs to offer buyers the best in energy-efficiency, style, functionality, and quality. Trendmaker has transcended production homebuilding by incorporating current architectural design with modern lifestyle conveniences.
“This is the first new home community to be built in this area in some time and so far, we’ve had an overwhelming response,” said Will Holder, President of Trendmaker Development and TrendmakerHomes. “Clear Lake is a beautiful community with a hometown feel, and we’re excited to bring new housing options to buyers here.”
Trendmaker’s latest development, The Reserve at Clear Lake City, is a testament to the company’s eye for design. The homes highlight elements of comfort and luxury, both inside and out, with masterfully-crafted kitchens, lavish patios and three-car garages. Master suites come equipped with built in storage systems, and each home provides a generously-sized utility room with a built-in work counter. The state-ofthe– art kitchens provide for ample entertaining opportunities with granite countertops, stylish 42-inch cabinets and stainless steel undermount sinks.
Trendmaker Homes also incorporates their LivingSmart® program in every build, which is a comprehensive approach to building better homes with a focus on comfort and efficiency for today’s homebuyer. EveryLivingSmart home is designed to exceed local energy codes and Guardian Certified. Under the umbrella of this program lies health, energy, earth, and water smart aspects. To credit the earth element of the program, building materials come from recycles and sustainable sources. And as for the energysavingeffort, Trendmaker Homes was awarded the 2014 ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Market Leader. This is awarded to outstanding partners who have made important contributions to energy–efficient construction and environmental protection by building or verifying an outstanding number of ENERGY STAR certified homes, or by sponsoring a local program that supported these activities during the previous year.
As the developer and builder of The Reserve at Clear Lake City, Trendmaker is now selling at the new community which, upon completion, will include 740 residences in two distinct product lines: traditional single family homes on 55-, 70- and 80-foot home sites and luxury patio homes on low-maintenance zero-lot line home sites. At a pre-sale event earlier this year, interest in Trendmaker Homes’ new community was tremendous. “People camped overnight to purchase homes,” said Holder. “It’s something I’ve never seen in over 35 years in the business.”
Ranging in size from 2,433 to 3,168 square feet, The Reserve’s Villas patio homes’ offer eleven different floor plan options that feature spacious designs both indoors and out, with covered porches, outdoor kitchens and fireplaces for optimal entertaining year round. With two to three bedrooms and two and a half to three and a half bathrooms, prices on the patio homes begin in the high $440,000s.
The traditional single family homes on the 70- and 80-foot lots are being built by Trendmaker Homes and its builder partner Village Builders. The homes range in size from 3,266 to 5,090 square feet, offering large, open floor plans for families seeking ample living space. With 42 floor plans to choose from, buyers will appreciate the opportunity to customize their homes with various elements, including: dining areas with stylized light fixtures, ample storage spaces throughout the home, laundry chutes, backpack racks, double ovens, covered patios, outdoor kitchens and fireplaces, game rooms, and closet organization systems. Plans include four to five bedrooms, three and a half to five and a half bathrooms, and two to three car garages.
Prices begin in the $490,000s. Later this year, Trendmaker Homes and builder partner Ryland Homes will also build 37 traditional single family homes on 55-foot lots in phase one. Clear Lake City is located in southeast Harris County within the Bay Area of Greater Houston. The southeast Houston suburb was developed by Houston-based Friendswood Development Co. to support employees at the Johnson Space Center in the 1960s. Once a top-selling community, Clear Lake City is now mostly built-out, its last major housing development constructed about 20 years ago. With a strong, educated base of NASA engineers and doctors working in the nearby Texas Medical Center, the resale housing and remodeling market has remained strong in Clear Lake.
“In its heyday, Clear Lake was a premier community, like The Woodlands or Kingwood,” said Collins Pier,Trendmaker’s director of acquisitions and development. “So, when you have an opportunity to come back in, it’s great. There’s a lot of interest from folks here for something new.”
Situated east of the Gulf Freeway and south of the Sam Houston Parkway (Beltway 8), The Reserve at Clear Lake City provides for quick access to both the coast and Downtown Houston. The majority of the community lies within the corporate limits of Houston, while a northern portion is in the city limits of Pasadena and a small eastern portion within the city limits of Taylor Lake Village. The community is adjacent to NASA’s Johnson Space Center, as well as other major aerospace companies—including Boeing and Lockheed-Martin.
When the community is completed, residents can enjoy full access to all of the amenities offered throughout the master-planned community, including a pool, splash park, tennis courts, neighborhood parks and playgrounds. Over the decades, Trendmaker has defined the concept of a luxury home for generations of Houstonians. The company focuses on the needs and desires of the most discriminating home buyers through innovative designs and customer service. Trendmaker’s logo, the iconic “T,” is more than a symbol of a premier home; it represents nothing less than a superior home-buying experience.
Trendmaker Homes has finished two model homes in The Reserve at Clear Lake City, and has pre-sold nearly 40 homes so far.
Tamara Philips is the Managing Editor for Builder and Developer magazine. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.